Friday, February 28, 2014

Check me out at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Cool news today.  Some of my little flower pot and watering can gift sets are headed to the museum store at Chihuly Garden and Glass!

This is one of the grooviest places to see if you are new or visiting Seattle - it's over at Seattle Center near the Space Needle.  Gorgeous exhibits of Chihuly glass installations, both inside and especially outside in the garden area.

And if you already live here and haven't gotten over to see it yet - get your butt over there!

They'll be delivered Monday, so by next week there should be a purrrty little display of my items.  Sweet, eh?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Do you feel a breeze too?

I can sooo relate to this photo right now.

I'm actively working on getting this little soap business up to snuff for the year 2014 in the online universe.  Can you believe I've never dipped my toes in Facebook?  Some of you will be totally all "OMG, how have you lived?" while others of you might be like I was (even last month) "what's the fuss all about? why can't you just face to face?"

Well if you're in business and you want to stay in business, it's no longer an option to opt out.  Like having a web page, you have to have a Facebook page.  

I have no idea really what I'm getting into.  Still trying to figure out the technicalities of uploading photos and getting all my settings in a row.  Which balloons from there into how to get my link straight in all my other online locations, and what do I post there and when and how and what is all the friends and likey stuff.  My head hurts.

I'm truly feeling a little exposed at the moment and vulnerable.  And like some stupid kid just instagrammed my ass all over the internets.  I'll be an expert in no time, I'm sure and will be guffawing about how long it took me to join the club.

So if you want to head over and have a laugh yourself.  Or fan me/follow me/like me, whatever the hell you're supposed to do . . . see ya at the cool kids table.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Now I finally understand curling ...

David Attenborough narrates a curling competition, the way that only he can do.  It's flippin' hilarious!  The whole Winter Olympics hoopla ends tomorrow night.  Wow, the last two weeks seems like it's lasted at least a month.  I'll miss it, but I'm really looking forward to having something else to do with my evenings too :)

(via Live Leak)

Friday, February 21, 2014

The medal goes to. . .

We've been glued to our teevee sets over here, watching all the action at the Sochi Winter Olympics.  All the drama, all the heartache, all the glory.  Plus the skating costumes - did you see that pink panther cat suit?  Ooooh la lah!  

You don't have to be a world-class athlete to know that winter weather can be a tough challenge for your skin.  Which inspired us to award medals to a few of the best products in our menu to keep your own winter skin nourished and healthy.
To the podiums please. Raise the flags and start the anthems . . .

Gold Medal, Slope Style:  Healing Salve 

For anyone hitting the slopes, or just hitting the bus stop on the way to work, you know that exposure to winter's cruel elements wreaks havoc on your skin. When you've been beaten by the competition, the Healing Salve cures just about anything. It heals all the dry flakies, the ragged cuticles that catch in your mittens, the fingertip splits, the heel cracks, the rough elbows, the ruddy cheeks, even the chapped lips. Not only is it a super rich moisturizer for even the driest patches, it's chock-full of healing herbs which soothe inflammation; calm redness; battle the ickies (bacteria, infection and fungus); and generally smooth out the rough edges. Plus, it acts as a barrier to seal in your own natural skin oils and keep the cold weather moisture from creating even more damage. It's one tiny tin that packs a wallop, goes everywhere, and it's only $5 dollars.  You've paid a lot more for a lot less.

Silver Medal, Curling:   Vanilla Bean & Honey Dead Sea Bath Salts

There is no better pampering treat after a long, bitter day in the winter weather than curling up in a hot, steaming, aromatic bath.  This type curling is a whole lot warmer and nicer smelling than doing the splits while tossing rocks down a sheet of ice.  And when it's cold outside, you want warmth, you want comfort and maybe even yes, a little spice.  That's describes exactly the Vanilla Bean & Honey fragrance.  It's our top scent in the bath salts because it's not sweet or cloying, just luxurious, pleasurable and relaxing.

With the highest mineral content of all the salts in all the land (or sea), the Dead Sea salts have super powers that soften all your dry, flaky or rough bits, detox the stress from every pore, and relax tired and achy muscles.  A good long soak can work wonders for winter weary bodies, even if your finish line isn't the end of a biathlon but just a long work week.  

Bronze Medal, Speed Skating:  Body Brush

Whether it's ice dance, short track, or hockey, the ice needs to be as smooth as velvet.  The Zamboni man is the true hero of the winter Olympics. 

And when it comes to skin, most of us would rather feel like silk than elephant hide, am I right?  Here's where our own little Zamboni machine comes in.  If you want to feel soft and smooth, you need to exfoliate regularly.  That means sloughing off the dry, dead skin cells that cling to the surface of the baby-smooth newer skin layers underneath. The easiest and most effective way to look your freshest is to dry brush for a few quick minutes before showering.  If you have absolutely no idea what 'dry brushing' means, no worries, I've written a short guide on all the whats, whys and hows on the website here.

