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I’ve had a day to myself today, so I decided to make some soaps. I’m going to be teaching some soap-making workshops soon, so I thought I’d make some examples to show to the students.

I was using the melt and pour method of soap-making so I’ve ended up with lots of different colours, shapes and fragrances. I thought I’d them with you…

This little butterfly soap is made from clear soap base with red and blue liquid dyes dispersed through the base to give a random, un-uniform look.

This is a large heart-shaped soap made from clear soap base. I’ve added green liquid dye and some poppy seeds for exfoliation.

This gorgeous little cupcake smells devine. Both parts are made from clear soap base. The base section has shea butter and powders goat’s milk, and is scented with vanilla extract. To the strawberry part I added poppy seeds and red liquid dye, and scented it with raspberry fragrance oil (I didn’t have any strawberry!)

This large, round, sunny soap is made from clear soap base. I’ve added powdered goat’s milk, calendula petals, and grapefruit essential oil for it’s sunny scent and detox properties. I’ve also added, as you may have noticed from the photo, a slice of loofah for exfoliation.

This little rose is so cute. It’s made from clear soap base. The top petal part has red liquid dye and vintage rose fragrance oil added. The lower part hass goat’s milk powder, red liquid dye, and vintage rose frangrance opil added.

A day well spent!

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As I mentioned a couple of months ago, Freyaluna has relocated to London. It was a long time coming, but I am now a resident of Greenwich. As I write this I am sitting out on the balcony looking out over the beautiful ecology park. The sun is shining and life really isn’t too bad at all.

So here I am, moved in with my lovely man, and I was right… he really didn’t have a clue what was going to hit him. I told him many, many times that I’ve got a lot of stuff (we crafters are all hoarders at heart!), but he really didn’t ‘get’ it. The day I arrived, with my van full to bursting was quite a revelation for him.

But I’m getting there, slowly but surely I’m working my way through the mountain of boxes. At least we can see the bedroom floor now!

This is the state we are now in…

Bear in mind that I only got here on Saturday. I think I’ve done really well! You should have seen what it was like when I first got here!

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Introducing new products for Spring/Summer 2010…

Recently the prize for my Spring Giveaway, Mint Mojito is a new range of facial skincare products just perfect for giving your skin a bit of a spring clean. This range uses a blend of peppermint, spearmint and lime to freshen your skin, it has a cooling, astringent and toning action on oily and congested skins, and can help with acne.

Our Mint Mojito Facial Gift Set is now available to buy in the Freyaluna Folksy shop.

Mmmmm… Mint Mojito! My mouth is watering!

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I am just starting the first week of about a month as one of the ‘unemployed’. Don’t worry… It is through choice!

Here’s the story…

Freyaluna is relocating… to London! I am moving from my sleepy village in green and leafy North Wales, to the ‘big smoke’ of London. Talk about a culture shock!  I’m moving to live with my lovely man in Greenwich. But I’m not going until the beginning of May.

Why did I leave work so early? I hear you ask.

Well, I work with children, and this week is the start to the Easter school holidays and I thought that it would be best to leave at the end of a school term so that the children can get used to the idea of having somebody new to look after them, than disrupting their summer term by leaving half-way through.

So I’ve got a month of twiddling my thumbs before I move… Twiddling my thumbs? The chance would be a fine thing!

I’ve got so much stuff to sort through and clear out. Last weekend it was my wardrobe… It was a little bit painful, but also a little bit liberating to get rid of clothes and shoes that I hadn’t worn for months, possibly years. The task I most need to do, and the task I most don’t want to do, is to sort through my workroom. I’m really dreading it. However-many-years’ worth crafting supplies, ingredients, packaging, products, and the rest… It all has to be sorted, tidied, packed and moved the 200 miles down to London. On top of all of Freyaluna’s stuff to transport, there’s all of my personal items. It’s going to bit quite a mission!

