Saturday, January 31, 2009

Spring Fling 2009

It's ba-ack......

This year our ever popular Spring Fling is returning with more products to chose from. Spring Fling is screaming with the vibrance of spring! The essence of spring is wrapped in the elegance of Lily and Jasmine along with lemon and ozone. Fragrance is light and airy, not overly heavy. Don't be fooled thinking this is a fru fru floral for women, I have several men that enjoy this fragrance, too.

Chose from Spring Fling Soap...

Or Spring Fling Bubble Bath. This formula is versatile and can be used as a shower gel, too!

How about some of our fabulous Spring Fling Bath Fizzies...

We must not leave the feet out, they deserve a treat, too. Pamper those tootsies with one of our Lovin' Your Feet Loofah Soaps in Spring Fling...

AND....Coming soon....Spring Fling Body Lotion Parfait & Spring Fling Whipped Soap. Keep watch, we'll announce their arrival right here!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Special Valentine

My Special Valentine is not what most would think. It's not my hubby, who I absolutely adore. My special Valentine is near and dear to my heart and has been part of my life since I was born. It would be hard to celebrate Valentine's Day properly without sending a card, or making a phone call to my Special Valentine. This year my Special Valentine is turning 94. She will always hold a place of special honor and remembrance on Valentine's Day.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

E t s y B l o g g e r s . T R U N K . S H O W !

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YOU are INVITED!! Come see a LIVE virtual TRUNK SHOW this Friday night!! On Friday Jan. 30th @ 9PM EST, where twenty-six talented Etsy shops from all over the world will be showcasing a select few of their items ONLINE in the GALLERY of the EtsyLabs! Sales and special offers will apply only to the EtsyBloggers TRUNK SHOW attendees!

Everyone is welcome to attend, so come and join the fun here on Friday Jan. 30th @ 9:PM EST.

In addition, the below 26 participating shops are having a SALE in their shops on Friday night in honor of the EtsyBloggers TRUNK SHOW!
Specials for trunk show - 10% off
20% off Valentines Section 1/30/09 ~ mention "Trunk Show" to receive discount
Handcrafted soaps, toiletries and crochet bath accessories
One of a kind handmade lampwork beads
Free US Shipping
Handmade handbags and accessories
10% discount and free USA shipping on any item $50 and up
Handmade Women's Jewelry
15% Off, valid 1/30/09
Mention "Trunk Show" in note to seller for discount
Messenger Bags and Accessories
Visual, wearable and practical art
10% off all prints, valid 1/30 only
handmade felted bags, bowls and other goodies!
For free US Shipping and surprise gift! Just quote "trunk show" on 1/30 only.
10 % off everything in my shop!
Memories for Life Scrapbooks-Scrapbooks and More
10% OFF before shipping
Eclectic accessories and vintage goods
Free shipping on orders of $40 or more
Cards, prints and one of a kind gifts from Becky Kazana!
15% off every item in shop, and with purchase, you will receive a coupon for 10% off next purchase. Buyer please put "TRUNK SHOW" in notes to seller.
10% Off and Free U.S. Shipping
"Fraternal Earrings" and other beautiful beadwork
10% OFF with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
Hand-crafted jewelry, decor & more. Many OOAK.
10% off
Digital Art, Photography and Note Cards
10% off
Doll Clothes and ACEOs
I will be offering Free gift with purchase - when mentioning "Trunk Show" in note to seller.
Two free apple scrubbies with any order!
Free shipping worldwide on any item from 1/29/09 through 2/1/09
Put TRUNK SHOW in the message to the seller to get the free shipping.
Free Priority Shipping Upgrade & Valentine's Gift Wrapping..... Upon Request Please!
Mention Trunk Show in customer comment box.
Free US shipping, and I'm offering 10% off on Jan. 30th
one-of-a-kind jewelry and original haiku with each necklace
free shipping with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
free shipping with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
free shipping with " trunk show" code in order

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Treasures in the Treasuries on Etsy

These amazing individuals were kind enough to include me in their most recent treasuries on Etsy. Thank you so much!

KB Shimmer captured my heart and spoke my language with her ~ Chocolate Warms My Heart ~ Treasury.

Peacox Creations created a fabulous treasury in honor of the Etsyblogger's upcoming Trunk Show on Friday January 30 ~ Trunk Show Treasures ~

It's Another Snowy Day....And I'm Looking Forward to Spring!

Citrus Twins Cold Processed Soap

New CPSIA Law effective February 10, 2009

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

PIF from Erica

Erica from Tote-n-Tots is closing her shop due to the impending laws of CPSIA. It is my hope that congress will act and amend the law so that is doesn't put small business ~ out of business. Such a shame, because Erica made my DD a wonderful upscale Diaper Bag and an awesome pair of booties for the baby. I quickly snagged up some fabric destash Erica recently listed and you just cannot believe how touched I was when I discovered the sweet extras she tucked in for my soon-to-be Granddaughter. Thank you soooo much, Erica.

