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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Re-orgazing and Re-strategzing

Good morning my friends!

I hope that each and every one of you are doing well and that 2017 is bringing you joy and happiness.  Here in my little world, I have been re-orgazing and re-strategzing. It has been a whirlwind of activity, mostly behid the scenes.

The holidays were so busy that afterward I felt like I needed a vacation just to recuperate.  My body was telling me to take a few days to rest and slow down.  For what felt like forever I closed down the online shop for a week and focused on the store front.  It was a nice break but I sure missed all of my online friends.  It is amazing how some things become so much a part of our lives.  I have made the most awesome friends online.  We chat every day, it is always wonderful to find an email from a friend.

One morning as I was getting ready for a day filled with soapy fun, I peeked outside to the most amazing view!  I really do live in such a beautiful place.  We have had quite a bit of snow this winter, it is all so lovely and cold..did I mention Cold?  One night is was -36 °F..that is NEGATIVE 36!  Whoa!  brrrrrr...

Back to organzing.  I knew that I wanated to start 2017 with a clean slate.  One Monday the family and I came into the shop to clean.  My daughter really was a driving force, together we moved everything out of my small shop.  We gave the walls a good scrubbing along with the floors and all of the shelves. 

 While I always have good intentions regarding re-arranging, truthfully it stresses me out.  Everything in disarray!  Oh my gosh, my little heart can not handle the mess!

Right about here, I was starting to have doubts..why oh why did I do this to myself?  Why didn't I just clean and leave everything the way it was?  

I knew that I needed to have some sort of order if I was to open the shop on that Sunny Tuesday morning.  I came into the shop at 7:30 a.m. work work work..clean clean clean.  I wish I could say that it all happened quickly but it took 3 long days of coming in early and staying late to get the shop in tip top shape!

Boy oh boy!  The results are so worth it!  Shall we have a looksie?  Here on the left is all of my Bath & Beauty products, I have since added Valentine Goodies but it is mostly the same.

To the right of the shop is the yarn.  Lots and lots of yarn!  Now that it is nice and orgaized I can see at a glance what color/s I need to order.  Stocking the shelves with yarn is one of the funnest parts of my job.  

It feels so good to start the New Year in the shop with a clean slate.  :-)  The next thing that I have been working on is what exactly does that mean?  I have been taking notes as to what products I will continue creating and what products will fall to the wayside.  So far I will continue to make:

Novelty Soaps
Bubble Bath
Bath Salts
Sugar Scrubs
Lotion Bars
Goats Milk & Honey Lotion
Foot Scrub/Foot Soak
Bath Fizzies
Lip Balms/Lip Scrubs
All Natural Deodorant
Body Spray
Face Cream
Men's products-Mechanic Scrub, Soaps, Beard Oil, Body Wash

The products that have been discontinued are:
Soy Candles
Soy Tarts
Under Eye Oil
Face Masks
Face Cleanser
Whipped Soap

I would like to focus more on what my fabulous customers want/need.  Downsizing will ensure that I am making exactly what you want.

The Craft Studio has also undergone a make-over!  Stay tuned for details and photo's.  Until next time, wishing you the very best not only today but every day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Temperature Afghan

Good afternoon Folks!

This week has been all about the Temperature..remember back in October when the Temparature Afghan started?  You can read all about it here.  I was 13 days behind!!!  EEEKKK!  I worked like a bee yesterday and crochet like the wind....I saw on FB this morning that my Zodiac Signs means AIR is that the same thing as WIND?  hmmm??? I sure felt like the wind was guiding my hook, what fun it is to work on a project.

I have been jotting down the daily temperatures, both the high and low.  I was so excited to see a new color change.  This last week we dropped down to the Negatives...Negative 1 and 2...brrr... The color assigned for this range is LavenderBlue.  Can I just say, I absolutely LoVe this color!  So pretty and delicate.  It does remind me of the cold too, blue for sun but then you get a hue of the purple..  How many nights will be in the negatives?  How exciting to celebreate each day with a hexagon.

