Monday, December 19, 2011

Guess Where Else you Can Find Me??

YouTube!!!  That's right, I have a channel on Youtube where you can see me making soap, see some of my other products, doing tutorials on wrapping soap and just having fun.  So come stop by and subscribe and be some of the first to see any new videos that I post.  Just click Here to see my Channel.

New Products coming your Way

I know it has been a while since I have posted and that is because I have been busy with Christmas coming, taking care of my Mom and working.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, thankfully :).  Since I have been home with my mother, I have still been able to squeeze a few batches of soaps out, lol.  I also wanted to work on improving my recipe and instead of having several (like 20+)  I wanted to keep like three main recipes and improve on them.  I wanted to provide more lather, improve the conditioning properties and have the bar last longer.  Well, I think that I have come up with a pretty nice bar of soap or should I say soaps.  I am phasing out my other bars and putting my new bars up on my website and in my ArtFire Store.  Let me tell you, that's a lot of work, changing out everything, but I am getting close. (Thank God!)  I also wanted to add a few new products and those will be introduced after the New Year, YAY!!!  Here are a couple of my newest soaps and they have been listed on my website.

The first is a Dead Sea Mud Bar with Dead Sea Mud and Seaweed.  I fragranced it with Sea Glass, which is a nice green fragrance.  I am very happy with the way it came out.  What is so special about a Dead Sea Mud Soap, you ask, well let me tell you.  Many Spas use Dead Sea Mud to cleanse and detoxify your body.  This does the same, only you won't get "muddy" so to speak.  People have been using Dead Sea Mud for years believing that it will make them look younger, revitalize them and so on.  I don't make any medical claims with the soaps that I make, but I will say that you will feel refreshed after using it.  I have also put seaweed in here as I thought that it would go along nicely with Mud.

If you are a coffee lover, you will LOVE this one!  Not only can you enjoy your fresh cup of coffee in the morning, but you can bathe in a lovely scented Cafe Mocha Bar.  I also though that I would add a little twist to this soap and offer it in a coffee mug and spoon.  The soap in the mug is about 12 ounces of soap, you can slice off the size you want and enjoy your shower.  Scented with Coffee, Vanilla, and Chocolate.  I piped the tops of the bars as well as the soap in the mug. 

I formulated a beautiful shampoo bar with Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Beer just to name a few of the ingredients that I used.  This didn't orginally start out as a shampoo bar, it was a beer soap.  I decided that I would try this one on my hair.  I have used cold-processed soap in my hair in the past but they usually left my hair brittle, dry and unmanageable.  When I tired this one, it was love at first lather!  My hair is manageable, soft, silky and bouncy.  I have not used commercial shampoo since and that has been about six months now.  I have had family use it and they too have fell in love with my shampoo bar.  I was using a Honey Ale fragrance but now I am using a fragrance similar to Herbal Essence.  I plan on making some more with other fragrances so you will have a few to choose from.  I also made a batch without beer and it is also a good bar, but I personally prefer to use one with beer.  the first one pictured is with beer and the second one is without.  The lather from this bar is amazing, you can't really tell the difference between it and the lather from a commercial shampoo.

Another one of my favorites is Green Springs, it smells just like Irish Spring, A lovely unisex, fresh clean scent.  All I can say is that I love this one!

So I am not only making body soap, but I am also making laundry soap and a stain remover.  My laundry soap is shreds from my stain remover so you get the additional benefits from my stain remover in your laundry soap.  I have had a stain on one of my night shirts and had tried everything to get it out with no success  (It had been on there for months).  After I formulated my stain remover, I tried it on that stain.  I wet it and rub the stain remover on it and made a paste.  I didn't even let it sit very long, before I threw it in the laundry.  To my wonderful surprise, the stain was out!  Others who have used it have told me that they have gotten stains out that they tried everything else with.  Now, I'm not going to say that it will take out every stain you have but it does get out many staiins.  You just have to try to it beleive it.  With the laundry soap you use 1-2 tablespoons per load.  I tend to use a little more but you will be surprised that it does get your clothes clean.  It doesn't make a lot of suds; if any at all but it is doing it's job.  I not only make the powder laundry detergent, I also make the liquid, but I usually use that for myself :)  Who knows, maybe I will offer the liquid is a quart size.

I will be sharing more in the upcoming weeks and hope that you have found this to be informative and insightful to some of the products that I offer to you.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Support Small Business Saturday

Today is the day to show your support of local and small businesss.  I am offering sales all weekend long in my Artfire Store for 25% off your order.  See Coupon Code below.  And I am offering a BOGO on my Website.  Just comment in special instructions which item you want free (must be equal to lesser value).  Sales are going on until Monday, November 29, 2011.  Hope to see you there.