The poor man really doesn’t know what’s about to hit him! To be fair to him, I have tried to explain… About the storage needed… the fact that crafting takes over every surface in the house… strange concoctions being brewed in the kitchen… I could go on! What makes it worse is that he’s quite tidy and minimalist. I, as I’m sure many crafters are, am quite messy… well maybe not messy as such, eclectic is a nicer word for it. I like to think it’s quite endearing…

Ah well, he’ll soon find out!

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All Set

So, my first market of the year  is on tomorrow. I’m glad to say, I think I can stop panicking now. I think I’m pretty much ready for it.

After quite a fight yesterday, I think I even beat the evil printer. I managed to print my labels, in the right colours and without any horrible black ink blotches (yes, that was one of his tactics!) Though I’m sure I’ve only won the battle, and not the war, as today he is being just as troublesome!

Anyway…

For the market tomorrow, I have some lovely new items! I’ve packaged some bath salts adding those cute little wooden scoops I bought in Bruges.

Here they are…

I think they look really good! (Even if I do say so myself!)

I also managed to lay my hands on some small jute gift bags so I’ve packaged up some products to make little gift sets. Just in time for Mother’s Day!

I love dreaming up and making new products and items! I’ve got loads in my head for this year! Yesterday I experimented with a new massage bar called Walking On Air. It has gorgeous, skin-nourishing cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil, and essential oils of orange, lavender, sandalwood, rose and frankincense… Mmmmm! Yummy scrumptious! I’ll introduce her properly when I have had a chance to test her (the best part of the job is trying all of the products before putting them for sale!).

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Last week my lovely man took me away for a long weekend, it was his Christmas present to me. We went to Bruges, in Belgium for three days. It’s an absolutely beautiful city and I would definitely recommend it to anybody!

Why am I telling you this?

Well, it would seem that even on holiday I’m thinking about my crafting! Don’t get me wrong, when I’m holiday I know how to relax and not think about work and stuff at home. But there’s always a part of me that’s doing market research or looking for new product ideas.

So… We went into one shop that had absolutely everything you could ever imagine needed or wanting for use around the home! And I found some absolutely adorable little wooden scoops! They are so cute!

Ok, I know, I’m a little bit sad for getting so excited about something so ‘dull and boring’, but I love them. I’m going to use them to tie to bags of bath salts, bath milks, etc.

The other great find I had, was these little fellas…

Foot-shaped pumice stones! I’m going to package these in with some foot products to make little gift sets.

There’s nothing like a few days away to come back refreshed and bursting with new ideas!

Those of you worried about my poor man while I’ve been thinking about business matters while on holiday, fear not! We had a wonderful time, we didn’t want to come home. I have to say, I think I’ve got him quite well-trained now, he was helping me with my ideas while we were away.

I’m just going to throw in a bit of soppy-ness now… A big thankyou to my man for taking me away for a lovely weekend, and for supporting me in my endeavors.

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I recently received a custom order through my folksy shop. A lovely lady (Catherine at handknit) wanted to bulk order a variety of our cupcake bath melts, to add to some gift sets she’s making up.

So I’ve made up a new batch!

These cupcakes are now packaged and ready and waiting to be sent on their way to their new owner first thing tomorrow morning. But I just had to share them with you all!

So, here they are…

Mmmm! Cupacke Bath Melts!

Here is a selection of Rose, Chocolate Orange, and Vanilla Chocolate Cupcake Bath Melts.

For those of you who have not yet experienced the luxury that is a Freyaluna Cupcake Bath Melt (poor you!), these are truly a decadent bathing experience! The mixture of natural butters and oils in these gorgeously girly Bath Melts melt all over your body to leave your skin sumptuously soft.

They look almost good enough to eat! I wouldn’t recommend tasting them though. Take it from one who knows, essential oils do not taste nice!

Of course, these cupcake bath melts are available in my Folksy shop, as well as in my MyEhive shop.

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