Monday, April 11, 2016


I know it's been a few weeks since I posted; in the interim, the results of March's challenge have been posted on the Soap Making Forum and I am tickled pink. My "peeps" soap came in third in the voting! Voting is only allowed by those who have signed up for the challenge so the entries have been voted on by my peers. To place at all is a thrill!

This month's challenge isn't as easy as I thought it would be. It's a type of hanger swirl, known for the person who has perfected it, the Petra swirl (or a butterfly swirl). It's gorgeous! Here's an example of it...

Not mine, believe me! See what I mean? Gorgeous!

I've managed one try and was disappointed with the result. Don't get me wrong, what I ended up with isn't completely disappointing; I love the colours. It's very "psychedelic" but not what I intended. Anyone who tells you that swirls are easy has either been at it a long time or has never actually tried it.

Here's my first attempt...

Don't get me wrong. I like it. It's growing on me but it isn't what it was supposed to look like. It's unscented, by the way. I wasn't sure what scent to use; if I were to make it again, I would definitely use patchouli and maybe something else... definitely patchouli, though. It just seems to fit. I'll give it another try this weekend, once things have settled down. We've had company for the last week and a half. Now, it's time to get back to normal. That means time for another try.

And maybe a third.