Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday in Park Slope Brooklyn

Today in NYC it was an absolutely beautiful day. I had gone to Park Slope Brooklyn with my son to walk around and visit my friend Delores (www.DaisyMayNaturalSoap) at the Park Slope Food Market. It was great seeing her and of course I had to buy some of her soaps. I love supporting my fellow soapmakers and what a good way to spend money.

My son also took in the pleasure of purchasing 6 matchbox cars for $1.00 on a local stoop sale. It was fun watching him chose which 6 he wanted. I gave him the dollar so he could feel like a big boy making his very own purchase. I look forward to see what the rest of the summer will bring.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy Rainy Friday

Good Morning,

I am so glad it is Friday but not happy that it is raining so much. That is probably because that means I am going to have a bad hair day but the truth of the matter is our flowers, trees and grass need the rain. So at the end of the day that is what matters most. I can always put my hair in a bun and hope for the best!

I actually wish I could stay home today and catch up on all of my favorite soap pages, blog, websites and maybe even place an order. I am sure I will be able to catch up this weekend and hope to find some great stuff online.

Until then, Happy Friday and enjoy the day.

XOXO
Melissa

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

What another beautiful day to the end of this holiday weekend.

I just wanted to say thanks to all the woman and men who have served and continue to serve our beautiful country. I don't believe in war but I do believe in supporting our troops. I hope they come home safe and soon so their loved ones can hold and kiss them again.

It is days like this that I love and cherish. I had a pretty productive weekend with my son and our friends. A few times I would see a beautiful flower or smell the air so clean and crisp and I would think of soap and what new creation I can add to my product line. I may have to spend some time at the shore to really become inspired.

I just wanted to send a quick hello to everyone and soon I will return with a new soaping venture.

XOXO
Melissa

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday morning

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Saturday morning. It is funny how I am walking around my house itching to create something, like a new bar of soap. However I do have plans to go to the circus with my son and his friends and the moms. I love days like this, when the sun is shining, the air is cool, and the flowers are in bloom.

I want to wish my friend Delores (http://www.daisysoapgirl.blogspot.com/) a great day at her street fair today. I am sure she is going to do well and she will have meet great people who will fall in love with her soap.

So although I itch to create today is a day to spend outdoors with some great friends.

XOXO
Melissa

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On my way back from taking care of stuff from school and I realized I wanted to mention one more person that I just recently met.

Not too long ago I participated in an artist fair in Astoria that was put together by Astoria Events. There was a fellow soapmaker who owns a store in Astoria there as well. I had no idea there was a soap shop in my area but I didn't see it as competition. I see Vivian and her Little Soap Shop (http://www.thelittlesoapshop.net/) as another networking resource for me.

I recently visited Vivian in her shop and boy I felt like I walked into my future. Her shop located on 36th St right off of Ditmars Blvd. is my dream come true, it is small but quaint!

When I walked in Vivian was measuring out her lye and she had this ginormous gas mask on. I didn't want to disturb her so I told her to continue doing what she was doing. When she was done I introduced myself and she was just as excited to know I existed in Astoria. She was a delight to speak to and she was so kind to me and my son. She offered me the chance to have a basket of my samples in her store so I can drum up some business. How wonderful is that of her! Please visit Vivian if you can and buy some of her soap. I of course I bought 3 and I am loving it!!

Thanks Vivian for your kindness!

XOXO
Melissa

I just set up my SMS feature on my phone so I can send quick text messages to my blog. I am becoming a techi geek!! Hey if anyone can show me how to put pics on my blog I would greatly appreciate it. I might have to have a blog party in my house soon!!! Have a great day everyone!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Inspirations

As I start this blog, I have been thinking about what I was going to write next. I thought it would be nice to take this time to acknowledge the amazing people I have met along my journey.

As I mentioned in my profile I came across this incredible tour group based out of Australia called Aroma Tours (http://www.aroma-tours.com/). I saw that they hosted a tour called Provence Aromatherapy Tour and I was hooked. I booked my flight to Marseille France via the way of Belgium and booked my spot on the tour. This was my first time traveling out of the country so needless to say I had to get a passport and study up on Provence. I was so excited about this trip and if you know me, you know I tend to have big girl moments, well this was one of those moments.

I can't even begin to explain what this week in Provence did to me. It opened up my eyes to Europe, to food, to great wine and to meeting fantastic people. One woman I shared a room with was Joanne Landers. Can you believe we were paired up because she lived in New Jersey but that wasn't the crazy part. The crazy part was that she had a daughter who lived right around the corner from me in little ole Astoria!! Joanne and I keep in touch via email and she is one amazing woman. The best part was that we were like 2 giddy high school girls at night laughing so much that we barely slept! I can go on and on about Provence but to be honest you need to experience it yourself. So please check out their website and if you drop then an email please tell them I said hello! Ok one more funny bit, you would think that all the different people Jim and Robbi meet along their ways, why would they remember me? Well they do and that is because on one of our ventures experiencing the countryside, we visited a rose garden that was high in the mountains and there was this "special" wall of rocks that was said to have the ability to make one fertile. Ok did I mention that I was going to meet my new husband (now ex!! LOL) in Paris for a week after Provence? So yes, I jokingly rubbed myself all over the rock and let's just say someone came home with a bun in the oven. Oh yes, back to the point, Jim and Robbi remember me from my moment on the rock!! LOL

Moving into the future, I kept learning about Aromatherapy and discovered that one can make their own soap. My new passion began and I am so very glad that I have developed the addiction of soap making. The first person I met was Sue Nadel (http://www.youscentme.com/) at a soap meet up group. The group never took off but my friendship with Sue did. We took a soapmaking class with Ursula Basch from The Herbal Bear (http://www.herbalbear.com/) and we were hooked. As excited we both were we both agreed that we needed each other to make soap. See making soap includes mixing water and lye with the oils and this sorta scared us because of the hazards that can occur if not done properly. Sue would also come to my house and we would experiment and that is were the love of my Oatmeal Soap began. My son also loves Sue and her husband that he asks all the time when is she coming over. She is a wonderful person and I am glad she is a part of our lives.

Soap making is a small world and while searching along on yahoo groups and meetup groups, Sue and I discoverd Delores Harris from Brooklyn NY (http://www.daisymaynaturalsoap.com/). She is amazing and you can read a great article about her from an article written in Newsday http://weblogs.newsday.com/features/home/cheap_thrills_blog/2007/05/diyer_of_the_week_delores_harr_1.html
After reading that you can see why I adore Delores. She has been a great support and always is there when you have questions. Not to mention that she is a certified soapmaker by the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Inc (http://www.soapguild.org/). I hope to one day be a part of this organization but for now, I will continue working on my craft. Delores also runs a Meetup group called the CP Brooklyn Soapmakers and here is when a group of us ladies get together monthly and experiment, share, chat and learn from one another.

There are many more I would like to give kudos to but for now I wanted to honor these woman before I lose all of my thoughts to a sleepy haze.

I hope you enjoyed reading and please share with me and the readers your thoughts.

XOXO
Melissa

Hello

Today is the beginning of my blogging experience. I am sure there is a lot to learn but I thought I might as well start now and learn as I go.
Welcome to my blog! I am so giddy with the thought that I have a blog!! I know blogging is what people are doing but I always seem to be a bit behind in the norm.
I wanted to start off by saying that I am hoping this new venture will take me places and open up possibilities for me.

I hope to keep you posted on my soaping ventures and my thoughts of the day. Bare with me and thanks for joining me along.

XOXO
Melissa