SAVE 25% Off All Items
Use Coupon Code:
during checkout.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday Sale

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then Christmas is not too far behind. What a way to kick start the season than with a sale? I have had some wonderful customers and want to show my appreciation. Featured on my website starting Friday morning at 12 a.m. will be a BOGO Sale. Buy two products and get one free! This does not include gift baskets or gift boxes. I am also having a sale on my Artfire Store as well, so you will have two ways to save, depending on where you shop! I've listed new products and still have more to list and will have them listed before Friday morning. I look forward to serving you and providing you with products that are made from the heart and with love! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Mommy and Me Shopping Spree

It's been a while since I have posted.   A lot has been going on in my life but I know that things are going to be looking up.  I had the opportunity to participate in a Christmas Event locally called the Mommy and Me Shopping Spree.  This was the first one but they plan on having this at least a couple of times a year.  I had so much fun and it was nice to get out for a while.  Here are some pics of my table and most of the items shown will be listed on my website, and

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Celebration of Life - Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mother's 75th birthday.  Let me tell you a little about my mom,  She was born in 1936 and the youngest of seven children. She was born in my grandfather's car and weighed a little over 4 lbs.  She was so small, that she couldn't fit in a baby bed and my grandmother made her a bed out of a dresser drawer.  She was married at the age of 19 and had four children on of which passed away at the age of 5.  She divorced a little more than a year after my sister was born.  She has never re-married and she dedicated her life to us.  She raised us in church, Lord I remember going to all kinds of churches when we were younger including tent revials, lol.  She has never waivered in her faith and brought us up the same beliefs.  Now, we may not live the life that she has wanted for us; but we have never strayed too far from the Lord.  I guess I would say that I am the closest to my mother and that is because I live next door to her and see her almost daily.  My sister might disagree, but she is the boss in the family.  She stays on my mom about her health and staying healthy.

 A little more than a year ago, she gave us a scare, she had a stroke.  She initially refused to go to the doctor but I told her that now she was going to listen to me and she was going. That was the first time that she had been to a doctor in 40+ years.  She had lost some of her motor skills on her right side but she agreed to go to physical therapy.  Now almost two years later, you would never know that she has had a stroke.  She still drives, she never stays at home, she is always doing something to her house and she has never lost her faith in God.  My mother has a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart.  She is always thinking about her children and grandchildren.  There is hardly anywhere that she goes that she doesn't bring back something for one of us.  Raising three children on her own was not easy, we struggled, but she never let us know it.  She was creative by making us underwear, slips, belts from bleach bottles, pocketbooks from bleach bottles and a whole lot more.  She would go without to make sure that we had.  She made up recipes to make them last for several days.  One recipe we called comglaum was made with noodles, spaghetti sause, cheese and meat.  I still make that one to this day.  Another one she made, which I am glad that she never made it again was something with bean sprouts and it was nasty.  She wasn't eating it becasue she wanted to make sure that we ate.  Let me tell you, we ate that dish for days and me, my sister and my grandmother told her that she needed to try it and see how nasty it was.  She would tell us that she was on a fast and couldn't eat.  Well after we had eaten on it for a week, she tasted it and agreed that it was awful.  Fine time for her to finally agree, it was all gone by then, lol. 

She taught me so many things through the years and the main thing that she taught me was that I can do anything that I put my mind to and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. I really took that to heart and let me tell you, if someone says that I can't do something, I will do my best to prove that I can.  My mother is my rock and my salvation and I thank her for everything that she has done and is to me.  I love you Mom and I wish you many more years.  Happy birthday!

To celebrate her birthday today, I cooked dinner for her and then I made her cupcakes for dessert.  I thought that I would share the recipe for the cupcakes that I made her as well as pics.  The cupcakes I made came from a recioe by Prudence Hillburn of Piedmont, Alabama.  She has won more than 30 national cooking awards and from this recipe I can see why. 

