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Spa Workshop with Corris!

March 6, 2011 at 4:34 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

I love all things crafty! My dear friend, Corris, loves making soap and other bath products. I always love learning from her because 1. I know it’s going to be a good time and 2. the things we make are always goodies to make us feel wonderful. This workshop was NO exception!

On the Spa Menu:
* Beautifully scented roll-on perfume (aromatherapy)
* Nourishing body mask (revitalizes and moisturizes)
* Savon de Marseille soap (heals and detoxifies)

Kahena got put the soap into the kettle. We used a nice product called Melt-n-Pour. It is a simple way to make your own soaps. You simply melt the soap, add your scents/colors/etc. and pour it into a mold. It will eventually harden and make great soaps!
We are getting the ingredients ready! Looks like the first layer is already in our mold. We used Jasmine Tea to make an earthy crust on the soap. Corris used a loaf pan for the soap. This is my favorite way to do soap. I love taking it out of the loaf and then slicing it. I just love the look of it!
Ahh…an added bonus! Rosie brought these sweet cupcakes. They were yummy!
Eileen and Kahena were  getting the oils ready for the next step of our creations.
I am adding the clay. Corris knows this is one of my FAVORITE things to add to soap. I love the color, texture and smell-very organic!
Kahena, Eileen and I worked as a team to mix together the ingredients.
Jeannine was ready to cut the soap with Corris’ fancy cutter. Yes, I loved that cutter so much that I had to have one! (it’s in my crafty closet)
Corris (our awesome teacher) and NeNe pose with the delicious soaps!
Here is a shot of the bath goodness that we created! YES–after everyone left yesterday, I immediately jumped into the shower JUST to use that soap!

Soapsicles with Corris

June 27, 2010 at 12:28 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

The Gotham City Stampers Meetup Group loves when Corris teaches soap classes at The Mecca. Today we made soapsicles that were beyond cute. Corris used a brand new recipe and some new products to create these yummy soaps. This is Corris’ new soap mold–bright pink, of course! She taught us an easy way to make soap called Melt & Pour.  It’s as simple as that–melt the soap, add your special goodies (like fragrance and color) and pour it into a mold. PERFECT for quick, personal gifts!

This was Rosie’s first soapy experience. The soapy “initiation” is that the newbies do most of the work. Corris handed over the knife and Rosie started chopping away.

Rosie got our soap block cut up and ready for melting.

Corris has a special soap kettle that melts the soap. I have done Melt & Pour soap and have melted it in my microwave. It’s really that easy–you don’t need too many supplies to make beautiful soaps.

Corris bought special fragrance for our soap! Our striped soapsicles even smelled like Neapolitan Ice Cream. Marty came into the room and said how hungry we were making him.  The yummy smell and color were added into our melted soap.

We poured our soap into the mold and added sticks. We worked together to get the mold ready. Corris recommends popping the soaps into the freezer to help speed up the process. We had to do this between layers so that the different colors didn’t “bleed” into each other. We wanted nice, clear layers of color.

Rosie showed off one of her creations! She started off the day saying she didn’t think she would make soap at home. She left asking Corris for good websites where she can buy supplies. It is addicting and SO much fun!

We used a special shrink wrap to cover our soap. I plan to add some ribbon and little flowers-these creations will go to my nieces, Reghan and Delayne. Shhh…don’t tell them!

Soapy Wedding Cake

May 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

What a beautiful surprise! A wonderful crafter and person, Mary DePeiza made this gorgeous wedding cake for Marty and I. And can you BELIEVE it’s actually soap. It is so beautiful and smells just as amazing.

I am so thankful everyday for the generous people that I have met as part of the crafting community in New York City. They are so kind and selfless in so many ways. Not to mention, extremely talented! Thank you MARY for this very thoughtful gift!