Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sale, Reduced, Job Lot, Clearance, End of Line Beauty Skincare for Him, Her & the Kids!!

We decided to have a clearout!

Lots of nourishing and moisturising skincare to buy in bulk with a sale price of from £6.99 
(RRP £18) so a complete bargain!

Stuff for him, her and the kids.

Pop over to eBay ...

We cannot forget our horse and doggys, can we? 
An entire kilo loaf of shampoo that benefits the skin and cleanses is on offer for £10 
(RRP £11.50). Guess what?  It's ok for you to use too!

Pop over to Folksy!

Happy shopping...
Lesley and Ray x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

We Shall Be Back ....

Fighting of the January Blues...

Are you?

Posts will be up and running again soon...


Pop over and comment on our Facebook page. Tag us ... it would be sooo welcomed.

Or support and share Grumpy Joe's Found and Lost Pet page on Facebook.  
Joey was once a missing house cat.  He has been home since 2005.
Sam, his ginger and white friend, is still missing in Peterborough.
Any shares welcome.

Love us and all the best for 2015.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Buddy the Winner with his prize!

Buddy was the winner of our pet competition and his mum sent us a special picture!


One, two, three ... ahhhh...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

SALE: Hand Scrub for the Gardener & Sexy Soap for men.

We have a pre-Christmas Sale for both our handmade skincare.

Nip over to eBay  or Folksy  ... or both!

Sexy Man Soap

For dirty hands!

Our creamy foot scrub offers some super TLC.
We have to as a SALE product for the festive holidays but if you'd like a bar much earlier, get in touch!

All our love!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Decorating Soap with Ribbons, Flowers, Baubles ...

Weekend I thought I would play around with the contents of my craft box!

Well, you never know what you might find...

I'd been watching Jane Means DVD ... she is THE gift wrapping guru.

Soap n Things - wrapping soap for christmas

I wrapped soap in corrugated card.

After a good search in my craft box I chose:
cream rose
sparkly bauble

I secured the card with tape.
The rose 'stem' I folded back on itself and twisted it to ensure no sharp edges.
Then I wound the gold ribbon around the 'stem' and attached.

The green ribbon I threaded through the glittery bauble
Then tied a bow...

I love them!
And guess what ... took the plunge and put them on eBay.

The pretty green one is Tea Tree. 
And the delicate rose is Geranium.

And pleased to say ... I put on a kilo Tea Tree loaf and with two minutes one sold!

Love us xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

How to Make Your Own Christmas Pud Bath Bombs!

Making your own Christmas Pud bath bombs is fun and easy ... honestly.

150g bicarbonate of soda
60g citric acid
50g cornflour
80g shea butter
50g coconut oil
0.5g cappuccino mica colour
6g bailey and cream fragrance oil or other festive fragrance oil essential oil.
Red mica glitter
Green mica glitter

Coconut oil

Tray or baking tray
Foil or greaseproof paper
Artist paint brush

Where to buy the Ingredients?
We recommend Bath Bomb Biz, based down South. They are always there to help too!

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the citrus acid (it’ll make a fizz when dropped in the tub!)

Mix in the cornflour.

Add a drop or two of your chosen scent.  

Add your cappuccino colour

Mix it all together.

Put your dry mixture aside.

Now, melt the shea butter with the coconut oil.  You can use the microwave. 
Please keep watching.
Remember - shea butter may contain traces of nut.  
Add the oil to your powder mix (be careful not to burn yourself) and mix!

Forming into Puds:
Now you are ready to handmake into little cappuccino puds.
So, when a little cooler, take some of the mix and form into balls – and don’t worry if uneven.  These are handmade, remember.
Lay on to your tray and leave for a minimum of 2 days.


Now you are ready to add the ‘brandy butter’.
Pour a little cold coconut oil into a yogurt pot or mug, and with your paint brush, paint the top of each pud.

Soap n Things - how to make Christmas bath bombs

Put the extra cornflour into a bowl and dip the wet part of your pud into it .

Or do as Ray does, put the cornflour into a sieve and shake over the puds - maybe to some music!

That’s the ‘brandy sauce’ finished.

Leave for a few hours.
The cornflour will stick to the oil.

Soap n Things - how to make brandy butter on bath bomb christmas puds

Keep away from heat as the shea butter and oils will melt.
Dry in a cool place or the fridge.

What about the Holly & Ivy?
When solid, dab a little more oil to the top of the 'brandy butter'.  
Sprinkle green mica glitter as festive holly.
Then red for Christmasy berries. 
Pop back in the fridge. 
Leave for a few days.

