ETSY LOVE: A Feature on Karley by Karley :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I was browsing Etsy several months back and came across a seller with the user name of Karley. How cool :)

I don't come across too many Karleys spelled KARLEY. I thought I'd focus on a different Karley today!

She Sews Lovely features handmade items by Karley in Montreal. She offers gifts for small children--just check out the cool baby book shown above. 

As a coffee addict, I like her coffee sleeves! As someone who uses drinks over a pot of coffee daily, pretty coffee sleeves would really be useful! Karley has sleeves for the young at heart, such as dinosaurs and sock monkeys. These would also be nice for children drinking hot chocolate, too! I really like the floral coffee sleeve. I'd use these for sure.

Head over to see Karley at She Sews Lovely today...Tell her Karley sent you.

Product Review: Jojoelle Hair Conditioner

I am very, very picky about the products I use and the scents I enjoy. Sometimes too picky, truth be told. For every product I test out or buy and enjoy, I probably find problems with 3 or 4. I was immediately impressed with Jojoelle Hair Conditioner, though. From the moment I opened the package to see the actual products, to the initial sniffs, to the actual quality of the products, I was totally impressed.

I don't buy retail conditioners anymore. I don't have time to make anything either. Plus, I have a great routine down using my Honey Brew Shampoo and following with an herb-infused apple cider vinegar rince a couple times a week. My hair is in great condition. That being said, the heat is going to soon be on every single day. the air is hair will feel the effects (not to mention static) and I'll need a conditioner most days again.

I actually just placed an order for some more of Sharonn's conditioners at Crater Lake Company. CLC True Lustre is free of parabens and silicones. I like it a great deal!  I had always wanted to try Jojoelle as well, so when she reopened very recently, I decided to order some of hers as well since they met the requirements for ingredients I won't use. 

Let me start by saying that Jo of Jojoelle is a class act. She is great at answering questions, is knowledgable and so helpful!
I love this conditioner.

You know if you're a regular reader that I love the Crater Lake Company True Lustre. The ingredients are not the same. They are two different products that I adore in their own ways. This is a bit heavier. I do not like one more than the other and because I am a happy customer from both now, I will order my conditioners from both.

Jojoelle Hair Conditioner is not heavy. It's not weighing my thick hair down, yet it nourishes very well. The scents are exquisite, particularly the Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes. This truly smells like slightly spicy (not overwhelming at all) pumpkin pie filling and white cake, as described, You can detect the buttercream frosting as well. This is a very well blended scent unlike other pumpkins I have tried from others. I love it. 

Nick likes it too, by the way. First it was smelling like Pink he wants to smell like pumpkin, as "Pink Lemonade is girly," according to this 5 year old.

I got my order Saturday, making it a quick turnaround...I had it about one week and a day after ordering. The conditioners smelled so decadent I had to use one of them right away!
In addition to Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes, which is a must-have this fall, I ordered Chocolate Framboise. This is a great chocolate scent--like a fine bittersweet chocolate truffle blended with a raspberry coulis. Smells delicious! 

She has two sizes available. I ordered the 4 ounce with pump to start with for $7.95. How handy the pump is! She offers a pump at no additional charge too! A larger 8 ounce size is available for $13.95.

I am ecstatic about my order. Jo's  products are top notch, and I am so happy to have tried Jojoelle. Once I find products I enjoy, I am a very loyal customer and can easily see myself buying from her shop long for as long as I have hair on my head, which will hopefully be forever!

Run over over to Jojoelle today! Use the code Halloween15 and take 15% off your order and receive $5 shipping as well.

Something else has dawned on me here as I type this smelling so good....I now have found my 4 absolute favorite Indie etailers...I think I might just stop looking for more. Of the ones I have tried over the years, Jojoelle, Crater Lake Company, Starring...! Fragrances and Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps are the best of the best (unless you're looking for facial care, LOL)!

kzm Facial Care Boutique News!

Just wanted to let my customers and readership know about some great products I have been working on now for the past few months! These will be ready to launch by the last week in October!

Before I do that, though, I wanted to reiterate something I first announced on my blog over the summer. In memory of my dad, I am going to be donating 50% of all sales from my Etsy shop during the month of November to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This is one of the deadliest cancers, yet has the least spent on research funding, which is totally unacceptable. To clarify, this will not be based on my actual profit (after taking away cost of supplies, labor), but rather 50% of the selling cost! In other words, if you buy a $10 cream in November, $5 will be donated!!!

