Friday, November 25, 2011
It is that time of year again, and I'm all about folding to peer pressure. So, there are sales in my shops. On the soap front, I'm offering 25% off with coupon code HOLIDAY11, and for this weekend only, if your purchase (not including shipping) is over $10.00, you will get a free stocking stuffer sampler. The sampler includes a lip balm, soap (2 ounce), and body cream (1/2 ounce). Offer is good in my Etsy shop, or in my BigCartel shop.
And in over at KnitHabit, I have free domestic shipping and $5.00 international shipping on everything, no coupon needed. All shipping is via USPS Priority mail, so even international shipments have a good chance of getting there in time for the big day.
And on to real stuff! We had Thanksgiving yesterday at my sister's house (thank you Karen, for not poisoning any of us!). It was DELICIOUS, all the foods were represented, and I also got some free modeling from my niece, score! A perfect break from working in the soap mines day and night :) We're both in holiday mode, but she is a great hostess, and had Christmas decorations already up. I tend to keep the spirit of Halloween alive in my home year round. My house - Addams family, her house - Martha Stewart. When I'm done vacationing for the weekend, I'll be whipping up new cream soaps, the batch is just about ready, but I won't have jars until Tuesday, happy times! The new stock will all be going exclusively to the BigCartel shop, with a few samples available over on Etsy. Happy holidays to everyone!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Howdy y'all! I've been working on some new things, of course, soapy stuff and knits, but also... My very own website! It's not much more than a launch pad, but it's all mine, so I'm pretty excited to have a place where I'm not one of millions, I'm the one. My site is www.SweetsNThingsSoap.com. Blog is being difficult today about letting me post a link. The website links back to this blog, to my BigCartel shop, and also has a link to contact me directly. I'm really happy with all of it, and the new shop is super neat. If you're a repeat customer, your coupon code "REPEAT" is also good over there, forever, and my current sale for 25% off with coupon code HOLIDAY11 is also fully functional over there. I have set all the shipping for a flat rate, so no matter how much you order shipping is never more than $4.75 for domestic orders and $13.25 for international shipping, and I still refund any overage.
I have all the holiday limited edition soaps listed in both shops, as well as the lip balms and shampoos, and my top sellers. I will be making more body creams today, and sugar scrubs, and perhaps even lip balms, if my evil toddler will let me do some work :) He's demanding TORTILLAS!!!! So, I'm sharing my recipe, so we can all have tortillas!
All measurements are approximate, I make these by eyeball measurements.
4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 Tbs vegetable shortening
1-1/4 cup warm water
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder well. With your hands, squish in the shortening until the mixture looks kind of like cornmeal. Pour the water in, and mix with a spoon until it is all absorbed, and the mixture forms a ball. Squish the ball a little to work in any crumbs or loose flour, then let it sit for 10 min.
Heat a cast iron skillet, or griddle, or other large flat pan over medium heat. Pull off a bit of dough about the size of a golf ball, and roll it with a heavy rolling pin until it is the thickness you like, anywhere from 1/32 to 1/8 of an inch is fine. Place the tortilla in the heated skillet, cook until it starts to puff and brown, flip, and cook the other side. Each side should take 1-2 minutes, if they're browning too quickly, or taking too long to cook, adjust your heat. This recipe makes a dozen 8-10" tortillas, or eighteen 6" tortillas.