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Monday, October 30, 2017

Holiday Bath Fizzy Cupcakes and Soaps

Good morning!

Hello my darlings!  How are you are all doing?  Hopefully sensational!  As always I have been super duper busy. 

My daughter Celine is fund raising to go on a once in a lifetime trip to Boston MA.  Together we have been baking, crocheting/knitting scarves and whipping up NEW Bath Products.

Let me show you a few of the new goodies that we have been working on.

I have been obsessed with Gingerbread!  This lovely spicy fragrance reminds me of fall. winter and family.  It has notes of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon, perfection!

We made Gingerbread Bath Fizzy Cupcakes

Gingerbread Men/Women Glycerin Soaps

We found that once we started working with the Gingerbread Fragrance we couldn't stop!  Celine designed this loaf, she really planned out the colors and the overall look of the soap.  I think she nailed it!

Shall we move on to these yummy Hot Cocoa Bath Fizzy Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are like no other, they are created with real Cocoa Butter and are topped with my Toasted Marshmallow Bubble Bar Frosting.  The mini Chocolate Glycerin Bars just add the icing on the cake, don't you think? 

No holiday is complete without Candy Canes!  These aromatic Peppermint Stick Bath Fizzy Cupcakes are scrumptious!

And of course, Christmas Tree Bath Fizzies had to be made. These Peppermint Mint fizzies are superb!  Another personal favorite of mine.

We got a little carried away with the cupcake fizzy making.  We also whipped up these delightful Maple Pecan Bath Fizzy Cupcakes. 

We mustn't forget our Pumpkin Must Have's.  Pumpkin Dunkin' Bath Fizzy Cupcakes were made with extra care.  

Last but not least, Celine whipped up one of my most popular soaps.  Frosted Cranberry Glycerin Soap Bars have arrived!  

100% of every sale will go to Celine's Fund Raising Campaign.  If you would like to purchase any of these lovely products, please visit our Etsy shop here

Stay tuned, we have more to share!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Listing and organizing

Good morning my friends!

How have you all been?  Super busy getting ready for kiddos to head back to school?  College? Seems like this time of year is just hectic.

Here in the studio I have been taking photo's and listing..  LOTS of listing, on Etsy that is.  I have decided bundle a few items together for you my wondeful customers and friends.

I have a NEW Tab in my Etsy shop called "Buy More Save More" What exactly does that mean?  It means that I have bundled a few like items together and have discounted them, figured out exact shipping and listed them for your buying pleasure.  With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the time to stock up on your favorites.  :-)

We will no longer carry the smaller lotions individually, here is a lovely set of four lotions, ALL for the price of three!  What a great deal!

When I closed the store front, I had a few miscellaneou Oatmeal Luffa Soaps left, why not scoop these up?  Waremelon, Pinapple Punch and London for Men are the fragrances, something for everyone!

I also decided to offer a variety pack of soap bars, Ginger Orange Glycerin, Brambleberry Black Tea Goats Milk, Beautiful Buttermilk and Berried Treasure Glycerin Soap make up this wonderful combo. 

 Sugar scrubs are another popular product of mine!  I thought why not?  I bundled these in sets of 5 and have put together a  combination of fruit, calming and most popular scents.

 Last but not least, I had a few lotion bars that needed a home.  Have you ever tried a Lotion Bar?  I can assure you, once you try one, you will soon become addicted. Say goodbye to dry cracked heels and elbows!

I still have more products and yarn to list...stay tuned! 

 p.s.  We are also gearing up for the FALL Product line!  I have new product ideas on the horizon.  

To purchase any of these lovely bundles click here

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dishing...Soap & Yarn

Good morning my Friends & Family!
Bet you were wondering where I ran off to?  I have been keeping fairly busy with soap orders and listings and of course life and family.

We shall first talk about soaping...these cute mini Elephant Soaps to date have been my best Sellers.  I have whipped up more than 900 Mini Soaps!  NINE HUNDRED!  That is just online, can you all believe that?