Here is the Temperature Color Chat and Kit info, it's never too late to start.  You can start anytime, perhaps on January first?

Shall we have a looksie?  oh Hexagon's...aren't they lovely?  Can you see how the weather has changed in just two months time? Do you see the ONE Pumpkin Hexi?  That was for a particularly warm day. :-)  

Looking at the afghan sideways...oh what yummy colors!  We are 62 days in, I am officially caught up!  And I added today's hexi's after I took photo's as I wanted to show two months of work exactly.

 I believe that in everything we do a lesson can be learned.  Here is what I have learned so far:

*  Do not procrastinate
*  Patience-this is a progressive project
*  Colorado weather is intense and Colorful too!
*  I look forward to each day's temperature, isn't it funny how we can get so caught up in life that we forget the small things?
*  Caron Yarn is really delicious to work with.
*  Having friends participate in this Crochet A Long makes this project more fun!

What brings you joy?  I hope that you take time each day to do something awesome that you love.  Until next time, hugs and warmest of wishes!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Holiday Products

Greeting my friends!

Hope that you are all doing well.  The holidays are just right around the corner!  Can you all believe that Thanksgiving is this week?  Like in 2 days???  EEEKKKK!  I am about as ready as I will be but boy was I cutting it close.

I am so excited to share my lastest creations with all of you. really is so much fun and addictive too!

These Chocholicious Cowboy Boot soaps were made for walking...walking right into your bathroom that is.  *grin*  Every gal has a pair boots that they just love, I am no exception.  I have  a favorite pair that I would wear with everything if I could...if I am being completely honest I LoVe Shoes!  Shoes shoes shoes many of you can relate?

And of course we have them in PINK!  Now what fragrance to add? Cherry anyone?  How about Cherry Mist?  This fragrance will knock your socks off!  It is a true mouth watering black cherry.  Isn't it neat how fragrances can inspire us?  

 I received this mold a few years ago and wouldn't you know..I had completely forgotten about it?  As I was pulling all of the holiday molds out of the box, I stumbled up this one..I just knew that I had to squeeze them in too.
 As I was pouring soaps, I had an idea to make Reindeer Nose Soaps.  I had to add a few Rudolph noses in each pack, do you remember watching the old holiday movies?  Rudolph is my personal favorite.

 Then it was on to the Peppermint Bark.  Traditionally the bark has a thinner layer of minty goodness but I felt like the candy canes needed to have a fulller bed to sit on.  Imagine a layer of chocolate mint followed by the sweet peppermint candy toppled with more mint? Now what's not to like?

After all of the soaping was done, I moved on to Spa Kits.  My Pamper My Tootsies Spa Kits are fantastic!  Tired achy feet?  No problem, my newest Spa Kit will have you feeling better quickly.  Sprinkle Bubbling Eucalyptus Foot Soak in hot water, sit back and relax.  After the water has cooled, re-fill foot tub then add a quarter size amount of the Cool Menthol Foot Scrub to puff, rub across feet, in between toes and across the top of the foot.  Rinse with warm water...Tada!  Your feet should feel nice and pampered.  No need to follow up with lotion as the oils will nourish dry flaky feet.  

As always all of my products can be found here.  Until next time,hugs and warmest of wishes!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Creating Making and Keeping Up

Top of the afternoon to you all!  How's it going in your neck of the woods?  Getting ready for the winter months?  Holidays?  I am doing both!

I have been super duper busy in the Craft Studio whipping up product.  It has been so much fun!  I made a list and am working like a bee mixing, pouring, that a word?  Hmm....I think it is not but in "LeeAnn Land" it sure is.  *grin*

The first product that I worked on last weekend was Frosted Cranberry European Spa Bath Salts. Some of you may be asking what makes my bath salts to special?  

I have tried a few bath salts in my time, none of them have compared to mine.  I use a special blend of European Spa Salts- Solar evaporated and harvested from the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Produced using solar evaporation in a region that is free of pollution and has high evaporation rates. Thought to be the purest salts in the world. All Natural.

