Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Don't forget about the April Giveaway!

The post was getting buried

Enter now!

Friday, March 26, 2010

What you need to know about sunscreens!

I've gotten a few questions about the use of sunscreens... so I thought this would be worthy of sharing.

Many of you will be spending hours in the sun in the months ahead. Sadly this year, more than a million of you will also learn that you have skin cancer.

We all know sun blocks can work to prevent burns and disease, but how do you pick the right one?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen. When we talk about sun damage, we’re actually talking about damage to the skin that’s caused by ultraviolet light: UVB and UVA rays.
UVB rays lead to sunburns. When you buy sun block that provides SPF protection, you’re protecting yourself against UVB rays. SPF indicates the level of protection.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the middle layer of your skin. They can lead to wrinkles and age spots. They can also diminish your body’s ability to protect against cancer by weakening the immune system.
Both UVB and UVA rays can cause skin cancer, but not all sun blocks protect against UVA rays. For broad-spectrum protection, you want to buy one that does.
Now, a lot of people wonder about strength: SPF 85 sounds like a lot more protection than SPF 30 or SPF 15, but the difference between them actually starts to get pretty small.
For example, an SPF 15 sun block lets in about 6 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. An SPF 30 lets in only about 3 percentof those rays. An SPF 85 lets in a little more than 1 percent.
So, you’re going to get only slightly more protection with the higher SPFs, but that doesn’t mean you should let yourself bake in the sun longer. The recommended minimum is an SPF 15.
Whatever SPF you pick, be sure to slather on enough sunscreen—a shot glass-full is about right, the recommended one ounce. Reapply frequently, especially after swimming or if you've been sweating profusely.

According to Dr. Sanja Gupta, it's not important whether or not your sunscreen contains SPF 15, 30 or even 85.. it's HOW you use it. Most people aren't using enough of it and he recommends using an ounce at a time. That's a LOT of sunscreen! It makes me wonder whether or not the little bits of moisturizer with SPF is even effective? 
Could you imagine slathering a whole ounce or even half ounce of moisturizer on our face? I think I need to do some further investigating into this.. 
Also, you need to be aware of WHAT kind of sunscreen you're using.

Sunscreen Types

Sunscreen is a general term. A sunscreen simply means any product which saves us from UV radiation, if we apply it on our body. While many people often mix the terminology of sunscreen and sunblock, there really is a technical difference between the two. A true sunscreen is a chemical agent that denatures the light, making the wavelengths incapable of causing damage. Sunblocks act as a physical wall to prevent sunlight from reaching the skin. 
Chemical Screens:
These are aromatic compounds which absorb photons of light energy and transform high energy UV radiation into harmless long wave radiation. This avoids or minimizes sunburn. Commonly used chemical sunscreens are PABA (Para Amino Benzoic Acid), Anthranilates, Benzophenones, Camphor derivatives, Cinnamates, Dibenzoylmethanes and Salicylates.

Physical Blocks:
These blocks reflect and scatter the sun light, and decrease the dermal penetration of UV rays. Eg. Titanium dioxide, Magnesium oxide, Zinc oxide, Red petrolatum, Kaolin, etc.

Many sunscreen products contain a mixture of these two properties. If you have contact dermatitis allergies, eczema or sensitive skin, you should prefer to use the true physical blockers.

Obviously, the healthier and better choice would be the blocks...  But with these also come acne break outs and white noses (like the life guards) This is where you need to weigh the pros and cons.
I'm in the process of adding a SPF 15 moisturizer to my line but it's still in the developmental phase.
I'm curious to hear what you're all using (sunscreen) and how it's making your skin react!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don't Drink The Kool-Aid - The Great Preservative Debate

That's right Divas, don't drink the Kool-Aid :)

There's a great debate about the use of preservatives in skin care. I believe it was CNN or HLN had a program on a week or 2 ago.
 If you'd ever been lucky enough to listen to one of my ramblings,
 you've probably heard all about my distaste for synthetic ones.
 First of all, there is no need for preservatives in FRESHLY
 made products. Secondly, there are plenty of natural
 preservatives that one can use that will preserve a product
 just as well, if not better than a synthetic.
 Synthetic preservatives such as, 
ParabensDiazolidinyl Urea, 
 Phenoxyethanol  not only cause cancer,
and interfere with the way your body produces hormones,
 they also release formaldehyde and are extremely dangerous!

