Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Versatile Blogger - What a nice surprise!

I came home from vacation to find that the lovely Emily from Soap and Restless presented me with the Versatile Blogger award.  Thank you so much Emily!

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1 – Make a post and link it back to the person who gave you the award (and include their website address)
2 – Share 7 random things about yourself
3 – Award 7 recently discovered bloggers with this award and contact them to let them know they have won

So, seven things about me...

1. I have the tendency become obsessed with certain activities (soaping for instance) for varying lengths of time.

2. I love to bake, and I am known for my Christmas cookies. :)

3. I am an avid reader. I often read when I should be doing other things.

4. I was very shy when I was little, and I still have to fight the tendency to be a bit of a loner (although my kids have forced me to be more outgoing than I used to be).   

5. I used to be a teacher (despite my shy disposition).  My favorite grade was Kindergarten. 

6. I don't have a favorite color because I love them all (the brighter the better).  

7.  I have different colored eyes. They aren't really as dramatic as some I've seen. I get some really weird comments about them and sometimes some strange questions.  The funniest was when my daughter's teacher said, "You have different colored eyes!  Like a Husky!!"  Australian Shepherds sometimes have different colored eyes (not Huskys), and I would love to have one as a pet someday. :)

The seven blogs I have chosen to give the Versatile Blogger Award are:

Soap is Beautiful
Casco Bay Soap Company Blog
Liberty's Yarn and Soaps Blog
Platypus Dreams Blog
Dirty Laundry
Lovin' Soap Blog

I tried to spread the love to blogs I follow which haven't gotten the award yet (if you did, just some more love going your way). 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lotion Bars, Neon Soap, and Freshly Cut for Fall (Yes! Fall!)

Coconut Lemongrass

I was a bit busy this weekend.  I had an order for lotion bars, so I thought it would be the perfect time to add a few to the store and to bring along to the market on Friday.  I made some Coconut Lemongrass, Lavender Herb, Passionfruit Rose, and Spun Sugar (my husband's request ;)).

Spun Sugar

Passionfruit Rose

Newly packaged Lavender Herb

I have been planning and starting to make soap for Fall.  In the extreme heat it is difficult to imagine that Fall is around the corner, yet it will be here before we know it! I made some Berry Wine Soap and some Sparkling Ginger Scrub Soap (with pumice in the bottom layer). These I cut this morning.  Obviously they need to be cleaned up a bit.

Berry Wine

Sparkling Ginger Scrub Soap

I have to give a shout out to Bianca over at Soap is Beautiful, who featured some of my soap in this recent blog post.  Thanks Bianca!  It is always a treat to be featured somewhere in the blogosphere. I really love her blog.

I continue to bring my soap to the Friday Farmer's Bazaar here in Roseville (California).  Traffic has been picking up now that the word is getting out.  I have so much fun talking soap with people passing by or just chatting with people in general.  It is sure hot in our area right now, but I hear it will only get into the upper 80s this Friday.  That will be a nice change.

Next week I will be taking a short break from July 17th-22nd, while we drive down to Los Angeles for my daughter's two year neurology post-op and Disneyland extravaganza.  We are really looking forward to it.  It will be a fun way to celebrate my birthday as well. I will be closing the Etsy shop while we are down there, but I will be checking my messages periodically.

I took some photos of my Neon Dream Soap, which will be listed by the end of the week.  This soap is so much fun (I love color if you couldn't tell ;)).

Neon Dream

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Musical inspiration of the day

If you have not listened to these two yet, you should. They are beyond AMAZING!!

This is what I am soaping to today. I hope your weekend was a good one! :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

An eventful week- Happy 4th of July!!

I have had a very eventful and exciting week!  I spent most of the week getting ready for the new Farmer's Bazaar here in Roseville (California).  I live extremely close to this one, so I was excited to check it out.  Here are a couple pictures of my booth.  I took these with my phone...

Luckily it was pretty shady and not too hot most of the time.  I didn't really heat up until the end of the market at around 1:00.  As this farmer's bazaar is a new one, the crowd was pretty thin. Since I was warned that this was the case, I was actually surprised by the amount of people who came by to talk to me about my soap.  I am going to stick with this market through the summer because I think it has the potential to be really nice.  There was music and some wonderful vendors there.  I had a lot of wonderful conversation with people who work in the area, with some of the other vendors, and with people who came by to check out the new market.  I am already looking forward to next week.  This area is in need of some really nice farmer's markets, so I am excited to be involved in start of this one.

I was also really excited to be mentioned in the July/August issue of Saponifier Magazine, a magazine that is all about soap making.  I submitted my bio and pictures a week or two ago, and I was really surprised to see them in this issue.  I am beyond excited.

In addition, was interviewed by the delightful Betty Miller with Creative Soap Week. Check out my interview here.

And finally, my soaps can now be found in the Tiffany Berger Gallery on K Street in downtown Sacramento.Find more information (i.e. address/phone number) for this gallery on the side bar to the right.  Tiffany is a jewelry artist whose jewelry has beautiful garden influences.  If you are in the Sacramento area, definitely stop by her gallery and jewelry shop and take a look.

I am looking forward to the 4th of July, which is going to be low key and pretty uneventful for us.  It is starting to get super hot, so we are just thinking of inventive ways to stay cool while keeping the AC usage to a minimum. :) Happy 4th everyone!