Boutiques & Planners ~ Wrapper Star Day 3

Some great contacts made today with Wedding Boutiques & Wedding Planners…….word is spreading & there’s nothing better than a recommendation. Lovely feeling to have heard such positive feedback today.  

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Sent out 4 sample bars today to new enquiries; hope they like them! One is a Kate Lewis Design bar; love Kate’s designs & we’ve received a fair amount of wedding blogging interest about our collaboration.

Design agreed for another August Wedding  today – place settings with an Oxfordshire venue who has just agreed to list me as one of their recommended ‘local’ suppliers. It’s a striking silver & blue design from a stationery company I have worked with a number of times.  Their designs look great on my wrappers.

Contact WrapperStar:
Telephone: 01993 774622.

Pink Stargazer Lily’s for a 65th Birthday… – Wrapper Star – Day 2

Guest Blogger – Wrapper Star

A 65th Birthday order
A lovely wrapper that seems  popular for Mums is my Pink Stargazer Lily………these will be token gifts on the table for guests at a birthday lunch in September.  Being delivered to a Londoner who is disappearing while Olympics are on, so getting these done early.

A ‘Spot of Blogging’
Brainstormed some ideas for future articles & my ‘plan’ of online activity for the next 6 months……..hope to be able to share those with you as they happen. Very exciting plans ahead!
Booked a couple of Wedding Fairs too for the Autumn; must write them in the diary…

Contact WrapperStar:
Telephone: 01993 774622.

Chocolatey Treats Week… – WrapperStar – Day 1

This week we have some delicious chocolatey treats in store for you from the incredible WrapperStar.  If only someone would create the ability to eat through a computer screen…
An 8 Year Olds Birthday Party
‘You’ve been recommended by a friend & I’m hoping you can create something for my daughter’s birthday party…….sorry for the short notice. She’s having a gymnastics party. Would it be possible for you to design something that she can have individually personalised to give to each of the girls?’
A couple of quick questions about the birthday girl & I provided 2 designs that she could choose from.  Her favourite was the ‘Team GB’ inspired wrapper that I’m sure went down a treat!

Individually Personalised Place settings for a Wedding
Received sign-off today for an August Wedding wrapper that has been designed to match the couple’s stationery.  Can’t wait to get these done; the samples look amazing. 

Last week was certainly another busy one & hi-lighted one of the favourite bits about my work……the variety of what I do.  Yes Weddings is certainly the biggest element of my business, but my personalised bespoke chocolate bars are all about delivering smiles, whatever the occasion.

Contact WrapperStar:
Telephone: 01993 774622.

Something Blue… from Charms by Joanna – Day Two

Today I’ve had a request for a set of Top Table wine glass charms in Royal Blue, so I have been designing some samples for the lovely Bride to Be to choose a style. I’ve made one with chain and one with a hoop as well as a choice for the beads etc. 

Whilst we were chatting I told her all about Ice The Cake in case she needed anything else for her wedding in July. How about a head piece like the one Kim Kardashian wore?  Sarah from Energise Weddings replied to my enquiry so hopefully that is another item sorted for her.

I placed an order with one of my regular suppliers, so more charms and beads should be with me soon. It took me most of the day to go through all of the lovely things they sell as I just had to make sure I had not missed anything!  I love receiving new beads and charms it’s so exciting when there’s a ring at the door and a delivery man is standing there with a little box of goodies for me… I hope that my customers have a similar feeling when their orders arrive from me!

Until tomorrow have a lovely day…

Joanna xx

Contact Charms by Joanna:

Telephone: 07905 601549

Scrumptious Soaps to tantalise your Taste Buds!… handmade by Simply Portugal Soaps – Day 5

This week’s guest blogger has been the wonderful Simply Portugal Soaps & today they have definitely saved the best until last… get ready to feel very hungry this morning!…
For my last day I thought I would introduce you to some of our lovely soaps. I find that inspiration for the fragrances can run away with me if I’m not careful, and soapmaker Shelley and I are always trying to come up with something different. We really enjoy mixing fragrances to create something unique, and this is why we particularly love making soaps for wedding favours as we can take ideas from the bride and run with them to find something ‘just right’ whether we’re making soap bars, cupcake soaps or even a whole soap cake to be cut up and given to the guests.

