Winning Surprises is Fun!

Remember the Fair Ivy contest that just wrapped up? If not, read about the contest here and drool over some fabulous soap here and here.

The BB crew hard at work going through each and every entry. From the left: Amber, Simona, Myself (and baby) and Courtney. It was a fun afternoon but a lot of work!

The Fair Ivy contest was a chance to win a wholesale account with Fair Ivy, Surprise Package Subscriptions. Contestants sent in their soaps, lotions, scrubs and other toiletry products to jump at the opportunity. This contest was WAY bigger than we anticipated. We had 54+  people send in their products which meant we had to go through each and every product to pick only 11 finalists to send on to Fairy Ivy, who will ultimately pick the final winner(s).

So Here’s the Question: What are we going to do with the rest of the products? That’s where you come in. We want to give it away to loving homes.

How to Win: Comment below and tell us what your favorite soapy/crafty blog is. OR tell us what your favorite Etsy shop is. The comment MUST include a link! We’ll randomly pick SIX winners to receive a goodie bag including 13-14 bath and body products that may include soap, lotion, scrubs or bathbombs. This is our own version of a surprise package! Thanks for the inspiration, Fair Ivy!

Contest ends next Wednesday the 20th so you have a week to hunt down a new favorite blog or Etsy shop!

243 Responses to “Winning Surprises is Fun!”

  1. Nikki says:

    Not trying to win brownie points or anything, but Soap Queen is my favourite Soap/Craft blog! (I won’t provide a link) ;)

    Favourite Etsy store is yellena
    The MOST beautiful intricate artwork I’ve ever seen. I could stare at them all day…


  2. My favourite soapy Blog is Soaperstar and she rocks, her products are wonderful. Her Blog is

  3. What a cute picture!

    My favorite soap blog is Sirona Springs, Ruth is not only an engaging writer, she’s an advocate and mentor. As a beginner, it’s encouraging to be able to connect with someone who has created their own best life.

    Thanks for reading!

  4. Fiona says:

    Another vote here for Her soaps are good enough to eat and I am just in love with her silky smooth body butters :) Go Celine!!!

  5. Claire says:

    I like Soaperstar. I bought some soaps and gave them as gifts and they went down very very well

  6. Kelly says:

    My favourite would have to be Soaperstar. Celine is also a top gal, with some beautiful products :)

  7. Amanda Werner says:

    One of my favorite craft blogs is

    Love how there is so much variety on there!

  8. Carolyn says:

    I am new to soaping… and not very good at it, yet. :) But I love watching vlogs and reading blogs to learn new techniques and ideas.

    My favorite blog so far would HAVE to be Soap Queen. I also LOVE watching SoapQueenTV. It’s so much fun, interesting, and entertaining. GREAT JOB!

    I did find an Etsy site that I love! The “owner” is so nice, friendly, and has great customer service! And her products are great!!

  9. Diane says:

    I love the soapqueen blog!

    As for my favorite soapy Etsy shop, I love soapapilla:

    She makes some really unique soaps, like her handcarved geodes & birthstones. I bought some for a birthday present & they were a big hit! Plus they smell amazing & are great quality.

  10. Suzanne says:

    My favourite blog is It is always informative and interesting.

  11. Sharon Mullins says:

    I enjoy There is always something new and I have learned a lot from this site.
    It’s been fun following along with the news of the coming baby. I had the chance to take their yearly soap making workshop last year and get to meet so many nice people from Bramble Berry. If I call to ask a question their so good at getting me the answer.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Hi Sharon! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad the customer service team takes good care of you. They are all rock stars!

  12. One of my favorite soap making blogs is I enjoy the info she puts up and following her day to day ramblings.

  13. Sheena says:

    Soap Queen is my favorite soap blog along with

    My favorite Etsy shop for quirky stuff is:

  14. Carol Shaw says:

    My favourite is I have bought her lip balm and it is super and she keeps us all up to date on new techniques and ideas she has. Great fun to follow.

  15. My favorite blog would have to be the Soap Queen, of course!!! ;-D

    My favorite etsy shop is owned by Heather Kent, who hand paints one of a kind artwork. She then takes the “mini painting” and puts it into a necklace, ring, earrings, and even belt buckles for you to wear! I’ve bought 7 of her pieces and given them to the special women in my life! Here’s her etsy shop:

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Yay. I’m glad we’re your favorite! Definitely adorable artwork. I’m sure the special women in your life swooned over them. Very cute gift idea (mental note).

  16. Jen says:

    I have way too many soap and craft blog loves, but one of my favorite crafty blogs is most definitely Point of Interest: I love the cosmetic chemistry geekery that Susan delivers. So many ingredients and so much info that it makes me swoon with delight.

    What a fantastic idea for a contest. I can’t wait to see what sites everyone comes up with. :)

  17. amanda says:

    My favorite website is
    They show you so many cool projects and give you so many new ideas.

  18. Deborah says:

    I love Dress Green on Etsy. The designs are so fresh and inspiring. Very clean. It just makes you wanna use it for errrthing!

  19. fairy dust says:

    I love Wicked Soaps. Everything she makes and sells in her Etsy shop is divine (that would be wickedly divine, of course). If I just had more money, I’d buy her out on a regular basis :)

  20. Kimberly C. says:

    I have really liked

    I have watched her change the designs on her soap, and it’s fascinating to me. She’s gone from doing really cool swirl stuff to piping flowers and designs on top.

  21. Barbara says:

    I’m fairly new to the soap-making world, but my favorite go-to site for step by step how-to on MP soap is The place I shop for my soap making is and I just adore this etsy shop—->, for felted soaps.

