I have something to confess~ I am hooked on handmade soaps. There I said it! Up until a couple months ago, I would NEVER have paid for handmade soap (because I am cheap like that). But then I used some at a friends house and now I can't stop buying it.
I have gotten soap from aBreathofFrenchair whose soaps are so pretty I can't get my self to use them but they make my small bath smell SO good.
Desertsoapstone has awesome things and great customer service. I use the gardenia soap every time I walk by the sink that it is near.
I just ordered from longwinterfarm mostly because I love her item descriptions~ "I think grass stains on the knees is a flawless sign of happy children" and the names of her soaps like hippy stink!!
Well, I feel better now, thanks for letting me get that off my chest! I think I will eventually order from every etsy soap seller!
I have been intending to revamp my color chart for so long! I finally squeezed it into my schedule today. I think this one makes it much easier to see the color options. Now to find the time to edit 196 listings!!
This week I am proud to feature an amazing photographer, Lynn Michelle.
You absolutely must check out her website and blog and see her fabulous work! Lynn ordered a few of my damask decals and look what she did with them, she's so clever!
I asked Lynn a few questions about her business, here's what she had to say.
How did you get started photography? As a computer science major, one of the suggested requirements to graduate wasto get involved in an extra curricular activity on campus. I thought thenewspaper would be the place for me - I had always been commended for my writingskills and I had just left my post as head of our rogue high school newspaper.The conversation with the editor did not go as planned; she was insistent uponneeding a photographer and I just wanted to write. I guess I wore her down, shelet me submit a story - a humorous detail about the parking situation at school.It had the laughs, tears, and pizzazz of an award-winning article. It wouldchange the world! But it never got published. Instead, she handed me a cameraand ushered me out the door for my first assignment.And that's how I became a photographer. I don't have a great story about growingup with a camera in my hand. My life on the newspaper was an anything butglamorous array of rolled film (yes, I said the f word), developer anddeadlines.Here I am 11 [eek] years later and I can say that this is exactly where I wantto be and I shoot fabulous people.
How did you discover Etsy? I don't really remember how I found Etsy, but I do remember thinking "why theheck haven't I found this sooner?!" Etsy has always been THE place that I go tofind fantastically unique things for my clients.
What type of equipment do you use? I'm a Canon shooter, and have been ever since I went digital in 2004. I heartCanon in every way. Where do you see your business going in the future? I can't begin to explain how blessed I am, I have THE BEST clients who stickaround years after their wedding and continue spread the love about me toeveryone they meet. Wherever the business goes, I hope to have these wonderfulpeople around me.
What are your favorite things to photograph? I specialized in weddings & boudoirs because they were such a great fit for me.It's like showing off an inner secret through a special smile or glance that noone else sees.
At every wedding, there is a moment when the butterflies turn into sheer joy. It can happen at any point in the day: while the bride is walking down the aisle,during the middle of the ceremony, or when they jump into the limo. There's aunique smile that gives it away and you just have to be there to capture it.My boudior photography (Eye Candy) grew out of the simple idea of having sexy,couture images to show off to your significant other. They turned into so muchmore - it gave my boudoir ladies a way to express the sexy vixen buried insideand to feel incredibly comfortable in their own skin. The ladies love thepampered experience; the men love the sexy swagger that their ladies getafterwards.
Tell me more.
 I make up words.You see, I don't feel like I am a complicated person but I can't seem to findany combination of words that will make you jump up and give me a call. I'm oneof those people you can't really sum up with words. I think I might actuallyrequire a sound. I make up sounds.I love music and my husband likes to tell me that I have strange taste in music. I have a husband and cats and I do my best writing while listening to Nirvana. I'm listening to "Lithium" right now, actually. I build my own computers; this one has two dual core processors and has madeit over a year without being reimaged. That's a record.Ok, my husband actually physically builds the computers. I write the softwareand take credit for the whole shabang. I am quite handy with power tools,though. That's true.I'm an active member of PPA, Modern Photographers and JWI. I'm still listening to Nirvana. I tried to end on an odd number but it felt ... odd.
Thanks so much for everything Lynn, it has been a pleasure getting to know you!Here are a few of Lynn's favorite pics~