Lemon Danish Cupcakes

1 box of Lemon Cake Mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1(4 oz.) jar of apricot baby food
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup of water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon poppy seed
8 oz tub of cheesecake flavored cream cheese spread (I made my own and flavored it with lemon)
2-3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine cake mix, sour cream, apricot baby food, lemon juice, water, eggs and poppy seed and beat at low speed for one minute.  combine cream cheese and confectioner's sugar in a small bowl.  Beat until smooth.  Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Spoon the batter half way in the cupcake liners and then drop a small dallop of cream cheese (about a teaspoon) in the center of each cupcake.  and then spoon batter over top to cover cream cheese.  Bake for about 20 minutes.  She gave the instructions to spoon confectioner's sugar glaze over top when they are cool. I made a cream cheese icing with confectioner's sugar, cool whip and lemon juice and piped it on top.   Totally delicious!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Aftermath

A couple of weeks ago was the Longest Yard Sale and I was rearing and ready to go.  I had four truck-loads of items to sell.  I get there and get ready to set up and the first problem is that I notice that my canopy is looking kinda funny and then I see that there are several bent bars and a few broken ones too.  Well, I immediately blame my boys and I was fuming.  I later learn that my mother had allowed the church to use my canopy and when they were using it a storm came up and blew it down.  I was upset, needless to say because no one had the courtesy to let me know.  Anyway, I fixed it the best way I could and started unloading my stuff and putting it under the canopy to get ready for the next day.  That took me six hours, after working 8 hours already, I was exhausted.  I come home and hit the sack so I can be rested and ready for the next day.  Did that happen?  Nooo, about 1 a.m I wake up to the wind blowing like crazy and lightening.  I already freak out when the winds gets bad after being in a tornado and just recently dealing withe tornadoes that hit the state back in April.  I jump up and call the boys to get up and drive to my spot.  The canopy is halfway down and it sure doesn't look like it isn't going to make it with the wind whippiing like it was.  We get out and fix it the best we can and I sit out there for about 45 minutes to see if it is going to survive.  It does, so I go back home to try and get some sleep. 

I get up the next morning and realize that I am going to have to buy a new canopy.  That definitely doesn't make me happy.  I haven't even started selling and I'm already in the hole.  I get to Wal-Mart and get the last canopy that they have.  What happens?  It starts pouring, I can barely see to drive and all I can hope is that it is not this bad back up on the mountain.  I get back and it has not rained up here so I think, we can make it.  I get the new canopy up and start setting up.  I'll be darned if it doesn't start raining and I have to rush to get everything under each canopy and close them up.  Everyone runs to their car and sits and waits and hopes that the rain is going to stop soon. Well....... it keeps raining and raining and raining, not just a light summer shower but a full blown storm.  The lightening was amazing but this storm was no joke.  I decide that it is not going to end anytiime soon, so I head home.  I poured the whole day and the whole night and didn't let up.  I go back later that evening and this is what I come upon.

Yes, canopy down, clothes soaking wet, furniture wet, soap floating in the water.  It was a total mess.  The water was just below my knees and my spot was the Only spot that flooded.  By this time, I mad, upset, frustrated, devastated and just plain through with the whole thing.  (if you ask my youngest son, he will say that I am a total drama queen, LOL).  Ok, so maybe I am being a bit overly dramatic, but it was bad.  Needless to say, I packed everything up and while we were packing up, it started to rain AGAIN!  I was soaked to the bone not once but twice! Oh well, it was an adventure, but trust me, I do not ever want to go through this ever, ever, ever again.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Annual Longest Yard Sale

Well it's that time of year again.  The week/weekend before school starts back around here.   It's time for the Longest Yard Sale that is about 600 miles long and spans from Gadsden, Alabama to Hudson, Michigan.  You can find anything from antiques to som crazy creation that someone calls art.  It's a time of fun, meeting people from all over the country.  You cannot imagine how many people come out to sell as well as to buy.  It usually lasts four days but the hard-core vendors come out about five days earlier ready to go.  I didn't sell last year, it was way toooo hot for me.  And it's gonna be a scorcher again this year but I am going to brave it and will be out there selling my wares and such.  I invite you to come out and see what all the fuss is about and come stop by my booth and say hello or make a sale.  Here is a link with some information about the Sale.  Hope to see you there!!!!

Longest Yard Sale Facts and Info.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A little piece of my heart is broken

This past Wednesday, I got a call from my son at work asking if I had seen our dog, Morgan, that morning. I told him not that I could recall. Our dogs stay close to home so I was worried. I came home from work and went around our neighborhood calling for him. We couldn't find him anywhere! I was really worried and upset. The next day I got up early and made some fliers to put up around the neighborhood.

For almost two more days, no Morgan. Saturday morning, I got up to put my other babies out and when I went to put the other two out, there was Morgan! I was so happy and ecstatic. I had to do a double-take. I let him in and he was wet and very skittish. He wanted to eat and that's when I noticed his tail or lack thereof. Most of his tail was gone. I have no idea what happened to him or where he had been.

