Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Portland Museum of Art Project

I am working on a very exciting project!

Portland Museum of Fine Arts, here in Portland Maine, contacted me recently and asked if I would collaborate with them to create soaps to compliment their upcoming exhibit featuring Winslow Homer and his art. They wanted to focus on his piece, Weatherbeaten (shown below) as well as others.

In 2012, Portland Museum of Art is celebrating a year of Winslow Homer. 

Visit their website to learn more - http://portlandmuseumofart.org/about/homerstudio/

"See works by Winslow Homer that were painted at his studio on Prouts Neck and have never been exhibited together in Maine and won't be seen again together for generations".

Museum visitors will be able to purchaser bars of soap with unique names that "match" the exhibit, swirls of colors, and with earthy and ocean fragrances. 

They have chosen certain fragrances, ordered batches of soap and are making a special soap label.  In addition, they created a special Winslow Homer / Portland Museum of Art soap stamp!  I just received it yesterday and tried it out. 

I think it looks fantastic!  (I have test stamped on a sample piece of soap)

Here is a bit about Winslow Homer:

From Wikipedia:  (Link to the entire Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winslow_Homer )

"Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th century America and a preeminent figure in American art.

Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator.[1] He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations

In 1883, Homer moved to Prouts Neck, Maine (in Scarborough) and lived at his family's estate in the remodeled carriage house just seventy-five feet from the ocean..."

I am thrilled to be working with the Portland Museum of Art!  What a unique and fun project!  Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, March 26, 2012

LOVE this old 1922 advertisement for Palmolive soap! 

I use my soap every day to take off my  makeup.  It's great for face & body, men & women, young & old. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Maine Maple Sunday!

Maine Maple is this Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Visit many of the maple syrup producers around the beautiful state of Maine and learn how maple syrup is made, taste some wonderful maple products and visit the farms.

From the official Maple Producer Association website:  http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/ 

"Maine Maple Sunday is bigger than ever.

The number of sugar houses participating in Maine Maple Sunday is growing again this year. Our 2012, Maple Sunday Map went live during the third week of February. This year there will be even more sugar houses than before. We will also be adding to our map this year, a print version. This will enable you to print off information about sugar houses and take this with you on Maple Sunday".
So there you have it...get out there this Sunday and visit our local Maple Syrup farms!  Their site is loaded with great Maple recipes and the history of Maple syrup farming. Enjoy!

Friday, March 9, 2012


The website is still open for orders.  And orders will all be processed in the order that they are received after some rest and relaxation.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Special Order

Special order Sea Urchins.  They were actually a light blue color, but the sunlight made everything soo bright and white!

Do you like the little brown box package?  Tied with a brown ribbon with blue polka dots and a "Just For You" gift tag, they are soo very cute!  These packages are made from recycled materials too!

35 of them boxed up and headed out the door. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Drop The Labels...

From a new (new to me) blog, my sister introduced me to: http://bravegirlsclub.com/ ,  my sweet little sister sent me this the other day...I hope that it helps you too!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Shampoo Bars

My Shampoo Bars will make an appearance in the Spring Close Buy Catalog!  Offering Unscented, Lavender & Peppermint-Rosemary, these bars are a popular among travelers because they are basically a bar that can do it all!  Shampoo, shave and clean.  No worrying about leaky bottles in your bag or suitcase! 

Our same 100% vegetable oil soap recipe with the addition of Avocado Oil (luxurious and rich in proteins) and Castor Oil (helps make extra big, thick bubbles and lather). As with our other bars, our shampoo bars contain no animal fats, no synthetic oils, no detergents, and no chemical preservatives.

Great for travel, this solid bar means you will never have a leaking shampoo bottle in your bag again
Easy to use: Simply wet hair, then turn the bar over in your wet hands a few times to make a lather and apply. Wash hair and rinse. That's it!

For extra soft hair, after shampooing try rinsing with a "vinegar rinse". Just mix a couple tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of warm water. No need to rinse out the "vinegar rinse"--any vinegar smell will dissipate in a few minutes.

As with my other soap bars, keep bars dry and out of a puddle of water to prolong the life of the soaps. Bars are approx. 4 oz.
*On the shelf curing! Shampoo Bars  in Unscented and Peppermint/Rosemary will be ready at the beginning of March

Friday, March 2, 2012

Laundry Detergent

I have been contacted by a company here in Maine that grows their own Lavender and also produces Lavender Oils.  They would like me to make my Laundry Detergent using their Lavender Oils and it will be for sale in their and their shop in Camden, Maine and farm stand in Appleton.  What a fun opportunity! 

And I am loving this new picture of my Laundry detergent! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Close Buy Catalog - SPRING!

Close Buy Catalog (which I have been part of for their past 2 out of 2 catalogs) is launching a NEW Spring Catalog!  And I am happy to announce that I will be part of it!  And offfering my Shampoo Soap Bars as well as Laundry Detergent.   The Spring catalog is new this year and there will be a few new ideas and changes to the catalog.  Including, shipping directly to the customer.  Keeping this in mind, my products had to be lighter and not breakable.  For the catalog I have offered and smaller size Laundry Detergent (8 ounce size) and my Shampoo Bars will not require any "fancy" packaging.  So no boxes with ribbon and gift tags that could get smooshed and just add to the general bulk.

Here is what the Close Buy Catalog  has to say: 

"Great new things are coming to Close Buy this Spring!
On April 2 CB will launch our pilot spring fundraiser.

All products will be available online and ship directly to your families. Our new distribution method allows us to invite small groups (teams, clubs, classes), as well as non-profit organizations and camps".

And now, I am off to make some soap!