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Watermelon Mojito Soap

Hello friends!

Today I am debuting our newest product member, Watermelon Mojito bar soap. Oh my gosh it smells so good! Like summer time. Sipping mojitos on the porch. Hand crafted with so much love it’s barely appropriate.

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It is all handmade with love for your skin

{ENRICHED WITH NATURAL SHEA BUTTER}
{HIGH IN VITAMIN E, D & PROVITAMIN A}
{HELPS EASE ACNE, ECZEMA, ROSACEA AND RASHES}

Leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. If you are a hygienic hand washer, and I hope that you are, this isn’t going to dry out your skin from constant washing.

This soap is processed in individual batches to ensure richness of ingredients throughout each bar. It is developed in small town Saskatchewan. Not only are you giving your skin  a delightful treat, you are helping support homegrown, homemade and natural and that’s awesome!

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2017 has brought us some new packaging. All bar soap is now shrink-wrapped with a cigar band label.

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Where can you get yours? Right here in this convenient link.

 

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Coffee Scrub

New product announcement

Here’s to all my coffee lovers out there!

Why should coffee be a part of your skincare routine?

  • Caffeine works as a constrictor to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • It minimizes the appearance of cellulite, temporarily.
  • It exfoliates the skin and makes it silky smooth.
  • Caffeine is loaded with antioxidants, which help to fight premature skin aging like wrinkles, sun spots and fine lines.

Some scrubs will use brewed coffee grounds, which means most of the caffeine content is depleted when the grounds are repurposed into a coffee scrub.

 

This scrub contains fresh ground Robusta coffee beans that contain 2X more caffeine than Arabica beans. This makes our coffee scrub twice as potent. It has great exfoliating properties using coffee grounds, Himalayan rock salt and sugar. It also contains glorious moisturizers such as sunflower seed oil, coconut oil and shea butter.

Apply to the skin in a gentle circular motion, coffee scrub exfoliates the skin, removing your dry, dead skin, to reveal new, healthy-looking skin underneath.

This is an all-natural coffee body scrub that exfoliates, moisturizes and hydrates your skin. Ditch all of your body scrubs that contain harsh chemicals and experience the Hudson Blake difference.

This is safe to use from head to toe! Just be gentle if applying to your face as is a coarse grind to create the ultimate exfoliator.

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Packaged in an amber 8oz jar with a black dome lid. This product is available for all you lovelies January 1, 2017. You can order through etsy at www.HudsonBlakeCo.etsy.com OR! Send me a message, leave a comment. If you want it, you will get it.

These are made in small batches to ensure that it is its freshest when you receive it, wait times may vary.

 

 

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My First Craft Show

First craft show is in the bag! It was such a great experience and was awesome to see so many talented people within the community. From gorgeous handmade jewellery to woodworking to baked goods. Just lovely people showing off their great talents. It was a very successful show, more so than I ever thought it would be. I was so nervous the first sale I had to make change I thought the loonies were going to fall out of my hands I was shaking so bad. But the day went on and I got more comfortable and it was really a lot of fun!

I still have lots of product left but now that can be used for Christmas gifts, so I guess my family knows what they’ll be, getting from me.

If you have been skeptical of doing a craft show, whether you’re like me and are too shy to do it or if you lack that confidence in your product, I encourage you to do one. Start in a smaller community, one where there is less pressure, less people, and it might be nice to be somewhere where people don’t know you if you are shy about putting yourself out there in your own community.

I didn’t know anything about being a vendor in a craft show, so I’m going to let you in on what it was like and what I wish I would have done and what I will have prepared for next time.

I had an 8ft table, 2 folding chairs and a pegboard behind me, that’s what I got for my table fee of $45. I didn’t realize that there would be that pegboard or else I would have brought pegs and decorations to decorate to make things a bit more interesting.

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I had no idea how I was going to set up. I brought the wood stand that I had made that had 3 levels that would display 3 different kinds of soap on it. I went to the dollar store the day before and picked up some little dishes and jars and hoped I would just whip something up when I go there.

