Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Silly Soaps Tutuorial (Silly Bandz Soap)

Kids are obsessed with these Silly Bandz, so it was only obvious that I had to make some soaps with them. I was putting it off for a long time, but my friend finally pushed to to do it, telling me what are you waiting for? She was right, I was just too lazy.

Silly Soaps
From Silly Soaps Tutorial (Silly Bandz Soap)

Get your supplies ready
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Fist we need one ounces of clear melt & pour soap base. Microwave, pour into the mold, then place your Silly Bandz inside the mold, spray with rubbing alcohol. I don't add fragrance here, because it could cloud up your soap. Let it set, or at least get hard enough before you pour the next layer.
From Silly Soaps Tutorial (Silly Bandz Soap)

Then when it's finally set, melt three ounces of white melt & pour base, then add fragrance when slightly cooled down. Spray rubbing alcohol on the clear, and then pour the white soap base on top of the clear base. Spray rubbing alcohol again to get rid of any excess bubbles.
From Silly Soaps Tutorial (Silly Bandz Soap)

Silly Soaps (Silly Bandz Soap)
From Silly Soaps Tutorial (Silly Bandz Soap)

This is what is looks like when you add fragrance to the clear soap, it looks cloudy.
From Silly Soaps Tutorial (Silly Bandz Soap)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Soap Popsicle Tutorial

I was asked to do a tutorial on how to make soap popsicles by many of my customers, now I don't have too. I was reading through green bean's crafterole and found another great tutorial she has made. I thought everyone would enjoy this one.

Green Bean's Crafterole
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Leaf Soap Tutorial

Wow I can't believe how time flies when you are making soap. My sister told me that it has been a while since I last posted so my next post had to be great. She sent me this link and thought this was a great idea, I definitely agree. The tutorial is too long to post, and I'm just too lazy but I will leave you a link to check it out for yourself.

The Green Beans Crafterole
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Friday, October 1, 2010

You Could Win 10 Pounds of Soap

That's right www.SoapPlace.com has a contest going on right now. Submit your project to them, and you can be featured on there site, and win 10 pounds of soap. Now that comes with some serious bragging rights. I already know which project i'm going to submit, what are you going to do?

Check out how to enter, and contest rules.

Spooky Cutout Soaps - Project Idea from Life of the Party

I've recently signed up for news letters from www.SoapPlace.com, and i'm sure glad I did. I just received this tutorial on how to make Spooky Cutout Soaps. This a great tutorial, I learned that you can mix equal drops of red, blue and yellow color and stir until you get a dark black (they recommend using 5 drops of each color). I always wondered how to get the color black in your soap, and now I know. Thanks Soap Place, keep up the great tutorials.

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Get Creative People

I have been looking for this tool for a long time at Ikea. They have been out of stock forever, and they finally just got them in. PRODUKT Milk-frother sells for only $1.99 originally used to froth your milk for lattes, and cappuccinos, now has a even better use. KB Shimmer first used this milk frother to mix her mica's in the her soap, making the best swirled soap tutorial on the planet. Now that is some seriously creative thinking.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gooey Brain Cupcake Soap

I just found Sun Basil Garden making Gooey Brain Cupcake Soap, using my favorite mold that I mentioned in my earlier post. Check her shop out, she has great stuff.

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Sale Sale Sale

I'm clearing out my soap closet to make way for new products, and scents. I have 5 Christmas bazaars coming up, and I want new stuff to sell there. I listed everything on Ebay really cheap. I posted the link below. Good Luck

Addicted To Soap Ebay Store

Sale Sale Sale

I'm clearing out my soap closet to make way for new products, and scents. I have 5 Christmas bazaars coming up, and I want new stuff to sell there. I listed everything on Ebay really cheap. I posted the link below. Good Luck

http://shop.ebay.com/addictedtosoap/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 Color Swirl Soap

My husband was running out of soap, so he asked me to make some more for him. He wanted something manly of coarse, but he also wanted it to look good. I finally tried KB Shimmer's swirling in the pot tutorial, and I'm glad I did. Swirling is a lot of work, but it's so worth it. The soap speaks for it's self.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to Make Your Own Soap Stamp

I don't know how I found this blog, but I'm sure glad I did. Soaphora shows you how she made her own soap stamp using very simple tool from Making Memories.