Another helping of Bath Water Crystals-This high mineral sea salt increases the quality of my bath salt recipe. Natural sea water and an advanced filtration system makes these salts uniform, white and clean.

A dash of Baking Soda- (Sodium bicarbonate)-Baking soda has mild exfoliant properties due to the round shape of the particles, and when mixed with water and scrubbed gently into the skin with a sponge it can remove dead skin cells.

A hefty sprinkle of Epsom Salt-Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.

Last but certainly not least, I add a nice splash of fragrance/essential Oils and mica colorant for that extra colorful touch!

After a few days of mixing and air drying, they are ready for packaging. 

While the salts were setting up, it was on to Bubble Bath and Lotion..yes!  I have two upright mixers, I normally do not have them both on at the same time, but on this particular day I was busy as a bee.  

Then it was on to the Holiday inspired Frosted Cranberry Goats Milk Soap.  Layer upon layer was hand mixed and poured.  I love love love the end results!  Pretty yet totally functional and oh so delicious smelling.  

The Goats Milk & Honey Lotion and Bubble Bath Gift Sets are ready!  They will be arriving online in the very near future, what a delightful gift set to give and receive. 

Back by popular demand are my Sinus Bath Fizzies, Oh my gosh!  Folks just love love love them!  I do too!  They clear out the sinuses while providing a relaxing bath.  Isn't soaking in the bathtub so decadent?  I find it so relaxing and soothing.  Whenever I feel really tired and achy that is the first thing that I do, fill up the tub with the hottest water that I can stand, add one of my bath fizzies and viola!  The world just feels like a better place.  *grin*.  Until next time...hugs!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Hello there!

So many exciting things are happening here in my little world!  I am gearing up and getting ready to celebrate my 3rd Anniversary!  Store Anniversary that is.  How exciting is that?  It has been 3 years of hard work, dedication and fun!  Lots of laughter and some days silliness, I feel like I can be my authentic self and boy is it liberating!  I would like to invite you personally to our celebration.  Joyce the owner of Wild Roses will be celebrating her 13th Anniversary as well,  together we make quite a team!   Thank you Joyce for all of your help and insipiration the last 3 years, here's to many more!
Stop in for some awesome deals and snacks!  I am sure that you will find something unique and fun!

What else have I been up to you ask?  I have been SOAPING!  When I say soaping I mean....lots and lots of custom soaps have been making their way out of the studio each week.  Right now the most popular soaps are these Mini Elephant Soapies.  Each one is fragranced with my Baby Powder fragrance oil, then shrink wrapped, nestled among a bed of paper shreds then tied with matching ribbon and the cutest labels!

 Oh my gosh!  Cuteness overload

 Last night I pulled out the Christmas Molds, I poured 4 sets of these darlings!  The studio was buzzing with  Frosted Cranberries, Gingerbread Cookies, Peppermint Stick and Santa's Tree Farm.
This morning before I rushed out the door, I whipped up a few batches of the Frosted Cranberry Goats Milk & Honey Lotions..they will be part of the NEW Gift Sets.  Stay tuned as we always have something in the works!
 On the crochet/knitting front.  The Temperature Afghan Crochet A Long is underway!  Oh what fun I am having!  Some how, some way I have managed to keep up.  I am crocheting a hexagon for both the high and low temps each day. My friend "T" has been posting the daily temps here in Alamosa on Facebook Group Page, it makes it so easy to stay on track.  Thank you T!

Back to knitting, I have a pair of socks that are begging to be finished!  Talk soon!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Random Actsof Kindness

Top of the morning to you all!

Today has been such a mix of emotions that I feel like my words are just tumbling around in my head and heart.

This morning I woke up late...just not feeling very energetic.  Being a small business owner is tough.  I try to always focus on the positive but some days I feel overwhelmed and just plain exhausted.  It is wonderful being my own boss, working for myself and creating and doing all of the things that make me happy.  With that being said and if I am being honest, it requires STAMINA!  Not just let me go into the shop today and see what I can do.  It takes planning and more planning,then putting forth the effort, completing projects while always paying attention to detail.  Some days it feels like a juggling act between being a mom, wife and business owner.

