Artisan soaps made from luxurious oils and exotic butters with milks, creams and silk fibers; to the whimsy of glycerine soap creations. Full of fluffy bubbles and velvet lathers, once your skin it treated to handmade soap you will never go back. bytheSEAsoap was born out of the love of TSPink soap rocks some fifteen years ago. I found those soaps at a Nevada City Art Gallery and my obsession for beauty in a bar of soap began. I still have a small piece of that first soap! ~~Pam Mella~~

Friday, July 6, 2012

Has it been a month since the GreatCakesSoapWorks Challenges of 2012? For a link to the goings on check here !   Once again Amy thank you!  We are showing off our swap sisters soap we shared with one another.

How does time fly while making soap or cleaning cupboards!  I actually miss the challenges and look forward to the next round.  Seems my organization skills are sharper when challenged, shoved, and or pushed just like most people!

My summer markets are going full swing and well so am I like a monkey swinging from limb to limb.  This is my first summer at two markets. I am in awe of people who accomplish outdoor marketing and have a life!  A woman named Magic is my inspiration!

Summer here has been glorious and for that I am so grateful.  Nary a day over 100 degrees yet and pinch me this is July!  Must be the sun spots gave us a mild June and July.  I hope your summer is as pleasant and you are enjoying it to the fullest!  Well of course I spoke too soon today triple digits as well as the remainder of the week.  It was so nice while the mild temps lasted.

Getting organized is my personal goal this summer and well I've made a start. We had a breakfast nook we rarely used so now we have a soaping nook.  So much more efficient than working out of boxes! LOL  No comparison.  My darling Gene is so good to me and set this up in no time at all.  When he saw how much I enjoyed using the first rack he went out and purchased another.  I'm over the moon about this set up!  The summer of organizing!  Where is the fro bookcase?  LOL

During the Amy SOAP CHALLENGES of GreatCakesSoapWorks fame this spring, many of the participants did a mini soap swap trading one or two of their creations with a partner. 

I asked to be matched with one of two different soapers Bella Fresca and/or Santa Barbara Soap.  Me, well I thought Bella Fresca was in Europe, boy was I wrong just looked them up!  They are neighbors!

We are now sharing photos of the soap  we received.  Here is the soap I received  from Santa Barbara Soap.  This is called Blissed Out Soap a lemon grass citrus blend light and clean.  One which I enjoy.  It has already been un-wrapped and  used but it still photographs well.  Thank you Tracy!

In addition to the color choices I think she has a wonderful idea about the shape of her soaps.  They are rather curved/carved in the middle, more slender in the middle where you would hold a soap.  She makes lovely salt soaps from what I could see on her FB.  
 Here is the carved soap Tracy of Santa Barbara Soap shared with me. Apricot, blue, aqua and white! 

Here is a link to youtube channel 805soap I just received of another Santa Barbara soaper.  This video was done for the initial ITP swirl challenge.  Her market video is beautiful too and many of her soaps can be seen.  Another ITP Swirl 4 Colors for Amy's challenge and videoed!  Love these the colors of summer all in one bar!  So a third SOCal soaper and I personally know many others.   It's a sisterhood I'm sure!

Oh sorry a little AD&D there.    I think this is the one I sent to Tracy.  More summer colors!  Happy summer everyone and stay safe and clean!