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In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Hi, everyone!  I hope you're all doing well!!!

Although I really don't have the time to spare, I just had to drop in to say hello and to let you know I really miss you.  Sorry I've been unable to post and/or visit these several days, but I'm soooo behind in getting everything done.  I really pushing myself trying to make my quotas and deadlines, and having to work alone this year and with being concerned too with my aunt, I'm having a very difficult time.  I'm tired but I do have a few moments where I really enjoy the challenge of getting through all this.

I've got all my soap poured and it's setting right now in a cool place in the basement.  Once it's set, I can cut and shrink wrap it.  I will snap some pictures once it's ready so that you can see.  In the meantime, while waiting to do that, I've been busy on the other toiletries I have to do.

I started out trying to take pictures for you as I go, but as the time gets nearer to getting everything ready, I'm not finding much time to stop and take pictures right now.  I would like, while I'm taking this moment, to share with you some of the pictures I have managed to "squeeze" in:

Here are just 2 of the bags filled with the bottles, jars, etc. I have to fill with toiletries:

This picture is where I started pulling out and organizing some of the ingredients I use in my toiletries:  essential and fragrance oils, unrefined/refined shea, mango, and cocoa butters, vitamin E, Glycerin, sweet almond oil, etc.  These is just some of what I pulled off my shelves to get started.

I make everything in separate batches according to the different essential/fragrance oils being used.  The perfumes and body oils are colored according to their different scents.  Here is a batch of lotion I'm whipping up:

To assure everything stays clean and sanitary, before capping all the bottles and jars, I first make certain it's sealed.

After the containers are filled and secure, I get the labels ready to label them.  Here're some items ready to be labeled:

Here's an order that's labeled.  This is part of an order for linen sprays.  This person is giving each of his favorite customers s a personalized bottle -- 31 bottles!!!  Whty am I not somebody's favorite customer?!!!  LOL!

This order is for a friend who has an auto supply / repair shop.  He's requested 6 personalized car refreshers and 50 just to put in his shop to sell and/or giveaway:


Oh, and I've just got to show you this!!!  This is the second year I've made this and this year I've gotten over 100 requested orders for 2 different spa's.  Last year when I made this, I wasn't sure how well it would be received but it was a hit!!!  This is a whipped cream soap and it is absolutely luscious!!!  I put loads of good stuff in it, and made it to lather really-really well!  I put the spoon in it just to show you how thick and creamy it is:

I'm going to keep this unopened one for myself!!!

Well, I've got to get back; I've got so much to do in so little time!!!  Sorry I don't have the time to visit with you all right now but, as much as possible, I'll try to keep you posted.  And, I'll have pictures of my soap for you as soon as they're ready!

Don't forget, those of you who haven't already done so, I'll be back for the drawing this Friday for the resin pendants;  be sure to sign up!!!

I miss you all terribly!  But..., I'll be seeing you!

Sorry, I've got to go!


Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow.... you are a lady of many talents! I bet your fragrances/creams are fabulous! Do what you have to do and we will "hold the fort" for you in the blogging world.

Flamenco92627 said...

Oh my gosh Audrey you have been busy! You are so multi-talented I don't know where you find the time. Those soaps and toiletries sound so nice! That whipped cream soap sounds divine! Do you sell your stuff anywhere online?

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow Audrey, you have so many things going on! We miss you too. Now pace yourself.

Jean said...

You have been so busy!!

shari said...

Audrey, It sounds like you have your hands full! Wow, I hope you make good money on your sales. Your not missing anything on my blog, I haven't had time to post anything. We all miss your posts too! Shari (cricutrookie)

~BridgetL~ said...

I have been thinking about you and was worried something may have happened. Im happy to hear that you are just busy with life. I didn't realize all the wonderful things you do. sprays and soaps on top of all the fabulous crafting. You truly are an inspiration. How is your Aunt doing? Have a great week :) HUGS!!

Dawn said...

Oh I want one of everything!
Do you ever take orders on the side?
I am glad you are keeping busy but I also miss your smiling face.
Remember to take care of yourself and your Aunt.

Wende said...

So fab! You are amazing. I would love for you to share some recipes???

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Well it looks like you have been one busy lady. AND everything looks so amazing.. I can't imagine how you do all this. I hope you are taking a little time for you... hugs

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Very professional looking!!!! Hope you are able to take a break soon - get some rest and spend time with your aunt.

Good luck getting everything done!

Love That Bug said...

You are a very busy woman. Don't feel bad about not being here, I am not going anywhere and I am sure others will agree with me
Take your time, and please take it easy.

lovemypaper said...

"All I can say is "WOW" you are busy everything look really nice tfs!

Rhonda Emery said...

wow you can do it all girlfriend. hugs

MsJay said...

OMG! My daughter who is a Licensed Cosmetologist has been trying to do the same thing. She has been having trouble getting that smell out of the shea butters. when I say your post I had to show her. Is there any tips you can give her. Or maybe I can give her your email address. Let me know.

Christine said...

Hi Audrey!

My goodness, you've been busy. Your products look wonderful, and I can only imagine how yummy they smell, too.

I've been out-of-town, so I just caught up with my blog today. Thanks for all the sweet comments. I'm going to try to get more posts up this week (what's left of it). I'm soooooo behind.

Yes, I was at CHA in Rosemont this summer. What part of Chicago are you in? Maybe we can meet sometime when I'm in town visiting my family.

Curt in Carmel said...

Darling, you make me tired just reading all you are doing! OMGosh I'm exhausted. No wonder I haven't seen you around! I've missed you too and busy as well. Tis that time of year. You are amazing and I just want you to know that. Best, Curt

Shelley said...

These look yummy! Looks like you've been very busy.

Audrey, would you please send me your email address? I have a question to ask you about blogs...my email address is coggie4556@bellsouth.net


Kingston's Kreations said...

Wow you are busy! This is such a busy time of the year. I was just stopping by to tell you sorry that I hadn't been here in about a week, I am behind and haven't had time to blog hop as much as I would like. Today I had a snow day which allowed me some much needed time for laundry and crafting. Take care, my friend!

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG, Audrey! I had no idea this was such a huge production! Sure wish I lived back in Chicago to see all your fab goodies in person (and snag a few. LOL) Everything looks so yummy! xxD