Happy weekend everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July. Ours was full sunshine, good food and a few fireworks. Below is my adorable niece Alise celebrating the holiday with lots of red, white and blue. =) The weather continues to be sunny and warm in the Pacific Northwest. The sky is also a little hazy from the wildfires in Canada and Eastern Washington.
Be on the lookout next week for a series of tutorials inspired by the psychedelic 60’s. The projects include lots of bright colors and groovy scents. In the meantime, here are my favorite pins, tweets and ‘grams from the past week!
Left to right, clockwise:
- I’m usually not a huge coffee drinker, but I do love the flavor. This decadent Double Coffee Affogato recipe looks like a great way to enjoy coffee during hot temperatures.
- The swirled embeds within this World in My Soap cold process created by The Sirona Springs look absolutely beautiful! The embeds were dusted in mica to give them dark and crisp edges.
- If you’re looking for a guilt-free dessert options, these Healthy Banana Quinoa Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting fit the bill.
- I’m blown away by the intricate swirls within this Black and Red Spiral Swirl Soap. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope!
My new book is scheduled for early 2016, and I have been busy editing for the past few weeks. The book is all about natural soapmaking with essential oils and natural colorants. It has been such a labor of love, and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it!
On the left is the first attempt at a cold process soap inspired by the Swiss Alps. Overall I love the look, but I think I can improve on it. Sometimes a soapy project takes a few tries! On the right is the most recent melt and pour tutorial, the Thai Tea Melt and Pour Bars. Melt and pour soap is swirled to create the look of creamy milk and tea.
- This Beauty Advice for my Daughter blog post by Cupcakes and Cashmere really hits home for me. As Lily grows older, I need to remind myself to act confidently and not criticize my body.
- If you like making tallow soap, check out this Mahogany Tallow Soap Tutorial on the Otion Soap Bar blog. It’s made with the manly Mahogany Fragrance Oil, and features a unique color palette.
- This year I am making an effort to make my garden bee-friendly. Click here for tips on how to welcome bees into your garden.
- Speaking of bees, this TED Talk reveals four reasons why they are disappearing. It’s a must watch.
- Instagram is one of my favorite social media outlets. This Indie Business Network article is full of great tips on how to create profitable partnerships on Instagram.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! To keep up with the latest soapy social media throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and YouTube and Snapchat. To watch my ‘stories’, which include sneak peeks into future projects, add me. I’m Bramble-Berry on Snapchat.