Handmade cookies, chocolate muffins and madeleines
How have you been? I held a soap-making workshop yesterday with my friend and guest instructor Mayumi Nikaido of Un sapone fatto a mano (a handmade soap) and we had a blast! We limited the workshop to 4 participants due to the number of bowls and tools that was requested to make Marseille soap by hand, it was intimate and so much fun. Since Halloween was in just two weeks, we had decided to work on that theme, and not only learn how to make soap but also have fun wrapping them!
Mayumi is giving the first set of instruction to our participants
Whisking the soap mix until it gets the right texture was probably the most tedious part
of the workshop - they did it for at least 30mins!
The soap mix is then put into a mold and left for 24hrs in a box to keep it "warm".
Mayumi had prepared a block in advance to show how it would look like after
a couple of weeks put to dry (photo below):
Since we couldn't possibly wait a couple of weeks to complete our workshop,
Mayumi prepared special Halloween soap bar to be cut into funny shapes:
The second part of our workshop included gift wrapping fun. I provided various
material and little guidance to allow some room for the participants's creativity.
I was blown by what they came up with: so cute!
After three hours of hard work, we enjoyed a good hearty home cooked lunch: homemade
sausages, ratatouille & bulghur served with cranberry juice & various biscuits for dessert.
Lunched cooked by yours truly!
We are planning to hold another soap-making workshop in spring next year, if you are interested in joining it you can keep an eye on my Facebook page or sign up for my newsletter here.
Next workshop in the calendar: my basic embroidery workshop will take place on Tuesday, 22nd of October from 9am - get all the information and sign up here.
Happy weekend to you all!