Tutorial: Cranberry Pomegranate Elemental Swirl with Gold Mica line

Cranberry Pomegranate

When I discovered a Cranberry and Pomegranate fragrance oil at Aussie Candle Supplies, I couldn't resist. Two of my favourite smells combined together! I immediately began design planning: green, white and red just seemed a logical choice. Now, elemental swirls! I didn't know that's what they were called until I read Kenna's Rainbow Elemental Swirl tutorial, but I've been doing a few of them … [Read more...]

A Long Road to Idaho & Back: Soapers + Skoolies

our little school bus

As you've probably followed along with our little adventure, we've been looking for a school bus for a conversion project as a new home since we arrived in Arizona. We found a potential school bus in Idaho on Craigslist last week, and spent this week getting ready to go pick it up, travel to Idaho from Arizona, and back again. On Thursday, we left Arizona around 9 am. Crossing through Northern … [Read more...]

Blog Your Brand: A 30 Day Challenge Is On The Table!

Indie Business Network Blogging Challenge!

I must tell you, the reasons that I love being a member of Indie Business Network just grow by the day, week, month, and year! Recently, I've been hitting a bit of writer's block and this little bundle of joy is coming right at the right time... Donna Maria of Indie Business Network and Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honeybee have put together a thirty day blog challenge for IBN members! (Are … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Rainbow Elemental Swirl/Double In-The-Pot-Swirl Soap

Pour both sides of the ITPS at the same time. I used a divider, but you don't have to - in fact, it can create a pretty cool effect to skip the divider!

I recently chatted with another soapmaker about all the different types of swirls and their names, and we battled a bit about the difference between the elemental swirl and the in-the-pot-swirl. Eventually, we agreed that an ITPS became an elemental swirl if it had more than one layer and maybe a pencil line. (Maybe?) So, it's basically a modified ITPS, right? Or was the elemental swirl … [Read more...]

The Great Move of 2015: Oh, Hey, Arizona!

The Empty 4 x 8 Uhaul Trailer

So far, 2015 has been a total whirlwind! In January, I flew over to California and hosted my first soapmaking bootcamp at The Nova Studio. The bootcamp sold out in just a few short weeks, and I was amazed at how many people were bummed out on missing the registration period. I had a fabulous time whipping up cold process soap in various batches, all the way up to 40 lbs! (I'm teaching again in … [Read more...]