I guess no one can accuse me of being too chatty online, but it is obvious that I need to blog more. So here we go.
I never left the planet, but I did get surgery on my foot that had me down for the count for a couple of months. Anyone who follows my Facebook presence can tell you I posted pictures of the grisly condition of my foot when the doc took off the bandages. I won’t do that here, but I will tell you that It all healed up beautifully. No scars at all.
But as soon as I hobbled along some, I returned to making soap. This one is “ Energy” it is a nice gentle wake you up fragrance, no blasting you awake. I have no talent for mixing fragrance so I buy from the people who do know how. The description of it is:
”A fresh and awakening blend of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, cucumber, jasmine, blackberry, and champagne.” And I like the gentle wavy black lines too.
It has taken me a long time time to get over Covid and I never even got it. Why? Here ’s my boo hoos: I had three shows cancel without returning my prepaid fees of thousands of $. Sucks.
Then the small city where I live closed the Recreation Center, including the Pool where I was a lap swimmer. What’s a girl to do? How to fight the blues? become a couch potato for the first time in my life.
Since the rec center reopened I have become the Queen of the Rowing Machine. I usually set myself a goal like: Rowing to Merrill’s Inlet, or Little River, or Georgetown or Charlestown. Hey, I am a “legend in my own mind.”
And, I have been making new soaps again. So here is my new Lemon Verbena which my fragrance distributor describes This way: “A fresh, crisp scent of lemon verbena is delightfully blended with the zesty layers of a citrus complex, including juicy hints of grapefruit and orange. Tantalizingly tart!” And it smells good too. I don’t blend my own fragrances because I am awful at it. I rely on the people called “Noses” who have a superior sense of smell and know what they are doing.
Now color I know. I used gorgeous saturated turquoise, and orange, separate by a band of red-violet. I cast it in Shea Butter and just a tad of Glycerin. It is beautiful and very kind to your skin.
November 19 North Penn Holiday Craft Market Lansdale, PA 9:30 AM to 4:30PM http://www.northpennifc.org/north-penn-sselectd-craft-show
Join us this Saturday at the North Penn High School Craft Market March 12, 2016 9:30am - 4:30pm North Penn High School 1340 Valley Forge Road Lansdale, PA 19446
In 2012, my daughter Allison and I were interviewed by the Handmade Arcade's Sarah Ulrich on the topic of artistry and craft running in families. Check it out
These two beauties are my possible contestants for the January Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge for a Lotus style Taiwan Circling Swirl. I used my favorite Coconut, Palm, Olive, Rice Bran, Avocado, and Castor Oil Recipe and hope to have these beauties and their siblings ready for sale after they cure for one month.
Butterfly Swirl Pair in Creamy Beige, Red earth, and Silver, 4 Oils soap with free shipping in the continental US
This is one pair of exceptional soaps. This is a very advanced technique in cold process soap and Mamoucha did it in Burmese Woods fragrance. First I layered Creamy Beige, Red Earth, and Silver soap batter of moistuizing Olive, Coconut, Palm and Avocado Oils, just so. Then I used a “hanger” tool to drag the colors just right. Ta Da! It's a butterfly.
It is too cool and I cannot bear to break up these two bars, so I am offering them together. You will get 9-10 oz of a one of a kind pair of very unusual soaps. There are two other pairs from the same batch, and if you are interested, I will send you a "quick and dirty" pic of them.
This tall and skinny bar will appeal to men and women with its clean fragrance and crisp colors: sunny Yellow, Lime Green, floating in charcoal.Made from scratch I used Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, and Avocado Oil to make this bar moisturizing, last long, and fit nicely in your hand. It goes without saying that it is really good looking cuz we don’t do plain or ugly at Mamaoucha’s.
I have been fiddling around with the “Clyde Slide” technique for the September “Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge”. These pics are of my efforts, and I have a problem choosing which one to enter. I like the laughing man, but the 3rd in line has unusual feathering. Then there is the red, green and black one, and the lighting rod in the first pic. Damn, can only choose one.
They are all made with Olive, Coconut, Palm, and Avacodo Oils, with 4% superfatting. I used Earth Red, Hydrated Chromium Oxide, Black Oxide, Ochre Yellow, and Titanium Dioxiode pigments. Since these have to cure awhile, they might not appear on my festivals table for sale until November, or mid October at the earliest.