Soap n Things - how to make bath bomb christmas puds

Some may crumble, some may not.

We do recommend gifting them nestled inside a box.
Please remember that if lining with tissue, add florist cello and lay the puds on top.  
Why?  The oils and butter will absorb the colour and after all your hard work ...well...we wouldn't want them to spoil.

Just add one pud to the bath.  Remember that the oils and butter may make the bath slippery .
The colour may leave a residue around the tub but I promise, with the cheapest bath cleanser it will come off!

Don't they look so pretty and handmade?

And British!

If you prefer to buy a mould, then it is a long method unless you buy lots.
If not, simply stick with the messy way which, let's face it, is more fun in a Christmasy way!

Our popular Christmas Puds will be back at The Cats Pyjamas Emporium in Wisbech following lots of requests!

Merry Christmas!
Love Lesley & Ray x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Winner: Grumpy Joe's Furball Christmas Competition 2014

Grumpy is happy to announce the winner of his very first furball competition!

In fact, all thought all furry entrants deserved a prize.

Is it you?

First prize to Buddy for his cuteness and holding his pet balm!

Runner up prizes go to....

 Rani for pure beauty

To Cookie for helping Mum do the ironing!

A message to their Mummy's ...
please email me your address so as I can post their gift in time for Christmas.

Grumps sends them happy purrs...


Winner: Natural Skincare Christmas 2014

Our festive Winter competition closed today.

We are proud to announce the WINNER!

Is it you?

Prize of luxury lemon nail balm.  Pure heaven!

The Winner:


Please email me your address.

Well done!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

#GivingTuesday - For Charity

We've had Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now it is time for Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is about giving a little something to a charity. 
£1 will go along way.

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium thinks it a great idea.

We have given to:
Hope (vet bill) via Harveys Law
Battersea Dog and Cat Home
Support for the prosecution of Horse abusers

On Tuesday we shall be donating to:
Each charity will receive a few pounds each jointly from:
 Soap n Things
Grumpy Joe (Kitty) at Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium
Found and Lost Pets Worldwide

Sadly no one recommended any rescue centres so the rest will be used when needed for medical care.

Closed from 3rd December : Would you like to recommend an animal charity?
Please leave the link here.  I have a few more pounds in the pot.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Black Friday: 28 November 2014 at Soap n Things & Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium


Grab a 10% offer for one day only.

Friday 28th November 2014.

Select your goodies from Folksy, Etsy, or Ebay.

Get 10% off your one total purchase (excludes carriage).

I'll send you an invoice with discount applied.

Pay and we shall do the rest!

Just nip back to our Home Page.  Go to the tabs and click on the shop.

Lesley& Ray x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Decorating Soap to Gift for Christmas, Birthday, Craft Fayre, Business Craft

Make a gift with our hand made soap.

Take a peek at Folksy, Etsy, and eBay

Making your Christmas inexpensive.... and fun!

Easy to hand cut in to chunks, squares or bars
Our loaves make a fun Christmas because you can put together you own festive gift for Christmas without it costing the earth.

Our loaf has the consistency of cheese.

You can cut in chunks, squares or bars.

There are so many embellishments available to pretty up soap: pearls, flower buds, studs, raffia with flowers, paper with gems, festive items...  then nestle inside a basket or gift bag or decorated box.  If you click on the image it will take you to the seller if you would like to buy there work.

If adding coloured tissue, we do recommend laying a sheet of florist cello on top.  Why? Well, our soaps contain lots of nourishing oils which would absorb the oils.

Just push then gently in to your soap.

Ok, these are soap tubs but the wire flowers show you how you can embellish soap to then gift them

We appreciate postage affects a purchase.
One loaf will cost you £4.80
Up to 4 loaves will cost you £5.80.

Above all, what fund to make your own Christmas gifts!

Lesley & Ray x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Gift Set Ideas for My Wife, Girlfriend, Aunt, Sister...

Men ... are you looking for present ideas for a woman?

That quick and easy gift ?

Something lovely but which you do not have worry about anything except buying the gift bag?

Soap n Things - natural pampering skincare gift idea for wife, mother, mum, mummy, sister, aunt
Gift for her
A special Christmas price of £6.99.

Our lip balms were suggested in Style at Home Christmas 2013 as the perfect Christmas cracker gift so you see, we make good quality skincare!

Our facial cleanser is completely natural and blended with aloe vera that stimulates skin cell regeneration.

