Thursday, September 22, 2016

Handcrafted Vegan Soap + Handcrafted Vegan Art


Some of my soaps ... hanging out with some of my art.

Drawing No. 32 : You Owe It To Yourself To Understand Your Worth


And you owe it to yourself to be around people who understand it too. Find your tribe who love your personality, your nature, your talents, your being, your foibles, your quirks - your you-ness for exactly who you are. 

The Word Fairy : Learn


Anything we want to do in this life, we have to 'learn' how to do. We have to learn how to be a professor, an accountant, a lawyer, an architect, a business owner, etc. There is no magic wand that will quickly make us become what we want to become. It will take learning, motivation, focus, dedication, time, energy, etc. The bright side is when we come out the other end, ready to apply all the things we learned, to that thing which we want to do. :)

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Community Coloring & Brunch Event Was A Success!


I want to send out a huge thank you to Joy for giving me space to hold this event and to everyone who showed up for my 1st Community Coloring and Brunch Event. It was way more than I hoped for and expected! Yay!


A couple of days before the event, I contacted Joy (the owner of Revolutionary Grounds and expressed my concern that noone registered for the event via Facebook and asked for her thoughts on cancelling. She kindly responded to proceed with the event and that folks would show up. There was something in her email that was very comforting and I felt like it was going to be fine. (If you've ever hosted an event, you are aware that there is some amount of anxiety around it, because the fear is that noone will show - lol).


Not only  did a [surprisingly] good amount of people show up, but I could not have asked for more. The weather was perfect and we all hung out in the outdoor space of the cafe and if any of you have been to Revolutionary Grounds, you know that the outdoor space is awesome with amazing energy. Everyone was friendly and in great spirits, the connection was priceless, there were both adults and children present, the conversation was highly engaging and entertaining (at one point we realized that noone had even taken out their cell phones. Now, that is an engaging event!), the food was excellent (because Joy is an ultra amazing cook), folks were so into the coloring pages (making me a very happy + proud girl), there was no uncomfortable lulls in conversation and it actually felt as if we all knew each other. And the greatest compliment of all (after seeing some much pleasure around my work), was people asking if we could do this regularly. That, my friends, is a successful event!

Honestly, I can't say enough good things about our awesome Sunday gathering, which went over the estimated time slot, by the way. So a hugely warm shout out to all in attendance - B, L, K, J, L, L's dad, A, A's daughter and her daughter's friend and the other folks whose names I didn't get. (I didn't get their authorization to say their names in this space, so I'm using their initials instead).

Thanks a bunch you guys for coming and for supporting my work!!! Until next time...

PS: I learned that Facebook is not at all the most accurate way to gauge the anticipated success of one's event. Keep that in mind if/when you create an "event page" on your FB page.  :)

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Tee Hive Soap Quotes



My new Instagram page is becoming known for 2 things - my hand illustrated soap labels and these little ditties that I write about handmade soap. Here are a few of my faves.

Clearly, my line is very lighthearted, uplifting and fun! Come on over and give my new page a follow, and by all means, feel free to order some soap. *coy smile*







Apparently, there is no end to the things that I'll write about handmade soap. {lol}

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Happy Sunday Funday!


Soap . Sage . Serenity . Music . Meditation . "M" - claimed this divine day. I hope your Sunday Funday was beautiful, loving, calming, fulfilling, dreamy and charming. 


Made/wrote 2 posters for today with the intention of using only one, but each had its own vide - one had that black & white vibe, the other's vibe was in color. Couldn't choose one over the other so booyah - here's a two-fer. Haha!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Now Taking Wholesale Soap Orders!


If you want to wholesale my soaps for your store, boutique, co-op, shop, or market, shoot me an email to tracyvart@yahoo.com and I'll send you an info sheet, order form and 2016 line sheet. Super easy! You can also take a peek at the different varieties in my shop.

IMPORTANT INFO: I make soaps in very small batches and mostly made-to-order. If you need soaps by a certain date, let me know much sooner, rather than later. Soapmaking is an involved process, plus they have to "cure", which tacks time on to the process. Please keep this in mind, especially with the holidays just around the corner. Thanks!

More Soaps To Check Out


Here's a few more of my soaps for your viewing pleasure. They're not only natural with great, plant based ingredients in them, but they're also uplifting and super fun. Happy Friday, Tracyvillagers!



