For those of you who didn’t already know, the Other Half of the Foam on the Range partnership writes science fiction. (He even has a book!) We’ve been tinkering on a Super Secret Joint Project since well before Christmas now, going back and forth on the details, and finally we’ve got our various contributions ready to launch! So, without further ado, I present to you the Floating Market soap – and its companion story. Happy sudsing, and happy reading!
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Illnesses, computer problems, and generalized distraction notwithstanding, I have finally managed to launch the first new product of 2015 – and before January has quite ended, even! So without further delay, I bring you the first-ever collection of Foam on the Range eye shadows, a winter-shading-to-spring palette! These are loose-powder mineral makeup eye shadows, sold in a 10 g jar with a sifter top. Additional springy colors are tentatively slated for late March/early April.
Dust and Roses: A soft, dusty pink, largely matte with only a hint of shimmer. Beautiful for late-winter afternoons.
Pretty in Mink: Neutral colors are the backbone of any palette! This brown is a cool dark taupe with high shimmer and a tiny hint of gold fleck.
Nothin’ But Blue Skies: You know how sometimes you look up and the sky is such a deep, stunning blue that you know that even if you managed to capture it in a photograph, no one would ever believe it was real? Well, this isn’t that color. But it’s as close as we could come! Shimmer and a hint of sparkle, too.
Quicksilver: A light, subtle silver-gray with beautiful shimmer.
Dreaming of Spring: A soft, slightly shimmery green, perfect for capturing the yearning for springtime which sets its teeth firmly into us in late winter. Soothe those winter blahs with a dose of color!
And there you are! The first five eye shadows from Foam on the Range. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them! You can find the whole set on Etsy here, and soon on Amazon as well.
Here at last are all seven soaps from my Game of Soaps set, inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire!
It’s not too late to snag one of these as a perk for our Indiegogo campaign, running through this Tuesday! Get all seven with a $50 or higher contribution to our fundraiser. If you miss that, though, they’ll be forthcoming for sale in April, so keep an eye out.
“I am the blood of the dragon. Do not presume to teach me lessons.” (Daenerys Targaryen, A Dance with Dragons [George R. R. Martin])
White of hair, violet of eye, and ferocious of temper, the Targaryens are a varied lot, containing the very best and the very worst of humanity. It is said that when a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin – which certainly appears to have come out better for Daenerys than for her brother. Or her father, for that matter.
Scent: Dragon’s Blood, a warm, resinous, musky fragrance.
“Here, every castle had its godswood, and every godswood had its heart tree, and every heart tree its face.” (A Game of Thrones [George R. R. Martin])
Before the Seven with their septs, there were the old gods beyond counting, watching their domain through red eyes in the weirwood trees. The weirwoods are long gone from the southern regions, but in the North, the old gods still watch, and wait.
Scent: A blend of foresty/woodsy notes, with a complex underpinning of floral, mossy, and even a hint of fruity aromas.
“My son has his name, but I will try your summerwine. Just a taste.” (Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones [George R. R. Martin])
Wines from many of the grapes born in the years-long summer of this world are sweet, dripping with syrup and sunshine. Dive into Summerwine soap and indulge yourself in its luscious, fruit-forward scent. Fantastic for fans of fruit, wine, and summer alike.
Scent: Sweet, fruity notes with just a hint of tartness.
“Have you seen Mace Tyrell’s boy? The Knight of Flowers, they call him. Now there’s a son any man would be proud to own to. “ (King Robert, Game of Thrones [George R. R. Martin])
Ser Loras is a complex character. He is a loyal son of House Tyrell, wearing its green-and-gold worked into his own device even when he also sported the cloak of the Rainbow Guard. He never flinches from playing his role in supporting the interests of his family, yet rarely fails to seize more . . . personal opportunities.
Scent: Light, playful florals resting on a bed of roses.