With my Third anniversary coming up, I can't help but feel nostalgic.  Wow!  I feel like I am in the right place at the right time but goodness, three years?  ?  Joyce and I have been planning our Anniversary Shop Party.  Stay tuned for upcoming details!

Now back to this morning.  I poured a cup of coffee and stumbled into my Craft Studio with the intention of tidying up a bit and perhaps printing a few labels before heading into the shop.  I literally walked right into a box on the floor.  I immediately thought, I do not have a supply/shop order placed what could this be?

I saw that the package was from TampaDoll in who could be sending me something from Florida?

Oh my gosh!  I opened up the package to see a beautiful hand made crochet tote!  WOW! Not just any tote, but  A Halloween inspired tote bag!  Don't the colors just scream Halloween? is stunning!

 Along with the wonderful tote is a witch pin-she has a lighted nose, now how cute is that?

And then I saw the pumpkin dishcloth, by now the tears started pouring out.  How did my friends on the Crochet Ville know that I needed a pick me up?

If that were not complete sweetness!  The Scrubby Bat is beyond adorable and soo soft and cuddly!

Thank you so very much MaryJo for your wonderful gift!  I find it difficult to express how grateful I feel, but please know that I am so appreciative and feel as if I have won the lottery!  Thank you for making my day, my week but mostly for making me feel so special.

Until next time, may your days be filled with kindness and happiness.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Breathtaking Mini Vacation

Hello hello!

I hope that you are all doing well and taking in the last of the warm weather.  Here in Colorful Colorado, the tree's have changed colors, daylight is shorter and the nights are colder.  We are getting ready for a snow filled winter.

However, I did manage to squeeze in a fun filled Mini Vacation.  My wonderful husband planned a nice outing.  We drove to Colorado Springs one Friday evening, woke up early Saturday morning, after a quick breakfast we were ready to go!  We decided to see what the Seven Falls were all about.

As we stepped off the shuttle van, our eyes feasted on this sweet road to paradise.  Oh my gosh!  The tree's were so beautiful.  Most of them still had leaves, the vibrant orange, red and green were a sight for sore eyes.  The roadway is not intended for folks to drive on, I believe that it is used for the shuttle vehicles and to transport materials/tools and such to the falls.

I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Ozz..down the road we went!  We stopped every so often to smell the fresh air and snap a few photos.

We walked down the trail to feel the water, cold but not frigid..yet!  I imagine that the Falls will be beautiful frozen.  

We would have known that we would have seen the Pillars of Hercules?  The pillars are made of pink Granite!  PINK!  Can you imagine?  

As we rounded the bend we finally reached the Falls.  Oh my gosh! THE staircase!  Well hello Sir!  Nice to meet you!

We cheated..yes we sure did!  We rode the neatest elevator that is inside the mountain up to the top...let's keep this little fact to ourselves shall we?  

Looking down really gives you an idea of how high up we were.  The restaurant looks so tiny. 

To the left was the most amazing Waterfall!  If you look closely you can see the stairway..yes folks!  We did walk all the way around the restaurant and up those teeny tiny stairs to get a better look.

The bottom of the Waterfall was superb!  Look at all of the bends, now who would have thought that water would run straight down?

 We took a few sips of water, stretched our legs and started climbing...UP UP UP...I didn't look back...I was totally freaked out..I kept putting one foot in front of the other until I took the last step to the first landing..only then did I glance back to see that John was about 20 steps behind.  I tell ya,..fear can motivate!

 It felt surreal, the water was falling into one spot then down another..around a bend and down again.

The sound as the water hit the rocks is so soothing and powerful at the same time.  

Once we reached the top, we took a small break to breathe in the fresh air and relax.  We MADE IT!  I was feeling pretty good, And was time to climb back down..oh my gosh!  The view going down was a bit on the terrifying side..I am so grateful for the rails, I think I was hanging on super tight as my arms were sore the next how strange is that?  

All in All it was a wonderful way to spend the day!  Back to soaping...