Wanna snag a bar or two? Run on over to the shop



The Writing Files No. 2 : J'aime


j'aime 

i love walking in light with you
i love how much you love our conversations
i love that you get me
i love that you understand & respect privacy
i love that you let me be me
i love that you're in shape and eat healthy 
i love how it's not a chore for you to be present
i love how you treat me in public and behind closed doors
i love when you take my hand when i least expect it
i love that way only you look at me & the glow in your eyes when you do it
i love how you nuzzle into me when you're vulnerable and/or feeling some kind of way
i love your character, your integrity & your way of being
i love that you're not insufferably impatient & intolerant & gossipy
i love your swagger, your walk, how your body moves, how you dress,
i love immensely the timbre of your raspy voice
i love to close my eyes & listen to that sexy voice when you speak in the language of our ancestors
i love your love
i love your cuddles
i love the sound of your laugh
i love the things you laugh at
i love your passion and emotion
i love our commonalities
i love your pretty feet & your luscious swooping curls that I can't get enough of
i love that you let me play in your you-ness
i love your curiosity with my me-ness
i love your gentle kisses behind ears, on shoulders, mid back, nape of neck & elsewhere
i love how you travel roads on the body map
i love how you navigate your gps
i love your childlike playfulness
i love your family and their happy, expressive, passionate, emotional, loving ways toward me
i love your kind nature
i love you (beyond all possible measure of this petite, huge word)

i    l o v e    u s
 
 
 
NOTE: After receiving feedback about this poem a few days ago, I finally remembered to let you know that J'aime is not a proper name. It is a contraction of 2 French words - je + aime - meaning I love, or I like. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My Community Coloring & Brunch Event 9/18/16


Revolutionary Grounds and I are collaborating to bring you the 1st Tracyville Community Coloring + Brunch Event. It's going down on Sunday, September 18th from 10:00-12:00. Not only will you be able to get your coloring on, but you'll also be able to connect, have fun, win prizes and eat. Come hungry so you can buy the special brunch that Joy (the owner of Revolutionary Grounds), is making for the event. 

Come support a local business, a local artist, and a local community event. It's all about gathering, connecting, having fun, relaxing and eating. I'll also be having a raffle and prizes to win some handmade goodies, so come hang out and support local.  :))))


Buy your "Coloring Packs" (for $6.00) from my shop, so I know how many and what styles to bring. They will be $8.00 the day of the event. Coloring Packs include 2 coloring pages of my original artwork and I will provide crayons. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 5, 2016

New Pics Added To The Shop + Happy Labor Day!


I added a bunch of new pics to the soap listings in the shop, so you can see my handmade jammies up close! And a special shout out to my girl Linda, for hooking me up with the yummy, organic lavender! Thanks, mi amor!!!!!!


Happy Labor Day, everybody! Hope you really enjoy this last day off of the long weekend!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Vibe : Sunday Funday


In the best campground in the world with: my love, a shared cup of coffee, love in the foreground, the aroma of coffee in the background, the Sunday NY Times and a plate of [real french] croissant crumbs on the sideline, an older, but yummy Ikea catalog for dwelling inspiration, and our biggest decision today - trying to decide what soap flavor to use.

Happy Sunday-Funday, everybody! #stillworkingonthosephotographyskills #irespectphotographers #thispicisnotgoingonmyigpagecuzitswack

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tee Hive Soaps Is Open For Biz!


My shop is stocked full of handcrafted, all natural soaps! Come enter the Tee Hive to see what scents I currently have. More flavors are on the way, as well as some new art! 



My soaps include any combo of the above ingredients, but the main ingredient of all my soaps is l.o.v.e.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Meet My New Soap Line!






A Little Soap Tale: 

Firstly, Happy September, everybody! Let's start the month off with this announcement: Uh...I make soaps...but let's backtrack. In July, I made the decision to stop using crappy commercial soaps on my body and crappy detergent shampoos. Mainly because my body is transitioning (into the world of aging) and I wanted to help it externally, since I've been working on it internally. That said, I started making my own soaps (actually, returned to making them as I used to make them back in the day) because I know that they'd be made from only all natural, healthy, vegan ingredients (and by the way, my hair and skin are much happier already).

The soap was supposed to be only for me and family members, but then, as fate would have it, my east coast "Mamitas" came for a visit and were not only drooling over the soaps, but started claiming them as their own and to watch them getting drunk from smelling the soaps was quite a site. Their response made me take the soapmaking thing to another level - the level of creating a soap line. 

So I trotted off to Google to see what was out there. What I found, was tons of soapmakers! I also found lots of lovely packaging and knew immediately that I wanted to do something totally different from what I saw. Being an illustrator, the natural thing for me was to illustrate my brand. I wanted my packaging to be as natural as the soap themselves, with no intervention of computers, so I hand illustrated and hand lettered the labels as to achieve a truly hand made aesthetic - that featured messages meant to uplift, inspire, entertain and bring joy.

Come follow my Instagram page to see all the cool, artsy soaps up close and to stay in the loop of my soapy adventures.

You can get your illustrated soap bars tomorrow when my shop re-opens at 12 noon PST.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Drawing No. 31 : A Smile Is A Precious Gift...