This begins November 1 and will go through November 30.

I started hosting events back in January 2007 to benefit this great charity, and will continue doing so until a CURE is found and no one else dies from this disease.

Let's talk about what's going to be coming soon in my shop!

I wanted to have them out tomorrow, but I need to get my existing orders done at a faster rate. Turnround time is now 7-8 business days and if I ever go over 10 business days, I will temporarily remove the items from my Etsy shop until I'm all caught up...I am planning on an all-nighter tonight, so hopefully that will bring me back to the 3 business day mark!

All-Natural Deodorant Stick: I made the transition from regular deodorant containing parabens and aluminum over a year ago to "natural" deodorants. I have been happy with some, but when you look at the ingredients, propylene glycol is right up near the top of the ingredients list, along with several less than natural items. I have been tinkering with recipes and testing them and I have a great stick deodorant made with essential oils and natural hard butters to make a firm deodorant stick with natural odor-absorbing properties.

All Natural Lip & Cheek Tint: I cannot wait to launch this one! If you love the fall rich berries for the lips, you'll love this! Made with a 100% natural elderberry-based colorant, this cheek and lip tint is going to be one of your fall must-haves for a rosy glow.

Earl Grey Lip Balm: Made with a  natural jelly much like Vaseline, only without any harmful petrolatum, this leaves lips soft and glossy. Pair it with the new lip and cheek tint!  Did I mention this has a wonderful flavor? It has an all-natural Earl Grey Tea flavor in this and is simply wonderful! 

A New Firming Facial Night Cream: What happens when you take my original Goat's Milk Face cream and add in argeriline and hyaluronic acid? The result is an anti-aging and firming powerhouse! This has been in the making for a very long time and for those with skin showing lines and wrinkles, this is for you! This product is unscented. This is a rich cream ideal for applying to the skin as partof your bedtime beauty ritual!

A Brand New Serum: A proprietary blend (as are all of my facial products) of rice bran oil, olive squalane, green tea and hemp for superior age fighting and antioxidant power!

kzm Facial Care Boutique featured by Bath, Body, Candle

Check out the feature on kzm Facial Care Boutique over at the Bath, Body, Candle site! Lynde, the wonderful force behind this giveaway and interview blog featuring Indie businesses, has done a fantastic job at promoting small businesses! Go on over and enter to win over $45 in my facial products!

Speaking of giveaways, my lucky winner of the Chic & Green Blog Giveaway is Jamie, one of our readers! Congrats to Jamie!

Happy Hauntings Gift Guide from Indie Public

Monday, September 29, 2008

I belong to a great community called Indie Public and they have just put out a wonderful Gift Guide for the upcoming holidays, full of great handmade items!

The Happy Hauntings Gift Guide is launching October 1st and my business is participating as well.
Click on the link to see the deal I have in store for you this October up until October 31st!

Check out the other Indie businesses as well from Indie Public. Items are being added now, so check back often!

ETSY LOVE: Not Your Ordinary Greeting Card!

When I was on the Etsy forums the other night, I saw a shop called Simply Said Cards. I thought I'd be checking out a shop featuring some handmade greeting cards. I found that and more in this shop owned bu the lovely Celina of Merritt Island, Florida.

I don't like sending my old standby Hallmark cards anymore because many of the same pictures and verses are recylced--a card I received for Mother's Day last year had the same picture and much of the same verse on a birthday card I bought for a friend.

The cards in this shop are informal fun and they are not your typical boring greeting!

How about sending a "My Bad" card when you really mess up? I like the "Your what hurts?" card. That'd be great for someone recovering from hemmorhoid surgery, I'd be willing to bet!

Celina's shop is full of fun cards for all occasions. Check it out today and tell her Chic & Green sent you on over!

You Have Until Noon...

Just a reminder that the kzm Facial care Boutique Giveaway for September ends at noon today!
Email your name to to be entered to win a customized Goat's Milk Face Cream, as seen in BODY + SOUL! We have almost 100 entrants as of Friday, and I wish everyone luck!

Speaking of Etsy Saturday Night deals.....

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I was browsing the Etsy forums (I am waiting for a pie to come out of the oven--will post pics later unless it is burnt) and the Etsy shop Teaman posted a great deal he is having!

He is selling a 75 piece tea bag sampler for $7.50! Wow! He blends the teas by hand and bags them. I usually buy loose from etailers, but admit I prefer the convenience of bags when I am in a rush. I placed an order and am eager to try his teas!

