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16 October 2008 @ 11:13 pm

The garage and barn
Originally uploaded by Martinsville.
Sadly, I have yet to figure out how to employ pixie people to do my work for me.

I didn't start out on the second floor of that two story barn. Like most home-based businesses in my area, I started out in the kitchen, making soap by day, and dinner by night.

Until the (in)famous Rose Flavored Mashed Potato Incident. It was the fall of 2002, and it seems I must have been making rose soap that fateful day, and spilled some of the fragrance oil on the only real work surface I have in my tiny 10' x 10' kitchen, a little 3' wide wooden microwave cart.

Wood is really porous, you know. Tends to soak up just about any oil that falls on it, and then transfer it to whatever you put on it.

So there we are, happily eating dinner, and the Husband takes a bite of his mashed potatoes, puts his fork down, and says, "Maybe it's time to clean out the garage and move your soapmaking things out there".


I outgrew the garage in about a year. And actually, the plans for the barn were already in the works for his woodworking shop - I just handily noted that adding a second story would add very little cost to the barn itself, and I could work with the sloped ceilings whereas he could not.

So now the garage is used for storing finished products (except in the winter, when the lotions and sprays have to come inside so they don't freeze) and I have a lovely but very disorganized workshop dedicated to things that one really shouldn't eat. ^_^
24 September 2007 @ 04:19 pm
Now that it's officially fall here in Martinsville - never mind that it's 78 degrees F out today, and I just heard a cicada - all I can think about is pumpkins.

Specifically, pumpkin pie.

Which of course, is my second favorite pie of all time. (The first, in case you were wondering, is rhubarb custard.)

So I really do think you should celebrate fall by buying a bar of Pumpkin Pie Soap - either at Etsy or Mintd (your choice).
13 August 2007 @ 10:55 pm

Later this month, Mr. S. and I will be invading the Etsy Labs for the Etsy Green and Clean Guild's Trunk Show! W00t!! 

Meet and Greet

RSVP to rsvp@etsy.com

Current Mood: excitedexcited
01 March 2007 @ 11:21 am
These are the first two soaps in our new Extreme Limited Edition line. Each new fragrance will be made in very small 1 pound batches, so there will be at the most 4 bars of soap available.

The white soap is Chameleon - based on one of Lush's most famous fragrances, Karma. You get that, yes? Karma, Chameleon, Karma Chameleon - what can I say, I'm a child of the '80s. ^_^ Our version is a blend of amber and patchouli surrounded by fresh clean citrusy notes and woodsy notes of the forest, a whisper of Lavender and much more. These bars are very rustic, and have an interesting pattern - there's a circle inside the square, where the soap heated up after being poured into the mold.

The tan soap is Geisha, a very Eastern, mystical fragrance, combining soft amber, sandalwood, and spices, against a creamy background of musks and myrrh. An intoxicating, feminine fragrance inspired by the Geisha tradition of Japan.

You really should check them out! ^_^
20 February 2007 @ 04:57 pm

New Lip Balm Flavors!
Originally uploaded by Martinsville.
I've been busy with these three great new lip balm flavors in my Etsy shop:

Lime Sugar - Bright and Bubbly absolutely describes this flavor, that also matches our new Lime Sugar Supreme soap. Don't think bitter when you think of this citrus, it's lovely dulcet notes will delight the most discriminating lips.

Mojito - If you have tried the refreshing sparkly Cuban drink of the same name, you know what this one is all about. It's minty, lime, sparkly and very fresh. The Cubans really knew what they were doing when they invented this drink and the flavor is just like it.

Berry VooDoo - A "wicked" good berry flavor. For the berry lover it's an unforgettable blend of juicy, fruity berries, the best of summer. Yummmmmm!!!

Visit us in Martinsville, why don'tcha? ^_^
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Current Music: The Police - Walking on the Moon
13 February 2007 @ 11:43 am
OK, I admit it - I'm on a lime kick, and have been for a while. So when this fragrance arrived in Martinsville, I knew I had a winner. This isn't just lime, it's lime with an attitude! It's positively bursting with bright notes of Lime with lush background notes of musk and tiny floral notes. I think you'll love it just as much as I do! ^_^

Now available at http://MartinsvilleEmporium.etsy.com
01 February 2007 @ 11:03 pm
I have lots of zippers listed in my Etsy store. They're all great for pouch and purse making! (Not so great for skirt-making, which is what I bought them for.)
19 January 2007 @ 12:05 pm

Alcohol-free Body Mist
Originally uploaded by Martinsville.
New in Martinsville are these great alcohol-free body mists. These are just a few of the fragrances that I made for a wholesale order. I can make them in all of the soap fragrances, and many of the candle fragrances as well. Chocolate raspberry truffle, anyone? ^_^
15 January 2007 @ 02:44 pm

Holy Green, Batman!
Originally uploaded by Martinsville.
A VERY green block of one of our new Spring '07 fragrances, Lime Sugar Supreme! Trust me, it smells great, but that's NOT a color found in nature! ^_^

It'll be ready on 2/5/07, just in time for Valentine's Day shipping!
26 November 2006 @ 07:35 pm
When I first saw these adorable little ceramic baking dishes, I though to myself, "Self, those would make really great double-wicked candles!"

They burn a little faster because of the double wick, but oh man, the fragrance throw on them is OUTRAGEOUS!

I only have 3 of each fragrance, though, so grab them now!