Monday, 20 October 2014

Diamond are...

A girl's best friend, forever, and not featured at all in this post.

Second of the moulds from my birthday, I bring you the gem collection. My friend, upon giving me my moulds had said she was excited to see what I would come up with. Well the bamboo one was easy, it allowed me to do detail work which is fun and looks good. For gems though, what do you do?

Well I did it a little differently for each one (kinda feels like the Three Bears, except none of these are just right).

To give it some contrast and for fun, I tried marbling. Of course, I forgot, do you pour the clear and then the opaque, or is it the other way round? I poured clear first and although I didn't think much of the effects at first, under the camera, it looked better than I originally thought.

Thought I'd ry and get creative with the back as well, but it looks like an Easter egg gone wrong.
The next was a straight forward one colour, no nonsense one.

That of course is kinda boring. I mean it's not like it's a real ruby and would be worth a gazillion dollars or anything so time to make things sparkle.

Adding glitter to this last one made it look kinda celestial, which is cool by me. And that made me think, so how would it look in another context? 

All gems are scented with BB's Bordeaux Blend (to stick with the grown up theme). I would love to hear suggestions on how to make these soaps more outstanding.

Have a great week!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Good things come in three's

So the saying goes. I don't know about that, but I do know that it's a good thing that many moulds come in threes because that's about how many attempts I need to get it right.

A very sweet friend had bought me some moulds for my birthday. Here's the first of them.

I made them all slightly different, trying to figure out what's the best colouring to use. I know I want more of a beige background. All are scented with Green Garden by Brambleberry

I like the oatmeal bits in this, I think it adds to the textured look. A happy accident really.

This one, the stems were done in green, and then I thought I'd darken it with some black.

I like this one the least. I don't think I gave enough contrast.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on which one you like, or if you have other ideas for colours and scents.

Have a great week.

Monday, 6 October 2014

If it's Fall, It must be hockey season

As the weather turns cool (or downright snowy in some parts of Canada. That's right Alberta, I'm looking at you. I know you had snow a few weeks back), Canadians' thoughts start turning to hockey. Actually, I don't know when Canadians don't talk about hockey, even in the summer; who's looking to get traded, who's playing golf on which course, who's designing their 5th uniform in 3 years.

Truth be known, and I shouldn't say this too loudly, but I'm not a hockey fanatic. That in a hockey crazed province like this is the sort of thing that can get a person ostracized for life. It's like walking into a church and proclaiming you don't believe in god. Not the best thing to do to enhance one's social life.

But I can play or soap hockey with the best of them.

This is my second attempt, but it'll take one more try to get it just right. 

A little overzealous, didn't let the green cool down enough before pouring.

Here's to the start of another fight, I mean, hockey season. ;) Oh, and thanks to JELL-O for the mould.

Are you a hockey fanatic or is your favourite sport winding down?