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Holiday Happenings

As my Black Friday through Cyber Monday promotion this year I’ll be offering free shipping. The shipping charges will automatically disappear whenever I come out of the turkey coma on Thursday, and end when I wake up Tuesday morning.

Also, I have one (just 1!) custom slot left for the holiday season. If you want a Ruggle for a holiday gift, contact me now.

 

Erik has been a real trooper “modeling” my Ruggles for me, but he’s beginning to be a bit of a diva. Crawling all over, being late to the shoot, insisting on fresh apple juice… I might be looking for a new model soon.

I love you, Deer.

Sneak peek of a new Ruggle I’ll be listing in the shop tomorrow. 🙂

Join the fun!

Attack of the Craft, my absolute favorite crafting forum is having a “Simon Says” contest. The prize is an iPad or a $300 Visa gift card! They come up with the most fun contests. Come have fun with us! All the details are here:

http://www.attackofthecraft.com/stage/showthread.php?t=5759

The First Look at a Giant Ruggle

I will most likely be adding a listing for giant Ruggles to my shop next Tuesday, March 1st but here’s a preview! Giants will be made to order, with an approximately 4 week turnaround depending on the animal chosen. They measure about 38″ from claw to claw and 51″ from nose to ‘tocks. Critters with tails or a big schnozz will be even longer. I’ll make any animal, dragon or monster into a giant (even those that haven’t been seen in the shop yet) except for monkeys. (I simply can’t make monkeys come out right.)

I am designing the giants to be used as photography props or a fun addition to your nursery or home decor, so they will not have the various fabric tag claws. Instead they will have feet appropriate to the animal. I could of course make one with the fabric claws, but you’d have to request that. As with the regular size Ruggles, no actual animal fur or skin will be used to create the giants.

Right now I have no idea what the shipping will be for the giants, but I can tell you that the heads are heavy. They will cost $120 each. Giants with flat heads (no stuffing, in case you wanted to nail it to a wall or use it as a blanket) will be $100. Downgrades in fabric might be possible (from Minky to Velboa which isn’t as soft) and will also lower the price. If you’re interested in a Velboa version Giant, just email me (kenzie at zamalzain dot org) or send me a conversation on Etsy.

And on to the fun part: pictures!

With my almost 3 year old

With my 1 month old

In the nursery

 

A small note on customs…

I had a lot of fun ordering a bunch of fabric today in advance of opening my custom slots again. I already have a waiting list which has filled the month of March and spilled over into April, so if you’ve been thinking of requesting a custom from me go ahead and let me know so I can put you on the list!

Here are the details on how my custom orders work:

I love a challenge, but I am honest with customers about what I am and am not able to create concerning a custom. Customs generally take two weeks to create. If it will take longer I’ll let you know. I allow for one custom per week so if you have a special date contact me early. I try to keep in good contact with custom order customers so you know where I am every step of the way. If the Ruggle is highly specialized and would not appeal to anyone but you, I require payment in advance to start work. Otherwise, I generally hold off on client specific customization options (like belly stitching) until after I post your listing and pictures. That way, should you not like the way it turns out, there is no obligation to buy. I do ask that you let me know within a week of your reserved listing being posted if you have changed your mind and no longer want your item so I can offer the Ruggle to others.

Some customization options:

* Choice of animal (I’m willing to attempt any animal and so far have only found one that doesn’t look right no matter how hard I try – that would be monkeys)

* Embroidered eyes (note: these are done by hand, by me. I’m not an embroidery expert, but I do my best and promise to keep cross and wall eyes to a minimum.)

* Belly stitching (past examples of custom bellies can be seen on my flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bewhiskeredetsy)

* Satin or fleece belly

* A preference for certain colors or types of fabric in the claws or mane

To request a custom, just email me or send me a convo on Etsy.

Meet Janet of Amelia’s Soap Company

Once a week I feature other Etsy artisans on my blog. Most are fellow members of my Etsy Teams: Etsy for Animals, Attack of the Craft, Etsy Moms and the Georgia Etsy Team. Some are random Etsy sellers whom I stalk whose work I love and admire. All of them are unique and have interesting stories to tell. I hope you enjoy getting to know them!

Janet is a fellow member of the Georgia Etsy Team and makes wonderful bath and body products.

How did you come up with your shop name?
Amelia was my mom’s name and it’s actually my name too. We live close to Amelia Island, FL … when my mom moved here, you should have seen the look on her face when she learned there’s an island with her name!


When did you start making Bath and Body Products?
I took a cold process soapmaking class in Savannah in 2003. I’d asked a friend to go with me and she said, “That’s too hard. I’m going to buy the kind you can melt.” Then she looked over at me and said, “Oh, my gosh! You loved it, didn’t you?” And I DID!!

What made you want to start selling your creations?
One can make only so many batches of soap to give away. Also, soapmaking can become a passion and one has to pay for more supplies!


Please describe your creative process.
I make many types of body and bath products, and there is a deep level of research and planning that goes into each one. You wouldn’t believe how many people I get to test them …. some people now ask if anything is new! Often a formulation gets changed many times (or discarded). Then there’s the packaging stage to plan. Finally the new product is made and launched!

What inspires you?
I love to help people and so many have skin problems lately. The skin is the largest organ of the body so I believe what goes on it is very important. Handmade products can be so much healthier. I belong to a team on Etsy which focuses on safe manufacturing practices and that is very important to me also.


Does your shop have a theme or purpose?
To make beautiful products that help people.

Tell us two of your short term goals and one long term goal.
One goal is to make products that are above the norm in quality and design.
Another big goal is to stay organized and balanced …. it allows one to accomplish more in a day.
My long term goal is to be a business owner with a good reputation and one to whom people turn for excellent products.


Walk us through a typical day in your life.
Many days, I get up at 6:30 to exercise. I hurt my back in high school as a gymnast and learned it’s best to keep moving. I actually lift weights in a class with some of my testers.  I leave there and run errands, hopefully going to the post office with an order. From there it’s back home to get to work making products or whatever. I check in with my Etsy soap team, order supplies if needed, clean, and try to learn something new every day.

What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
I have two favorites! The Lux Silken Sleek Crème because it is amazing …. And I love my Face Polish, really any of my scrubs, because exfoliating old skin cells to reveal fresh ones is renewing. Both products make people feel better and that’s what I love!


Where on the web can you be found?
amelias.etsy.com
www.ameliassoapco.com
twitter.com/AmeliasSoapCo

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