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Monday, 7 October 2013

Scrumptious Soap Giveaway....

As you know I have been crazy about making soaps this last while.....I am giving away a piece of my Banana & Pear Delight homemade soap & one of my Strawberry & Vanilla Dream soaps (see pictures below)...to a lucky winner.       Just leave a comment below in the comments section to be included in the draw!!   Both are made of goats milk soap base which provides rich moisturizing properties with no harmful ingredients and is ideal for sensitive skin. Both aren't tested on animals either and contains no animal oils.  So, good luck!!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Banana & Pear Delight...another variation of my homemade loaf soap!

I am getting addicted to making these!

Looks almost good enough to eat & smells heavenly too!

Et, voila!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Strawberry and vanilla cream loaf soap!

I treated myself to some more soap making supplies over the weekend and here's what I made using a silicone loaf mold with the same principle as the previous recipe!

 I inserted some soap cubes/embeds onto the bottom of the mold before pouring the first layer of soap base into it.  After waiting for the first layer (vanilla cream) to cool slightly, I added a second layer (strawberry).
I left this to cool down overnight and removed the mold.

 Here comes my favourite bit - the slicing!

 I used clear cellophane to wrap the soaps and make them attractive and finished off with some labels.

 There you have it - some great stocking fillers for Christmas!!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Soap fun!

To make soap, the following basics are needed:

Soap mould
Melt & Pour soap base (cubed is better as it melts more effectively)
Cosmetic fragrance - 1/2 drops per 100g base
Cosmetic colour - 1/2 drops per 100g base
Microwave/plastic jug/stirrer or spoon


  1. Firstly, measure out the soap base (100g of base for every 100ml approx).
  2. Melt the base at intervals of 30 seconds in the microwave - use the defrost button
  3. Make sure not to over melt the base. 
  4. When cooled but not yet hardened, add the fragrance , followed by the colour ~  drop by drop.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour into the moulds and allow to set. 
  7. That's it!                                  

 For this recipe, I am adding some pre-made soap cubes for an interesting effect.

A selection of cosmetics colours/fragrances

Filled soap mould

Finished soaps
And there's more...

Cute bear guest soaps

My handmade labels for the soap packaging!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Bubbles galore!

I have dabbled in soap-making in the past but my passion for this craft has suddenly resurged! 
 I am so grateful for the amount of resources out there that help beginners like myself - from tutorials to soap packaging ideas, there really is no shortage of ideas! Watch this space!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Free craft giveaway!!

I am going to host a free giveaway now ~ for a chance to win the following pictured craft items, please write in the comments section below, what you think is a good craft tip or piece of advice?  It can be related to any kind of craft so get your thinking caps on!!!!   The best answer wins!!


 The lucky winner will receive:

3 sheets of stickers,  2 packs of embellishments and a cute owl rubber stamp ~ everything is brand new!

My latest makes...

I was kept busy when I had some free time with my son being over at his granny's last weekend.

First up was the realisation that I had already bought myself some decopatch papers whilst on holiday in Krakow earlier this year so, I figured I might as well put them to some use.   I had a blank wooden pen box lying about ~ so I covered this with brick design decopatch paper and decorated it with a bicycle embellishment, like so:

Then, I embellished the reverse side in a similar way ~ this is very simple to make...isn't it cute?!?

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Next up, I made some cards with Christmas being just over 100 days away...

 I used rubber stamped images on blank white labels for the above card - on top of a foil piece of backing card.

My twin nephews gave me the inspiration for this card.

 Kid's birthday card (Mr Men design)

 Oriental themed card ~ materials used:  blue oriental fabric covered paper, double fish sticker
Chinese girl & baby embellishment, paper borders.

Simple girly birthday card

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A scrapbook page I created for Christmas 2012!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Art is relaxing....

I have been feeling quite artistic as of late...and my first attempt at a self portrait was encouraged by my son who 'showed' me how to use soft pastels for the very first time!!     I have fallen in love with pastels!!

Here are some of my drawings/pictures:

This is myself

I like still life a lot

Sometimes the artist within me can express herself easily , like water flowing from a strong river or fountain....Flowers are my ultimate favourite object to sketch!