|Lucy.. this photo was taken when she was a few minutes old. her first cuddle with her dad.|
Monday, April 18, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
I'm getting close to having my baby just 5 weeks left to go i have already had a false start which ended up with me spending a few days in hospital i was given pills to strengthen baby's lungs and pills to stop my labour and after 4 days everything stopped and i was able to go home and rest up.
My family has been quite strict with me taking over all the housework, cooking all meals and demanding that i rest and put my feet up which is something i hate doing as i can never manage to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time, i guess i am just an active relaxer.
But sitting down doing nothing and being completely and utterly bored has given me a lot of time to think, knit, sew, read and all the other things that i never stop to do and wont have the time to do once the baby gets here, i have also been thinking a lot more about soap making since i made my baby soap.
So with nothing but time on my hands and bored out of my mind i decided to make some soap with a friend, he always loves making soap with me and prefers to make natural soaps to the pretty and girly soaps i enjoy making. I decided we were going to do something different and make and pipe bars of girly soap and this is the result of our soap making adventure.
Having not made pretty and girly soaps for a long time means that i don't have the soap making supplies i used to,but we were pretty resourceful and found a single icing nozzle, of course we didn't have any piping bags so had to improvise and use sandwich bags instead, it was a little messy and not that easy to pipe with but i loved the end result, it turns out that my friend is a natural when it comes to what he calls the girly stuff...i only had to help the smallest bit, the soap he piped is so beautifully done and looks so elegant he did so well considering all he used was sandwich bags.
I have very few soaps colours as i gave most of my things when i gave up soap making but the few colours we were able to find looked amazing.
I only had a handful of fragrances but he chose a lovely light one that matched his choice of colours for these bars.
We cut the bars today as i was dying to see the end result as that is my favourite part of making soap, he wasn't that enthusiastic as he thought the soaps wouldn't look good but they look fantastic..i will try and get some photos taken of these as soon as i can so you can see the end result of all his hard work.
Now he wants to try is hand at making more of these so called girly bars which i think is a brilliant idea.... He has just got to come up with a name for his new bars....Bye for now
Monday, February 8, 2016
Hi, I hope you all had a lovely break over New Year...
In the last few months i have had a complete life change.
A few months ago i moved again to a new town to start over once more and now at the age of 47 i am expecting my 4th child, this baby has come as a huge surprise to me and my adult children, my oldest just turned 28 and got married a few weeks ago and my youngest is 22 so there is a large gap in between.
It's odd how people react to my pregnancy, I have had to endure negative remarks from health care professionals and complete strangers who seem to feel the need to tell me that i am to old to have a baby, others just want to stare at my tummy, but i refuse to let it get me down, i am nearing 31 weeks now and my baby is healthy and growing well and that is all i care about.
I have slowly been putting together the things i need for baby, i have been very lucky as my mother knits the most beautiful baby clothes in wool that she hand dyes herself the colours are divine, so i now have a collection of the nicest baby jackets, singlets, socks a beautiful blanket and other items.
I hardly ever buy anything new as i am big on upcycling and reusing when possible so i brought a lovely second hand baby cot and several other used baby items secondhand from thrift shops.
I also love natural handmade products this way you know exactly what is going onto your skin and hair, in our house nearly all our skin care and cleaning products we make ourselves, this includes makeup to shampoo and household cleaners i also wanted my baby to be using mild and gentle handmade items on her skin so i made a batch of baby soap which is still curing, this soap is based on a recipe i have used time and time again as it is a recipe that is beautifully mild and very gentle on the most sensitive of skins, i chose the following ingredients for this recipe
Rice Bran Oil
This soap will be very mild and gentle for my baby as it has a 5 % superfat and it will have a long cure time to so it will be soft, soothing and almost creamy on my baby's delicate skin, it has no added fragrance just a pure and delicious natural soap smell.
I also made a laundry soap that i will be grating up with a little added washing soda to turn into a laundry powder to use to wash her clothes in, i will also be keeping a few bars whole and rubbing directly into stained clothes as needed i would add a little vinegar as a rinse.
I chose very basic ingredients for this soap and didn't superfat at all, plus it will also have a long cure time i like this recipe because it is unscented and cleans clothes beautifully the ingredients i used are...
Rice Bran Oil
I have also made some baby powder which is also great for sensitive skin it contains only 2 ingredients bentonite clay and arrowroot powder and works really well.
