Spring Vendor Fair Preparation

I’m a terrible blog mommy!! I’m so sorry little ones, I have failed you yet again… I forgot to post up the rest of those freebie FaceBook banners on Friday. :( I’ll post them this week, I swear! In the meantime, however…

Spring has sprung! — & I am busier than those little birds & bees … I’m making soap. Oooooh, yes, it’s come again! Another vendor fair to prep for, huzzah! This time it’s the same location as the fall one I attend but it’s their first annual spring fair! Just in time for mother’s day, too. ;D

Handmade, geeky goodness in portable soap form! Click to buy.

Handmade, geeky goodness in portable soap form! Click to buy.

What? Of course I had to make some geeky soaps — geeky Mom’s get love, too! I also made an amazing TARDIS soap, & am working with a good friend who brews teas for a living to get an insanely awesome flower called the Pea Flower to acheive the TARDIS blue naturally. <3 Soooo excited for this. Also, did I mention I have 2 potential leads for selling my soaps in a store? One is one of those “all natural vegan/vegitarian/healthnut” stores, the other a comic book shop. Oh, yes, I went there..! Wish me luck!

What would I sell at a health store? Easy, my awesomely non-geeky-but-still-just-as-healthy soap bars! Like these gorgeous things:

Good enough to eat -- but don't eat it!! Click to buy.

Good enough to eat — but don’t eat it!! Click to buy.

Oh, sweet, sweet baby Jesus. Words cannot even begin to express the joy I had after making these little slabs of awesome. Seriously, guys — I’ve found my new love: making soap that looks good enough to eat. Mmmm-mmm!

Here’s how it came about: I was all mopey & sad over feeling like no one wanted my soap (I was basically throwing a pity party for myself) & Mr Geek told me to suck it up & go make some dang soap. (Not verbatim…!) So I went to go make a batch of my java soap, figuring it’d at least be something. I made up a big ol’ batch of goat’s milk soap, added in some French Vailla Coffee grounds, gave it a good stir, tossed in just a teensy little drop or two of my “amber cotton” scent, & then poured it in to my loaf mold, when suddenly…

Oh no!!! I realised then that I hadn’t made enough to fill the whole mold! As I watched the little coffee grounds float up to the “top” of the soap mix, it hit me: make another batch of just goat’s milk soap as a “foam” effect!! I felt like pure genius, guys. After allowing the bottom layer to set & mostly harden (the top-most “skin” of the bottom layer, at least) I rushed about in a giddy sort of tizzy, whipping up some more soap & adding just a pinch of coffee grounds to keep it white (but look like foam with cinnamon/coffee sprinkles). After it was ready, I held my breath, silently prayed that the bottom layer would hold steady (I’d have been kinda bummed if they had just mixed together in the end)… Huzzah! It held up! The white “foam” got poured on, & I was then tasked with practicing that ever-consuming task: having patience. I did poke back in every so often to sort of stir up the foam part, thereby “fluffing” it.)

After it was hardened enough, yet still soft enough to cut easily, I popped it out of the mold, sliced the bars in to 3.5oz-4oz segments, & proceeded to dance around my living room like a small faerie. Needless to say, Mr Geek gave me his patented “I told you so without telling you so, dummy” sort of looks. ;)

Seriously, though: Are these not, like, the tastiest soaps you’ve ever seen? (Hint: say YES!)


French Vanilla Coffee Soap

Nom-nom-nom!! Click for Etsy listing!

French Vanilla Coffee soaps

Seriouslylookit these guys!! Too cute!! Click for etsy listing. <3

I absolutely love how the coffee grounds that floated to the top formed a sort of strip in the middle. Sooooo fun!! (The box they’re in is one of my awesome & super cute Graze boxes, by the way.) Needless-to-say, I am way stoked to be making soaps again, & after posting these to Facebook & getting some awesome feedback, I feel super motivated to continue working towards that fair! Forward-ho!

So –!! What sort of fun soaps do y’all think I should give a try next??

– Elise M. Gross


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Hello everybody! Have you all had fantastic weeks thus far? Tomorrow is one of my oldest friends birthday celebrations, & it’s mustache themed, so we get to use the mustaches we made last week! Huzzah for multiple-use mustaches!! I certainly have had an interesting week, & to celebrate the beginning of this bound-to-be-wonderful-weekend, I’ve made…
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Treasury Tuesday : Jiggly Jellies

Welcome to today’s ultra fantabulous TREASURY TUESDAY!! Let’s just jump right in to it! :D

‘Jiggly Jellies’ by egcom

Wiggly, jiggly jelly fish –
One, two, three,
make a wish!
I wish I could hug those jellyfish
but hugging jellies can be painfulish.
For now we’ll gather the jellies here,
in our hearts to hold so dear! ^.^

Jelly Fish Felt Mobile - benzie
Jelly Fish Felt Mob…

Childrens Art, Nursery Prints, Art for Kids Room, Bedroom Decor - 'Wriggle Jiggle Jellies' by Schmooks - schmooks
Childrens Art, Nurs…

These whimsical jellyfish air plants are easy to care for and dance with the slightest breeze. Decorate your home with colorful jellyfish! - jellyfishkisses
These whimsical jel…

Jellyfish Necklace - TheCraftyTash
Jellyfish Necklace

Blue Jelly Fish and the Sea Floor HHP Origianl Print  Art Print Bathroom Print Ocean Art Nautical Print Sea Life Print HHP Original Design - HamiltonHousePrints2
Blue Jelly Fish and…

KAWAII JELLY FISH & Water Bubbles Trio-Japanese Set of 3 Rubber Stamps - kawaiigoodies

Under the sea set of four mini canvases - Catavichs
Under the sea set o…

Two Jellyfish Amigurumi Crochet Stuffed Animals - Choose your own colors - alyssacritters
Two Jellyfish Amigu…

Music Festival Art Print - Jellyfish Art - Music Art - Wall Art - Surreal Art - Trippy Art - Flotatious by Black Ink Art - BlackInkArtz
Music Festival Art …

Jellyfish print - Ladynoeldesigns
Jellyfish print

Jellyfish Boro Glass Tear Drop Focal Pendant Necklace Handblown (no. 17) - HAWAIIANGLASSART
Jellyfish Boro Glas…

Valentines Special 4 piece Small Jellyfish Paperweights with 4 Bases. - TheAmazingjellyfish
Valentines Special …

Print from original watercolor jellyfish series by Jessica Durrant titled Electric Feel No. 2 - JessicaIllustration
Print from original…

ABC animals, Jellyfish print, Jellyfish painting, Jellyfish illustration, alphabet animals, Nursery wall art,  J is for Jellyfish - joojoo
ABC animals, Jellyf…

Jellyfish Watercolor painting, Sea art, Nautical art, Wall decor art, Home decor housewares, Orange Jellyfish print, 8x10, Buy 2 Get 1 Free - colorZen
Jellyfish Watercolo…

Wall Vinyl Sticker Decals Decor Jellyfish Deep Sea Ocean Fish Detailed Monster Scuba Tentacles (z1567) - StickersForLife
Wall Vinyl Sticker …


Treasury tool by StylishHome.

I have to say, I haven’t seen a finer collection of jellyfish items since…well, since I saw a bunch of jellyfish floating around our local aquarium. xD

Here’s to wiggly, jiggly jellyfish!!

– Elise M. Gross