 Honeyquat, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E, 
Potassium Sorbate, Natamycin (made from carbohydrates and sugar) 
and Glycerin (just to name a few) are natural preservatives and will
preserve a product for up to 18 months, sometimes longer.

They are very expensive as opposed to synthetics, that's why many
companies  choose not to go natural (as if they couldn't afford it with their multi billions). They argue that preservative free or natural preservatives are inferior (not true!) and then go on to justify using synthetic preservatives by stating
 that products need to be properly preserved to prevent bacteria growth
 such as E.Coli, Salmonella etc.First of all, a facility that KNOWS what they're doing (a company devoted to mainly SKIN CARE & bath, not Skin Care, clothing, footwear, car parts  etc.) and follows proper sanitary procedures 

Secondly, using top of the line quality ingredients is very important.
 Cosmetic grade (the only grade available by middle men suppliers)
 are allowed to contain up to 50% impurities and bacteria.
 Pharmaceutical grade ingredients are not allowed to contain any more than
 2% impurities and bacteria, so by purchasing top grade supplies directly
 from the factory where they're made will greatly reduce bacteria
 present in your product. Having every batch of product tested is a MUST
 as well. Every facility that makes these products should have the necessary testing equipment in their manufacturing facility and be trained on how to use the equipment (that means no hiring temps!)
as well as how to take a sample for a culture. Samples should ALWAYS be send to 
a 3rd party lab for testing as well (we are required by the state and our insurance
to do this because we are licensed as manufactures, not just a retail 
or wholesale business so you'd think the conglomos would also be required?) This is fairly cheap ($35 per product sample) but unfortunately, some  will not do this because they don't  want to incur the costs and it's cheaper for them to add a harmful chemical (that's why they're billionaires and Etsy mom and pop shops are not)

Of course you also have to worry about contamination once it's in the
 hands of the customer. Every time the bottle or jar is opened, bacteria
 like E.Coli and Salmonella will get inside. This is why it's important to make
 the product an unfriendly environment for bacteria to grow in the first place.
 Adjusting the PH before you market your products is a good start.
In the possession of the consumer, products should always be stored
away from heat and moisture, this will also cut down on bacteria growth.
If you like to keep things in your bathroom, the medicine cabinet or high up on a shelf away  from the toilet and moisture from the shower or in a drawer is the best 
place to keep them stashed.

 As scary as they sound, these bacteria are not always harmful.
 E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph etc. naturally occur inside and outside  your body.
 They are on everything from skin, hair & fingernails to your pillow case,
 on your toothbrush, and even on the foods you eat (remember that
 onion you peeled for your Tuna Salad? or the cucumber you had on that sushi?).
In order to have an outbreak, there needs to be an abnormally large
 amount present and it needs to either be ingested or enter your
 body through your eyes or a deep cut. Being exposed to a little bit of
 bacteria will actually help your body build immunities.

In conclusion, the next time you read or hear a company knock a natural
 preservative or synthetic preservative free product, or try to
 get you to drink their "Preservative  Kool-Aid"  you'll know better. 
What would *I* rather have on my face... ?
I'll go with the potential for poo germs over the stuff that's gonna give me liver tumors, breast cancer and put me thru early menopause or kill my thyroid.

'Cause ya know what... Those poo germs are gonna get there and be there 
no matter what. I bet they're all over your keyboard right now... and in what
you had for lunch! They will be there after you shower and settle in for the night and they'll be there in the morning when you wake up.

 You've been informed :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

- April Giveaway -

April's Giveaway will be a Pampering Mini Spa Basket.

One lucky winner will receive an adorable basket

Packed full 'o goodies from my Etsy Shop
Some of the items include:

          Body Butter Moisturizers

       Body Washes & Bubble Baths

     Dead Sea Mineral Bath Soaks

     Organic Raw Brown Sugar Scrub

Pure Organic Cocoa & Shea Body Butter
                Massage Bar

            Sugar Scrub Cubes

  Shaving Cream & Other Bar Soaps

    Jars of Body Butter Samples (1 oz)

That's just a few of the items that will be inside! There'll be lots more!
There will also be coupons (up to $10 off) and Gift Certificates to share with friends. You won't want to miss this!