Our lip balms are: vegan, beeswax or fruity cherry for kissable lips.

Our nail care is divine and infused with zesty lemon essential oil and using twice daily last for months.

We have a lovely Facebook page so please pop over too.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Christmas Gift Idea: Rudolph Flannel by Posh Bird Creations.

Posh Bird Creations is taking part in Creative Connections annual Craftfest.

Over 40 virtual stalls for you to browse and shop.

I fell in love with Rudolph!

What a super gift idea for a child ... and to get the kids washing behind those ears!

If you'd like to visit Lyn's stall, then pop over ... and her website will be live soon.

Soap n Things. Posh Bird Creations.  Soap and Flannel Christmas Stocking gift for a child
Isn't he cute?

There are lots of superb stalls selling gifts, cards, presents for the home, clothes, food,  pets products and ... fun stuff for the kids...

Posh Bird Creations is on Facebook .... and so are we so if you have a few minutes to spare, pop over and say hello to us all.

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium has virtual stall too.
We've been busy setting it up - our stall will be live at Craftfest November 15th and 16th.
We've been busy pinning and pinning to Pinterest, and there are some great crafts pinned to the CraftFest Yellow Pinboard so pop over!

So ... let us know what you think of Rudolph ... and if you buy one!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium - #CRAFTfestUK

Thinking of sofa Christmas shopping this year?

It's sooo easy ... especially with a glass of wine nearby.

Even if you do not buy, why not visit our stall ... and we'd love to hear from you!

Our virtual stall is live 15th and 16th November 2014.

Pop see us and lots of other talented crafters at our Christmas Market!

Lots of love & hugs,

Make Your Own Christmas Fireplace for Santa!

The kids will love it.

I found this at The Cats Pyjamas Emporium Facebook page.

Looks as it you just need:

 boxes and boxes
parcel tape
white paper
red paper
scissors and glue.

Santa needs something to climb down and deliver all those gifts, right?!

Gift idea for a Young Adult, Teenager, Brother, Husband, Step Dad, Uncle...

Men are soooo hard to buy for...

So we have put together a gift set of soap and facial blemish salve.

Should you prefer vintage, just ask us to change the salve to our Gentlemen's Club Aftershave Salve...

You like it but not the soap?

Well, you can buy the aftershave salve all on its own!

Our salve is lovely... 

Tea tree helps skin problems.
Vegetable glycerin moisturises skin.
Witch hazel is skin healing.
Aloe vera to helps skin complaints.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Saturday, 8 November 2014


A very quick reminder that our competition ends 1st December at midnight.

Win a natural nail and cuticle balm by clicking here


Enter your pet and let them win a prize! Just place a paw print here.

Lots of luck!

Lesley & Ray x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Promoting Your Business with Professional Crafters Guild # Part 1

We all ask:

"How can I get my business name out there?"

Read on ...

Are you a member of the Profession Crafters Guild?

We are creating a Christmas Brochure/booklet which will be published online and available to download all over the place and all of our members are welcome to take part.

If you would like to be included please email me with the following:

Standard Members:
• Your business name
• A brief (one short paragraph) describing your business
• A clear, well taken image of one of your products
• One working website URL (online store, website, facebook page etc)
• last order date before Christmas if you have one

Premium Members:
• Your business name
• A brief (one short paragraph) describing your business
• FOUR clear, well taken images of your products plus descriptions and prices
• One working website URL (online store, website, facebook page etc)
• last order date before Christmas if you have one

We will need these by 20th November at the latest please to give me time to create the booklets.

Email to:

Saturday, 1 November 2014

This Christmas Why Not Support Your Local Store that Sells Handmade Products?

Will you be enjoying High Street shopping for your Christmas gifts?

It's fun.

Christmas lights, singing along to a carol or two, wrapped up against the biting wind or snow, passing seasonal decorations, stopping in a warm tearoom for a hot chocolate and mincepie...

We love November & December, don't we?

Don't forget those little boutiques that are filled with handmade goods made by your local artisan.  

When a family member opens such a gift, they seem to love it all the more because it isn't a mass produced brand.  It makes it much more special.
Soaps, Foot Scrub and Shampoo

Wisbech has a store called The Cat's Pyjamas Emporium and inside are the most wonderful products lovingly handmade ... and ... preloved dresses for those New Year parties...

We all love a big name store but have you thought of a little gift that is lovingly made by talented people?

Rustically wrapped soaps

We are there too.

Big chunks of old fashioned soaps full of nutrients

Enjoy shopping!