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Dog Baths and Workshops

WARNING: Image heavy post with lots of dogs!

After ages of meaning to try out the Wash and Wags soap from Just Soaps, we finally got round to it yesterday. Jane from Just Soaps sent me one as a little something for Fletcher after my post about the failed dog show a while back. He thoroughly enjoyed the handmade treat that came with it that is SUPPOSED to be for afterwards (and I think selling them separately somewhere would be brilliant) but with moving house, the soap was put into a box and forgotten about.

Mrs Pankhurst

Yesterday though we tried it out. Not on Penny though because she requires extra “assistance” at bath time and therefore the squirty bottle stuff must be used. We call her Mrs Pankhurst because of the passive resistance that she has when she realises what is happening. So instead of applying soap whilst OH lathers it up and rinses her, I have to concentrate all of my efforts on keeping her upright (bearing in mind she is making herself as heavy as she possibly can) and not throwing herself sideways or jumping out of the tub… She is very cute in a towel though.

Good Boy!

Fletcher is a different kettle of fish. At bathtime he reverts into himself and goes to his happy place, stood as still as a statue. You can try as hard as you like to get his attention but he totally switches off to distance himself from the torture we are inflicting on him. This makes him an ideal candidate for the bars of soap. I was applying it and OH was lathering it and it was creamy and easy, but equally will last us ages. It contains Olive Oil, Eucalyptus and something called Neem- not sure what that is but it seemed very light! He smells good!

After bathtime he goes a bit mental rubbing himself on things, shaking and licking his paws desperately trying to remove the nice smell!

Also yesterday in dog-unrelated news, I was at Jam Jar Beads in Sheffield doing a workshop there. We used my exclusive cupcake acrylic bezels for the very first time and made these pretties… (and I also bought some more beads *ahem*)

Don’t forget to enter your creations over on the Flickr Pool in the Bezel Competition! I can’t believe no one has entered yet- get over there! (Workshop people you can enter too!)

It’s OH’s birthday today so I will be back tomorrow with more dog photos- this time on the birthday cake I made for him!


Competition results!

The competition has been drawn! Dividing everyone by soap preference and then allocating them a number that then went into random.org’s generator, the winners are…
Garden Mint Gardener’s Soap- Becca
Lavender Mint Soap – Christina (Nifty Thrifty)
Red Velvet Cake Soap – Talia

Well done to all the winners, i will be asking for your addresses very soon!

Make 50: Week 32

I finished my soap dish, and with SoapyChica’s soap contribution (www.soapychica.co.uk) made a gift box 🙂

Soap dishes- opinions please!

I’ve made this soap dish- it’s not finished yet as the edges are a bit rough, but thinking of including it in my delivery to Tiddlywink Interiors in Castleton when I send their order in the next few days. Trouble is, I’m not sure what to sell them for, or if they will sell. Time and material-wise I’m looking at around the £10+ mark, which seems very expensive for a soap dish, and I’m also not sure about whether to include soap with them too. I am thinking about buying the truffles by Sue at Soapy Chica (http://soapychica.etsy.com) and including a couple with them, is this a good idea?

Opinions good or bad, greatly received!

Spotlight on… The Rainbow Room

I found this shop when browsing Flickr and, wow, this felt is colourful! She creates pins, hair accessories and even felted soaps, which I must admit was what drew me in, and what I was going to post about until I saw this card! It’s a print of some original work, which must have taken a heck of a long time to create! Here’s the card and some of the felted soaps 🙂 Available from http://therainbowroom.etsy.com

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 19: http://www.nablopomo.com/

SoapyChica review, Part 3 of 3

Yesterday, I tried the honey bar. I don’t want to leave this series of reviews on a downer, as Soapy’s work is fabulous and I’ve absolutely loved the other two soaps, but this had a more floral fragrance, which some people would love, but I am a fruity, spicy scent kinda girl! 🙂 Anyway I can’t complain as it was free! Despite this, it seemed to lather much quickly that the two others, and was really creamy and felt lovely on the skin. I’ve virtually just woken up this morning and came to sit to write this before I forgot, but my skin is still really soft after using it! The colour is a pale beigey-almond colour, which fits in nicely with the other soaps available. Each one has an understated, natural colour, that easily fits in with it’s surroundings, whatever the colour of your bathroom. No brash, in-your-face artificial colourings here!

To summarise, I think everyone should try these soaps! There are bars that look like chocolate, and intricately detailed patterns on more traditional soap fragrances. So lots more for me to try yet!


SoapyChica review, 2 of 3

My bathroom smells lovely now I have another soap open and by the bath! Yesterday I tried the Creamy Fruit Smoothie bar I got as a freebie. The bar seemed to lather easier than the truffles, probably due to it being a more conventional shape. This doesn’t affect the look of the bar though, as it still has a pretty pattern on the top!

I found that the scent was fresh, but smelled a bit like a cheesecake or a milkshake, where the fruit scent isn’t so obvious as to what exactly it is, but it is most definitely fruity.  I used almost half of the bar in one bath, though I do have my water quite hot, and I did drop it quite a bit! Not too shabby for a free soap!

SoapyChica’s shop can be found at http://soapychica.etsy.com

SoapyChica review, part 1 of 3

My soaps from http://soapychica.etsy.com came through yesterday and I was so excited I decided to indulge in a bath this evening to try them out. They came in a vibrant fabric gift bag that I will definitely be recycling, and I even got 2 substantial bars as freebies! So tonight I will review the Madagascan Vanilla truffle soaps, followed by the honey and the tropical fruit bars when I next decide to pamper myself!

I was expecting them to be white, like the vanilla truffles you can buy from Thorntons, but they are more of a chocolately colour, with yummy cocoa powder sprinkled on the top.  These wold make lovely gift soaps, or great for travelling, as I found one soap was enough for two normal baths, or one long indulgent bath! I got 12 in the bag, so they should last a long time, great value for money.

The fragrance was delicate, yet mouthwatering, so not too overpowering. After a couple of seconds they worked their way into a creamy lather.  The scent really complemented my apple shampoo too.  Afterwards, the smell stayed on my skin, something that doesn’t seem to happen with a lot of bar soaps, which kept me smelling fresh!

I really hope that she can make liquid soaps or even shower gel at some point, as I tend to shower a lot more than bathe and would love to use this lovely scent every day, rather than just as a treat!