Monday, February 29, 2016


I made a new soap this weekend.  I have enjoyed the teal green color lately, so I had to add 2 of those colors and some soap shred which is blue-green in color.  On the top I added a little oatmeal for decoration.

I also added a secret ingredient.  Can you name it?  Here is the hint:

The fragrance will probably make the soap a little darker after it cures.
The soap lightened after it was cut.  The one on the right was cut first.




Do you give up yet???  Well here it is:

I have been making soap since the 1980's.  I haven't used colloidal oatmeal until now?  I hope it is a great addition to my soap.  I also used tallow, raw cow milk, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, glycerin, fragrance, soap shreds, titanium dioxide, coloring, and oatmeal.

So far, the soap has no name, but it has great texture!

The fragrance I used was oatmeal, milk, and honey.  The soap shreds contained another fragrance and the fragrances blended a little.  It still has a great smell.  

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Black and red reversible tea cozy with alternate toppers

I completed this reversible tea cozy this weekend.  It is knitted with a yarn that is mostly wool.  An iridescent fiber is added to the yarn which gives off the sparkle  The edges are trimmed are in crochet.  I like using wool which keeps the teapot warmer than many fibers.  Making a lining also aids the teapot in keeping warm.  If I am going to line the cozy, why not make the lining reversible? There is a pom pom to tie on the top loops on either side, or a jewel to hang.  My sister made the cameo jewel.  I am not much of a jewelry maker.  I love jewelry, but I can't wear it due to allergies.
This yarn happens to be machine washable, but the toppers need to removed.  I always recommend to hand wash handmade items, even if the yarn is machine washable. Do you like the crazy looking tea cozies or the more traditional looking cozies?

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Grandma's Lilacs Soap

My Uncle Scott and his dog in front of Grandma's Lilac Bushes.
Poured and waiting to set up.

lye and raw milk mix

pink and purple micas

oils, butters, titanium dioxide, fragrance, and glycerin

I made 2 loaves of Grandma's Lilacs Soap today.  The first one is just above my writing.  It had so much promise.  I filled 3 spaces with different colors, removed the dividers, topped it off with white, and swerved side to side with a skewer through all layers.  I cut them the regular way, hoping for a nice, unique look.  I was unimpressed.  The bottom looks nice though.

The second loaf is a swirl with all 4 colors.  Most of the pink disappeared, but the other colors stand out fine.

I used tallow, raw cow milk, coconut oil, sodium dioxide, shea butter, coco butter, glycerin, fragrance, color, cosmetic grade glitter.

I hope you had a great week and Happy Valentine's Day!!!