Showing posts with label handmade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label handmade. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Handcrafted soap and soap molds


Aren't these soap molds just gorgeous? My wonderful husband made them for me.  There is a total of 3- 3.5 lb loaf molds and a 2 lb for more of my specialty soap loafs. 3 sides are attached with heavy duty pressure hinges and the one end is static. The hinges are so strong that I don't have to reinforce the sides from expansion, or at least I haven't had to clean up a soap explosion yet from over expansion. Yeah! These molds are so easy to use that when my soap is ready for pouring all i have to do is make parchment paper liners to fit and depending on the recipe I will add a wood topper for heat retention. 

Once the soap is set the sides of these molds just fold down allowing you to slide the loaf out. This is our Eucalyptus and Sage 2lb loaf that has now set and is ready for cutting and curing.


With any craft sometimes you have successes and sometimes you have failures, this project encompasses both. This is a bubblegum scented loaf and a personal favorite but a total retail failure. This Bubblegum bar is made of both hot process soap base and cold process soap balls that i made using left over base from my heart cupcake soap topped off with some soap icing. These bases are made using different recipes but combine to form an ultra deluxe bar chalk full of coconut milk, Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, palm kernel flakes, vitamin e. Let me tell you that once you use a real soap you will never go back to that chemical laden bars they sell in the supermarket. 
This bar did discolor to a dirty flesh tone with pink balls after curing for a few weeks which I don't mind but I won't sell to my customers. This discoloration is caused from the vanilla in the scent so without adding more artificial colorants to try and offset this I will just have to accept the outcome. 

Castille soap is extremely gentle and low sudsing and is one of the oldest and purest form of soap known to man dating back to the Babylonians of 2800 BC. This bar uses nothing but lye, olive oil and water in its construction and I would recommend this soap for anyone that has sensitive skin, babies or as a face soap it can't be beat. This is available by special order only as it can take more than 6 months to fully cure. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sleigh Ride Handcrafted Soap for Men

"Sleigh Ride" is one of the fragrances from New Directions that I receieved for the more masculine soaps I made this year and I love it!  Their description of the scent includes top notes of eucalyptus, citrus, ozone floral with nuances of strawberry. Floral mid notes of cinnamon, carnation and tuberose blend into a warm base of cedar, violet, balsam, powder and musk.  It may be just be me but when I smell it I am reminded of my grandpas sweet pipe tobacco.
Inspired by the name of the fragrance, I designed this soap in a white base (snow) and added a pencil line of activated charcoal (for the shadows that you would see on a moonlit stroll through the woods)and added a sharp peaked top that shimmer with white glitter (to represent the shimmery snow caps in the moonlight) . This soap is a treat for all your senses. What do you think?

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Adeps Suillus, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, titanium dioxide, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, fragrance, mica, activated charcoal


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Peppermint Fudge Hot Process Soap

Always a hit with the crowd. Chocolate brownie batter with a hint of peppermint, trust me when I say this, they smell good enough to eat. This luxurious hot processes soap bar is made up of real cocoa and coffee and is enhanced with cocoa butter, peppermint essential oil and is dotted with gold jojoba pockets of vitamin E for some extra skin loving qualities.  These bars were cut to weigh aprox. 4 - 4.5 oz each   

Peppermint Fudge Soap

 
I would love to hear what you think?




Ingredients: Aqua (water) , Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil (palm kernel flakes from a sustainable source), Cocos Nucifera (coconut oil), Olea Europaea (olive oil), sodium hydroxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa butter) , Cocoa,  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint essential oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), coffea Arabica (coffee), gold mica
  
 
 

 

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Adventures - Soap Making

Happy New Year to you all.  Where does the time go? From Mid September to the first week of January it is non stop around here trying to fulfill orders, make gifts, bake, visit, concerts... you know the holiday routine. Ahhh Now all I want to do is just sit, have a cup of tea and of course think about my next project.
Well ever since my baby girl got sick a few years ago with severe food allergies to casein (milk protein) and egg whites, it has flipped everything we knew about the world we lived in upside down. We are now required to read EVERY LABLE, whether it is a whole food or not, you would be scared to know just how lax the labeling requirements are for the food we consume. Vaccinations are touch and go and even the products we use on our body is extremely dangerous in most cases. So in order to face this challenge head on, we have taken control of what we put in our body by making 95% of the food we eat from scratch and grow it when ever possible. We have also learned the art of soap making.
This year for Christmas, instead of making the adults an ornament, I thought I would test out some of my soaps, and to my surprise they have gone over extremely well.  I think I'll be looking into this a little more seriously.