Now I will admit that I am a crybaby and can get dramatic. So, when u saw his tail, my tears if joy turned to tears if sorrow for what he had been through and I couldn't keep him safe. Thankfully, my oldest son, knows how I am and he took Morgan to the vet. His tail was pretty bad, but he is going to be ok. He will be at the vet until tomorrow. I am very thankful; but felt bad that he came home and had to to straight to the vet. I kno, I can beat myself up about things. I had the support of friends to keep my spirits up and I know he is going to be fine. When he gets home, he will be right by my side. I love you Morgan!

You may ask, what makes Morgan special? Well I had another dog, Nyla, and she was my heart. I had her about 6 years. Well on December 2, 2009, my mother had a stroke. In that same day, my cat also had a stroke and had to be put to sleep. Later that same night, my son comes home and finds that Nyla had passed away. That was an emotional draining day for all of us. I can tell you that my mother is doing great. You would never know she had a stroke except for where part of her mouth droops on the right side. We were truly blessed, especially when some of her other friends have had a stroke and they haven't fared as well as she has. People have said that my animals took the brunt if it and that's why she is doing so well. She is driving, she has all her facilities, her mind us good and sometimes I think she is back stronger than ever. By the way, my mom is 74 years young.

Everyone at work was very supportive and a few if them decided to chip in and buy me another dog. Morgan symbolizes, my mother's strength, my cat and dog that I lost that day. That is why Morgan means so much to me, not to mention his sweet, loving personality. I can't wait for him to come home.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Facial Bars with Fruits and Vegetables.

I am always looking for new soaps to make and I wanted to make some facial bars that were gentle and and beneficial to your face.  The first one is a banana soap with oatmeal and Tea Tree Oil.  It is made with 55% Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter and Hazelnut Oil.  This is a nice creamy complexion castille soap.  The second one is a Tomato Juice Soap with 55% Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter and Walnut Oil.  A nice creamy castille soap as well.  Last but not least, is a Carrot Soap with organic carrots and fragranced with the essential oils of Basil, Patchuli and Chamomille.  All three are great for the face, cleansing yet gentle.

Working on an Ad for Earthern Magic Essence.

I was playing around last night working on a video about my business.  It needs some tweaking but this is what I came up with so far. I would like to hear what you have to say about it as all suggestions will be appreciated.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bramble Berry Soap Swap 2011

I just love swaps.  It's a way to try other soapmaker's products and see the wonderful creativity that is out there. It's also a way for others to try your products.  I saw that Bramble Berry was hosting a soap swap and luckily I caught it in time and joined.  I sent in my Oatmeal Stout and Raspberry Porter Soap and in return I got some pretty good goodies from others.  Here is my haul from the swap.
the one with the apple is pretty cool and wonder how she did that.  It looks like a puzzle piece set in there.  I think my favorite is the Oatmeal Glycerin bar.  It is layered and has oatmeal just under the top and it looks so pretty.  Got lots of soap to try, yay! Can't wait for the next one.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sampler Village Give Away

I am currently sponsoring a give away through Sampler Village,

Come follow me through my blog or like me on my facebook business page.  Good luck to those of you who have entered and can't wait to see who wins.  I also want to thank you all as well as Traci from

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mountain Market Day

This was the first market day and it was such a big success that they are going to do it again in the Fall. It was so hot out there, I thought that I was going to melt and by the end of the day, I was worn out. Despite how hot it was, there were plenty of shoppers and I did great in sales. I met a couple of other soapmakers including Amanda from the Soaps and Lotion Forum. I had a great time and can't wait to do it again. Oh, and how can I forget, I had one shop owner from Georgia ask about carrying some of my products in her shop in Georgia. So, all in all I say that I had a very good day. The pics are of my new set-up, so let me know your opinion. BTW, ignore what's under the table, lol.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Can you tell that I have food on the brain?

At least these are not fattening, lol. For some reason, I love the idea of making soap look like food; desserts to be exact. I am getting ready to be a vendor at a market here locally. They are hoping that it will be a success so that they can have it several times a year. There are going to be over 40 vendors there as well as music and food. These were the latest in my foodie line. Look fattening but zero calories and fun. I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of product, large variety and unique items. ( at least around here) can't wait and let's pray that I do well in sales.
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cupcakes, cupcakes everywhere!

