Kanokwalee Designs: I am a full time in-house graphic designer by trade and a crocheter every chance I get. My work is clean and simple, uncomplicated in appearance and, yes, can be very graphic.
See the artist’s hand in this piece and remember it was made just for you.
I meticulously create each piece by hand with quality materials, and no two are exactly alike. I love the entire process, but the thing I like the most is the ability to make other people happy.
My favorite experience was a customer who gave me cabochons her mother had made and wanted me to use them for making a pair of earrings that could be passed down the generations. I don’t know who was more thrilled – me or that family!
Not too long ago, I put the finishing touches on my new studio, which is in the 110-year-old fieldstone basement of my house. The highlight is a huge workbench that belonged to the original owner of the home. What’s really cool, is that among the other things that had been left behind was a toolbox with homemade punches in it! Was this person a metalsmith too?? I use these treasured tools to create some of the textures on my pieces.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, is one of those places far enough away to escape the rat race of Washington, DC. And still close enough to be a getaway spot for DC metro residents. That’s how I think of it, as a place to escape to a friends family house where fresh crabs and wild horses can be admired.
So when I found Soapomoke River‘s shop, I knew I had to check it out. I was tempted right away by the River Otter Soap, and Blackwater Honeysuckle Lotion Bar. Ah, good smells, no chemicals, and good memories.
I was even happier when my order arrived. The Blackwater Honeysuckle Lotion Bar is smooth and melts easily on the skin. And it smells wonderful. It also comes packaged in a small travel size, perfect to toss in your purse or backpack.
On small note for vegans, the first ingredient of the lotion bars is beeswax. But the cold processed soaps are vegan friendly.
The River Otter and Neem Oil Bug Repellant soaps are cold processed, and unique. The Neem Oil smells a lot like a citronella candle. Which is great, if you’re going to be outdoors. I love that I can just give the soap to my child at bath time and not have to fuss with bug spray when we’re going out the door.
The River Otter has a grainy feeling from the kelp it contains. And the smell does make me think of a river. It also has a nice rustic look.
Also shown, is the In the Buff solid lotion bar. I have not tried it yet. But it has the same ingredient list as the Blackwater Honeysuckle. And smells nice too.
Many of Soapomoke River’s products are named for the surrounding area. So when you visit the shop and you’ll get a bit of a geography lesson. Or if you’ve lived nearby, like I have, a trip down memory lane.
Poochy Couture: I am a lover of ALL dogs. We have a house full of dogs (2 danes Tiny & Daisy 1 pug Zoey). I’ve been designing jewelry forever and on Etsy for a couple of years (girlygirlstudios.etsy.com) Well my husband had a tada moment and said I should make dog tags…Well I did and they’ve been selling like crazy!! I really wanted to keep my jewelry and pooch accessories seperate…so PoochyCouture was born.
I really enjoy making the custom designs (like the request for the mushroom dog tags).
I use all natural dyes and earth friendly leather products.
I think every dog lover wants the best for their pooch, so I will offer really colorful fun designs at reasonable prices.
I can’t stop laughing long enough to write a suitable description for this doll. I.Love.It. Do I really need to say that it isn’t for kids? I mean really, what kind of house are you running there? (Unless you’re parenting Bob Fosse, of course, and in that case: more power to you.) By jellibat.