Monday, October 19, 2015

Hidden Feather Swirl

Here's my entry for the SMF October challenge (hidden feather swirl). It's my first time joining in for one of the challenges and I enjoyed the whole process, so I will definitely participate in the future.

I liked the idea of figuring out the colors that I thought would add some punch in such a small design, and then had to figure out how much batter to designate for each color. I think that was the hardest part of the challenge for me.

A week ago I got a watercolor set and used that to create the color palette for the soap. I wanted a light, lime kind of green for the background and dark green, red, yellowish orange, and red orange at the color for the top and design.

Hopefully later this week I'll have the time and energy to make another soap. We had out of town friends visiting the past 5 days, so I was spending time entertaining and enjoying their wonderful company. They are now on their way back to Western North Carolina.

I'm still dealing with some intestinal bug that just doesn't want to go away, which has been sapping my energy, so I'm just doing what I absolutely have to do each day.

In two to two and a half weeks our new kitchen cabinets are scheduled to be finished, and once they come in an tear out the old cabinets it's going to be a month or so before the kitchen if finished.

Once the cabinets are in, then they have to make a pattern of the counter tops for the corian  and two weeks later, they tell me,  once that's done the plumber and electrician will have to connect all the faucets, hot water dispenser, garburetor, etc. etc. I'll be lucky if the kitchen is finished by Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wonderful article on colorants for cold process soaps

Amy Warden's blog has a wonderful page of information on various colorants available for cold process soaps as well as best ways to mix and use them. I like that she gives amounts to use per cup of soap, since most of us don't use just one color in a soap most of the time and using PPO makes it mind boggling trying to figure out how much to use in those many small cups of batter we want to use in those lovely swirls.

On that page, she has a link to a list of Conservatorie Micas that many users have reported to be stable, (non morphing in Cold Process soap). Here is a link to that web page.

Happy soaping everyone! Time for me to pick out the colors I want to use in the SMF October Hidden Feather Swirl challenge. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Been having fun with my new wave mold. This one was colored with pink kaolin and scented with Nag Champa Fragrance Oil. The whole house smells wonderful!

Haven't had much time for soaping itself, but have spent a lot of evening, quiet rest time, creating new recipes and re-stocking my soap larder. All those orders are now here so I'll try to make another batch of soap this coming week. Probably won't do it today since I'm still getting over some nasty intestinal viral bug the past couple of days.

I have the colors picked out for the new soap which will have Mango Papaya fragrance oil. Love that scent and can't wait to see how it does in the soap.