Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Artist of the Week

I love how some blogs feature an artist/crafter every week. Not only do you help a fellow crafter but you also get more traffic yourself AND my favorite part - you 'meet' more talented people!!!

So...anyone interested in being my first feature?? I'm thinking of doing this on Thursday or Friday each week..depending upon how the first few weeks go.

Come know you want to! :)

Getting the word out. . .

So in an attempt to spread the word a little more about The Artful Mommy I've decided to join Art Fire. I only have one item listed so far but have a few new soaps that will be listed shortly.

I also decided to get into Twitter. I wasn't sure I wanted to get on there but it's so popular I think I HAVE to. Within seconds of joining I had 2 followers...not too shabby.

So what else is new? The latest soaps are skulls scented with blueberry (to be listed today). I also have 2oz bars scented with lilac (they're a cool purple/maroon swirl color). AND 2.5oz bars scented with blueberry that are blue/white swirl with a gray base. I felt creative - go figure.

The question is. . .where to list! I'm in the process of boxing up items that I'll be listing on Etsy, others on ArtFire, sending to New Hope and taking to a new shop that may be interested in my items. See, I HAVE to make lots and lots of soap so I have enough to go around! I also have a box of samples that's filling fast so be on the lookout for give-aways.

So where do YOU shop? Are you an Etsyian? Do you like Art Fire or do you prefer an actual shop?

Busy busy day!

So today was a very productive day! Soaps have finally been uploaded to my Etsy shop!

Pumpkin & Brown Sugar

Oatmeal & Honey

Oatmeal, Honey & Almond

Strawberry Scented Skulls

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lye-ing around

So after a week of melt & pour soaping a miracle occurred - lye! A wonderful fellow crafter on offered to share their supply. Amazing! I now have a bountiful supply of lye. I just need some oils and I'm back in business. She also shared her vast knowledge and now have a brain to pick when needed.

Another amazing moment - another wonderful shop to consign at! More details to follow.

It's been a terrific week and today's weather is beautiful further lifting my mood.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Productive Times

I'm still soaping and still loving it. The cure time on my cold processed soaps is finally up and I've tested them. I have to admit - I'm proud.
Regular sized bars...samples are 1/3 this size

The oatmeal & honey is a nice bar of soap. Good lather, nice scent and it's pretty. The pumpkin is amazing. The brown sugar on top is a bit rough at first though it smells nice, using it on your body is a bit abrasive. It does rinse off easily though and the resulting bar is so yummy. It smells better after using it!!! I put samples together and have my list of samplers for my first batches. I used NO artificial colors or fragrances! The scents and colors come from the all natural ingredients of oatmeal, honey, pumpkin and brown sugar! Yummy huh?!
All packed up and ready to seal and ship! Thank you!

This week I'm on the hunt for more lye so I'm doing some melt & pour. I got a little creative.

I also made a loaf of oatmeal, honey & almond goat's milk soap!! I've never done a loaf with melt & pour. It's nice because there's no cure time but I miss the mixing of the chemicals and anticipation of what it will come out like.

If you'd like to sample the oatmeal, honey & almond goat's milk soap be one of the first people to comment on this post!

When I hear back from my samplers on the other oatmeal soap and the pumpkin I'll be making them available for sale through my Etsy shop so stay tuned!