From now until 11.59pm April  15th you can enter this giveaway. You can rack up as many entries as you'd like, there's no limit. The more you do, the more entries you gain. 

You can gain an entries by:
Posting a link to your Favorite item in my shop, along with a link to you Etsy Profile or you Email address (please use [at] instead of @ to prevent the spambots from picking up your addy ) 

Blogging about this giveaway. Your blog post must contain a link to this blog post and a link to my Etsy Shop Please post a comment with the link to your blog post

Tweet or post on Facebook about this giveaway with a link to this blog post. Please post the link to your profile in your comment here (for it to count as an entry)

Refer friends. Post the names of each friend you referred to this blog post. Each friend = 1 entry. If they enter the giveaway and mention you as a referral, you gain another entry for each friend.

Remember... This is supposed to be a fun giveaway! Please don't kill yourself over posting my links everywhere or jump thru hoops.  The last giveaway winner only had one entry ;)

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Scents This Week

This week bring us:

Blueberry cobbler: Sugary blueberry. Rich buttery notes mixed with a sweet cinnamon & creamy vanilla.

Perfect Pear:  Juicy pears, tart green apples,  cinnamon and clove.

Passionate Kisses:  Sweet candy, cherry, vanilla and cinnamon mix with Musky spice

Jamaican Me Crazy:   Lemon,  grapefruit, sweet summer berries, hints of coconut & sweet orange.

Fresh Lilac

Cinnamon Clove Buds

Apple Jack & Orange Peel:  Fresh peach, crisp green apple and juicy orange, soft lavender and classic rose combined with cinnamon and clove.

Appleberry Spice: (fresh sliced apples with diced berries sprinkled with cinnamon. Raspberry, strawberry & tart cherry with spicy cinnamon and ginger)

Sea Island Cotton: Crisp cotton sheets hung out to dry in the fresh ocean air

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New waterproof Labels! Woooo!

We've made out own labels for 4 years.. Just regular old no frills labels because it allowed us to charge less for product. To have our labels done professionally with waterproof backing and ink, it would cost between $2 and $3 per label! That means we'd have to add that to the price of the product. A 10 oz bottle of body wash would cost $10.99 instead of $7.99 and a 6 oz body butter would cost $9.99 instead of $6.99. Plus, this allows us to change them up as needed and to make new labels right away as soon as a new product has been introduced.
Our store customers never seemed to mind that the ink ran or the labels washed off... It always irked me but hubby said it adds to the essence of "hand made" and to get them and rack prices up by $3 a pop just wasn't a god idea. But...  I've been hearing about it with my online sales so I decided to take a trip to staples to get some waterproof labels. Well, in order to get what I'd need, I would have to buy a special laser printer that only used waterproof ink. Only one company int he world makes both the ink and printer, and right now we're really not in a position to remortgage our house to buy a printer (they're in the triple digits!) So, I will now be adding a protective clear plastic label over top of the regular labels to keep water out and to keep them from peeling or running. I'm not quite sure how this will affect price yet. It's cheaper than professional labels and the special printer, but it's an added expense plus they all need to be hand cut from a 8 x 10 sheet.
The price jump shouldn't be more than a quarter and it won't go in to effect for a little bit yet, so it's not breaking the bank :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The winner of the Antioxidant Serum is...

And the winner of the $140 value C-Serum give away is.......

Drum roll please... 

Ugh! Why won't the drum roll sound embed??

Ah.. ok nevermind... no drum roll.

With 26 total entries... chooses... (click to view)

Entry # 2

That would be Sarah!


Congrats Sarah!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

One month and almost 200 sales!

Tomorrow, March 15th will be the one month mark of my Etsy shop's grand opening!
One month, 197 sales (will i get to 200 by tomorrow?) and a whole lot of Everyday Divas!
My customers mean the world to me, I love you all! Gina, Nina, Amanda, Valerie, Pam and of course everyone else! You guys have been amazing to us!

