Wedding favors~ MP皂&護唇膏

December 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 婚禮小物/Wedding Favours, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | Leave a comment

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上次的妙燕原塘文定的手工皂來不及拍就發光了
這次作mp 皂及護唇膏終於記得先拍照留念一下
皂51pcs
護唇膏140pcs

Soap booties for Angela’s little one

November 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Posted in 醫路手札/Road to Recovery, 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 10 Comments

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夏末回去上班時得知同事安琪拉懷孕的事
那時候已經知道懷男生
所以某天打皂時我做了這對藍色藍莓味的皂booties
送給了安琪拉 而她一直放在辦公桌上
今天經過看見她為它們準備了可愛的心型盒子
想到我還沒拍照留念呢
趕緊拿出手機隨手拍下這對可愛的娃娃鞋皂

上週四我有回去複診
並看了驗血報告
醫生說我的腫瘤指數目前正常
並預約三個月後再次複診繼續追蹤
也叮嚀我也一樣提前一週先去驗血

Laundry soap for our charity auction

November 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | Leave a comment

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I also prepared a few laundry soap for our auction. Betty’s making other soaps so I thought I’d contribute laundry soap and lip balm for the auction.

開始忙碌了

November 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 2 Comments

These days, life is getting busier. Work is busier, classes are beginning and I’m still soaping away.

I have two weddings to prepare soaps as wedding favors for, and also an charity auction to prepare for.

This weekend, I’m hoping to pick up some wrapping supplies and start bundling up what I have ready.

A few new scents that I’ve tried out recently are more berry based. I have added wild strawberries and blueberry fragrance oils to my collection.

Soap~ Rose Geranium

September 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 婚禮小物/Wedding Favours, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 4 Comments

玫瑰天竺葵
製皂日: Sept 17, 2011

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In prep of a friend’s wedding, these adorable doggies were made.  Aren’t they beautiful?

Soap~ 家事皂

September 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Posted in 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 4 Comments

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許久沒打皂了
停工幾乎半年後的第一鍋皂
決定打簡單素雅的家事皂
剛好自己家裡的家事皂快用完了
之前親友也說想要家事皂
這次做皂選擇用淡淡的蘋果香
整體感覺還滿清爽的

製皂日: Sept 12, 2011

準備再開始打皂了

September 12, 2011 at 11:32 am | Posted in 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 2 Comments

近半年了 打皂的事都停擺了
近期想開始再打皂了

幾個優先的
家事皂及嬰幼兒適用的皂
再來想玩些特殊造型的
等我開工了一定把成品拍照放上來

Soap~ Lavender Forest

January 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 8 Comments

Here's a better side view to show the patterns of the soap batch.

I decided to try out some colorants. The fragrance I chose to go with the purple is Lavender Forest. It smells awesome. I think it turned out quite nicely, too.

Top down view of the lavender forest batch. Purple turned out well.

Side view of the batch. The swirls can somewhat be seen here.

I’m on vacation mode

December 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me, 旅遊遊記/Travelogue | Leave a comment

Basically, since pre-summer, I’ve been busy as ever. With the office move, my home move, starting a new position, working extra hours at the cram school and still trying to find time to fit in my new hobby of soapmaking, I was quite drained out.

Since Dec 9, when I started my vacation, my first week was spent mostly catching up on much lacked sleep. I spent two days in Macau, but other that spending time with Anna and the baby, and dining out, I was asleep for much of my two nights there. I got to see a bit of Macau, but I wasn’t too worried. Afterall, on my last trip there in August 2008, I had toured most of Macau and got to try my hand at the games in the casino.

Two days later, I moved on to come to BC where I am now, but I’ve been sleeping lots, going out occasionally to purchase stuff, or run errands with family. I went out a few times, but since most people have a regular day job or school, I’ve spent more time playing games or just surfing the internet. Luxurious activities I don’t usually have time for.

I miss soapmaking, but have been surfing lots about it. I spent time on sales websites and also youtube just browsing what other fellow soapmakers are making. It was quite the eyeopener! And a great learning experience. I don’t think I could ever do soapmaking a fulltime job, but wouldn’t mind entertaining the idea of actually making some profit on sales. Stilll need to brush up more on my skills though.

Soap Practice–Layers

November 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | Leave a comment

In our class recent class, we practiced making layered soap. The teacher didn’t have much colors available for practice in class, just orange (carrot oil), brown (cocoa powder), and green (I forgot the name of the powder).

I took photos of the artwork of our class during class. I think my favorite is the chocolate layers.

Soap Practice~

November 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 2 Comments

So I’ve been trying out some colors and shapes.

Lavender Soap made in class last Wednesday. But the color is getting lighter by the day. I took the photo just last night, so it’s already a shade lighter compared to last week.

I really like the tone of the lavender soap we made. However, the photo doesn't show the true color tone too well.

Monday evening, I had some time, so I tried out a new batch at home. Betty has provided me with some coloring stuff and some shape molds. So I thought I’d try them out.

My first swirl practice in soapmaking. I think it turned out ok on the top.

I did the swirls cheesecake style. LOL Meaning, I used the technique from back in the days when I used to bake. There’s room for improvement still, I need to work on getting the color to go deeper rather than superficial.

I hadn't noticed, but my collection of shapes are growing.

The shape ones were also swirled, but once out of the mold and flipped over, you can barely see the color swirls.

