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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Need Custom Posters?


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I’m getting ready for one of my biggest selling seasons yet! Or at least I hope so. This year I am giving my booth a boost!  Sharing my love for photography and soap, I printed my photos on large glossy posters that I will display as my back drop for my booth at the Mistletoe Market on November 16 & 17, 2014.

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I found a custom poster retailer online  http://www.shortrunposters.com  that printed these babies up for me!

They did a fabulous job and I wanted to share it with you.

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Upload your photographs onto their online page, choose what features you want and they ship them out to you.  To have a poster printed that is an 18″ x 24″ you will need to be sure your uploaded photo is at least 2700 x 3600 in size.  Their handy uploader guide will tell you if your photo is not at the best resolution and let you view it before you purchase.

I hope you will find them helpful as well!  I can personally say they were very professional when I called to ask questions.

EVERYTHING else was EASY!!

One way to feel better about the economy…Buy Local!

While on Facebook today I had a friend who posted this cool website http://www.independentwestand.org/ and this website is promoting buying local in your own community.  All you have to do is enter your zipcode to find businesses that are in your local community and if YOU ARE a BUSINESS you can add it to the list.

For instance I wanted to see the impact on my Community of Warner Robins Ga and this is what it said:

If Every Family Spent An Extra $10 A Month Locally, We Would All Feel Better About The Economy.

Just think. If every family in the country spent an extra  $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion* would be directly returned to local economies. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.
Find out what kind of economic impact you could make by doing the same in your metro area.

If every family in the Warner Robbins metro area spent just $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $4,306,114* would be directly returned to the Warner Robbins community. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.


Try it out for yourself and post your response..it would be cool to see how much of a difference we can make!