I took an empty tote and flipped it upside down and put it under the table cloth to add a bit of height in the middle of the table. (I thought about that after I had already set everything out)

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After everything was arranged and people started coming and looking at everything, I quickly learned a few things.

Firstly, on business cards, be sure to include your name (not just your business name) and contact information other than just a website, and where you are located. I had to write on the backs of a bunch of cards when people asked, kind of embarrassing.

Second, not everyone is going to be excited about your product the way that you and your family is. They are not going to say, “Wow this is so good!” the way that your supporters do. Some people are not going to like your product or not be interested in your product and they may just tell you that. Don’t take offence.

Third, it’s not always going to be busy, it will get slow. I wish I had brought a ball of yarn and a hook so that I could at least do something. I didn’t like the thought of someone coming up to me and here I am playing on my phone, so it did get a little boring.

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Fourth, and this is the most important. Get there early so that you can park closer to the door, and invest in a large tote that has wheels, even a suitcase would work now that I am thinking about it. I was stressing myself out worrying about being set up in time because it took so long to get everything to my table.

Sometimes, you’re going to have to work for that sale. If someone is kind of looking but not seeming too interested, ask if they would like to try/smell/feel the product, get it in their hands.

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The people around you, probably have done lots of craft shows before, so use that to your advantage. Ask questions and take note of what they are doing to sell their product. The most valuable thing I heard was from the table across the aisle from me and when someone asked how much she would say, “It’s just 10 dollars.” Or “It’s just 20 dollars.” That ‘it’s just’ part really took hold on me because she’s right, it’s only 10 dollars! You are selling your awesome product, for just $10. And that really seemed to help her make a sale.

I didn’t feel like I was making many sales and that I wasn’t doing well, but when I got home and counted my little till, it really added up and even after my expenses, I had a very successful day. And the best part, my product is out there. My business name and contact, is out there. That is a huge step.

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Now that I have one show under my belt, I can’t wait for the next one. I have new ideas of how I will do the next one and I am very excited to share them with you and to learn again from the next one how I can do better for the one after that!

I hope that this will be a helpful resource for anyone who is thinking about doing a show or who is preparing for their first one.

Reach out to your handmade community!

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Vanilla Soap

My boyfriend was watching me make soap on the weekend and he asked if he could make one. Of course he could! I told him that he could be in charge of vanilla. He looked at me like I was giving him the easiest, can’t-possibly-mess-it-up, job in the world. Vanilla is a prestigious scent, I was surprised that I was even going to let him attempt to be in charge of vanilla. In the end, I made it. I decided I wanted it to look luxurious. It is a deep purple with gold accents.

Here’s how it was made.

I make my base soap in bulk so I only have to do it a couple times a year. It is perfect because it is just white and unscented and all I have to do is cut off however much I need, melt it, color it and add the scent and pour it into the mould. Easy peasy.

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I made my batch and divided it into three with slightly different colors of purple. I also made a little bit with gold mica. I wanted the gold to show up on the sides to make it a little more interesting so I took a paintbrush and painted the inside of the mould with the gold and let that dry.

Time for purple! I poured in the darkest purple and let that set for a few minutes. Then the next darkest and then the lightest.

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The left over gold was then poured over the top.

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I think it turned out really pretty and it smells heavenly. I made it for this weekend I am doing my first craft show. I am super nervous so wish me luck! If any is leftover it will be available to you via my etsy site, www.HusdsonBlakeCo.etsy.com

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The photo above is the side view, the gold painted on the sides turned out really neat!

If you purchase through etsy and you follow this blog, let me know and you will receive a special gift with your purchase! They are 3.75oz bars

Have a great day everyone.

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I Remember

“We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.” – Heather Robertson

If anything, Remembrance Day is a day to reflect. It is a day to have a moment of silence at 11 am and give thanks to all those who fought and survived, and to those who died for their country. It’s a day of collective action, where we come together as a united nation to show our support and gratitude to all who served and to those currently enlisted; the red Poppy being our symbol of solidarity.