  22. amanda310 says:

    favorite craft blog:

    i can only see a few letters that i’m typing for this comment. does anyone have an idea why? and please excuse any typos since i’m typing blindly here.

  23. Amanda I says:

    I love Tierra Verde’s blog. I just love the clean lines of her soaps and the natural ingredients she uses.

  24. Kelsey says:

    My favorite blog is Soap Queen and I love the ETSY shop Sunbasil Garden –

    I actually found out about Brambleberry through the Sunbasil Garden blog and thats when I started making soap.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      We totally adore Sunbasilgarden Soaps. She always has the cutest soaps for every occasion!

  25. TeresaR says:

    Ack! it’s hard to choose just one…all my soapy friends are super talented as well. But since I must choose, and if it has to be one other than this blog, I’ll pick Sherrie’s Twenty-One Pleasant blog – – because I’ve learned a lot of great things from her. :)

    As for Etsy shop, dang! Again, it’s hard to choose, but I just bought something from Joanna’s Product Body shop – – I do love her Crush on You scrubs!

  26. Amy says:

    Naturally, the Soap Queen for a blog, but I also like

    For etsy sellers, I adore Lyn: She has the greatest looking soaps!

  27. My longest-standing favorite Etsy shop is by cmooreglass:

    Not only is their work beautiful and unique, but I LOVE jellyfish! Haven’t bought anything yet, but only because I can’t decide which jellyfish pendant to get…

    And Soap Queen is by far my favorite blog (is there an echo in here?).

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I think you’ll be safe getting any of the jellyfish pendants. They are all stunning! Thanks for the link!

  28. Kirsten says:

    My favorite etsy shop is AJ Sweet Soap

    She makes soaps that just amaze me! The details are amazing and the soaps are just plain FUN!

  29. Jessica Lum says:

    I think Soapopotamus’ soaps are so cute!

    For techniques though, the Soap Queen is number one!

  30. Emily Broden says:

    Steampunk Movement Studio’s
    I love how these people can take a machine and make it look prior to. The steampunk movement has been an interesting cooncept and I absolutely love the art of it.

  31. Mayren says:

    My Favorite Bath & Body Blog/Website is
    Susan’s Point of Interest Blog.

    She’s very “in the know” because she
    tests and forumulates without fear.
    She shares her amazing data with the world and
    has really inspired whole Forums of people
    to try their hand at Bath & Body Products as

    Susan has also graciously formed 3 e-books
    to help educate on Anhydrous Products, Hair Care,
    and Lotion Making to raise money for the
    Youth Groups she is very active in, helping
    to educate and keep Kids active.

    To me this is a Triple Win Blog and I
    Reccommend it to everyone.

  32. Emily says:

    Oh~ too many favorite where do I begin…
    I admire Sapphire Soap all the time:
    and ADKaromatherapy:

    Their gemstone soaps are just art!

  33. I am so inspired by Patti Flynn’s masterful soap.

    Her use of natural colorants and design are amazing

  34. Angela Bal says:

    SoapQueen is my fave blog :)
    So informative!!! Keep up the good work Anne Marie

    My favorite Etsy shop is Notions Soap

    Deb makes some of the best soap I’ve ever used! And her scent combinations are out of this world!!! Absolutely Decadent!!!

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Decadent is right! She has some top notch packaging. Drool-worthy!

      • Angela Bal says:

        yes, I am in love with the packaging. I ordered the Essential (Mechanic) soap for the hubby, & instead of swirlies, it has little tools, absolute attention to detail right there!

  35. Popples says:

    I love this blog for soapy-goodness!

    But my favorite Etsy shop is my own! :D
    C-Pop Commodities –

  36. Lisa Geeck says:

    I just got a free soap and lip balm at DedaNotions here for April fool’s day

    I, also, like swiftcraftmonkey’s blog, lots of great information and recipes.

  37. Besides the obvious favorite, one of my new favorite soapy blogs is Soap is Beautiful, which showcases a variety of soap and packaging. There is always awe inspiring soapy goodness to be found on this site, and I love it. :)

  38. holly p says:

    You have such a great staff!!!
    I really LOVE Soap queen blog!

    My favorite etsy

  39. My favorite etsy shop and blog is Sunbasilgarden! Her soaps are always so creative and unique.

  40. JRoberts says:

    I love Rocky Top Soap Shop. ( He makes some amazing vegan/organic soaps and shampoo. It is all we use now in our home. His Pine Tar Shampoo and Activated Charcoal Soap are my personal favorites.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Those sound like great soaps. I’ll be the Coffee Scrub soap is good too. Thanks for sharing the link. I love the look of this soap! Very natural looking.

  41. Laura says:

    My favorite Etsy shop is Moonlily Designs:

    I just love her bracelets!

  42. Jenny says:

    My favorite crafty/soapy blog is . She has a bunch of animals and makes soap and cheese and all sorts of things. I enjoy reading her blog every day and she is the only really local blogger that I know of (she lives in the same county I do). My husband and I have fun making goat milk soap from our own goats’ milk. It’s great to share a hobby, and we’d like to make it a little more than a hobby, but haven’t quite gotten there yet.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Love the soapqueen blog. Still new to soaping but definitely having fun experimenting with all of the new scents and colors.

  44. Cheri Coleman Palin says:

    Well, I am somewhat new to CP soaping and body products. I have been crafting them for about a year. I am an information lover and I use so many blogs to help me learn about the craft.

    My favorite blog is Soap Queen. I find it very easy to read and understand. I just love how personal it seems to be, it pairs well with the sister company Bramble Berry.

    I know that I can always trust the information to be correct and safe. The members that leave their comments are full of useful information, also.

    Thank you for all of your help and encouragement through my learning.