They really are so cute and adorable!

 I offer the opportunity for folks to choose their favorite pastel color.
Grey, White and Pink seem to be the most popular

However a mix of pastels are fun too!

They really are super cute for baby showers, wedding favors, parties and make unique gifts.  And you get to choose your favorite fragrance too!  What's not to love? 

Besides Soaping, my family has been helping me list ALL of the yarn that was in my store front.  This has not been an easy task..I have over 300 skeins of yarn for sale!

I love that I have personally used all of the yarn that I am selling and can attest to the quality and ease of use.

Let's talk about Caron Simply Soft shall we?  I really think I should work for Spinrite the Company that makes this yarn.  Personally I started crocheting with this yarn 16 years ago, since then I have fallen deeper in like with this soft cuddly yarn.  It holds up well to washings and really wears well.  They offer such a huge variety of bright colors, Fuschia, Neon Pinks, Deep Purple, as well as softer shades-Autumn Maize, Off White, Bone and Pastels. 

I Custom Crochet this Mandala Vest for one of my wonderful customers.  It was so fun picking out the yarn, configuring the color sequence and whipping it up.  I must say it did look fabulous on her!

 A few years ago I started knitting dishcloths, they were an easy way for me to learn how to knit and didn't take as long as a scarf.  This awesome blend of cotton and polyester  yarn is a dream to work with, the stitches just glide off the knitting needles.

I have a growing collection of knit dischloths and have gifted quite a few of them too!  

The Scrub It Yarn is another one of my personal favorites

 The yarn is made out of 100% cotton-this makes the dishcloths wonderful to not only wash dishes but clean counter tops, microwaves and appliances.  I usually knit 2 dischloths per skein of win!

 All of these wonderful goodies can be found online:

LeeAnn's Heaven Scents

Yarn Goodies

Crochet/Knit Wearables

Until next time, what fun products do you enjoy using?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Life changing events

Hello All!

It's ME!  Boy oh boy has A LOT changed since my last post.  Not to fret, I am STILL making product and doing what I love but I have switched things up a bit.

First things first, I was able to welcome my newest baby nephew into the world in May.  SQUUUEEEE!!!!!  What a life changing moment!  The moment my eyes feasted on baby, my whole world changed.  My heart has fallen in love.  He is such a sweet babes, beautiful too!  I love being an Auntie and adore all of my nieces and nephews.  What a blessing to be "Auntie Lee".  They all hopefully know that I think each and every one of them is WONDERFUL and fantastic.  I tend to spoil them all and think of them constantly.

With the new arrival, I started thinking more of family and life.  I knew that I didn't have a balance, a Work/Life/Balance.  I tend to Work Work Work.  Having my own business means that everything is up to me.  If something doesn't get done, it can be disasterous.  I am the only one responsible.  While most days I love it, some times it can be stressful too.

As soon as babes was born, I knew that I wanted to spend more time with him.  However between being a wife and mom myself my extra time felt so restriced.  So what did I do?  I went on vacation!  Now doesn't that sound drastic?  My sister and I had been planning our getaway for over a month. Imagine working for 4 years without a true vacation?   Usually when I would take a few days off, I would still be working/planning either in my mind or in real life.  This was the first time that I had taken time as a business owner to just be "Me".

I had the time of my life!  We flew to Hawaii and were lucky to be able to stay on the main island for 10 days..TEN whole days!  Days filled with snorkeling, cruises, beach time, pool time, adventure and lots of yummy food but most importantly time spent with my sister and brother in-law.  Precious time that I hadn't allowed myself to take.

While I was away, I came to the conclusion that while my business was doing well online, having a store front was just not working out.  I have my own studio attached to my home complete with office.  It suddenly became clear that I could still sell online and in person without having the responsibility or financial burden of operating a store front.  I could also find a part time/full time job and still be able to contribute to my family AND spend more time with my loved ones.

