Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Tutorial

This is a tutorial on how to make honeycomb, or beeswax soap. Thanks to my friends at Crafster I now understand how to make this very simple yet beautiful soap, so I thought I would share it with you.

We first start by lining the mold with a sheet of bubble wrap. A member of Crafster suggested that if I use the smaller bubble wrap that I will achieve a more honeycomb like appearance. I only had the large bubble wrap so that will do, but next time I will try to find some smaller bubble wrap to see if there is any difference in look.

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Next mix the oils, and lye solution at about 95 degrees fahrenheit, this allows for a very long trace time, and that is exactly what I want. I need time to incorporate the oatmeal, milk and honey, and then add the fragrance. The mixture is at trace but still a little runny, I then pour the very smoothly soap mixture into my mold. By taking these steps it allows the soap to form a more smoother, creamer appearance, and take the shape of the bubble wrap.

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The next day has finally arrived and I am so excited to show you what the final product.

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It was super simple and easy, and as you can see the end result is fantastic. I didn't add color to the soap, but the I knew the natural color would look gorgeous, and I was right.

Happy Soaping.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Super Duper Camera

My husband purchased a Nikon D80, which I thought was much to over the top for our picture taking needs. Damn it takes the most crystal clear photos I have ever seen, it was definitely worth the money. My friend recommend taking a camera class which teaches you how to use all the functions of your camera. This class also helps you to take better photos. One of our assignments was to take photos of simple details. I have already seen a major improvement in my photos. I think you will definitely be impressed.

Dionne is a professional photographer and asked me to pass this particular photo to her, because she just loved it. That honestly made me really happy.
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No one really liked this photo, but I really liked the colors.
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Everyone loved this, but I didn't see what the big deal was ha ha ha.
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I liked this one much more.
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This was a stinky flame photo.
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So was this one.
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I loved the texture of this photo.
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This is a great shot.
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This is a great flame shot.
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This is one of my favorites. This photo made Ramsey laugh really hard, because he thought it was a joke. He was forgetting this assignment was to take detailed photos. I also really like how the color of the oranges just jump at you.
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No one liked, but I loved it. It was a accidental shot that turned out beautiful.
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I would really like feedback on my photos, Thanks

The Soap Bar

Today I woke up and found an email in my inbox from my favorite soap blog The Soap Bar. I was so eager to see what Joanna had to say to me, but at the same time I was very nervous. I ran to the kitchen and got my cup of coffee to brace myself for what was about to come. I know I seem very over dramatic, ha ha ha but all these events really did occur. I was so thrilled to see that she wanted to feature my tutorial on her blog that I screamed with excitement. I read the email over and over again to make sure I wasn't dreaming. It made my day, week even month to be featured on such a amazing soap blog. Thanks for your very kind words, I hope you all try making whipped soap, and yes it really does float.

Whipped Soap Tutorial