Monday, August 25, 2014


UPDATE:   Sold to the beautiful and talented Miss Cathy "Teach" McGinnis   :-D

I'm selling my Bud Haffner guillotine cutter. I've only used it a few times as I switched to a wire cutter ....I just wasn't making M&P as much as I used to. 
It's time to sell it to someone who'll put it to good use.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 2014 - Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club - Negative Space Embed

I'll start by saying that this has been the most challenging soap I've attempted to date!  I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but wasn't sure how to make the holes!  I pulled my slab mold out of storage and brushed off the dust (nice to put it to use, but log molds are still my favorite) and decided on a drop swirl.  How to make those holes?  I ended up using small plastic mixing cups to form the holes in each bar. After seeing Amy struggle to get the pvc tubes out, I decided to remove the cups just after the soap had hardened a bit, but was still soft.  Well, the soap ended up expanding a bit into the holes, so they weren't perfect - but they were still holes. I'd wanted to do a pink/blue swirl for the negative space embed, but picked the wrong color. I grabbed a colorant I thought was okay for cold process, but once the raw soap met the pink it became gray.  Start over.  I made a new batch and colored it blue this time around.  I think it's a great highlighted space for my Spoonbridge Soaps stamp.  My recipe has beeswax and a bit of honey, so the little bee stamp works perfectly. Vibrance Micas were used along with Peak Green mica from The Conservatorie.  The fragrance is a combination of Champagne by Bramble Berry to give it some ZING, with eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils. 
A big thanks to Amy Warden for organizing these challenges - it's good to think outside the box and try something new!    ~ Suzy  Spoonbridge Soaps, Minneapolis

Sunday, August 3, 2014


** UPDATE ** 

I'm excited to announce that my Beeswax and Honey soaps won a blue ribbon at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair ! My daughter entered her beewax lotion bar for the first time and it came in 5th place! The Fair has been a family event for me since 1958; first attending with my parents each year, then with friends as a teenager, with my own family as an adult and now with my daughter and her family. This will be the fourth Minnesota State Fair for my granddaughter Eden and the very first for grandson Louis. My son takes time from his job as a police officer each year to work as a paramedic at the State Fair. Say what you will about the Fair with it's high calorie greasy food and crowded Midway, it brings families together to enjoy time with each other once a year and and that can't be a bad thing.  


I can't believe it's August already.

Once again, I'm entering a soap in the Minnesota State Fair Ag-Hort division.  It's a beeswax and honey soap and I'm hoping the judges like it.  I even added a little sugar bee on top this year to catch their attention.

My daughter is entering for the first time, so I'm anxious to see how her beeswax lotion bar turns out.

Wish us luck! Be sure to stop by the Ag-Hort building if you're at the Fair. So many cool items produced locally. They even have a glass sided hive display with working bees that the little ones love - or hate!