Here's a link if you'd like to see what I ordered:

He also had other sets like this listed.

Saturday Night Special on Etsy!

If you're a regular Etsy shopper, you've undoubtedly heard of the Saturday Night Special (SNS).
Every Saturday around 5pm, sellers start listing their evening deals on the Etsy forums, under "Promotions" on the "Official SNS Thread."

I haven't had a SNS since early August and am having one tonight until midnight!

If you buy a Goat's Milk Facial Cream ($10, as seen in Martha Stewart's BODY + SOUL), you will receive a free 2 ounce bottle of Goat's Milk Facial Cleanser.

If you decide to get something other than the cream, no worries! There's a deluxe sample of Goat's Milk Facial Cream awaiting you to be sent off with your order.

So stop on over to my Etsy shop tonight and head over to the Etsy forum to check out the otehr great SNS from your favorite Indie businesses!

A Story of Friendship Across the Miles

Friday, September 26, 2008

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together"
- Woodrow Wilson

I know my usual focus is on makeup, fashion or Indie shopping...and, of course, Etsy Love!

I'd like to pause for a minute to talk about a great group of ladies whom I have had the pleasure of knowing since 2003. One night when I was pregnant with Nick and couldn't sleep due to another green olive craving, I was sitting at the computer around midnight with my bowl of olives and stumbled upon the message boards at American Baby.

I was pregnant and full of questions. I met some other ladies from all different backgrounds and geographical locations. To this day, many of us still speak online daily. We moved from one board to the next, beginning at the Expectant Moms board. Soon we were on New Moms, Raising Babies, then Raising Toddlers...then we decided we were too cool for the drama on Raising Toddlers, so we were rebels and started haging out on Raising Preschoolers even though many of us didn't yet have preschoolers.

The boards at American Baby merged with another, so I started up a private message board and we have stuck together. We're a unique bunch. We have a mom in England, transplanted from Texas. We have a Navy mom in Japan. We've got a Dutch lady who lives in California and homeschools her remarkable little boys. We have teachers, a talented graphic designer, those in executive type positions, and plenty of stay at home moms.

We all have our little "role" in the bunch. We've got a beautiful woman in Michigan who should be a professional party planner to the stars or else have a hit show on HGTV. We have a go-getter who is soon going to be a bazillionaire with her Avon sales, which are near the best in her state, if not the entire country. We have moms who also make their own creations. There's so much talent in our bunch. Angie paints picture frames and mirrors and she makes adorable hair bow holders for little girls. Beth is a whiz with a needle, thread and some fabric--not to mention a great photographer. In fact, we have a couple of very talented photographers on board.

We have liberal moms spouting off why Obama should be president (yes, I may be one of them) while our conservative friends share passionately their reasons for backing McCain. Normally women can be catty and take differences of opinion personally or get "huffy" about things. What is unique about our great bunch (about 3 dozen of us total) is that we all share a common ground. We respect one another even if we don't agree with one another. We have no "bad seeds" in the bunch, which is unique. While we may have many differences, we share more similarities. We're like a bunch of odd ingredients thrown together that meld perfectly into one beautiful gourmet dish.

We are true friends. We have seen each other through so many of life's most joyful and most traumatic events. We've shared the excitement of pregnancy announcements, job promotions, milestones in our children's lives and are all truly happy for one another. We share pictures of our kids and home improvement projects. We build each other up and encourage one another.

We've shared sadness. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer and given 3 months to live, I had their support and outpouring of love--just as they shared my happiness of announcing I was pregnant with Benjamin a couple days later. Others have lost parents...grandparents, a sister. One of our dear friends is dealing bravely with her dad's Alzheimer's Disease. We truly are there for one another.

We've shared so much throughout the years with our children's struggles and triumphs as well--premature arrivals (like Nick and others), a brave little girl's heart surgery, another baby's long stay in the NICU, surgeries, stitches, broken bones, and more. We have truly helped support one another.

We're a funny group as well. I tell you, they put up with my sarcasm--I'm lucky! Seriously, though, we know each other. You've read on this blog about how I think Beth and I can roll our eyes at the same is truly like that. We all have our unique and strong personalities and that keeps it fresh, yet like a comfortable old slipper each day. We can express our feelings about anything without being judged. We are like sisters across the miles.

