Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Playing around with my handmade lightbox

My husband built me a light box out of a cardboard box and tissue paper.
So, I have been playing around with the best way to take pictures in it.

At first, I took pictures with just the soaps and a plain white background.
I didn't like that. It was bland and boring. So now, I am trying out different
props to compliment my picture and the soap.

This one is OK but it could be better. So I'll re- take these with a different look or prop

He got caught in the net!!!

I like this picture.

I could do more with this one.

My favorite, so far.
It's not easy trying to take pictures of a product and to make it look as good as you know it is! You want the person that is viewing the picture to feel, smell and touch your product through  their eyes when they look at it. That is very hard to do. I'll keep working at it. Let me know if  you can smell these ok? lol

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fragrance Monster is attacking my Soaps!!!

I piped these in alternating colors of pink and white. The next day they were mustard color.

These are the same cupcakes turned a dark brown. I  scented these in Pink Sugar and didn't  check to see if it had  vanilla that might darken them. I added titanium dioxide (to whiten the soap) but as you can see, didn't make a difference.

Except for the melt and pour cherry, these turned a dark brown. Scented in Rich Dark Chocolate. It just irritates me when I take the time to use different colors and they all disappear into dark brown. My fault though!

I was so happy with the way these came out. They had a buttery yellow color with light green. I scented these in Shea Cashmere.

Except for the pink roses that I piped unscented, the rest is turning dark!

If someone can give me some advice on how to use these fragrances without them changing colors, please contact me. Am I not using enough titanium dioxide? What do you do to keep your true colors? I absolutely love the scent of Pink Sugar. I hate to think that everytime I use it the soap will have to be dark brown. I look forward to your advice. Have a great day everyone!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Website under Construction

Hi everyone! The new year brings new changes and Hedgeway Cottage  is going through some good changes too. It's time to grow up and clean up. A better website, more professional looking pictures, a new logo, and of course more beautiful soaps made with new and revised recipes that will be so nice to use for your skin. My new recipes include using Silk tussah which will give your soap a silky luxurious feel.I'm rethinking my packaging too. I'm not sure what I'm doing yet for that. Also, with the upcoming changes, come an increase in pricing. Just starting out, I knew that my prices were lower.Now, in order for my company to thrive, I must increase my prices (not much though) to keep up with the increased prices of supplies, etc. Lavender essential oil is getting quite pricey for example.
We will also be looking to doing more craft shows this Spring and Summer. We are confirmed for the Henry Ford II High School Clearance Craft Show on Feb. 11-12th. So, please come and check us out because we will have quite a bit of soap on sale. We will also have some new soaps. I have some new fragrances that I just love. You'll have to smell them for yourself.
I have some shower orders that I'm working on that is keeping me busy right now. I am always very honored to be able to make shower favors for your special day. I always put my best effort into doing soap favors.
While we are under construction on the website, please contact me by email which is: hedgewaycottagesoaps@yahoo.com or by phone: 248-525-4863.
Have a great week! Talk with you soon!
There are about 56 of these mini cupcakes which include the cream colored ones in the next picture. They are scented with cedarwood amber. If any one is looking for some shower favors, I will sell these for $70.00 for all of them. They are topped with a tiny butterfly bead in multiple colors. Just email me if you are interested.

My all natural moisturizing shampoo and vinegar & water  hair rinse. I'll be trying these today. The shampoo is not thick enough so next time I wont dilute the soap paste as much. I'm working on it so I can offer you a better alternative and a healthier one for your hair. I'll also be working on some laundry soap for you too.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


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