Hello, hello, everyone!
My apologies to all of thee for going a bit MIA the last few weeks. As you know, I am a student and work full time, so my schedule is a bit full at times. Not to worry, though, I've been able to slow down enough lately to make more soapy cupcakes and some regular ol' bars. Just not enough to sit down and write this stuff out! If you follow my Instagram or Twitter, though, you will definitely see a lot of what I've been up to. :) I am also trying to work on my photography skills a bit. They're pretty lacking, but I will learn!
The soapy cupcakes that I've made for my Sister In Law's baby shower have been a huge hit with the family. I hope they are an equal hit with the guests. I've finally had a chance to sit down and start wrapping them, and I gotta say - I'm proud of my handiwork. :) And as an aside - tying bows is basically the most annoying crafty thing I can possibly think of, apart from trying to use glitter in any meaningful way without making a mess. Still - it's totally worth it. I love how they came out!
In other news, these little guys have totally inspired me to make more cupcakes! I got a new bottle of Blueberry Jam fragrance oil from Bramble Berry and I decided to go ahead and try my hand at blueberry cupcakes. I used my normal recipe (which I'm still working on perfecting) for the base of the cupcakes, and did Soap Queen's cupcake frosting recipe for the top. I fragranced the bottom with Bramble Berry's "Blueberry Delight" (which I bought a huge bottle of because I absolutely love it and they're discontinuing it), and the top with blueberry jam, which I colored a nice light blue color. Then I topped the cupcakes with jojoba bead "sprinkles." They came out adorably, I love them. The bottom part is discoloring, but I planned for that. Light blue and amber brown look nice together, and they just smell fantastic. I also made orange cupcakes that same week, with Bramble Berry's "Turkish Mocha" for the base and "Orange 10x" for the icing. I also topped those with jojoba bead "sprinkles" but my orange beads were much smaller than my blue ones, and it's tough to even see them on top of the orange icing. Next time I think I'll nix the beads. You can see pictures of my recent projects, including the cupcakes in the gallery below.
I am starting to mess with melt and pour embeds - I like the notion of melt and pour, though glycerin soap and I are not friends. It dries out my skin and leaves it wanting. It's not my jam, but I can't help but loooooooove the way embeds look on/in a lot of soaps. What's more, I had surgery this past Monday (6/13), and have been laid up in my bed for most of the week. What's a girl to do when she's laying in bed (and not in a Percocet induced coma)? Watch soaping YouTube videos, of course!
I have recently found Stacey (I think is her name?) at Yellow Cottage Soapery, based somewhere near Myrtle Beach, SC. I adore her work so much, and I have been binge watching her channel all week. She is super creative with her soaps, there is so much detail that goes into them and I love how she mixes her own colors and all of her cute creative little piping. By the way, this is totally not paid/promoted, I just found her channel last week and have been watching it and catching up on everything ever since. I love her work and she has inspired me to try embeds and piping on my regular soap bars. Between her and Katie at Royalty Soaps, I am really inspired (and totally intimidated!) to take my soaps to the next level. I am still trying to work out the "kinks" in my "Master Batch" recipe, but I really like it. The biggest challenge for me right now is finding the best temperature to soap at. I am planning to give room temperature a go for my next batch.
My upcoming batch is going to try a new fragrance oil from Nature's Garden - I have only ordered two fragrances from them and never used them, so I am looking forward to trying them out. I know a lot of people have NG fragrances (Clyde has pretty much exclusively NG fragrances), but I've never tried them. I did spend a lot of time this week pinning a whole metric butt ton of them that I want to eventually order. I think I'm going to need more cabinet space soon. Guess my goal of cleaning out the house some this summer is going to be for a good cause. :) Woot!
So, that is it for now - stay tuned, I've got a few other soaps I want to write about making, and a small announcement or two for you guys. In the mean time, enjoy my most recent creations, and have a wonderful soapy day!
Elizabeth is a new to soap making, and wishes to share her journey in learning to make cold process soap with the hope that it will help other newbies who may stumble upon this site as a resource. From swirl techniques, choosing colors, combining fragrances, embeds, toppers, and textures, she chronicles her lessons and stories here.