Monday, 28 July 2014

A continuation of contrasts

I liked the idea of contrast so much I decided to do some more and this time try and get a brighter background.
I know, dragonflies are much brighter than this, but I really wanted a contrast.

And my sister-in-law asked me to make her some wine guest soaps for her shop.

Scented with BB's Bordeaux Blend

Short and sweet for a change. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Tribute Soaps

You know how there are tribute bands? They sing the songs of the great bands of old and even dress like them. Well these are my tribute soaps to movies, but since I'm not using the same genre, I'm taking very large artistic license.

We recently watched Dark Shadows on Netflix and I was drawn to the contrast of Barnabas' (Johnny Depp) very stark colouring versus the very bright colours of some of the other characters. This inspired the following soaps.

I like to think of this as Barnabas with Angelique.

I'd made the water/sky too dark so you couldn't see the "sand" beneath.
My "Jaws" tribute. ;)

Jaws sneaking up on the unsuspecting shell.

Monday, 14 July 2014

She Sells Seashells

With the beautiful weather and the proximity to the beach, I've decided to stay with the beach theme. I've had this mould for a while now, but this is the first time I'm trying it out.

I should've (coulda, woulda) re-watched the Soapqueen tv episode where she makes the clam shell soap but I thought I could do it from memory (hah!) Why I keep deluding myself into thinking I can remember things is beyond me. I like to think this is what Mother Nature would've created if she was smoking some of her other creations. ;)

At least the background for the soaps is beautiful.

Scented with Green Garden from WSP.

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same.

I think I'll call this one Ariel's bra. (Yes, I've had some wine, why do you ask?)

Monday, 7 July 2014

Summer Soaps

I love the warm weather we've been having. To me, summer is all about lots of fruits and veggies being in season locally, rather than being imported from Florida or California. I've been eating as many thimbleberries as I can find and also buying as much local fruit as I can.

One of the fruits that always makes me think summer is watermelon. I remember eating it as a child, although it was never one of my favourites because I am lazy and hated having to pick through the seeds. I was so happy when they came up with seedless watermelons.

I do however, really love watermelon FO and have been wanting to try my hand at watermelon soap for a while. I've seen many versions of it and they're all lovely. I wish I had the proper mould to make a watermelon wedge, but I settled for making it in a rounded mould.

I tried making it with low sweat, forgetting that embeds don't work nearly as well in it.

But from the side, I like it more than the clearer one because I actually made the rind thick enough.

What's your favourite summertime fruit or vegetable?