Soap Cute: Giveaway!

As promised earlier this week, I'm back with a giveaway!  My very first one!

In Mondays post I shared a sneak peak of a few soaps I've been working on for my Etsy Shop: Soap Cute, which is scheduled to make it's debut in late September!  I've got a lot ahead of me, but I'm looking forward to it and I can't wait to share all that I've been working on.

Here is what's up for grabs:
Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soap Set

This Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey soap set is something that I dreamed up when I purchased a few new silicone molds last week.  I really love the way they turned out, and I can't begin to describe how delicious they smell!  My apartment seriously smells like a bakery since I've been crafting up so much soap!  The bear is made with an oatmeal base which contains real oatmeal-hence the speckled/natural coloration!  The honeycomb pieces are stacked in the photo and are made with a white soap base.  The set is Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey scented.

This is my first ever giveaway and I decided to go with Rafflecopter to see how it worked out!  The giveaway is open until 11:59 PM this Friday, August 2nd.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday!  I can't wait to see who the winner will be!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Soap Cute: Prototypes

With my Etsy shop opening date creeping up quick, I feel like I'm so far behind!  I've got until September 22nd to have the following done:
  • Complete 40 designs.  Make, Package, Photograph, & Draft Listings.
  • Design and order labels.
  • Get tax ID and DBA.
  • Open business bank account.
The last two will take no time at all, just a bit of money.  I'm not too worried about those, as I know none of them will be a problem for me.  Finishing at least 40 *approved by me* product designs and labels are the two that are worrying me.  As of now I have about 12 tested and approved.  Friday afternoon I received a giant supply order and have been making prototypes over the past couple of days.  Here are a few:
 I'm really happy with the way these little pumpkins turned out.  They're pretty small and I'm considering selling them as a trio as well as part of a Halloween themed mini-soap set that I'm still working on.  I had a bit of the soap left over so I went ahead and tried it out in a new bear mold I recently purchased.  I have a couple of great ideas for the bears that I will be sharing in an upcoming post and possible giveaway.  I can't wait to show you!
 As part of my recent supply order, I received a sample of this bronze sparkle mica powder colorant.  My goal here was to create a "Heart Of Gold" soap, and this color turned out really pretty.  They're still a bit translucent, so I will probably up the amount of color I add to the final batch. 
I made a batch of these when I first began to play around with soap making.  I'm thinking of selling these in trios of different colors, but can't decide what to go with.  I definitely want to keep the black.  I'm thinking I may try a deep purple/sparkly one, but I can't decide on a third color.  What do you think?

I can not begin to describe how delicious these soaps smell.  My entire apartment smelled like I was baking up pies and berry cobblers last night.  I think that's one of the things I love most about soap making-all of the yummy fragrances!

I've got a lot of designing ahead of me, so I better get back to work.  I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday! 

Q&A // 1

What stupid things did you do when you were younger to try to look cooler?
I used to try and dress like I was older and more mature (in a bad way) than I was.  I guess I thought I would look 'cooler' if I dressed in skimpy "dirty old perve look at me!" outfits.  Which was stupid. Not cool.

What gets better with age?
Men.  Actually I'll take that one step further and say men with beards.  I'm a beard-lovin' kinda gal, and men with beards only get better with age.

What is something you've done, just to say you did it?
I shaved my head once.  It's something I always wanted to do so that I could say I did it.  And I'll probably do it again someday.  You can see photos here!

When you were a kid, which cartoon character did you have the hots for, and why?
This is going to sound incredibly strange, but my sister and I used to think the kangaroo in Rescuers Down Under (the one in the poachers dungeon) was super hot...I think we just thought his voice was sexy or something though.  That probably doesn't count since he wasn't human, so I'll say Eric from The Little Mermaid-he's pretty damn hot.

What's the strangest/creepiest experience you've had with a customer?
A guy once bought me a pair of expensive shoes because he overheard me talking to a coworker about my feet hurting due to the cheap shoes I was wearing.  I got to work the next morning and this guy was already in the parking lot (it was like 6:30 in the morning!).  The creepiest part?  They were the right size!  I told him I couldn't accept them and gave them back. 

Feel free to take these questions and answer them on your blog!  If you do please send me a link so I can check them out!

Illustration Love: SEM Illustrations

While browsing etsy for cute movie illustrations over the weekend, I fell in love with these from Sarah Michaels of SEM Illustrations.  I love her use of color and these movies are some of my favorites! 

