I had the best weekend (and hope you did as well). It started out with a super fun holiday party in Seattle. Chris and I got all dressed up (notice how the dress cleverly hides my 5-months-along baby bump) and went out on the town. To make it even more fun, we stayed at this very hip and modern hotel in downtown Seattle called Hotel Max. The rooms had Sealy Posturpedic beds so we absolutely melted into the mattresses and slept incredibly good all night. Of course, after a night of dancing and dancing and dancing, we needed it! My sweet hubby was a good sport and even danced with me. He did get worried about our little unborn baby (now the size of a very large Heirloom Tomato) getting seasick since I was treating the dance like it was an aeorbics class. =)
On Saturday morning, we got up and walked around Seattle (yes, it was cold!) and had a fantastic breakfast (I had blue cheese and grape pizza for breakfast. It was more delicious than it sounds) while codifying our family values. Both Chris and I have individual lists of things that are important to us as values (integrity, hard work, family, achievement are on my list) and we melded our two lists to make our list for what we want to stand for as a family. With the little one on the way, it was the perfect time to do it.
Sunday was definitely my favorite day of the weekend though. I got to make soap all day! My husband’s company had a custom soap mold done up by SoapMolds.com and I used the very simple Gingerbread Man technique (kit here, video tutorial here) to get a easy dual-toned soap that matched his logo colors perfectly.
Chris didn’t want to leave the kids out so he gave me free reign with the kids soaps so of course, I used the Bramble Berry House Clear and White soap bases, with glitters galore along with Brilliant Blue Labcolor and Fuchsia Labcolor to get fun effects.
We’ve been getting a few customer service calls and emails in the last week from people that just aren’t getting their ‘white’ piping on their Gingerbread men to stick around. Since I made 80 bars of soap with just that technique this weekend the best tip I can give you is pour the second layer within 10 minutes of pouring your white piping details. The sooner you pour it after the white has hardened, the greater the chance the two layers have of sticking together. And of course, don’t forget the all important alcohol spray. =)