Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I made a block of custom Vegan soap for Christina. Instead of my standard emu oil I used mango butter and evening primrose oil. Mango butter has suberb emollient properties and evening primrose oil is known widely for it skin nurturing benefits. This soap was an adventure for me! The first batch I made had too much fluid in it and would not set! It was the first time I have ever had a batch of hand milled that ruined, my first ever mistake! Oops! Threw it away and made it again. I used pumpkin puree like usual and for the first time, pumpkin powder for exfoliating. And this wasa wiht the pumpkin shortage, you don't know what i went through to get a can of pumpkin, then I end up with several. Mom came to the rescue of course! Through all this, Christina was more than gracious and patient! I used a new fragrance and it had a high vanilla content, unbeknownst to me, and the soap turned from orange to brown! This is normal but was unexpected, I did not know it had that much vanilla in it but it smells lovely! Anxious, I awaited Christina's feedback...she is delighted with it! Yay! Thank you Christina for being so patient!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Woo hoo! Blossom won the November Pets Jubilee Pet Photo Contest! A huge thank you to Pets Jubilee and to everyone who voted for Blossom and made her a winner! Pets Jubilee makes and sells a wonderful pet sampler box with items made by different Etsy artisans. The sampler box is a great way to try out different treats, toys and such before committing to buy from individual sellers! Sampler boxes are full of things for dogs, cats, gerbils, and other pets.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Any Etsy shop wanting to join in on the fun of our Black Friday Weekend Extravaganza can get free ad space on Indiesmiles Coupon Directory. Sue has graciously given us free ad space for our joint weekend extravaganza November 27 through 30th. Thank you Sue for your time and efforts!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I just had the privilege of getting some 24 K gold mineral eyeshadow from Mum Mum's Craft's on Etsy. Lucy has done a suberb job at making a wonderful, soft, smooth, adhering true to color that lasts and lasts gold eye shadow. Gold is my fav color along with black of course, so I wear this all the time. This eye shadow came in a cute 10 gram sifter jar which is quite a lot of eye shadow, it will last for some time. The ingredients are: mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, magnesium myristate, kaolin. I am picky about my gold eye shadow, this is true gold and quite lovely. If you need some high quality mineral make up, hurry on over to Mum Mum's Crafts and check her out, she has many colors of eye shadow, lip color, mascara and other goodies that she makes herself. Lucy puts quite a bit of time and effort into making premium quality mineral make up. Thanks Lucy!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
woof, I am Blossom, I am a Maltese dog and Mommy said she will type this out for me. It is my birthday wish. My 7th birthday was August 20 but mommy has been real sick, so I forgive her for being so late. I just want her to get better, she walks me more then and plays more with me.
I came to mommy last December. I grew up in a tiny cage just big enough to have a litter of puppies in and turn around in. I never went outside and when I first saw grass I grew very afraid. The people who kept me in the cage were mean to me, their hands always hurt me, grabbing me and sqeezing me by the scruff of my neck and jabbing sharp needles into me. They took my puppies away from me, I did not get to see them grow up. they gave me shots all the time and made me breed with strange male dogs and I had about 3 litters a year. Dogs are only supposed to have one litter a year, the shots mommy tells me were human hormones to make me come in season more than nature meant for me to. I never got enough to eat and it was bad food, I was always hungry and very skinny. The cage was wire, snd it hurt my feet to always stand on it, and my toes permenantly splayed outwards from trying to get purchase on the wire cage bottom to walk, my toes would keep falling though the cage bottom. It hurt. I never got a real bath, or a hair cut, the humans would turn a hose on and spray me and my puppies off with a blast of cold water every once in a while. We had no where to go to the bathroom away from our food bowl and bed. It was very dirty and I was very dirty and my fur was matted to my body and stank bad but I did not know this until I was rescued. One day, I got sick. I did not get better. The humans did not believe in spending any money on us dogs if we got sick, they would just get rid of us. The humans took me out of the cage I was so scared! and gave me to another lady. I did not know it then but she was nice. I was terrified, I had never been out of my cage before and when we got to her hosue she shaved all my matted fur off! I had skin and she gave me a bath and I did not stink any more. I thought she was going to kill me but it turned out all right. The clippers made a horrible buzzing noise but did not cut me just my hair. (I am a Maltese and we have hair not fur!) The bath water was warm! I saw things at her house I had never dreamed existed. I hid a lot at first. The other dogs showed me the way to get round. The nice lady (Deborah) had other dogs she had rescued. We ran in a pack in the house free and I learned to walk around a large space in the house but it scared me so I would spin just like I was in the cage still. I still spin when I get nervous. But it happens less and less. I lived with Deborah for 8 months then she took me in long car ride (wow, cars!) and left me with mommy. I was terrifed of mommy but she has turned out to be the nicest lady. She feeds me real good and I have a big bowl full of different food ALL THE TIME and can eat whenever I want and it is all mine and i have enough and plenty of fresh water too. She gives me baths me and has me groomed so my fur is always nice and clean. The most amazing thing is the bed! This HUGE, soft cushion we lie on all day and night if we want, no holes in the bottom for my toes to fall through and it is so comfy. I can't believe this human, she even puts dresses on me because she figured out the air conditioning made me cold since my hair is short now. Dresses! Me! I am so special. I like my dresses, they are real cute and warm. They belong only