I think we're a cool bunch. We love to talk about food, so last year we all submitted our favorite recipes and Beth, our talented graphic designer, made a cookbook with all of our recipes for each of us to have in our kitchens! We throw each other "virtual showers". In fact we have showers in the next couple of weeks from our 3 pregnant Texans. We do card exchanges, Secret Santa, Mother's Day gift exchanges, etc. We encourage each other to pursue our dreams and hold each other accountable to be the strong women we're capable of being.

Some of the moms have been lucky enough to meet each other. In a few months, we plan to have a big meet up, possibly in Las Vegas. I am so looking forward to this!

Anyway, if we have one or two women in our lives we can call true friends, I think that is a blessing. To have so many women whom I can call "friend" is a gift. A true gift.

Sale at Jojoelle

I've not ordered from Jojoelle before until the day she re-opened after attending to some medical matters. I've always wanted to try her items and I am so happy she is back!

I want to share a coupon code with you for 15% off your order and $5 shipping. Simply use code Halloween15 when you checkout to take advantage of the deal.

Jojoelle is a fellow Campaign for Safe Cosmetics compact signer. 

I placed a wee order and it has already been shipped and should arrive tomorrow or Monday. That day I had a bit of a conditioner craving, as I also ordered a couple of fall scents that day from Sharonn at Crater Lake Company. My hair is in GREAT condition these days thanks to a very simple and natural routine. For days I don't do my apple cider vinegar rinse, though, I am probably going to need a daily conditioner when the dry winter air hits!

I am eager to report back with a full review! I am very eager to try her brand new conditioner formula. It is free of silicones, parabens and palm oil-derived ingredients. I ordered two delicious sounding scents: Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes, which is a blend of white cake, pumpkin puree, and buttercream frosting and Chocolate Framboise, a blend of dark chocolate and raspberries.

Head over to Jojoelle and try some of her fabulous products!

ETSY LOVE: Manta Wave

Gregory Bryant of Norfolk, VA is the creative force behind Manta Wave. He's a master at his craft and has been pouring his passion into it as his occupation for over a decade.

Greg makes unique pieces unlike anything else seen on Etsy. What I like about many of the items found in his shop is that they make me smile! I think everyone could use something off the beaten path in their home--one funkier, edgier piece to balance off the neutrals. Greg offers some really cool clocks that would fit the description perfectly.

I am intrigued by his handmade Sake set. What a wonderful wedding or housewarming gift for someone who's not into the traditional registry staples like crystal stemware or china pieces. This would be a lovely, thoughtful gift for sure!

Check out Manta Wave's Etsy shop or storefront today and tell Greg that C & G sent you!


Just a reminder that you have until September 30th at NOON Eastern to enter my Celebration Giveaway! I am giving away a free full-sized Goat's Milk Facial Cream to one lucky winner in order to celebrate being featured in the October 2008 Body + Soul magazine from Martha Stewart. Simply email your entry to me at

Looking for Great, Eco-Reponsilbe Lip Products?

Josie Maran Lipstick is palm oil free, paraben free and comes in recyclable tubes. Best of all, the ingredients are simply divine. Argan oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and more will treat your lips to some extra nourishment and smoothness.

Colors go on rich, yet sheer at the same time so you don't have the early 90s matte and dry lip. Josie Maran Lipstick will give you flawless application, longevitity and treatment benefits in one. Add that to being ingredients and eco-conscious and you've found lipstick perfection!

I only wish she'd add more colors to the line for fall and winter. Right now I am really enjoying, Adventurous, an everyday nude perfect for nearly every skin type. It look particularly lovely with Josie Maran Lip Gloss in Compassion applied over it. Her Lip Gloss, by the way, is wonderful as well!

NEW from kzm: Pink Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

I have a new product to share with you today. It's kzm Facial Care Boutique's Pink Pumpkin Mask and it is wonderful. I might be biased since it's my product, but I am telling you pumpkin is magical on the skin!

I have used fresh pumpkin on my skin for years this time of year. The enzymes in pumpkin are abundant.

Pumpkin accounts for over half of this mask. Added to this are Pink Kaolin Clay, Buttermilk Powder, Honey Powder and Lavender Essential Oil.

This is an all-natural dry mask. It will help your skin achieve a glow and youthful radiance, naturally.

What do the ingredients do?

Pumpkin soothes, hydrates and protects the skin with its abundance of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein.

Honey is known for its anti-bacterial properties. It can help to treat and prevent acne, while still having the ability to moisturize the skin.

Buttermilk is high in emollients and natural fats from the milk. It helps to cleanse and soothe at the same time.

