Monday, 22 December 2014

End of another year

We're coming to the end of another year, and much as I'd love to do a top 10 accomplishments of the year, well that ain't gonna happen. I'd get to maybe 3 items and then I'd run out of things to say. I do want to do one follow up of a previous post though: remember the one where I placed a bath fizzy within a soap? Not really, that's okay. Here's what happened.

It's bloody difficult to tell from this picture, but the fizzy of course dissolved first, leaving a perfect imprint behind on the soap. 

Looking at this, and some other pictures I've taken makes me realize I need to do a better job with my photos. I won't have any new soaps to show between now and the new year, so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate and a prosperous and happy new year. I look forward to reading all your blog posts and sharing ideas and thoughts in 2015.

Monday, 15 December 2014

From one craft to another

I managed to make the 24 peace soaps for my friend and now it's on to the next thing.

From top left, clockwise: sugar cookies, chocolate pepper cookies, gingerbread cookies and chocolate melting kisses

There are more icebox cookies in the fridge waiting to be baked and the sugar and gingerbread cookies still need to be iced. Funny how these things always take way longer than I anticipate. 

Are you doing any baking for the holiday season? And if anyone wants to know, I'm eating all these cookies myself. ;)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Details, details

I love the details when making MP soaps. Well it's really a love hate relationship, I love the way it looks if it turns out.

This dove doesn't need a lot of detailing, but the parts that do, are very persnickety. I've changed the way I do details now, which is probably less efficient in some ways, but when I'm not in the mood to use the injector tool, makes sense. I just pour the detailed portion soap as close to the area as I can, and hope it doesn't overflow too much. I let it set and then use the scraper to clean it up. It was easier that way when I'm soaping in the kitchen because of the lack of workspace.

Taking pictures of a white object with a white background makes me realize I need better lighting.

Well on the bright side, craft fairs are over for another year, so I can take a break and spend time on other things, like staring at the insides of my eyelids on the weekends instead.

A great big thanks to my friends who helped me with the shows: Christina for carting my displays back and forth and helping with set up and take down, and to Teresa for helping with the last craft fair, making the kids smile by giving them "reindeer food" and talking up my soaps.

Are you running around for the holidays or taking it easy? Have a great week!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Getting into the spirit of the season

And time to show off the last of the moulds my friend gave me. This one is more Christmas-y, which is why I saved it until now. I really enjoyed doing the detail work on this, but as you can see in the last photo, trying to make the words stand out by colouring them didn't work out quite as planned.

Being geographically challenged, I'm not sure which way is up.

The green in the wording looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters  spewed out those words.

Are you prepared for craft fair season? Are you doing any craft fairs this year or attending any?

Have a great week!