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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall is in the Air

The leaves are starting to change, and the air is growing crisp.  Hurray! Fall is finally here in the PNW.  Fall is my favorite season and to kick it off right I have 3 New candle fragrances joining my ever growing list of Fall Candle Fragrances.

Cranberry Apple Marmalade:  A festive blend of apples, oranges, spiced cranberries, cinnamon, clove and warm vanilla.

Apple Harvest:  A true, ripe apple fragrance combined with bright fruit notes and just a touch of spice.

Amish Harvest: This fragrance screams fall.  A exquisite blend of spices with just a touch of dried fruit notes.

We have been working on lots of other fun things for this years Holiday season. 
From beeswax candles to brainstorming some bath and body gift basket ideas!
Here are a few of our NEW items.

We have also been working on these adorable little travel sized tins.  These are perfect for small rooms and traveling. 

Just in time for your Harvest table: our brand new Hand-Rolled 100 % Beeswax candles.  Great for adding that special touch to your Harvest table or as the perfect hostess gift for your next holiday party.

Votives and Tealights now available in ready to give elegant Eco-chic gift boxes wrapped with a simple black raffia bow.  Votives are packaged in a pack of 4, and tealights are packaged in a dozen.

We have two amazing new soaps for fall:  Cranberry Citrus and Apple Jack

And as you can see our Pumpkin Spice Puree Garden fresh soap has darkened up perfectly now that it has cured!

We have lots of other wonderful stuff up our sleeve including a couple of craft projects and two up-cycle projects that we want to work on in the next couple of weeks. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Puree

My first experiment into our 'Garden Fresh' soap.  Pumpkin Spice Puree-a deliciously creamy Handmade Soap made with REAL pumpkin puree and a sweet fragrance blend of Pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove.  The above picture was taken at 2 days after pour.  I am sure that this particular soap will deepen in color. 

'Garden Fresh' you ask..yes!  We have been brainstorming ideas for a line of soaps made with Fresh Fruits/Vegetables.  Yummy ingredients like Avocados, Cucumbers, Pumpkin Puree, Carrots, and more.  Soap that is filled with Good for you Vitamins and Minerals, or what we like to call Skin Food.  You can begin to look for our Garden Fresh Soap starting in September with our Pumpkin Spice Puree Garden Fresh Soap.  (a limited edition fall soap-available mid-September)

This picture (right) was taken a few weeks after pouring.  As you can see it has darkened up some, but still retains it's creamy orange pumpkin look.  A sprinkling of Cocoa Powder adds just the right touch.

Ingredients:  Olive oil, Distilled Water, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Pumpkin Puree, Shea Butter, Castor oil, Cocoa Butter, and Fragrance Blend.

We look forward to sharing our new soap with you at the next show!

 We have been busy in the workshop brainstorming more Garden Fresh ideas! Our ultimate goal will be to make our Garden Fresh soap with Locally sourced fresh ingredients during the growing and Harvest Seasons.  We have also found a fantastic local Goat farm that we will be getting Fresh Goat's milk from for our Goat's milk soaps!  Every little bit we can do to support other small businesses in our local community. 
We also have some great news coming your way that we look forward to sharing with you!
As always have a happy soapy day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Back to Soap - the latest re-batch

I am getting back into the soapy kitchen this week.  Last week I played with re-batching some CP soap that wasn't so good.  Re-batching (also called Hand Milling) is a great way to use soap that either didn't turn out, or has lost it's fragrance. 
It's a great way to re-use something that would otherwise be a toss out. 
I had a few batches of CP soap that lost it's fragrance and needed a pick me up.

I love floral fragrances in soap, but floral can be tough in CP soap.  It tends to accelerate trace or separate completely for me.  I decided to use up some shreds I had from a previous batch that were uncolored...perfect for a purple lilac soap!

