I admit it. I am completely 100 million percent addicted to all things soapy. I often fall asleep thinking about new soap designs, and color or fragrance combinations. Last night as I was trying to get some work done on my laptop, my husband was playing Assassins Creed Black Flag on the TV. I started sketching a picture of a new soap that I have been rattling around in my head. Watching the ships on his pirating game was a great way for me to bring those ideas to life and figure out how in the world to begin to design a somewhat complex design that has until now only been in my head. That is what happens when you live and breathe soaping.
Another prime example is tonight’s trip to Dollar Tree. I love Dollar Tree because everything is actually only $1. Most dollar stores only have a few items for a buck and the rest is well over that. Not Dollar Tree baby they are $1 for everything and sometimes things are less than that! Tonight I had to stop in to get some green tea for a new recipe I am getting ready to make from my soaping idol’s new book, Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry aka the Soap Queen! I am a member of a three month subscription to the Soap Crafting Club, a genius marketing plan where Bramble Berry sends you one mold at the beginning of the three month period that you will use for each of the three months of the club. Each month you are sent pre-measured ingredients to make one of the recipes in her Soap Crafting book. See? I told you it was genius marketing. Whoever came up with that idea deserves a big raise! The Soap Crafting Club subscriptions have gone on for the last year and we are all waiting with our breath held on news of a new 3 month subscription. The only thing keeping us from really losing it, is the November launching of a new Bramble Berry company called Handmade Beauty Box: DIY Delivered. Yet another ingenious idea where each month you get a new DIY bath or beauty project. Here’s the kicker, you don’t know what the new project will be until you get it! How exciting is that?!! Its like Christmas morning every month!
Getting back to my original point, my example tonight is what happened when I went to go get one simple thing, green tea at the Dollar Tree. This, is what I came home with:
Two types of plastic serving trays because my soap at the office is taking over my desk and I wanted to display it where people can sniff at their leisure. Plus then it won’t be stacked to the roof on top of my rolodex (yes, I actually have one, laugh if you must but I don’t have to worry about a virus wiping out all my numbers or my phone being dropped into coffee or being stolen!)
A set of salt & pepper shakers for sprinkling glitter on new soaps. I realized I really needed this after my daughter and I both got glitter everywhere last weekend just trying to sprinkle it on one soap loaf, lol.
My very own soapy scissors! Not for the kitchen, not for the kids. MINE all MINE! For soapy purposes only. 🙂
A 4 pack of 2 cup plastic bowls with lids: For measuring out the lye. Sometimes I want to measure out more than one batch at a time so I can have more than one pitcher of lye water cooling at the same time and I wanted bowls with lids that were not too big but were big enough to hold my typical amount of lye for a single batch.
New scruby brush just for soaping because I normally just use a paper towel but would prefer to use a brush instead and I don’t share soapy utensils with the kitchen. it even has a scraper on it!!
Two new double sided (and RED to match my kitchen!) Betty Crocker spatulas: These are nice and sturdy and you can pull off both ends for better cleaning. Plus one side is smaller than the other so I can get into the smaller places when needed.
3 two spoon sets of stainless steel spoons. After testing all of the Bramble Berry fragrances recently, I realized that I REALLY need to invest in lots of soapy spoons.
Plastic 2 cup measuring cup. I want to be able to make some tiny 1 lb batches in my favorite 1lb silicone mold from Bramble Berry and I needed something small enough to be able to use the stick blender without making a mess.
8-pack of AA batteries because I just got a 2nd mini mixer (if you don’t have one, get it! Seriously its only $5 and worth a lot more) in my Bramble Berry delivery this week and those kids of mine seem to swipe all of the batteries for their electronics. So my cheapy dollar store batteries are just for soaping and will be well hidden. muhahahahaha…
And of course, the green tea for my soapy project!
Here is my wonderful soapy haul:
Check in soon to see how my S.O.A.P.y scents are doing in the melt & pour testing!
Love & Bubbles,
Tammy Lindsey aka Soapy Starfish
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