The time has come…

Hello my beautiful love buggins!  Yes, that’s right.  The time has come for me to announce this months giveaway.  I have been working diligently on a recipe for a solid perfume that won’t melt in the summer heat. Well I finally perfected it!  I tested this by leaving it in my car during a 98 degree day here in Ga.  And while it did get a bit softer than it was, it wasn’t even close to melting.  YAY!  Can we all say SUCCESS??!! 

In case you didn’t notice, I’m a bit stoked about this.  My first few attempts were good but definitely too soft to survive shipping during the summer months.  I am in love with solid perfumes for several reasons.  The main reason being I can put them in my purse and take them anywhere.  They are small and don’t take up much room and they won’t ever leak out of a bottle all over my purse and the contents therein. 

I was going to post a picture of it, but my camera has dead batteries.  I guess it’s all the pictures I took yesterday.  So I’ll have to give you a visual tomorrow.  So on to the giveaway info.  This months giveaway is a bar of my summer citrus soap and a solid perfume. 

The rules to play the game are the same as always.  Leave a comment on the blog within the next week.  On July 22nd I’ll pick a winner.  If you don’t have a link in your signature for me to get in touch with you, please feel free to email me and let me know you entered.  If you win I’ll email you.  If you have a link in your siggy I’ll post there to let you know.  I’ll also post the winner here. 

Good Luck to everyone and let the game begin!  🙂 

P.S.  In case nobody told you today, you are a strikingly beautiful and magnificently made creature.  I’m also digging the orange/hot pink aura thing you have goin on tonight.  Groovy!

Soap Giveaway Winners

Hello Beautiful People!  🙂

Just a quick note today to announce the giveaway winners.  Congratulations to Dee and Kim!  I just want to thank everyone who participated.  I’ll be having another giveaway soon!  Dee and Kim, your soaps will be on their way to you friday.  Have a wonderful day and thank you again. 

I’m heading out to run some errands.  I hope to spread a little sunshine today and maybe do a random act of art!  Everyone go out and smile at three people today.  Then pick three more to compliment.  You won’t believe how it will make them and you smile!

Soap Giveaway and New Birds in the Bevy

Hello all of you happy groovy beautiful people!

I hope everyone is feeling good today and looking forward to more days of sunshine ahead.  Spring is just around the corner and she is beginning to send little gifts our way.   It has been such a long and cold winter for so many people.  Many of my friends up north and in Canada have really had tons and tons of snow to deal with.  Even here in the south it was exceptionally cold and snowy this year.  But alas the sun!  Ahh the sun is coming back! 

This week I’m having another soap giveaway.  I’ve made several new scents the past couple of weeks so I’m going to let you guys pick which scent you would like to try this time.  🙂   I’ve also made some new bird babies and they are looking forward to moving to their forever homes.   They are waiting for you at www.Peachbutter.com

To enter the giveaway contest, just leave a comment here, email me or send me a message on twitter.  My twitter id is JDewylde. 

Peachbutter Party Birds

Here are some of the new soaps available too.  The tangarine dreams and spring spa are seriously drool worthy! 

Handmade Goatsmilk Luxury Soap

Handmade Goatsmilk Soap

 This is the Tangerine Dreams soap.  It is a wonderfully creamy bar.  It is scented with a mix of tangerine and soft green herbals.  It is DEELISH!!  Goatsmilk soaps have been used by people for centuries.  The milk adds a smoothness to the soap that is incredible.  Many people swear that it also helps to clear dry skin.  Try it, you’ll love it!  🙂

Spring Spa Luxury Handmade Soap

Spring Spa Luxury Handmade Soap

This is the spring spa soap.  This soap is scented with ginger and frankinsense.  You won’t believe what a fresh and clean scent this is!  It’s so refreshing and simply yummy!  These bars are also topped with a touch of cosmetic gold mica.  Just for a little touch of glamour and fun!  Everyone that has tried this soap loves it!  You will too. 

I’m looking forward to hearing from y’all.  Have a groovy, happy and love filled day!  Enjoy the pics, enter the giveaway then go out and show people some love today.  It all comes back to you baby!  It all comes back to you.  🙂

Rainy Saturday and Altered Art

Hi Y’all,

It’s been a rainy saturday here in Ga. today.  Kind of a nice day for reflection and thought.  Today I’ve been cleaning and getting some supplies in order.  Sometimes I look around at all of my art supplies and fabric and I wonder how one person can collect so much.  Then I look at some of my friends collections and I feel better!  LOL

Yesterday I finished a canvas for an art challenge.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  I call it “Fly”.  I wanted to do something that was monotone in whites, but as I worked this came out instead.  It’s still really muted tones and I think it’s peaceful looking.  I had such a good time making it.  I love it when I’m working on a piece and I get into that peaceful zone.  It’s so therapeutic.  Anyway, here it is.  Love to hear any and all comments.  Have a great weekend!