We've got two styles of body brushes and either of them are terrific exfoliators.  Of course you can use them inside the shower too. Just get scrubbing on a regular basis and watch your skin begin to bloom like flowers in spring.

Customer Service: It Takes The Gold!!

"After years of buying from your wonderful product line, I just made my first online order - I'd like to compliment you on your INCREDIBLE service!  I've never received an order so expeditiously and/or  securely packed!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  What a class act!" 

"I had previously ordered a few of your items and fell in love with them when they arrived today. Therefore, decided to get a few more for gifts for friends.  Your soaps and sprays are highly valued in my "neck of the woods."  I give them for birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter gifts.  So appreciate you and your wonderful products!!!!!"
"I just had to sit down and send this email.  My daughter and I found your soaps at a Christmas bazaar.  I absolutely love them and decided to order them from you online.  I just received my second delivery, and I couldn't resist telling you how pleased I am.  Your customer service, specifically your delivery, is outstanding!  I do a fair amount of online shopping, and your company is the absolute best!"
"I just wanted to say that I've been ordering from you for YEARS and LOVE your stuff!"
"I just had to tell you how pleased and thrilled I was to receive my soaps from you yesterday.  I love that it was such a fast turn around from placing the order to receiving the soaps.  But the big deal is how much I love the soaps.  I intended them for Christmas gifts, but somehow I think I'm going to have to place another order because I want to keep them all for myself. I love the fragrances--especially the lavender pear.  I will be a repeat customer over and over again.  Great product, great service!"

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Something you might not know...

Here's a fact.  Soap can be dirty.

Soap bits, flakes, tiny specks etc when they land on the floor, stick to the counter, or stick to your pants, can really make a mess.

via Skreened
I'm not sure if I have ever explained the whole scientific what-nots of soap, but its molecular composition makes it a magnet to dirt.  That's truly how it works.  The soap molecule, when enacted by water, becomes magnetically attracted to dirt molecules.  That's sort of the grade school explanation.  Detergent molecules suck themselves to both dirt and grease - hence dish soap and laundry soap which are too harsh for our hides.

Anywhooo.  I've also noticed that it works without water.  This is not a new observation, but just one that I am keenly aware of again in this moment.  My office is, ooooh, how to say this, filthy.  The bits on the floor have attracted general dirt and become almost sticky little gummy magnets for cat hair, dust bunnies and whatever else is floating around.  The bits I have stuck to my pants when I carelessly wipe my hands off, are now stuck to the seat of my office chair.  I've got little piles of flecks of all kinds of fuzzy stuff all over.

Whoah.  This place needs a deep clean.  That's what happens when the sun comes out, even for a few short minutes.  You see all the dirt that's accumulated during the last few weeks of dark, stormy, grey days that feel like endless evenings, especially in the basement.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sweetheart Deal

Happy Valentine's Day!  I think I have the very best customers in the world.  You are like my extended family really, since some of you have been with me for so long.  And just because I love you, I'm having a sweetheart deal this weekend.  Everything on the web site is 10% off all weekend long.  Smooches!

Valentine Card

You'll need to enter a discount code in order to get the deal though.  Shop from 7am Friday Feb 14th through 10pm Sunday Feb 16th.  Type "sweetheart" in the promo code box - that's the message box in the top right corner which says "Type your comments, discount or coupon code, or gift card message here" and when you go to check out, the 10% off will be deducted from the merchandise total.  That's all there is to it.  Easy peasy.

Have a very Happy Valentines' Day with all your sweeties!

(Get shopping HERE!)

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Humans of New York

Humans of New York.  I just found it this morning in a random way.  It's a blog.  It's also a book.  And it's fascinating.  I've been scrolling through, reading the most poignant and lovely little snippets of people paired with a photograph of them.  A moment in time and often a small interview question about life.  Some are really deep.  Some are silly.  Kids to old people, it's the full spectrum. Like life itself. Love this and wanted to share . . .

"Dear Brandon,

My boyfriend had given me a copy of your book as a gift for our sixth anniversary today. Curiously perplexed by his uncharacteristic gesture, I observed the pages to come across a photo of us, standing on 42nd street, exactly one year earlier. Shock sprawled across my face and emotion flooded my heart. My mind wandered back to the six months that had preceded this night, which had relentlessly challenged our hearts and nearly broken our bond. It was this night, on our fifth anniversary, that we vowed not to give up; and it was this night that began the start of our greatest year together. I never imagined that I would be staring into this moment again. A moment so fleeting that it had escaped us, lost to the chaos of our times; yet here it is, so beautifully captured and for all the world to see. Though we may be strangers, you have given us the greatest gift of all. Thank you so very much. 
With much love,


"I got some purple ones because my yellow ones weren’t feeling too good."
"I got some purple ones because my yellow ones weren’t feeling too good."