Yesterday Liz and I took a field trip the the Staten Island Mall to get more hankies for snack sacks and we stopped by Micheal's Craft Store on the way back. I was walking down the isles looking for monkey parts when I arrived in the soap making isle. I spent about 20 minutes reading over every kid and tool and ingredient to find the easiest smelliest funnest way to make soap for me, a first timer. I wanted to make soap for real but the the Fight Club soap making way seemed a little too much for me.
I picked up a Life of the Party brand Shea Butter base tub that you cut up in to cubes and melt according to these directions I found online. A normal shaped mold, nothing with flowers or words or any other unnecessary crap. I melted down the soap base in the microwave then started coming up with scents!! I think I want to be a perfumer now. Anyways these are the combos we came up with; Sandalwood/Oolong Tea, Lavender/Lavender Leaves, Vanilla/Salt, and Eucalyptus/Lavender. We were trying to play with the scent and having a scrubby type of texture involved.
Anyways, here is the finished product! Now all I have to do is test them all out!
Michelle lives in Easthampton, Mass. She is the neice of a lovely lady named Carol Forget who also owns one of my skeleton monkeys she bought at Hester Street Fair one weekend. They sent along a quote; "I love my sock monkey!"
I met a woman at Smith Street Fun Day a couple months back and she saw my billboard bags. She told me she worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and had some extra billboard vinyl that she had collected from working there. She said she always wanted to do something with it and didn't know what. She liked my bags and asked if I might be interested in making some bags out of them. I thought this was a stellar idea and told her I was in. This fabric was soooo much harder than the vinyl that I have been working with. I used my own straps and added some pockets like I do with my bags. The color of her vinyl was super bright and fun to work with. I made two bags and three wine totes. Luckily they came out great and she loved them!
"During my stroll through the fair last weekend, SuChin pointed out Black truffle and Thai Chili macaroons from a recent culinary-school grad, lobster rolls from a lobster family from Maine, and Dickie-pants-turned-cat-toys from a Brooklyn crafter."
Thanks Artists & Fleas! They made me vendor of the week. I had to embarrassingly answer questions about myself which makes me feel a little stupid. But I think its pretty cool. Anyways, this Saturday Liz will be manning the booth there while I'm away for the weekend. So.. HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND! Talk to you next week!
I have been an artist my whole life. I have always loved sewing, collage, typography, embroidery and making things pretty. It led me going to college at Pratt Institute and and from there I worked every job imaginable till i found pre-press/graphic design where i am working currently. I hope to one day open up Brooklyn Craft the craft supply store in Brooklyn. A store that's like a craft fair every day. I love sailing and biking and this blog is all about what takes up most of my time, unless of course I am drinking at the bar.
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