Thursday, 23 April 2015

Artisans in Action



This weekend is the 4th Annual Artisans in Action Event at Forest Pines, Broughton.  There'll be some amazing artists and crafters there with their goodies, many of whom will be demonstrating how things are done.

I'll be there with my Soaps and Bath Goodies, so I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A break..


Hellooooo.  I've been taking a short break over the Easter Holidays, so the shops have been shut, and the family and I have been having lots of jam packed days.  I also had a fair and two soap demos to squeeze in, so not entirely work free ;)  

I've increased my bias selection, so there are now all these to choose from when purchasing a face cloth.



I've also been having a play around with the wash mitts, as I was never entirely happy with the thick seams on my first ones.  I love these now.  I making a couple more before I change them over in the shop.
 

I've also changed the Lemon and Ginger soap to include these fab poppy seeds instead of the lemon peel.  I love, love, love how it looks now!



Thursday, 19 March 2015

Busy busy!


Lots of making going on...lots of organising...lots of preparing for future events...and also lots of cleaning (not sure what's going on there!)


I also managed to finish a hat I started for myself after Yarndale last September ;)






Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Celebration Give-Away


 I reached 1500 sales in my Etsy Felt-y shop last week so I'm having a little give-away on my Facebook page to celebrate.  Why not pop over and leave a comment for your chance to win £15 to spend in the shop.  Good luck.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Kes

Trying to sneak on holiday with us

I'm slightly later than I intended to be this week as one of the family decided she needed more attention than she usually gets.  Kes, our nearly 20 year old cat, has been at the vets with a swollen face.  She went in on Wednesday to have the teeth cleaned and the offending teeth removed, with me being slightly anxious because of her age and the anaesthetic risk.  That was ok but they also found a tumour in the bone L

This is as good as anywhere!

There is nothing to be done except keep her pain free and happy.  This cat is permanently happy, and relatively trouble free so happy she shall be.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Makers and Sellers - Shazronnie Makes Stuff

Over the coming months I want to share with you some fabulous crafty folk who I admire.  First up we have the lovely Shazronnie, who dares to say on her cards things I would never say publicly ;)  I've had a few pieces and they are always fab.




Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Essential Oils - Baldwins



I've tried a few different essential oil suppliers over the years as my range of soaps has expanded.  Many soap makers add artificial scents to boost the smells to the soaps as some essential oils can fade over time.  I don't find that with Baldwins.  They have amazing oils that have fabulous scents that hold well.  The therapeutic benefits are amazing too...many a time I've driven home from a soap making demonstration thinking I probably shouldn't have made the soap with the Ylang Ylang oil ;)  

The prices are good, if you pay cheap prices for oils, you will get cheap oils ;)  The website if full of information, and the staff are very helpful if you ring.


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Old Socks...a re-purposing tale.


I love my woolly socks, and usually darn them when they have holes in.  These ones got to the point where they were a bit more darned than actual sock so I cut the tops off, gave them a cut, so they were no longer a tube, then stitched them into 2 long strips.


Once that was done, I stitched the two strips together, stitched down the sides and voila..a cushion cover was born ;)  I have three wooden buttons set aside but I'm still undecided as to whether it needs them.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Soap Demos


This week has been about Soap Making Demos that have been booked with various local WI groups.  Nerves aplenty, but once I get talking there's no stopping me ;)  I've had really good feedback too - enthusiastic is what they said ;) - so if you'd like to book your own then please get in touch...mail@handmadehaven.co.uk

Monday, 12 January 2015

Saturday, 10 January 2015

We have a Winner!

                                     

The winner of the lovely soap gift set is San T.  If you send your details to mail@handmadehaven.co.uk I can get it sent out to you :)


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Kraft Cards


I do love brown paper, kraft card and tags!  I have now added the choice of having your card made with kraft card to the Etsy shop :)

Don't forget to enter the give-away.