Angela’s wedding favours

November 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 婚禮小物/Wedding Favours, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | Leave a comment

Angela's Wedding Favours. These delightful favours came in multi colors. I lost count after six.

Following Kitty’s wedding three weeks ago, I’ve spent a bit of time each night wrapping up wedding favours for Angela’s wedding. Angela is one of my colleagues from work, and Betty and I worked again as a team to help out for her wedding.

Once again, Betty spent the last few months making the soaps, while I took on the role of giftwrapping. For this set, which came in a smaller quantity, more attention was given to the details of the mold. The flower pattern chosen by Angela has a Chinese character which means “Double Happiness”. It’s usually the theme for stickers and decorations for weddings.

淡淡的玫瑰花香 Light Rose

October 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 3 Comments

Last time I made some pink rose scented soap in class, and when posted photos, the comment I got was that it looked like watermelon. I’ve tried out another batch, this time blending in pink bits in cream color. I think it has turned out nicely. I can’t wait to try out all the different soaps I’m experimenting with.

My second try at making rose scented soap. I think it has an elegant feel to it~

Soap Lessons–Day 3 & 4

October 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | Leave a comment

Day 3 of my soap lessons we finally made a soap for shower use. The soap we made was still light in color, but with a nice tomato plant fragrance. I love the scent of the different soaps as they are waiting out the month time. The fragrances are starting to blend in the room, but if you pick up each different piece, you can still tell the difference.

One day last week, I decided to try out soap making for the first time at home. It turn out nicely, although with a bit of surprise factor. I made a lemon scented household soap.

Day 4 of the lessons, we made our first naturally colored soap–rose scented soap. It even has real rose petals in it! It’s adorable and the scent is really nice. I can’t wait to try out another batch of this kind.

Rose soap~粉粉玫瑰皂

October 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 2 Comments

這是最近一次上課做的玫瑰皂
也是我覺得最美的一種
拍來給大家看~

粉粉的玫瑰天竺葵手工皂

Kitty’s wedding favours~ Part I

October 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 婚禮小物/Wedding Favours, 封鎖的回憶/Cherished Moments, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 4 Comments

Close up of Kitty's Wedding favours. Stickers printed specificly for their wedding, with bride and groom's names and wedding date.

In prep for Kitty’s wedding happening two weeks later, all of us close friends have chipped in our talents to assist in the wedding.

Betty started making batches of soap to be wrapped as wedding favours for guests. She started working on that as early as summer. She took the time to do up different flavors and different colors and invidually labeling each one for guests to know the ingredients of the handmade soap.

Wedding favours for Kitty's wedding~

As I enjoy giftwrapping, my task was to touch up with wrapping. It’s time consuming, but I enjoyed the process. I’ve taken a few photos of the wedding favours to share with you all.

Jenny was in charge of helping choose the dresses for the photo shoot. I tagged along to keep them smiling during the photo shoot.

Then, a couple weeks ago, we went to choose the wedding dresses for the ceremony and reception. Jenny and I both picked out our bridesmaid dresses also~

Last night I completed my major task; I wrapped all the wedding favours. I haven’t counted, but I now have three boxes full.

Soap lessons–Day 1 & 2

October 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | 3 Comments

Day One of my soap lessons, we learned about the “theory” of soapmaking. Then we moved on to melt and pour method. Hands on, in class, we came home several beautiful pieces of artwork. At least, I think it’s art~

Day Two was this past Wednesday. We made soap from scratch, well, with raw ingredients. Just a basic recipe, for household cleaning use. We haven’t got to doing anything fancy yet, but now I have a better idea what happens in the soap making process. We came home with a big lump of soap, which needed to wait overnight. Yesterday, I pulled it out to cut. For a first-timer cutting soap, I noticed right away, it’s not so easy to cut. But I cut the lump into 10 pieces reasonable for the palm. Now my soap is sitting, awaiting a month to go by before I can use.

手工皂的初體驗

September 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 心情筆記/Journal, 手工皂體驗/Soap & Me | Leave a comment

第一次近距離接觸到手工皂
要從同事說起
她不知從何開始的
但當她上了課以後回家練習
就會拿成品來給我試用
迫不及待要分享的她
會拿個三五塊不一樣的
告訴我成份以及熟成的日期
剛開始 我聽不懂 也怕忘記
就會順手拿起小黃貼貼
寫好貼好在肥皂上
她會問我試用心得
我也很認真把感覺描訴給她

後來 另個好友要結婚
她希望簡單隆重的婚禮
預算也有限

於是我就想到了
婚顧的錢可以省
我熱愛包裝
也想到同事可以練習做手工皂的好機會
婚禮的小禮物 有同事製作 有我包裝
一定非常漂亮的 有的包裝材料還是特地請人從加拿大帶回的呢
到時候要記得拍來跟大家分享

手工皂用久了
習慣洗澡洗碗連我們家米粒寶貝也是用手工皂洗澡
有時後在別的地方使用沙拉脫反而覺得手感不舒服
這下怎麼辦
人家不會做卻也不知不覺愛上了手工皂
未來搬去加拿大我怎麼辦啊
於是決定利用空檔上些課

上上週第一堂課
老師教導我們認是手工皂
當天也著手以melt&pour的方式製造幾個可愛的肥皂
不過我更有興趣的是我們之後要學的cold process

最近花了點時間上網及到書店看資料
很期待練習cold process來製作手工皂

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