Making Memories Stamp
From How To Make Your Own Soap Stamp

How to stamp your soap.
From How To Make Your Own Soap Stamp

Tada, your soap is stamped. It's that easy.
From How To Make Your Own Soap Stamp

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How To Make Wood Wick Candles

I found this great tutorial at Lone Star Candle Supply it shows you how to make candles with wood wicks. This is the new craze in candle making, and I am so excited that I found a tutorial to show me how to make it myself.

Start by gathering all the items that you will need. The candle making process will go much more smoothly if everything is readily accessible.

Materials Needed:

* Single Pour Container Candle Wax
* Candle Jars or Containers
* Fragrance Oil
* Candle Dye
* Wood Wicks with tabs
* Pouring Pot
* Thermometer
* UV Stabilizer (Optional)
* Glue Gun or Glue Dots (Optional)
* Caution Labels (Optional, but highly recommended)
* End Nipper Pliers or Nail Clippers
* Butcher Paper or Newspaper
* Paper Towels
* Cookie Sheet or Pan
* Metal Spoon or Stir Stick
* Sauce Pan
* Metal Cookie Cutter

Cover your work area with butcher paper or newspaper. Spills or drips are most times unavoidable, and clean up is much easier if you don’t have to clean wax off of your work surface.

Step 1 - Preheat containers

First, you will need to heat your containers. Preheat the oven to around 150o - 170o, or the lowest temperature setting. The “Keep Warm” setting will work if you can not set the temperature that low. Place the containers you will be using on a cookie sheet or pan and put them in the oven. The containers can stay in the oven until you are ready to use them. Heating not only helps eliminate jump lines, but it also helps prevent possible breakage when pouring hot wax into a cold container.

Step 2 - Prepare the wax mixture

For instructions on preparing the wax, please see our How to Prepare Wax for Pouring guide. You can continue with the following steps while your wax is melting.

Step 3 - Wick the containers

The tabbed wood wicks will stand straight in the jars without gluing them, but they may move when the wax is poured. Add a small amount of hot glue or a Glue Dot to the bottom of the tab. Press it firmly into the container, but don't press too hard or the prongs on the tab can move. Make sure the wick is as close to the center as possible.

Step 4 - Pour the wax mixture

Slowly pour the wax into the container making sure not to fill past the widest part of the jar. (There are exceptions to this, such as the tureen jar.) If you pour too quickly, the wax may splash up the side of the jar or form small air bubbles on top of the wax. Avoid pouring wax directly onto the wick. You can adjust the wick slightly if needed, but don't move it around too much; the prongs on the wick
tab can easily bend allowing the wick to lean to one side and be off center.

Step 5 - Allow to cool

When the candle has completely set, you will be ready to trim the wick. Trying to trim the wick too soon will disrupt the wax around the wick.

Step 6 - Trim the wick

Trim the wick to 1/8 length using end nipper pliers or nail clippers. Be sure not to trim them too short because they would not burn properly. (The wick should have the double thickness of wood exposed for lighting.) You may then put the lid back on the container.

Step 7 - Apply caution label

It is highly recommended to add a caution label. You may also choose to add labels unique to your business, fragrance name labels, or a special label for your line of wood wick candles.

That's it!

Now you can enjoy the crackling sounds of a fire without the hassle or mess while enjoying your favorite scents! Are you ready to give it a try?

You may order everything you need by browsing our selection of candle making supplies.

