Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Getting ready for the show! =)

So, I haven't blogged a lot lately, but I have a good excuse!! First, my husband does remodeling, and right now he's remodeling a kitchen. I've helped him a lot with this:

But the thing that's kept me busiest lately is getting ready for my very first craft show which is in 12 days!! I've made lots of soaps...

Bath salts...

Organic creams...

Liquid soap...

And I'm still working on making more bath teas and sugar scrubs! I've also been doing more business-y things, like getting this banner made up for my booth at the show....

Putting together a slide show to have playing on our computer on my table, and making up some brochures. I'm nervous about the show, but I'm really excited too! Rest assured, as soon as the show is over, I'll be listing my new products in my shop, but until then I'm trying to stock up (hoping for a good turnout at the show!!) I've been really enjoying coming up with new flavors for my soaps and things! =)

Gotta run! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Giveaway!

Hi everyone!! My sweet friend "Babs" recently started an awesome blog on her journey to a green lifestyle. It's entertaining, really interesting, helpful, cool (in an organic kind of way), and just all around awesome. And guess what? She's having a giveaway!! 
 The prize is my all natural loofah bath mitt and soap set, and the giveaway closes on the 30th! So head on over there and check it out! =)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Featured Etsy Seller ~ Thoughtful Gems

I'm SO excited to show you this shop today!!! Thoughtful Gems is one of my absolute FAVORITE Etsy shops! Everything is so beautiful, creative, and unique. One of my favorite things that they make are the plantable gift tags. They actually have wildflower seeds imbedded in them! It turns a tag into part of the gift!
Plantable Seed Paper Gift Tags

Here is my interview with Loretta of Thoughtful Gems:

First, tell us a little bit about who you are and what your shop is all about.
I’m a mompreneur who enjoys living a frugal organic lifestyle. My shops are an extension of me and reflect my passion for natural, organic, eco-friendly products. The beauty of this business is that I get to work with my best friend, my business partner AKA my husband.

How did you get started in your Etsy business?
My educational background is Electrical Engineering so I am sort of a techie, but I have enjoyed creating since I was a child. As a little girl, I sewed my doll’s clothing on my own sewing machine. When I left Corporate America, I already had a side business which allowed me to create and sell handmade items.

When we decided to expand the business to include online selling, I set up our own website. Then we further expanded by opening shops on Etsy.

Do you have another job besides your shop?
No, I devote my time to the shops and custom orders that I receive.

What is the inspiration behind the beautiful and unique items that you offer?
Our family enjoys a natural lifestyle. My desire is to provide an eco-friendly option for the everyday items that everyone enjoys. Whether it is organic cotton pads for cleaning your face or hemp yarn for knitting that special gift, our desire is to meet that eco-friendly need.

What is your favorite thing in your shop?
My favorite item in my shop is the Organic Cotton Face Scrubbies in a Basket.

After viewing the price of organic cotton pads in a natural store, I was determined to provide an alternative that was organic, reusable and eco-friendly.

Where else can we find you? 
You can find us at our website, www.thoughtfulgems.com where we will soon be adding a blog. We also have a second shop on Etsy, www.thoughtfulgemscrafts.etsy.com that features natural, organic, eco-friendly yarn, plantable paper and craft supplies. On Zibbet, www.zibbet.com/thoughtfulgems, you will find a full selection of eco-friendly goodies. You can also find us on Twitter >www.twitter.com/thoughtfulgems and Facebook >www.facebook.com/thoughtfulgems

What is your favorite part of your business?
I enjoy hearing from customers when they either tell me how they will use the products or how much they enjoy what they received from me.

Anything else interesting we might like to know?
We are a Christian family that believes in treating others in the way that we would want to be treated. That extends into our business. We treat our customers with respect and provide quality products.

Handmade Ivory Flower Gift Tie Ons

Head on over and check out all the other awesome things in Thoughtful Gems, and Thoughtful Gems Crafts, because there's a lot more than I can show you in one post. And if you decide to order something (which I highly recommend!) let them know you heard about them from me! =)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Guess What I Just Did!

I listed my yummy smelling, ultra moisturizing, completely natural Cocoa & Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub in my Etsy shop! I love this stuff!

Yesterday I had a friend tell me that someone told her "If you can't eat it, you shouldn't put it on your body", which makes total sense to me because anything we put on our skin ends up in our system almost as if we had eaten it. That's why it's so important to think about what we are putting on our skin.

This scrub is completely edible... in fact, it tastes really good- I tried it. :-b ( I probably shouldn't have admitted that...) Anyway, the point is, it's good for your skin! It'll leave you feeling soft and moisturized. I actually used it on my legs after shaving, because I have a lot of trouble with dry irritated skin, and it left my legs feeling and looking great!

So, head on over there and check it out! =)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We've had tons of rain the last few weeks! I can't say that we've enjoyed it, but we're certainly better off than the many people who have had to deal with Tornados, overflowing rivers, and feet of rain. My heart goes out to those people. We've been blessed to be spared all of that!

What all of this rain has brought for us is rapidly growing plants, beautiful flowers, and lovely greening trees. Here's a few pictures of the early spring flowers around our house! =)

I love these red and white variegated ones! =)

These are some flower plants that are just now coming up. They're Lupines, which I've never grown before, but the flowers are lovely so I'm looking forward to them!

My husband Josh and I went for a walk a few days ago, and I took this picture of a neat little shack about a mile and half from our house.

I hope you've enjoyed these! I'm sorry I've been way from my blog for a while! I'll try and get back to updating more regularly this week! Have a great rest of the weekend! =)

Friday, May 6, 2011

And The Winner Is.......

Yes! I've finally selected the winner of my very first giveaway!! I used a random name picker from classtools.com to pick the winning name. =)

Are you ready?

Drumroll please......

The winner is Altogether Leather!! Congratulations!! I will be in contact soon!

Thank you SO much to all of you who entered! It was wonderful to have such a large number of entries for my first giveaway!! Keep an eye out, because I'm sure I'll have more giveaways in the future! =)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Giveaway Update! =)

I'm sorry I haven't announced the giveaway winner yet.. It's been a VERY busy week! I promise that I will get to it this week, so STAY TUNED! =)
 Thank you so much to all of you who entered!! I'm very excited to find out who the winner is! =)