Erica has made lemonade out of the lemons ~ you really MUST check out her new shop that was recently opened on Etsy, NicoDesigns. Good Luck with your new shop, Erica!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Featuring Rose Works Jewelry

My heart is fond of all things patriotic. Perhaps it is because my birthday is around Independence Day. This necklace over at Rose Works Jewelry caught my attention several months ago and there was an immediate attraction. I was tickled when Ruthie and I were able to work out a trade. WOOT! Isn't this the most gorgeous necklace? The quality of work is outstanding, and Ruthie even included some extras with the order.

In addition to being an active member of the Etsybloggers, Ruthie is also an active member of the Pluggers United and an Internet Radio show hostess for "Thursday Spotlight On" at 9 PM on Blockhead Radio every Thursday night.

Congratulations, Ruthie, on being the January 2009 Etsyblogger of the Month. You are very deserving of the spotlight! :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Winter Cabin Fever

It's about this time of year when I tire of seeing white and feeling the cold and long to see some of this again....

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An Awesome Product Review

One of my customers that found me via Entrecard, posted a review of my products on her blog today. I enjoy stopping by Lynne's blog "Seeking His Every Way". I'm deeply touched by this review. Be sure to check out the review and spend a little time checking out her blog. Her blog calms and soothes my spirit.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sisterhood Award

The Sisterhood award is inspired by the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and was created by Diana to be given to your best bloggy girlfriend(s). You give them the award to thank them for their special friendship. This award was bestowed upon me by Mother "NO"s Best. We found each other through Entrecard. Thank you soooo much!

I now bestow the "Sisterhood" award upon:

My dear sweet Lily aka Hot Lips (my partner in crime) from Tulips Talking
Teresa (my faithful bloggy friend & customer) from Life, Homesteading, and Everything
Cindy (my sew happy neighbor across the mountains) from Sew Happy Designs

Be sure to check out my "sisters" and the wonderful lady that bestowed this awesome award to me. It is unfortunate in that the website Diana ~ the creator of this award ~ is not functioning. I would have loved to stop in and pay her a visit.

Baby Shower Favors

I'm hosting a baby shower next month for Melissa. I've been plotting and scheming since she announced her pregnancy...and now it is show time to get ready. We know she's having a girl and this is one of the favors for the shower. Time consuming, but rewarding and well worth the effort, I think. She selected her favorite fragrance for the soap.

Interested in having some custom baby shower favors made for an event you are planning? We now offer then in 6 packs and 12 packs.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Sweet Babies

We headed north near the Canadian border last night to celebrate Christmas with our oldest daughter, Melissa. Here she is at 7 months pregnant...I'm so jealous, she's all baby.

And here's all three of my babies. Ashley finally had a growth spurt and grew just a hair taller than her sister. Neither of the girls have passed me up in height. And Josh, the baby, well because he's now taller than his father we're banking on the fact that he's been well fertilized from all of the cow manure he wades through when milking cows.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Black Tie Affair

Black Tie Affair is truly an affair to remember! Romance and Sophistication abound in this handsome bar of soap. We’ve combined sandalwood, frankincense & amber with some hidden surprises for a truly luxurious Black Tie Affair. Your skin will be pleased with our superfatted soap formula. With the addition of Dead Sea Mud, your skin will be pampered and loved like royalty.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tunnel of Love Part 2

Tunnel of Love Soap ~ Romance at it's best. A hint of Chocolate and Roses surrounded in an intoxicating Fruit Tonic. An awesome combination that leaves you wanting more. This superfatted soap formula is my own signature formula. It will leave your skin feeling extra pampered and loved.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tunnel Of Love

We've created an awesome JUMBO Bath Fizzie in the shape of a heart and weighing in at 5 ounces. Tunnel of Love is Romance at it's best. We've created our own fragrance blend that offers a hint of Chocolate and Roses surrounded in an intoxicating Fruit Tonic. An awesome combination that leaves you wanting more. And more is what we'll be giving keep checking back.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

I'm a little late sending out my New Years Greeting this year. I spent New Year's Eve with a piping hot bowl of chicken noodle soup, a box of kleenex, the TV remote, and the cat curled up beside me the whole time. I was a cheap date for hubby this year and urged him to go out with friends as planned and have fun ringing in the New Year. Hubby surprised me when I awoke to him coming in the door just before the ball was to drop in Times Square. He had come home to help his sickly wife ring in the New Year. What a guy!

A lot of new milestones are in store for us this coming year for which we are rather excited. We're becoming grandparents for the first time, our younger daughter will be graduating High School, and our son will be turning 18 this fall. Where has the time gone? When the kids were little it seemed as though time stood still, now all of a sudden the time is racing by rapidly.

I am also excited about the new plans, products and goals that are in store for Spotted Cow Soaps in 2009.