WIN WIN in my book!  This wasn't an easy decision to make but for some reason, once I decided to "close up the store front" everything fell into place.

The tears fell as I somehow felt like I was failing.  Perhaps I could have tried a litle harder?  Perhaps I could have done this or that...but in the end I knew that I had given it all I had but it was just time to move on.

So what did I do next? I made an iternary and got to work!  Planning things out helps keep me focused while providing me with an end goal.  My last day as a store front owner was June 23.  With the help of my wonderful family, we were able to pack up what was left of the store product and supplies in a matter of days.  My family really came to the rescue and packed up most of the shop products.   They somehow knew that my heart couldn't take it.  I will be forever grateful to them for all of their support.

So what does that all mean for my wonderful customers?  I am still available, you can still custom order your favorite products, either online or in person.  Instead of local folks coming into the shop to purchase their items I will deliver them to you.  How neat is that?  Here in the Alamosa area, I can pop on over or meet you somewhere that is convenient for you.

I have also opened up a 3rd Etsy shop.  Off The Hook by LeeAnn-here you will find an assortment of hand knit/crochet scarves, wraps, baby afghans and more.

To purchase any of these products, hop on over here

For your convenience here are the links to see what goodies I have whipped up.

For all of your Bath & Beauty Needs:
LeeAnn's Heaven Scents

For all of your Crafty Supplies/packaging bottles/tins:
Crafting With LeeAnn

Until next time, may your days be filled with sunshine !

Friday, April 28, 2017

Basket Making

Good afternoon Folks!

How ya all doing?  Has Spring Sprung in your neck of the woods?  The days are getting longer and warmer but I wouldn't say that we are in full Spring Mode.  I am not sure that we really have a Spring  here in Colorful Colorado.

Before I get started I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you that voted for my little shop.  I had participated in an Etsy competition, sadly I did not win but I feel as if I am a champion anyway.  Without all of my wonderful customers, family and friends I would be lost.  You all encourage me in so many ways, THANK YOU!

With Mother's Day and Gradation right around the corner, I thought now is the perfect time to whip up Gift Baskets.  They are so much fun to put together.  I have noticed that while some folks like a combination of products with several fragrances, folks usually prefer a Gift Set with one favorite fragrance.

With that thought in  mind, I went to work...taking notes, planning, mixing, making, labeling and lastly packaging.

Here are a few of the newest Gift Sets.

Top Left Hand Gift Basket-Abalone & Sea-A fresh ocean scent with notes of daylily, sea spray, watery florals and musk.  This is by far one of my personal favorite ocean fragrances, it has a freshness about it that is super neat.

The Top Right Hand Gift Set is fragranced with my Beautiful-Feminine nuances of orchid, jasmine, pink rose and musk.  Extremely flroal, if you love the smell of fresh flowers this is the way to go!

Bottom Left Hand Gift Set-Can Can-imagine hintsof Apple Peel, Jasmine, Violet and Lily balanced out with woodland fern and hints of berry. This is a complicated fragrance to describe I would say it smells a bit fruity and powedery at the same time.  

Bottom Right Hand Gift Set-Black Brambleberry Tea-Fragrance blackberries and autumn fruits blend perfecty with southern sweet tea and a touch of cinnamon brown sugar.  Oh my!  Another one of my personal fav's.  I get hooked on certain scents, they just make me happy.  Ever have that happen?

I have Custom Graduation Soapies that are sitting in the molds as we speak, can't wait to share them all with you.  Until then, may you have a Spring in Your Step.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Etsy Happenings...

Tip top of the morning to you!

How are you all doing?  I hope fantastic! I have been up since the wee hours of the morning, working on custom orders, making lists and planning.

So much is happening in my little world that I feel like I am on a Merry Go Round, exhilirating and exciting.

