While she didn’t come bearing a Philly Cheesesteak, Maureen did come to us all the way from Philadelphia and we were thrilled to have her join us. She came to Otion wanting to expand her melt and pour soapmaking skills. Though she has watched all of the SoapQueen.TV projects (I love a student who has done their homework!), her projects weren’t turning out quite the way she wanted. (She doesn’t know it, but she was my last full-day private class until the baby is born. My back isn’t loving the full standing days anymore.) And bonus, in addition to being insanely off the charts sweet, she is a dog lover! So, her and Toby (our resident mascot dog) got a long really well and Toby helped us make soap for part of the day.
We had an extremely full day (in a good way!). We worked on the SoapyLove Signature Project, Plaid Soaps. And then we moved onto detail work to showcase the Melt and Pour Tool Kit. Maureen really got to learn how to use all of the tools. We made a LOT of soaps with those tools.
Pictured above are the yummy Gift Box molds and the Heart on Grid Mold; below are the Holly Leaf Molds. They all look so sweet with their perfect detailing. Maureen was a really quick study so it made it easy to get perfect soaps every time with her.
Then we moved onto Jelly Roll Soaps, Embeddable Paper (the onesies in the photo below), Peppermint Bark, Orange Slices, Candy Canes and a custom project just for Maureen (that will be just our secret).
Like many of our students, Maureen was shocked at how much soap the day produced so we ended up shipping her soaps to her since there was no room in her suitcase. It was so much fun to spend the day with Maureen. She had a great attitude, a sincere desire to learn and was a hard worker. I know however she chooses to use her newly acquired soap techniques that she will be successful. Check out her Etsy shop here.
Oh my goodness, I have a king size pillow on one side and the a huge body
pillow on the other side so I always have a pillow no matter which way I
turn. My husband is a trooper about being mostly off the bed… LOL! =)
I get it Miss Chris!
This is the best I’ve got: http://www.flickr.com/photos/b… but it should give you a better look =))) And I’m happy to answer any questions you have.
Do you happen to have a bigger picture of these soaps – http://images.soapqueen.com/Sh… I want to see more detail!
Forget the day of making cookies, let’s all make SOAP! =)
Just went and bought it (plus two other books on infant sleeping) =)
I am going to go put it in my shopping basket right now! Thanks for the hint!
Maureen’s smart! Holidays are the best time to spend a day making soaps with you…one gets to bring home a whole bunch of presents for everyone! 🙂
Catherine Dreher says
To add to baby advice you probably already hear :)…the best breast-feeding book I ever read is called So THAT’S What They’re For by Janet Tamaro. It was so encouraging, resourceful and full of laughs.
We would love to have you visit! It would be so awesome to have you visit. =) I am definitely breast feeding and will invest in a Boppy pillow BEFORE little baby soap prince is born =)
(grin) Toby was the best helper! He was sooooo cute. He definitely added a bit of levity in our day.
Whoa, those soaps look awesome! Especially the Peppermint Bark *hint, hint* 😀
Wow! You did have a full day! I love the Holly Leaves…the details are amazing. Good job, Maureen! And I bet Toby was a good helper 😉
Renee Nc says
Looks like SO much fun! I am so jealous and happy for Maureen! One day I’ll make it to Otion ~ I will! Along the lines of Catherine’s question, if you are, Boppy makes a wonderful C – shaped pillow just for that ; I just bought one for my daughter in law and she loves it!
Catherine Dreher says
That looks like fun! A whole day of soap-making!
Are you sleeping surrounded by pillows yet? One for the knees, one for the back and one for the bump? 🙂
Donna Maria Coles Johnson says
What fun! Looks like you and Maureen tripped the soap fantastic! Way to go!