I have decided to participate in a monthly soap challenge put on by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks. She put on the previous challenge and although it was a little overwhelming because of it being weekly, I still loved it because it really inspired me to do some things that I have seen other soapmakers do and wanted to try, but never actually did it. The challenge forced me to do it, which is good for me because I am somewhat a bit of a procrastinator. I work better under pressure and under the gun.
Let me just start out with saying that I was really, really excited about this challenge as one of the cats I own is a Bengal Leopard! I was quite intrigued about this soap, but was also a little nervous. It looked fantastic in my head when I was planning it out, but then the soap cutting revealed something totally, completely different. The whole thing was a fail. I am disappointed, but it is still usable so I will carry on and attempt the leopard spot soap another time.
Week 3 is a Mica top challenge. I have seen many other soapmakers do this and love the look of it. I think it looks fantastic when there are at least two different colours used but for my first time, I thought I would go with one colour. I have lots of things to do today, so time is valuable.
Welcome back to week 2 of Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge. This week the challenge was to do an Elemental Swirl. This challenge made me nervous and excited at the same time. Nervous because I have never attempted anything like this before and the fact that timing is everything. I certainly didn’t have time to procrastinate. I was worried that my soap batter was going to thicken way too quickly and that it wouldn’t work out. I used a fragrance oil that I had never soaped with before (which really isn’t a good idea when trying something new – especially with swirls). It worked in my favour, to my relief! I had to pre-plan everything out. It took me awhile to decide on which colours to use. Excited because I have seen this technique before and wanted to try it but too nervous too! LOL. So it is a good thing for this challenge, as I probably wouldn’t have attempted this on my own.
Last week I signed up for a soap challenge. Amy Warden from Great Cakes Soapworks (http://www.greatcakessoapworks.com/handmade-soap-blog/) initiated this soap challenge and there are several other soapmakers from around the world participating. Amy did a soap challenge last year but I missed out and was really disappointed, so I was quite excited that she introduced a new one for 2013. I was quite thrilled about week 1: Tiger Stripe. I decided to make two different batches, one using Essential Oils and natural colourants and the other using a fragrance oil and micas.
I decided to try my attempt at wine soap. I live in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. We are considered a desert and we have numerous wineries that produced some top quality wines. I wanted to test Red Wine, Rose Wine and White Wine for the colour and smell. I have smelled other wine soaps that have added scent to them, but for this experiment, I wanted to keep it completely natural.
Here is the icraft.ca link where I have been featured. This is the first time anyone has ever done an interview with Head 2 Toe so I am extremely excited. Hope you enjoy it! I look forward to any feedback you might have.
Well, it has been SEVERAL months now since I wrote a post. I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas. I have been trying to get organized into my new space and have trying to play catch up with all the time I have lost. Also mixing into the equation with all the craft events I was in from the end of October to the beginning of December, of course, didn’t help things either! I have been also trying to update my website www.Head2ToeProducts.com and my icraft site http://icraft.ca/head-2-toe. I have learned over the years that there are several things I love to do in my business and there are others that I dread. Updating websites is one that I dread as it is so time consuming. My goal for 2013 is to get better at that. Icraft is going to be doing a feature on Head 2 Toe and I have been trying to come up with different answers to the questions they are asking. Part of this process was that I had to take pictures of myself while making my products. My dear husband (who actually is a photographer) graciously offered to take pictures for me and ended up taking about 150 pictures so I have lots to choose from.