The Winner!

June 27th, 2010 Comments Off

Here is the number generated by

True Random Number Generator 


The winner is Grace Han Yao!

Congratulations, Grace!  You get to choose any 2 bars of soap or 1 pair of my Dainty Dangles earrings! 

Thanks for playing everyone!



My Creative Space

June 23rd, 2010 Comments Off


So as I was preparing for my garage/craft sale this past weekend, I also did a lot of printing and packaging and displaying of my soaps and earrings.  I finally cleaned up enough space in my studio to bring up this desk from the basement.  This has now become my packaging station!  I’m loving it because it has helped organize my studio a little bit more!  Yay, we’re getting a step closer to a nice workspace!  Just in time for my birthday!  :)

(Oh, and my birthday is this Saturday so I’m hosting a giveaway to celebrate!  Check out this post:

For more Creative Spaces, go to Kootoyoo!


A Giveaway!!

June 19th, 2010 § 11

Full size soap packaging 1000x1000Earring packaging kraft paper


This Saturday is my birthday so I’m going to do a giveaway!  The winner will be able to choose any two (2) bars of soap from my shop or one (1) pair of my new sterling silver Dainty Dangles earrings.

You can do one or more of the following:

  1. Follow me on twitter ( and tweet about this giveaway. 
  2. Blog about this giveaway.
  3. Sign up for my email updates for monthly specials, workshops, tutorials, etc. by going to Contact Me page on the left.
  4. Check out my shop ( and tell me what you like.

After you did one or more of the above, make sure you come back to this post to comment what you did and add your links(where applicable).  Each task gets one entry so if you did 2 of the tasks, you get to comment twice!  And make sure you leave a way for me to contact you when you’re the winner!

I will choose a winner by’s randomly generated number corresponding to the comments this Sunday (6/27/10) at 10pm.

Good luck!



Oh Happy Day… with Happy People!

June 17th, 2010 Comments Off

So as I was following Mitsy at ArtMind on her blog and twitter, she suddenly posted her Happy Girl tutorial.  So I immediately went to see what’s up.  And I’m so glad I read it because it made my day! 

I followed her tutorial and made some changes to tailor to my fancy and came up with the following:

Happy people2

Some changes/ideas I added to her tutorial:

  1. I made a knot below the wood bead to make a neck. 
  2. Instead of double sided tape which I don’t have, I used a glue gun to glue all the clothes and the arms on. 
  3. As for the clothes, I experimented with a shirt and shorts for a boy and a overall dress for the girl with the hat.  I folded the felt up so I can cut out both sides the clothes at the same time. 
  4. I added a button in between the top knot and the wood bead for a cute hat! 

Happy people

Here is a picture of the faces drawn on.  I messed up the first one (the yellow girl on the bottom left) when I used too big of a marker.  Then after I switched to the 02 Pigma Micron pen it worked out much better.  :)

Anyways, thanks Mitsy for the happy tutorial!



My Creative Space Today

June 17th, 2010 Comments Off


This is a corner of my first floor studio.  Believe it or not, it’s actually clean.  I’m still trying to get more organized but this will have to do for now. 

I’m getting ready for a community garage sale this Saturday that I’m turning into a craft sale.  So I’m busy making more sterling silver jewelry and soap and packaging them.  This is my first craft sale so I’m both excited and nervous!  I’m not going to prepare too much inventory because this is just going to be more of a local promo for me.  But please feel free to give me advice if you have done this before!

For more creative spaces, visit Kootoyoo!

My Creative Space

June 10th, 2010 § 2

It’s Thursday again!  Well, I didn’t get to my computer today until now.  But better late than never…


I took this photo in the morning thinking I was going to make some jewelry during Abby’s nap today, but instead I made some soap.  I did end up making 3 pairs of sterling silver earrings after she went down for the night though.  So I guess this photo still counts. 

Check out more creative spaces at kootoyoo’s!


New Soaps – Matcha Green Tea and Vanilla Oatmeal Honey!

June 9th, 2010 Comments Off

Matcha Tea 4

Matcha Green Tea Shea Butter Soap –  made from real Matcha Tea that my sister brought back from Japan!  Matcha is known to have very high levels of antioxidants and vitamins that are 10x more than regular tea.

