Monday, April 27, 2009

All hail the Queen!

The Soap Queen, that is (a.k.a. Anne-Marie Faiola)!

I had to interrupt my self-imposed exile from Blogland to give the Soap Queen a shout-out for the lovely gift she sent. This is what arrived via FedEx yesterday:Talk about cute and great smelling soaps! These are soaps that Anne-Marie made during the taping of her new YouTube educational videos on the art and craft of soap-making. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about these videos. I bought DVDs from Brambleberry on how to make cold-process and melt-and-pour soaps and have learned so much from Anne-Marie (who has a great video presense and is a wonderful teacher). The YouTube videos will be so helpful in supplementing my education.

This is her schedule (click on image to enlarge); check it out!On a tangential note, I have a few things made (and nearly made) for some of the participatns in the "First Responders/Pay-It-Forward" giveaway/swap. I'm excited and will be dropping by the recipients' blogs within the next week or two to ask for your snail-mail addresses!

"He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home." ~ Johann von Goethe

23 comments:

egassner said...

Oh how cute! I have a copy of AM's cold process soap making video too, and I have to agree that she is great in front of the camera! I can't wait to see the new Soap Queen TV shoots :D

diane said...

What?!? I missed this obviously....

Lovely gift, I just wish I had time to have a go at soap making. If I was bionic like you perhaps I could fit it in....can you give me 'How to make time for soap-making' lessons? :)

Carrie said...

Do you actually use all that pretty soap?? " ) How do you use up that much soap? I hardly ever use my bar soap, except in the shower. Is that the key? Have six bars in a dish at every sink?

Er. Sorry about all those questions! They just came flying out.

Pretty!!

Michelle said...

Oh I love Anne Marie! I love Brambleberry! That's where I used to buy all my stuff for soapmaking and bathbombs, etc. What a lucky gal you are! I need to watch her!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Congrats! What great soap!

Carrie @ Under the Willow said...

You lucky gal! That's pretty special to receive soap from the Queen herself!

I love her little 1st clip of her soap making ~ she's a natural in front of the camera.

I know you'll enjoy- make sure to tell us how you like it...

Hugs

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

congrats!! I can't wait for her new videos!

Heidi said...

Awesome soaps...and from Anne-Marie herself! I can't wait for the videos to come out =D

amber said...

you really are the luckiest gal! I need to get on the bandwagon and make some soap over here! my stock is running oh so low!

Tutta la Storia said...

Oh what a lovely gift! I wish I had a spare moment to even think about making soap! I have yet to finish watching my you tube tutorials on using my Vintage Kenmore sewing machine!! Ahhh!!! Now go back to your break from blogland--and take a nice relaxing, SOAPY bath!

cake said...

i'm with carrie in wondering how on earth you use all that soap. maybe you have an elaborate soap display in the bathroom? you and your family must be very clean, and sweet smelling!

Heather@Twin Birch said...

Lucky you! I love Anne-Marie's CP dvd. It taught me everything I know!
Happy Spring! xo

sherrieg said...

Hi Teresa! I can't remember if you're participating in my pay it forward giveaway, but if you are, could you send me your mailing address? (grahamsherrie at yahoo dot ca) Thanks!

Teresa R said...

egassner, I watched her Ep. 1 yesterday, and it was wonderful! I can't wait for the advance technique ones. :)

Diane, you didn't miss much. LOL! I actually have no time to do anything useful. I've not been blogging now for about a week and I still haven't accomplished anything.

Carrie and Cake, *giggle* I do have 2 smelly boys and 1 smelly dh, so we do use up a good bit of soap, but I don't think I use them all as quickly as Joanna over at Product Body Blog. She does soaps reviews; can you imagine how many bars she must be using at one time in her house?!

Michelle, I highly recommend watching Anne-Marie's videos! :)

Blonde Duck, thanks...they really are lovely!

Carrie-Gigi, will do! Right now, they're making my dresser drawers smell nice. :> Hugs back!

Burnt Mill, thank you! It looks like A-M has some good ones up her sleeve.

Heidi, did you catch Ep. 1? She makes it all look effortless.

Amber, you're running low on soap?! I'll have to send you some that I made since I won so many from others (e.g. Burnt Mill, Trisha, etc). :)

Tutta, have fun with your vintage Kenmore! Wait until I'm back to reading blogs and post some pictures of your creations. 8)

Cake, you know what? We're still stinky...or at least the guys are. LOL!

Heather, same here! A-M's DVDs gave me to courage to attempt it with my kids.

Sherrie, going to email you...thanks!

Julie@Momspective said...

You are one of the most amazing women I know. Thanks for being in my life!

The Blonde Duck said...

Just wanted to say I hope you're having a wonderful week in your exile!

Anne-Marie said...

Thanks for the shout out! I appreciate the support - and that you came out of exile to post about the SoapQueenTV project =) Thanks!

Femin Susan said...

What a great soap!

Janet said...

What fun Teresa! I too love making soap - my husband loves the cold process and I get a kick watching him act like a mad scientist with all the ingredients! It takes a few times to get it right depending on what kind of butters and oils you use, but after a while it gets to be lots of fun! Let me know how your first project goes - I'll be looking for you on You Tube next!

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a good mother's day!

Sangeeth said...

Hi Teresa..Hope you had a great Mother's day. Yes! we do need some break now and then to keep it fresh! Have fun!

Navita said...

Hi Teresa, sorry dear couldn't respond earlier...have been cooking and reading ...and visiting blogs silently...don't know just wanted to cut off myself from everything around....I sound like a weirdo..i know..lol


yup hubby is like a kid..at times! and me like his mom then...lol.

how have you been?

poemhome said...

what a lovely scent she sent!