Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Perfect Valentine Soap

With Valentine's just around the corner, I thought I might suggest which one of my soaps I feel best fits Valentine's Day. I have always felt the Lilac Rose soap is the most romantic and precious of my soaps. So if you're looking for something sweet to give your sweetie this Valentine's look no further, you've found the perfect soap.

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase the Lilac Rose soap.

I'll also have plenty in stock at the Boston Handmade Be Mine Valentine show if you are in the area drop by. Information on that event is below.

Be Mine Valentine Show

Just wanted to inform anybody in the Boston area about this show I'll be involved in next Friday. So mark your calender and stop by and get your sweetie something SWEET for Valentine's!

The 2nd Annual Boston Handmade Valentine Show

Friday, February 6 ~ 5pm to 9pm
450 Harrison Avenue ~ Gallery #31 ~ 31 Thayer Street

South End, Boston, MA - Boston Handmade announces the 2nd Annual Be Mine Valentine Show featuring hand crafted Valentines and gifts for friends, family, and lovers, to be held on Friday, February 6th, from 5-9pm at 450 Harrison Avenue. Sponsored in part by GTI Properties and the individual members of Boston Handmade, this one-night-only event coincides with the First Friday open studios and gallery receptions in the SoWa arts district of Boston's South End.

Twenty local artists, artisans and craftspeople will be exhibiting their one-of-a-kind and limited edition works at Be Mine. This special Valentine event includes live acoustic music by Peter Paulousky and new exhibitor designs created especially for the winter season and Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

In a Dreamy State of Mind.

Today I can't seem to keep my mind here in the apartment. Maybe it's the cold weather that is making me dream of far away places. Every time I start to cut soap, package it, etc. I find myself drifting to memories of a trip I took a little over a year ago. Alot of the herbs, flowers, etc. that I stand here making soaps with today were gathered from that trip. So I thought I would share a few photos and memories from that trip. Next time you have one of my soaps in your hands you can think ahhh I have lemons from Italy in here or Lavender from France in here. I spent 4 months gathering inspiration and ingredients in France, Switzerland and Italy to create my new soaps that I recently designed.

Sometimes it is just something simple that inspires me. Like this picture I took of a dandelion in a park outside of Paris.

Even my breakfast can inspire me to think of something new. Like this plate of pastries and croissants in Paris.

Hiking in the Italian and Swiss Alps was an unbelievable experience and I found much inspiration there. Here is a photo in which I am standing in Switzerland looking into Italy.

Although this flower is not a rose or a lilac it is what inspired me to make my Lilac Rose soap.

If you look at the Lilac Rose soap which is pictured below I'm sure you can see how that flower inspired me to create it.

These delicate little purple flowers inspired me to create my Lavender Rosemary soap which has delicate purple flowers on it.

Here is a photo of my Lavender Rosemary soap so you can see how those little flowers gave me the visual of this soap.

I thought I'd share this little photo journal of how I come up with ideas, inspiration and the moments it happens. Next entry I'll explain how I think of the ingredients to get the look in the soap I want to create. Well back to soap making...hopefully I can get my mind to stay here now :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Boston Handmade

Hello, I wanted to introduce everybody to a group in which I have recently been accepted.

I'm very happy to say

Boston Handmade, is a gathering of colleagues who support one another in the pursuit of creativity made by hand. All members of Boston Handmade are registered sellers on and are all based in Massachusetts. Our members create a wide variety of handcrafted art including: jewelry, photography, paper goods, collage art, ceramics, clothing, accessories, dolls, bath & beauty products and home d├ęcor.

You may find items from myself and all Boston Handmade members at this link Boston Handmade Etsy You may also find out more about us at Boston Handmade Blog or Boston Handmade

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Etsy front page

I've really been enjoying Etsy and it's community. Everyone is so supportive. Here is a slide show of my soap being featured on the front page. Just click on the arrow in the center and then the arrow in the bottom left hand corner to play the slide show.