Here is just a selection of our gorgeous fragrances…
Blue Amberwood – this is a wonderful ‘wake you up in the morning’ soap that’s just perfect for the shower, and men love it too.
Chamomile – a very gentle soap with added calendula, both soothing and healing ingredients that are perfect for sensitive skin.
Chocolate Gateau – a real blast of chocolate with a hint of strawberry, beautifully decorated.
Lavender – with a scent known for its relaxing properties, our lavender soap is just perfect for an evening soak in the bath.
Lime, Mandarin & Basil – this is an amazing soap full of citrus scents and earthy basil, and it’s another one that men and women both love.
Lovespell – the fragrance in this soap is just perfect for that very special night out. Our customers love this one!
Then our fun range of cocktails…
Cosmopolitan – with gorgeously fruity tangerine and cranberry to give you that citrus zing.
Kir Royale – the classic cassis and champagne, so very decadent and luxurious. 
Mojito – fresh lime and mint, a really bright ‘wake you up’ soap.
White Russian – coffee and cream, a beautiful creamy soap that’s perfect for a laze in the bath.

Our beautiful cupcakes…
Floral – a beautiful fresh floral fragrance, decorated with either violets or primroses. 
Rose Garden – that classic rose scent.
Neapolitan – vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, just like our favourite ice cream!
Banoffee – rich toffee and fruity banana, a really fun and indulgent soap.
Strawberry Sundae – strawberries and cream, the ultimate summer fragrance.
Cupcakes retail at £4.50 each.  Our soap bars sell at £3.85 each per 120g (as they are hand cut the sizes might differ slightly). 
The wedding favours are half bars, wrapped and presented in an organza bag in your choice of colour, or in a clear bag with a ribbon in your choice of colour, at £2.20 each.
Cake slices are available either as a whole cake at £70 or cut and wrapped individually at £4 per slice, these make perfect gifts offering great value for money.
All that’s left to decide is which is your favourite?  Ours has to be the Banoffee!
Thank you Simply Portugal Soaps for a scent-sational week!  If you have been tempted by the gorgeous fragrances available, as well as the beautiful natural ingredients used, then here the details to be able to order these stunning soaps…

‘A Week in the Life of…’ Simply Portugal Soaps – Day 4

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The Product…
Our soaps are made from a base of olive oil, pressed from olives grown on our soapmaker Shelley’s farm, sweet almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. In some of our formulas we also use castor oil as it helps to make the lather rich, and all of our soaps also contain goats’ milk. 

Shelley started adding goats’ milk to her soaps as her neighbour had quite a few goats and needed to sell the milk, and it adds a wonderful creamy feel and lather and is very nourishing for your skin. I am sure Cleopatra would have used goats’ milk to bathe in if she’d run out of asses’ milk!  We then add natural pigments, fragrances and essential oils to blend the scents to perfection.

We make sure that all our ingredients are of cosmetic quality and as much as possible we try to source everything from Portugal. All our soaps are covered by a cosmetic safety standard certificate.

The soaps are beautifully moisturising, leaving your skin smelling amazing and feeling silky and smooth. An extra bonus is that having one of our soap bars or cupcake soaps in your bathroom will make the room smell amazing, so you won’t need an artificial air freshener.

We add beautiful toppings to our soaps when they are being made – fruits, flowers, soap shavings and swirls all help to make the soaps look wonderful, and as our toppings are also made from soap they won’t leave bits in your bath or shower! 

Our soaps make wonderful gifts, but they are equally perfect for everyday use or just to treat yourself. They look beautiful, smell fantastic and they’re sure to brighten up your morning shower or that long indulgent bath!

Tomorrow is our final day with Guest Bloggers Simply Portugal Soaps so what better way to end than an introduction to their difference fragrances… WARNING! it is going to be mouth watering!

