March 23, 2011

Featured: The Dapper Owl (+ Sale Coupon!)

This week's feature is of vegan friendly soap-maker, Alex, from The Dapper Owl! I received some of her soaps from a trade and they smell soooo good (not to mention they work very well and make my hands feel sooooo smooth :) I love the colors and shapes she comes up with, and wouldn't hesitate to display them in the guest bathroom or give them as gifts.

Set of 4 Dinosaur Soaps

Name: Alexandra
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Website: DapperOwl.blogspot.com
Shop: TheDapperOwl.etsy.com
Blog: fyeahcrafting.tumblr.com [crafting] OR iseegodinbirds.tumblr.com [personal]


My stash! I got a lot of goodies from her. They all look so professional and come shrink-wrapped. She even sent me a few extras.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m a twenty year old full time college student who's a part time crafter. I started making soap and other bath products about a year ago for friends and family, and they encouraged me to open up my etsy shop. I've loved making things since I was little, and it was just a natural progression into every day life for me.


Set of Six Babushka Dolls

How would you describe your work/shop? Who would stop by?
It’s fun and I try to keep great products stocked that I think everyone would enjoy. A lot of it is whimsical stuff that I happen upon and say, “Hey, that would make a really cute soap!” That’s how I got the idea for my babushka dolls and robot soaps. I think that there’s a variety of people that would stop by. I felt like a lot of other shops catered to just people who were shopping for themselves. A lot of my bath products can be given as gifts too. My shaving soap is a great gift for a guy who has sensitive skin and the surprise soaps are a great way to motivate kids to wash their hands more.

Oatmeal Milk and Honey Heart Tarts

What keeps you motivated?
Right now, I’m trying to get a place at my local farmer’s market. All of the proceeds from my shop are going towards buying a tent right now. I’ve been saving up for a while, but I’m really close to being able to get one! I’m so excited to bring The Dapper Owl products to the people of the Las Vegas area. I'm also happy that I get to introduce people to what I like to call 'eco happy' products. I despise animal testing and nasty chemicals, so I'm happy to be able to bring positive products to people all over the world.

Autumn Leaves

What is your most cherished handmade possession?
Every year my boyfriend and I have made handmade Valentine’s Day cards for each other. I work at a card store part time, and I really hate seeing the over the counter ones. I know it sounds cheesy, but those cards are definitely my favorite.

Set of Six Robot Soaps

Do you have any advice for those who are new to handmade/crafting?
DON’T GIVE UP!! It took a long time for business to start picking up in my shop. You just have to keep your head up and know that your products are awesome- they just haven’t been discovered yet!

Olde Fashioned Shaving Soap

Tell us who one of your favorite sellers is on Etsy.
Shameless promotion time! I LOVE your shop. Love it. The necklace that I received from you is darling. (Aww thanks - from Petite Hermine :) I don’t think there’s been a day that I haven’t worn it in the past week. I also love Orglamix’s shop. She has a lot of natural make ups that are perfect for my skin.

Surprise Soaps

Is there anything I haven't asked that you'd like to share?
I have a huge sale going on in my shop right now. I'm doing a lot of Spring Cleaning so that I can bring new products in. There's soaps for as low as $2.20. All of the shipping in my shop is set to $5.20 because that's the smallest flat rate box they make. It's the best way to protect the soaps during shipping, but if there's ever a time that I can use a bubble mailer, I'll refund the difference in shipping via paypal.

I also have some soaps up to help out the people and animals affected by the tsunami in Japan. 80% of the proceeds are going towards their choice of organizations. (The two soaps below)

Help Japan- Rising Sun Soap

Help Japan- Sakura Blossom Soap

More soaps, don't forget to check out her shop too!
Lovely Lavender Bar Cut Soap

Vegan Friendly Bath Salts


COUPON CODE:
Use the code 'HITHERE' for 10% off in my shop. That is good on sale items too!


Thanks Alex for your generosity towards those who need help in Japan and for sharing your soaps with us!



35 comments:

galla15 said...

WOW! Amazing looking soaps! Great feature Petite!

Jill Q said...

The Babushka Dolls are so sweet and adorable I can hardly stand it!

Inessa said...

That is a well-done post!

hoganshandiwork said...

So cool!

asdesigns said...

great post...and soaps! i love the little babushka dolls and robots.

BHG and Aulani Photo said...

This is a wonderful feature and I love handmade cards better too or at least adding a special note paper :)

KrystalsJewelry said...

awesome feature!! ill be sure to check it out!

Marcy said...

Those look really great!

:) Marcy @ Life's Gristle

MyHandmadeCrafts said...

excellent feature! her soaps look great! :)))

Alexandra says... said...

Thank you so very, very much for featuring my products! You've been so wonderful. I can't say thank you enough for this!

Lissie said...

Great feature!
That was great and amazing soaps Alexandra!

new creationz said...

What an amazing selection of soaps!

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

Good to "meet" her!

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Great feature on a very talented artist...love all the different soaps.

Crystal Zacharias said...

interesting soaps!

Terra Verde said...

Wonderful feature! Thanks for sharing!

Audrey said...

I LOVE handmade soap! Will check out the shop :)

charmeddesign1012 said...

Great feature, I love handmade soap!

bountyofbeads said...

Very cool shop and items. Great feature.

Lbtoyos said...

Great shop!!! Thanks for show us this seller.

" me " said...

those soaps are fun !

bagsofblessing said...

What a great interview and great soaps as well!

Elemenopie Designs said...

Great feature! Cute soaps!!!

Jana @ Treehouse Herbs said...

that's a great post - i'll have to check out those soaps... promotion works well, it seems ;)

rachelkerr said...

Oh i love those dinosaur soaps!!

magdamagda said...

such cute soaps! those dinosaurs are so lovely to look at, I couldn't bring myself to use them - that would make me quilty of their disappearance!:))

Elizabeth said...

wow, thanks for introducing us to a great seller! and such a wonderful interview.

Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan said...

I love how soaps can be made in so many colors and shapes! Great interview!

Kristi Michelle said...

such a lovely feature, I just adore fancy soaps! great seller :o)

Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) said...

Hi!! I know your blog today, its very creative. I like so much....
I go on around here a litle bit more ;D
Kisses from Madrid

melburger29 said...

These soaps are amazing! Thanks for featuring her. I loved the little robot ones.

I'm following you from Thrifty Thursday.

I hope you'll check out my blog.

Doni said...

How cool! I love all the different shapes! Sure wish we had smell-o-blog!!!
The lavendar soaps must smell amazing....
thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!!
Blessings, Doni

shah wharton said...

Hi - thanks so much for your continued support at weekend creation blog hop. I'd like to invite you to be featured for your trouble. It will be 7th April if you accept. email me at shahwharton@gmail.com for the questionare. P.s - LOVING those soaps - so colourful.

Shah .X

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Cute soaps!!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!! Love that she's still in college and working so hard on her products! :)

AllieMakes! said...

Oh my word! Those Robot soaps are very awesome! Thank you for sharing this crafter with us!
Thank You for linking this up to Making It With Allie last week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com