Monday, April 28, 2008

"Cimmeria"

A very nice film:


Here are scans from The Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 No. 24 November 1977
Featuring "Tower of the Elephant"

Poem by Robert E Howard
Art: Barry Smith & Tim Conrad

The Savage Sword Of Conan page 1

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Cimmeria
by Robert E Howard

I remember
The dark woods, masking slopes of sombre hills;
The grey clouds' leaden everlasting arch;
The dusky streams that flowed without a sound,
And the lone winds that whispered down the passes.

Vista upon vista marching, hills on hills,
Slope beyond slope, each dark with sullen trees,
Our gaunt land lay. So when a man climbed up
A rugged peak and gazed, his shaded eye
Saw but the endless vista--hill on hill,
Slope beyond slope, each hooded like its brothers.

It was gloomy land that seemed to hold
All winds and clouds and dreams that shun the sun,
With bare boughs rattling in the lonesome winds,
And the dark woodlands brooding over all,
Not even lightened by the rare dim sun
Which made squat shadows out of men; they called it
Cimmeria, land of Darkness and deep Night.

It was so long ago and far away
I have forgotten the very name men called me.
The axe and flint-tipped spear are like a dream,
And hunts and wars are like shadows. I recall
Only the stillness of that sombre land;
The clouds that piled forever on the hills,
The dimness of the everlasting woods.
Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

squalane - revisited

Sparta Soap is now offering Squalane in 0.5 FL oz square hand frosted bottles:

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Squalane can be purchased from the Sparta Soap website: spartasoap.com
Use the menu on the left of the page and click on Squalane.

More information:
Olive Squalane is a colorless, light oil derived from olive oil. It has a silky feel, sinks in fast and is not greasy. It is excellent under make-up or before bedtime. Like olive oil, it does not interfere with normal skin functions. Our Olive Squalane is packaged in our own hand frosted 1 fluid ounce dropper bottle and a hand frosted 0.5 ounce square bottle. A few drops is all most skin types need. We've tried various serum pumps, but they often stop working before the product is used up. Our squalane is unscented and odorless. Ingredients: Squalane

Friday, April 18, 2008

i love paper

This was made with inkjet vellum paper, commercial handmade paper between signatures, sewn with hemp twine and covered with watercolors of quinces.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Garden 2008


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Originally uploaded by sandy - spartasoap
My husband tilled our little garden and we planted onions, spinach, radishes and lettuce. It's still cold here, but it should warm up soon. If not, it was worth a shot and we can plant again later when it's warmer.


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Sunday, April 13, 2008

almond apricot, rosemary tea thyme, rose white, chamomile

Almond Apricot, Rosemary Tea Thyme, Rose White & Chamomile (5 ways)are back in stock.

almond apricotAlmond Apricot - Our Almond Apricot soap is made with almond meal and apricot kernel. The scent blend of Bitter Almond & Palmarosa is a little sweet and a little "fruity". As always, the lather is rich and creamy!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Essential Oils of Bitter Almond & Palmarosa, Almond Meal, Apricot Seed, Annatto Seed Extract (color)

rosemary tea thymeRosemary Tea Thyme - More than Rosemary, our Rosemary Tea Thyme soap contains an herbal blend of Rosemary, Tea Tree, Spearmint & White Thyme. The scent is herbal and very fresh. We've also added extracts of Parsley and Green Tea.
Ingredients: olive oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, water, sodium hydroxide, rice bran oil, , essential oils of rosemary, tea tree, spearmint & white thyme, extracts of green tea & parsley

rose whiteRose White - This highly fragrant soap is scented with an essential oil blend of Rose Geranium and soft Bulgarian Lavender. We've added Calamine Powder for rich lather and topped with rose petals. Please note that rose petals may be brushed off before use.
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Rice Bran Oil, Essential Oils of Bulgarian Lavender & Geranium, Calamine Powder, Rose Petals

chamomileChamomile - Our Chamomile soap is most luxurious. We've used Chamomile five ways for this soap: Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, our soap oils have been infused with Chamomile Flowers & Calendula Petals, Chamomile Tea instead of water, a little ground Chamomile added to the soap and Chamomile flowers on top. Please note that the chamomile scent is light.
Ingredients: olive oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, water (infused with chamomile), sodium hydroxide, rice bran oil, chamomile, essential oils of german chamomile & roman chamomile, chamomile, calendula & annatto seed extract

