Just in time for Father's Day, Brooklyn Brewery is offering a "Beer Soap". I've seen tutorials on this before, the soapmaker substittues beer for water in their cold-cold process soap receipe.
Sounds really, really neat! Guiness should definitely jump on the soap wagon!
This soap is a beautiful work of art and reminiscent of cathedral stained glass. Created by Amethyst soaps (you can see my gem soaps post about them here) this soap was inspired by Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth. While I never read the book, I did see the mini-series and it was EXCELLENT!
images from Amethyst Soaps Etsy store
Another Amethyst Soap creation is their Golden Egg Soap! This soap is made with luxurious skin-softening oils (jojoba and coconut) and it's luxurious-looking to boot!
I first saw this lovely piece of jewelry on my co-worker (and cupcake Goddess), Rachel (www.cupcakestakethecake.com), and it was love at first sight! As I inquired about the necklace, I couldn't help but saying it looked like a lovely, glittery string of rock candy.
"That's what its called", she said matching my excitement.
I'm normally not a jewlery person, but this was love at first sight. It is a perfect accessory that can be worn dressed up, or dressed down. The fact that it's pink just adds to its deliciousness.
Calling all gourmandizing word-Nazis . . . the “Cooking” edition of Scrabble is FINALLY here!
This Scrabble is slightly different than it’s original version. It allows players to earn additional bonus points for words relating to foodie pastimes and throws in recipe cards for a customize game-play. It even comes with a cute “shopping bag” for storing your tiles.
Talk about appetizing alphabetical vittles for the brain!
You can find Scrabble: Cooking Edition here.
In the last few days, I've been reading up on Animal Totems. One of my friends and dog/nature painter, Skye Sutherland, had mentioned totems to me in the past, but I never really sought them out. That is, until I couldn't get snow leopards out of my mind. In the last few months, I've been feeling a nagging persistence to go to the Bronx Zoo. It started out innocently enough, "let's go to the zoo" and then it was almost an obsessive chime in my head "Snow Leopards, Snow Leopards..".
Skye suggested that maybe it was my totem. I quickly Googled it and found scarily accurate things about my totem--things that reflect lessons I should be learning.
Here's the part that resonated with me the most: "Snow Leopard Souls are here in part to learn the lesson of Self Reliance. Like this Totem Spirit that has a mostly solitary life, the Two legged beside whom Snow Leopard strides, will face many encounters and situations in their current incarnation which develop the ability to rely upon and trust the inner Self.
Curious, I started to wonder if there was jewelery I can purchase, so that I can be constantly reminded of my totem.This is where I found foxloft.com. The artist, Foxfeather Zenkova (yes, her real name) sells artwork and artisan jewelery of totems/animals. These beautifully crafted pendants are carved out of tagua, which according to her site is the "nut of a rain forest tree". Basically a natural, renewable resource that's similar to ivory in texture and hardness.
Much to my delight, they had snow leopards!
Check out Foxfeather's wares here.
And check out Skye Sutherland's gallery of paintings here.
I've decided to come back to my blog after realizing that there is just too much out there to write about. What initially started out as a "soap" blog is now going to be headed in a different direction. I'm passionate about lots of things, so I needed a blog to reflect some of that. A Blog About Unique Things is what this site is about, and that's what I'm going to stick to. Whether its about soap, or make-up, or items and services that I find wonderful and unique.