About 3.5 oz. per bar.  You can find this in my shop!


Vanilla oatmeal honey 2

Warm vanilla scent with real oats and honey combined with goat’s milk!  If this is not nourishing, I don’t know what is.

About 3 oz. per bar.  You can find this here!


How To Make A Terrarium

June 8th, 2010 Comments Off

Finished terrarium

Here is the long awaited tutorial for making a terrarium.  Now, I’m not a garden expert or anything.  So please don’t take this as THE authority on terrariums.  If you want the in’s and out’s of a terrarium, click here.

This is my version and what I’ve come to know on how to make a nice looking and low maintenance terrarium.  Enjoy!

Basic material


  • a glass bowl or container (with or without a lid)
  • activated carbon (I got mine at a pet store in the fish section)
  • a fresh bag of potting soil (and sand if you’re planting cacti)
  • stones/gravel
  • small succulent or tropical plants (don’t mix them)



First, add the stones/gravel to the bottom of your container for drainage.  I added about 1 inch or so.


Activated carbon

Then I added some activated carbon.  I couldn’t find any at my local hardware/garden store so I went to the pet store knowing they have it since my husband has an aquarium. 

The activated carbon is for eliminating chemicals that may be toxic to plants in the closed terrarium.  Since I’m using an open bowl in this case, it’s not as crucial to have a lot of carbon.


Activated carbon closed

I did put about half inch’s worth of activated carbon in my closed terrariums. 



For succulent plants like cacti, you should mix half potting soil with half sand.  (I got the sand from my daughter’s sandbox.) 

For tropical plants, use just the potting soil.

Then layer about 2 to 3 inches on top of the activated carbon.



Then loosen the root of the plant gently and get rid of excess soil that came with the plant.

Dig a hole in the soil/sand mix in your container and plant your plant.  Then cover it up with the soil mix and gently tap the soil down.

NOTES: Make sure you don’t mix different types of plants together in the same container –  like cactus with African violet.  The plants should have the same level of light and water needs.


Finished terrarium

Spray some water into the bowl.  And feel free to decorate it with moss (live or dried), branches, birds, nests, rocks, mushrooms, gnomes, etc.

For succulent open terrariums, just water every couple of weeks.  For closed tropical terrariums, you don’t really have to worry about watering for a few months. 

You’re done!


Feel free to ask questions and comment with your experience of terrariums since I’m not a garden expert!


My Creative Space

June 3rd, 2010 Comments Off


I just received a package in the mail today from my sister.  She just came back from a trip to Japan and has brought back some goodies for me!  I asked her to get me some Matcha Tea for my soaps and she got me tea for soap AND yummy tea snacks for me!

(She also got many yards of different Japanese fabric for me that she’ll bring with her when she comes to help out when the baby comes in August.  I will take some pictures of them when she comes!)

So I did end up using the Matcha Tea for my soap today.  I added it to the shea butter soap.  Oh, it’s nice…

I also ended up making my oatmeal vanilla honey goat’s milk soap too.  So I was being really productive today!

Now… time for a snack…

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Did you say low maintenance plants in a jar??

June 1st, 2010 Comments Off

This week, my daughter and I are attempting to make a terrarium together for her practical application of studying God’s creation –  plants.  We are very excited!

I’m not very good at taking care of indoor plants.  I always forget to water them.  So a terrarium is a wonderful idea for those of you who are like me who needs a low maintenance greenery in the home.  Here is the definition for a terrarium according to University of Missouri:

A terrarium is a tightly closed, clear glass or plastic container filled with small plants. It also has come to mean an open, transparent container for growing and displaying plants. Terrariums are most useful for small plants that do not adapt well to normal home atmospheres. When properly planted and located, they provide a novel way to grow many plants with minimal care.


Here is a beautiful example of an open terrarium from Stilllily’s Etsy shop.

Here is an unique example of a closed terrarium (they’re pendants!) from WarmCountryMeadows.

If you’re more of the let-someone-else-do-it-yourselfer, then check out their shops for some wonderful terrariums.  Otherwise, stay tuned for a tutorial/experiment this week on how to make one yourself!

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