Over the course of the month, I was able to add a few new scents and other items. This coming week I'll be adding Vanilla Pear & Butter Cream Frosting fragrance, I'm gonna have a whirl at strawberry citrus... Chamomile Butter, Acai Butter, and a new Antioxidant facial moisturizer with Green Tea, Pomegranate, Acai berry & Chamomile! I've already started my next batch of Lactic Acid Scrub with the Pom/Acai blend and I need to photograph the moisturizer and list it yet. I will have some awesome new soaps available in a few weeks once they're done curing. I'll be working on a beer soap tomorrow and also some natural laundry detergent :)  
Hopefully I'll have an extra set of hands so I can get some pics/videos. 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I get asked this a lot

Hi there!! First, I loved looking thru all of your items - so very cool!!! But I am a little confused about how your prices are like 1/2 of most of the others. I just spent $14 plus shipping for 4 OZ of yogurt body cream/butter and you have this wonderful 10 OZ for so much less. I love the prices - but it just blows my mind about the difference in price. WOW!! Also, I am 43 and use the SUKI brand organic items for my face but they are so pricy and I would love to use your items for my face. I see you have the brown sugar scrub for the face and the squalene, but do you have a regular facial cleanser and moisterizer? If you do, can you please let me know the price? Thank you and I look forward to using your products! Take care, 

My answer...
Simple... I don't charge retail! Retail is cost of goods x 2.5 + selling fees + hourly rate.   That's why those little 4oz jars of body butter are so expensive, because you're paying MORE than DOUBLE of what it cost to make!

Secondly,  I buy all of my raw material directly from the source that produces it. I do not have a "supplier" or "middle man" who can cut the quality and jack up my prices.  Typically a 3 lb bucket of Organic Cocoa Butter from a supplier will cost  about $70. I buy cocoa butter in a 55 gallon plastic drum. from where it's made.

Say, The factory will charge $1000 for a  55 gal plastic drum of oil. That's a little over $18 a gallon. or 11 cents an ounce.
  A supplier will order this and then split it up each into 55 - 1 gallon jugs and then charge it's customers $36 a gallon., or 23 cents an ounce. Whoever buys this will use the cost x 2.5 pricing formula to make their products.  So, they are charging you 23 cents x 2.5 = 57 cents per ounce of oil that goes into your product.

I only charge you the 11 cents, plus I don't use a retail pricing formula. I charge wholesale which is cost of supplies + paypal & etsy fees + piece rate. Most will charge a flat hourly rate, I only add $1.00 on to the the cost of what it is to make.
That is my wholesale pricing formula.  Etsy accounts for about 1% of our total sales, so really we're not loosing out on much :)

 If I were to charge retail price for a 10oz jar of my body butter ($9.99), it would cost $23 a jar! I lowered my prices online because shipping needs to be factored into the total cost. If you were to visit one of my local shops, you'd pay $13.99 for that same jar of body butter because I can charge a little extra because there's no shipping.

Third, why take advantage of the consumer? I'm not trying to become a millionaire. As long as my costs are covered and I have a little extra to add some new things to my shop the next time I order my material, then I'm happy.

Friday, March 12, 2010


If you subscribe to my mailing list then you've read about my new Ice Cream Parlor/Spring inspired products in the  Featured Product Section of my shop.  I forgot to mention what else spring brings!
Warmer weather + lotsa rainfall = SOAP!

Cold process soap is typically made with commercial sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide (lye) that can be found in any hardware store or Lowes/Home Depot (ingredient in Drain-o). I, on the other hand, do not use these to make my soaps. I don't want them in my house where my kids and pets could possibly get a hold of them or breathe in the fumes, let alone use them on my skin!

We do something a little different... Instead of buying commercial lye, we make our own out of wood ash (potash) and filtered rain water.

We start by burning hard wood (hard wood = hard soap and soft wood = soft soap) until the ashes are white.

Next, we put the ashes into a barrel that's lined with river rocks and straw. Then it's time to wait until enough rain water is collected and the water & ash solution will drip out of the valve on the bottom of the barrel

After the solution is collected, it is then boiled until it's the right strength for soap making.

