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Saturday, November 14, 2009

I Don't Really Want To!

Sometimes I just like to look through Etsy to see what other Etsians are making. I love handcrafted items no matter what they are. Crafters, no matter what the medium put their essense or spirit into their craft whether it be a piece of jewelry, art, photograph or even a soap dish.

Now to inject myself into this post. Unfortunately this Fall I have had to cancel all of my out of town craft shows which are normally the cake and icing as opposed to our bread and butter existance on our disability income. I drive a huge un-green SUV and the back brakes have gone out completely, costing almost $350.00 total to repair. Why do I tell you this? Basically to let you know why 1. No out of town shows 2. No unnecessary purchases.  But that doesn't mean I can't trade. Hence back to the subject of this post.

While I was looking through Etsy I happened upon an Etsy shop of a woodworker and stopped to admire  the most beautiful and unusual wooden box  that she had made. This box is Pinon with inlaid Turquoise. Her shop address is

I emailed her and we ended up trading my soaps for some of the most beautiful soap dishes I have ever seen. Now I told you  that she was a woodworker but I didn't tell you that she also works with stone and marble. Here are some examples of the fantastic soap dishes I received from her.

These are just a tiny teaser of the types she makes. She also does custom orders. I took a peek at her sold orders and they are fabulous. she made a 3 story (I believe it was) marble soap dish for someone. She loves to work with mesquite. I have to admit I am envious of her skill with power tools. Check out her shop, she has other decorative items also. Now, I have to make myself put these on Etsy to sell with my soap. It is going to be difficult letting them go, especially the flagstone. Then again, the Rain Forrest Brown Marble goes so well in the upstairs bath---

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Finally Away From The Computer

Since the Farmer's Market ended in mid-October I feel like I have been glued to the computer. I can't remember the last batch of soap I made. I made loads of soap in late October for a show in Vincennes but unfortunately I was unable to attend.The day before yesterday I made soap. I should name it The Everything But the Kitchen Sink Soap Bar. It has Rhassoul Clay, Moor Mud, Green Tea, Honey, Vitamin E and is superfatted with Cocoa and Shea Butters. This is one of my best selling bars at the Farmer's Market, but I did not realize I was running so low until I had an order from a customer on Etsy. I am down to 2 bars left, so I thought I had better get my act together and make some more in case someone decides to buy the 3 bar special. I would have been in a pickle if I hadn't made more.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Beautiful Bags!

I have to mention a fellow Etsy seller today. kimmykingsbury sells wonderful bags and market totes. We worked a trade this past week, my soap for one of her bags. I received it Friday and it is fantastic. The workmanship is superb and the bag is even better than I imagined. The bag is beautifully lined with lots of pockets and the stitching is flawless. It is gorgeous. Kimmy uses upcycled, recycled and previously loved materials as much as she possibly can. She even takes custom orders.

The bag above is very similar to the bag I received.

Check out her website at

These bags would make wonderful Christmas gifts- That is if you could make yourself let it go!