This is my Heritage Bar.  It is hot processed in the crockpot it has a very uplifting citrus and tea tree scent, which is highlighted by the ultra luxurious creamy bubbles and shea butter for moisturizing. Ingredients are listed at the bottom.


As you see, there is nothing fancy here. An old crockpot and utensils that are for soap making ONLY. A plastic shallow tub from the Dollarstore which is lined with a plastic garbage bag and for cutting I used a bench scraper. Let the sit out for a few weeks to dry them out (this will allow the bar to get harder, milder and will last longer.) Hot process soap is one that you can use right away in a pinch but real soap should be treated as a fine wine. It is always better with age.

****If you are going to be attempting this at home, use caution and educated yourself on safe handling of caustic products. ******


Ingrediants: Cocos Nucifera (coconut Oil), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive oil), Aqua (water) Sodium hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate (steric acid), bergamont oil, orange oil, lime oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, lavendula officinalis (lavender), melaleuca (tea tree), mica, tumeric

Ingrédients : Cocos nucifera , l'huile hydrogénée vedgetable, Olea europaea , Aqua . L'hydroxyde de sodium , 4 Simmondsia chinensis ( jojoba ) Seed Oil , Tocopherol , Glyceryl Stearate , l'huile bergamote , d'orange, huile de citron vert, pamplemousse , huile, huile de citron , lavendula officinalis , Melaleuca , mica, tumeric

 
 
I would love to hear what you think.
 





 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting ready for the Christmas season with these little crocheted Snowflakes

I love the look of decorated Christmas trees from the past. They are not your typical cookie cutter, commercial trees. They were all decorated from items that family or friends have made and these items were passed from generation to generation. One of these decorations that I remember being on some of those trees of yesteryear were crocheted lacy snowflakes. Here are a few that I have made for our tree and for sale.
These have been made from a variety of free patterns from the web but have all been modified in some way. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014 - How to build a Coffin Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 2 weeks left until Halloween so here are a few more last minute ideas you can use in your Halloween haunt.

Build your own Coffin:
 I built this one using a half sheet of rigid insulation. I didn't really have any measurements to work from. I just took a piece of paper, scaled it to the size of insulation that I had, drew out a quick plan and cut it out. I used duct tape to stick everything together.
Step 2:
I had some leftover red velour fabric from a Freddy Mercury costume from a couple years ago so I cut it to size and used some carpet tape to attach it to the coffin. Carpet tape is a very strong double sided tape that is weather resistant, permanent and won't melt the foam. Then I used a hot solder pen to melt the wood grain patterns into the styrofoam.
I got out the paint in a black, umber, greys and white and just started painting thin washes of color, trying to get the look of aged wood. The skull on top of the coffin is a dollar store foam piece that I thought was perfect for this piece.
I added a few smaller cheap skeletons that I treated with a Kleenex rotting flesh technique. Then I added a few details like a bow tie and cufflinks for the groom and a veil with a beaded tiara for the bride. And we have "till death do us part - coffin project" 



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Little Boy's Treasure Chest

This is number 2 of 3 and the one that has made me so giddy. It turned out awesome, well we think so anyways and my clients are over the top happy. 1 more to go for my litle girl and I will be done with this project. Hopefully I can get it finished to get it under the tree in time. :)


DIY Pearl Necklaces for the girlies.

What little - or big girl for that matter doesn't want a set of pearls to wear with their fancy outfits? So in order to keep all 6 girlies happy they range from 3 to 11 and staying in our handmade pledge i made these pearl pendant necklaces for all of them.


So simple and so classic. Hope you enjoy. :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Beaded Christmas Ornaments




Part of my Handmade Holidays pledge.. 
They are all aprox 2.5 to 3 inch embellished with glass and acrylic beads and handwrapped wire
These colors can be customized for your tree
$2.50 each plus shipping
Hope you enjoy
Tammy

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Primitive Angel Doll

She is finally done and I am so pleased with the way she has turned out. :)
Measuring aprox 11in tall she features glass beaded eyes, burlap wings and a variety of lace and trims throughout.
Hope this helps to set the season. :)
Tammy
For purchase information please PM me.