Saturday, December 20, 2008

Giveaway Winner!

So, I was supposed to draw for the winner of an AliceInParis print on the 16th. Unfortunately, I was swamped with orders (well, that isn't really an "unfortunately", is it???) and then I got sick with some kind of stomach flu, so got further behind with my orders.

I am almost caught up on all my orders, so I thought I'd best make the time to update my blog with the winner! Using, the winner is Spit!!!

Random Integer Generator

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Timestamp: 2008-12-20 07:02:24 UTC

Spit, I'll contact you directly :) Congratulations!

Now, it's past 3 in the morning and I can't sleep as I have too many things to do. In 4 more hours, I'll be setting up at the last day of our Enfield Farmer's Market. I'm going to miss going there on Saturdays, but it will be nice to rest my knee. Hopefully, I'll have my surgery before the market starts up again at the beginning of June...

Okay, I need to go wrap some soap for the market. Ciao!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Alice In Paris

I have found a talented Nova Scotian painter on Etsy, and have purchased several prints of hers. I would love to "spread the word" about her art, and decided how better than to host a contest!

These prints above are prints that I have purchase from her...

Please check out her Etsy website at Alice In Paris and look through her pieces. Leave me a comment here about which piece is your favourite, and I'll put your name in for a gift from Shelagh, the artist behind Alice in Paris - a free print :)

Also, please check out this entry to her blog. She is helping to raise funds to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, schools which focus on educating girls.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fresh Incense

I have some fresh incense ready for market :)

Casablanca Lily - This delicate floral creation highlights the beautiful scent of a lily skilfully blended with touches of fresh green and citrus notes.
Chardonnay - Smells just like a fresh, cool crisp glass of Chardonnay.
Cucumber Melon - The aroma of a freshly cut cucumber and juicy melons are captured in this wonderful scent.
Fig Pudding - The flavourful top explodes with delicious shavings of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon leaf. In the heart, sugary dried figs come together with juicy white grapes. Sweeps of powdery honey swirled with vanilla glaze over creamy tapioca to complete this heavenly indulgence.
Fresh Linen - Crisp, billowing breezes carry accords of light floral blossoms scattered throughout overgrown blades of healthy green grass. Classic notes of soft rose, gentle lily and alluring jasmine gather in the floral heart. Tender violets peak through hand tossed chips of fresh cedar, lightly showered with sweet musk.
Ginger Maple - A smooth blend of ginger infused with sweet maple notes.
Goddess - An exotic musky floral with a hint of citrus. Top notes of lemon, bergamot and orange flower introduce the heart of mimosa, rose and ylang ylang. This very "womanly" scent is finished with base notes of musk and clove.

Some of these are still too wet to take to market tomorrow, but will definitely be ready at next week's market.

Happiness Thought of the Day:
"Happiness' path is paved with your dreams and desires - down this path lies creativity, love, and long life."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


It's been a long couple of months since my last post. I tore the cartilage in my knee when I closed the store and was moving everything back to the house. I'm waiting for surgery, but the wait could be up to 1 year. I'm really going to try hard to get online more often and update my blog with different things - products made, jewelry, nature pictures, food recipes, farmers market info, treasures I have found in different places :)

So production has slowed a great deal. I do have 4 soaps back in stock, though...
Laurie's Own, Shea & Silk, Ancient Mysteries, and Peppermint Silk.

Happiness Quote of the Day:
"Happiness, like harmony in music, is when all your being comes together in complete agreement for even an instant."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New Chain Maille Fascination

I love jewelry. I don't wear it much, since I'm usually working at home. But I do love it.

I enjoy helping my children when they design their jewelry. I would like to sell what I make, but with a wonderful jewelry maker at the Elmsdale Farmers Market (and she really does fabulous silver wire-work), I wanted to go in a different direction in case I decided to take things to the market for sale.