  45. ONE favorite?! Well, my latest blog crush would have to be on Soap is Beautiful. Daily soap porn. Ahhhh.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      They do have beautiful soap. A couple people have posted this blog (for obvious reasons- cuteness!). I love how you’re calling it your “crush”. Love it!

  46. Carol says:

    My current favorite crafty blog is The Sewing Dork. She inspires me with her recycled crafts and clothes. I really love her idea of using “unpaper towels”.

  47. Letie says:

    Although this isn’t a crafty/soapy blog or etsy shop, these retired ladies that volunteer at the hospital I work at do exactly that every single day for patients in the hospital. Their creations are amazing (floral, quilts, knit items, cards, etc.). Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of their creations. I would like to, however, provide a little something for their remarkable work if randomly chosen.

    Great idea for the giveaway!


  48. My favorite soaping blog is Soap queen of course.

    My favorite etsy shop is they were the shop to inspire me to make all my own creations!

    Thank you!

  49. Heidi Bott says:

    Oh my…just 1 favorite?! :D Soap Queen of course, and my good friend Amber at

  50. Debbie Hanna says:

    My favorite blog is yours!!! But, I’ve found many other different sites from you. Right now I’m loving all of Debbie Chialtas (aka – SoapyLove). I have found that she will be in the San Fran area teaching a 2 day class “Boot Camp” at The Nova Studio. So I’m packing up and leaving Las Vegas for a long weekend of soap making fun! Thanks for introducing me to Debbie. The last blog I read was
    Lori’s Nova’s owner of The Nova Studio

  51. Tamara says:

    One of my favorite shops is Blushie Soaps (

    I love the little soap curls and the bright colors. It’s inspirational and fun! I finally got to purchase some soap from Blushie. The colors are just as vibrant in person, and the smell is heavenly! The colors contrast yet complement each other so well; you’ll have a smile on your face looking at this soap. The scents just blend naturally and brightly – love that Blackberry Sage.

    I hope I can make such beautiful products someday.

  52. My favorite soap blog (beside soap queen…i love to read this blog and learn so much) would be Naiad Soap Arts. She not only covers soap (love how she tells you what she does and has great pictures) but she also blogs on great foods and sites.
    and my fave etsy shop would be….naid soap arts! her soaps and scrubs are great! they smell great and look amazing :)

  53. Mrs B says:

    Personally I would love to see all these goodies donated to a Women’s shelter or a homeless shelter, why not let them have the enjoyment of a scrumptious soap.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Hi Mrs. B- Thanks for your note. We donate 400 pounds of soap annually to our women’s shelter here in Bellingham, WA. They literally can’t take anymore soap from us right now =) Plus we thought it would be a really fun way to spread some inspiration around to our Soap Queen readers. We also recently donated 75 pounds of soap from our retail store, Otion, to a shelter over seas. Social responsibility is extremely important. We’re always thinking of others here at BB. Check out our social responsibility statement on the BB site

  54. Rebekka says:

    my favourite soapy blog is The Future Primitive. She is so very creative, gets inspired by nature around her and creates the most beautiful things.

  55. Shauna says:

    I absolutely adore the soaps and lotions I have purchased from Ariel’s Secret Garden. As someone with very dry skin, the goats milk Sherri uses in her products has all but cured it!

    The link to her etsy store is but she has recently moved her store to artfire. Here is that link

    Additionally, while Sherri does have a blog ( I have preferred watching her vlog on youtube, here is that link:

    My apologies for the link heavy comment, I wanted to share all avenues to this great shop!

  56. Jill says:

    I am a new soaper (5 batches under my belt, YEAH!). I have to say that I love it — it speaks to the latent chemist in me, I think. My other love is crochet. Sooo, my choice to share is my fave site on Etsy.

    If any of you crochet or knit and are looking for the most gorgeous hook/needle cases or project bags, you MUST check out MadBird on Etsy.

    The fabrics are so beautiful I leave my crochet bag out when I’m not working on my project just so I can look at the bag. :)

  57. Crystal says:

    My favorite Etsy shop is The Tempting Tart:

    I almost always have one of her tarts in my warmer and every time someone comes over they walk in and immediately ask what smells so good?!

    As for soap/crafty blogs, there’s just waaay too many for me to declare a favorite! Although I will say this one ranks pretty high on the list. :) Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!

  58. Alison says:

    My favorite Etsy shop is Avec Dieu Couture. The woman who runs this shop is soooo nice and answered a million little questions from me in regard to a curtain order that I placed.

    I am also a new soaper and love the Soap Queen blog!

  59. I actually only follow this blog as a soap/craft blog but my favorite etsy site to buy from is
    She makes the most amazing sugar scrubs and bath soaps.

  60. My favorite blog is Soap Queen of course!! I find something new to try every time I visit! My favorite on etsy is
    and anything local.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      OMG. I’m melting. These hats are so darling. I’ll have to hunt around a little more and find something for the Bramble Bump, who will be here soon =)

  61. Gail says:

    I love this etsy shop, Her products are fantastic!

  62. Sara says:

    I love following blogs! There are so many crafty people out there with wonderful ideas!
    Here are a few of my faves:

  63. Maureen says:

    Well, my favorite soap site is your own. As for other crafty sites I love ruffles and stuff.
    She doesn’t post a ton right now but I love it. :)

  64. Melissa says:

    I also sew, and I have found some great handbag patterns on Etsy from Keyka Lou …I bought one, and it was so cute and the pattern was written so well that I turned around and bought two more!

  65. Jane P. says:

    Epically Epic soap! The BEST lip balms on etsy, amazing flavors, pretty colors, and perfect texture. Plus she’s in my state so I’m giving back to a local.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      You got me with the name Epically Epic. Pretty funny. I’m loving all of the color. Cute stuff!