I grew up in a strong military town, although my family was not a part of the military, we were always surrounded by many families that were. We would be woken up by the sounds of planes flying overhead and practice artillery being used. We could feel the vibrations from impacts. Groups of soldiers would be placed on base to go through extensive training usually for 3 months. That’s 12 weeks of being away from their homes and families. They get put up in bunks or tents depending on what their training is. It is not an easy life, but they willingly sacrifice for our safety and protection.

I remember it being difficult in school, when I would make friends with someone and then they would be relocated over the summer and I wouldn’t see them again. It is not only the sacrifice for the soldier, but for their families as well. It takes strong people to be uprooted and leave people behind and start over again in a new community. I don’t only remember fallen soldiers on the day of remembrance, but of those who are currently serving their country and their devoted families that are standing behind them.

When I was little and we had Remembrance Day ceremonies at school, I remember it being boring and that I didn’t really want to sit there and listen to Veterans speak. But now, I cherish it. I have close friends who completed high school, joined the military and have gone overseas and I worry and pray that they come home safe. I am grateful that I have such brave people in my life who gave up theirs for their country.

Remembrance Day to me is a day of reflection, tribute, and gratitude. A day to remember those who have fought and fallen, a day to honor those that so graciously served their country, and a day to give thanks to those who are keeping us safe. I proudly wear a poppy on my chest, closest to my heart.

All proceeds of the Poppy soaps and lip balms, when purchased in the month of November, will all go directly to The Royal Canadian Legion. These contributions directly support Canada’s serving and retired Veterans and their families, while ensuring Canada never forgets.29177_legion_remembrance_twibbon_eng

These items can be purchased at www.hudsonblakeco.etsy.com

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Spoon Swirl

I am one of those people who thinks about the upcoming Christmas season all year long. I have to hold myself back from decking my house out with red and green before the end of October. Christmas Eve is my most favourite day of the year, that’s when all the magic happens. I dream about fire places and Christmas lights and hot chocolate, the house flooded with the aroma of pine from the tree and humming along to Michael Buble’s Christmas album.

And as the weather turned chilly and there is snow in the forecast (Welcome to Canada), it got me thinking even more about the sweet holiday. So I present to you: Hollyberry, Evergreen and Eggnog.

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Hollyberry was made using a spoon technique that I will talk about down below, it takes a little bit more time and patience. It has a well-balanced blend of bayberry, pine, cinnamon, clove and lemon.

Evergreen has a strip of glitter gold mica on the bottom and drizzled on top and it is a wonderful top notes of blue spruce and musk, a heart of precious woods, and a well-supported base of amber.

Eggnog is my personal favourite. Get in the holiday spirit with this dreamy concoction consisting of cinnamon with a touch of nutmeg, golden rum, rich cream and creamy vanilla. This fragrance is enough to make your taste buds tingle.

This premium Cocoa Butter base is made with 5% unrefined cocoa butter, natural vegetable skin care oils, oat protein and 20% vegetable glycerin, making this soap both moisturizing and cleansing for the skin. Cocoa Butter Soap produces a light and creamy lather that you’re sure to love!

These will all be available at www.HudsonBlakeCo.etsy.com for $5.00 a bar. These flavours will also be available as a lip balm. It’s never too soon to start thinking about gifts, or maybe a little treat for yourself.

Hollyberry Process

Now for that spooning thing I mentioned earlier. The process is quite simple, just put on some music and take your time. The spoon swirl design is achieved by dividing the soap up and colouring each in portion with contrasting colours. Then, using a spoon, you literally spoon each colour into the soap mould alternating colours until the soap mould is filled.

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After you have made your soap base, divide it into separate containers and color each one differently. For the Hollyberry soap I used just the base white, red, mint and grey.  Start with the first color and drizzle one spoonful of soap base into the soap mould. Then the next, and the next and so on until all the soap is used up. It takes a little while but the soap mould is full. If the batter starts to thicken up too much while you’re working, just give it a stir to loosen it up. Once the mould is filled, wrap the soap and leave it to insulate. The next day, unwrap and it cuts as normal.