Saturday, November 27, 2010

We now have an Artfire shop!

Introducing our new Artfire store:

Artfire takes other payments than Paypal too!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shop Closure

The time has come for us to close our shop during our move. This will only be temporary of course, but I cannot give an exact date of when I will be ready to reopen my Etsy shop as well as my main site . My best guess is around November 10th. I'll post updates here whenever there is news to report and if there is going to be any anticipated delays. Please bare with us.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September Giveaway...

September giveaway on My Handmade Addiction, don't miss out:

Our new site is up and running

Our new site is all set! Please stop by and take a look. It's nothing too fancy, but as long as it runs smoothly, that's the idea.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fall Soaps, a sneak peek

First of all we will have a new website, much like the old one, but new nonetheless. We've had many customers complain that our current shopping cart is prone to crashing and the frustration is real. SO...a new site is under construction and will be ready soon.

You can view a sneak peek at our fall soaps on our new site...

CLICK HERE to take a peek

In the meantime don't forget we have a moving sale on our Etsy shop! The sale will end soon, so take advantage now.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Visit our Etsy shop for our MOVING SALE! All items on sale:

All soaps regularly $4.00, now $3.35!!
Our new line of 4 ounce lotions are now $5.99!!
Lots of other items currently marked down!!

Visit our shop here :o)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Open Air Market, This Weekend

Sunday, August 22nd 9:00 - 4:00
If you find yourself wondering how to spend a glorious summer afternoon in Connecticut come out and see me at the Open Air Market held at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. Every year it promises to be a great event with lots to do and see. A wide range of artists, farmers and foodies will be in attendance. You can also see the grounds, tour the mansion and listen to music. Here are some photos from previous years:


Friday, August 6, 2010

Think big, shop small

We've joined Cosa Verde! An eco-consious marketplace for environmentally mindful customers!

Click here to check out our new shop

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Where I'll be in the next month. I have a few farmers' market dates lined up and one event coming up, here is my schedule:

July 31st  - Tolland Farmers' Market, Tolland Green 9 to Noon
August 8th -  Dennison Farmers' Market, Mystic CT Noon to 3:00
August 22nd - Open Air Market at Wadsworth Mansion, Middletown CT 9:00 to 4:00
August 28th - Stonington Farmers' Market, Town Pier, Stonington Borough 9 to Noon

Come see us at one of these outdoor events if you get a chance!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Return of Carrot Seed Calendula Shampoo Bar

I have had a lot of requests to bring back the carrot shampoo bar. I think it took a long time to catch on. So, I have a batch curing right now that will be ready in a couple of weeks. It will appear on my Etsy store first, I'm not sure if I will post it on my main website. For all of those who wanted it...thanks for waiting!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Lotion Containers

It's been a long time coming, but I have wanted to change my lotion containers into a smaller size and simplify my line of lotions. The reasoning behind the change is to have the lotion containers be FULLY recyclable, convenient and easier to ship. The new containers I am trialling are 4 ounces, sleek and simple. They are a #4  plastic for recycling purposes. The dispensing cap is a flip top that is no fuss, yet secure and will not open accidentally. I have not shipped any yet, but the idea is that one bottle and possibly two bottles will ship first class mail, which is a very economic method of shipment.

Here is a sneak peak at the new containers:

Any requests for new lotion scents? Please add them to the comment area.
Coming soon to an Etsy near you!

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Growing Season So Far

The growing season in the Northeast has gotten off to an incredible start. The weather has been warm...or hot I should say and just enough rain has kept everything green and growing. Last year's chamomile crop reseeded itself and came up this spring with a great deal of success. It is currently in full bloom. This year the row is about 100 feet long and 5 to 6 feet wide. Seeing all of those chamomile flowers has put me in the mood for a soap in its honor. What I normally do with the chamomile is infuse it into olive oil and use it in various soap recipes. I may also use ground chamomile buds in bar soap this year also.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sugar Scrub Scents

There are so many choices when it comes to what scents to choose for scrubs. I would like to hear what you think. Vote on a scent I have listed and/or post your thoughts in the comments area. Would love to have your feedback. The scents I currently make are: blueberry, yuzu vanilla, and lemon sugar.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Summer Scents and Poll Results

With the incredible weather we have had in the North East for the past week ( after the flood that is ), I can't help but think about the summer soap scents. I am working on the favorites: Ocean Air, Mint Mojito & Hawaiian Sugar, and Fresh Cucumber. I would also like to do some new scents this year. There have been multiple requests for a coconut verbena lime soap, like what I make in the foaming bath salts. So, I would to try that this year. Also, I might try a pear glace soap this year. It seems to be a very trendy scent that the major companies make. It is a very fresh and yummy fragrance.

The poll results for a new soap scent... Honey and Eucalyptus as well as Bergamot and Geranium were front runners. I will have those coming up this spring.

On that note I will also be discontinuing some of the soaps that never seem to be all that popular. Certain customers have asked me for them as I've attempted to phase them out. But I think it is time to say goodbye to:

Amber Musk
Orange and Cardamom (trial soap that seems like a dud)
Mucho Mango
Almond and Honey
Natural Buzz

Out with the old and in with the new. Any other soap scent suggestions welcome.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Products in the Works

 I have formulated a great body frosting recipe and will be posting it on my Etsy shop in the coming weeks. Because I make such small batches I will only be able to do a couple of scents. Lilac has been popular at my craft shows with this product. So, I will probably be making it in that scent for the spring. Lemon sugar has been my " go to " scent with most of the new products because it sells out in every product at the shows. Most likely that will be the second scent I will do and then we'll see what's next.

SUGAR SCRUBS, SUGAR SCRUBS!! Well, I've been doing salt scrubs for a while now, but haven't posted them online in my Etsy shop or my main website. The feedback I have been getting is that everyone would prefer sugar scrubs because they are more gentle on the skin. So, I am currently formulating a sugar scrub recipe...I think I'm on the right track with it. I will keep you posted with the progress. Hopefully I can have some to post on Etsy by the end of the promises.

Finally, I will have the return of a specially formulated lotion that I called "Island Cloud". The scent blend I used for it wasn't for everyone, I liked it, but it was an unusual blend of essential oils. What I am going to do with it is change the scent to oakmoss and sandalwood. Very light and soothing scent for this lotion. The blend of oils and butters that I have used will remain the same. Coming soon to a website near you :o)

That's all for now...thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

With Vernal Visors On


The beginning of spring is a curious thing, 
not long ago there were piles of snow,
now in a flash comes a carpet of grass,
sprouts and buds and all kinds of green,
like Winter to Summer and no in between.
there is much to be done, no time for fun,
soap to be made and gardens to spade,
yards to rake and lotions to make,
In like a lion and out like a lamb,
time to wake up and get with the program!

With the onset of spring comes a flood of new ideas and things to do. I have many new soap scents in mind for this year. I would also like to expand my current lotion line with new scents as well. Keep a lookout for a poll to select the newest soap and lotion scents...this makes my decision making so much easier. I can never decide for sure what new soap scents to make. The usual m.o. is to make something new and see how it goes at my next event or farmers' market. I think it's time for something a little more efficient. So, I will be launching a viewer's poll so that everyone can vote on what they think would be good. I have some seasonal scents in mind for summer that I haven't done yet. Can't wait to see what everyone wants!