I made a batch of soothing balm too, this stuff is used in our house for everything from sunburn to cracked lips it contains beeswax, infused oils and organic butters its divine and i will be using it on my baby as a bum balm.
I think i have the skin care and cleaning products covered for now so later in the week i want to do a little sewing as i want to sew a nappy bag and some burp clothes and re vamp some blankets into cot blankets.
Bye for now.
Monday, August 17, 2015
|Baileys & Coconut Cream|
First up is Baileys this soap is divine.Pure luxury this bar is sweet creamy and delicious, made with coconut cream and coloured only with organic dutch cocoa,It has an amazing creamy lather that is foamy and thick and pure decadence and with baileys and whisky it smells amazing.
Carnival is bright and beautiful in swirls of pink, orange and brown and the fragrance in this bar is as vibrant as you would expect.Creamy coconut milk and oh so sweet vanilla, maple syrup, gooey caramel ,jasmine, freesia and summer peach,purple passion fruit, sweet ripe figs,orchids and a hint of musk.If you like sweet and creamy soaps that last and last then this is the bar for you.
Indulgence is decadence at its finest...Coloured with only dutch cocoa powder this yummy bar will make your mouth water, made with lashings of coconut cream and the finest ingredients this bar is creamy and luxurious, upmarket french vanilla, creamy coconut, oh so sweet vanilla and a hint of almond.yummy
Harmony is beautiful this photo does not do it justice at all as this bar is beautiful to look at,the colours in this bar are vibrant and the fragrance is refreshing and uplifting so a prefect way to start your day this bar is perfect for men and women and has a beautiful thick creamy lather.tart and sweet citrus,white grapefruit,tangerine and mandarin,with mimosa petals, petitgrain,ripe juniper berries,bamboo with a hint of musk and a dash of oh so sweet vanilla, just amazing...
Enjoy bye for now...
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Detox perfect for acne prone skin or for a great cleanse.
Pumice a great bar for gardening mechanics, farmers or when you need a good clean.
Manuka Honey this soap is luxurious and has many benefits including anti aging.
Carrot and coconut cream this bar is pure decadence and leaves your skin soft and beautifully clean.
Pure Coconut is a fantastic creamy bar with a deliciously thick lather that even foams up in salt water.
Seaweed & Coconut Cream this bar is pure luxury and is perfect for leaving your skin gently cleaned and feeling like silk.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Rustic Manuka Honey
|Vanilla Buttercream Delight|
|All That Glitters|
Here our some of our latest soaps...
We love pink sugar soap it smells divine as is it still one of our most popular soaps and one we make time and time again.
I love the way these all turned out especially the Neon Dreams we used bold and vibrant pinks and purple in this soaps and scented it with a mix of exotic fruit floral and a little musk which really suits these bars, passionate kisses is also bright and beautiful and smells like summer fruity and floral.
Gypsy turned out to be fantastic bars they have a deliciously creamy lather and smell amazing its a unique blend of fruits patchoulli a hint of musk and a dash of vanilla,i wouldnt usually like scents like these but these really do smell great.
Exotic Delites is a beautiful bar, a blend of sweet sugared ginger sun ripened peaches and a hint of oh so sweet vanilla, the colours on these bars are lovely and really suit the fragrance.
The vanilla buttercream delight smells fantastic completely edible this soap is another favourite of mine its sweet creamy and yummy Sweet sugary caramel toffee mixed with buttercream frosted cupcakes.
Manuka honey is a beautiful soap it has an amazing lather and is an unscented bar,it contains lashings of Manuka Honey which is hugely popular here in New Zealand.I just love this soap even though it is unscented it has a slight caramel smell from the honey and feels creamy and delicious on your skin.
Another soap i love the smell of is all that glitters i wasnt overly impressed with the way that this soap turned out but the smell is addictive its upmarket and classy with a fragrance that leaves your skin smelling amazing.
Tranquility is light and delicious it is a blend of florals, jasmine lily,rose,lilac with crisp green apple and a hint of vanilla.
Uptown girl is another classy fragrance its very girly and is a dupe of Paris by Yves Saint Laurent
Karmic Cashmere is another one i really like that i didnt think i would like when i first smelled the fragrance in the bottle, but once it was in the soap and had cured it smelled divine,its another soap that has a spicy note to it its chic and sexy and the fragrance really lasts.
Well this is all for now enjoy...