What have I been up to lately?? Soap and jewelry, my friends, soap and jewelry! :)
Here are some of the soaps listed in the past month or so ...
Patchouli - Oh you hippie you !! :) Scented with nice dark patchouli essential oil.
Patchouli Anise - Scented with patchouli and anise essential oils, with a touch of lemon essential oil. I added some rhassoul clay. I really like this soap and I have been using it myself .. I'm on my second bar. :)
Winter Peppermint - Scented with peppermint essential oil, with a touch of ginger essential oil. Pretty red swirls!
Eucalyptus Mint - I've done this one before! Scented with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, colored with green clay.
And currently on the curing rack are a couple of soaps that I made using up odds and ends of fragrances ... fragrances that I didn't have enough of to do an entire batch with. So, I just threw a few of them together! :-D I love doing that! One is a mix of Tahitian Vanilla, Tahitian Flowers, Lavender Fields, and Violet Shay. It is sweet and floral, and very dark because of the vanilla. I can't wait to get it in the shop! The other is a mix of Frankincense & Myrrh and White Sage. This one is also a dark soap, and it has a nice masculine scent. These two soaps will be ready in a week or so.
As for jewelry, I've been making a dent into the stash I got at the Tucson Gem Show, still working on perfecting the flat spiral stitch.
I made this onyx necklace for my sister
With the larger onyx beads, I made an Onyx Bracelet
I had just a couple of onyx beads left, I made a pair of Onyx Earrings
Remember the lovely copper beads from the gem show? They were a perfect match for some turquoise. Two bracelets. A Men's Bracelet
And a smaller Turquoise and Copper Bracelet
This one I like! Made with Mexican Laguna Lace Agate, a double row of flat spiral stitch
Sodalite and Copper Earrings
And, I've started making my own long earwires, using sterling silver wire. Something a little different from the all-alike earwires that everyone uses.
Amethyst Earrings with long earwires
Spring Green Earrings
Buttercup Yellow Earrings
For fun and games, Ray and I have been out and about around the Tucson area, birding and photographing. Sabino Canyon, Madera Canyon, Sweet Water, Saguaro National park, the Desert Museum. Check out Ray's blog for pics of good stuff around Tucson!