 When I was little, my dad would take us to the video store every weekend and let us each pick out one movie to rent.  No exaggeration here...I rented The Shining AT LEAST 6-8 times in a row.  My step mom finally told me that the video store said I couldn't rent it anymore, but I think she was just tired of listening to it!  I adore that film-and I'm in love with these illustrations!!! 
I'm also a huge fan of The Labyrinth.  Ludo is my favorite!!!  I hope I can purchase a few of these soon-they would be perfect to keep near my computer desk!

The awesomeness doesn't stop here-go check out Sarah's Etsy shop for more!

Our Trip To Rockport

I'm not sure why it took me so long to share these photos, but here are a few snapshots from our trip to Rockport last month!  It was so nice to get away for a few days and relax at the beach.  I think we may take another trip down there in October, which I think will be much nicer as far as the weather goes.  It was so miserably hot AND humid, but I had a great time!

I had absolutely NO luck in my search for seashells this year, but I did find a few other neat things.  My favorites were the crab bits :)

What I love most about Rockport though, is going to the local park and feeding the turtles:

If you missed last years photos, you can see them here, here, and here.

A Themed Wishlist: Phrenology and Such

I recently ordered this Body Of Work poster set from ModCloth and am completely smitten.  I plan on hanging them together either in the living room or the bedroom.  I don't want them to be lonely though, so I'm considering getting a few things to tie the room together. 

  1. Foyer Consideration Container.  I could totally use this next to my door to keep my keys in.  Right now I just have a little shelf I keep them on, but this would be perfect on that shelf!
  2. A Head Of Schedule Clock.  I don't currently have a clock on ANY of my walls.  I'm always checking my phone or squinting to make out the time on my cable box.  I think I NEED this-I love the face too-so pretty :)
  3. A Head Of The Class Container. It's so unfortunate that this is out of stock at ModCloth right now :(  I love it so much!  I could use this as a little container for my keys too, but I think it would be so nice for jewelry!  I'll have to keep checking back, I really really want this one!!!

10 Things You Don't Know About Me

This post comes from a tag post done over on Mandy's blog Miss Indie.  I've been so terrible about posting consistently, so I thought this would be something fun and simple to *maybe/hopefully* get me back into the swing of things :)

1) I am the BIGGEST procrastinator I know.  I have list upon list of things to do, but somehow I never get around to doing them.  Current things I'm procrastinating about:
  • Doing the dishes.
  • Cleaning my apartment (it's totally disgusting right now)
  • Starting and finishing each day with a Yoga routine.
2) I want to write a novel or collection of short stories.  I'm thinking something along the lines of thriller/mystery...but cozy mysteries sound fun too.  Add this to my procrastinator list of things that may never happen...but I really do hope I can find the time for this one.

3) I think I'm developing an obsession with Steve Martin.  That guy is the coolest.  Successful actor/comedian/novelist/banjo player?  What an accomplished guy!  Look at these early photos of him I found:

4) My last two years of high school were miserable because I was *literally* afraid to end my unhealthy relationship with my terrible high school boyfriend.  I stopped taking Art (which was my favorite class-I signed up for it every year) because he decided to take it.  Both of my prom nights ended in tears and I hated the experience.  And worst of all...I lost all of my friends, because I only ever made time for him (there were consequences if I didn't).  I wish I had had the balls to end things with him before they got so bad. 

5) I desperately want to have Lilac hair.  It's soooo dreamy!  Maybe someday I'll be able to work from home.  If I do, that will be one of the first things I mark off my to-do list.

6) I was a cheerleader in 7th and 8th grade, but I also shaved the underside of my hair and wore wide leg jeans and baggy shirts all the time that first year...the strangest cheerleader I've ever seen lol.

7) I haven't trimmed or cut my hair in over a year now.  I just keep letting it grow.  Every now and then I want to cut it all off, but then I change my mind.  It's awfully pretty when it's long.

8) I want to learn how to do monster makeup.  Have you ever seen the Syfy show Face Off?  Watch it.  It's Amazing!

9) I'm so shy that I sometimes decide not to do things I want or need to do(like take a class or even go to the store alone), because social interaction scares the crap out of me.  I'm always afraid I'm going to say something incredibly stupid or misinterpret something someone says.  It's strange that I do perfectly fine when I interact with customers at work...but if it's not work related...I'm socially retarded.

10) I secretly want to own a 50's style Soda Shop with a little dance floor for all those fun 50s dances.  OMG!  (My first job was waiting tables an independently owned Malt Shop.  I got to dress up like the Pink Ladies from Grease everyday and serve ice cream!)

I tag ANYONE who reads this!  If you decide to do one of your own please leave me a link so I can read it!