Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Contest Time!

So, we are sitting here pining for Spring. We know it's here when we can wear t-shirts again and there are more mosquitos than people in our yard. (Actually, more mosquitos than people on the New York subway). When those first happy dandelions start popping up, then it's officially Springtime in Alaska - at least in our book.

We want to know, what spells S-p-r-i-n-g- in your neck of the woods? Leave us a comment below and we'll choose our favorite. We'll send the winner a bar of our Secret Garden soap (free shipping in US only, international contestants must pay shipping - sorry!).

And don't forget to vote in the SAFE team's Spring challenge here too for another chance to win a little bit of Spring! http://etsysafeteam.blogspot.com/

Pining for color

It never fails. Just when we let ourselves really believe Spring is here, it snows. We should have known, when most of the yard was visible again and the roads were dry, that another snowstorm was just around the corner. It is after all only April. If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a grizzly bear, April comes in like a lamb but is really only a polar bear in sheep's clothing.

Alas, we awoke this morning to a good 3-4 inches of the fluffy white stuff. * Sigh *

BUT ... the mother eagle is flying back and forth across our yard a few times a day, which hopefully means that she is finding food for an eaglet or two. And the swans are back from their winter vacation. AND, the pussywillows are in full bloom. So Spring can't be that far away. Can it?

One of my favorite colors of Spring is the blue lupine that floods the meadows and sides of roadways in Alaska. It's hard to believe, when everything is brown and white still, that there will soon be color everywhere. For now, I will have to be content staring at the bar of Blue Lupine soap in the kitchen. At least it's a concrete reminder that Spring will come eventually. Because it must.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bee-ing beautiful

We at Swan Mountain Soaps are pretty practical people. In general we are just too busy to take the time to dress up or wear jewelry. However, every now and then something catches the eye and we just can't resist.

This week's featured Etsy seller is JujuBee Jewelry Designs. All of her items are just so pretty, a person could easily find themself giving in to their feminine side and buying half a dozen items. Of course, then a person would have to get their husband to take them out to dinner so they'd have a reason to wear said pretty things. Guess that's just the price you pay for bee-ing beautiful! =D

Here are a few more of JujuBee's items we love:

You can see more at her Etsy shop, here, or learn more about her at her blog, http://jujubeejewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/