Here is some more places that stock wood wicks.
http://www.herbalhut.com/detail.aspx?ID=20953
http://www.candlewic.com/Store/Category.aspx?q=c164

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pillow Box Tutorial For Your Handmade Soaps

Give this easy craft project tutorial a try. Make these cute pillow boxes and use them for packaging up your handmade soaps or other bath and body products. I found this great tutorial at Soap Making Essentials, check them out.

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Assemble the following supplies to make this pillow box craft project:

* 1 - 8.5" x 11" sheet of decorative cardstock (or 1 sheet of plain cardstock and 1 sheet of decorative paper)
* glue stick (to glue cardstock and decorative paper together)
* doublesided tape (or regular scotch tape)
* scissors
* blunt object for scoring on dotted lines...I used a mechanical pencil with the lead retracted.
* ruler
* raffia or ribbon
* labels or tags

Craft project instructions:

1. Begin by saving this template to your computer.
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2. To save the template, click the link above, right click on the picture, select "Save Picture As..." and save to your desktop or desired location.

3. Print the template onto the backside of your decorative cardstock or plain cardstock, depending on which you are using.

4. If you are using the plain cardstock and decorative paper, use the glue stick to bond the two pieces of paper together. Make sure to glue the decorative paper to the blank side of the cardstock.

5. Cut the template out along the solid lines.

6. Using the ruler and scoring tool, score along all the dotted lines of the template.

7. Firmly fold and crease the straight lines.

8. Apply a strip of doublesided tape to the decorative side of the tab, fold
template and seal shut.

9. Gently crease and fold the curved dotted lines.

10. Tape one end shut.

11. Fill the pillow box, close and decorate with ribbon and tags or labels.

These boxes are perfect for packaging soaps that measure up to 3" x 2.5" x 1.25". Try using them as stocking stuffer or sampler packs and filling them with guest sized bath and body items.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cream Soap Tutorial

I found this tutorial on Yummy Suds, she has really neat stuff there, you should check her out.

From Cream Soap

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Funnel Swirls Tutorial By Lomond Soap

This tutorial is from Corrie at Lomond Soap. If you get a chance, check out her very cool soaping skills!

Funnel Swirls by Lomond Soap

How they're done!
1. Set up your mould, fully lined. You will need to rig up a device to hold your funnel in place. Mine is 4 chopsticks tied together with bag ties! So long as it doesn't fall over whilst pouring, anything will do. For this technique I find that soaping cool to cold gives you the time to separate, color & fragrance your batch. You can always put it on the radiator once you're done to kick start the gel.
From Funnel Soap

2. Make up your soap base as normal. Stick blend enough to combine your oils & lye. You want thin trace not thick! (If it's too thick it won't flow through the funnel).
From Funnel Soap

3. Split your soap batter into 2 halves, color & fragrance each one. Again, only stir enough to combine the additives well. You do not want a thick batter. If you are adventurous you could try 3 or 4 colors.In the pic below I'm adding Titanium Dioxide powder to this half.
From Funnel Soap

In the next I'm adding a green color to the other half.
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4. Ok, so now you've got 2 pots of colored batter. Pour those into 2 jugs ready for pouring. Don't hang around whilst doing this. Have everything ready before you start.
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5. Start pouring first one color, into the funnel, then the other. The amount you pour of each color will affect the final look, it's trial and error in this part.
From Funnel Soap

The pic below shows the mold about half full, you can see how the swirls are building up.
From Funnel Soap

6. Pour till all your batter is used up. And you're finished! The one I made above is called "Yo! Limey" and turned out like this...It's fun, no 2 bars look the same. For those like me who are swirly challenged, give it a try!
From Funnel Soap

Monday, April 12, 2010

Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs Tutorial

I have always wanted to make these, and now you can. I found this great tutorial on From Nature With Love.
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These super cute, single use sugar scrubs are a fun twist on an old favorite. Made with Melt & Pour soap base, they are a cinch to whip up, and to make they are totally adorable! For this recipe, we used Rosehip & Jojoba Melt & Pour Base, one of our many unique specialty MP Bases. To customize this recipe, try substituting any of our other MP Bases, along with the Fragrance Oil and Carrier Oils.

Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs

Ingredients

* 16 ounces Rosehip & Jojoba Melt & Pour Base
* 2 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
* 2 ounces Rosehip Seed Oil
* 4 cups White Sugar
* 1/2 oz. Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil (Raspberry is a great choice too!)
* 1/2 teaspoon Pink Glimmer Mica
* 1/2 teaspoon Cobalt Mica

Special Equipment Needed

* 2 Brownie Pans (9" x 13" Baking Pan)
* Double Boiler

Directions

This recipe is made in two batches. Start by lining the brownie pan with a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Use enough paper so that you'll be able to lift the edges out once your scrubs have cooled. Next, chop 8 ounces of Melt & Pour Base into cubes, then melting it in a double boiler. While the Base is melting, measure and pour 2 cups of Sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the Pink Glimmer Mica to the sugar and mix it well, making sure to break up any clumps. Once the Melt & Pour Base has melted completely, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 oz. of Fractionated Coconut Oil, 1 ounce of Rosehip Seed Oil, and 1/4 oz. of Fragrance Oil to the Base and stir well. Next, slowly pour the colored sugar into the Melt & Pour Base, stirring continuously. Make sure the sugar is fully mixed by breaking up any clumps that appear. If the mixture begins to harden too quickly, return the double boiler to the hot water as you stir. As soon as the sugar is mixed in, pour the hot mixture into one of the brownie pans. Use a spoon to quickly spread out the mixture, creating one even layer over the pan.

Wash out your double boiler pot and repeat this process, substituting the Pink Glimmer Mica for the Cobalt. Once both batches are finished, you'll need to leave them in a cool, safe place for them to harden up. Make sure you give them plenty of time to cool, or you could damage them during the next step. Once you are sure the scrubs have cooled completely, you can pop them out of the brownie pans. Use the paper lining to gently lift them out of the pan if possible. If that doesn't work, turn the pan upside down on a clean work surface and tap the bottom to help knock them loose. If you are still having trouble, try popping the pans into the freezer for two minutes each.

When the scrubs come out of the pans they should be in two large slabs. Carefully trace a grid of horizontal and vertical lines in the surface, then carefully cut along the lines, creating cute little cubes of scrub. Package them as soon as you can to keep them from attracting moisture.

Usage & Packaging

These itty bitty little scrubs are meant for single use. On your way into the shower or bath, grab a cube and use it to scrub rough spots on your arms, legs, hands, feet, or back. These are a little too harsh for your face, or other sensitive areas. The scrub can be rubbed on as is, or you can crush the cube into a more classic texture, but gently pushing on the edges after it has been warmed in water.

Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs fit quite well in our Acetate Soap Boxes, and will look extra cute when they are decorated with our free, printable labels. Click here to download a label sheet: Download Candy Shop Sugar Scrubs Sheet

Sunday, March 21, 2010

KB Shimmer In The Pot Swirling Video

If you really want to learn how to swirl soap watch these video's. KB Shimmer makes it look so easy, so I'm going to try to make soap using here swirling technique. I will post photos this week if they come out good, which I'm sure they will. Enjoy.




Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lego Soap Tutorial With Mold

I was just thinking about making lego soap for my kids, but I don't have a lego mold. I checked the lego store online, and they sold out of the particular mold that I wanted. Then I searched online and found this amazing tutorial at Roots & Wings Co. I would have posted the tutorial here, but it was way too long. Go check it out.

