Sunday, August 26, 2012

Beating Hurricane Isaac...

Hurricane Isaac is almost upon us here in Southwest Florida. So, I figured that while I am still able to use my internet, I would try and get some work done. All weekend I have been preparing for the storm, but now you have my undivided attention. Well, until my daughter needs more help with her civics lessons =).
In case you missed some of the new and awesome products that are up in the Black Willow Soap Shop, I have decided to string them out on the blog for you! Here we go!
Pumpkin Spice Soy/Parafin Candle in Glass Flower Pot Holder
Spiced Cranberry Pear scented Shea Butter Soap
Wicked Soy/Parafin Candle in Glass Flower Pot Holder
Patchouli, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood scented Olive Oil Soap

 Stop in and see our newest additions at


Monday, August 13, 2012

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

I have been having a bit of trouble lately with getting my items photographed for display in my shop. The Florida rainy season has set in and photographing outside can be a bit of a bear. I don't like taking my photographs inside because they have less character and I have horrible lighting in my office right now. So, I have a lot of great items sitting in my office that are screaming to be listed, but have not had their glamour shots done yet!

Even though there is a slight hang up on the photos, I have been able to list some great new fall items! Check out some of these lovely items below!

Blue Glitter Votive Candle Holder
Apple Pie scented Avocado Cucumber Soap
Spiced Cranberry Pear scented Shea Butter Soap
Farmer's Market Trio Soy/Parafin Wax Candle in Mason Jar

Faux Blue Rose Tealight/Votive Candle Holder

Stay tuned for some great new Autumn inspired candles and soaps!

Friday, August 3, 2012

All Day I've been Nostalgic...

All day long I have found myself thinking back to my younger days. Not that I am old enough to be reclaiming old glory days, but I have done a lot of things in the life that I have been given. Today was a day of music. I put in my favorite local band, Cinder (or Soapy Tuna, to the locals), and sang along to the stereo feeling every lyric that was sung by Roger Young, the lead singer. You can check them out at or "like" their facebook page at!/pages/SOAPY-TUNA/268874418297 If you are in the area, you should definitely go see them!

 The band and the music got me thinking of how to incorporate my favorite nostaligia into a blog...or into my products. I thought at length about making a soap to commemorate the band and the time that I spent listening to them in the local beach bars to get through some difficult times. Then I realized that the band's favorite smell would probably be black licorice because of their affinity for Jagermeister. I decided that black licorice would not be the best smelling soap or candle, and voted against my idea. Intead, I created a basket full of goodies that are inspired by sights and smells from my childhood. I am calling it the Fall Harvest Basket.

The fall harvest basket contains an 8 ounce Cranberry Sugar Scrub, a 4 ounce Cranberry & Spiced Pear scented Avocado Cucumber Soap, and a 4 ounce Apple Pie scented Shea Butter Soap. Take a look!

I also realized that I have lost touch with my younger me. I used to sing, and I loved to sing. I used to write poetry and keep legacy books. So, I resolve to sing and write. I have also decided to start a poetry blog for the oodles of poetry that I have written in the past and the oodles of poetry that I hope to write in the future. You can look for me under my pen name, Nautica Mourey. My work has been published in several tabletop anthologies. It is only right to want to collaborate my youth with my current self, right? Or, maybe I am just a busy body and have to create things for myself to do! =) In any event....the poetry blog can be found at