Your wings exist.  All you have to do is fly!

Fly

 The following are just close ups obviously.  🙂  I hope you enjoy them. 

Fly Canvas Close Up

Close up 1

Close up of Fly

Close up 2

Close up of Fly

Close up 3

My computer is acting up so I’m amazed I was able to get these pics uploaded.  I’m taking it to the shop monday so I may be offline for a bit.  I’m not sure what is wrong so I won’t know until they take a look.  In the meantime I’m making more soap and art.  As soon as I get back online I’ll be posting some new soaps as well as art and birds for sale on Peachbutter.  I’m also going to be having another soap giveaway so keep checking back!  Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my work.  You keep me humble, honest and sane.  Have a great weekend!

Sleep Study Results and Yummy New Soaps.

Well the sleep study results are in.  I don’t have sleep apnea!  YAY that part!  I do however, have something called Alpha Intrusion Disorder.  I have chronic pain and this condition is caused when someone has chronic pain and it changes their brain waves.  This causes them not to go into a deep REM sleep, which is what I have been experiencing for a few years now.  It’s not fun.  Some nights I wake up 12- 14 times.  I’m always hurting and I always need to move or turn to sleep better.  In my case, I finally get so exhuasted that I will need a night or a weekend day to just sleep for like 12 hours.  I’m beginning to explore some homeopathic paths to pain relief.  I’ve also stopped drinking caffeine after 3:00 in the afternoon.  This seems to be helping a bit.  I’m in love with blueberry herbal tea so that’s what I’ve been drinking at night.   If any of you want to leave comments about your sleeping disorders, please feel free to do so.  Just find all the tiny writing at the bottom of the posts and click on leave a comment.  We are all in this together.  🙂

Okay!  On to more fun topics.  I cut two logs of soap yesterday.  The first one is a cucumber scent and it is so clean smelling.  I also played around a bit with the coloring.  It was fun!   So here are the cut bars. 

Handmade Cucumber Luxury Soap

Handmade Cucumber Luxury Soap. Yummmm!

The second log I cut was the grapefruit/orange soap.  OMG y’all I am in LOVE with this soap.  I used a grapefruit/orange essential oil blend on this one.  It smells just like juicy ripe grapefruits and oranges.  It’s also a vegan bar.  I was kind of surprised at how long the recipe took to trace, but it was worth the effort.  I colored half the batch a light pink grapefruit color and added just a touch of yellow to the other half then mixed them.  I love the soft understated way the colors came out!  I hope y’all like these too. 

Grapefruit/Orange Handmade Vegan Luxury Soap

Grapefruit/Orange Handmade Vegan Luxury Soap w/ essential oils.

Tonight I’m going to work on completing a couple of birds.  I’ve got some cute ideas for bird hats and such so I’m going to try and get that done.   I’m working on getting myself organized.  Sometimes I feel like I’m running as fast as I can on the wheel and getting nowhere.  LOL   I hope you all have a day filled with peace, happiness, tons of smiles and more love than you can hold!

Coconut Lime Verbena Soap and Sleep Study

Todays post is going to be a bit short.  I have a sleep study test to take tonight and I’ve got a million things to get done today.  Yesterday I made some coconut lime verbena soap.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this soap because the fragrance oil smelled really strong in the bottle.  However, I know from past experience that this isn’t always telling of how the soap is going to smell after the cure. 

Well let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised this morning!  When I woke up and opened my bedroom door, my entire kitchen/living room area smelled wonderful!  It was such a delightful way to start the day!   I’ll be putting this soap up on Peachbutter for sale tomorrow.   I’m including a couple of pictures so you can see the coconut lime goodness.  🙂

Coconut Lime Verbena Handmade Soap in Log Mold

Soap in the log mold before cutting. I'm in love with the color too!

Coconut Lime Verbena Handmade Soap

Coconut Lime Verbena cut bars. Beautiful and smells fabulous!

Back with more soap.

Hi Yall,

Wow!  I did NOT realize it has been this long since I last posted.  Life has been crazy over here.  I’ve been busy looking for a job, making soap, sewing birds, painting and trying to be a better human being.  I tell ya, I could easily get into a lil depression or funk over the job situation, but I refuse!  I have decided I am going to be cheerful and have faith no matter what! 