  66. Mariah says:

    So seriously, my favorite soaping blogs are Soap Queen and Soap King…I have learned so very much both blogs. Everything I know about soaping I have learned from the Soap Queen! I’m all the way in NJ and would love for an Otion to open up on the East coast…what fun!!!

    Interestingly I learned of BrambleBerry from Lisa Johnson’s stamping and craft blog Lisa is always doing some neat cross-over craft project and last year she made the cutest M&P soaps with Japanese erasers in them…I was hooked!

  67. Amber says:

    I really really enjoy the etsy shop Her papercut art crafts are amazing and just beyond anything I can really imagine doing. They really inspire me!

    If I had to pick a soap shop on etsy I also love this one: I love her packaging and scent blends. They seem like they would be amazing.

  68. My fav etsy site and hyena site is I love the Easter eggs and chicks!

  69. Josee Richard says:

    My favorite etsy store is undoubtedly faeriemade soaps :

    As for my favorite blog , its a tie between The soap queen blog and The sage blog :

  70. I have to agree my favorite Blog is The Soap Queen. I get so inspired by her videos and tutorials. She is wonderful!

  71. Rachel says:

    I am new to soaping!! I love Sailor Mouth Soap her soap are so diffrent and unique

    Also like
    They have some lovely soaps as well

  72. Amanda Cannon says:

    My favorite soap blog is Pasito A Pasito. I don’t read or speak the language that this blog is wrote in. But oh my they have some of the most interesting soaps I have laid my eyes on. You can translate this page in English with goggle.

    Favorite Etsy shop is hands down Kristy’s Lovely Lathers. She is such a sweet person, and has some amazing soapies.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Pasito a Pasito: Those are some intricate and inventive soaps. Very impressive! And we totally adore Kristy from Kristy’s Lovely Lathers (so talented). Great picks!

  73. Beth Pintal says:

    I think my favorite crafty blog is New Dress A Day, at . I love to see what she comes up with, especially when people send her cast offs and she makes new clothes out of them.

  74. Karen Pettinger says:

    I find the following Etsy store very inspiring. I think she is an amazing soap artist!

  75. I love, love, love the soap designs that Deshawn Marie creates. She adds a natural touch inspired by the essential oil or fragrance and the soaps have a sophisticated, romantic feel. I find her work inspirational and it gets my creative juices going to create an original piece of soap.

    I also love reading postings here at for inspiration too.

  76. Jessica Burtzos says:

    My favorite craft blog is

  77. Katrina says:

    My favorite etsy website is: they have some UBER cute vinyls for your walls, computers etc. They are great for a custom orders and now I have a great green kitty-kat keeping me company on my laptop.

  78. Kimberly C says:

    I have to say I heard of soapqueen through Bramble berry. I made soap for my weding and everybody loved it! Know I am exspecting my second child and thanks to you guys I am able to make soap for the new baby as well as my daughter and myself who have Exzema! It has been such a blessing finding you guys!

  79. Becky says:

    Actually, my favorite soap blog is Soap Queen.

  80. Stacey Koehler says:

    I love reading Soapqueen of course, but the other one I love to read is She has taught me so much about formulation and the “why and how things work.” Hats off to both of you for all that you have shared with the bath and body community!

  81. Jeannette says:

    My favorite crafty blog is Melissa is the kind of mom I wish I could be! She’s so cool and I look up to her a lot! She does everything…you should check out the brick oven her husband built in the backyard for the family! The whole family is super artistic.

  82. Natalie says:

    I have a couple, soap queen and

  83. jaimejune says:

    A little soap, a little crafts, a little gardening, a lot of awesome.

  84. Ok so of course my fav blog is Soap Queen, but my 2nd fav is My fav etsy shop has to be I just love her style

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Erin from Naiad is the coolest. She is such a talented soapmaker and crafter. Great blog choice =)

  85. I love handmade stuff on Etsy, so I feel it is difficult to pick just one! Here is an awesome place that makes awesome candles, cupcake soaps and you name it:

  86. I am just discovering the world of soapmaking, and it sure is fun! One of my favorite Etsy sites is

    Her soaps are gorgeous and colorful!! I could just peruse the photos for hours.

  87. Melanie Molnari says:

    So My fav. Blog hands down is SoapQueen. I find the recipes so interesting and simple to make, as they are step by step processes. I also find that the business info and mini classes are wonderfully researched and explained simply as well. My favorite Etsy store would have to be Valhalla Soaps.

    Not only are the products awesome, I love to watch their YouTube videos. I love seeing what Donna is un-molding next. I want to buy some of her ” Goth Witch” Soap and will when I get back to work and make some money. I would like to say that one of my Favorite SoapQueen Blogs was

    Because let’s face it EVERY THING is better with chocolate!!!

  88. Melanie Molnari says:

    So My fav. Blog hands down is SoapQueen. I find the recipes so interesting and simple to make, as they are step by step processes. I also find that the business info and mini classes are wonderfully researched and explained simply as well. My favorite Etsy store would have to be Valhalla Soaps.

    Not only are the products awesome, I love to watch their YouTube videos. I love seeing what Donna is un-molding next. I want to buy some of her ” Goth Witch” Soap and will when I get back to work and make some money. I would like to say that one of my Favorite SoapQueen Blogs was

    Because let’s face it EVERY THING is better with chocolate!!!

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Awww. Thanks for all of the positive feedback. We love helping with recipe and projects. It’s honestly so fun for us!

  89. Jen E says:

    Well beside the soapqueen site which I love :) I also like lovinsoap

  90. Jodie says:

    I love! Always something new and exciting :).

    I also love Great tips and ideas.

  91. Lane' says:

    My favorite crafty website would have to be Crafting in a Green World: The site has so much inspiration, tutorials, etc. and a lot of projects are from upcycled/recycled materials.