So, I decided to try out chain maille. And I've fallen in love (once again!). It's very time consuming, and it took me 3 evenings to make my first bracelet (which was a fairly simple Byzantine weave), but after a few repetitions it went fairly smoothly. And if I hadn't been watching the Olympics at the same time I probably would have finished it much quicker :)

Anyway, here are some pics. After some practice, I'd like to offer some pieces in copper, fine silver, and possibly 10k solid gold (even though it's expensive...)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Asian Vegetable Rolls

Well, it has been a long time since I posted last :(

It was a long 3 weeks moving everything from the store back to the house. And in the process, it appears that I tore the cartilage in my right knee. I've slowed down business (and even temporarily closed the supply side of the business) as I have no idea when I'll be seen by the orthopaedic surgeon to see what my options are.

But I'm still selling products! Even though I'm moving a lot slower than I used to, I'm still in slow production, and selling at the Elmsdale Farmers Market on Saturday mornings 8-1. This year, the market is located at the Enfield Legion. I'm also taking bookings for Natural Perfume Workshops.

A couple of weeks ago I made a recipe out of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year of Food Life, written by Barbara Kingsolver. We've made this recipe before and the whole family enjoys it, so this time I took pictures as I went along :)

I highly recommend this book. Here's the recipe:
2 oz thin rice noodles
1 cup bean sprouts
10 soft lettuce leaves
1 cup carrots, finely shredded
2 to 3 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
8 rice paper wrappers (about 8 inches square) (I used egg roll wrappers, as I couldn't find any rice paper wrappers locally)

Drop noodles into boiling water, remove from heat, and let stand for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
Lay out noodles and vegetables in an assembly line. Heat a pan of water until it's almost too hot to handle. Soak one rice paper wrapper in the hot water for 15-20 seconds, then take it out and lay it flat. Flatten out one lettuce leaf on top (this helps prevent other fillings from poking through the wrapper). Next, place a finger-sized bunch of noodles close to one side of the paper and roll that side over the noodles. Continue this same pattern for the vegetable fillings, laying each ingredient parallel to the noodles and rolling the paper over. After the mint and cilantro leaves have gone in, fold the ends of the wrapper in, then fold the remaining side over them to secure. Set roll on a platter, seam side down. Keep rolls moist until served, and separated so they don't stick together (the wrappers will rip). If you use rice paper wrappers, they're ready to eat. If you use egg roll wrappers like I did, you need to bake them in the oven for a bit. I put them in 375C for about 10 minutes or so.
Serve whole or cut in half, with your choice of spicy dipping sauce. One simple option is to add a few tablespoons of rice vinegar and sesame oil to a half cup of soy sauce. We've done that, but the kids prefer a spicy peanut sauce, or even plum sauce.

Now I must log off and watch my daughter sing in an opera production (performed by 8-16 year olds). Until next time (which I promise won't be another 4 months!)

Happiness Thought of the Day:
"There is happiness to be gained from being able to accept that there are some things that cannot be changed"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Moving Chaos

Well, we're in the process of moving everything in the store back to the house.

I'm going to miss having the store, but my children (and their education) comes first.

I'm looking forward to selling at the Elmsdale Farmers Market starting in June. And as soon as I finish moving and get settled and organized, I'll be preparing for my new Natural Perfume workshops. I think these will be a lot of fun, where my customers will be able to host a workshop in their own home and I'll bring all the supplies, ingredients, and information needed to create your own perfume :)

I will also be going back to home parties, where my customers (and their friends and family) can shop in the convenience of their own homes.

Of course, you can always order online as well. I'm having my website updated so it will be very professional and easy to use.

I'll be creating new essential oil blends for soap very soon :) I think they will be a hit. I've been creating them in my mind for the last couple of months - now I just need to see if they'll work out in real life.

Without having the store, I should be able to have more time to update my blog more often. So stay tuned :)


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Etsy - Buy Handmade!

I've recently joined Etsy. It's an online shopping extravaganza (I'm sure I spelled that incorrectly!) where everything is handmade by the person selling it. I have bought several items there in the last few months and have been extremely pleased with everything so far. I now have a "shop" there, and have just opened one for my children to sell their bead creations on (although I haven't taken the time to get anything listed for them yet as I need some nice photos of them).

I have recently joined a team at Etsy called The Soaper Stars. This group is filled with extremely creative soapmakers, along with other creative goodies such as photographic prints, jewelry, etc. We have a blog which you can check out at There you will find links to the Etsy shops of all the Etsy Soaper Stars members, plus information on any sales, promotions, or charity drives we're doing.