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Friday, July 5, 2019

Celebrate Hercules 4th of July

Yesterday I had the privilege of vending at the Hercules celebrate 4th of July. I liked that the vendors were so diverse, from chalk kits, to bridal shops to stun devices to soap!
The event was held at a beautiful park called Refugio Valley Park, it was just gorgeous and I have no doubt the folks that live there are pretty proud of it.
The thing that was most cool about the event was the very nature of the event, a way to honor the Veterans (who had a section of seats reserved for them) as well as having the color guard and every piece of patriotic music there was! They had a Run for the Kids and adults and it was really well organized. The most amazing thing was that it was done by a group of volunteers who did it all out of love, no one was paid for the hard

work they put in.
A special thanks goes out to Dee and her husband for all their hard work. Thank you for letting me share along with your community.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Scrub Bars

So I used to make these all the time, my long time peeps will remember them, the last time I did them was 2009! They are something different! I had a lot of requests to make them again, so here they are!
Each 5 ounce chunky bar has a VERY soft nail brush embedded into it. When you aren't using the soap, it stands on the bristles so doesn't get all soggy, and when the soap is all done ( take a while! ) you can use the brush as a soap dish, then when you need to scrub, it's already soapy!

We make these in silicone molds so they unmold nicely.
These fabulous bars are available in Lavender Mint with Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey with Shea Butter and original Orange Java.  You will find them at our Farmers Markets and online! Enjoy! 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The next thing...

Those of you that have been customers for a very long time will remember these, they were last made in 2009!

They are a big beefy 5 Oz bar of soap, with a soft brush embedded inside! The soap stands on the brush when not in use, so it stays dry, not sitting in water. They are still in the curing process but will be ready soon!

There will be 3 scents; Orginal Orange Java, Oatmeal, Milk and Honey with Shea Butter and Lavender-Mint with Cocoa Butter. They will be available at all 3 of our Farmers Markets ( Concord, Pinole and Martinez) as well as the website and the Etsy Shop Check them out!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

It must be January, I'm working on a new post! lol

I seriously do love the new year, it's like a new day, it holds out so much promise, so much possibility! I love to set new goals, it makes me so happy to cross them off the list! 

So far the only thing I have accomplished is updating my banner for the Etsy shop. 
I'm happy with it though, love the colors. 

I will be adding soy candles to the Etsy shop and the website and will be bringing back the scrub bars too, for a limited run at least, more on that when I've got them made! The candles are always a huge challenge to keep in stock, so having them online will be an adventure!

Happy new year! May all your goals be attained! 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Impression Mat Part 2

So I am pretty pleased for a first attempt. Pictures below.
 What would I do differently next time?
I would use a disposable cup to mix in, I generally am a big one to reuse things, but this was messy! I would also use something that had more of a pronouced design, in other words, this was thin, I would have had a better mat with something that wasn't as fine as this was. Pretty happy though!

This completed mat.

Soap made with a little color, to highlight the impressions.

Soap with no color.

I hope the information provided will inspire you to make your own mat! For further reading, check out, her instructions are fabulous! 

Monday, January 22, 2018

DIY Impression Mat for Soap ( part 1 )

So I have been using impression mats for ages, I usually get the silicone ones made for fondant (cake or candy use) They are gorgeous but not cheap! I love the way the soap picks  up all the intricate details, like this. you can also put some colored  soap "batter" into the impressions with a spatula for another pretty effect.
I have wanted to try my hand at making my own for ages, but was actually a little intimidated, I mean it's an expensive experiment of you mess it up! I finally got brave and ordered the two part silicone mix from Brambleberry. 
You can purchase additional information on how to mix the 2 part silicone from Brambleberry, it's more for doing a 3 dimensional mold rather than a flat impression mat, but I would recommend you get the additional instructions, it helps the (dreaded!) math that you will need to get the solution in the right proportions.
You'll want to use something with some texture for your mat, I used a vinyl table runner and cut it to size, this one came from eBay.

Once you have it all mixed, you'll want to do a nice job taping the lace to the bottom of the mold, if you don't do a good job the silicone will go under and you'll make a mess! Here it is all poured, I used the soap mold as my "box" since that's the exact size it will need to be. By the way, it really doesn't smell bad, I was expecting it to be bad! I also wasn't sure what to expect as far as the texture of the wet silicone, it actually reminded me of marshmallow cream, do they even still make that? 
I also used a level, otherwise you'll end up with a mat that's way thicker on one side that the other. We live in a cottage that was built in the late 40's and as with most older places, it has settled with time, so have I for that matter! 
After it's made, you'll need to let it cure for 24 hours, then, hold your breath and unmold it! Next installment will be how mine turned out and what I would do differently. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Market Props

So I change the apprearance of my table pretty frequently. If you have a Market that you do regularly, you know it's important to have things of different heights and textures for visual interest, These are some of the things I currently have on my table and they are each cool for one reason or other. The silver tray came from a shop in downtown Antioch ( G Street Mercantile ) one of my favorite huntings grounds. The wire Loofa Bar holder came from a lady in Brentwood who was retiring her shop and I snagged that for $5. The wooden things were all made by my husband from repurposed wood, mostly pallets, those are my favorite because they were made with love. (the white square is velcro, I attach the price sign with that )  Do you have a favorite item on your market table?