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Look at how easy it is to make your own mold.
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Mais Kes Ka Fee New E-Magazine Tutorial

Mais Kes Ka Fee has done it again, she finally has her third edition out for her popular e-magazine. It's free for all of us to read. She is extremely talented, and you shouldn't let her French shy you away from her site. Just search for her in Google, and her site will appear, and make sure you click the translate this page link that will find next to her site in the Google search.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Future Primitive Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to make those thin lines in your soap? Well Future Primitive make an easy to follow video that shows you how.

How To Make Your Own Massage Candle

Here is a new tutorial video that I found on Homemade Bath Products Blog. It shows us how Soap Queen makes Massage Candles. Massage candles are a wonderfully luxurious treat to make for yourself or that special someone. A massage candle is a blend of skin safe waxes, oils and essential oils that melt at a low temperature, perfect for a warm and soothing massage.

Soap Queen TV - Massage Candles from Soap Queen on Vimeo.


If you would like to follow along, here are the ingredients Anne-Marie uses:

4 oz. Container Soy Wax
1 oz. Deodorized Cocoa Butter
4 oz. Avocado Oil
5 oz. Shea Butter
1/2 oz Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
1/2 oz Patchouli Essential Oil
4 six oz. Candle Tins
4 WU 250 Wicks

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How To Make Your Own Massage Oil

Which Massage Oil is Best? There are many types of massage oils available. They range from single oils such as sweet almond oil, and sunflower oil. If you shop at spas, or skin care stores you're more likely to find blended massage oils containing two or more massage oils.

It's important to know the difference to make the best choice of massage oils for yourself.

1. Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular massage oils among massage therapists. Extracted from almonds, sweet almond oil is pale yellow in color.

It is slightly oily, which allows hands to glide easily over skin. Sweet almond oil is absorbed fairly quickly, but not so quickly that you need to keep reapplying it.

Compared with other oils, sweet almond oil is reasonably priced. It usually does not irritate skin. People with nut allergies should not use almond oil.

2. Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is similar in texture and color to almond oil, but costs slightly more. It is rich in vitamin E, a quality that gives it a longer shelf life than the typical oil.

Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil is absorbed into the skin, so it won't leave people feeling greasy afterwards. This property also makes it a good oil to use for aromatherapy massage.

Apricot kernel oil is a good alternative to sweet almond oil for people with nut allergies.

3. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is actually a wax extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant. Jojoba is a good option for most people prone to back acne because it is thought to have antibacterial properties and contains long chain wax esters that closely resembles skin sebum.

Jojoba has a very long shelf life, so it's a good choice if you don't use it regularly.

It is very well-absorbed, which makes it a favorite carrier oil for aromatherapy. Jojoba is usually not irritating to skin.

One drawback: jojoba oil is so silky and quickly absorbed, you may need to reapply it often or mix it with other oils listed here. It is more pricey than sweet almond oil.

4. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Although you may think of coconut oil as being a thick, white solid oil, fractionated coconut oil is actually a light, non-greasy, liquid oil.

It is called fractionated coconut oil because it contains only a fraction of the whole oil. The long-chain triglycerides have been removed, leaving only the medium-chain triglycerides.

Fractionated coconut oil is less pricey than many other oils (it's comparable to sweet almond oil) and like jojoba oil, has a very long shelf life. But perhaps the top feature of fractionated coconut oil is that it tends not to stain sheets, a problem with most massage oils.

5. Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil is a light, non-greasy oil that won't leave skin feeling oily. The oil, extracted from sunflower seeds, is rich in the essential fatty acid linoleic acid, as well as palmitic acid and stearic acid, all components of healthy skin. The amount of linoleic acid in skin declines with age and can be stripped by harsh soaps and cleansers.

Sunflower oil can go rancid quickly, so it should be purchased in small quantities and stored in a dark cool area. Squeezing one or two capsules of pure vitamin E oil into the bottle may help to extend the shelf life.

People with allergies to the sunflower plant family should avoid sunflower oil.

Other Massage Oils

* Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is pressed from the avocado fruit. Deep green in color, avocado oil is a heavier oil and is usually mixed with lighter massage oils such as sweet almond oil.

