May 11, 2013
May 10, 2013
April 25, 2013
This beautifully handcrafted Black Walnut Shave brush with Sleeping Turquoise Inlay and Super Silvertip Badge shave knot is discounted 20% due to a very slight imperfection. This shave brush has a slight wobble when it sits on end. Theoretically shave brushes should hang upside down and won't sit on end,but because we feel it's just a tad imperfect our loss is your gain. Pair this with some shave soap and this would still be a spectacularly fine Father's Day gift-drop me a line if you are interested.
Beautifully handcrafted Black Walnut Shave Brush with Abalone Inlay and Super Silvertip Badger shave knot is also discounted 20% due to slight imperfection. This brush also has a very slight wobble when it sits on end, again, theoretically a shave brush almost never sits on end(they should dry upside down). This handsome lovingly made brush is priced at $78.40+shipping. This brush paired with shave soap will make a memorable Father's Day gift. Holler if you're interested.
so very happy and honored to announce that I will be a "guest blogger"
blogging from the 2013 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference that will
be taking place in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. The HSG
Conference is an annual event that draws attendees from all over the
country. I'm so looking forward to the great information, meeting new
friends (most that I've only known from blogging for years), and learning
Myself and Jean Horn of SoapArt will be going in the stead of Anne-Marie due to the impending Bramble Girl's arrival. We wish Anne-Marie the loveliest and speediest of "special deliveries" and "Thank You" so much for an amazing opportunity!
Jerell & Elissa Klaver
This year's topics
Natural Shampoo Market: Trends, Opportunities and Formulating
Make Your Own Single Cavity Silicone Molds
Private Label: Making the Leap From Home Formulating to Outside Manufacturing
Production Solutions For Your Handcrafted Business: Build It or Buy It?
The Chemistry and Properties of Fatty Acids and Oils
Soap Cupcakes and More: Decorative Piping with Cold Process Soap
Design, Formulate, Organize Using the Soapmaker Program
Trademark Strategies for Small Businesses
Search Engine Optimization: Tips and Tricks to Get Your Website Found
Retail Realities: What it Really Takes to Open a Store
April 16, 2013
A beautiful collection of handmade and vintage kitchen items that anyone would be lucky to have in their own home.
April 15, 2013
Sometimes, I think I must be the ONLY one who thinks things like Calendula infusing in the sun is beautiful; that new projects are exciting-full of possibilities, anticipating the outcome is such a driving force for me, and then finally the satisfaction of things turning out just as you imagined-priceless. Two of my new products are starting to take shape, and that is such a gratifying thing.
I am looking forward to some new projects that I am hoping to launch just shy of Father's Day, and of course they are new products for "Him." I can't wait to show them to you, and hope you like them. Infusing some Calendula and German Chamomile is part of the equation, and the Petunia is a back up for my beautiful Pink Petunia that so far has survived with lots of moving it in and out to protect it from the continued threat of freezing temps.
March 29, 2013
Recently, we sold this shave brush(and shave soaps) to a very special daughter to send to her dad in Greece. Now, it's always a cool thing to send something over seas-thinking about the voyage your handcrafted item will make is something I think is really neat, but the even sweeter part is the palpable love this daughter has for her father.
I love that this brush traveled over land and sea to a father in expression of a daughter's love. Upon it's arrival, I received a sweet note from the daughter- the following is an excerpt:
"I am very happy to tell you that my father holds my present in his hands, and he is so very happy with it.Thanks so much Michele, my parents say the soaps are wonderful." (this totally made me smile :-)
This to me is really the best reward and reason for putting such care into handcrafting whatever it may be-the pleasure and happiness your item brings others. There is NO substitution for handmade, and there is nothing more satisfying than knowing someone appreciates the love that goes into all you do. This satisfaction is the essence of why we create.