Monthly Archives: March 2012

Donna’s Market Giveaway

I know it is completely unheard of for me to post twice in one day and, luckily for posterity, it is actually on the record.  I almost knocked myself out of my chair.  OK, now that I’m done amazing us all, I’ll move on to the announcement.

In honor of Donna’s Neighborhood Market this weekend, we are doing a drawing for a free three bar gift bag.  To be eligible for the drawing, you have your choice of three options:  regular purchase/preorder sales with valid email provided, following our blog, or signing up for updates while you are Donna’s Market.  Although her market is only on Saturday, March 31st from 10am – 3pm, we are opening it up to everyone online and we see in person from March 30th at 9am until April 1, 2012, at 12pm.  The winner will be notified by email by midnight on April 2, 2012.  The winner may immediately redeem their prize from stock on hand or choose from upcoming releases.

If you will be in her area, come check out Donna’s Market around Cypress, TX.  It will be located at 18315 Kenmark Lane, Cypress, TX 77433.  You will find lots of great people, interesting items, and friendly smiles.  Although I won’t personally make it this time, I will have limited stock on hand along with our brochures & cards next to Jenny’s Pampered Chef display.  I hope to make Donna’s next Market Day though and look forward to seeing everyone then!

Happy Washing!


Updated on 3-31-2012 to include address of Donna’s Market & where you can find our items at the market.  -Dorothy

Soap garden growing

So this beautiful weather has been great for the soap garden in addition to my spirits.  We’ve been busy here helping those little green sprouts pop up and attempting to keep them weed free.  Well, as much as possible.  The cilantro, sage, and some of the flowers have really taken off now.  With any luck, and no record-breaking drought here in Texas this year, these little guys might actually make it into the soaps!  I’m really hoping to get to work with them soon.

What on earth would possess me to add some of the garden bounty to my soap?  Why not?  There are many items we use in soap making for aromatherapy in addition to their coloring abilities.  Vanilla is a prime example of an additive that both changes the smell and will most definitely darken your soap.  Calendula flowers will create a pretty color while lavender ones can make a great texture change to the soap.  I wanted to use some of the fresh herbs and flowers in soap making while being able to honestly say whether or not they were grown pesticide free.  Growing my own lets me control exactly how they are treated.  If I want pesticide free flowers or truly fresh-cut herbs in my next batch, I just step out back and a cut off what I need.  No guessing or hoping about what might have been added to my botanicals.  Although I do have to guess about the weather for growing them and Texas weather tends to keep all of us guessing!

The sun is rising here now and I must get back to the soap pot.  Hope your weekend is a pretty out there as mine looks to be.  Donna’s Market is going on this weekend and you can find some of my info there at her booth.  She will be taking any orders you may have for me Saturday while there.  I will be in my regular weekly spots until CHA’s Family Fun Day in May where you will find me again!

Happy Washing!