Avocado oil is roughly double the cost of sweet almond oil. People who are sensitive to latex may be sensitive to avocado oil.

* Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is very rich and has a distinct chocolate aroma. It is solid at room temperature and has a heavy texture, so it needs to be blended with other oils or used only for very small areas.

* Grapeseed Oil
In many respects, grapeseed oil makes a great massage oil. It has little-to-no odor, and it has a smooth, silky texture without being greasy.

However, most grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds using a solvent (rather than being pressed from the seeds), which some aromatherapists say make it an inferior oil for aromatherapy massage.

* Kukui Nut Oil
A light, thin, non-greasy oil. Native to a Hawaii, kukui nut oil is typically used on all skin types, including oily skin and sun-damaged skin.

* Olive Oil
Most people are familiar with olive oil as a cooking oil, but it is occasionally used for massage. It is a heavy oil with a greasy or sticky texture and recognizable aroma that many associate with cooking, so it's usually not used on its own for massage.

One study compared topical olive oil with sunflower oil and found that olive oil had no effect on epidermal barrier function, whereas topical sunflower oil resulted in significant improvement in the skin barrier.

* Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is prized in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. It is used in a daily Ayurvedic self-massage called abhyanga, as well as shirodhara.

According to Ayurveda, sesame oil is especially useful for nourishing and detoxifying and for ailments associated with the vata type, such as anxiety, poor circulation, constipation, bloating, and excessive dryness.

Sesame oil is a rather thick oil that may leave skin feeling oily, so it can be blended with lighter massage oils. The unrefined oil has a strong aroma.

* Shea Butter
Extracted from the seeds of a tree native to Africa, shea butter is a solid at room temperature. Like cocoa butter, shea butter is heavy and can leave an oily feeling on skin, so it is usually not used on its own for massage. It may be blended or used for very small areas.

Shea contains a natural latex, so people with latex allergies should do a patch test before using it.

* Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is too thick to use on its own as a massage oil, but it can be blended with lighter oils. Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamin E.

And finally, instead of oil, massage therapists often use specially-formulated massage gels and lotions.


Basic Massage Oil Recipe
by Pioneerthinking.com

Ingredients:

* 6 teaspoons carrier oil of your choice
* 8 drops of essential/fragrance oil of your choice

Instructions:

Blend ingredients well.

Warm up your oil before doing any massage, it just feels the massage feel that much better.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Soap Queen makes Milled Soap

This is a must see for all soapmakers. I taught myself how to mill soap, and it took many tries, and made a lot of ugly soap before I figured it out. This video can't be any simpler to follow, and when your done make some rebatched soap, or as the fancy people like to say French Milled Soap.

Soap Queen TV: How to Make Rebatch Soap from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Running Barefoot

I took up running about two weeks ago, not knowing the importance of running shoes. I began to run using my Nike Air Rifts, and that really kicked my ass. My feet all the way through my thighs were just throbbing with pain. I didn't know any better, and I thought I could run in anything.

Nike Air Rift
From Asics


My friend told me running is not supposed to hurt you, you need better running shoes. She loaned me a pair she had laying around that have never been used. When I first started running in then they felt great, after about 15 minutes, they hurt my feet so bad I took then off and ran barefoot. While running barefoot felt good at the time, the pain caught up to me that night. I got discouraged to run, thinking I will never find a good comfortable running shoe.

I decided to give it one last try and look for running shoes here in Malaysia. This was a super hard thing to do, since they have very little variety, and sizes in running shoes. I stumbled upon the Asics Gel Trabuco 10 WR and tried them on, they felt great, and very roomy so I purchased them. I went home eager to try them out, I ran 4 miles that day, and didn't feel anything, which was weird at first because all I ever felt was pain running. I then realized this is what you are supposed to feel, nothing but a smooth run. I loved them, and now love running everyday with these smooth kicks on my feet.