  92. Jessie says:

    My favorite Soap blog would have to be SoapQueen :)
    But my favorite crafty blog is OnePrettyThing.
    I get so many ideas! Especially new packaging ideas inspired by some of the tutorials listed.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Jessie says:

      BTW, love the idea of everyone posting their favorite blogs, now I have so many new blogs to look through!

  93. Susie says:

    My fave soap blog is Soaperstar

    I love her stuff so much, at one point I bought so much I had to get baskets for my bathroom to display the soaps and I give them to everyone as gifts as well, in fact I got two gift bags recently and I was so tempted to just not pass them on to my friends as they looked and smelled so gorgeous. <3

  94. Kathleen says:


  95. LaDonna says:

    Not to sound like a sheep, but I’m going to have to vote for SoaperStar too….I think she just takes the ideas a little further out of the box than I’m used to ;) Fav etsy shop? Mine of course :D It’s not much yet, but I love tweaking ti a little everyday. Okay, many times everyday.

  96. Laurel says:

    Hello! I have a blog that isn’t exactly about soap but is a blog that gives me tons of inspiration to be creative. It is all about recycling, the art of recycling and the creative uses of recyclable materials. Check it out at:

    Enjoy! Laurel

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I love it. Bellingham is such an earth friendly and green community so this totally fits!

  97. Angela says:

    I absolutly adore soaperstar also, but because she has so many lovers here I will vote for morning calm. I bought some soaps from her and they are brilliant. Check her out at her etsy store
    She is from South Korea

    Love, Angela

  98. Sonya says:

    I have to say that brownie points aside and the obvious attempt at all seriousness and honesty in choosing a blog, I would have to say that the gracious, kind and pregnant owner of Brambleberry’s blog;, would be my favorite blog. This is the most informative, detailed blog that has kept me updated with new products, faboo recipes (extremely specific and self explanatory), the behind the scenes goings on of a company that caters specifically to new and experienced crafters the world over and other informative ideas and helpful tips. Thank you!!


  99. shannon says:

    Hi BB!

    Thanks for the offer, what a great idea to spread the love.

    A couple of things, love that AnneMarie is wearing slippers, and love that Courtney is wearing flip flops. Here in Maine we are not ready for summer feet yet, there is still snow on the ground.

    Also, I love peeking inside BB, maybe you can do a post or video of a behind the scences at BB?

    Okay, right now my favorite etsy shop is High Street Vintage as she created all my new packaging labels

    But I read Craft Gossip often to see what the world is crafting. I don’t have much time for more than soap, but a girl can dream….


    • Anne-Marie says:

      Hi Shannon! You caught me in my slippers. Ack =) We thought we were ready for Spring last week and then it SNOWED here in Bellingham this morning. We are having the craziest weather right now.

      I’m addicted to Craft Gossip too!

      Thanks for popping in!

  100. mandy says:

    I love soap queen of course. So helpful. In Betsy I love Ariel’s secret garden and natures essence. And also sweet scents soaps. Want to someday try some of their products.

  101. Courtney says:

    I have two favorites! My favorite soap Etsy store is Her soaps are just so frilly and pretty!

    I also love I have made several of their quiet books for my toddlers and they are adorable!

    EXCELLENT contest! Thanks for the opportunity!

  102. Renee says:

    Have to say… I love ! This is my favorite blog by far! Thanks so much for the chance to win super-special goodies!!!! ~Renee’

  103. Tammy says:

    My favorite etsy shop right now is

  104. kathi says:

    looks like everyone has covered most of the great soap blogs and shops so i’ll go with favorite crafty site…
    favorite recipe/art site…
    party planning site…
    and wedding site…

    • Anne-Marie says:

      People have covered some amazing soap blogs thus far. I love the hostess blog. I’m already seeing some really cute ideas. Thanks!

  105. Claudia E says:

    Hi AM!!!
    Congrats for that incredible BB crew. I realy adore Soap Queen blog, but I´ve seen all products from Tierra Verde blog and I´m following it because of all amazyng products I´ve seen there.
    Thank you for the chance to win these special products!!!

    Monterrey, Mexico
    PS Is there any chance to participate for somebody from Mexico? I hope so.

    • Michele says:

      Oh,Thank you so much. So kind of you – I’m glad you like my blog. Good Luck! Wouldn’t it be great to win a bunch of lovely products? Yeah!

  106. Theresa says:

    My favorite soap spot is right here on soapqueen. When I boot up my computer, I know there will be a rainbow waiting for me. Thank you so much for all the hard work and tests and trials you all have done for all of us. You are all the best! My favorite blog is and . I couldn’t just pick 2 as they are both good. I like oodlekadoodle because she is very kind and I have learned alot about making primitive dolls from her. She has alot of patience and very giving of herself. I love Rosie’s blog as she does so much for the elderly and children. She has helped so many people and to me that is what we are supposed to do in this life,help people along the way. Thank you for letting me join in! Good luck with that blessing that is due soon! Nothing like a baby!

  107. Karen says:

    My favorite etsy shop is they have beautiful soaps and such.

  108. Annie says:

    What a great way of sharing the goodies!

    My favorite blog is The photography is amazing and the ideas are refreshing and inspiring. The tutorials are also really helpful. The blog is in French but those who don’t speak French will still be able to get a lot out of it because of the photos.


  109. Michelle Lloyd says:

    My favorite artist is Hannah Stiles…

    Her very life like felted rabbit figures are amazing and spot on! (I rabbit forms know since my son and I raise rabbits)
    I admire her work for its true shapes and inspiring colors.

  110. Keri says:

    I love the textures of Tallulah’s Soaps on etsy:

    Thanks for offering to share the bounty!