Where oh where to start?  Last year I partnered with my local Small Business Development Center to coach/teach an Etsy Entrepreneurship Program.  I had a wonderful time sharing my knowledge.  I have been asked to teach another session...sqqqueeee! How exciting is that?  I love love love Etsy, selling on Etsy has allowed me to reach folks across the USA and into other countries.  Every order gives me a jolt of energy.  I am humbled and grateful to all of my customers both online and in my store front.  Without all of you, none of this would be possible. THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

Here is a bit of info, if you would like to sign up here is the direct link:

On to my next bit of news.  Etsy is hosting a Small Business Contest.  The shop with the most votes wins a $10,000 prize to help scale their business.  I would be honored and so appreciative if you would click on the link and vote.  Oh my, winning would be like the cherry on top of the cake!  The supplies that I could buy, the promoting that I could do...the possibilities are endless.  If you woudn't mind sharing on your Social Media platforms, I would be so gateful.

Stay tuned for NEW Spring Soaps..they are setting up as we speak.  Until next time, have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fizzle Fizzle Pop!

Greetings!  How are you all doing?  Here in my neck of the woods, Windy March comes to mind.  While it has been super duper windy outdoors I have been staying nice and toasty in my Craft Studio whipping up lots and I mean LOTS of New Bath Fizzies!

Awhile back I purchased a Bath Fizzy Press.  Aside from my upright kitchen aide mixers and my melting pots, I usually do everything else by hand.  However this new machine compresses the bath fizzies with 100 pounds of force!  What exactly does that mean?  It means that I can make the most dense, most awesome bath fizzies.

Bath fizzies for me have always been somewhat of a challenge.  I knew that I had a few requirements of a bath fizz.

# 1.  The Fizzies need to fizzle but not so fast that the process isn't enjoyable.  That is one of the best parts of using a fizzy, watching it fizz and pop.

# 2.  Fragrance/Essential oils need to be released without clumping or being too dry.

#3.  As you soak, your skin should feel hydrated, soft and silky.

#4.  Color needs to come into play as I know most of my customers LOVE color, however the colorants need to be non-bleeding and non staining.

#5.  Rose petals and other dried flowers could be embedded as well with ease.

With all of those requirements in mind, I started experimenting.  I tried different oils such as Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil and  Apricot Oil.  While I found all of these oils to be fabulous, the 2 oils that stood out the most were the Sweet Almond Oil and the Apricot Kernel Oil.  They provided just enough moisture, combining those oils with Shea Butter ensures that the bath fizzy would be super hydrating without feeling too oily.

I shall stop myself from going on and on, and show you the NEW and WONDERFUL bath fizzes!

I have two sets of blue fizzies in stock, Blueberry and Calming Water.  My family picked their favorite fragrances and I went to work.

Ohh the is so yummy and just sweet enough without being overwhelming.  

Purple purple purple..and Bramble Berry Tea...a new favorite fragrance of mine.

And of course PINK..Pink Musk to be exact..I just can NOT not make something without pink.  :-)  

These little lovelies have Rose Petals and are fragranced with my Lovely also known as Love pretty and they feel so decadent.

I ordered different molds with the press...shall we have a looksie

Cupcakes!  I can now make two different sized cupcakes,...wooooaaaaaa?  Say WHAT?  I know, right?  Isn't that just awesomeness?  These large cupcakes are Pina Colada, sweet coconut, juicy pineapple and a hit of lime..did someone say 5 o'clock?  

I was jumping at the chance to use all of the mods, the next ones are TABS..smaller fizzies with all of the same components but with a different look.  Perfec to use with the foot soak tubs, or even at the spa.  

 My husband came up with the idea of Sweetie Tart Bath Fizzies..I ran with it!  Well as fast as my little legs could take me.  *grin*  This fabulous set has 4 different fragrances:  Cherry, Banana, Watermelon and Grape Soda..yummy!

What are you working on?  As always if you would like to purchase any of the bath fizzies, you can shop on line here or pop in and buy them in person.  Until next time, hang on tight...Spring is on it's way!