Saturday, May 29, 2010

Winner of May's Giveaway

Congratulations to lilyk, she is the winner of May's Soaps of the Month Giveaway.  The winner was picked by a random number generator.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered, it was another great month.  Don't forget to check back for next month's giveaway!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm Hosting Etsybloggers Blog Carnival

Welcome to the May 24th, 2010 edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival!

1.Tell about your gardening plans for the upcoming growing season.

2. Or show me your all time favorite piece of art and why you find it inspiring.

MagdaleneJewels presents Carnival Blog: Happy Mother's Day! posted at MagdaleneJewels's Blogs.

julie marriott presents Etsybloggers Blog Carnival for May posted at Welcome To My World.

Liz Howell presents My Stray Flowers posted at Liz's Wares.

Patch First Shop presents Inspirations.. posted at PatchFirstShop.

Lily presents EtsyBloggers Team May 21, 2010 Blog Carnival posted at Fusion Art Jewelry.

Clare Dempsey presents My 1st Blog Carnival with Etsy Bloggers: Memories of Mom posted at Cricutcraftyclare, saying, "I am a newbie, and this is my 1st carnival. Please let me know if I need to make corrections. Thanks!


Sarah Buckingham "Finding Charm" presents EtsyBloggers: May 10 Carnival posted at Finding Charm.

Rose presents inspiring art posted at The Beadings and Buttons of Randomcreative.

BunnyKissd presents BlogCarnival: May 21st posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.

Sheryl Owen presents Change of Address: Top 10 House Warming Gifts posted at Change of Address.

J o e y & A l e e t h e a presents seed bomb fun posted at J o e y & A l e e t h e a.

GirlyGirlsCrafts presents Color My World posted at Crafty Horror.

storybeader presents Etsybloggers Carnival - May 21, 2010 posted at Stroll Through Storyland.

Athena Workman presents May 21st Etsybloggers Blog Carnival: A Garden Tour posted at the weblog of artist athena workman.

dizzydragonflies presents Knitting podcasts and stash busting posted at dizzydragonflies.

Laurie Jackson presents Where Dreams Come True posted at Indulge Your Shelf.

Vicky presents The Garden posted at Shore Debris' Handmade Creations.

Erika presents Inspired Art posted at NICO* Designs.

BeadedTail presents Picture Purrfect posted at beadedtail.

cindy devine presents An herb garden posted at Devine Designs Jewelry.

Brittany Wende presents John, James & H.Stern posted at - B.W. SILVER -.

TiLTcreations presents Etsyblogger Carnival: Gardening Plans posted at Crafts, kids, home and life.

Jen presents Patio Garden posted at Mama's Magic.

Lois presents I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for "The Scream" posted at Foxy G's Den of i-KNIT-quity.

Beth presents To Garden or Not to Garden... posted at Sunshine Daydreamz.

gilliauna presents An Appreciation for Nature posted at The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper.

mickeyscreations presents Adding a Little Art to Your World posted at Living the Crafty Life.

Sandi Myers presents How Does Your Garden Grow? posted at The T-Shirt Lady.

Missie presents EtsyBloggers Carnival Post posted at Sykin's One Stop Etsy Shopping Guide.

Alicia Mae presents Grow garden grow posted at Crafts and Cooking.

Patti presents New Perennial Garden posted at peacoxcreations.

Sarah Wagner-Ranes presents Garden Plans posted at Sweet Sally's Soaps News.

Linda Pruitt presents Garden plans??? posted at Pruitt Handcrafts.




Friday, May 21, 2010

Garden Plans

This month, for the first time I am going to be the host for the Etsybloggers Blog Carnival.  That also means I choose the topics for the carnival.  The two topics are show me your favorite piece of artwork and why you find it inspiring or tell me about your garden plans for the upcoming growing season.  My post will be about my plans for the upcoming growing season.

Right now plans are about as far as my garden has gotten.   I do enjoy gardening but the last couple of years I have been finding it hard to squeeze it into my schedule.  I like to grow herbs for cooking, which I grow in front of my house in two beds.  I have lavender, sage, oregano, lemon balm,  lambs ears, and chives (as shown in picture above) that come back year after year.  Today I bought some tiny basil plants, which I plan to get in the ground in the next couple of days. I also plan to plant rosemary, cilantro, and some tomato plants in my front garden.  Last year was the first time I planted tomatoes in the front of my house.  I planted very late but I had tomatoes from my garden up until Christmas.

I have a larger garden in the back of my house, but between the squirrels, the walnut trees, and too much shade from other trees it has become very problematic.  Certain things thrive but many vegetables will not grow.  I have an abundance of calendula, which I do use in my soaps, and things like lettuce and spinach do nicely.  So I have gotten to the point where I just don't fight it any more and just go with what grows easily.  I will probably plant some more flowers in my back garden.  Hope everyone has a happy gardening season.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May's Soaps of the Month Giveaway!

It's time for May's Soaps of the Month Giveaway!  I am a little late getting this started this month because I had a big craft show last weekend. I did the Tulip Festival in Albany NY.  It is always a great show for me.

May's soaps of the month are my two newest soaps, Dill and Lemongrass and Pink Grapefruit.  The Dill and Lemongrass I created to celebrate the "Herb of the Year" dill.  It has a clean fresh scent and the dill is not to overpowering.

Dill and Lemongrass Handmade Soap

My Pink Grapefruit soap has the sweet scent of juicy pink grapefruits, not to mention it is very pretty. 

Pink Grapefruit Handmade Soap

OK, now you know what you can win this month, now here is what you need to do to enter!

PLEASE leave separate comments for each entry.  (This makes it so much easier for me to count up entires at the end of the contest.)

1. The first way to enter is to visit my etsy shop and tell me your favorite item, come back and leave a comment on my blog. SweetSallysSoaps Please make sure to leave a way I can contact you if you are the winner.  
2. The second way to enter is to follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you did so.  
3. The third way to enter is to become a fan of my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment on my blog. 
4. The fourth way is to follow me on Twitter and tweet about my giveaway and leave a comment on my blog. 
5. I decided to add one more way to enter this month.  If you make a purchase from my Etsy shop (during the duration of the contest) SweetSallysSoaps it will count as 10 entries.  After you make a purchase come back here and leave a comment telling you did so. 

The contest starts today and runs until May 28th Midnight EST.   Winner will be announced Saturday May 29th.  The winner will be picked by a random number generator.  Good luck everybody!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

EtsyFriends Team Spring Giveaway

 EtsyFriends Team is having a giant Spring Giveaway!  We are giving away a gift basket filled with 20 handmade items valued at over $230.00

Please visit EF Promotions to enter.  The giveaway runs until midnight May 7th.  There is 20 different ways to enter, so hurry over and get your entries posted.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Featured EtsyBlogger Pam of MagdaleneJewels

This month's featured EtsyBlogger is MagdaleneJewels.  She has two Etsy shops, her first shop features lovely earrings, necklaces, and bracelets with Swarovski crystals.

 Topaz Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Her second shop features a wonderful array of knitted and crocheted baby items, scarfs,and neckwarmers.

 Crocheted Baby Red MaryJane's

Pam also has a wonderful blog    Please take the time and visit both of Pam's shops and her blog.