Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Finding Lost Treasures


Back in January, I made a batch of chocolate-coconut soap. I put the hot soap mixture into a 3" PVC pipe so I could have round bars. It wasn't my original idea, I read about it in a book and I followed all the directions on how to properly lubricate the pipe and cap it so the soap doesn't leak, etc. All was said and done.

When it came time to un-mold the soap, it would. not. budge. I'm talking not even a millimeter. I pounded the mold. Joe pounded the mold. Nothing.

It sat in my laundry room on top of my dryer for six months. I had all but forgotten about it. Sometimes my children would ask about the "creepy brown stuff in that pipe," and I would answer, "it's my soap and it's stuck." I never thought much more about it.

About two weeks ago, Joe decided it was time to try again. And, what do you know, it came out of the mold. It was still soft to the touch, and I think it was lye-heavy because we had some tingling sensations when we handled the chocolate log. This photo was taken right after it was un-molded and cut. It's been hanging out in my pink dresser curing. (I honestly thought it would have cured the six months it sat in the mold. I guess it was too insulated.) I don't know if it will be good or not after all this time. Only time will tell. I might wait another week or two before using it on my skin. It smells awesome though.

A year ago I bought a sandwich plate set/tea cup set for Spenser. When I bought it, it only had three cups, but four sandwich plates. I hoped that one day I would find a cup to make the set complete. Well, after more than a year, my wish came true. As I was thrifting one afternoon with Joe and the children, I stumbled upon not just one, but two matching cups. I only bought one (because they charged $2 for it and the whole set wasn't much more than that to begin with). I was a little hesitant at first, not sure if it would match. It's a perfect match. I'm so thrilled to have completed this little set. I knew it would eventually pay off.

Now, if I can just find some cute Pink Daisy Pyrex or dotted Pyrex. Then my life will be complete...

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe if you went "running" around for some more pyrex you would find it! ha ha me~!

Karyn said...

I can attest to the fact that the soap smelled awesome!!! I sure hope it's okay to use!

Good score on the cups!

And....I just got back from VV. No pink Pyrex.

Brenda said...

just checked out the pink pyrex and it is really cute. hope you find it.

Love the cups.

Melanie said...

Ooo so happy for you Lera- I have a new cup challenge. I bought a Japanese tea set from a charity shop, and am on the hunt!

Love the washing up detergent apron in the previous post- what a wonderful idea. I'd seen those tux jackets you can get to keep wine cool, but never an apron. Such a cute idea!

nikko said...

The pink pyrex is very cute. Good luck with the hunt!

laeroport said...

Patience, is indeed, a virtue. Hang in there. Things happen in threes, right? I'm sure the perfect pyrex score is just around the corner. :)

Mirre said...

That soap looks so cool! I hope it's still good!

Sarah and Jack said...

I never see the dotty stuff unless it is super pricey. Someday though...

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Love that sammy set! Just too cute!!

And you have totally inspired me to give making my own soap a try. One weekend this fall I am definitely going to give it a go after I research directions a bit. That choc/coconut scent combo sounds amazing!!

judicreations said...

I just bought that tea snack set too. I'm glad you were able to find the cups so you'll have the whole set plus an extra. Can't wait to start using mine for those special times.

cici said...

dotted pyrex?!? i didn't know. but i feel a sudden urge to go thrifting!

Liz said...

That soap looks awesome. I wish I had a scratch-and-sniff monitor...

Melody said...

i LOVE the red dotted Pyrex! I have been on the hunt for them because my kitchen is red and white. Can you believe that I saw the blue dotted bowel at a Salvation Army marked at $2.00 and being the HUGE dork that I am, I let it go...yes I know...HUGE mistake!!

My dad has always been a huge fan of the saying "Good things come to those who wait", so maybe since you and I are waiting so patiently, our day will come!!

Thanks for sharing!

hooli said...

Oh wow, that soap looks like some kind of agate. Very cool.

Little Munchkins said...

What a score on the teacup find. Hope you find some pink pyrex soon. Knowing your luck with thrifting, you probably will.

Jo-Anne said...

I am so glad you found the matching cup!! How lucky!

I wish I could smell that soap...it sounds scrumptious!!! So happy for yo that it finally decided to come out of the pipe.
Have a nice day!
Jo-Anne

Cynthia said...

Love the white milk glass set. I have some just like it!