Pink Kaolin clay is the gentlest of clays. It will not dehydrate the skin, nor will it draw out oils and strip the skin. It acts as a very gentle exfoliant and helps to boost skin circulation

Lavender is always a favorite of mine for its ability to be so calming and soothing to sensitive and irritated skin, while being effective at clearing up acne.

How do I use this new mask?

You will only need a very small amount of the powder, which you may dilute with water, buttermilk, cream, milk, rosewater, my facial mists, or aloe vera juice.

Apply to the skin which has been already been cleansed and rinsed with tepid water. 

Leave on your skin for about 10 minutes.

Rinse off thoroughly with warm water, follow with my facial mist and either serum or moisturizer of your choice.

Sold in a 2 ounce jar which will give you 6-10 treatments.

Ingredients: Pumpkin Powder, Pink Kaolin Clay, Buttermilk Powder, Honey Powder, Lavender Essential Oil

Find it today at kzm Facial Care Boutique!

So Lovely!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This isn't an Etsy Love feature, as I have already written about this wonderful Etsy shop!
I just happened upon these earrings at My So Called Junky Life. They look like delicate robin's eggs and are made of polymer clay. This reminds me that one day I need to share my polymer clay class experience with you...when I am courageous enough to have y'all laughing at me!

Makeup Talk: Brushes with a Conscience

I am lucky enough to have a wonderful assortment of makeup brushes. I have dozens: Lancome, Shu Uemera, Laura Mercier, Trish Mc Evoy, and more. Nearly all I have had since I was a freelance makeup artist in my early 20s. They've lasted that long ;)

I also have a nice collection of Cat Cosmetics brushes, the Taklon and Kabuki being among my favorites from the line.

No matter what type of makeup you're using, it's only as good as the tools used to apply it. You can have a great foundation and it will never look as good applied with a latex sponge as it would with a high-quality foundation brush.

Unfortunately, most "good" makeup brushes are made with pony hair, goat's hair, squirrel hair, etc. A couple of months back, I decided I would not be using my better brushes anymore. This was easy to do because I found a wonderful line of very affordable and eco-conscious brushed right at my local Walgreens.

The brand is called EcoTools.  All handles are made from sustainable bamboo. Recycled aluminum makes up the metallic ferrule. Even the ink used on the packages (which are reusable) is made from a plant source of ink! All brushes are animal free. The prices won't use much of your green, either!

Your best bet when trying out the line is their $10.99 pack of 5 assorted brushes. They are really nice. I also highly recommend the foundation brush, which I believe is the best of the bunch. It applies everything from traditional liquid foundation to mineral makeup to my favorite Smashbox Sheer Focus tinted moisturizer efforlessly. Did I mention this brush, which rivals $50 brushes, is only $5.99?

I am extremely impressed with this line. I didn't get any of that "cheap" feeling you typically get from drugstore synthetic brushes. Hairs from the brush don't fall off and sit on your face. They don't scratch or make your makeup go on in a choppy manner. These truly are good brushes!

The economy stinks right now. The environment is in peril. Some of these things we can control. Others we really cannot. We can help save ourselves some money, though, while being eco-conscious by trying EcoTools!

ETSY LOVE: Junky Style Diva

It all started with a search on Etsy for poodle items. I have a friend who could use a little pick me up. She loves all things poodle-related, so I search for something "poodle" on Etsy. I came across Junky Style Diva while doing so.

Inge is the lovely owner of this unique shop on Etsy. You'll find her mixed media collage creations, vintage items and flea market finds which are then turned into some really pretty pieces thanks to her creativity.

Among my favorite finds is a really neat train case. Not exactly the Caboodle I had in 9th grade to store my Bonne Belle Lipsmackers, banana hair clips, and scrunchies...but a vintage case (in pink!) which has been adorned with Inge's artistic touches. It has my favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt on it as well. I just might buy this for my makeup.

This shop also has pieces to hang on the wall, trinket boxes and more.

Head on over to Junky Style Diva today and tell her that the Chic & Green blog sent you.

DIY Wednesday: Shaved Chocolate Cookies

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You'll need to cream the butter and sugar. 

Adding in 2 eggs

Some delicious batter. A word to the wise--if you eat too much batter you'll get a tummy ache. I speak from years of experience!

Ben waiting eagerly!

Inside the oven

Fresh from the oven

My expert cookie taste testers

Next week's DIY Wednesday will return to sharing bath and body recipes with you...