to me. Mommy lets me walk and run anywhere in the apartment that I want to. She did not grab me all the time and let me get used to this new place and to her and i slowly allowed her to touch me and pet me. I did not know what petting was and it really scared me at first, I would quake from head to toe when her hands touched me at first. I don't shake now and I like being petted, it feels so good! Her hands do not hurt me, she never grabs me or squeezes me, and she is very gentle with me and never yells at me or blasts me with cold water or jabs me with a needle. Sometimes we go some place in a car and I do get jabbed but it is quick and the humans are nice and mommy tells me it is so I will not get sick. I cannot believe my good luck. I thought humans were horrible creatures and my life was so miserable, Now I am a little queen, mommy tells me and I can do whatever I want. I am a good dog and never bother anything. I sleep a lot because I am still tired from having all those puppies. I am so sorry for them, for I know maybe they are lving in a cage like I did for 5 years. I am so glad I do not have puppies any more, I still do not like my tummy touched much but I will let mommy stroke it once in a while when I am in a good mood. She never hurts me.
Mommy says this place I come from is called a puppymill. It is factory for making dogs have more puppies just to make money for the humans that run it. Everything is about money there, we are objects not creatures with feelings and needs. We are property there. Not like now, mommy is my family. Those humans do not believe in spending moeny on us dogs if we get sick. They feel we are then worthless because we are not making them money and they let us die there or get rid of us like they did with me. I got lucky, and now I live in a palace. But mommy says there are many puppymills still out there and thousands of poor dogs suffering like i did. They sell their puppies to Pet Shops. A reputable breeder would NEVER sell their puppies to a pet shop because their puppies are part of their family and they care about them, they send them to good homes where the people are checked out and made sure they can take good care of them for their whole lives. My birthday wish is for all the puppymills to be closed down. This will only happen if people make them stop and they can be made to stop by refusing to buy puppies from back yard breeders and pet shops. If a puppy comes from a good home there will be an interview and the adopters may even have a home visit by the breeder to make sure they have a nice home to bring the puppy to. Please spread the word about puppymills and get people to stop buying puppies from them.
I live a good life now and want all dogs to be so lucky. All's well that ends well. I am very happy now and I get to style in my new dwesses! How do you like my dwess in the pic? I even have matching bows but don't tell mommy I hate them, they pull my hair and I take them out as soon as I can. I get to meet new humans who are real nice to me, so that is nice. Mommy has a friend who comes over all the time and she is real nice to me. I get to go on walks around the apartment complex and that is really fun. I like eating and get to eat whenever I like. I really love stretching out on the bed and even have a pillow to put my head on and my own blankie. Mommy and i play catchmeifyoucan but I always win, I am so fast! Sometimes I let her think she has won though. LOL I have an important job, I am the guard dog here and I am very good at it. What is really neat is all the space I have to roam around in here and I love running through the apartment very fast just because I can.
Thank you for reading my letter and thanks to mommy for writing it for me, the big words are hard for me. Now it is time for a nap!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ready for sale! I tried my hand at staging the pic, hmmm. Wonderfully fragrant @5 ounce bar of hand milled goat milk soap scented with oatmeal, milk and honey fragrance with a touch of almond. Delicious and good old fashioned comfort aroma! Loaded with colloidal oatmeal to provide gentle exfoliation and contains real honey. Can be bought at http://2VirgosDesigns.etsy.com
Ingredients: Goat milk, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Emu Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Water, Honey, Fragrance, Tocopherol Acetate
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
August 3 Melanie McCullough of Herbal Natures in Bradford, Illinois sent me a sample of her delightful Natural Deodorant. I am really impressed with this all natural alternative to the chemical full deodorants I purchase at the store. This came superbly and professionally packaged in a pop up deodorant tube, a generous 1.25 ounce sample. It is made with Arrowroot Powder, coconut oil, castor oil, Meadowfoam oil, candelelilla, silica, zinc oxide, and lightly scented with essential oils, Floral Fantasy. Melanie has really done her home work and come up with a wonderful product that works well! It completely stopped any under arm odor all day in the dank high heat of Louisiana and was scented light enough to not interfere with my own cologne. This deodorant is just the right consistency, not too soft and this sample will last me a while. I have hepatitis c and blood cancer so am extremely sensitive to heavy metals like the aluminum used in store bought deodorants. Finding a healthy alternative like this that works so well has made my day! This Natural Deodorant is the ticket for anyone wanting to use a safer, healthier deodorant. She will be adding this to her line up in the near future, if you would like to try this, email her, she has a few on hand. Also, feel free to check out her other wonderful natural products, like her mineral make up and linen spray. Thank you Melanie!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
That's right, Patrice over at The Soap Seduction put a double whammy on me! She kindly agreed to a swap with me and I hit the jackpot! First up is her luscious Lip Lush Trio, handcafted lip loving balm with a hint of color and a nice taste. Patrice does not use sweetener in her lip balm feeling it just makes us lick our lips and waste this lovely lip balm and she is right! I opted for Cherry Berry, Mango Peach Fusion, and Pina Colada. This formulation of olive oil, castor oil, beeswax, caranauba wax, candelilla wax, fragrance, lip safe colorant, lip safe mica goes on silky soft and stays on, tastes good, and makes my lips nicely moist and soft.