When you're out in the world living life, doing errands, etc, and you look into a stranger's face, and your eyes meet and they smile -- such a gift in a minuscule moment in time. I  believe this, which is why I wrote and illustrated it. :)

The Word Fairy : Refine


Sometimes fine tuning is necessary. When you look at things that aren't working and you finally arrive at the place where you go "I need to fix this." It could be with regard to your business, your profession, the people in your life, whatever. Perhaps, sitting still is in order, meditating, marinating, doing whatever one does to make a viable plan to refine, or alter the things that need to be remedied. It's going to take time, planning, commitment, focus, and work, but if you've hit the ceiling, that kicks everything into a higher gear, whereupon you will now go do the damn thing.  :)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Drawing No. 30 : Happy Monday Happy Girl Happy Times


That face you have when you try to be calm, cool and collected, even though you want to scream from the mountaintop, because you had an awesomely stellar weekend with your hunny + the fam that feels so familiar, like home and the family treats you so amazingly that you felt like a very loved princess (thus, the crown to her head, haha) in a fairytale world and you tried to stay so present in the moment, so as to digest every drop of the love and goodness that was coming your way. *end mouthful paragraph*  :)

Happy Monday, everybody!

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Writing Files No. 1 : Love Anew



L o v e   A n e w

just what I needed, but didn't think I wanted

carried in on dreamy piscean waters
and ascending out of the blue

and you lit everything on fire

acutely unlike what I had known

you came bearing gifts 
and submitted them to me
willingly
the gifts of love, lust, passion, attraction, romance, acceptance, tolerance, respect, understanding, self awareness, accountability, open mindedness, patience, honesty, communication, integrity, silliness, fun, swagger, fire, being present...

and oh, how you have perfected the art of being present in a moment

acutely unlike what I had known

astute knowledge of how to love   ----  me
and flawlessly allowing me to to surrender what I haven't given in so, so long

my expired nightmare was one of intolerance, judgement, disrespect, disregard and mockery

and then, there was you

the sweet opposition brought forth to help me erase the dreadful nightmare that was.

sensuality and sexuality residing side by side, like seductive flirting neighbors, with that fervently high goody-good factor. 
oh . my . damn!
2 beings as one, in all things, in all places - in places where 2 should not be 1.

same culture; same sign
similarities unforeseen
what are the chances?

and that instantaneous connection that was damn near too much to bear
oh . my . damn!

shall we continue to play feverishly under the piscean moon and under the...?
we 2, intertwined like we do.
i know you want to,

because oh . my . damn!


Happy Monday, everybody! Here's something to start your week off on a love note. Spread love!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Doodle No. 29 : Love Is [A Loving] Community


When one lives in a few places, both domestic and abroad, one comes to the realization that all places are not created equal. For me, the #1 thing that makes an indelible impression whether good or bad, is the temperament of the people. I have only one known allergy and it is to mean, surly people. That said, this illustration is dedicated to the 520 - Tucson, AZ, the friendliest folks ever! They're not cautious, distrusting, protected, guarded, mean or angry people. They're open, friendly, happy, positive, extremely art conscious (art is everywhere), super community minded and just overall amazing life forces! Love Tucsonans!!! 

Note: A special shout-out to Portland, OR. Both these places were the friendliest I've ever lived. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Upcoming Workshop : Deets Coming Soon


Happy Monday, art lovers! If you are local peeps, living in the Sonoran, I hope you all join me at my upcoming event! It's all about good vibes, good people, good food, 'n good fun! Stay tuned for more info...

Doodle No. 27 : Scorpio


The second girl from my 'Astrology Sisters' series. 10 more signs to go. Eek!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Doodle No. 25 : The Astrology Sisters : Taurus


I've been working on these new drawings called "The Astrology Sisters". I did the original in black and white of course. B&W is so much easier for me - to draw something and then be out - no deliberating over what colors to use, because sometimes adding color can be tortuous for me, but this one seemed to flow.


As soon as I add the first color or two to a new piece, I know if it's going to work out, or not. lol Luckily, this one worked from the beginning. Wish they could all flow like that.  *pipe dream*


PS: It's very true what research says about coloring being VERY relaxing and soothing. It definitely make stress just melt away. More astrology signs coming up. Stay tuned for yours...

Thoughtful Thursday / Random / Que Preciosa!



Couldn't resist sharing this precious Venezuelan, baby girl, because she's just too flipping cute. Though she's mega adorable, she's talking [to the President] about the very serious and dire circumstances in Venezuela and this is what she's saying: 'President Maduro, I am tired of this situation. I don't have water, I don't have food, I don't have medicine, and most of all, I don't have any shampoo!!'

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Colorful . Happy . Tracyville . Monday!




These 3 colorful graphics are from my most recent stint at coming up with a blog header that resonated with me (the last one was short-lived). While I enjoy their playfulness, colors and typestyle, and almost used one of them, I craved something else. When I finished the lady at the top of the page, she won the competition. Happy Monday, sunny people!