Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Orca Soaps

Well, I did get my wish for sun but no heat. The sun is out today which is a nice change but it is only about 24 degrees. Schools are still closed today and from what I am hearing they will be closed tomorrow too. I got cabin fever and went to the shop today and was making the Orca soaps you see above. The molds for these are an exclusive design for Brambleberry. I love this mold so much. If you a mold like this click here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In Need of Sun

This is what my neighbor- hood looked like this morning. It is about 20 degrees and we have had freezing rain, sleet, and snow since yesterday. This morning we had a lot of sleet which is what you see in the picture but it is supposed to transition to snow. Most businesses and all schools are closed due to all the ice on the roads. The temperatures tomorrow are not to get above freezing so it does not look like we will thaw out until Thursday. I so need some sun.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Vote for the Best Swirl Soap

Saponifier magazine is having a contest for the soap with the Best Swirl. The winner's soap will appear on the cover of the March/April cover. Click Here to vote.
There are some amazing swirls. It was hard to pick just one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What A Day!

Like many of you, I have been watching the news all morning and reading updates on the web. I am looking forward to going home tonight to watch the inaguration that I was not able to see live. The positive vibe that you get from the posts, the journalists, and mostly the vibrant and excited crowd that showed up to be a part of this historic day is definitely wonderful to see and feel. I know it has made me feel uplifted and hopeful. I am realistic that one man can't change it all and it certainly won't happen overnight but I do feel confident that with his leadership he can help spur much needed change. We all need to do our parts as well. Yes We Can!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr Day

On this day, I am reminded of the sacrifices and the perseverance of those whom came before me. I am thankful for their journey and all that is because of all that they did. We cannot forget and we cannot stop. We must continue to work to carry those efforts forward in an effort to continue to make this world into the beautiful place we dream and wish it to be. Tomorrow, when Obama is sworn in, we will be part of a historic moment that truly represents the progress that has been made. I am thankful to be able to be a part of these times and I hope that everyone takes time to not just enjoy the day off but to take at least a moment to appreciate why today is special.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Valentine's Soaps

I made my first batch of M&P Valentine's soaps yesterday. These are scented with Strawberries & Champagne.

I have 3 batches of CP soaps curing for Valentine's Day Soaps. I did those in Strawberries & Champagne, a Love Spell type, and Heaven.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Party Favors

Over my Christmas break one of the projects I worked on were some of my party favor samples. I wanted to have actual samples on hand for viewing as well as getting pictures done to be able to use on my website, marketing materials, and more.

Well, I got the project done and here are some photos for the favors that you can order at The Gift Garden. These are pictures of my Fortune Cookie Soaps, Aroma Bead or Bath Salts in the tubes, as well as body wash, bubble bath, hand sanitizer, or lotions can be used in the small bottles. All are available with custom labels. I will have these posted to my website along with others shortly.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Today I rebatched some soap I made last week. The fragrance seemed non-existent. So I am hoping to save the batch. I just did a sniff test and I think it will be ok. Just the appearance won't be quite as pretty but at least it will smell good.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

This week has been quite busy. I have been packing up and putting away all the Christmas decorations, cleaning out my work room (what a task that has been), finishing inventory, and starting preparation for Valentine's. It just seems as the work is never ending and there aren't enough hours in the day. It is a good thing that I love what I do.

I have also been inspired by working on my goals for 2009. There is a lot happening at the shop so I will give you a sneak peek of some of what I am working on over the next 2 months. Last year I introduced my bath & body product line however by the end of this month I will be introducing new product labeling to go with the line. There will be a wide selection of baskets available for purchase for Valentines. I will be offering bath/spa baskets, as well as stuffed animals, chocolates, and more. On Valentine's weekend, I will be launching my line of mineral eye shadows at the Tulsa Women's Expo. The initial line has 15 colors ranging from warm & neutral to fun & bold. I will also be adding room sprays and fragrance body oils to my product offering.

I am working on updating everything on my website and hope to have that all finished by the end of the month. I will keep posting updates as well.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

I am excited to start a new year. I have spent the past week working on some goal setting and planning and I am very excited about 2009. One of my goals is to be more consistent with posting on my blog. I am committed to posting at least 3 times a week. On my blog I will work to keep you up-to-date with everything going on at the shop, new products, where to find us, as well as various soap projects, and more. I will also continue my monthly newletter.

I wish everyone the best for 2009. I thank you for your support and patronage in 2008. I look forward to serving you in 2009.