Thursday, August 25, 2011

BEST Featured Artist: Sandy Vern's Soaps & Things

Owl Soap
Good evening!  I am excited to introduce this week's featured artist: Sandy Vern.  Sandy is a proud New Englander who was born in Massachusetts and now lives in Connecticut.  Her time is spent between two businesses: a pet sitting business and her craft store Sandy's Soaps & Things.  When it comes to Sandy's soap products, she makes some of her products using a cold process method and the other soaps with a melt and pour process.  While these methods are pretty common in the soap-making world, this store is not your everyday bath store... it is indeed a little quirky.  As you can see from the owl soap to the left, her soaps are imaginative and different from the other handmade soaps out there.

Slytherin House Soap
For example, Sandy has a Harry Potter themed collection of items (a theme of which I heartedly approve).  You can treat your skin with several types of Hogwarts soaps, such as those depicting the owlery.  Or you can support your favorite Hogwarts house by purchasing the shea butter house soaps.  Enjoy the floral/fruity red soap of Gryffindor House, a fresh ocean-scented soap from Ravenclaw, a birthday cake scented Hufflepuff soap or go for the darker side with the Slytherin House soap (complete with a fresh mown hay scent). 

Gardener's Soap
If you are looking for more traditional bath items, Sandy also offers a variety of other products including bath bombs, sugar scrubs, and refined soaps in classical scents such as lavender, oats & honey, and vanilla.  I am particularly interested in testing her "Gardener's Soap" which is made with cornmeal and pumice to thoroughly clean your hands after working in the yard.  Plus, I am partial to the look and style of cold process soaps.

Bumblebee Stitch Markers
However, as you can see from her store's name, Sandy offers other products such as cute stitch markers.  Stitch markers are used by knitters to keep track of the progress of their knitting projects.  They are often used to mark intricate patterns or the beginning of round stitches.  If you or someone you know is a knitter, these would make such cute gifts! 

Be sure to check out Sandy's Etsy store for more items such as bracelets and earrings.  And to find out more about the artist, head on over to her Blog as well.

If you are an Etsy artist and are interested in writing weekly blog articles featuring other Etsy artists, while also gaining exposure for your own store, then head over and check out the BESTeam for more information