Changes Coming Soon!

Its been a while since we posted.  We have been busy planning our next adventure.  Back in June we received notice that a spot in our local downtown area is coming open this fall.  We have toyed around with the idea of opening a “Retail Only” shop for sometime but now it looks like it will become a reality.  So this fall check back frequently for more posts like this one on our NEW ADVENTURE IN RETAIL!

Our new store will offer a lot more than Bath and Body products but our theme will stay NATURAL.  My husband has now deemed me “SHOP-ZILLA”.  The beauty about all of this is the time factor.  We have plenty of time to get everything just right.

Scouring the area for pallet wood was a real treat but when I discovered how much work I would be doing to get this “FREE” wood they way we wanted I was exhausted just thinking about it. But by sheer luck we had a close friend looking to sell tongue-in-groove knotty pine boards.  So we decided to purchase them and get to work making them look weathered.

10  I turned to the internet and YouTube for ways to create weathered wood easily.  Then I stumbled on a natural vinegar steel wool stain technique.

Today, I will share photos of how to create your own Natural Weathered Wood Panels.

STEP 1:  Three days prior to staining your wood panels, you will need create your NATURAL vinegar stain.

  • 1 gallon of regular white vinegar
  • 0 grade steel wood pads
  • 3.5 gallon plastic bucket

Start by opening and pulling apart your steel wool pads  (I used the entire packet), place it into the bucket and pour your vinegar directly on top.  Stir.

Wait for 3 days and then it will look like this.

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Materials List

  • Purchase regular white latex water based paint
  • 3-4 Med Sized Paint Brushes
  • Wooden Paint Sticks to stir stain mixture
  • Sander or coarse sandpaper
  • Wood

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Paint your wood boards lightly with the white paint, being sure to not cover every inch of the wood.  Creating  un-even paint spots.  The key here is to be sloppy with the paint on the wood.  It helps to create a better design. Let dry for an hour.

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Sand your wood panels with a Sander or some coarse sandpaper.

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Step 4:

Apply stain mixture to boards with paint brush.

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Step 5:

Let dry and you are finished!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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As you sit down to enjoy your holiday today, we at Mossy Creek Soap would like to say THANK YOU for being our customer.  Thanksgiving is a truly American Holiday with food, fun and FOOTBALL.  There is a lot more to the Holiday than you might know.

Here’s a few historical facts about Thanksgiving,

  • The first Thanksgiving was a 3 day harvest feast in the Plymouth colony in 1621
  • It was attended by 53 Colonists and 90 Wampanoag
  • The feast featured Turkey, Corn, Pheasant, Deer, Shellfish and Pumpkin.
  • The original holiday was most liking during the early fall in September or October during harvest time instead of late November.
  • There is some speculation about whether the Wampanoag Indians were actually invited, it is said to believe the Wampanoag Indians thought they were being attack and crashed the celebration.
  • The actual holiday was not celebrated until 1827 when a writer Sarah Josepha Hale (Mother of Thanksgiving); rallied support for a Holiday.
  • It was originally reserved for a day of prayer and fasting
  • Before 1827, it had to be declared every year by the president and it was Thomas Jefferson who refused to declare it a holiday because he strongly believed in separation of church and state.
  • Finally in 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a Federal Holiday for the 4th Thursday of November.

As you sit down to enjoy your own feast; remember and be thankful for the reasons behind it.  We are thankful for you and sincerely want you to enjoy your day today.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

CRAFT SHOW DISPLAY IDEAS

Mistletoe Market 2013 pictures of mossy creek soap booth

Every year about this time I look for new ideas to make my display table look better.  To keep it fresh I take look at new trends and color schemes.  Since my brand is earthy crunchy I tend to look for items that will add color and stay within my brand.  In the process I found these really cool sites below that could help you too! Check them out.

GREAT LINKS for a SUCCESSFUL CRAFT SHOW

  1. CraftShow Report- Behind the Scenes- BOOTH LAYOUT
  2. The 5 Elements of Seductive Craft Fair Booth Displays
  3. Tips for a CRAFT SHOW Display
  4. Craft Maker Pro Tips
  5. Tips for Vendors to Evaluate a Craft Show

Keep it FRESH and CLEAN!! Good luck everybody, I hope you have a very profitable season.

 

Check out our Pinterest Board Below to help you get some cool ideas!

DISPLAYS IDEAS