Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Japanese anyone?

I have to say it was fabulous visiting Kinokinuya! This book store is beautiful. Totally immaculate, well organized and very peaceful. The craft section is on the lower level which is where I spent most of my time. All the books in the craft section were just amazing. I browsed through many and could not believe the amazing things that one can learn to make. You could learn how to make the most amazing fake food, knitted garments and toys, handbags, underwear and even shoes!

I really wanted to take photos of the inside of the store but didn't want to get in trouble so I refrained. I only managed to take a couple of pics outside. It's not easy taking pics on the streets in NYC. There are so many people whizzing by you all the time it's almost impossible to get a clear shot of anything.

All in all, our Kinokinuya experience rates a 10/10. My only negative would be that there were no chairs to sit on in the store but I improvised by sitting on the floor. I'm thinking they frown upon people reading the books before purchasing maybe? I would absolutely do it again but first I must either learn to read Japanese or find myself a translator!!

Here are a few pics but I will take more of the inside pages of the books soon.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Big Plans for Today

Yesterday while browsing online, I found out there's a humongous Japanese book store right in New York City. I can hardly contain myself! Do you know how long I've been trying to get my hands on some Japenese crafting books?

So - the kid and I will be jumping on the train in a couple of hours and we're headed right down there to that neat looking place. The store looks to be huge - 2 storeys with a cafe. I'll be in the craft/hobbies section and the kids wants to check out the Manga section. I'm so excited I can hardly wait.

I'll let you all know how it went when I get back!!

Here's a link too: Kinokuniya

Friday, April 25, 2008

Party's almost over....

... for Whipped Body Butters in my shop - hehehe.

That's right - I made an announcement a few days ago that I would cease shipping these little lovelies as of April 30th!
You see, they don't travel well in the heat and can liquify in transit which could end up being an ugly mess for the unsuspecting recipient. I mean, they're fine to use once you stick them in the fridge for a few minutes as they harden up quite quickly but who wants to go through that?
So I'm pulling them until the Fall and I can't say I'm sad to see them go either. Of all the products that I make, those little tins of wonderfully moisturizing butters give me the most grief. I'm a whip it up quick and get it done kinda gal and these things take patience and time which leaves me grinding my teeth to powder sometimes. So YAY for warmer weather is what I say!!

Never fear though - Whipped Body Butters shall be replaced with body lotion for the spring/summer season. Lots of new flavors coming our way too :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

What the Bloody 'ell Happened...

...in my shop this weekend?

I've been saying to myself how slow it's been in the Etsy shop these past couple months but I was fine with it because it allowed me time to dream up new concoctions. BUT this past weekend, for whatever reason, there was a mass onslaught of shoppers. I spent most of Saturday and Sunday scratching my head in disbelief. Really - I sold like 40 items between Friday and Sunday and some of those were sets of 8 bars of soap, gift sets, soap cakes etc. Customers came from Singapore, Australia, Prague, Canada and the USA. I'm still flabbergasted by it all but secretly hoping it keeps up :)

I guess I'd best get that soap pot out tonight and get to cooking!!

ps: see all those bars of soap down there in my post of March 2nd? They're all gone!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Brand New off the Milk Cart

Here's my newly listed Lilac Blossoms - another one of my milky creations. I've never been into florals especially lilacs simply because it's always reminded me of my old piano teacher when I was a kid. Viola Abrahams was her name and just the thought of her weekend wrath was enough to have me practicing every night of the week right up until lessons on Saturday mornings......the memories makes me shudder!

Anywho, I've digressed once again, so here's my lovely milky lilac blossoms that actually smells quite lovely. She's made with whole milk just like her sister Rose (see a couple posts down). Ain't she purdy?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fantastic Craftastic

So today I participated in my CT Etsy Street Team's craft event - Craftastic.
Jillian our fearless leader did a wonderful job organizing this event which was a huge success!! Thank you Jillian, YOU ROCK!!
We had a DJ spinning tunes that had us rocking at our tables. Turn out was great also in spite of the occassional shower.
Here's a picture of my table and I will be adding more of the other vendor's tables as soon as I get my grubby mitts on them :)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Be There or Be Square....

Our CT Etsy Street Team is having it's first craft event next Sunday in Hamden, CT. If you're in the area, do stop by. There will be loads of talented CT artists, great music and I believe some food too (the food usually draws my attention). So if you happen to be in the area, or just plain bored out of your skull, come stop by for a chat, some shopping and maybe a few whirls on the dance floor :)

For more detailed information, click here.

Hope to see you there, unless of course you're square :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Got Milk?

Lately I've been on this milk soap kick. I've made goats milk soap many times in the past but never regular cows milk. Those of you in the know are well aware that milk soaps make some of the hardest most luxurious bars ever, and the harder the bar, the longer it lasts, so I'm all far that!

Making milk soaps can be a bit tricky for a few reasons. The main rule to making milk soaps is you have to freeze the milk before you add the lye otherwise the milk can become overheated, curdle, turn bright orange and stink to high heaven! If you don't - believe me you will regret it. Yes I'm speaking from experience :)

Here's one of my milk soap batches. I scented it with Bulgarian Rose with a dash of Coconut fragrance. The natural scent of the milk sweetens the roses and the coconut just rounds it out perfectly!

I do believe I've found my newest favorite soap!!