It Started With a Dream

As many of my customers know, I have two daughters, both of whom like helping me with my business.  My older daughter, Mary, is COO of the Girly Arts line, and my younger daughter, Hannah, is learning the craft and beginning to help mix colorants and make soap.  Hannah has one objective:  Earn money for her pink fishing boat.  Early versions of this boat look something like this:

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Eventually she’ll earn enough money fishing both to finance her college education and to upgrade to a bigger boat, something along the size of the Disney Dream.  No dreams are too big for her.

Hannah is determined to pay for her boat outright – all cash, no credit – and is already working hard to earn the money to buy her boat.  Not too long ago, she told me she likes helping me make soap.  I asked her what she likes about it, and she said, “I get to make money for my boat.  I’m in it for the money.”  Nevermind that she’s eleven years away from even being able to get her pilot’s license; she’s ready for it now.

As part of her endeavors to earn the money for her boat, Hannah has created and crafted these charming Steampunk butterflies.  Silver, bronze, and pearlescent white come together in a gorgeous, funky-cool soap unlike anything we’ve offered before.

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Steampunked Butterfly

Lovely, isn’t it?  Quantities are very limited on these beautiful special edition soaps, so get yours quickly.  Just click the picture above to get your hands on one of these sweet little gems.

Everyone has a dream.  What’s your dream?  What are you doing to achieve it?

Pink Sugar – a New Special Edition Soap

Just gotta soap.  That’s my personal justification for making a new soap out of a fragrance that simply doesn’t rock my world when I have a whole slew of “must-makes” on my dry-erase board.  Sure, sometimes I get tired of soaping the same ol’ things, so I succumb to the urge to whip up something different and fun.  From that urge came my newest special edition soap, Pink Sugar.  This delightfully, totally girly soap is bathing bliss with a blend of some of the greatest soapmaking oils and lusciously rich coconut milk.  I topped it with sparkly soap frosting and Himalayan pink salt.

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My Pink Sugar Soap freshly poured into the mould

This is that same wonderful girly goodness sliced.  Unfortunately, some of the salt fell off, but the inside is so pretty.  I expect the white parts to turn very brown because of the vanillin content in the fragrance, which will leave me with a brown and sparkly, hot pink swirled soap.  How pretty will that be!

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Eight delightful little bars of Pink Sugar Soap

These will be all ready for your blissful bathing enjoyment in around three weeks.  I bet you know someone who would appreciate such a girly, fun soap.

Sunny Days Ahead


Let me introduce you to Sun on the Go sets.  We are trying small sets in a convenient vinyl spa bag so they are more travel sized.  They can be taken on a plane,  yet are able to take just a little bit of space.  We aren’t doing shampoo;  instead,  we’re doing detangling spray, so after a day in the sun,  you can brush your hair with ease.  The lotion helps after sunburns or tender areas, while, at the same time, you can use it for simply moisturizing your skin.  SOTG_Small2The soap will be good for cleaning sweat, germs and even shells off your skin.  You can use it on your face, though we can’t predict how your skin will react, since people are sensitive to different things.  The lip balm will not work as a sun screen lip balm, so don’t use it that way.  However it will work if your lips are dried out. You can pick these up at the Blueberry Festival this Saturday, 21 June 2014 or order them from our online store if you’re not going to be in the area this weekend.