I also swapped for a bar of her wonderfully moisturizing cold process soap, Pinky Muskadero, a delightful mixture of olive oil, soybean oil, avocado oil, castor oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, oxide, and fragrance. This beautiful soap is scented with notes of jasmine, musk, and a hint of peony. I rushed to test it out and found it gave loads of creamy bubbles, scented just right and not reeking, just the way I like it, and left my skin soft and clean. All products came packaged in a pretty muslin drawstring bag, a nice touch!
I encourage anyone wanting to use premium handcrafted lip balm instead of chemical laden store bought stuff and fantastic cold process soap to rush to The Soap Seduction and shop to your heart's content, you will be happy you did! Thank you Patrice!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Just cut my batch made 7/17/2009 of all natural Holstein Heaven Chocolate Vanilla Hand Milled Soap with Emu oil. This heavenly scented olive oil soap named tongue in cheek for our lovely black and white Holstein cows is full of natural goodness and so good for the skin. Fragranced and colored naturally with pure cocoa powder and vanilla oleoresin, it is chock full of exotic butters and oils, like avocado oil, shea butter and emu oil. This soap will be ready August 7; it is curing now to get a nice gentle, long lasting hard bar of soap made to spoil your skin. You can get this soap now here!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here is my lovely dog, Blossom, a Maltese, with me now over 7 months, she is a puppymill rescue. Her fav thing to do? Recline in spoiled luxury on the soft plump queen-sized jacquard covered bed, so very different than the wire she was forced to live on 24/7 for 5 years. She deserves it and more! What an expression on her face! She is chastising me because of the camera, once put away, she was back to racing around and playing.
Edited photo courtesy of Rosemary. thank you so much Rosemary. You are an artiste.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I have an awesome new product! soy wax lotion tarts! What is this, you may ask? It is a 2 in 1 product: home fragrance and exquisite skin softening and warming lotion! You will not believe your eyes! Unique product. 2.5 ounce 6 individual breakaway soy wax lotion tarts, 2 products in one! Place one cube in your tea light burner or electric burner, melt and you have a delightful home fragance. Lightly dip you fingers in the melted soy wax and apply to hands, you then have the BEST lotion you have ever used with shea and cocoa butter and triple refined certified Asutralian EMU oil and the warm lotion feels wonderful on your hands. Superb for cracked dry skin and eases hurting hands with its warmth.
If you have used lotion after lotion with little to no benefit, you must try this! One cube lasts for about a week using it daily as a lotion. Soy wax is green, clean burning, and melts at a lower temperature than regular wax, no fear of buring yourself, just don't touch the bowl of the burner, it's hot! No wick to sully the wax lotion. Dye free! When possible pthlalate free fragrance oils or essential oils used, only skin safe ratios used. The best way to use this is to let it melt, blow out the tea light, or turn off the electric burner, let cool for a minute then dip away! Treat your skin special today, you will wonder how you lived without this!
You can get it at http://2VirgosDesigns.etsy.com
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Just cut my Moonlight Sonata Nearly Natural Handmilled Soap with Emu oil today! 21st century grandma's olive oil lye soap without the bite. Moody, more intense Musk. Strong, unisex, heady fragrance, with notes of fern, lily, hyacinth, jasmine and a hint of orris. This fragrance is completed with a powdery and sweet amber note. Incredibly sexy, yet not too heavy or cloying. All vegetable soap with added triple refined AEU certified American emu oil for its well known healing and moisturizing properties. Includes shea butter and cocoa butter! chuck full of NATURAL goodness. NO added synthetic chemicals except for pthalate-free fragrance oil and a dab of colorant. Highly recommended for those with problem or sensitive skin. Nice hard, long lasting 5 ounce bar of soap with good cleansing properties and good suds. Taking orders now, I have 6 bars, this will need to cure for 2 weeks to harden up nicely and be extra long lasting. $6.50 a bar. Multiple discount of 15%. USPS Priority Shipping.