To test the strength of the lye you need a saturated solution of salt. Dissolve chemical-free salt in a pint of water until no more salt will dissolve. Take a stick and put a small weight on the end of it and float it in a pint of the salty water. The weight will sink to the bottom, while the top of the stick will float. Make a mark on the stick where it reaches the water line. Then float the stick and weight in a pint of lye. The mark on the stick will probably be above the water mark of the lye. If so, stir in some more rainwater until the mark on the stick is in exactly the same place it was in the salt water. You now have the correct distillation of lye for making soap :)

It's actually a lot more complicated than it sounds, but in my opinion, totally worth the effort!

Tonight I got to make some cold process soap!
I've only gotten 2 batches done so far.. I'll probably do 2 more before bed.

The first batch was "Chamomile, Cucumber & Cocoa Butter"
It's infused with Chamomile Tea & Cucumber Hydrosol for an amazing scent and packed full of Cocoa Butter. I used a little Olive Oil in this recipe as well so it's going to be super moisturizing!  Once it hardens a little, I'll get some pictures. It looks and smells amazing!

The next batch I made was "Apple Strudel"
This one's made with Apple Cider, Shea Butter, fresh ground Cinnamon (courtesy of my Magic Bullet) and scented with Honey Almond.  I think this one's going to be a favorite!
I managed to get a picture of the little bit I scraped out of the bowl after filling the mold. I put it in a smaller mold to cut up for samples

It's still wet here and reminds me of pumpkin pudding. I'm interested to see what it'll look like when I un-mold it to cut tomorrow.

I think I want to do a baby soap next and maybe some shampoo bars and laundry pre-treaters next. Or, maybe I'll do some cupcake soaps? So many options, so little time!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Talk to me!

I'm on the hunt for some new scents!
I'm interested in finding out what are the most appealing to others whther they're essential oils, fragrance oils, plain scents, brand name scent dups...
This is a list of my current available scents (I tried to alphabetize them, but my head is starting to hurt and I need to go make some more acne moisturizer before I go to bed haha)

♥ Aloe & Green Tea
♥ Autumn Tuberose
♥ Baby Scent
♥ Bergamot Coriander
♥ Black Amber Musk
♥ Blue Raspberry Cotton Candy ( Fragrance Oil )
♥ Chamomile
♥ Chocolate Indulgence
♥ Coconut Lime Verbena
♥ Cool Water ( Men's Fragrance Oil
♥ Coconut cream
♥ Cucumber Melon
♥ Freesia
♥ Fresh Bamboo
♥ Fresh Ginger Lime
♥ Fresh Lavender
♥ Grapefruit Citrus
♥ Honey Almond
♥ Hawaiian Tropics
♥ Juicy Watermelon 
♥ Lime Cooler 
♥ Lemongrass Sage
♥ Madagascar Vanilla (Vanilla & Ylang Ylang Essence)
♥ Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
♥ Orange Cinnamon Clove
♥ Bergamot Coriander
♥ Pink Hibiscus 
♥ Pomegranate Sage

♥ Peppermint
♥ Peppermint & Tea Tree
♥ Raspberry Lemonade
♥ Sensual Amber
♥ Strawberry Patch
♥ Sweet Pea
♥ Strawberries & Champagne
♥ Chocolate Cherries
♥ Patchouli 
♥ Vanilla

♥ Cherry Almond
♥ Pink Sugar
♥ Pink Sugar & Coconut Cream
♥ Sandalwood & Patchouli

Perfume/Cologne  Scents
♥ Amazing Grace (Women's Philosophy)
♥ Very Sexy (Victoria's Secret Fragrance Oil)
♥ Lovespell (Victoria's Secret Fragrance Oil)
♥ Curve - for women (Fragrance Oil)

♥ Be Delicious - Fresh Blossom - (DKNY Type Fragrance Oil)
♥ Drakkar Noir (Men's Fragrance Oil)
♥ Eternity (Men's Natural)

♥ Ck-1 Type(Men's Fragrance Oil)
♥ Cool Water (Men's Fragrance Oil)

♥♥♥ Limited quantity scents (best for mixing) ♥♥♥ 

♥ Balm Mint
♥ Bergamot
♥ Jasmine
♥ Peach Blossom
♥ Plumeria
♥ Mandarin
♥ Mother Earth
♥ Oak Moss
♥ Orange Blossom
♥ Orchid
♥ Lily of the Valley
♥ Tangerine

And this is the list of scents I'm currently debating

Vanilla Pear
Mango Papaya
 Raspberry Lemonade
 Goji Berry Bliss
 Mango Sorbet
 Sun Ripened Raspberry


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nominate my item for Etsy's Front Page!

