4 the Home and Soul

Finally! I've added selections to these two new sections:

4 the Home is going to be full of selections of home decor and things that will just make your house your home:

My newest piece in that selection is a Buddhist Prayer for Peace, a set of three frameable prints:

Don't worry -- you won't get the apple watermark in your print.

4 the Soul is my selection of jewelry and original fiction that came from my other two shops, now closed.

Okay, enough of that: here's the Etsian of the Day!

This ring is absolutely ADORABLE; and it's great at only $8.00
Rosalie- Vintage Acrylic Rose Ring by BlissfulBirdDesigns

Later all!

For the First Time...

We're having a giveaway to welcome the addition to the 4 the Home and 4 the Soul sections.

In addition, those who enter will receive a 10% discount on their first purchase. Enter giveaway1 into the message to the seller along with your blog name and I'll send a revised invoice.

What do you get if you win?

Your choice of the following two pieces:

Pretty Peony Earrings

Sunshine Crackle Rosary

AND Get 30% off your first purchase! When selected, you'll be convo'd for your information and how to receive your discount!

Now, enter by commenting below and good luck!

What? The Etsian of the Day? I couldn't resist:

No matter what shop I've had, I have to favorite this wonderful shop! Check out her blog too!
Sister Mary Martha Coasters, Set of 4 by HeavenHelpUs.

Enjoy & again, good luck!

Skoolin Ya!

Once upon a time, I did a post on using my dishwashing powder. I'm still trying to perfect the formula for that, but I wanted to share my observations on my Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner (or Kitchen & Bathroom Cleaner, however you want to call it).

So, this formula has gone through about three formulations. First there was the powdered formula that you added to water, shook up and used. It was good, but I didn't think it was too user friendly. Who wanted to spend their time making sure powder went into a bottle, mixing with hot water and going from there? Not even me.

Then I tried a second formula that borrowed a little science from my laundry detergent. This one worked well, but it also like to congeal and became a gloopy mess. I didn't like this one, though it had merit (I still have a jar of it in my supply closet for later.

My new formulation is much more new and improved; it's a liquid formulation that you can get in concentrated form or in ready to use.

Simple ingredients: distilled water, citric acid, castile soap, salt, borax, sodium carbonate, vit e oil, fragrancce. I chose a great sunflower fragrance for the spring/summer; I will probably change it for other seasons. It took a few tries to get the mixture just right, though the salt will settle occasionally before mixing; a good shake will get it mixed up again.

Basically, all you need to do is take the two ounce sample bottle (didn't know I sold over at Artfire, too , did ya?) and pour it into a spray bottle, adding hot water to mix. Now I tend to use 2 oz per 8 oz of water, but I like mine very strong. Give it a good shake and go to town.

The one thing I can tell you is that that "slick" feeling you get when you use commercial products is not there. You just get pure clean and even a little squeak when you're done.

A word of advice: don't use this on glass. I tried it and got streaks and all kinds of mess. Hence the creation of the Floor and Glass cleaner. More about that later.

This does a great job on stove tops and surface toilet cleaning. With a tiny bit of extra elbow grease, it cuts through grease and all that with the same level of effectiveness as the commercial cleaners. Use a scrubby for tough stains -- you can even use it full strength on tough spots.

As I said before, if you leave this sit on your shelf in its concentrated form, the salt will tend to settle. Why salt? It's a fantastic abrasive. It's also a preservative. In various faiths, it's used to clean and purify. It's actually my favorite ingredient in this mixture -- don't ask, it's probably the old "kitchen witch" in me coming out.

Now that I've bored you all completely, and while I go back and prepare for the Tiny Dancer's birthday party, I'll give you the Etsian of the Weekend

This is totally cool. It's a hand painted acrylic mini masterpiece. And who doesn't think the Buddha rocks? I'll probably get one one day soon.
Original Painted Glass Art Pendant Number 30 by TheHennesseyCompany

Till next time!

Newness @ GFT

Been busy showing off all kinds of new products and moving products from Livia's Jewelry to GFT.

What's new? Spring/Summer Soaps!

Cosmo & Cream - Auntie Yvie This was almost named "Jello Pie" but I just couldn't do it.

Long Island Iced Tea - Brother G (w/real beer!)

Lemon Meringue Fun - Auntie Yvie

There's other new things over there as well: digital artwork, pdf downloads (finally!) and more coming around the corner!

So yeah, for the Etsian of the Day

When I had the Tiny Dancer, I wanted sooo bad to find cool sheets: well, here they are!

Moonless Night Black Fitted Crib Sheet 100 percent organic cotton sateen 233 thread count by BabyLuxeOrganic

See everyone soon!

Goooooooood Afternoon!

Been busy creating lately! New soaps for spring, organizing my "stockroom" to make sure I have no more shipping issues.

Right now, I'm packing a wonderful custom order for my soap Gift Packs.

Can't wait to offer these again!

So now, on to my favorite part: The Etsian of the Day

So much color in this one: it didn't take too long to find him!

So, now, back to packing!