We would like to announce our new website to the readers of this blog. A new season is starting soon at the farmer’s market and we will be posting more projects soon to our blog.
Visit our new website for Twisty Stitches @ http://twistystitches.biz
Twisty Stitches Cold Pressed Soap Store Now Open!!!
Everyone uses soap!
Soap is refreshing and there are many types of soap. Some have great lather. Others moisturize the skin and make it feel soft and smooth. Our Twisty Stitches Gourmet Soap is made one batch at a time by hand using simple oils such as castor, olive, coconut, palm and almond oil.
Different oils add different qualities to your cold pressed soap. Each of the oils that we use will determine the hardness or softness of your soap, how well it lathers, and even how mild the finished soap will be. For example, palm oil will add hardness to the soap but if used alone the soap will be brittle with little lather. That’s why we add other oils such as coconut oil, olive and castor oil. These oils have good lather and help make a soap that is not too hard and not too soft (soft soap would simply melt away in water).
Twisty Stitches cures each batch of soap for 4-6 weeks. Although using cold pressed soap immediately is okay, curing the soap will allow some of the water in the soap to evaporate which will help harden the soap so it lasts longer when exposed to water in your bath or shower. We will not ship the soap until it has cured for a minimum of 4 weeks. This may delay your shipment if you order more bars than we have available. We will contact you to let you know of the delay and allow you to choose another bar if you wish.
NOTE: If you are ordering more than 3 bars of the same soap, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make sure we have enough to fill your order.
If you are interested in purchasing our soaps in bulk, please contact us directly at email@example.com. Our soaps are perfect for massage therapists looking to add additional products to their services. We also offer votive candles that can be scented to match the soaps and sold together in gift baskets.
Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market
All of our soaps and candles can be purchased from Twisty Stitches at the weekly Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 7am to 1pm. You can also find a number of other vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables also at the farmer’s market.
As a teacher there are many reasons to use puppets both inside and outside of the classroom. Some of these include attracting and capturing the attention of children. They help stimulate the imagination. Puppets are an excellent teaching method as they are both visual and interactive.
I decided that it would be fun to create Old MacDonald’s farm out of finger puppets, and in honor of my friend Anna “Hillbilly” VonWart, I decided that a goat would be first.
I started with a sketch.
I cut out the sketch and traced onto the felt.
I cut out some of the basic shapes that made up the goats face out of contrasting felt. I used dark blue for the stripe down the forehead, the nose area, and the beard.
Next I cut out the goats horns from a golden color.
I used some extra colors (maroon) for the nostril area.
Then I began to stitch around the beard, nose, and stripe on the goats head. Also up along the sides.
To make the eyes I used 4 ply thickness of embroidery floss, made a knot and then sewed over to the left, over to the right and continued until the eye was as large as wanted it to be. Tied off.
I continued up and around the goat, inserting the horns, and continued down the other side.
All in all he turned out quite well.
My next animals will include sheep, chickens, and cows. Hopefully I will soon have a menagerie of animals (sheep finger puppet, goat finger puppet, chicken finger puppet, cow finger puppet) for my students to enjoy.
If you have seen any of the aforementioned handymen, please be sure to send them my way.
I talked about my to do list a few weeks ago and how there never seems to be enough time to do all that I need to. In fact I have discovered as a business owner that as soon as I check one item off of my to-do list I add two more. Which leads me to the title of this article, I need a Bob, Manny, or Felix pronto.
My first day at the Dallas Farmers Market went well. I was pleased with my product display overall but now looking back I found myself coming up with ideas to make things better. This led me to think about my office and I came up with some things I can tweak on my office/workroom/sewing room. Things I need.
1. Ribbon Holder
2. Soap staircase
3. Soap mold
Project 1: Ribbon Holder
I have wanted a ribbon holder for some time. I have used ribbon to tie around my candles. I have used 2 colors of ribbon around my tiles. And I continue to use ribbons in my crafts. I wanted something that keeps all of the ribbon in one place. It also needs to be ready for me to pull off a length of ribbon, cut, and use. I have seen a number of ideas to do just that but they are not a good fit for me. I have seen mason jars filled with colorful spools of ribbon in a variety of colors and designs. (It was pretty but not practical for the easy access). I have seen spools on a paper towel type roll but the middle dowel is too large and most of the ones I saw were mounted on a wall or under cabinets. That wouldn’t work for me as I want to be able to move from room to room.
Finally I found just what I needed at JoAnn‘s. It was a wooden box with an open top and it had a dowel down the middle for the ribbon spools. It was nice but a teeny expensive. I figured it wouldn’t be too complex to make at home and save a few dollars.
Project 2: Soap Staircase
I have been looking at a lot of soap displays and there are so many choices. My husband I have just decided on our label and our wrapping and I wanted a display that would make the total package look good. I think that the staircase display would be the best fit for my needs. So now I need my handyman to figure out the dimensions I need to display my soap.
Project #3 Soap Molds
The last thing I need to make my business run smoother is a couple more soap molds for my cold-pressed soap. I have a rectangular one pretty standard size that is a little over 3 ½ pound mold. I have a square mold that is an 8 pound mold. I am pleased with both but wouldn’t mind a few more option in case I decide to double a recipe or two.
All in the projects aren’t too complex and wouldn’t be a challenge for any handyman to complete. Luckily for me I have a wonderful husband who says he would love to help me with my projects. Here’s a big “Thank You” to Christopher my fantastic husband for helping me make projects to make my life easier.
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