Sunday, September 20, 2015

Popping in with Some New Soaps

Another 2 months have passed since my last blog post. I've really become a terrible blogger outside of tumblr. I haven't been idle though, I am studying for the TN July 2016 bar, I am working on my soap shop, and I am toying with the idea of stepping down to part time and giving the law thing, and the soap thing, a shot. More on that though as it progresses.

I have made a lot of new soap though, and I thought I would share some pics with you all.

Neroli & Shea Butter with Oat Extract and Tussah Silk

Plumeria with Green Tea Extract and Tussah Silk

English Rose with Silk

Classic Vanilla with Silk

Wildflower Honey with Almond Milk & Meal
I think the soap I really like the best is the Wildflower and Honey soap. I made it with homemade almond milk (using this recipe) and used the almond meal from making the milk in it as well for scrubbiness. It also has honey and silk in it. It smells great (Wildflower Honey from Bramble Berry, honestly a new favorite scent!), and is super creamy. I have a hard time parting with any of these bars. A close second is the Plumeria, a scent i did not like out of the bottle but LOVE in the finished soap.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Digital Artist Trading Card or Art Journaling Page - Clandestine

Made for the Journal Prompt "Clandestine," from the 2012 Art Journal Caravan By Tangie Baxter. Kit used is My Midnight Dreams, which seems to no longer be available. 
I have always been drawn to art journaling, even though every time I try it, I get frustrated because a) my pages never look as good as Julie Fe-Fen Balzer or similar artists, and b) as much as I like looking at those type of art journaling pages, deep down I don't want my pages to look like those. which begs the question, what do I want them to look like?

In an effort to figure that out, I am trying to explore what I actually want my pages to look like. When I am working with digital elements, I like the messy or fantasy look, like this one. When I am actually using paper products, I am still drawn to the bright colors/layering/white space I prefer when I am scrapping, which I have noticed is rare in the art journaling world. I did find a few blog posts by Michelle Wooderson on her blog Mish Mash. I really love her pages. It's a lot of layering, bright colors, etc, etc. Right now, I am rereading the posts and letting them just ferment in my brain while I wait for a chance to try the style out. I want to have a good couple hours to really get it going in my head.

I am also trying to keep a written journal (although I pretty up the pages a little with stamps and washi tape) in the cute little owl journal I got on the cheap. I feel like I never actually write anything anymore, and I am scared I am going to lose the ability to write well unless I practice it. Plus, it's nice to just get the junk out of your head once in a while. I am using journaling prompts I find on tumblr feed (crafty tumblr here) for my written journals, and prompts from the 2012 Art Journal Caravan class I took a few years ago, along with prompts from the new Art Journal Emporium Tangie has going on now. (It's a subscription based class that I really like, but I will only be joining every once in a while, like every 4 months since I don't journal enough to keep a monthly subscription.)

What about you, do you art journal? What style do you use? I would love it if you linked up in the comments so I could see. I love seeing all types of art journaling.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Month Long (or Longer) Scrapbook Page

I have had this page sitting on my table for weeks, possibly even a couple months. Every few nights I would move the papers around, take some away, add new ones, etc, but I never glued anything down.  Night before last I finally sat down and told myself to start cutting and gluing. It came out completely differently than I envisioned it when I pulled everything out, layout wise, and I like it better than the original idea I had for it. I just love the top pic of my double eyebrow piercings, it captures everything I really like about myself right now, piercings & cat eye liner.

What really surprised me though was when I went to go put it in my album, I realized it is the first actual paper scrapbook page I have done since 2013, other than a couple of things I did in my Smashbooks, or my Fan Girl journal. I had no clue it had been that long since I have done a 12x12 layout. I know last year's depression had a lot to do with that, along with my obsession with soap making, but almost 2 years? I really have got to start using my supplies more, because I have a ton of really cute stuff that is just sitting there. I haven't even done Project Life since 2013 other than a half assed attempt to get 2014, the first half, documented. I have a ton of stuff I've collected over the past 2 years that needs to be documented somehow. I just need to figure out how I want to do it.

What are you guys up to?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Seasons Greetings!

How many of you just said Oh, God, no?

It's only May and I am already planning my Xmas gift crafting. I swore last holiday season I would make a list of presents I wanted to make and I would start on them early. And, so far that plan is going well. I am keeping a list of definite and possible gifts to make for each person I giving handmade to. Last night I went through my handy dandy Sherlock planner and set post-its with timelines/goals of what presents to start and when.

I know that these will probably shift around as the year progresses (hence the mobility of post-its), some will take longer to make than others, work will intrude, or the bar exam studying will take more time some weeks than others. But, I really hope that doing this will save me from the mad rush I have every single year when I realize it's late September and I haven't even started yet. Last year was a mess with me making things literally until the week after Xmas. I made no cards, no gift tags, and I really felt like the whole thing was outside of my control.