  111. Jennifer says:

    Aside from my ultimate favorite blog of, other favorite is Lovin’ Soap
    I love both of these blogs and follow along as often as I can. They give great tutorials!!


    A fun blog that inspires me with cooking ideas and a few crafty ideas as well!
    Anything that “inspires” me to want to cook is a good thing!!

  113. Linda Doyle says:

    I vote for Soaperstar because I really love her blog, it’s so fun and interesting and I love that she challenges herself and adores experiments

  114. angie says:

    This is so cute, thanks for the opportunity… my favorite blog right now is with tons of fab ideas!

  115. Cass B. says:

    My favorite soapy blog is, she has the most wonderful pictures of all different kinds of soap, from all kinds of places. There is always inspiration awaiting there.

    Thank you for taking the time to share all the wonderful creations with us.

  116. LeAnn B says:

    My favorite blog is, of course! I don’t soap often anymore, but I still enjoy reading your blog every evening. I’m also enjoying watching the Bramblebump grow! :)

  117. lorna says:

    My fav is she rocks & her products are fab :))

  118. i usually only read the Soap Queen blog. however, now i’m going to check out some of the blogs listed here. :)

    my fave Etsy shops are:

    Home Made Doggie Treats:

    Soap (not in any order):

  119. Theresa says:

    I of course love soapqueen…like getting a rainbow in my mailbox every day. the blog I love is She has inspired me and taught me alot when making my primitive dolls. Thank you for letting me join in to win the goodies.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Good one. I see some delicious looking recipes on that blog. Now I’m suddenly hungry =)

  120. Daphney D says:

    My favorite blog is I really love her products and the way she writes.

  121. Jan Pace says:


    Now as for my favorite blog, I am torn between SoapyLove ( and of course Brambleberry!

    My favorite Etsy (now that Debbie Chaitles isn’t there any longer) is easily Sun Basil Garden! Their handcrafted artwork is fun and inspiring!


  122. Anne Marie your blogs are inspirational and have inspired many a soapmaker over time. If I am chosen please send my prize to the owner of one of the blogs I have listed below.

    A couple of my favourite blogs in no order of preference as I don’t want to upset anyone are: – Jo puts her heart and soul into her blog.

    I can’t read the blogs below but the pictures tell a 1000 words.

    Sergio’s blogs – so creative he also has a You Tube channel, very lovely gentleman.

    (Anne-Marie you must look at this one it’s unreal, a labour of love)

    Exquisite inspirational soap art for exhibitions such patience and planning –

    Best of luck everyone. :-) Cheers Sharon

  123. Laura says:

    Besides of course Soap Queen (where I get sooo much inspiration to try new things!!) I really like Swift’s blog at Not only does she tell HOW to make something, she tells us WHY she chooses the ingredients she uses. She gives in depth descriptions about the raw ingredients she uses. I feel this gives us more power to inform our customers of what exactly they are purchasing from us. Susan also takes the time to answer any questions that people ask on her blog, and will take the time to actually try out different ideas that people have given her so she can give a well informed, concise answer. She gives so much of her time to all of her followers that it is just amazing. She also creates e-books of alot of the recipes and information she has compiled. She donates the profits for those e-books to the youth group she runs. I know that when I read anything she has posted, she will have the chemistry information to back up anything she says. This makes me very confident when I try out any of the MANY recipes she has posted on her blog!


    I love Megan’s shop, her photos are stunning, her soaps are beautiful works of art and they are packaged and labelled professionally and like works of art. She is also a great seller to work with.
    Of course, I also love the soapqueen blog as I look forward to it every day and get so many new ideas and ways to spend more money on supplies~

  125. Leilani says:

    My favorite blog, of course, is Soap Queen, but I also like Adventures with the Sage at
    She is always cooking up new recipes that I want to try.

    My favorite Etsy shop is Kristy’s Lovely Lathers at
    Her soaps are so colorful an beautiful!

  126. Ema says:

    Oh, so many to choose from but one of my favorite etsy shops is

    We have pictures of our kids made into Christmas ornaments! They are my favorite to hang up every year!

  127. shelly s says:

    My most recent Etsy love is:
    I have been to some great festivals where this kind of cool body adornment would fit in perfectly! Plus I could see a place for it in the bedroom :) especially after a body treatment with some of those great products what were sent in for the Fair Ivy contest.

  128. Allie says:

    I would first like to say thanks for having this contest. I’m new to soaping and I have found so many blogs to help me with my creations thanks to this contest.

    Right now my favorite Etsy is:

    I love that her make up is all natural and that she makes her products to custom order. She also has giveaways which everyone loves!!

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I’m so glad we get to give away some amazing products. Thanks for posting this link. Beautiful mineral makeup!

  129. Becca says:

    My favorite soapy-crafty blog is right here <3

    My favorite soap blog? Jo of ProductBody's "SoapBar" blog, of course( )!

  130. Emily says:

    This is what I want to be when I grow up. Dress Green is my idol. I am just starting out this year at a local farmer’s market but I hope to be at this point eventually. XD

  131. Traci says:

    My favorite soap etsy is

    My other favorite etsy is my husband’s because his etsy is what gives me my extra spending money to feed my crafting/soap addiction. His etsy is

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Awww. That’s really sweet! Brownie points for you for picking your husband’s Etsy shop =)

  132. Alison Thomson says:

    My favorite blog is Soaperstar, her products are wonderful and i was absolutly gutted when she shut her store to concentrate on developing different things. Her Blog is

  133. There are many favorites of course including Soap Queen and BB.

    But one Etsy site that I like (or am envious of) is Sweet Sally’s Soaps.

