Changes Coming Soon!

Its been a while since we posted.  We have been busy planning our next adventure.  Back in June we received notice that a spot in our local downtown area is coming open this fall.  We have toyed around with the idea of opening a “Retail Only” shop for sometime but now it looks like it will become a reality.  So this fall check back frequently for more posts like this one on our NEW ADVENTURE IN RETAIL!

Our new store will offer a lot more than Bath and Body products but our theme will stay NATURAL.  My husband has now deemed me “SHOP-ZILLA”.  The beauty about all of this is the time factor.  We have plenty of time to get everything just right.

Scouring the area for pallet wood was a real treat but when I discovered how much work I would be doing to get this “FREE” wood they way we wanted I was exhausted just thinking about it. But by sheer luck we had a close friend looking to sell tongue-in-groove knotty pine boards.  So we decided to purchase them and get to work making them look weathered.

10  I turned to the internet and YouTube for ways to create weathered wood easily.  Then I stumbled on a natural vinegar steel wool stain technique.

Today, I will share photos of how to create your own Natural Weathered Wood Panels.

STEP 1:  Three days prior to staining your wood panels, you will need create your NATURAL vinegar stain.

  • 1 gallon of regular white vinegar
  • 0 grade steel wood pads
  • 3.5 gallon plastic bucket

Start by opening and pulling apart your steel wool pads  (I used the entire packet), place it into the bucket and pour your vinegar directly on top.  Stir.

Wait for 3 days and then it will look like this.

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Materials List

  • Purchase regular white latex water based paint
  • 3-4 Med Sized Paint Brushes
  • Wooden Paint Sticks to stir stain mixture
  • Sander or coarse sandpaper
  • Wood

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Paint your wood boards lightly with the white paint, being sure to not cover every inch of the wood.  Creating  un-even paint spots.  The key here is to be sloppy with the paint on the wood.  It helps to create a better design. Let dry for an hour.

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Sand your wood panels with a Sander or some coarse sandpaper.

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Step 4:

Apply stain mixture to boards with paint brush.

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Step 5:

Let dry and you are finished!

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Using Directional Lighting in Soap Photography

For those of you that know me or at least follow me know I love photography.  After spending countless hours in search of good lightening I finally spent the money on a good lighting kit from B&H Photo.  I thought I would share with you what I think! So below are the two lighting kits I purchased.

Impact Two-Light Shooting Tent Kit – 18 x 18″ and a Impact Mini-Boom One-Light Floodlight Kit

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First I want to say how well packed it was when it arrived.  The bulbs were in their containers and then wrapped in bubble wrap. I love bhphotovideo.com.  Class act for sure.  This particular light kit was very easy to put together.  Basically screwing the ceramic housing on the stands and attaching the reflectors.

After trying to take the photos with all the lights on at the same time and noticing that my photos were a little washed out. I tried the directional lighting technique, turned off  all the lights except for one.  What amazes me most is that I took this same shot by a window (painstaking I might add and limited to the time of day) and now I can simulate daylight.  So now I don’t have to worried about what time I need to photograph my soaps or whether it’s cloudy outside or not.

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Stay tuned to the next post when I try out the photo tent for white background photography to use in your online store.

Student Created Mica Glycerin Swirl

Student Created Glycerin Mica Swirl

Sign up for the next advanced soapmaking design class: http://www.mossycreeksoap.com/soapmaking-classes/advanced-soapmaking-design/

This is a perfect way to use the mica glycerin swirl. It has a beachy look about it. If you want to learn more about this kind of swirl sign up for the next Advanced Soapmaking Design in the studio!