Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Soap of the Day

Today's Soap of the Day...

Pizza Soap!

This one was a little on the labor intense side so I don't think I will be making them often, but I am definitely happy with the outcome.

Canadian Bacon and Pineapple :)

This idea came from the lid of a large yogurt container.  The ridge around the edge of the lid looked like it might make a good pizza crust, so I poured some layers of colored soap into the yogurt lid and then added some cut out toppings. 

Here is half of a yogurt lid pepperoni pizza:

Then it was time to slice up the pizza and make some soap bars with embedded pizza slices...

And that's how you get pizza soap!  It doesn't smell like pizza though... who would want to wash their hands and have them smell like pizza?  Or throw this in a kid's bath and have the kid come out smelling like dinner? It has a nice neutral smell called "soapy clean," kind of like fresh laundry.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Good Clean Fun

About a month ago I told my husband that I wanted to make soap. 

He looked at me funny and said, "Like on Fight Club?" Give me a break, no, not like that.  Fun soap.  Soap that smells good, is made of quality ingredients, and maybe is just a little off-the-wall sometimes.

So I read some information, did a bit of research and ordered some supplies.  I learned that glycerin is a great thing!  It is the stuff in the soap (among other things) that draws moisture to your skin.  Did you know that most commercially manufactured soaps have the majority of the glycerin removed to be used in more expensive products?  Boy, there is a whole world of soapy information out there. 

The bottom line is that it is possible to order a soap base with all the good stuff still in it. . . and then get crafty to spuce it up a bit.  

Today's Soap(s) of the day:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Soap:

Smells like chocolatey vanilla goodness.  You may even want a glass of milk to go with it...

These little cookie soaps aren't too hard to make with a few round cookie cutters and a scalloped cookie cutter for the "bite."   The cookie is embedded inside the bar of soap so the design won't wear off when you wash. 

A little adaptation to the cookie soap...

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar Soap

Inspired to look and smell like one of my favorite treats!  This soap has a sugar scrub for the bottom brownie layer for a bit of exfoliation. 

I have so many soapy ideas... for some reason most of them involve food !?!  I am pretty sure I will run out of soap before I run out of ideas. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New Twist on an old Design

I am new to blogging.  Want proof?  I just found out the hard way that if you are 99% done with your post and then accidently navigate away from the page, your post is gone.  Bummer.  So here we go with take two.

This week has definitely had its ups and downs.  The downs?  The stomach flu and a super sick one year old.  We are all finally starting to feel much better after a few miserable days.

The ups?  Well one "up" was this project that I was able to complete for a really terrific Etsy customer:

This is a great example of how anything can be customized.  I love to customize because I really want people to enjoy art that fits their particular personality/space/taste.  In December I was able to make this fun design for some great people:

We came up with a plan to change the colors to match this child's room, added an extra canvas (that little monkey no longer needed a piggy back ride), and really personalized it just for Caleb.

The result . . . these guys!

Have I mentioned my love for Etsy?  What an incredible place to find pretty much any handmade item that you could imagine.  So many creative folks out there.  I am amazed. . . and maybe little obsessed.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It all started...

It all started when I was 5 months pregnant.  We found out we were having a little boy and the first thing I wanted to do was paint his room.  Some people shop for blue things, others call all their friends, but all I could think about was a Seuss room for my little boy.  Something that would make it feel like he was living in a book.  So here is what I did:

Before this project I really hadn't painted in years.  But after this my craftiness came back to life! 

I did a few projects for friends while still working full time...

But didn't really start focusing on the business until I stopped working at my "real" job. 
Now I do a lot of painting and other crafty things during naptime and late at night.  My husband teases me with his question, "Working late today?" when I'm up at 11pm painting and watching a movie in the living room.  Boy, if this is working overtime, I'll take it!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm officially a blogger

I like reading other people's blogs.  I have tossed around the idea of entering the world of blogging myself.  Well here it is friends, my blog dedicated to all things crafty (and probably a few other things too). 

Like this guy

who actually looks more like this now:

I promise this will not just be another venue to show pictures of my wonderful toddler, but I just couldn't resist.  Welcome to my blog!