I'll post photos of the cut soaps soon.
Zombie Zoaps are in the mold right now. Let me tell you, my house smells fantastic! This photo above is from the Zombie Fun Run project I did last year for the Pebbles Beach Fire Department. Their run was in October, but it takes time to get soap cured, cut, and packaged. This one was "Mangled Mango" and it was a hit! This year, I'm stirring the pot with Zombie Znot, Braaiiinz, and Crazy Coconut & Leprous Lemongrass so far. I may add another couple of fragrances just for fun. The Zombie Znot is appropriately green and grody looking. Ha! As are the Braaaiinz and CC&LL.
I'll post photos of the cut soaps soon.
It has been a very long time since I've updated my blog. Life got crazy and then I suddenly found myself feeling old and sometimes tired. And still life goes on! You may have noticed some changes in product pages and a new page - my Graphic Designs page.
What did I do for the very long two years that I didn't post one single blog entry? School. Life. School. Work. And sometimes more life. Including fun and experimenting with my natural creativity. Ya just can't keep a creative soul down for too long. It doesn't happen.
School was fun and interesting and a huge growing experience. I learned a lot. I learned about InDesign and Illustrator, I learned all about graphic design, and I re-ignited my love and passion for plain ol' art. I'll even share some of my creations here later. But I found a new love too - watercolor.
So now I have a ton of new material to report on.
And I have you to thank too. Thanks for sticking with me through the years! You've meant so much to me, kept me going! Oh, how I appreciate all the encouragement and love and comments and thank you for loving my soaps and lip goods!
Ten. That's not a real big number, right? Ten. Ten percent. Ten percent grade. Okay, now we're getting a bit nuts. What's really nuts is trying to drive up an unpaved, primitive road at a ten percent grade on the side of a mountain. But, oh, it was so beautiful!
Looking up into the clouds. Beginning the goat trail.
My daughter got out of the vehicle and insisted it was more sane to walk up (and down) this mountain. I wanted to agree, but I was stuck driving. With no way to really turn around. Yet. When we did find a spot to turn our beast around, this is what we saw.
See. Told ya it was worth it!
If I were to write an essay for my elementary teacher, like they always seemed to ask each new school year, about how I spent my summer, I'd have to give her some pictures instead. Little pictures, as my daughter says. Here's one...
The mountains at the bottom are the backyard view from my oldest's home in Colorado. Gorgeous mountains. The eyes are my youngest daughter's. Gorgeous eyes. The book is my sister-in-law's. Very intense romantic suspense.
This is one of about 10 (I'm sure it was more) from her backlist that she re-did since she just recently went indie. We worked really hard updating everything, doing edits, new covers, and she worked her tail off promoting.
This book is available at Amazon for a steal of a price at $3.99.
I was describing how I make soap to one of my graphic arts instructors. He said, "Man, it sounds like a science experiment!" It does, too. Safety equipment, precise measurements of ingredients, exothermic reactions. It's all there and way cool.
I've been putting all this equipment to good use, too. Coming up next is Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange and Lemon Zinger. Both smell fab. Ahhhhh....
I used some gold mica to make the yellow color here. It's amazing while wet, and I wish I could keep the transparency that wet soap has, but that's an entirely different chemical reaction. So I take pictures and just enjoy the moment.
You should smell my kitchen! So good!
This one's the Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange. I just close my eyes and breathe deeply.
The Lemon Zinger is amazing too. Again, I used gold mica to make swirls, and they are beautiful while wet, not as dramatic when fully cured. The fragrance is pure summertime ~ lemonade and a touch of sandalwood. It sounds weird, I know, but it works! This is probably going to be a favorite for me this summer.
Just don't tell the other soaps...they think they're the favorite, which they are, just not today.
Ever get stuck on something, like, you just can't leave it alone?
I've been painting bees this week. Bees have special meanings for me, like industry, busy-ness, family, prosperity, and others.
I have lots more planned. Lots.
I hope your week is full of busy-ness and good things!
Forever and truly yours,
When I'm creating a new soap, I have a picture in my head of what it's going to look like ~ A white base, with gold mica swirls and mint green to suggest leaves. Then reality hits when the soap misbehaves. I thought about putting this on into the zombie zoaps page, gut it's not quite ugly enough to make the cut.
Titanium dioxide is used to make white in cosmetics, and I use it sparingly in soap to make a whiter base. I use a lot of olive oil in my soap recipe, and it has a darker cast to it, so sometimes TD is necessary. But TD has a tendency to speed things up, as far as soaping goes. And that's what it did, made this soap move quickly. One second it was nice like a cake batter, the next is was soap on a spoon!
Good thing I can move faster than a speeding bullet. I also leap tall buildings in a single bound. Well, more like tall laundry piles in a stuttering trip. Hehe.
This coconutty fragrance is sweet, has a goodly portion of vanilla in it, so I expect it to darken some (though the TD may slow that down). It's got a hint of something like pineapple, but I'm told there is no pineapple in there. Check it out for yourself and see what you can smell. It's truly lovely. Or completely yummy. Or both.
What do you do for fun? Me? I do this. I'm new to the art and have room to improve, but I love it and love the way it's both calming and exciting at the same time.
So tell me what makes you tick. What brings you joy in your day? How do you love to create?
So if I can't paint apples ~ since some beautiful girl ate them ~ then I'll have to draw beautiful girls. This is totally free hand, which I'm not the best at, but maybe I can improve with some effffffort. Yeah.
For my daughters who love apples...
I love painting. It does something good to my brain that no zombie can undo. Well, at least I don't think any could. Hm. Let's not try that theory out and just call it good, okay?
There are two apples in my watercolor study because my daughter ate it before I could make a third painting. She was so cute ~ "Mom, I'm a predator and it was all by itself. Rawr!!"
That girl loves apples like zombies love brains!
I hope your day is lovely. Ever yours ~ AnaBanana
Ana lives in a desert in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming with her husband and three of her five children, all of whom alternately drive her nuts and keep her sane. She allows cats to come and go (mostly she allows them to come and her husband allows them to go) as they please. Sometimes they'll have other farm-type animals show up too. Ana loves creating stuff and sharing her creations. Alas, she's not so great at writing in third person. Ah, well...