Step One:
Shred Shred Shred.  Grab a hand shredder (or a salad shooter if you want to save your wrists/elbows), a bowl, and your soap and shred.  I always do my shredding while catching up on my favorite shows! 
Step two:
The cook.  I cook my re-batch in my small crock pot I purchased specifically for this reason.  You can also use a double boiler, or even boil it in a bag.  I prefer the crock pot because I can do other things while it cooks, and it doesn't have to be watched quite as much.  So into the crock pot it goes on the lowest setting with the additives you choose to add.  This recipe is:
1/4c distilled water-I used 1/4c because this is an old batch of soap and was pretty dry.
You could also add a little bit of extra oils if you would like at this stage.  I did not in this recipe.

Step three:
Prepare your color and mold.  I am making a lilac soap so I dispersed Ultramarine Violet in about 1 tbsp of glycerin and let it sit and dissolve.  I love using liquid glycerin to disperse my Iron Oxides and Ultramarines because it tends to dissolve much better and there are not as many clumps.  You can always disperse the colorant in oil if that is what you choose.  In this case the original recipe had Olive, Coconut, Palm, Castor, Shea Butter, and Avocado so I would probably pick Avocado for dispersing.  You also want to prepare the mold you will be using.  I lined my small 1.5 lb log mold with freezer paper, this is going to be a small batch.

Step Four:
The waiting game.  Check your pot every so often and give it a stir so the soap on the bottom doesn't burn.  If it looks like it needs more water you can add a bit as needed; just remember the more extra water you add the more time will be needed for it to evaporate out later.  Check your color, see how pretty the purple looks. 

Step Five:
Adding color/fragrance.  Once your soap is fully cooked and looks like mashed potato goop, it's ready to add your color and fragrance.  Add your color first and stir well to incorporate, you may want to cook it for just a bit longer to fully incorporate your color.  Once color is fully incorporated you can add your fragrance. I used .5oz of fragrance to my 22oz soap.

Step Six:
Spoon into your prepared mold.  I used a log mold, which makes it fairly easy to spoon into.  I use what I call a spoon and slam method.  Spoon a little into your mold and then slam it onto your counter to get rid of the air pockets.  Repeat often to get your soap nice and air pocket free.  Once all of your soap is in the mold set it aside to cool. 

Step Seven:
Unwrap and cut!
The best part is seeing what your creation became.  Once your soap is cooled and hardened you can un-mold and cut it into bars.  I cut mine on all sides so that it would be nice rectangles with crisp edges, but if you would like to leave it more rustic you can cut it just into slices like you would normally cut a loaf of soap.

This small batch yielded 6 bars of hand-milled soap.  The fragrance is a nice strong lilac and smells beautiful. 
Making your own re-batch soap is super easy and super fun! You can use any soap to make re-batch, although I highly recommend a natural soap vs a commercial bar of soap.  You can get already shredded re-batch base at which saves time not having to shred it yourself and provides endless possibilities! 
Our Bare Naked Natural soap would be perfect for this project because it is fragrance free, however I'm a big fan of recycling so use what you have laying around and see what happens!
Remember: if you have multiple colors in your soap shreds it's going to end up varying shades of brown or gray.
Good luck and Happy Soaping!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hometown Values

We had an amazing weekend at Gold Dust Days this past weekend.  The weather was beautiful and the community turned out to support it's local crafters.  On of my favorite parts of this particular show is that it's right in our backyard and is full of activities for kids.
The bike parade was my son's favorite part of the show; the look of pride and excitement filling his face as he rode the bike that he and his Dad decorated during the day filled my heart.  With this show being in our backyard my family came often during the weekend to say hi, participate in the community events, and watch the parade. 
I met some more amazing crafters, and spent the down time reminiscing with crafters that have now become old friends!
I met two amazingly talented jewelry artisans that have an incredible talent for beading. 

Snowflake Cottage: Handcrafted Gifts & Beaded Designs by Rustye
Rusty is an incredibly talented lady, she has done things with beads that are truly stunning.  The hours of work that must go in to each and every one of her designs blows me away.  Rusty uses  many different materials to create one of a kind pieces of wearable art.  She doesn't have a website, but she does many local shows including the Duvall Farmers market and you can send her an email if you love her stuff as much as I do!