‘A Week in the Life of…’ Simply Portugal Soaps – Day 3

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Where we can be found?
My favourite place to sell our soaps is at craft fairs and markets as people can come and see, touch and smell the soaps. There is nothing better than being able to experience all the lovely fragrances for yourself and choose your favourites, and although our soaps look gorgeous in photos it doesn’t compare with seeing them in real life! I really enjoy attending fairs and markets in the South West and I especially love to meet customers and help them choose a soap that will be just right for them. Many people think they can’t use soap, or worry that it will dry their skin, but once they see and feel the creamy texture of our soap bars and understand about the wonderfully nourishing natural ingredients that we use, they are often converted!

I have already been to markets at Sherborne, Yeovil and Bridport this year, and below is a list of the ones I know I will be attending over the next few months. More will be added to this list as the year goes on, so if you fancy coming along to see the soaps for yourself, please keep an eye out for our updates either on Facebook or on our website.
Digby Hall, Sherborne, Sat 5thMay 10am – 4pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Bridport, Sat 26thMay 10am – 3pm
St Mary’s Church Jubilee Fair, Chard, 11am – 4pm
Ilminster Street fair, Ilminster, Sat 9th June 10am – 4pm
South Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton, Sat 30th June 10am – 6pm
Forde Abbey Summer Fair, Forde Abbey, Chard, Thurs 26th July 11am – 4pm
I have more fairs and markets booked in August, September, November and December, so please have a look at our Facebook page for the dates and times.

Tomorrow you can find out more about the products, their luxurious ingredients!

‘A Week in the Life of…’ Simply Portgual Soaps – Day 2

Design and Inspiration

The designs and ideas for our soap bars, cupcake soaps and cake slice soaps all come from nature and from the things we see and smell around us every day. Plants can be so inspiring, with their wonderful array of colours, perfumes and shapes, and we try to give a feeling of that in our soaps.

The spring cupcake soap ideas came from the pretty little spring flowers; those first ones to pop their heads up after the bleak cold winter. We used primroses and violets, with a few butterflies to remind us of the sunny days and the warmth soon to come.  Then we started thinking about summer and about how we could evoke the feeling of a hot sunny day. That’s easy, really – ice cream! So our new summery cupcake soaps will be ice cream inspired – Neapolitan, strawberry sundae and banoffee-scented soaps are all curing at the moment and will be ready for sale in May, and a scrumptious mint choc chip scent is in the pipeline.

Our soap cakes are so pretty, and of course they are inspired by our love of food! I have a passion for cake making so it was a great treat to be able to come up with some fragrances and design ideas for these lovely soaps. They cut into beautiful creamy slices and make wonderful presents or favours for weddings and parties.

Then we have our gorgeous original soap bars, with fragrances like Lemon Verbena, Lime Mandarin & Basil, Coconut, Lavender and Linden Blossom to name but a few. You can see that our love of nature comes through again with these, and they are all beautifully topped off with swirls and with little fruits or flowers all made with soap. We always try to have something for everyone, from the more traditional floral scents to really fresh and zingy fragrances to wake you up in the morning. And when we decided to have a bit of fun with our soap bars, the result was our cocktail range, which is just so much fun. The booze-free treats are brilliant for hen night favours, and they also make fabulously different gifts for any occasion. 

Of course, our soaps are also inspired by the beautiful Portuguese countryside and the natural Portuguese ingredients, like the olive oil and goats’ milk, that go into our soaps. Walking round the pottery markets of the Algarve I was inspired to commission a talented local potter, who now makes exclusive soap dishes for me that bring the colour and flavour of traditional Portuguese pottery to our soaps. Our soap bars fit perfectly in the dishes, and our gift packs, with a pottery dish and one or two soap bars of your choice, make a wonderful gift beautifully packaged in organza.
Tomorrow you can find out more about where you can visit Simply Portugal Soaps and experience the smell and texture of these luxurious soaps in person… if you can’t wait until then pop over and say hello to them on Facebook now!