(Photos taken from Tre Anelli Jewelry)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
- My faith in God (You don't have to be a religious zealot to love and believe in the Lord)
- My sister (She's my best friend and the only person who'd take a bullet for me.)
- My cat (She's brought me from the depths of the deepest depression and back.)
- Soap making (It's the crack of crafting in my opinion.)
- Getting enough sleep (I am a straight bitch when I don't get enough rest.)
- Laughing (If I don't have a hearty laugh at least once a day, something's terribly wrong.)
- Paying my rent and having enough to eat (When you grow up with two drug-addicted parents, it's the little, basic things in life you hold most dear.)
7 Lovelies I'm Passing This Award To:
- Milk and Cookeez
- Burnt Mill Candles & Soap
- Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby
- Meka Candles & Scents
- NY Blaque
- Skincare By Heather
- Structured Chaos
In addition to the 7 I just named, I'm passing this award to all my followers. Although I don't comment on all your posts, I am reading-regularly and with interest. I love you all!
Monday, March 30, 2009
For so long I've had it ingrained in my mind that if you want to make cold processed soap, then you've gotta use a wooden mold. BA-LO-NEY!!!! I've hid these plastic grid molds forever and thought they would not be able to withstand the rigors of lye and heat, but man was I wrong! Not only did they easily slide out, but they are also pre-scored, so all I have to do is cut and trim.
Here are a few pics of soap I made over the weekend. The pink one is Blackberry Apple and the greenish-looking one is Italian Granita Ice. I love the ashy look of this one for some reason. My tastes are becoming more and more rustic. I'm so over with trying to achieve the "perfect-looking" soap. These bars make so much lather, that I was in complete awe! Now I'm off to make some soap balls with my scraps. Talk to ya later!
ps-Don't forget to enter my I Love Cupcakes Giveaway (see sidebar on the left for details!)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
First it was my boobs. Now it's my balls! I, too have soap with balls. If you are a reader of soap-related blogs, then you know there's a young man who has a blog called Soap With Balls. I stole it from him-okay I'm borrowing it from him just for this post. My Soap Balls were featured on a great new blog I'm now following called Structured Chaos. If that aint the story of my life.... I also happened to fill a custom order for Soap Balls this week also. I love these little boogers. I have to make more of them now. I think they're too cute!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Palm oil's main benefit is to soothe and moisturize dry skin. It's solid at room temperature and contributes to the bar's hardness. Palm kernel oil's benefit is also to make the bar of soap hard, but it also produces big, fluffy bubbles. Coconut and palm kernel oil has very similar properties so that's one substitute right there. Palm oil is one of the "Big 3" of soap making along with coconut and olive oils. The rule of thumb for the "perfect bar" of soap is to condition, lather, and be hard. The harder your bar, the longer the soap will last (coupled with proper drainage after each use.) Since I've started making soap, I've been preconditioned (through my various readings) to believe that palm oil is a must for making soap. To that I say "Bullsh*t!!! I found a couple of really good recipes courtesy of Gracefruit that do not use or require palm oil to satisfy the Big 3. One of my main substitutions is going to be cocoa butter. I can't get enough of it!
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
- Blueberry+French Vanilla=Blueberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry+French Vanilla=Strawberry Cheesecake
- Apple+Cinnamon=Apple Cinnamon (duh!!!)
- Strawberry+Peppermint=Candy Cane
- Orange+Peach=Fuzzy Navel
- Chocolate+Strawberry=Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Lime+Vanilla=Key Lime Pie
- Pineapple+Coconut=Pina Colada
- Peach+Vanilla=Peaches N Cream
The possibilities are endless. Throw a gingerbread FO into the mix, and you've got instant pie fragrances. If you've got a favorite scent blend, I'd love to hear from you. Share the wealth!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
- Milk and Cookeez
- Meka Candles and Scents
- Ozark Scents
- Skin Care by Heather
- The Copper Cauldron Soaps
- Pegasus Handmade Soaps
- I Can Make That
Okay, that's 8-sue me already!
Before you call Peta on me, I just had to share this pic of Pepper licking all the cheese off my beloved Cheetos. She loves 'em, but I think Doritos are her fave. I love this cat so much. We've been together for 11 years this month. I adopted her from the DC Animal Shelter after I broke up with my boyfriend and my mother died.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
This is another reason why I love Project Wonderful. American Craft Guide and I Heart Handmade advertised on this very blog. I do actually visit my sponsors. I've discovered some wonderful shops by doing so. Take a peak and maybe you'll find a few surprises along the way!
2. How did you discover your artistry?
Well my dad is an artist and so I have been into art my whole life, its just something I grew up with.
3. Do you craft full time or do you have another full time profession?
Right now I am doing my art full time but I may have to get a job again in the near future depending on how things go you know. Who knows a month from now I could be washing dishes part time while doing my art. Lets see my most recent jobs I have had to take have been dishwasher at a restaurant, truck team at a local department store, grocery clerk, fiberglass boat detailer and background check verification person for people applying for jobs in the airline industry.
4. What brought you to Artfire?
My friend Carrie Hawks / Tigerpixie opened up a shop and recommended it to me.
5. What are some of your favorite materials or supplies to use?
Acrylic paint is my very favorite and I love to paint on smooth cradled gessobord panels but they are kind of pricey so I don't use them very often.
6. If you could learn to do any other craft or artistry, what would it be?
Sewing, I never really learned how. I do a little hand sewing and have an antique singer that I use sometimes but I am just not a sew-er. My best friend is an excellent seamstress and I'm jealous cause shes always making herself cool clothes.
7. Do you have a blog, website or other craft venue that you sell on?
Oh yes, here are a few:
8. What’s your overall impression of Artfire and would you recommend it to fellow artisans?
Well I have only been on Artfire for about a week but so far it looks pretty cool. It seems like they are really trying to help artisans out. I am looking forward to seeing how it goes there as the community grows. So far so good, I would recommend it for sure!
a. Coffee or tea?
Coffee, I drink lots of tea though to.
b. Cat or dog?
Well I have both and a bird but I guess I would have to say Dog because she likes to go hang out with me and go for walks and stuff unlike those ungrateful cats of mine...
c. NY or LA?
Probably LA since it would be warmer, Ive never been to either though.
d. Paper or plastic?
I dislike this question...mainly because it always reminds me that I forgot my reusable bags at home.
e. Fame or fortune?
Fortune, you cant keep the house warm with fame.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This week’s feature rhymes with cake, fake, lake, and make. Check out how uniquely creative everyone’s interpretation of the rhyming word is. I’m not going to give you the rhyming word anymore. I think once you see what the items are, it’s pretty obvious. Thanks to the following artists (who can be found on Art Fire) for being so gifted and talented:
- Boysenberry Lane
- Customized Just For You
- Emily Balivet
- Hair Ties Galore N More
- Knot By Gran'ma
- Ninja Jenn
- Rag Trader
- Raven Glass
- Saplanet Originals
- These Loving Hands
- Zaja Natural
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Wake That Ass Up! Soap (No, this is not a typo)
On to other news, my new friend Heather of Heather's Paints and Prettys featured me on her blog today. Heather is also a licensed esthetician and offers great skincare advice on her blog Skincare by Heather. I can't wait til she answers my skincare question!