Starry, Starry Night

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I hadn’t made soap for one month and I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms so, a couple of days ago, I decided to remedy the situation.

I have had the idea for a Starry, Starry Night soap for ages (I actually made the moon a couple of months ago) but I was too busy making soap for the Easter stall and for my sister, to put my idea into practice. I thought it was a bit risky making it for the stall as I wasn’t sure how it would work out.  I had never used indigo powder or salt in soap before. Continue reading

I’ve been making soap, again …

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Just before Christmas, I ran out of soap.  I’d have thought it impossible but it happened.

Hence, I have been making soap galore.  I plan to have a small stall at the Bridgetown Markets on Easter Sunday so I am trying to build up a range of soaps to sell.  I love those in the top photo.  I think they are really cute. Continue reading

Soap, soap, soap & more soap

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I know it is hard to believe but, by Christmas day, I was all outa soap.  A month before Christmas, I was concerned that the soap would take over the house but then I really got into the Christmas groove and sold or gave away every decent bar of soap I had.  Maus and I get to use the not-so-pretty ones.  It felt great being liberated from all the old ones and gave me an excuse to make some more. Continue reading

Mint & chocolate cupcakes and Christmas cheer

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You guessed it, I have been at it again.  I really do like making soap but this time of the year, I do have a purpose.  It is nearly Christmas and everyone I know will be getting soap – sorry to spoil the surprise, folks 🙂  Also, I have been selling a small amount.  A Bridgetown friend has sold a few bars for me and I have sold some to friends and rellies.  It is a seasonal thing.  Soap makes great small Christmas gifts. Continue reading

A rose by any other name

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As you can see, I am back to making soap.  The temperature is rising and I have a rule: I won’t go outside when the temperature is above 30°C.  Well, that is my preferred option but, over summer, garden maintenance requires that rule be broken almost on a daily basis.  At least, as the temperature rises, the garden chores pull back somewhat.  This means I have more time to make soap! Continue reading

More soaping lessons and soaping fun …

040copyAs you can see, I have been at it again.  I really can’t help myself so I don’t even try to refrain.

Both soaps I am showcasing today are about using up soap scraps.  You can make really nice soap using left over bits and pieces.  The top photo is what is typically called “confetti soap”.  I am calling this one “Fruit Tingle” because it looks and smells like Fruit Tingle lollies.  The fragrance is Bramble Berry Energy fragrance oil.  To make this soap, cut up, or grate, bits of left over soap, then make a new batch, stir in the scraps and plonk it into a mould. Continue reading

Soaping lessons

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My second soap post was entitled “It’s Official, I’m Addicted!”  No truer words have been written.  Soap making is so addictive.

At first, I liked it because I could make something that was useful without getting fat.  But, as time goes on, that is not true any more.  Well, it is not making me fat but how useful can all this soap be??  Maus and I would be washing 24 hours a day to keep up with my production. Continue reading