Millie is a creature I drew randomly one day while drawing monsters on the sidewalk with Anaïs (an awesome 6 year old I hang out with a lot). I instantly fell in love with its shape, the quickness with which it came together and how easy it is to change its facial expressions. Drawing Millie brings me comfort and a sense of home. I am using it as Rambling Creation’s mascot because in a way it represents me and my creative side. I have always doodled unique creatures when I needed comfort, peace of mind or to reset my creative juices.
So why the name Millie?
Millie is a nickname that a friend gave me a few years ago. In text messages and emails to me and friends, she would abbreviate my name to Ml. Then, over time it became Millie. Once I talked about my idea to use this creature as a logo for my hand-crafted creations, another dear friend suggested I call her Millie. I thought it was a great idea, since with this business I am sharing part of who I am and what I care about.
Are there more creatures besides Millie?
Yes, I have drawn other creatures using different shapes. Right now, I am focusing on using four of them to represent different entities of Rambling Creations. Each one of them represents one of the seasons. So for this season, Fall is the creature that you will see on my soap labels:
What should be the name of my Fall creature? – Share your suggestions! Help me give it a name and if I pick yours, you will win a $5 gift certificate to use towards any Rambling Creations skincare products! (make sure to include your email address in the comments so I can contact you)
I thought it was time for me to share where I buy my oils, essential oils, and other soap supplies.
I buy all of my oils from this website for several reasons:
They sell both small and large quantities of oils which is great for me since I use some oils a lot and others once in a while (I recently bought 50 lbs of coconut oil and 35 lbs of olive oil).
They sell Palm Oil that was harvested in a sustainable manner
They mention which oils are food grade and cosmetic grade
They sell a wide variety of oils
They ship fast
They sell oils that are organic
I get all of my essential oils from dōTERRA since their quality is superior to other oils on the market. I recently bought some Lemongrass essential oil from them and compared it to a Lemongrass essential oil I had bought at a store. The one from the store smelled synthetic and overpowering, while the one from dōTERRA smelled fresh and subtle. If you want to learn more about dōTERRA, go here.
I buy lye from The Lye Guy. I have always bought from him. I like that I get 1 free bottle if I buy 6 bottles of lye. That amount usually lasts me for about 1 year. Shipping is fast too.
I recently bought my soap mold from Bramble Berry. I like it except that it is sometimes hard to take the soap out. However, it is easy to clean and I love that my bars are all the same size.
I use herbs or food powders to scent and color my soaps but also to add skin nutrients (by steeping herbs in olive oil for several weeks). I find those either in my yard, at the Health Food Store or online at Mountain Rose Herbs .
Whenever I travel, I like to take my own soap (whether it is a day trip or longer) that way I stay away from harsh drying chemicals. This time, I decided to make a pouch for my soap. The best part is that I made it in less than 30 minutes. Here are the materials I gathered:
The little orange creature you see is one I designed. She is the icon for my soap business. I will share more about her in the coming weeks.
I cut the fabric and the rag to these dimensions: 12″ by 6″. At the last minute, I wanted to add a loop to hang the pouch, so I cut a small piece from a pair of jeans. I am using a safety pin to close the pouch in lieu of velcro because I couldn’t find any at home.