Friday, August 29, 2014

Updates, Round Up, and More!

My poor little blog has gotten neglected throughout the month of August. With me picking up a small summer job, participating in a week-long show, and getting soaps together for our local county fairs, I have been really busy. With school starting back, it's just added to my load. So, my blog had to take a back seat while I focused on getting through all of my fun, but time-consuming activities.

So... what have I been up to?

well, I started off my August by taking some new, flashy photos of my wax tarts. I like the tarts with color, but since I am rocking soy wax, I ended up deciding to remove the color option from my tarts and go with a more natural look. What do you think of the new photos?

I also got a job working at the Appalachian Fair, our local county fair! It was fun, but very hard work. I really enjoyed my time at the Farm and Home building, working with the cooking competitions and decorating the building.

I also put some of my goodies in the Appalachian Fair and the Greene County Fair. I'm pleased to announce that my soap at the Greene County Fair won second place and my new Lip Butter won second place in the "made from beeswax" honey competition at the Appalachian fair! Yay! Two more red ribbons to add to my ever-growing collection!

I also got to sell my soaps during the Appalachian Fair with some of my wonderful local buddies! It was my first craft show since last December and my first since my twins passed away, so it took some time getting me back in the swing of selling. I think my new shelving is going to look amazing in a booth! Bonus: these shelves fold down FLAT, which is great for my limited trunk space!

I also celebrated my 500th sale in my Etsy shop! I am so proud and excited to hit this milestone! It's been almost 3 years since I started my Etsy shop. I've taken time off here and there during its run, but I am so proud of this achievement. This one was hard-earned! To celebrate, I am running a 10% off coupon on everything in the shop. The code is "SALE500" and it is good from now until September 30th!

I think I am all caught up on my August shenanigans. School started for me and kiddo this past Tuesday, so things like my blog and social media accounts may start slowing down as classes really gear up. I am going to aim for 1-2 posts a week, so hopefully you will be able to catch new posts on Mondays and Fridays.

So long, August! September, here we come!!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Roundup: Week of August 8th

Whoa, its August already?!? This summer has flown by! I'm currently the busiest I have been in months, working towards getting all stocked up for the Appalachian Fair in two weeks, school starting up for me and Kiddo in three weeks, and show season and holiday shopping season kicking into high gear!

And now, on with the show!!

Two of my lip balms came back with brand new pictures:
Lemon Lip Balm
Pumpkin Cheesecake Lip Balm

A new bath bomb has arrived, scented with an old favorite:
Marigold Mint Bath Bomb

And my Winter's Aroma tarts are here, and are already getting picked up by snow-loving customers:
Winter-themed wax tart sample set

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Candy Corn Season is Coming...

Now that we are officially in August, it is time to get geared up for Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year! I love the fall, when the leaves and mountains turn gorgeous colors, the wind blows a bit cooler and the air just *smells* different! Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and I love making all of the wonderful goodies for the season!

This year, I brought back my three Candy Corn treats, including my soap (my husband's favorite)...
Candy Corn Soap
and my lip balm...
Candy Corn Lip Balm

and my wax tarts...
Candy Corn Soy Wax Tarts

and I have decided to feature all three in a set called the "Candy Corn Collection"...
My new Candy Corn Collection

So, grab these bad boys up while you can, because once the spooks leave for the year, these will be gone as well!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Clay Soap: Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay is a newer clay to me. When planning my clay soaps, I chose Kaolin to round out my line, but once I took a look at all of the benefits that Kaolin clay provides, I was so glad that I chose this clay to be my fourth clay soap!

Kaolin clay is a white to off-white clay, also known as China clay. It is known in the soap making community for proving amazing "razor slip" in shaving soaps, but it has wonderful benefits for the skin underneath the hair! Kaolin clay is wonderful for all skin types, helps promote circulation to the skin, removes dead skin cells, and helps balance sebum activity. Too much sebum leads to blackheads (sebum collecting at the surface of the skin) or whiteheads (sebum collecting underneath the skin). This leads Kaolin clay to be the most recommended clay to use on skin!

I love the essential oil that I used with my Kaolin clay soap: Bay essential oil! Bay is one of my favorite essential oils to use. I love the spicy, herbaceous notes!

Watch me make this soap here:

Best part is... this soap, as well as my Cedar/Chamomile Bentonite Clay soap, doubles as a shaving soap!

And with that, my clay soap experiments come to a close! I hope you have enjoyed a month's worth of clay information and soapy goodness!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Roundup: Week of July 25th

Even though it has been all quiet on the home front, the Etsy front has been booming! I've been very busy for the past week, drafting new listings, posting new products, and even rearranging my soaping and desk space! Everyone loves a good summer deep cleaning week!

So, on with the show!

This week, my clay soaps from my Clay Soap Project have been making their debuts (Look out for my Bentonite soap next week and my Kaolin soap in two weeks!):
French Green Clay Soap, scented with Lemongrass and Mint
Red Moroccan Clay Soap, scented with Patchouli and Cinnamon
Two new bath bombs are finally here:
Sandalwood Bath Bombs
Fig and Almond Bath Bombs
My Red Velvet lip balm got a makeover:
Red Velvet Cake Lip Balm
and my new wax tart sampler sets are popping up as well:
Autumn and Fall-themed soy wax tarts
Summer-themed soy wax tarts
I am so excited and proud to show off all of these new goodies! Just a sneak peek at next week: my Bentonite clay soap will become available, new designs of my french green clay and red moroccan clay will be popping up, new bath bombs are coming, and my wax tarts in clamshell molds will be getting a makeover!
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