Asics Gel Trabuco 10 WR
From Asics

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The New Soapylove Book!

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I finally received my copy of the new SoapyLove Book. Boy I thought I was creative, Debbie's melt & pour techniques are just plain genius. My favorite project is definitely the Alien Toy UFO Soap. I loved how amazing the soap looked, and it was easy enough for my kids to do.

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My kids loved every project, but there absolute favorite is the soapsicle.

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Our soapsicles didn't look as amazing as Debbie's, but they were good enough to make my kids take really, really long baths. Now that is what I call great soap, ha ha ha.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wrapping Soap in Paper Tutorial

Another update, I am now being featured on SMF Tutorials. I'm so happy to be apart of such a great soapmakers site, it just made my day. Go check there site for more great soap tutorials.

New update I have been featured on Peacefully Folding. Thanks for the feature.

I was so inspired with my last post, that I decided to make my own wrapped soap in paper tutorial. I can't do fancy things with Adobe photoshop, like merge picture into a collage, but I am really creative. I think you will all love this tread because I recycle paper, and a gift bag that you would normally not find any other uses for.

I took some 12x12 scrapbook paper folded it, and cut it in half.
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I then placed the paper aside, and began to wrap my soap like you would a present in wax paper. I tried wrapping the soap in paper without wax paper and it was impossible. The scrapbook paper could not stay put without the help of the wax paper to adhere to. Also the wax paper protects both the soap, and wrapping paper from being damaged.
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I then place the wax wrapped soap on the scrapbook paper and begin to wrap it like you would a present.
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Once finished it should look like this.
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Now this is were you get creative. You take a pick of whatever ribbon you have, or go buy some really fancy stuff and begin to wrap it around the soap. I like to use thick ribbon because it hides all the scotch tape, creases and seams.
From Wrapping Soap


Once your done wrapping the ribbon around, secure it with some tape, or glue. Then add a sticker for some added detail.
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Here is another example that I did with a different ribbon.
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Now this was a gift bag, with beautiful ribbon handles that you saw earlier in one of my photos.
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I simply took it a part at the seam, and spread it out like a sheet of paper. I trimmed the excess parts that were already creased because they could not be used. I used the same technique described earlier and wrapped the soap. I also used the handles that were ribbon around the soap, and to finish it off I used one of my sticker labels.
From Wrapping Soap


When you get creative the possibilities are endless. You can make many looks just by changing the paper and ribbon, two things that are very simple to do.
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This one is a little bit cheesy, ha ha ha ha, but still cute.
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Feel free to pass this along, and share it with friends and post it on your blog. Please link back to my site, and give me credit for the tutorial.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

How to wrap your soap with paper. Tutorial

I found a while back Creature Comforts tutorial for DIY Paper Wrapped Soaps. Since I have been playing with the idea on wrapping my soaps with paper, I thought it would be great to share this with everyone else.

D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps
From D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps


Packaging says so much about a product... and while we might all love the look of beautifully paper-wrapped soap (generally found in chic boutiques and swanky salons), not many of us want to spend a load of cash for one bar (pretty as it may be). So I've come up with a quick fix (others before me have probably done the same)... Easy D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps with free printable labels!

I put together this simple little tutorial with Mother's Day in mind, but you could utilize it any time. Be creative! I'm thinking favors for bridesmaids, housewarmings, baby showers, etc. Give just one beautifully wrapped bar alone, or a set of your favorites. Try tucking one inside a basket with other soothing items for a friend who needs a kind little pick-me-up. However you choose to make and use 'em... have fun!

For the free download, as well as written and photo directions...

From D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps


Project Time:
Around 15 minutes or less.

