To begin with, most heartfelt thank you to all our fabulous clients who just kept coming back for more soapy-gifts right through the New Year. Though the Crafter was terribly behind on her own shopping she was tickled pink to help everyone with their gift-giving.
And so we are well launched into a new year. Despite high hopes of spending the first six weeks of 2012 elbow-deep in formulating and playing with some yummy new ingredients, the Crafter took some unplanned time-outs. Firstly, a need to answer the call of family business sent her all the way to Niagara Falls for a week and half where it was a balmy six degrees above zero and rainy!! As a bonus, she got to spend plenty of time with her lovely sister-in-law and teeny-tiny new neice!
pure ‘girly’ cuteness
Zip forward a few weeks, the Crafter is finishing up a new quilting project and some taggie blankets when she runs her sewing machine needle right through her index finger (where it promptly snaps off in the bone)! A little surgery and a lot of Tylenol later, and she has pretty much stopped whinging and gotten back to soaping! Yes, OUCH! Enjoy the xray:
…you can even see the eye of the needle!
Fortunately, the sewing project got finished (damaged finger and all). The Crafter has since brought her Louet spinning wheel out of retirement to pass some time in the evenings. It is such a rewarding, tactile activity…, and ohhh, the lovely fibres! No idea as to what the finished yarn will be used for: the Crafter actually dislikes knitting intensly. She needs some friends who knit, I think.
merino (80%) and tussah silk top (20%)… pink and yummy
So now we are back in the game and finally ready to start rolling out the new products we have been testing and tweaking for months. We will introduce them to you here on the blog as they get photographed and are ready for release.
First out of the pot, let me present to you our custom line of pure soy candles: Kó (the Slavey word for ‘fire’). These are premium soy container candles in recycled glass vessels, re-purposed for us by ‘OldTown Glassworks.’
Our first releases are ‘houseboat deck party‘ (a combination of citrus and patchouli), ‘midsummer feast‘ (ripe satsuma guava fruit), and ‘trapper’s kitchen‘ (unbelievably scrumptious marshmallow and hazelnut sugar). The wax is left uncoloured and they are fragranced with superior quality oils. Hot and cold throw is outstanding and burn time runs 140+ hrs. We are simply tickled with these candles and know they will develop a loyal following among candle connoisseurs (and the hand-cut wood caps make wonderful coasters too)! Look for them on the website soon.