Monday, July 27, 2009

Show and Tell – Team Wist ‘C’s’

Today I am going to ‘Show and Tell’ about the shops that begin with the letter ‘c’ from the etsy street team wist. There are two shops being featured today – ClingingImages and CountrySoapsbyMarlen.

I’ll start with ClingingImages

il_430xN_66686310 Under the Sea Fish Window Cling

Here’s what I learned from her bio:

My name is Berit Hines, and I come from a long line of Window Cling makers.

No, just kidding, but I do have a background of many years in the art world, namely Ceramics.

I am a graduate of the Royal Academy of Art and Design in s'Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. I worked over ten years as a fine artist, having regular shows in galleries, participating in art fairs, and teaching Ceramics classes to adults as well as children.

I moved from Holland to the US in 1999, and retired from Ceramics, after having sold my studio and most of my work in order to be able to immigrate.

After just doing some watercoloring here and there on the side, I just recently discovered these luscious window paints. I am very excited about them, and I am especially looking forward to making custom orders!

I live in Wisconsin with my husband Clay (fancy that!) and my cat Charlie.

And now for CountrySoapsbyMarlen

il_430xN_63923143 Ginger Lime Curls Goats Milk Soap

I learned alot from her bio and you will too!

My name is Marlene, I’m wife to Mark and mom to 11 wonderful kids and my main reason to start this web site…to be able to stay home and enjoy every minute. We homeschool our kids and what a wonderful chemistry class this has turned into along with business.

You maybe asking why goat’s milk soaps? When our daughters started piano lessons the fall of 2002 ironically they took them on a goat farm. They fell in love with goats and received billy goats as a gift. Well you don’t get much from a billy goat so I urged the girls to save their money and buy a couple nanny goats, which they did. I had no idea how much milk a nanny goat could give. We made cheese, ice cream and then soap. I fell in love with the idea of offering our family natural made soap. Little by little word got out to the extended family about my goat’s milk soaps, so I made more. Then I started experimenting with colors and fragrances and soon I was hooked.

The process of soap making I use to make my soaps is called “Cold Process”. That is where you keep the temperatures of the milk/sodium hydroxide solution as cool as you can and the oil mixture. To be able to add sodium hydroxide to milk and keep it cool I freeze the milk and add slowly the sodium hydroxide. It is definitely exciting to see the soaponification take place. To see oils and milk come together to make an absolutely wonderful product is such a thrill to me.

My lotion doesn’t have goat’s milk in it yet. The preservative is an issue to me, I don’t want to use formaldehyde. I try to use goat’s milk in each product. As of right now the liquid soaps I’m doing are using powered goat’s milk.

About Goat’s Milk ~ Goat’s milk is very high in vitamins, minerals and proteins as well as high in lactic acid which helps exfoliate dead skin cells and soften your skin. We use natural oils such as olive, rice bran, coconut, pumpkin, grapeseed, perilla seed, fractionated coconut, palm, cocoa butter, avocado, lard, sweet almond and shea butter to nourish & moisturize your skin. We scent the soaps with pure essential oils and skin safe fragrance oils. Any coloring is done with skin safe colorings. All our soaps are hand cut, varying slightly in size and shape. It takes approximately 6-8 weeks from the day I make the soap to the time you’re able to use it. Some take 3 months before they can be used.

Our bar soap is Handmade from 100% Fresh Creamy Goats Milk No Added WATER !

Tune in again next Monday for my next ‘Show and Tell’ Blog Post!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Marlene is a good friend of mine. Just thought I would say hi.