You may recall me talking about the wonderful weekend away Tom and I shared at an area bed & breakfast, The Genesee Country Inn, back in August. The innkeepers, Richard and Deborah, truly have special place.

We had a magnificent time. You may also recall me telling you how I ate more than my fair share of Deborah’s homemade shaved chocolate cookies.

Deborah sent me home with her recipe and I have since made the cookies twice.

Nick was feeling a bit down today--his goldfish, Goldie, literally jumped to its death last night. We don’t know how exactly, but when we went to feed both fish yesterday, only one was in the bowl. Goldie was later found nearby in the boys’ tool bench. Needless to say, Nick wasn’t happy.

When he asked me to make him some cookies today, I happily obliged.

We made them together this afternoon. This recipe will yield 4-5 dozen small cookies, depending on how much batter the chef eats along the way (Would I do that?):

(Recipe by Deborah Stankevich)


                                    3 cups all-purpose flour

                                    1 cup granulated sugar

                                    1 cup light brown sugar, packed

                                    1 cup butter

                                    2 eggs

                                    1 teaspoon baking soda

                                    ½ teaspoon salt

                                    2 teaspoons real vanilla

                                    1 cup shaved semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 375ยบ F. Cream butter and sugars until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Beat until smooth. Add flour. Stir in shaved chocolate. Drop by teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack. Store in an airtight container.

NOTE: I used 2 cups of all purpuse flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. I also used Ghiradelli bittersweet 60% cacao chips, which I loosely chopped in my mini-chopper.

DIY Wednesday Update

DIY Wednesday is delayed a bit today. I promise it'll be well worth the wait! The boys are helping me with this one ;-)

I got a late start. My new Dell arrived today (who knew a 5 year old one was "archaic" in computer speak) and in my excitement to set it up all by myself, it didn't occur to me that my saved pictures wouldn't move with me to this computer...I should've thought about that one!

So today's originally planned DIY will be moved to next week and you're getting an unplanned version today! 

ETSY LOVE: Shabby Office Accessories

I've mentioned my friend Beth before. She is my best friend out there in cyberspace. I think we sit and even roll our eyes at the same time if we're reading something ridiculous. We both love to look at the great finds on Etsy as well.

Beth sent me a convo this morning (an email through Etsy) with a link to shabbyvintagemom. I love what I see in this shop!

I lack organizational skills. I have to write everything down in order to declutter my brain sometimes. I have little notes written all over and in my little notebook. I need some pretty bulletin boards to hang these papers and now I've found some!

The shop shabbyvintagemom offers shabby chic and vintage-inspired magnetic memo boards which are perfect for a stylish home office. If you don't have a separate home office, these would also fit right in to your own shabby decor without screaming "wood and cork bulletin board".

These really are lovely!

Check out Kristen's shop today and tell her Chic & Green sent you!

By the way, the super-friendly owner also has a vintage wares shop called shabbyvintagehome.

While you're checking out her shops, feel free to check out her blog!

ETSY LOVE: WaveCloud

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Purple Dusk Ring, $11.50

The Helena Bracelet, $12.50

There's a great little jewelry shop over on Etsy called WaveCloud.

She has a very nice selection of earrings, rings, bracelets and more at a very affordable price.

Check out the Helena bracelet, which is made of organic silver. It's earthy and simple and really quite pretty. 

How about the pretty Purple Dusk ring? Aubergine, eggplant and so many other purples are the perfect accent color for fall. Wearing something neutral to work? Add this purple ring to make your outfit special. It's only $11.50.

Looking for a little pick me up gift for yourself or perhaps a stocking stuffer to put away for your sister? Why not head over to WaveCloud and pick up a pretty piece of jewelry?

This shop owner is also a fellow blogger. Check out her blog as well.

Makeup Monday: A Great Blush for a Great Cause

Monday, September 22, 2008

My favorite mineral makeup line, Everyday Minerals, is donating 100% of the proceeds of their limited-edition Pink Ribbon blush to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The large pot is only $8 and will last you about a year (or more if you switch colors like I do).

This is a great evening pink, as it is very soft and sheer, but does have some icy white subtle shimmers. This also works well dusted lightly by the brow bone.

Everyday Minerals is also offering this in the sample and mini sizes, $2.50 and $4, repesctively. Why not stock up on several and use them as Secret Santa gifts and stocking stuffers this holiday season?

Breast Cancer has touched or will touch all of our lives in some way. Why not have soft, shimmery cheeks without parabens and other nasties and have it go to a great cause?