“Summer is at an end, and a winter is coming such as this world has never seen.” (Lord Commander Mormont, Game of Thrones [George R. R. Martin])
“Winter is coming”, says House Stark, and never have they been more right. Winter both literal and metaphorical is falling upon the world, with White Walkers poised to sweep over the Wall and across the realms of men. Feel the bite of winter’s wind!
Scent: Ozone and ice, evergreen and cold, fresh air.
“Some lights cast more than one shadow. Stand before the nightfire and you’ll see for yourself.” (Stannis Baratheon, Clash of Kings [George R. R. Martin])
Lit by the red priests and priestesses at sunset, the nightfires are worship and ward, celebrating R’hllor and keeping at bay the night – which is dark and full of terrors. The nightfire itself is not without terror at times, however, consuming those seen to stand in the way of the Lord of Light. Be cleansed – with Nightfire!
Scent: Night-blooming flowers, amber, and incense, all wreathed in a cloud of woodsmoke.
“Snow in the Riverlands. […] Winter is marching south, and half our granaries are empty.“ (Jaime Lannister, A Feast for Crows [George R. R. Martin])
The Riverlands are a lush and fertile land, crossed by many rivers for easy transport, grain mills, and crop irrigation. Alas, years of war have ravaged the Riverlands, leaving food stores dangerously depleted on the brink of a long winter – and its lords, the Tully family, in disarray after a disastrous wedding.
Scent: Fresh, flowing water and green, growing things.
This set was a LOT of fun to make, and I’m excited to be sharing them with you now!
So, I promised soap photos, and here they are: Freshly poured, in the mold, three batches of soap
Yes, I know it’s already January 15, and the post-holiday blahs have well and truly set in most everywhere. I also know I haven’t posted here for over two months, and I haven’t posted anything particularly interesting for longer than that. Well, I won’t say it’s a New Year’s Resolution to do better (I don’t do well at those), but I will say I have, at this moment, a renewed sense of energy as regards putting together posts for this here blog. So we’ll see what happens!
So, current State Of The Foam: We took a week or so off after the holidays and vanished into small-town Kansas, staying at a bed & breakfast, visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Museum (not the library part, but we did see it) and the Oz Museum, visiting wineries (the best of the lot: Prairie Fire, which is far enough off the highway that we thought we were lost, until it finally appeared around one last bend in the road) and breweries, and coming home rested and eager to get back to work. Since then, it’s been taking inventory, starting up a post-holiday clearance sale, crunching some year-end numbers, and lining up some nifty new projects for the new year. Basic January-in-business stuff!
There’s more fun stuff upcoming – keep an eye here and on our Facebook or Google+ pages – but in the mean time, here’s a sneak peek at a soap coming out next week, in time for Valentine’s Day:
…I actually do have a non-product-based post in the works, it just keep sliding down the to-do list in favor of things that clamor more loudly for my attention. It’ll get done one of these days, though, I promise. In the mean time, here’s the winter lineup of Limited Editions soaps/etc., all ready to go! (Yes, I know it’s early November, with weeks to go yet before Thanksgiving and even more weeks before the official start of winter. But what can I say, I’m impatient! Besides, I have only four shows left this year, so there aren’t so many opportunities as all THAT for people to browse the winter lineup, even starting now!)
Want to shop this list without waiting for a show? We can do that! You can find them here.
Wait, what? Soap made out of beer? Absolutely! Beer is fantastic for your skin (and your hair, but maybe I’ll do something about that later). Antioxidants, amino acids, and more – it’s really quite phenomenal. It also changes the character of the soap’s lather, and is just all-in-all really great in soap. Also, let’s face it, beer is pretty awesome in its own right, yeah? These six soaps are all made with Kansas-area beers!
So anyway, on to the soap!
I’m so happy with these six soaps, and thrilled they’re finally ready to show off – just in time for the official start of Oktoberfest this weekend! You can find them here or here – and we will have them at our shows as long as supplies last. Happy sudsing – with extra suds!