So how does a girl who is out of a job fill the night hours?  Well she makes soap of course!  She paints and she sews birds.  I’ve made a LOT of soap since my last posting.  Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?  LOL  I have joined a forum called The Dish.  There are so many wonderful people on this forum.  So many dedicated and educated soap makers.  There are heated discussions, as on any forum, but overall these people are exceptionally helpful and kind.  It’s so nice to have found such a supportive group.  As I become more familiar with them I am going to ask permission to post some of their soaps.  You will simply not believe the beautiful things these artists create! 

So my last post I promised more pics of my soaps so here you go.  I’m going to be posting regularly again as I am finally getting into a rhythm with everything I need to get done during the day.  I want to thank those of you who have emailed me to make sure I am okay.  *BIG HUGS*  Yes I am and you bless me with your concern and caring!  🙂   Now on to the pics!

Cold Process Pink Flamingo Soap

Cold Process Pink Wave Soap

 

This was a batch of soap I made with an “Ocean” scent.  I was all proud of the waves on top.  Well it turns out this batch had lye pockets so I had to rebatch it so it was mellow and creamy.   Rebatching means you have to shred the soap up and cook it on the stove, in the crock pot or in the microwave in order to complete the saponification process and get rid of any lye.

 

And this is the rebatch.  Looks like spam!  LMAO!   The good news is that when I trimmed it, it was actually pretty and VERY creamy and smooth.  Everyone I gave a bar to LOVED it.  Live and learn.  🙂

Wave soap rebatch

Wave soap now known as spamorama! LOL

Next I made some peppermint soap.  I simply fell in LOVE with the way this turned out!  And it smells YUMMMMMMMMO! 

Peppermint Soap with Gold Mica

Peppermint Soap with Gold Mica

 Then I had to make some chocolate soap.  This has darkened up quite a bit since I took this pic.  It smells really good but I think next time I’ll add more fragrance oil.  This one kinda faded a bit in the process.  I also used some gold mica but it completely disappeared.  I’m still working on that.

Chocolate Soap

Chocolate Soap

The next thing I wanted to try was some embeds.  I had some trimmings left over from an orange cranberry soap I made so I decided to incorporate them into a white log as an experiment.  I still had some of the orange cranberry scent left over so I went for it.

First Embeds Log

First Embeds Log Unmolded

I got kind of excited when I unmolded it.  I could tell it was going to be fun and interesting when I cut it.

First Embeds Soap Log Cut

First Embeds Soap Log Cut

I was right!  It was so much fun cutting this soap!  I had a couple of people tell me it reminded them of the Korean flag.  I had so much fun with this particular project.  I am looking forward to trying it again. 

For the last couple of days I have been making hot process soaps in the crockpot.  I am really enjoying this as well.  The soaps are turning out beautifully and the feel wonderful on my skin!  I’m completely hooked on them.  Tomorrow I will take some pics of the soaps I’ve made the last couple of days and post them here.  I hope you enjoyed these and thanks for looking!  🙂  Keep checking back because I’m going to be giving some of this soap away.  I am also going to be giving away a bird soon.  I am thinking of having a couple of contests just for fun.  Email me with any thoughts or ideas.  I LOVE hearing from yall!  🙂  Peace and love and more blogging tomorrow.

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No diamonds in this batch!

Okay so the first batch of soap did NOT turn out.  I was a lil disappointed but I good friend pointed something out to me last night.  I was lamenting about the wasted time and wasted money.  He reminded me that it wasn’t wasted if I learned from it.  He’s right!  🙂  So this morning I logged on and found that many of the soapers on the forum had followed up with comments.  Many were helpful suggestions on how to change the recipe to make it harder.  ALL of them were encouraging and uplifting.  I’m so impressed and touched by these people and their willingness to share their knowledge.  So they told me to put the soap up and let it cure.  So I sort of peeled the molds off of it this morning and it is now residing on a shelf in my laundry room.  I don’t hold much hope for this batch but I suppose time will tell.  I passed the tongue test with no zap whatsoever.  I wasn’t really surprised by this as it’s kinda oil heavy.  If nothing else, I may chunk it up in pieces and use at the bathroom sink and in the kitchen.  It just smells so darn good I can’t make myself toss it yet.  LOL  I’m going to make another batch either tonight or tomorrow.  I’ll post pics when they are ready!  Peace.

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