Sally Martin with Martin-Robinson Productions is the other incredibly talented artisan that I met over the weekend.  She also has an amazing talent for making extraordinary pieces, and again the hours of time that goes in to each and every piece is incredible.

You can find Sally's amazing wearable art online @
Sally also does some very beautiful Pearl strands which I purchased this past weekend.  It's a beautiful purple color and looks exquisite with my favorite teal blouse.  I'll take a picture of it soon so I can share!

Lastly I wanted to say a huge thank you to the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce and the host of volunteers that put together Gold Dust Days for our small community.  It truly is a hometown value show and I look forward to coming again next year!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lets Shindig!

It was a perfect weekend to Shindig!
Last weekend was one of our big 3 day festivals/fairs.  We had an amazing weekend.  We chatted with our city's Mayor, caught up with old friends, and meet some amazing new people!
I came home with my heart overflowing with gratitude for my amazing customers who came to see me and bless me every day with their wonderful support, new customers who made me swell with pride as they complimented our products,  and even old High School friends that came out to show their support.  

If it wasn't for wonderful customers...we would not be here. 
So THANK YOU for all of your support!

We have some amazing news coming your way...big things are happening here and a few great opportunities are coming our way! We will keep you posted, and we will make this amazing journey together!!!

Check out how much fun we had!

Our booth was right behind the logger show.  It sure got loud on Sat/Sun with their huge chainsaws, but was fun to watch the extremely athletic logger competitors climb up those high poles! Phew..I wouldn't even make it ten feet up! scratch that..five feet! I lost my helper often during the logger you see him back there?  It was great having my hubby along helping this weekend. 

We sold out on a lot of soap over the weekend.  The Mountain man is all gone as well as the Cottage Garden, Energy, and Blackberry sage.  Most of those will be re-stocked asap, the Cottage Garden will not.  We also have only a few bars left of the Tropical Sorbet, the Ocean, and the Detoxify activated Charcoal soap!

The scent of the month (Lemon Chiffon) was a huge hit and we enjoyed the many compliments of our booth smelling the best! We love it when customers walk by and get a whiff of what we are burning that a double take...and say "mmmm it smells so good" Thanks <3  

My Best Friend and fellow Artisan Teria with Huaracha Studios was there also with her exquisite leather.  She has some beautiful new stuff and when I wasn't busy I would sneak a peak down the road so see her booth always full of customers! 

She has a fantastic new handbag called Lil' Sissy...isn't it beautiful!
And as they do every year the Sultan Sportsman Club was there selling their Onion Burgers.  Always Delish! 
I think the fair food is one of my favorite parts of the festivals..although I usually have to eat like a bunny for the next two weeks!  What did I eat? Well I enjoyed  BBQ from Two 1/2 Men BBQ two days in a row...delish, and I had Chicken teriyaki, as well as half of my husbands Onion burger.  I also enjoyed a Irish Cowboy iced coffee drink from the Coffee Corral.

Fantastic Washington weather, and a  fantastic weekend at the Sultan Summer Shindig in Sultan, Washington.  See you all next year for another fun filled weekend!
What's up next? We have another hometown show in Gold Bar, Washington (right down the road from our Candle Lab).  We'll be there the weekend of July 27th-29th for Gold Dust Days.  Lots of activities for the whole family including music, panning for gold, and much more!
See you there.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Soapy Goodness

The latest for your soapy pleasure is the NEW Enchanted soap!
Created with love with nourishing Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Castor oil, and Mango Seed Butter.  Blended to perfection and topped with cocoa powder and turbinado sugar.

The bottom purple layer is colored with a mix of Burgundy Oxide and Ultramarine Blue Pigments and the middle is colored with a mix of Chromium Green Oxide and Yellow Oxide.  Each layer is seperated with a rich Cocoa Powder line.  Cocoa Powder is a natural Antioxidant and of course a pleasure for your senses.