Nominations can be made on this thread here

For Easter Please nominate:

My Bath Bomb Easter set

Easter Peep Soap

Easter Egg Soaps

Mother's Day

Bath & Body Gift Set

Thank you :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

All fun... without the calories.

It's been super nice in PA lately... it's been making me think of spring.
Spring makes me think of walking the kids around the canal when they were younger. We would always stop at Burke's Dairy Bar for ice cream. so, I guess you could say that spring makes me think of ice cream.... Which has inspired me to make these

Root Beer Float
Root Beer Float -  Whipped Facial and Body Polishing Sugar Scrub 10 ounces - Sulfate, Paraben and Chemical Free


Rainbow Sherbet
Rainbow Sherbet - Whipped Facial and Body Polishing Sugar Scrub 10 ounces - Sulfate, Paraben and Chemical Free

All the fun, but without the calories!
Well, no... these scrubs are packed full of exfoliating sugar so I guess they would be packed full of calories as well. However, the only thing that'll be showing on your hips is beautiful, soft, smooth and glowing skin :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Huge Giveaway! $140 value!

I decided that I would like to do a giveaway.... 
But not just ANY giveaway... A BIG giveaway!
This is your chance to score huge!  One lucky entrant will receive  a 1.5oz bottle of 

Everyday Diva 

Vitamin C + E + Ferulic and Hyaluronic Acid Collagen Boosting  Antioxidant Serum 

20% Vitamin C with 2% Vitamin E, Ferulic and Hyaluronic Acid

Everyday Diva - Vitamin C - E - Ferulic and Hyaluronic Acid - Collagen Boosting - Antioxidant Serum - Free Shipping in the US and Canada

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this bottle of liquid gold, this is the ONLY serum that has been scientifically proven to boost collagen production, fight free radicals,  improve skin tone and texture and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It also works to treat acne and fade acne scars. 
This product is truly amazing! 
Inferior serums sell for $138 and even more!

It's almost identical to Skinceuticals except:

My Serum- Contains 20% Vitamin C
Skinceuticals- Contains 15% Vitamin C

My Serum- Contains 2% Ferulic Acid
Skinceuticals- Contains  only .5% Ferulic Acid

My serum- Contains 2% Hyaluronic Acid
Skinceuticals- Does not contain enough to count. 
Less than .5%

My Serum Ingredients: 
Distilled water, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Sorbitol (emulsifier derived from berries 
and grapeseed oil) 

*Less unnecessary crap and more active ingredients

Skinceuticals Ingredients: 

Water, Ethoxydiglycol , L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid,  Sodium Hyaluronate

My serum- Pharmaceutical grade active ingredients 

(99% purity)

Skinceuticals- Cosmetic Grade active ingredients
 (50% pure)

My serum- $50
Skinceuticals- $138.00

Clearly you can see how spectacular my serum is, and at a fraction of the cost. Granted I don't have the expenses they do (overhead, salaried employees, advertising etc.) but for what they are charging, they could use better ingredients!

Anyway.. back to the giveaway :)
From now until 11.59pm March 17th you can enter this giveaway. You can rack up as many entries as you'd like, there's no limit. The more you do, the more entries you gain. 

You can gain an entries by:

  • Posting a link to your Favorite item in my shop, along with a link to you Etsy Profile or you Email address (please use [at] instead of @ to prevent the spambots from picking up your addy )

  • Tweet or post on Facebook about this giveaway with a link to this blog post. Please post the link to your profile in your comment here (for it to count as an entry)

  • Refer friends. Post the names of each friend you referred to this blog post. Each friend = 1 entry. If they enter the giveaway and mention you as a referral, you gain another entry for each friend.

Nominate my items for Etsy's Front page (see this post  and Gain 5 entries!

Please include your email address in your comment or your Etsy shop link. I need to be able to contact you if you win :)

This giveaway is open to anyone age 18+  In any country :)

Let the games begin.... :)