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Showing posts from March, 2011

Sugar Scrub Blossoms

I just wanted to share a picture of my afternoon's experiments. Aren't they cute? I tried the sugar scrub recipe (with my inevitable tweaks) on SoapQueen's blog. I did some playing around with a similar idea ages ago, but my trials just didn't give me the results that I was after. I haven't done a shower test with them yet, but I love how these sparkly flowers of cocoa and shea butters make my hands feel. Yay!! Success!

My new soap mold liner

Now that I have my handy-dandy wooden molds, I want to come up with a different way to line my molds. I've been using freezer paper, but it takes me awhile to get the liner cut just right, and it's just one more item on my shopping list. So after some thought, I decided to try a reusable lining, quilter's template plastic. (I have a vague memory way, way back in some dusty corner of my brain of having seen this done before, so I take no credit for any perceived genius-ness.)  I found sheets of plastic template material at the fabric store, and with a coupon, it was only a couple of dollars. After cutting it, I used masking tape on the outside of the "seams." This taping lasts many uses.   Then I tape it on the sides like so..... And pop it into the mold! I now have to add a little tape to hold the sides flat, since discovering that in time, putting it in the oven WILL eventually warp it, even if the oven is on very low. Also, I still brush minera

All about buttons....and beer soap

I mentioned in my last posting that I just received some beer scents from Bramble Berry in the mail. It didn't take me long to try them out and I tried them all out in a couple of days. Here is a picture of the four of them. In the left is Honey Ale, Pumpkin Lager, Raspberry Porter, then Oatmeal Stout on the right. They are all great, but the Oatmeal Stout is super yummy! And, I had to show off one of the cloths that my friend Barbra sent me this weekend. I love the color combination in this one. She crochets and sells them in her Zibbet shop, All About the Buttons . She makes some of the most beautiful crafts besides washcloths, too; you should check it out....and buy some of her washcloths.....and then maybe you'll need a few bars of soap to go along with them..... (wink wink)