Ingredients: Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Emu Oil, Fragrance, Tocopherol Acetate, FD & C Blue #1 Titanium Oxide
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I made my first new batch today, all the better so I won't be overly fretting about my mother. I made a robin's egg blue and white marbled Moon Lake Musk Handmilled Soap with Triple Refined American Emu Oil. It smells oh so divine and hopefully will come out halfway pretty. Swirling in the mold with rebatch is difficult, it comes out more a marblized effect but still nice and two toned. I added a bit more water to this rebatch in order to get a better two toned effect. anxious to unmold it but must wait till it cools down. I will pic it when I do and see what you all think! this is what it looked like the last time I did it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
This April I participated in a sweet swap with Audrey'sCountryCrafts on Etsy. I swapped my handcrafted soaps to get her teal raggedy bag, handmade by her out of cotton homespun material. This good sized bag is lovingly stitched using an "X" pattern and lined with cotton batting with 2 pockets on the inside. It is large enough to hold my medical files when I go to my doctor appointments and this is great! Gorgeous and functional! Beautiful work, Audrey, I am most proud of my bag and would jump at the chance to do another trade with you. Anyone wanting something unique and handmade should rush to Audrey's Etsy store and check her out, you won't be disappointed.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Today I received the most wonderful surprise! My good friend Johanna of European Goodies on Bonanzle send me a pair of the most exquisite feather earrings lovingly handcrafted by Heather of Feathered Friends Mementos on Etsy. Uniquely crafted of caged blue green feathers captured in silver wire metal. Such a creative, elegant design: a perfect juxtaposition of elements: light/heavy, air/metal, animal/earth, and freedom/caged. Heather's workmanship and ingenuity are refreshing and a beauty to look on. As a bonus, I received the matching necklace, on just the right length (so hard to get) of silver metal chain. Heather handcrafts an assortment of jewelry, original artwork, bookmarks and keychains, and fine art photographs. Some of her designs utilize feathers from her beloved caique parrot, Royal, like my earrings. Beautiful work, thank you, Heather. If you want divine, one of a kind, handcrafted, keepsake items, please check out Heather's shop on Etsy.
European Goodies is owned by Johanna a wonderful German lady who has lived in the United States for 12 years and is of Koziol family fame, her father invented the snow globe and was the Ivory Carver! European Goodies features unique vintage times including genuine pre-banned old ivory jewelry and what nots, and other quality vintage items along with her own custom designed website banners like the one on my site. For quality vintage, vintage pewter, custom banners, collectibles, and other nice things, drop by Johanna's Bonanzle Shop. Thank you, Johanna!
You 2 ladies made my week!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Granny's wonderful handmilled cold process vegetable soap with shea butter, cocoa butter, real pumpkin with its skin nurturing caroten, vitamins A & C, and fantastic Emu Oil. Gentle at least @4.5 ounce bar with good suds. Great for your sensitive skin, contains NO artificial colors or synthetic chemicals except for a bit of skin safe pthalate-free Pumpkin Brulee fragrance oil. A delectable indulgence and perfect for any season!
Ingredients: Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Goatmilk, Emu Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Vanilla planifolia oloeresin, Fragrance, Turmeric Powder
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Calling all hippies! Gaia's Gift Patchouli Soap. Luscious 4.25 ounce bar in a soap goddess mold. Vegan coconut oil glycerin soap, hypoallergenic. Superb for the skin! Contains powdered patchouli leaf for gentle exfoliation and genuine patchouli essential oil. Earthy, warm, spicy, yet mellow exotic scent. Dark green. Bask in the rich smell of Indian patchouli!
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Triethanolamine, Water, FD & C Blue # 1, FD & C yellow #5
Small orders can be shipped in a flat bubble envelope USPS 1st Class.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
When I first started making milk bath I didn't know what i was doing and used non-fat instant milk powder from the store. After months of doing this I discovered I was supposed to be using WHOLE FAT milk powder: goatmilk, cow's milk, coconut milk but to get true skin moisturizing and softening one MUST use whole fat milk powder. Using non-fat milk is just like using colored water. All the skin goodness has been taken out of it. Now online, they charge ridiculous prices for this stuff, the local health food store wants $9 for 12 ounces of it! I found whole fat cultured buttermilk powder, 12 ounce can for just $3 at Walmart. I'm finding my milk bath mix now clumps when I add my essential and fragrance oils so will be adding Natrasorb to it, this will raise my price a lttle but my customers can be assured they are buying a premium product that is good for their skin and not some cheap knock off. They will be getting their money's worth on something that is luxurious and good for them and truly wonderful to soak in.