Can be purchased at spartasoap.com

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

squalane is back at spartasoap.com

I have brought back olive squalane and re-packaged it in a dropper bottle. The bottle is glass as is the dropper. The bottle is hand frosted and no two are exactly alike.

Squalane can be purchased from the Sparta Soap website: spartasoap.com
Use the menu on the left and click on Squalane.

More information:
Olive Squalane is a colorless, light oil derived from olive oil. It has a silky feel, sinks in fast and is not greasy. It is excellent under make-up or before bedtime. Like olive oil, it does not interfere with normal skin functions. Our Olive Squalane is packaged in our own hand frosted 1 fluid ounce dropper bottle. A few drops is all most skin types need. We've tried various serum pumps, but they often stop working before the product is used up. Our squalane is unscented and odorless. Ingredients: Squalane

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

handmade paper @ etsy

I love handmade paper. I have had incredible handmade recycled paper from etsy sellers. They take something that was on its way to the trash and turn it into something beautiful. I plan on using my recent purchases for a bookbinding project. But not yet, I need to work on my neatness issues. Neatness does count, doesn't it?

Here is a book I made from some of my early purchases. My binding is bad, but the paper looks great together.

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View more images at my flickr account.

Ali18974
Natural Collection of Handmade Papers 12 Piece Assortment Free Handmade Paper Tags with Purchase of this Paper Assortment


ClaudiasCreations
Handmade Recycled Paper - 10 Sheets - 8 1/2 x 11
Handmade Recycled Paper Black, Dark Grey - 5 Sheets 8 1/2 x 11
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Handmade Recycled Paper - 5 Sheets 8 1/2 x 11


PhoenixPaperDesigns
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper GREEN LEAVES Art Paper 8 pieces
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper MOSS GREEN Assorted Art Paper 16 sheets
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper BROWN Art Paper 13 pieces
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper TAUPE and KRAFT YELLOW Art Paper 11 sheets
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper TERRA COTTA Art Paper 8 sheets
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper RED FEATHER Art paper
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper FEATHER Art Paper
SALE Handmade Recycled Paper YELLOW FEATHER Art Paper


ragqueen
Handmade Paper Multi Pack (C)
EtsyPaper Street Team Paper (4)
Handmade Paper Multi Pack (B)


SherryRenee
4 Sheets of Recycled Handmade Paper
4 Sheets of Recycled Handmade Paper Set 3
Handmade Paper with Potpourri added
4 Sheets of Recycled Handmade Paper Set 2


sivatonight
Variety Pack of HANDMADE PAPER in Various Colours


thegreenefairy
Handmade Recycled Paper (Pack of 4)


underpalace
Handmade paper


edit 04/08/2008 to add flickr account link

Friday, April 04, 2008

frosted bottle of olive squalane

I frosted a bottle and filled it with olive squalane. I'm going to send this to my friend who loves olive squalane. If you are reading this, you know who you are! :)

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

monsterpromos

This is where I buy my mini envelopes. I usually buy the white envelopes, but they have other colors, too.

I include an envelope when I ship out my soap orders. I can fit a regular size business card, a moo card and a soap sample in the envelope. I like doing it this way, because it's a more fun look than just tossing everything in the box. Sometimes I tie them with raffia or funky yarn:

mini envelopes

Monsterpromos also sells customized totes, aprons, banners and bumper stickers and more. They ship quickly and are completely professional. Be sure to check them out.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

birthday books

My son gave me a gift certificate to amazon for my birthday.
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Thank you John!

Here is a little notebook-let I made for my brother and sister-in-law. They make wine (good wine) and I thought they might like to keep notes in something fun.
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