The Fragrance is an Enchanting fragrance with top notes of ripe forest berries and sof sensual musk, middle notes of sweet mimosa flowers and apricots, and bottom notes of oak, juniper and musk.

It is truly ENCHANTED

Enchanted will be available for purchase in 5 weeks. 
For more information about our soapy story go to

Friday, May 25, 2012

Come take a Walk with me!

After a week straight of nothing but pouring down rain...I woke up this morning to beautiful sunshine.  While walking with my son to catch the bus this morning, Nature as always, provided me with some amazing inspiration.  
So grab a cup of coffee...and take a walk around my neighborhood with me.  Remember life is always take time to stop and smell the flowers!!!

We'll start in my own garden..

Just look at the beautiful coloring on this Wave Petunia.  I have never seen this coloring before.  I was amazed to find this at my local Fred Meyer store.  My favorite colors are purple and lime green so of course I had to have this.  I bought all they had and put a few in each basket! LOVE IT!

My neighbors got a new Maple this past week.  After theirs and my contorted filbert got the black rot and had to be dug up, they replaced it with this beautiful Japanese Maple.  Of course I can not remember the name  but it's so pretty with it's varying shades of pink.  Jap Maples are by far my favorite trees and I have many in my own yard...I may have to add this one to my collection.

Of course what is Western Washington without some azaleas and Rhododendrons. 

This Rhodie is GIGANTIC with big beautiful blooms. 

I love when Ivy grows up tree trunks.  To bad Ivy can get pretty carried away if you let it.  Some day I'm going to have a pretty old brick building with Ivy growing up the side. 

Fritillaria Meleagris-the checkered lily.  Some people call them little fritts (cute name) they are the cutest little lilies I have ever seen.  It's super tiny and incredibly delicate looking.

This Fringed Poppy is just about ready to POP out!

Alchemilla-Lady's Mantle:  This beautiful plant doesn't have the most beautiful flowers when it blooms...but it's foliage is striking; especially in the morning or after a rain when the water just sits right on top of the hairy leaves.

Bearded Iris.  My Iris only has two blooms this year.  I think it may be time to divide and transplant.  My yard is perfect for this sun loving beauty; I get full sun for most of the day!

Thanks for taking a walk with me around my neighborhood.  I think I shall grab another cup of coffee and go sit in my garden...I hope you are inspired to do the same!
Enjoy the beauty in Nature!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Prepping for our first Three Day Event!

We have been busy busy prepping for our very first 3-day festival.  This will be our very first 3 day long show and I am anxiously looking forward to this fun filled weekend.  I have daycare taken care of for my little ones (between my hubby, my brother-in-law, and my friend I think we have it covered) and I have even recruited a helper for Sat/Sun (thanks Sis).

We are working every day to stock up on our candles/melts, since we have all of our soap done.  I even have a few new things that I am excited to unveil at this show.  My hubby bought me a small presto pot and made it into a wax melter for faster production...I am in love with it.  Last night it cut my production time down by 2 whole hours!  Next time I am getting a bigger one!

So for the next couple of weeks I may be a bit quiet over here in my little corner of the blog sphere, I apologize in advance. 
Would you like some pretty pictures to hold you over?
Well I'm going to give you some anyway...because you know I love to look at pretty pictures!

My three favorite fragrances for this summer.  NEW Tuscan Melon & Apricot
Jamaica Me Crazy
Mango Papaya
You can't go wrong with any of these sweet summer treats for your senses! We also have another new sweet fragrance coming soon....

Not a fan of about our Gardenia's a beautiful floral, or our Sea Mist...a great combination of floral and ocean. 

Shhhhh...don't tell anyone...but here is a sneak peak of my NEW Enchanted Collection candles
Look for them soon at our shows and online! They are almost finished.

We got a few new display baskets for our tables.  They are super cute and a great find at the used store for a dollar each!

Our new packaging for our Bath Salts was a huge hit at it's first show. 

The Detox soap turned out Beautiful! This one wont be ready until mid June.  It's so pretty even though it's plain.

Well so long for now. As always have a fantastic day!