Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Years Resolution Take 1

I've been pretty committed to at least one New Year's Resolution and that is to publish some knitting patterns.  So with that I bring you the 'GOING UP COWL'.  Available on Ravelry or right here on my blog!

Oh me oh my we have a winner or shall I say WINNERS!!!

Thank you everyone who decided to enter my contest.  I had a huge response!! (really, I did...I know I only had two comments, but most people must be shy and decided to email me..hahahaha)  I'm blown away by your kind comments and great suggestions for a soap name.

The winner has already received her package of SOAP from me...(did you really think it was going to be anything different?)  I hope you enjoy!!  I was able to hand deliver since we spent last weekend in North Carolina visiting family....so Robin, enjoy the soaps.

Also, I had a pretty big list of soap name suggestions to filter through, but after much thinking I've decided on.....drum roll......OCEAN LAVA.  So yes, David you win too!!  It was interesting to read everyone's suggestions and I had a lot of fun!  Thank you again!



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Natural Colorants in Soap -- and a CONTEST!

It was a bit hectic and I'm not sure I'd recommend it or even attempt it again, but I made four batches of soap at once.  My husband was kind enough to watch the kids while I worked in the kitchen.  I thought it would be about the same amount of time as one batch, but no ...much longer! (duh, of course it was...what was I thinking?)  It was worth it since I was doing embeds and not exactly sure how much soap mixture I needed per mold (because of the size of embeds) so I was able to use the extra mixture from three batches to make a fourth.  I simply swirled the left over paprika infused soap, indigo infused soap and sea kelp together.

 Here are the four bars waiting patiently to be cut.  

And here they are cut.......

Red Wine & Chocolate at Sunset

(the brown balls are made with red wine, I coated them in cocoa powder and embedded 
these balls in a paprika infused soap base)

Tomato & Sea Kelp --

Misbehaving Stripes

(made with tomato soap embedded in naturally colored  Indigo soap base)

'The yet to be named soap'

(a mixture of Sea Kelp, Paprika infused & Indigo Soap -- swirled)

As a matter of fact, I think I may do a little contest.  Leave a comment under this blog post for your chance to win a small gift from me.  Please tell me what you think I should name the above soap ('The yet to be named soap')....do this by February 24, 2013.  I will use a random number generator to chose the lucky winner for the small gift and will then read all of the comments and pick my favorite for the name of the soap.   Also please include your contact information so I can email the lucky winner.  Thanks and GOOD LUCK!!!

(one entry per person please!)