This year will be different! *shakes fist in the air*

How about you, when do you start holiday crafting? Do you plan ahead?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Off the Craft Table - Mother's Day Card & Thank You Card

Well, that scrapbook page I posted a picture of last post is still sitting there. But honestly, I'm not really put out by it. For some reason having it there, seeing the papers together, moving embellishments around on it, and whatnot, is satisfying of and in it's self.

However, I did get a couple of paper crafting projects done. Of course, a Mother's Day card, and a Thank You card. A friend of mine, a fellow nerd, sent me the Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book, and a life-size cardboard cut out of Sherlock as a joke so she definitely deserved something more personal than a store bought card. I do so love when friends get my sense of humor.

I will admit though, that I am never pleased with my cards. When I first make them, I am over the moon with my creativity, aren't these great, I ask myself, convinced of my mad card making skillz. Then a few days pass, and I look at the pictures I took of them before they went winging off into the world. Then I'm always, Meh....

I am always comparing my stuff with those design team beauties I pin on Pintrest, and they never measure up. But, you can't compare yourself to others right? And, the only way to get better is to keep doing, just like with anything. So, maybe I should get roll on over to my craft table and actually glue some of those papers down instead of shuffling them all over the place.

What are you working on?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Comfy Toes! The Lizzie Slippers

Need a quick little crochet project? Try these Lizzie Slippers by Lisa Gutierrez. Each one took me about on hour, but if you are a better crocheter than I am, it would probably take you a little less time. I kept pausing to watch whichever Supernatural episode I was currently on, so that added to my time just a bit. The trim didn't come out as neat as I would have wanted, but I think that will be solved by the next pair I make. I mean they are so cute, I need them in different colors right? I am such a sucker for round toed flats, so these slippers suit me right to the ground. I made them with some cheap Vanna's Choice yarn as they were my first attempt at the pattern (I always use cheap yarn for first attempts) and I wanted them to be machine washable. The next pair might be made out of some soft mohair that I have though, just for the luxury factor.

I can't believe a month has went by without me posting. It has been a literal whirlwind at work, and it won't stop for about another month. I am taking some days off this month for both the Night Vale Show in Nashville (this Monday, OH MY GOD), and my mom's visit in mid-April. Of course, both these times away from work coincide with large projects happening at the store, so that means the time I am at work this month will be packed full with training the new OPS manager I promoted, doing leadership training with my whole management team, and keeping all the operational tasks on track until the new OPS can take over for me. Things should slow down a bit for me in May, but of course, that means I am just going to take something else on right?

Right. As of right now, I am planning to start studying for the February 2016 TN Bar Exam starting sometime in May. It might seem a little early to start, but I also want to make sure I give myself time to have actual days off from both studying and work a couple times a month, and I know studying will be a challenge through the holiday season. Plus, I have to go through the entire application process again, which is a good couple weeks of document and information gathering. Thankfully I saved everything from my MS Bar application, so it won't take quite as long.

Better to be over prepared than under prepared yes?

Also, with everything going on, posting will continue to be sporadic, but you can always find me on my crafty tumblr blog as well. I'm a little more active over there :)

In other news, I also have a scrap page fermenting on the table.

What's up with you?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Springing Ahead with Sunny Herb Garden & Mandarin Soaps

A couple new soaps went up in the shop today!

Sunny Harb Garden w/ Zeolite Clay and Green Tea Extract

Mandarin Oasis with Ground Loofah

Both soaps were made with the same basic recipe (at the end of the post). I love the Sunny Herb Garden. The clay gives it a very light exfoliation that feels amazing on my winter-dry skin. Just enough to scrub. And the scent, while light in the finished soap, really seems to blossom in the shower, adding a nice light scent to my skin. My husband even remarked how nice it smells. The soap itself, when used, is creamy and soft feeling. I honestly thought about taking it out of my shop so I could keep it all :) I think this will be a go-to recipe for me, it is the third time I have made soaps with it, and I love every single one.


  • Avocado Oil - 10%
  • Castor Oil -5%
  • Mango Butter - 5%
  • Coconut Oil, 76 degrees - 20%
  • Palm Oil - 30%
  • Rice Bran Oil - 30%
  • Superfat - 10%
Also, I have started a craft tumblr with the same name as this blog. So if you are on Tumblr, check me out HERE. It will see more updates most likely than this will, as tumblr is my go to relaxation site. This is NOT my account that is covered in Sherlock, Night Vale, and other geekiness, so no worries about that.
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