Monday, September 28, 2009

Absolutely Friggin Genius!

File this series under "Why didn't I think of that?" I miss my mom's albums. I loved that static-y interlude in between cuts, and I miss album jackets! They were so cool! I used to break them apart and hang them on my bedroom wall. I wish I'd kept those. Anyway, I thought I'd take my trip down memory lane a step further by finding some "albums" on Etsy, and here are the absolutely friggin genius finds that I found (finds that I found??)

Vintage Earth Wind & Fire Bowl by Cole Raine Creations

Record Album Purse by Brinda Kay Designs

painted record clock by Kailey Hawthorn

Album Chalkboard-Open Door Studio

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Oh Bloody Hell...!

Now that I've gotten your attention, this week's score revolves around blood. Yeah, it's a little morbid, but I have a sick sense of humor. With all this vampire mania going around-Twilight, that show on The CW, True Blood-this is the perfect theme, don'tcha think? Here are some bloody good soaps worth checking out!

Zinful by TCsoAp Co

Exotic Dragon's Blood by Solstice Scents

Blood Orange Patchouli by Sea Sprite Soaps

Dexter Bloodslide Soap by Bloodbath
(this one's kinda creepy, no?)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who Stole My Teefis?

I don't even know if I spelled that correctly, but in my circle, we have a nickname for teeth: teefis or teefus? Whatever, it's hilarious! I picked up this cute little mold and couldn't resist making these soapy dentures. It made me wonder who else had fake dentures, and look what I've found!

Nom Noms Teeth Soap by Soapopotamus

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Candle Mojo Is Back!!!

I've been "playing around" with the various types of candle waxes for months trying to find my niche, and nothing seemed to pan out. I'm a whiz at making those whimsical pie candles, but I wanted to validate my talent by making "real" candles like those fancy container and pillar-shaped ones. I sucked majorly at it. I could never get an even pour with my pillar candles, and I kept getting sink holes. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, until I discovered SOY WAX!!! I loves me some soy wax for so many reasons. It's all shredded up and soft. When it spills, it cleans up nicely and easily. And most importantly, I get a nice, even pour. I admit, I got a small sink hole on a few of my candles, but I poured the wax too hot, and I was able to quickly remedy it with my heat gun (None of my current offerings have sink holes).

I'm going to stick with my new eco-friendly soy candles. They hold scent like a dream, and I love the creamy appearance of them. I don't use any color to detract from the beauty of them. I've got them burning all over the house now! Aren't they cute?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Score These Soaps!

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm big on "interpretations". I love that we can take the same thing and put our own special twist on it. We soapers are some of the most creative artisans out there, but we don't get the credit we deserve. Yeah, I said it! Check out my score recommendations for this week. The theme is caramel apple all courtesy of some very talented Etsy soapers.

Caramel Apple Soap by Sun Basil Garden

Caramel Apple Soap by Ruths Fun Shop

Caramel Apple Soap by someone very dear to my heart...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Etsy Admin: I'm In 4 More Treasuries, Now Make Me A Featured Seller!

Heehee!!! The talented crafters of Etsy have spoken: They love me! Please know that my tongue is in cheek as I write this post. I'm not bragging. Okay, maybe a smidge. If I don't toot my own horn, who the hell will?? I'm celebrating my success because tomorow aint guaranteed. I'm in 4 more treasuries today ya'll. That makes a grand total of 7 at one time and 1 alternate. I am completely over the moon! Check out the latest set! Thanks to Cape Cod Jewels, Ragamuffin Design, The Apple, and Good Lookin Treasures for all the love!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Holy Cannoli! I'm In Four Treasuries!

Yeah, yeah, I said "What's the big deal?" a few months back about being in Treasuries, but when you're in 4 at once, that's a big freakin' deal! Thanks to The Eye, Red Fenyx Jewels, Pepper Design, and Silk Design for the fab features! Click the pic to be taken to the Treasury:)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Cool Weather Must-Haves!

Thank you, thank you, thank you summer is almost over. I was born in the dead of summer, so you'd think I'd love hot weather, but au contraire mon frere! I love the cold and all of it's deliciously warm offerings. I've been on Etsy picking out my faves for fall and winter, and here is but a sampling of what I've found.

Fingerless Gloves by Yarn Coture

Poppy Crochet Necklace by A Dame Named Redd

Merino Wrap by Miss Koco

Handspun Wool Hat by Lazy T Crochet

Ruby Mary Jane Slippers by Broken Hallelujah

Monday, September 14, 2009

Interpretations: Pumpkin Soap

So it's only September, but it's never too soon to start advertising your Halloween goodies. Don't WalMart and Target start in July? Anyway, I've been perusing (one of my favorite pastimes) the shops looking for not just pumpkin-scented, but pumpkin-shaped soaps. The jack-0-lantern seems to be a popular choice, and why not? It is probably the most recognizable Halloween symbol. Anyhoo, here are some finds:

Halloween Soap by Daisy Soap GIrl

Pumpkin Pie Spice Soap by Paradise Sunrise Essentials

Jack O'Lantern Soap By Rose Valley

Annie's Pumpkin Soap by Annie's Powder Room

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Weird and Wonderful World Of Soap!

Hey Everyone,

I've been on tweeting so much, I actually hit enter after I said Hey Everyone. Anyway, I've been looking for "unusual" soaps other than your garden variety bar soaps, and here is the wackiness I've found on Etsy. Aren't they totally cool?

Cheeseburger Sliders by The Soap Seduction (shameless plug!)

Happy Pill Soap by LoveLee Soaps

Molded Calla Lily Soaps by Enchanting Soap Favors

Baby Doll Soap by Stinky Bomb

Soap Nuts by The Green Goat

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Fruits Of My Labor....On Labor Day

Yes, it's Labor Day and so ends another summer unofficially. I spent yesterday with my family eating and drinking and just enjoying life. We all tested our blood pressures to see whose was the highest and lowest. I won-I've been officially named Dead Woman Walking. Seriously though, I have been much more diligent with making changes to my hectic and reckless lifestyle. I have been eating much better and working out. I can't quite get the sleeping part down. If only I can learn to turn my brain OFF, then I'd be perfect....

Anyhoo, I'm a creature of habit when it comes to getting on the internet. Here's my routine:

  1. Open TweetDeck. Yes, I'm addicted. Sue me.
  2. Quickly scan the gossip blogs. Yes, I'm addicted. Sue me.
  3. Check my Google Analytics to see where my traffic is coming from. Yes, I'm addicted. Sue me.
  4. Go to Craftopolis to check to see if I'm in Treasuries and to check my shop hearts. Yes...I'm anal-retentive with this one. Sue me and throw me under the jail.
  5. Go to Craft Cult to do a comprehensive check of my Etsy shop: gift guide search, heart search, view count, front page search...Don't even mess with me when I'm on this site. You're liable to lose a limb if you distract me...
So, where am I going with all this? I'll tell you: I MADE THE FRONT PAGE OF ETSY FOR THE FIRST TIME!! At 6:00am to be exact. That's all. I just wanted to brag about that...heehee

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Weekend Deals Courtesy of The Etsy SAFE Team

Some members of The SAFE (Soap Artisan Friends of Etsy) Team are having some great weekend deals. Check them out!

Bella Luna Crafts: 15% Entire Shop

Concord Soap: 25% off Gift Baskets & Sets

KB Shimmer: 20% off everything

Ten Digit Creations: 15% off everything

Pink Parchment Soaps: 15% off entire purchase

Weekend Deals Courtesy of The Etsy Twitter Team

Click the pic to check out the deals of all participating shops!