Saturday, November 7, 2009

With Gratitude, my 200th Blog Post! (And a Give-Away!!)

It’s hard to believe I’ve written 200 posts on this blog but I have. I’m grateful for those of you who pop by and leave your comments, thanks for being out there and interested in whatever is coming out of Studio B at the moment. No doubt that it’s always going to be something different.

I’ve put together a little package as my way of saying thanks for being out there, thanks for reading and thanks for leaving comments.
First, a small vase. I call these “rose vases” because they are perfect for a little bouquet of whatever is in bloom. I’m not a big gardener but I like picking up a bouquet of flowers at the supermarket sometimes and bringing them home. This is the kind of vase I always reach for when I do that, add a few marbles in the bottom and trim all the stems on the flowers and pop them in one at a time. Before long you’ve got a lovely little bouquet for the kitchen counter, the office or the bathroom. It’s a great way to brighten up the place or greet guests, and of course a small vase with some lovely fresh blooms is always a lovely gift.

This is a painted vase that has been fired to thermo harden the glaze resulting in a dishwasher resistant finish. In other words, you can run it through the dishwasher but if you do it too often you’ll start to lose the texture on the vase. But really, I think most of us can hand wash a small vase with no trouble.
Secondly, a small dichroic glass pendant with a little millefiori flower at the lower edge. Add a simple chain or tie with the satin cord I’ll include and it will be a lovely and delicate accent for whatever you’ve chosen to wear.
Finally, three olive oil guest soaps complete the package. First, Lapis Clove is inspired by the stone Lapis and has gold leaf in it to mimic the gold flecks in the stone. The fragrance is a fresh crisp men’s spice combination of clove and eucalyptus (I created it as a men’s combination but I love it and would certainly use it myself!) Tangerine Splash has some orange rind in it to exfoliate your skin. The fragrance includes Tangerine, Orange, Bergamot, Nutmeg, Rosemary and lemongrass essential oils. The final bar is Jasmine Clementine with calendula petals in it. The fragrance includes Orange, tangerine, Mandarin Orange, Jasmine and Amber, a blend of essential and fragrance oils.
So thanks for dropping by and checking out the things I make and the words I write. I can tell you that there is no other life that I’d rather live than the life of an artist!

In order to qualify for the giveaway, please become a “follower” of my blog using the link at the right. Then leave a comment below and I’ll draw someone at random on November the 14th and announce the winner that day. Make sure I have a way to email you, so either have your email address in your profile info, provide a link to your address or (in a pinch) post it in your comment. Thanks so much for dropping by. Happy creating!
-Carmen Rose


  1. I know your soap is nice because I have ordered it from you. Congratulations on 200 posts.

  2. Wow, 200 posts. How do you do it? I will be exciting to see who you draw for the winner.

  3. I've been reading your blog and admiring your talent for a while now and never fail to be amazed with your creativity.
    Two Hundredth post, that IS a lot of blogging isn't it.
    Your generous giveaway is a treasure trove of jewels.

  4. Hi. I have caught up with this blog from time to time, but have now added it on Bloglines. I love how you describe your soaps - particularly the gold flecks in the one to resemble the stone. Very sweet.

  5. Ok, so, I "ain't gonna lie"-- I WANT TO WIN!!! Funny, you chose, November 14th! That's my birthday! Woohoo! It's gonna be me, I can just feel it! LOL; Putting that all aside, woman, you amaze me. I was talking to Jenn M. the other day, and was like, yes, that Carmen, what "Can'T" she do? You are blessed, many people just wish they could have a 10th of the creativity that you do. I know I'm jealous... =) Your children will never run out of things to do...and I'm sure you'll win the "cool mama" award!

  6. oh as yellow is my favorite color I would love this vase it would just make me smile everyday!
    so pretty.
    thanks for a great giveaway I have subscribed to your blog for a long time always enjoy reading what your up to

  7. 200 blog posts is amazing and the quantity and quality of all of the works you create to post about are way beyond amazing. Are you sure there isn't 3 or 4 of you? keep up the good work!

  8. Carmen, your create beautiful, usable art. I want to buy some soap soon if I don't win it.

  9. 200 posts. Wow. You always make such awesome stuff I'm all for having some :) Wish I had some extra cash to just outright BUY ... alas, maybe someday.

  10. Congratulation on 200 posts! Also, thank you for the giveaway - so kind of you. paltier at rpj-aps dot com

  11. Congratulations on your 200 posts - enjoy reading your blog and love your art

  12. Congratulations! 200 posts is a bit milestone! WooHoo!

  13. What a wonderful giveaway for your 200th post! You know I just love your work. Everything is just so creatively beautiful!

  14. Congratulations Wendi and Benjamin Wood, the winners of the give away! YAY! Thanks to everyone who entered, what a blessing it is to have people out there who check in to see what's happening in my world. Thanks to all of you, another giveaway coming soon, artist's honor! =)


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