I am so loving making cupcake bath Fizzies and soap. When I first started making them, I couldn't get the frosting right. Well, after much practice and tweaking my recipe, I think I have it down pat. The above cupcake Fizzies are Canberry Orange, Margarita lime and hot pink pomergranate. I love making cupcakes so much that I have been trying my hand at real cupcakes. the second two pictures are of some of the real cupcakes that I made recently.  The second pic is of my berry lemonade cupcakes and the third pic is of the beer cupcakes that i made.  The beer cupcakes were left in for just a couple of minutes too long, so they were not as moist as I would'e liked them to be; but trust me, they went just as fast as the berry lemonade here at home.  I had given my son some to take to school and he said that he was not going to take them, they were too good to share.  He sure knows how to stroke his mom's ego, lol.  The first set of cupcakes that I made a week before were sweet potato, strawberry and chocolate cupcakes.  I may have to slow down as we might not be able to walk through the door soon.  :)

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New technuque

I saw this tutorial on Amanda Griffin's blog, lovin soap, and had to give it a try. This technique is called the column swirl. This actually was my second attempt, the first was a flop as far as the look goes but came out pretty good. This is fragranced with blue musk.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Baskets from Drawing.

Here are pics of the gift baskets that two of my fans won on my facebook page. 

Good Enough to Eat?

I found these cool silicone molds and of course had to buy them.  I don't know what it is but I love the idea of making soap look like food.  Don't get me wrong, I love my bar soaps but these are fun to make and pretty to look at.  When I am making these, I am always asked "Is it soap or can we eat them" by my youngest son  When I was making these last night, my nephews were visiting and they wanted to eat them too, lol.  So hated to disappoint them but I will make up for it by making some real goodies for them to eat.

After the Storm - Rainsville Tornado Damage

Here are some of the pictures taken in Rainsville, Alabama after the tornado of April 27, 2011 hit.  Many lives were lost that day and my prayers go out to each and everyone of the families who lost a loved one, their home and more.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Storm of the Year.

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, The South was hit with devestation.  Alabama suffered the worse in these storms.  Tornadoes hit through several counties and close to 200 died in this storm.  Tuscaloosa was one of the worse cities hit with the highest death toll.  The tornado was almost a mile wide and was on the ground for over five minutes.  In that short period of time, homes were lost, businesses gone, people were injured and the devestation is unbelievable.  Trees look like broken matchsticks.  Homes were leveled.  It truly looks like a war zone there.  Sadly, Tuscaloosa was not the only place hit.  Dekalb County suffered the second most deaths on that day.  Cullman once again suffered disaster.  Words cannot express what these towns and people have gone through.  Other counties went without power for a few days but that does not compare.  People have banned together to help those who were less fortunate and they are still looking for any help, supplies, support and prayers from others.  Let's remember those who have suffered some loss during these storms. Alabama was not the only state hit with these storms or had fatalities.  These are the times that America needs to show that we stand behind our people and are there when we need us to be.  God bless you all  My prayers go out to everyone.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Basket Drawing!

Ok everyone, I am hosting another drawing and this time it is for a Mother's Day gift basket.  The rules are have to have your fiends come by and like my page and say who sent them.  The one who has the most referrals wins the gift basket  But wait, that is not all, if you feel you don't have enough friends to refer, you can come by and post a humors joke, inspiration story, comment etc.  Of that group, there will be a random drawing for another gift basket.  Also, from the winner's friends, I will do another random drawing so that they have a chance to win two items from my store.  That way, everyone has a chance to win.  The baskets will be valued at over $25 each.  So, come stop by my page and send your friends too.  I look forward to seeing the stories and comments that you post.  Good luck everyone.  This drawing is opened until April 30th and the winner will have 48 hours in which to respond and provide me with their mailing address.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Newest products from last weekend

I have been a busy little beaver lately.  I am trying to get enough products for some up-coming craft shows and Farmer's Market.  My latests products have been soap and some bath salts.  My next creating session will be for sugar scrubs, lotion, smelly jellys and some more novelty soaps.  Come back by  in about a week and see what else I have made.  I have made cupcake bath fizzies before but was never really happy with the "iciing".  I have finally mastered icing!  Yay!  I had a request to make a soap that had annointing oil in it and I made a batch that came out successful.  I was not sure how the soap would react with the oil but it did fne and it does smell wonderful.  My kitchen table is covered with my latest soaps and will soon move them to the racks.  Thanks for stopping by and looking.

Cupcake Soap - Raspberry Cupcake Cream

Cupcake Soap - Rice Petals and Shea

Mango Sorbet Bath Salts

Strawberries and Champagne Bath Salts

Rapture Bath Salts

Scent from Heaven - Annointing Oil Soap

Layered Amish Quilt Soap with French Green Clay and Pink Kanolin Clay

Lt. Blue for Him

Twilight Dreams - Unisex Soap

Handmade Laundry Detergent