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Review: Park Soap from Brooklyn

One way I like to reward myself is getting a new bar of soap.  I know that sounds odd but it's no mystery that I love handmade soap, I made the switch to using handmade soaps only back in 2009.  I have my list of local soapers that I support but that doesn't mean I can't add to it.  While I know there are great soapers all over, I try to do what I can to support my fellow New Yorkers.  

Today I want to share my latest soap obsession, Park Soap from Brooklyn.  I purchased a 6 oz bar of Lavender Vanilla soap to start. Its ingredients include water, olive oil, *coconut oil, *sustainable palm oil, sodium hydroxide, *avocado oil, *sweet almond oil, *castor oil, *ground lavender flowers, *lavender essential oil, vanilla oleoresin (*certified organic)

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I learned about this shop after seeing a rave review about them on Instagram.  I am all about cold process soaps and you can't go wrong with 6 generous ounces!  Have I mentioned they're vegan too? (except for their Oat & Honey soap).  From their website....

 I strive to use the highest quality, organic and sustainable oils and botanicals available. I do not use any synthetic fragrances, dyes, sodium laureth sulfates or parabens.

It feels wonderful and lathers great. My skin is very happy! So check them out at www.parksoap.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


"What Have I Done" - A New List To Keep

Don't get me wrong, To Do lists are needed if we want to keep sane and keep our goals in order.  Last week I participated in the weekly #OMHG chat on Twitter.  The topic was about staying motivated in the face of starting a new endeavor and how not to get too freaked out.  Someone mentioned how they keep a daily list of things they accomplished. Wow! That struck a chord with me. 

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Yes I am very list-driven and there is certainly something so satisfying about crossing items off your To Do list.  But there are days where you feel a little lazy, unproductive or the time just passes by and you feel like a day wasted. That's a bummer feeling right?  

Keeping a list of things you HAVE done can be motivating. I started my first list in the middle of the OMHG chat (which I included on my list!).  Sometimes we get so caught up in our routines that it almost appears habitual.  So writing things like "Photographed two necklaces, drafted blog post, answered emails" feels like, yeah! I did do stuff today! No matter how big or small.  Try it out!


New Necklaces Monday!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! It just so happens I have a couple of new necklaces I added to the shop today. You can find them on Etsy and at shop.pulpsushi.com. Some Spring-nature-flowery-woods goodness.

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I had to think about the leaf necklace for a while. Sometimes I think I over do it and add more stuff than a necklace really needs.  In this case, I think it's ok to scale back and keep it simple silly (KISS)! I got more charms over the weekend that I can't wait to work on, I have some fun ideas for them.

I can't believe it's the last week in April already, geez even when I'm home the time flies. My second date at Bazaar-on-Hudson is coming up this Sunday and I'm really looking forward to it. I found some new shops to follow like Cynla and Mine Is Yours Apparel. I can't wait to see who is there this week.


Blog ♥ : Have You Seen...

Have You Seen...

Happy Friday! It's time for another favorite links recap of awesomeness you may want to check out!  I'll be meshing the old DIY Tutorial posts I use to share into these making it one big How-To/Yummy Eats/Check This Out! bi-weekly fiesta (alternativing Fridays with Etsy Treasuries).

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My buddy Paige from Little Nostalgia recently shared this gorgeous tutorial for Springtime Hoop Art, easy peasy! She's getting ready to launch her new project The Room Kit so get in on that for affordable, chic styling tips for your home.

Speaking of home decor, SF Girl By The Bay is hosting a giveaway to win a copy of  Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style.

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Colors are awesome! Let's top it all of with THIS CAKE from Poppytalk!  Have a great weekend!

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How to Add & Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

*This blog is an affiliate of Craftsy. It contains affiliate links which means I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links.


In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee! 


How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy! 

1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.
2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.
3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!
4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.

For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!

 


Let's Talk About Affiliate Adverting On Blogs

This is more about advertisments on MY blog.  In addition to the sponsorship ads, you'll see some affiliate ads in the sidebar.  Obviously, I'm displaying ads to get additional income. I think it's great that Bloggers are viewed as a legitimate source of advertisement worth paying for. I also like being in control of what appears on my blog.  If you want to keep an ad-free blog, then that's awesome too.

I love my blog very much and respect it as a medium to share my experience as a small business, jewelry I've created, my thoughts and opinions on products, reviews, etc. regardless of how big or small it's reach may be.  

There's no shame in wanting to make money from your blog. I am not a full-time blogger, but it is a part of what I do as an Entrepreneur.  I just consider myself fortunate that I get to work on my blog more now.

New blogs are popping up every day, that's not going to change.  If you're serious about making your blog work, it requires work from YOU to stay relevant and fresh. This post you're reading took a couple of hours to prepare believe it or not.  So why not be rewarded for your hard work? :)


Scenes From My Weekend

Ok TAKE TWO! Typepad was under a DDoS attack for the last few days so it looks like I took an unexpected blog hiatus. But fingers crossed I'm back so I'm posting what I had scheduled for this past Monday, it's already Wednesday! It's been a crazy few days and I'm ready to get back to regular blogging/jewelry making routine.

I'm back home and things have turned back to normal. Did you have a nice Easter holiday? The last few days have been crazy. Crazy good and crazy not-so-good. Here are pictures I took over my little mini-vacation.

 

What stay in NYC is complete without a visit to Central Park? It's still one of my favorite places to go to.  The weather was a little chilly again so it was hard to just sit at a bench and people-watch which I love to do.  

 

We took a visit to the Museum of Moving Image on Friday.  First time checking this place out and they had some pretty cool stuff on exhibit. Can you identify everyone in this photo? 

 

This was TOO COOL! Thursday night we saw Super Duper Alice Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival and both Sam Dunn AND Alice Cooper were there!  They did a Q & A afterward, it was so awesome and a great documentary too!

 

While we were killing time before the movie, we hit up some of our favorite galleries in Chelsea.  The Jonathan Levine Gallery being one of them.  They always have good stuff.  The above is work from Dylan Egon

I came back home Saturday for work. Sunday was a pretty crazy day on the work front which you can read more about here.  It was my first time experiencing one of these attacks during a shift. Ooooh weeee!  Let's listen to Mary J Blige when she says NO MORE DRAMA! =D


Friday Etsy Treasuries

Happy Friday! I'm back with a couple more eye-catching treasuries my items were a part of.  I will alternate Fridays between this and the Have You Seen posts. I like to share treasuries that I'm a part of because I don't know how many eyes get to see it outside of the Etsy site. I tweet and share on Facebook when I can but you know how that goes. Blink and you'll miss it.

Click on the images to check them out. Is it too early in the year for Lemonade?

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Be Back Soon! Couple Of Days In NYC

Going to spend the next couple of nights in the city for some rest and relaxation, as much relaxing you can do in a busy city.

NyAs usual, much food will be eaten, many walks will be taken. The TriBeCa Film Festival is going on and FINALLY we got tickets for a film!  We are going to see Super Duper Alice Cooper - a documentary about Alice Cooper (obviously).  Fun!  

Now that I have a different work schedule (Saturday through Wednesday), me and Mike have to take advantage of the free days we can get.  I'll still be chatty on Twitter and posting on Instagram so I'll catch you there!


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