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~~

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

All in a days fun!   Up at the crack of dawn and two batches in the molds what a grand way to start the day!  Did I mention I love making soap! 

3 packages off the the PO and two (in the sacks) are ready for pick up.  So now I get to sit down and have a cuppa hot coffee and day dream about what to do next! 

As I've been invited to do a three day show this November and another in December, I'm busy creating soap.  I've been dreaming about how I'm going to package it all and trying not to panic.  

Several soapers  have gone with boxes purchased or handmade.  They look so classy especially for soaps ordered on line!  As these shows will be 2 or 3 days each I'm wanting a packaging that is fast easy and viewable when held.  We'll see what I can come up with.   Just ordered some helpful supplies so I'll have plenty of time to play.

I would love any input in packaging you might be willing to share.  Here are a few of my current soaps all wrapped up.  I think I need something a bit quicker! LOL

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A tisket a tasket. A green and!

First and foremost I want to share with you Emily Shieh's Soap & Restless blog post on the Iinternational SKYPE session she hosted last month.  While deemed not quite the success hoped for by Emily, I can tell you as a participant it was a wonderful class and experience.   If the opportunity  presents itself to have a class with Emily you will not be disappointed.  With attention to detail and encouragement for your artistic expression you will learn much with her.

I also want to share with you a gift I received today!  I'll do that last.

So in Em's own words here you go in case you missed this adventure in soaping!

"Soap & Restless: Third and Final Trial Live Video Soaping Session: ""I had very high hope for this 3rd and final trial run of my future live video soap session I plan to offer.  My 2nd trial went really well...""  Em's colors, ingredients and techniques will amaze you!

Like many of my soaping friends I spend too much of my free time on line.  So many soaps so little time just  oogling soaps, watching it be made .....scheming dreaming and planning what is next to fill my fantasies or the desires of my clients!  It's like falling into Alice's proverbial rabbit hole!  Soap porn, eye candy, color addicted soaper beware and then the supplier emails to sort thru!

Also like many of these obsessed friends I'm unable to resist a lovely fragrance, ingredient, color, packaging material, a new ribbon or new to me look!  It is the fragrance that I'm totally focused on currently as I've located and documented 11 boxes of fragrance in my home.  I know, I know many have more.  I've been on a soaping products budget and have been struggling to keep to it!   Truly LOL really it is more like a diet, you know -  that is die with a t.  To manage my compulsion  well it is like forced march  and I'm dragging my feet a bit.......but trying to use only current items on hand.  Ah ha like the activated charcoal sitting on the shelf! 

Just how and where I got to this tempting place is a mystery.  A magical mystery tour from this blog to that to a youtube or a fb comment here and there and just look what I found  while researching, ahem, activated charcoal soap.   Look what I found and just had to have!

It looked ancient and it was named "Black Agate" and I couldn't resist!  Isn't it beautiful!  Absolutely gorgeous.

Did I mention the downfall?  It was on sale.  Did I need permission???  Even though  my budget was gone I  wanted two or three but  but my diet?  Out the window and I'm off the wagon and I ordered just one I think I can do just one! LOL. 

It arrived in a box not a bubble envelope??? And it had company!!!  Oh my gosh what a surprise this was.  Oh it must be a shipping mistake but no there is a note to me.  Yes a note to me of the gifted beautifully wrapped gift!

What a huge surprise not only a beautiful hand crafted and folded gift bag but inside an individually wrapped soap.  A gorgeous soap of 4 of my favorite colors and called Peach Blossom by  Newt & Fig (another wonderful name).  Thank you thank you Catherine for such a surprise filled package and a fun and beautiful gift.  You know how I love your soaps!  I feel so touched that you gave me this beautiful gift soap in your handmade packaging.  I haven't used the Peach Blossom I'm saving it - it looks so exotic!

As for Black Agate it is a wonderful soap a touch exfoliating a bit of grey lather and bubbles and lather that just keep coming on and rinses away leaving your skin feeling so refreshed and pampered!  Absolutely a great soap and one to be enjoyed!

So take the time to look into Catherine's toy box it looks like she has it all set up for the season full of beauties for all tastes!  Check into the Soaping 101 youtube channel and see how she made the darling package in the photo above.  You'll have a grand time!

Aloha and good night Gracie!