  134. I could use all of the beautiful soaps n stuff that were submitted for inspiration, that is for sure.

  135. Claudia says:

    My favorite blog is soapqueen. It not only has great tutorials and information but it also allows all of us out here a chance to connect and see into Ann-Marie’s life. To see that see is in many ways just like us and it gives us the hope and sometimes strength to follow our hopes,dreams, and love of soaping. This isn’t to earn brownie points or anything and I don’t post very often but I have been reading and watching soapqueen for 2 years now and I have learned sooo much. Not only about soaping but myself as well. Thanks

  136. Geraldine Holland says:

    My favourite blog would have to be Soaperstar found here – – Celine’s soaps are AMAZING – they smell fab, leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. Can’t get better soapy goodness anywhere else!!! :oD

  137. Liliana says:

    I love, Ineed and I treasure :
    Seriously: Thanks all of you for let me learn about these amazing soaps!
    Thanks a lot again from Argentina!
    Liliana, from Sapawan

  138. Jennifer says:

    Like most everyone else Soap Queen is my # 1, but I also love this blog:

  139. Lisa DeViese says:
    of course I love the Soap Queen, but I have a new friend in soaping in Portugal and I Love her blog (although I cant speak portuguese I can look at her pics and she speaks english!!!

  140. Amy says:

    The best part of this contest is learning about some great blogs and websites (Thanks!!)

    Besides SoapQueen, of course, I love reading Lots of inspiration and a fun attitude!

  141. Lena says:

    Oooh, this would be the ultimate surprise package!!!

    I have so many Etsy faves, but my most recent purchace came from
    The Dead Sea Mud bar smells amazing. UH-mazing!

    P.S. – The new Soap Queen layout is fantastic! I’m a huge fan.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Thanks for posting the link. Beautiful soaps. I can see how you couldn’t resist! And thanks for the kudos on the new blog. We love the new layout too =)

  142. Jamie says:

    My favorite blog-soapqueen, of course!! Anne Marie, this is a really fun idea. I am enjoying checking out these new sites. One of my favorite etsy shops is:
    She makes fun jewelry using recycled soda cans.

  143. Lianne says:

    Well, I’m not trying to suck up or anything, but the only soap/craft blog I follow is this one! lol It’s the truth. I really love Anne-Marie’s inspirational projects, and motivational topics. Certainly gives me some light to my future.

    For the Etsy shop, I’m going to give Kudos to a woman who has helped me out a number of times. And although I don’t know her in real life, she has inspired me on many occasions, and even gave me some soap making tips!

  144. Kim says:

    My favorite (non Soap Queen) blog is – I like how Allison groups articles on similar products together.

    There are so many lovely Etsy shops, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but my sister’s is somewhat new and she has timeless, romantic jewelry at

    Thanks for sharing the love Anne-Marie!

  145. Sandi Jones Owens says:

    Well of course my fav soap blog is Soap Queen…I mean, what could be better?? LOL!

    My favorite Etsy store is HerbnDevelopment! They are so creative and some of the funnest, most delicious looking products I’ve ever seen (but of course they’re not edible!)

    Here’s the link..check em’ out!

  146. Jessica says:

    My favorite blog is Soap Queen blog. My 4 year old daughter and I LOVE watching SoapQueenTV together! We went through each and every episodes together for many times. It is so much fun and very entertaining!
    Thanks for providing us such great content!

    My favorite etsy shop is the following:

  147. Anne-Marie,

    Oh my gosh, this is so fun and so generous of you to share all these goodies with a few lucky peeps! One of my favorite blogs by Joanna Schmidt called The Soap Bar . She also has a store on Etsy called Product Body
    I love her blog for many reasons. Her soaps are beautiful! Maybe even more important is how I relate to her sense of humor and how in her writing her honesty really comes out. Joanna also spot lights MANY different soapers and I adore looking at the pictures (soap porn) as she calls it ::Giggle::

    I ♥ you Ann-Marie and Bramble Berry!!!

  148. Julie says:

    I love Great business advice for creative types!

  149. Denny says:

    Hi there! Thanks for doing this! My favorite soap blog is SoapQueen. One of my next favorite soapy blogs is Bloom, Bake & Create: She grows wonderful plants, bakes and cans, and makes soaps and fabric art. She shares a lot of it on her blog.

    My favorite Etsy store? Wow. That’s hard. It changes daily! Right now one of my favorites is Suzy Q’s: Many quilts and totes and such. Coincidentally, she’s located in Bellingham.

    Happy day and how’s that baby doing?

  150. Pam says:

    Wow what a thread full of wonderful suggestions. I didn’t read all 200 so this might be a repeat.

    How about sending them off to northern Japan as a good will gesture?

    • Anne-Marie says:

      We just donated to World Vision this week. It’s important to help them out with more difficult to obtain resources which is why Bramble Berry went with a cash donation. We’re definitely thinking about them!

  151. Traci K says:

    Favorite etsy shop:
    StephieMC hand stamped jewelry

  152. Kymberly says:

    Favorite Etsy shops:
    such cute soaps!

    wonderful service and colors!

  153. Sara A says:

    In addition to Soap Queen, I like the read the blog at So many great crafty ideas including some soap and masks and stuff!! And my favorite Etsy shop is Soaps, salves, extracts, lovely stuff.

  154. what a great giveaway. i LOVE visiting the blog, Amber’s Ambry….fun crafty stuff, handmade soaps, and chit chat. beautiful photograpy too!

    and too

    and of course SoapQueen, hehe

  155. Stella says:

    I love Soap Queen

    My fav shops on etsy is

    There is some lobely blog meation for me to check out

  156. Jamie says:

    My fav etsy shop (of the moment! ha) is
    I’m imaging all the wonderful ways to use those stencils!! I’m really eyeing up the frankenstein and bride ones :)

  157. lee perry says:

    I love It is filled with the most amazing and creative wedding stories including ideas for bridal gifts including soaps and wonderful personal items. It’s amazing!!!