ETSY LOVE: Fall Fragrances for the Home from AJ's

AJ's Country Cottage is a mother-daughter team on Etsy. This shop with a prim vibe offers a large variety of soy candles and soaps. One of my friends online told me about AJ's, so I had to check them out! 

It's getting cooler here in upstate NY. Yesterday I was in an apple mood, baking my favorite apple dessert--Apple Brown Betty--and burning apple tarts from my favorite tartmaker.

In the fall, I also lover to burn soy candles, especially when we have company like we did yesterday. I love the comforting and welcoming feel of a good jar candle.

AJ's offers some wonderful sounding home aromas. How about Cornucopia? Or Butter Rum Brulee? The Pumpkin Gingerbread is calling my name. So many wonderful harvest scents for this time of year. Prices are very fair: $7.95 for a 7 ounce mason jar. What great gifts these would be!

Why not bring a small basket with some of these as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner? Ot just treat yourself. I know I just finished switching out my gardenias and lilacs in my dining room for some fall favorites. Why not head over to AJ's and give yourself the gift of a beautifully scented, warm and welcoming home?

There's just something about this time of year...coming in from the crisp and cool air and walking into the house with an inviting spice or pie scent and helping yourself to some cider. Speaking of cider, AJ's does offer a delicious-sounding cider and chestnuts scent!

Click the link and head on over to AJ's Country Cottage today! Stock up on some fall favorites or try a new scent, and tell her Chic & Green scent you!

ETSY LOVE: Kristin Perkins Glass Jewelry

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kristin Perkins has had a passion for creating jewelry for more than 20 years. Her passion is more than that, though. She has talent, expertise and true love for her art.

Kristin makes beautiful earrings, necklaces, cufflinks and more from Italian and American Bullseye glass. Each bead is made by hand using the Lampwork method. Her pieces are bold while being simple and very chic.

I know what you're going to say--You typically see me posting about vintage-inspired jewels from Etsy. Looking back, I haven't ever chosen anything contemporary in terms of jewelry for Etsy Love.

What is wonderful about jewelry, though, is that your taste in jewelry does not necessarily follow your tastes in home decorating. I love Shabby Chic style and I collect flea market finds with a vintage flair. My personal decorating style is not reflective of what I wear, though.

I am pretty simple with my clothing. When it is chilly out, I'm in boot cut or trouser jeans practically everyday with a simple crewneck fitted sweater. I pair those with kitten heels, ballet flats or foots. With that simple style, I always make sure to add a bolder piece of jewelry--something with color. I am never without earrings or a bold necklace to add a bit of balance to my simple staples. Jewelry is a great way to express yourself when you want to keep your clothes on the simple side. As much as I love vintage pieces, I have just as many pieces of modern, geometric jewelry in my wardrobe.

I would definitely wear Kristin's pieces. I love how unique they are--you won't find 30 shops on Etsy with the same concept with a slightly different take on it. I like that. I love how she uses many of my favorite colors, specially aquatics and rich tones. I have pictured the two that caught my eye the most.

I could wear either as daily earrings--simple, yet colorful and modern. I like them very much!

When I write my ETSY LOVE pieces, it is so much fun to picture in my head what the actual item looks like. What is wonderful, though, is that Kristin Perkins jewelry can be found in several states across the nation and on her own website.
She is also present at many arts shows including those in her home state of Michigan and a recent art event in Washington, DC.

Last fall I saw her work up close and personal at Rochester's Craft Company No. 6 on University Avenue right by the Memorial Art Gallery. I love going to this shop because there are so many talented artists featured there and you it is the ideal place to find a unique and perfect gift for a very special occasion. I can tell you from looking at the pieces that her jewelry is of the highest quality. The attention to detail is absolutely amazing, and these are pieces you will have for years and years to come.

If you're looking for a gift for your sister or your friend and don't want to get something she already has, I highly recommend heading over to Kristin's Etsy shop. Believe it or not, Christmas is 3 months away. Why not get some of your shopping done now?

Fall Soap Loot!

Apple Spice & Pumpkin Spice. Fall fragrance bliss!

Beer Soap...what a great lather!

Did you know Nan makes lip balm & jewelry, too?

My fall order from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps on Etsy arrived in yesterday's mail and, as always, I could not be happier. I ordered 2 bars of PUMPKIN SPICE (smells just like pie filling with extra spices), one of BEER (no scent, VERY creamy lather), one of GINGER SNAP (exquisite, like the cookie) and one of APPLE SPICE (the best of the bunch and ALL rate an A+).

