Welcome to 2014, everyone! I have so many goals both personally and professionally for this year, and I’m excited to put them in motion. In fact, I’m inviting everyone to join me in my goal-setting mission. Earlier this week I wrote about SMART goals and how I make them work for me, and I encourage you to set your own goals in a similar format (as an added bonus, we’re offering a prize to three commenters for sharing their goals). My plans for this year include placing a higher priority on personal fitness (yay treadmill desk!) as well as taking a few Friday mornings off per month to spend more time with Jamisen (he’s gotten less time with me after baby Lily was born).
Over at Bramble Berry, they’re back running at full capacity busily getting orders packed and shipped. If you placed an order over the holiday period (between Dec. 24 – Jan. 1), rest assured that your order is on it’s way =) For now, take a look at my favorite pins, tweets and ‘grams:
- With lots of cool blues and clean whites, this dream office set up would keep you calm and relaxed. The carved wood inlay on top of glass drawers are a cute, subtle touch but add so much elegance and sophistication to any room. Just one piece is really all one needs to really have that design punch you want for a room. I’m trying to get a home office put into place (no more kitchen table late nights and papers spread out all over our family area).
- As an addition to any hearty breakfast, these Swedish pancakes can’t be beat. What a great dish to serve to friends for brunch on a relaxing weekend. These are a variation of a classic my Mom has baked us for years.
- The Chevron pattern seems to be everywhere — not only is it a popular design in cold process soap, but apparently it has made its way to interior design too! This a beautiful (and gigantic) floor rug from The Rug Market. With Spring right around the corner, it’s always nice to add a pop of color to get you in the spring mood. Teal is the main color of our living room so this rug was a double whammy of awesome for me.
- A homemade avocado salad dressing sounds out-of-this-world good. Made from an avocado and plain yogurt base, it’s a low-fat alternative to store bought dressings too. This is so great for keeping those healthy eating resolutions.
- This super cute vintage print would look great in our cool blue and white dream office. Using older pictures to give your personality across can really define a room or environment.
- Faux Caesar salad, anyone? This creation features roasted apples and crispy rye croutons, as well as an deliciously tart egg-free dressing. Yumm!
This was a last minute project made to demonstrate unmolding an 18-bar Birchwood Mold for a SQTV Short, and the example soap turned out wonderfully. This fun soap incorporates “embeds” that are actually grated chunks from leftover cold process soaps. Combined with a little bit of the new Neon Blue Raspberry colorant and fragranced with Cherry Blossom, this soap is a hit.
It was a soap cutting extravaganza earlier this week! These are the Silicone Column Pour, Peacock Swirl and the Cotton Candy Cold Process soaps. Expect SQTV episodes for each of them coming this year.
Some Top Tweets:
- The best creative solution to a recurring problem: Wisconsin is using leftover cheese brine to de-ice city streets. It’s an environmentally friendly de-icer because of the high salt content, and according the article provolone or mozzarella cheese brine is best. Who could have guessed?
- With little kids, Magic Erasers can be a life saver. As it turns out, it’s super easy to make them yourself! They’re made of a material called melamine foam which you can buy straight from big retailers such as Amazon.
- This year is the year of Instagram, and that’s because it’s matured from being selfie-central to a bona fide storytelling platform. If your soapy business doesn’t already have an Instagram account, make it a point to sign up and grow a following in 2014. And of course, follow us. We’re @brambleberry on Instagram.