SUPPLIES:
-Rectangular bar of soap
-Decorative paper
-Ruler
-Cutting tool
-Double sided tape - permanent strength.
-Ribbon (optional)
-Labels Download free-oval-round-labels.pdf

DIRECTIONS:

1. Purchase a bar (or more if you'd like) of your favorite soap. A bar of French milled soap,(such as the one I used) cost less than $4 at Trader Joe's (the packaging wasn't very cute, but it smells amazing). Select the decorative paper that you'd like. For this project I used papers from Martha Stewart's crafting paper... but you can use any piece that you like as long as it is big enough, and not too thick (or flimsy).

2. Measure your soap bar: Length, width, and height. The length of your paper needs to equal 2 x width + 2 x height + an extra two inches or more of excess (you can trim or tuck it later if needed). The width of your paper will equal 1 x width + 2 x height.

3. Cut your paper to the correct size. You can use scissors, a craft knife, paper cutter... whichever is easiest for you.

4. Place your bar in the center of your prepared paper and begin creasing around it where each measurement falls (it's easiest to start with the two longest sides (as shown). This process will create nice sharp lines for you to work with and will give your finished package a really clean professional look. Feel free to move the bar if it gets in your way.

5. Once you have all your edges creased, place your bar back in the center (now you have a little grid to follow, courtesy of your crease work). Note how the excess paper folds over one side of your bar (see image), and also to the under side of the end flap (this will give a nice seamless edge when closed). Seal your package closed with double sided tape.

6. Fold in your end flaps as shown in the photo (just like wrapping a present) and seal closed with double sided tape. Be sure that your flaps close towards the bottom side (the side you just closed in the previous step).

7. Once all sides are secured, print out the free labels I created for this project (there are 9 labels in three colors - grey, aqua, and peach)...I left them blank so that you can write your own message. Wrap a band of complimentary ribbon around your bar and affix with double sided tape and then do the same with your label.

8. All done! You did it!

Please feel free to pass this project along to your friends, family, and/or blog readers. Share the love!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bali

The pictures speak for themselves. It was beautiful, and we had so much fun there. It has been a while since we took a family vacation, and I'm really glad we did.

New Years Eve 2009

We were invited to a new Years Eve's Party at the Malaysian Petroleum Club. I actually didn't want to go because we had a flight to catch that morning to Bali. Ramsey forced me to go, and I'm glad he did. The Malaysian Petroleum Club was on the 42nd floor, next to the famous Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge. The view was amazing, and we had the best seats in the house to watch the fireworks. We sat on the table with many other ExxonMobil employees, that we never met before. It's always nice getting to know new people. They had two really good bands playing that night, and the food was great. The party finally ended and we went home exhausted. We rushed to bed because we knew we only have 4 hours to sleep before we got up to go the airport the next day.

Christmas Brunch

We don't celebrate Christmas, but I do participate in eating brunch with friends. We went to the Westin Hotel at Bukit Bintang and ate in the Prego restaurant, and it was so amazing. The best food, all Italian inspired, all you can eat, all day long. Were so full we couldn't even think about eating dinner that night. I honestly can't wait to do it next year, but this time I will prepare myself for the amazing food we will eat by fasting the day before so I don't feel guilty pigging out.

Zidan and friends

Boy I'm seriously backed up on blogging, and posting photos. Here is a random album of Zidan with his friends.

Swirling with the best

I want to thank all my readers for stopping by every month and checking out what I'm doing. So I wanted to post a tutorial about swirling with the best in the soaping world, but that would take all night. So I would be glad to share with anyone who is interested. Please email me and I will send you a copy of the tutorial and feel free to share it with everyone. Thanks again for being so great.

A book every soapmaker should have.

I just purchased The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia and it's exactly the kind of book I was looking for. It has detailed information about 385 plant oils, there origin, history, and practical uses. It also has documented properties for some of the oils, and the best method for use. It even has a chapter on vegetable oils, butter, and waxes. Both writers Carol, and David Schiller are recognized experts with over 5 internationally published books on the use of essential oils.

If your a soapmaker you will really appreciate this book, I can't live without it.