Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Winter blues and a drop of golden sun.

Hello again peeps,

I'm sitting here contemplating after what was a horrible day yesterday! Nothing to do with where I am, what I'm doing or how to progress with my business, but with tiredness and I admit quite a dose of stress.
I put it all down to unnecessary fretting, the darkness of winter and the lack of sun on my face, so to cheer myself up and banish those winter blues I wandered into Pinterest, my happy place. If you've not found it yet, go take a peek here and wander around, it's my little haven of prettiness and joy.

My 'other' obsession is textiles (I have an Honours degree in Textiles and Fashion Design from a million years ago), so I started wandering around boards dedicated to all things textiles, and found some beautiful boards on natural printing techniques, I kept being drawn back to images of eco printing with leaves and flowers, rusty nails and even sunshine (cyanotype)!! It must have been my lucky day, I found just what I needed to banish the blues, a good dollop of the sun. I now have a positive and lovely thing to look forwards to trying and can't wait to try experimenting with some of these techniques, once I give myself a few sunny days off from soaping that is, ROLL ON SUMMER!!

Follow Oakwood Soaperie's board Eco print, fabric and paper on Pinterest.

I hope this will bring a little sunshine into your day too,

Till next time,

Ceri  x

Monday, 9 February 2015

Happy February...

Well hello again, I hope you had a lovely January. Here at OSHQ it's been a busy old month, below is just a snippet of what I've been up to amid the making and wrapping of stock and orders, events, deliveries and general soap fettling.

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In other news...I've been getting the word out there a little with directory listings. Sooo, you can now find our details in the beautiful 'Natural Wedding Company' Directory as an official supplier of Natural soap wedding favours and Botanical Confetti cones (YAY!!) 
Check out their gorgeous website here....

As you may know, I'm also a member of 'UK Handmade' too. It's another lovely directory of British makers and high quality crafters. I took the Handmade Pledge to support a UK maker when it comes to buying gifts and have done so for the past 3 years, it's so easy when there are so many beautiful handmade goods available from top quality artisans all over the UK. Next time you're in need of inspiration, why not pop over and browse the directory, you're bound to find something to suit.

Also this month, I've been a busy little bee stocking up some new outlets with my soapy goodies. You can now find my products in 'The Glamorous Owl' a new gift shop and gallery space full of locally made products, jewellery, artwork and photographs in Newcastle upon Tyne,

I've also begun supplying my medieval inspired 'Four Thieves soap' to the Hexham Old Gaol and Woodhorn Museum as it is based on a 15th C blend of essential oils known to kill bugs and germs on the skin...to read more, please pop over to my website. 

Other new stockists include:

Creature Candy - 10% of sales go to Wildlife Conservation Charities
Urban Angel Therapies - Natural Spa therapies and bathing products.

So...all in all, it's been a pretty full on and busy month for me, now I need to knuckle down and get making more scrumptious goodies...so enough of this chitter chatter...I need to make soap.


Ceri  x