Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Sept 2013 Soap - Green Apple Soap

Since most of us kids and college students are heading back to school (or already back to the books!), I figured that September would be a great month to have my Green Apple soap be the soap of the month for September! They make great gifts for your child's new teacher! (I've already got some set aside for my son's new teachers!)

These soaps are hot process vegan soaps, made with a bottom "peel" layer of green and a top layer of warm yellow. Each soap is topped off with two green apple-shaped soaps. The soap is also scented with "Granny's Green Apple" scent, which is sweet, tart, and juicy, just like a granny smith apple. This scent is also available in bath bombs and in my green tractors.

All throughout the month of September, you can catch this soap on sale! Wanna check it out? Click here!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School!

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As of today, summer is officially over and school is back in session!

I had a fantastic summer at home with my sweet son. We played, had adventures, potty trained (!!!), and took trips. I made boat loads of soap, attended a few craft shows, held a successful flash sale, and spent a month recharging. I'm feeling great, and I am ready to get back in the swing of school!

Benjamin went back to school as well. I am lucky enough that my university has a day care on site for students, and Ben's teachers are amazing! This will be his second year there, and he loves every day of it!

So, back to school I go! Only three semesters left until I get that awesome sheep skin!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Green Tractor Soap

My tractor soaps have been a huge hit at the Appalachian Fair for the past two years, and I figured that while the fair was in full swing, I would feature these fun melt and pour creations!

I have three types of tractors: Pink tractors scented with Cherry Almond, my Blue tractors scented with coconut, and my green tractors scented with green apple. The green apple scent is one of my most popular, and kids just love playing with these soaps in the bath. It's one of the only ways I can get my son to get clean!

Come on down to the Appalachian Fair in Gray and pick some tractors up, or you can find them in my Etsy shop! Click here to head to my shop!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Appalachian Fair 2013

Tractor soaps in
three colors and scents!
I am so excited about this coming week! My soaps, along with loads of other locally made goodies, will be for sale at this year's Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN!

All of my soaps, body butters, body sprays, lip balms, and bath salts will be there! And part of the proceeds go to the Farm and Home Building at the fairgrounds!

Here is a list of the other vendors that will be attending with me! Check out their Etsy shops:
... and me, SecondSpringSoaps!

Salt soaps!
The fair will be going on from Monday, August 19 through Saturday, August 24. Come on over to the Farm and Home Building and look for the Artist and Crafter's Corner. If you are interested in learning more about the fair or see the hours and ticket prices, click here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Green Apple Bath Bomb

Out of every item that I have in my shop, everyone seems drawn in by my green apple bath bombs. They have been featured in Etsy Finds and in many treasuries, and I figured it was high time I featured them on my own blog!!

My bath bombs are made with the basics: baking soda and citric acid. I add epsom salts and shea butter to them to make your bath more relaxing and to keep your skin soft.

The fizzies are colored a soft green and scented with green apple fragrance oil. The scent is sweet and tart, just like a granny smith apple.

Wanna check out these bath bombs? Click here!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Adventures in Pencil Lines

This summer, I have had the time and opportunity to learn and try out new soap making techniques, and one of my favorites has been creating pencil lines in my soap!

What is a pencil line?
A pencil line is a thin line made in soap by using a powder, like mica, clay, or cocoa powder.
Wild muscadine soap with a pencil line made of cocoa
Pencil lines are made by sprinkling a thin layer of the powder along the top of the soap, then gently placing another layer of soap on the pencil line. You have to take care to make the line as solid as possible, but not making the line too thick. If the line is too thick, your layers may come apart!

Most of the pencil lines that I have seen are made with sparkling micas, but I have had success using both cocoa powder and clay, both of which I had on hand at the time. If you use a loaf mold, the process is straightforward. However, if you use a mold like the one I use (which is the 9 bar birchwood mold from Bramble berry), you can either make the pencil line and omit the dividers, or place the dividers, then make your pencil line, like I did in the video below.

Pencil lines are gorgeous details in soap! I cant wait to try it out again!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Spotlight: All Natural Bug Spray

After battling numerous bugs at craft shows this spring and summer, I came up with the perfect blend of essential oils to add to my body spray, making the perfect bug spray!

My spray is made with citronella, tea tree, lemongrass, rosemary, and bergamot essential oils, all of which work to keep those buzzing pests at bay! 

This spray is available in my Etsy shop. Interested? Click here to check it out!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Featured in Now and Then: An Appalachian Magazine

A few months ago, I was interviewed for an article regarding Appalachia and Etsy. I was excited and nervous, and a few months went by with no word...

Back in June, I saw that the latest issue of Now and Then had been released, and it featured the article that I was interviewed for!! Wow!! I ordered my copy online and waited... and I was so happy and surprised with the results of the article!
I was so excited to see that my Appalachian Fall soap had been featured with the article.

Are you interested in getting an issue of Now and Then? Click here!