Saturday, September 22, 2012

Soap Balls

Soap balls

Do you make cold process or hot process soap?  Have you ever tried making soap balls instead of bars of soap?  What do you do with your little bits of soap leftover from making your batch of homemade soap?

These soap balls are small ones that fit nicely in your hands and are about the size of guest soaps.  If you make cold process or hot process soap yourself, this is a nice way to use the last bits left in your soap pot.  You must use the same safety precautions that you use with making soap bars, including, but not limited to goggles, gloves, and covering for your clothes.  After you have put your soap bars into your soap mold, you are sometimes left with a small amount of raw soap in your soap pot.  Just carefully scoop out the raw soap and hand roll the balls in your gloved hands.  Then cure them for the amount of time that you cure your soap bars.  I made these for my Etsy shop and cured them for the same amount of weeks that I cured the bars before offering them for sale.  Due to the small size of the soap balls, I offered them in sets.   I think I will try to make more next time I do another batch of soap.  At some point, I may do a whole batch as soap balls instead of as bars, because they are just so cute. 

 Have you ever used soap balls for bathing or washing your hands?  Do you prefer them to soap bars? 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fall wedding finds on Etsy in my latest treasury

Here are some fall wedding goodies that I found on Etsy and created a treasury with them.  Actually, I was inspired to do this because I wanted to do a team challenge for the first time.  This was for the Avidteam on Etsy.  Click on the link above the photo to see the treasury. 

A treasury on Etsy is an opportunity for you to select items you like and showcase them in a collection that you curate.  You don't get to put your own items from your Etsy shop in them, but it's nice to feature other sellers/creators. 

Have you ever done a team treasury challenge on Etsy? Do you like making treasuries?  I like making treasuries and like being in them.  What about you?  If you make treasuries, what inspires you to make them?