Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Upcoming Events!

I have been so busy with the new little one, the 2 bigger kids and preparing for the upcoming holiday season!!!

Here are a list of my upcoming events:

Pop-Up Holiday Boutique 
Thursday, November 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. and Saturday November 15th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2111 NW Jessamine Way, Portland

Lake Oswego Farmer's Market Reunion
Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

Garden Home Recreation Center Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
7475 SW Oleson Rd., Portland OR 97223

Double Mint, Spearmint and Peppermint!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Rosalie Jane

I am on a bit of a soap making hiatus for a very good reason. Our beautiful baby girl was born June 20th. She was a little peanut, weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces. We are all in love! wish me luck when Joe goes back to work tomorrow!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Best Time of Year!

Mother's Day

Fresh Ginger Lime

Wedding Shower Favors

Double Mint: Peppermint and Spearmint Essential Oil Soap
I LOVE this time of year! The promise of warm weather ahead, flowers in bloom and my favorite....farmer's markets! I am so blessed to be participating in the Sherwood Saturday Market almost every Saturday this season. It is such a lovely community and gives me the perfect opportunity to connect with local people and sell some soap too. There is even another soap vendor, but we are very friendly, so it has been great.

Even though I am making soap 3-4 times a wekk, I am still in love with the process. I also love the independence of selling my own product, which I am so passionate about. I love what I do!

I am also so excited to met the newest arrival to the Morris family. Our baby girl will be here in less than a month and I can hardly wait. We are all so anxious to learn more about her and see her face. I will tak about a month and a half off, and then she will be coming to the market with me. I am almost certain she will help me sell more soap....who doesn't love a newborn?

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Truth about Florals

Lilac by Bramble Berry
Goodness, was I ever afraid of floras when I first started making soap. The quick acceleration was just somethng I could not handle and I am still afraid of them to a certain extent, but I think I have a good handle on them now.

When I read reviews for Bramble Berry's Lilac, I was terrified. Almost everyone said this accelerated very quickly. One user even said that it should not be used in cp soap.....yikes!!! I have 16 ounces of this stuff and all I make it cp soap. What now?

When I made my 3 batches of Lilac soap, I was well prepared. I colored the majority of the soap purple, before I added the fragrance. I also soaped at 80 degrees and I reserved a small portion for the top, which remained unscented. I hesitantly whisked in the Lilac fragrance oil, terrified that it would seize on me, but all was good. I had plenty of time to put it in the mold without the slightest hint of seizing or accelerating. Whew! I then took my unscented portion, added some pink to it and had a lovely pinkish purple color for the top, which I had plenty of time to play with and make pretty!

So, that is my secret with florals. I leave a portion of the soap batter unscented, and then add that to the top so I can beautify the soap. With my floral soaps, I keep things simple. I always soap around 80 degrees  and whisk in the fragrance. With this method, I am always pleased with the results.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Hubby Makes Soap for the First Time

I made my husband a Tea Tree Shampoo Soap about a year ago and he loved it so much, he wanted a whole new batch. This time, he wanted to make it himself. we used a recipe from the Soap Queen Blog called the Invigoration Shampoo Bar. The recipe is simple and I had all the ingredients, except for the tea tree oil, which he happily bought locally.

As you can see, Joe doesn't have much hair, so he will use this as a body/shampoo bar. He is already counting down the days until he can use it! Good job honey! I am so proud!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Natural Approach

I love colorful, creative soaps, but sometimes I like to make a more natural soap. I guess that is why I love soap making so much. It gives me the opportunity to create a new soap, anytime I want. The pssibilities are endless.

Today I made a soap using 10X Orange Essential Oil. I enjoy using essential oils and fragrance oils, but haven't made an essential oil soap in a while. I also added orange peel powder and sprinkled red raspberry seeds on top for visual appeal. The orange peel powder adds some exfoliating properties, which I am excited about. Nature's Garden states that, "Orange peel is loaded with nutrients for your skin: Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, beta-carotene, and numerous other vitamins and minerals. Due to its high flavonoid content, orange peel acts as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agent in skincare products." This all sounds wonderful!!!!

I hope customers love this soap, because I made 3 batches tonight! I sure hope the smell sticks well. Some citrus essential oils are known to fade fast. This 10x oil is not suppose to do this. I also helped to anchor the scent with kaolin clay. This soap looks simply gorgeous and I just love with my natural ingredients color my soap the appropriate color. Win, win!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sherwood Farmer's Market!!!

Love Spell (Nature's Garden)...a dream to work with and smells so divine!

Fresh Ginger Lime (Bramble Berry). I can never stock enough!

Sandalwood Rose

Sweet Meyer Lemon (Bramble Berry) the addition of poppy seeds

A special order for a 10 year old boy named Joe. His favorite colors are blue, green and pink.
Scented with Fresh Snow (Bramble Berry)

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey (Bramble Berry)

I am thrilled to announce I was accepted into another farmer's market!!! The Sherwood Farmer's Market gave me all 10 dates that I requested and I could not be happier!!! I am going to be one busy girl, in fact, I will most likely be breastfeeding our newborn at the market. I will do so discreetly, but if you have to feed a baby, a farmer's market seems to be as good of a place as any. I did take the month after she was born off (July), but I will be back in action in August. That means that I have upped production and streamlined my processes.

I now make 24 bars at a time. I started with 8, so this is a big improvement. I bought 3 more molds, so I can make soap everyday if needed. I also make my soap labels as soon as I have completed a soap, instead of leaving it as an immense task for one day. I store the labels in a book until I am ready to package and because I switched to cigar band labels, it is so much faster!!!! I also came up with a solution for the dreaded sliding of the cigar band as the soap shrinks, which always happens! I purchased 1/2" velcro adhesive dots, that can be refasted as the soap shrinks. This has made me very happy! I sure hope this works!!! The glue dots I was using were not a good solution at all.

In the meantime, I have participated in a few small school Spring bazaars, that have proven to bring in a little money, as well as filling orders from return customers. Etsy has continued to be a slow source of income, but I am still happy to have my shop up and running.

I am now 25 weeks pregnant and feeling good! Our family is thrilled with the increased number of sunny days and we are already looking forward to the arrival of summer and our baby girl. Life is good!