Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fuzzy Umbrella, such a cute name for such cute cards!

Today we received samples from Fuzzy Umbrella, and they even included a card for me, which is ADORABLE!

After I read the attached note and checked out the super cute "Find Joy" card that they sent me, I just had to see what else they have to offer.

These cards go from cute to cuter, I cant wait to send mine to someone special for the holidays!

Are you sending the same boring old cards again this year? Check out Fuzzy Umbrella for some really cute original cards, stand out on the mantle!

Side note, I have put an extension on the due date for the samples for our holiday sample bags, so please, sign up if you are interested! This is a great opportunity to raise money for animals, and promote your handmade wares!

Only a couple days left to enter our giveaway for our last August 2009 sample bag!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dirty Ass Soaps- Keep Your bum clean with super creative soaps!

Last summer I met Ali from Dirty Ass Soaps, and almost immediately she presented me with a cute little oreo, a waffle, and a fried egg soap. I looked at these soaps in amazement, they look real!

So real, that I had my oreo on the kitchen sink and one of my friends said "Why is there an oreo on your sink, you still gonna eat that?"

So these soaps are adorable, right? Guess what, they are 100% vegan too!

The jaw dropping denture soaps remind me of my grandfather, and all the tricks he used to do with his. If he were still around, that would be his holiday gift for sure!

Whether you are a gamer or just a child of the 90's you will definately appreciate the Nintendo controller soap, it smells like Mountain Dew!! Get your gaming fix, and all while smelling like highschool again.

Upon talking with Ali I found out that she makes all of the molds herself, how cool is that? These soaps are so creative, and I am really happy to have Dirty Ass Soaps involved in our holiday sample bags! Check out our holiday bags, on sale mid November 2009!

Interested in submitting samples of your handmade items? Check out our website, and click the "get in the bag" link to sign up!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Giveaway Enter to win a bag full of vegan handmade samples from around the world

There is still time to enter our blog giveaway here, I will use a random number generator to select the winner in the beginning of October! So get your entries in now.
I would also like to announce that we have reached 35 contributors for our holiday bags and are still accepting more!

You can sign up to promote your shop in our holiday bags by going to our website and signing up under "get in the bag". Please also feel free to check out our FAQ, forum (where purchases can leave feedback for each individual shop), friends, press (reviews of our bags)
We would love to have some new handmade artisans involved, but time is running out to get into our huge holiday bags!

Be sure to check out our little interview in VegNews Magazine, which comes out at the beginning of October, perfect timing for a little extra press for our bags!
Followed by a giveaway of one of the holiday bags on their website.

This is really exciting, and a great opportunity to share our handmade goodies with people and encourage them to shop handmade!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Feet Happy Woman Review Of Joyful Feet from Naturally Me

Walk 10 miles in my shoes, or in no shoes at all, like I did last week.

My dogs were a barkin when I got home, and that's when I remembered the Joyful Feet Samples that Naturally Me sent in for our sample bags.

First I filled up a big plastic tub with hot water, added the fizzy foot soak, put my hands behind my head, leaned back and relaxed. The fizzy soak was definately fizzy and felt great on my tired, sore feet. I kept my feet in the tub until the water was too cold to tolerate and my tootsies were all shriveled.

I put away the naturally me foot scrub for the next few days when my feet would start to heal, crack and be a royal pain in the achilles. I started all over about 3 days later, with the tub of hot water, my handy dandy foot scrub, and a soft hemp washcloth. When I was done massaging and scrubbing my feet they felt soft and silky smooth again. Which trust me, was a huge improvement!

Happy feet=a happy woman! Cant afford to go get a pedi these days, you can do one right at home with Naturally Me's Joyful Feet!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Heaven and Earth Essentials is Heaven on Earth!!

One of the contributors for our holiday sample bag sent me a bag for myself, and I am so happy they did. They handmade all of the bags for their samples out of cute fall themed fabrics, and tied them up all nice.

When I opened my bag I was so excited because not only did they come in a cute little bag, but there were 3 samples! The first sample I tried was the pumpkin lotion, which smells AMAZING, and doesnt leave my skin greasy. That is the test for me with lotions, I hate greasy lotions! This lotion goes on smooth and is absorbed into your cracked dry skin, very soothing and as I said it smells great! This pumpkin lotion fits perfectly in my craft fair apron and will be used over and over again as the weather gets colder.

The next sample that I tried was a soap sample, topped with dried herbs. The soap lathered up nicely (but not creepily nicely like some soap, where you have to wonder what is in it!)and smells great, a nice light scent that leaves your skin smelling soft and pretty.

Last, and DEFINATELY not least is the chocolate mousse bath cookie. After 3 days of craft fairs, outside in the cold and rain I was ready for a bath, I got the hot water running and put this little wafer in with me. Immediately the smell of chocolate (we all know I LOVE CHOCOLATE) began steaming about the bathroom as the little bath wafer started to melt. It was smooth and silky, and I rubbed it up and down my arms as it was melting. I layed back and enjoyed a soothing bath that lead me right to the freezer for a chocolate bar when I was done.

Heaven and Earth Essentials truly is Heaven on Earth and I cant wait to get a little money and pamper myself!

Interested in checking out one of our bags? We are having a giveaway for our last August 2009 sample bag, enter now!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Giveaway! Enter to win your very own It's All In The Bag- full of indie handmade samples from around the world!

What do you get when you take indie handmade samples from around the world, pair them up with 16-19 other samples and put them into handmade reusable market totes?

It's All In The Bag

I've been holding on to our very last August bag for the perfect time for a giveaway, and I think now is the time! Our August bags sold out so fast that I didn't even get time to do a giveaway, but hey that's a good thing, right?

With our holiday bags quickly approaching, and artisans signing up left and right, its time to give away 17-20 samples in a nice little bag!

Ok Ok quit rambling, how do I enter to win a bag?
There are quite a few ways to gain entries!

First, check out the current contributors section of our website, come back here and let us know about a shop you clicked on and your favorite item in their shop. That's easy enough, right?

How do I gain more than one entry? Well, here's a list of things to do that gain entries for a bag, please comment seperatly for each entry!

Follow us on twitter, and tweet about our giveaway

Become our fan on facebook

Place our ad on your blog or website

Blog about our giveaway

Sign up to be in our holiday bag, handmade artisans! It's a great way to advertise your shop and help animals! If you are already signed up, that counts too!

Pretty easy giveaway, good luck!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's All In The Bag- Vegan Craft Samples Reviewed By Sarah Kramer author of How It All Vegan series

Today we were reviewed by Sarah Kramer, author of the How It All Vegan cookbook series. You can check out the review on her website, or read it right here as I copy and paste it!

"I recently received a bag from Vegan Craft Samples. WHAT A FUN IDEA!! For $25 you get a cloth bag sent to you filled with vegan goodies from all different crafty vegan product makers. The best part is that 100% of the $$ goes to a different animal sanctuary each month! Each bag is unique and different containing 17-20 different samples!

I think my favourite item in the bag (besides a rad keychain from Vegan Dish) is the Girls are not Chicks colouring book. I can’t decide if I should keep that … or send it to my nephew and start his feminist brainwashing now!! :)

Check out Vegan Craft Samples HERE!