STOP the CUTENESS!

I’ve had a few projects this week on top of my regular workload that I’ve had the pleasure of working on. A friend of mine posted on Pinterest the oh so popular baby cowboy boots by The Lovely Crow and wanted to know if I could make them for her. I’ve made booties before but this was a bit more than I’ve made so I bought the pattern. It’s the first paid pattern for me and just perfect. I made a test run before I go forth with the pair for her baby girl due in July.

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Also, I was pimped out for this super cute batman crochet outfit. It’s based on Calleigh’s Clips pattern and super adorables! The little bat applique is a mod from Louie’s Loops.

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Up next is my friend, Autumn’s tie dyes, Willow Spirit Wear. I did her logo and then put it on her shirts. There’s a little W on the back of the shirts tagged low on the hem.

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And then a lady asked if I could put this on a shirt from her. It’s not my design. It’s one of those Teespring designs.

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And finally, a design of a quote another friend of mine wanted. I love this saying. 🙂

Well, as you can see, I’ve been uber – busy now that my craftshow is over. It wasn’t too bad, but I was a smidge disappointed there were 4 other soap maker’s there. I do think once I’m going to attempt a show with my yarnwear. Thoughts?

 

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Homemade Days is upon us

Last night one of my crafty friends came over to help me wrap soap. Nearly 100 bars of soap and the bin is FULL! I am so grateful for the help while my hubs is out of town for the last of his leadership academy for work. Tonight, I endeavor to make and bottle lotion, press a bunch of shirts with their logo on them, press my shirt with the soap logo on it AND package up the last of my Etsy orders for the week. I think I might cram a batch of lip balm in there as well since the oils came in yesterday. Just in the nick of time!

I won’t get to post tomorrow since I’ll be manning the tent in the morning and then splitting the day with the aforementioned friend. There are three of us from work doing this show and I’m super excited for all the creative company. We do several shows together and this is MY BIG ONE!

In any case, I won’t have any pics til next week. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 

Be crafty my friends. 😀

Am I Wrong?

Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?
I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doing
Just cause everybody doing what they all do
If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home

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To start things off:

1. Frozeny goat’s milk for soaping
2. My soaping table/room
3. Earth Mama-before cut 4. Earth Mama-top planed (oooo aaaahhh)
5. Citrus Tea Tree 6. Citrus Tea Tree slices-the swirls are sooo awesome!
7. Lumberjack 8. Lumberjack before planing
9. And FINALLLLY! Earth Mama slices

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Productive Production!

I’m on the wire here for one of the biggest craft shows of the summer and I’m totallllly low on soap. This weekend I went full force into production with some staples and a two new seasonal soaps. I hate being crunched on time like this but really didn’t have much opportunity to get things done with relaxing and my other business. Throw in my “real” job (that always gets in the way of what I really want to be doing) and then spending quality time with the family, and other house-ly duties, soaping hasn’t been able to be a priority.

Now I hear all the time about priorities in our home and my husband really could care less at the moment if soap gets made, up until the point there isn’t any in the shower or any in the closet. Convenient. I told him a week in advance that soap. must. Get. MADE…Upcoming show and I need time to package everything! It can be daunting; especially when I’m a one-woman soap show now. B.D (before Derek) we would soap until the wee hours of the morning. Blissful in our teamwork. Haha..it really wasn’t blissful because we have different work styles. I’m the creative genius (I like to think) and there is a madness in my workflow. He is the methodical engineer, with his thoughts all streamlined. It’s an interesting work relationship, to say the least. And 2 a.m. puts a strain on a loving relationship when work is involved.

Which leads to some great ideas for new soap. Persona soaps, I would call them. Lumberjack and Earth Mama. Soaps that make me think of me and my love. They are by far the most complex scented soaps I have made thus far, I believe. And Earth Mama is one of the most colorful ones I have made. I hope the colors do come out. Lavender, a rosey pink, moss green and a bit of natural soap color…Lumberjack is a blend of lichen, cedar, and fir needle. Ooo woodsy with a slightly sweet undertone. What a delish man-scent. And Earth Mama is the compliment with lichen, ylang ylang, lavandin, orange and may chang. Oh, it is so lovely. I cut these tonight along with 3 other batches and 2 more batches of soap to make. Then there are 2 more batches after that to make…

The downside to all the soap is packaging all of it. This will be 100 bars of soap or so. And that’s even not really at full stock! The upside is that my house smells fabulous. Pretty much all the time. I love it. These two lovelies were spring soaps: Herb Garden and Fresh Day.

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I just love the colors of these. And see that lovely layer of calendula. Ahh this is such a soothing soap! More soap porn tomorrow!

Lax about Relaxing

These past two weeks have blurred by. I keep saying I’m busy. And I am. But I’m busy at being busy. So life goes…

I suck at relaxing. I’m constantly on the go doing one thing after the other after on my ever ongoing to do list. There’s just so much to cram in.

In any case, this past weekend was my 7th wedding anniversary. We have started a tradition of going camping. We bought a tiny little camper last year for a few hundred bucks after realizing that a weekend in a cabin was a smidge expensive for us and being a bit older now, I am not happy about sleeping on the ground. My husband shared my lament and viola, a friend of his offered to sell us his family’s old camper.

It’s not the spiffiest and lux out there. It’s old and has some damage. But it comes with enough room to sleep my average family, storage and bonus: a mini kitchen! Yes! No bathroom, though. Which is ok considering the small space.

I like to camp. I love to be outside. My husband loves it when we disconnect completely. “Unplug” I was banned from my phone pretty much. And when I tried to take pictures, he even accused me of texting! In the middle of the mountains where service was NO WHERE! I can’t blame him. When we returned to civilization, i was promptly on my cell, going through 100s of emails.

Here’s some fun pics of the kids playing and at the beach. My little guy LOVED the beach. He’d never been to one yet he kept asking all week, “beach, please”. It’s our next trip, I think.

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My little guy also thinks he is a dog and loves “Scooby Snacks”.

This summer we resolve to relax more and unplug. I’m good about not worrying what needs to be done when I’m not in the thick of it. I was able to get some knitting and crocheting in, which was quite pleasant even though I managed a few wash cloths, nothing major. The whole idea of just getting some rows in was heavenly.

Til next week, I hope to post something more productive. Like the new soap that I’ll be attempting this weekend: Earth Mama and Lumberjack; my people of the summer inspired soap!