Tuesday, July 26, 2011


When working with polymer clay, sometimes it can be difficult to get all of the clay off of my hands with just soap and water. In high school I had used a mechanic's orange pumice that worked great, but it wasn't something that I kept regularly for myself.

Recently I have discovered using coffee. I've read that coffee is actually good for your skin, and I love the added bonus of scrubbing power brought on by the grounds.
  • Melt & Pour soap base (offered at craft stores. Don't forget to use your coupons!)
  • Ground coffee
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • Plastic food container (yogurt) or other type of recycled container (microwave safe)
  • Plastic spoon or other tool for stirring
  • Mold
WHAT I DID: I bought a large brick of melt and pour goat's milk soap base and cut 8 portions out of the brick and melted it in a 16oz sour cream container. (Melt your soap according to package directions.) This makes about 1c of soap. Next I added 1/4c of coffee and about 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil to the melted soap. (The Vitamin E oil is not necessary, the soap is mostly for scrubbing the clay off of your hands.) Stir with a plastic spoon until combined and pour into molds. Having children in the house helps to have all sorts of fun stuff on hand, and today I used their silicon molds to make Lego Minifigs to keep at the sink.
The nice part about using a recycled container and plastic spoon is that it makes clean up a breeze. Just toss them in the trash!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Kodiak Inspired Coffee Sock Knitting Pattern

Well, I finally did it! I finally got the pattern for my Kodiak Coffee Sock written and now it's available for purchase. It's pretty easy and I hope you enjoy it!

Happy knitting!