I love, love, love my new soaps!

Nancy included a handmade lip balm, which is free when you order the 5 bar package with free shipping. She also included a beautiful pair of turquoise earrings. I adore them! You'll have to check out her other Etsy store, Jewelry from Tucson.

Check out Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps today and tell her The Chic & Green Blog sent you!

Chic & Green Will Be Back Friday

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I am sorry for Thursday's absence. Chic & Green is feeling a bit under the weather and will be back Friday. Here is a look at tomorrow:

*Etsy Love featuring gorgeous glass jewelry

*Beautiful pictures from the exquisite Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps order I received today

*Tart reviews from yet another wonderful Starring...! tart order!

ETSY LOVE: Twiddlestix Designs

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Have you been looking for cheerful & colorful, yet chic handmade greeting cards? Look no more!

Twiddlestix Designs over on Etsy has some really great cards for all occasions--birthday, new baby, etc.

The lovely owner, Heather,  is having a Birthday Special as well: 4/$8 cards! See her Shop Announcement for details.

My favorite item in this cute shop? The Birthday in a Box. You get an altered art box complete with 12 handmade cards! What a great idea for your stationery-loving friends!

Take a moment to click on over to Twiddlestix Designs today and tell her C & G  sent you!

DIY Wednesday: Salt Scrubs for Less!

Start with 1/4 c. salt and slowly add in essential oil

After oils are added to salt, blend!

Add a fresh sprig of parsley as a garnish! I also stir some into my scrub (chopped).

Store in a jar and label or decorate as you choose!

I love salt scrubs. Although I do like sugar scrubs, I prefer salt for serious exfoliation.

My favorite salt scrub from retail shops is Origins Salt Rub. It's over $30 per jar. I started using this way back when Origins sold it in glass jars. A couple of years ago I stopped buying the Origins and started making salt scrubs myself. It is easy and the homemade scrub we're going to make is (in my opinion) just as good as the pricy one!

Make your own salt scrub in a 16 ounce jar (weighs in about 27 ounces) at home for only about $2.00 for per jar with today's DIY project! I like to make several at one time which I just did earlier to give away as gifts!

The results are wonderul. Your skin will be smoother than silk and feel like butter. If you've ever paid $100 for a spa "Salt Glow" treatment, consider doing this at home and you can do the treatment as often as you'd like!

Before you use it, heed this warning: SALT STINGS BROKEN OR IRRITATED SKIN! I learned this when I first used a salt scrub and didn't think about the sting factor. I applied it all over my legs after I shaved them. OUCH! Scrub first...then shave!

Let's Talk Ingredients

You'll need sea salts, carrier oils, and essential oils. This is a 100% natural product!

I buy my sea salts right at Wegmans. They will come in different grains. I like to mix fine and coarse, so I pick up a bottle of each.

For the carrier oils, today I am using Macadamia Nut Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Soybean Oil and Olive Oil. You do not need to use 5 oils like I do. You only need one. I just like the blend of these oils. You also do not have to buy the same ones I have listed here. You can use any oils you have handy, such as jojoba, grapeseed, even canola from your baking cabinet!

Now, for the essential oils, I am using Spearmint and Rosemary Essential Oils.

I also add in some chopped fresh parsley to my own....

This is a truly invigorating scrub to refresh the senses while giving your skin the royal treatment!

How To Do It

I start slowly. I like to do a bit at a time. We'll be using 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of oil today. I start by adding 1/4 cup or so of salt into the jar. Then I like to add just 5 drops at a time of essential oil (I add 10 drops of each essential oil total per scrub). Add some carrier oil. Then add more salt, more essential oil, etc. Stir a bit before you add in more salt.

Hmm. Now my scrub looks like applesauce....

Don't worry! I always give the scrub a very quick stir and your scrub will be back to looking very scrubby with the coarse grains visible. 

This is a very simple project! I like to even add in a bit of fresh parsley. Why, you ask? No one really talks about the myriad benefits of parsely to the skin. It can help clarify and tone the skin, making it look fresh and bright. It also helps to reduce redness and swelling. I think it's a very underrated natural ingredient for homemade skin care, but it's worth adding in to your scrub.

So that is how you make your scrub! 1 part salt, 1 part oil, 10 drops of essential oil and a sprig of parsley! It couldn't be simpler. Just wait, though, to see how soft and radiant your skin will be!

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