  158. My fav (besides yours* ;o) ) is Misty at
    Burnt Mills Candles & Soaps!

    ‘Cuz she’s cool & her soap is cool…and I would like to be like her when I grow up! ;o) !

  159. Michele says:

    I love me some Inner Earth Soaps blog, where there is always something beautiful to gaze upon.

  160. Sara Parker says:

    I like everything the soapqueen does. I watched all her videos in one setting. I learned alot. Thanks

  161. Karen Pf. says:

    Oh…there’s so many and it’s hard to choose! I love reading blogs! Soap Queen’s blog is very informative and creative! Check out the lucious soaps on Lynn’s blog.

  162. Amy says:

    Well, I hate to be a brown-noser, but if it hadn’t been for the Soap Queen, I would never have really attempted soap, lotion, or any toiletry making. I live in Bellingham, home of Bramble Berry, and stumbled across Otion. From there I discovered so many resources, and thus, the obsession began. !!

  163. Merryn says:

    When I “grow up” I want to make soaps like this:

    They amaze me!

  164. Miranda says:

    This is my favorite etsy shop at the moment:

    Absolutely aDORable stuff!!

    • Anne-Marie says:

      That is an adorable shop that I haven’t seen before. Love the little owls! This is so great seeing all of these wonderful new shops. I’ll have to do this more often. :)

  165. Leeana says:

    How fun! Who doesn’t love lots of bath and body products? :)

    Blog – I ♥ Soap Queen!

    Etsy – My mom’s shop WildOliveKids

  166. Mariaan Snyders-South Africa says:

    Good day

    Without a doubt the blog of Susan from swiftcraftmonkey- she is sooo sweet and helpfull.
    (everything but not cp soap)
    Playtupus dreams blog.
    Sharon from playtupus is a very talented lady- see how she transforms scrap soap pieces into clay. You tube.

    • Mariaan Snyders-South Africa says:

      I did forget to mention that the Soap Queen blog is my daily soap news paper. I must read it daily to get my “soap fix”. Thank you for all the great ideas!

  167. Hi, there!

    My fave:

    By the way, you look great in the picture!


  168. My favorite Etsy store is :-

    They have the most adorable custom made cushions along with cute book marks, door stops, transfers and art prints.

    My best friend is having a baby soon so I’ve been hunting all over Etsy for super cute decorations for baby’s room and TigesandWeince has it all <3

  169. LuAnn Robertson says:

    Ever since I found your Soap Queen Blog, it’s the main one I read, so definitely my favorite! I’ve been trying to go back and read from the beginning, so I don’t miss anything! I even have made several cupcake recipes, the lemon ones this morning, everyone loved them!

  170. Kam says:

    Well of course I love Soap Queen blog *wink* But the others I like is Great Cakes and Grumpy Girl, both wonderfully nice women with great sites. But I also love Platypus Dreams! You know what, I have too many favorites to list them all! And to be honest, I am always finding new soap makers and their sites to add to my favorites list! *lol* Guess you could say I have a soap addiction, you would think they would have some self-help group for us soap fanatics! *lol* I am myself hoping to open my own store one day soon and when I do I will share that with you all on here too! I hope you 7 the little one are doing well



  171. julie says:

    I love looking at the products at this shop: GORGEOUS!

    And truly the soaping/handmade goodies blog that i read the most definitely :-) I love reading every bit of it! You can make a ho-hummy kinda day so much brighter!

  172. Melissa D. says:

    I love the Sirona Spring Blog, is very informative and fun. Her blog as well as yours has served of inspiration and motivation for me.

    One of my favorite Etsy stores is Urban Farm Naturals:

    Thank you for sharing all this products and also for letting us recognize all the great soap crafters out there. Kudos everyone!

  173. Gen Lynn says:

    My favorite Etsy soapers shop is Lolli Luscious

    I love the vibrant colors and the exquisite details in each of her soaps :)

  174. Ana says:

    My favorite soap blog is yours of course. this is one of my favorite

  175. I follow so many crafty soapy blogs. Love this one, of course! I like Copycat Crafts a lot or Not Martha. Both have a good variety of crafts normal folks would want to use.

  176. Charity says:

    Soap Queen is my favorite soap blog by far. But, if I had to pick another crafty blog that is my favorite, it would be The Crafts Dept.

  177. Jean says:

    Well, I definitely have a ton of blogs and etsy shops that I need to look at after reading all these posts! Soap Queen is the one blog that I really look at every day.

    If you want to teach your kids to sew, I think that is a great blog. My mom taught us how to sew when we were very young, but I don’t remember anything about the process, so I wasn’t sure where to start with my own kids. They give great advice on what supplies to use as well as fun projects. I bought their Sewing School book, too, and my 9 year old son has made several projects almost completely on his own.

  178. Molly S. says:

    My favorite Etsy shop is . Meredith’s perfumes are perfect every time.

    Blog-wise, I love my Soap Queen!

  179. Erica says:

    Not fair! So not fair! I just cannot choose one favorite out of over 150 blogs I follow.

    Hmm…not trying to score brownie points, but you guys are definitely in my top 10 picks. I always check your blog even if I don’t have time to read all of them. It definitely is flooded with info and pictures. If I could only follow one blog, it would probably be this one…

  180. Megan says:

    Wow. So sweet of you to share! I’m going to toot my own horn and list my own etsy shop. hehe I hope I win! Thanks AM!

  181. Kelli says:

    I like

    lots of useful info about starting your own business making soap!

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