Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chocolate Layered Raspberry Filled Cake with Cream Frosting Soap

Is that name too long for a soap ? :)

This is a soap I made on Tuesday, and I cut it yesterday. First layer, scented with Chocolate Serendipity. Second layer scented with Black Raspberry and colored with rose clay. Third layer, more Chocolate Serendipity. And top layer, scented with Black Raspberry, uncolored.

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Now, trust me, the chocolate part will turn a nice deep dark chocolate brown. Look, here is a soap I made last week with the Chocolate Serendipity. When I first cut it, it was light yellowish, and now it is this luscious dark chocolate.

And the 2 soaps side by side.

Here's the cake soap setting in the Tank, before I cut it.

The other soap I cut yesterday is Orange and Clove. I went a bit light on the clove, because it can be an irritant to sensitive skin. So it smells more orange. Hmmmmm, delish!

The log setting in the Tank. I sprinkled the top of it with ground cloves, and put about 1/4 tsp of ground cloves in the soap itself. Scrubby. :)

Isn't that pretty??!!

To buy my soap, go either to my WEBSITE
or to my Etsy shop.


Here's some of the jewelry I have been making.

Chainmaille Bracelet. This is called 4 in 1 pattern, which I've done before. This time, I figured out how to add a row. :)

Turquoise Heishi Necklace - turquoise is from the Kingman mine

Blue Lapis and Wolf Charm Necklace. I would love to do this same one, all in sterling!

A set of wire wrapped blue sodalite



Same earrings in sterling silver

A chain necklace with a big ol' hunk of Moss Agate

A pair of long pearl earrings

To see all my jewelry, check out my shop, Jewelry From Tucson, on Etsy.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Soaps

Howdy, folks!

Once again, I have been neglecting you. I apologize! :)

Monsoon season has hit us in Tucson. Last week was not too bad, but the week before was full of storms, microbursts, downed power lines, and floods. Here at the house we only lost power once for a few hours. Ray had to go into work a few times as they lost power 3 or 4 times on the northwest side of town. At the worst of the storms, Tucson kicked up a huge dust storm, pushed it along toward Phoenix, which ended up as a huge haboob which engulfed all of Phoenix! Take a look at Ray's blog, he posted a video of the haboob.

Sonoran Connection

Want to see some new soaps?? OK !

This first one is a soap I made for a Soap Challenge. I am a member of an Etsy team called Soap Artisan Friends of Etsy, and every couple of months we have a challenge, just a bit of fun. The challenge this time was to make a soap using at least 3 different essential oils from a predetermined list of essential oils, and using at least 2 colors.

This is the soap I made for the challenge. I used 4 essential oils - anise, orange, clary sage, and patchouli. For colors, I used green French clay, and rose clay.

The soap is called Sambuca Sunset

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If you would like to see the rest of the soaps created by my teammates for the challenge, check out our team BLOG

Here's a nice refreshing soap, Eucalyptus Mint.

A sensual soap, made with a blend of Patchouli, Geranium, and Ylang Ylang

Tahitian Flowers, sweet and floral!

The next one is a bath and shaving soap for the gals - Lilac Sandalwood. I wasn't too sure about the scent combination at first, but I like it!

Pineapple Salad. This is mostly Pineapple Crush with just a splash of Island Coconut. Yum!!

Violet Patchouli. Nothing like a little floral to bring out the best of Patchouli!

And finally, Black Raspberry. What a great lazy days of summer soap!!

Currently on the curing rack (I didn't take any pics as I was cutting, sorry!) -

Tahitian Vanilla
Chocolate Serendipity
Sweet Orange Patchouli

For my sisters, Dakota fast asleep in the closet.