Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Gifts Given, Gifts Returned"

New Art!  
"Gifts Given, Gifts Returned"

Available as prints on our website!
And at our Zazzle Shop as Christmas/Yule cards!  (PSSST!!! Zazzle is currently having a 50% off sale on cards!) 

End of Year Notices and Good Wishes!

**Merry Christmas Season, Folks!  **

We are busy-busy-busy processing all existing orders placed that backlogged and they WILL arrive pre-Xmas!  However any orders placed from here on out (12/1--->) may not arrive until *AFTER* Xmas or into January, as once we get all these orders out, we are taking our year-end break to enjoy Xmas with friends and family!  If you still have last-minute gift shopping you want to do with us, emailed GIFT CERTIFICATES to your recipient are ALWAYS available and we will email them right up to Xmas Eve! Available here: http://carolochs.com/gifts-simplysoap.php and they are good toward ANYTHING on our website: Old World Handmade Soaps, Fantasy Art, Fiber Arts!  

You can also visit our Zazzle Store for holiday greeting cards, ornaments and more (orders fulfilled by Zazzle right up to Xmas!)!

Finished fiber goods ready-to-ship!

Wishing you all a very blessed & safe season!  And thank you VERY MUCH for allowing me to serve you, do what I love best!  

Sincerely, 
~Carol

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Art Feature

I am kindly art-featured this month in an article at Susun Weed's Wise Woman Mentor website's Goddess Art Gallery.  Many thanks Susan Weed and Allie Notarile for the invite!
~Carol

Saturday, November 22, 2014

End of Year Deadlines..... :)



*Gentle Reminder*: We are crazy-busy filling orders, and doing so as fast as our fairy-fingers can fly! Busier holiday season than EVER! Thanks for your patience when ordering! AND..........our cut-off date this year for guaranteed-by-Xmas deliveries is *Dec. 1rst* order placement. If your order has not been placed by *Dec. 1rst*, it may not arrive until sometime in Jan. We are taking the last two weeks of Dec. off for our year-end break (aka "collapse") and be with out-of-town family. ***Honestly...even if you email and beg me to please get "just this one more order out"--trust me, usually 50 people are doing that very same thing and I can't humanly get all those "just one mores" out beyond the cutoff. Not being A Grinch, I just can only do so much.*** An alternative is that you can always order our gift certificates which CAN be emailed to your recipient within 24 hours and that way they can STILL have the gift of handmade soap, art, or fiber crafts....but pick it out themself to arrive later! Thanks so much for your consideration! 

~Carol MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Soap Giveaway! Witchy Fare!

Our next SOAP GIVEAWAY! And this one is witchy fare! A $30 value, it contains four of our very popular Wylde Wytch Soaps - Blessing Seed Bar; Midnight Margarita Bar; Mossy, Musky, Dark & Dusky; & Samhain Spirit! Just in time for all of your October rituals and festivities!

As usual, to enter your name into the drawing & be eligible for this giveaway, which will take place next Monday, Sept. 29th -- 

Go to our public Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Imaginative-Arts-of-Carol-Ochs-Handmade-Soap-and-Fantasy-Art/170821082934424

#1) - "Like" this FB fanpage and this post, as well as
#2) - "Share" this post on your own timeline
(We DO check!)

Easy-peasy pumpkin squeezy! We'll announce the winner there, as well as I'll message you to retrieve your shipping address if you win! If you need more description of the soaps, visit our site at:www.simplysoap.com/wyldewytchsoaps.php

Good luck! ~Carol

Photo: As promised!  Our next SOAP GIVEAWAY!  And this one is witchy fare!  A $30 value, it contains four of our very popular Wylde Wytch Soaps - Blessing Seed Bar; Midnight Margarita Bar; Mossy, Musky, Dark & Dusky; & Samhain Spirit!  Just in time for all of your October rituals and festivities!

As usual, to enter your name into the drawing & be eligible for this giveaway, which will take place next Monday, Sept. 29th -- 

#1) - "Like" this FB fanpage and this post, as well as 
#2) - "Share" this post on your own timeline
(We DO check!)

Easy-peasy pumpkin squeezy! We'll announce the winner here, as well as I'll message you to retrieve your shipping address if you win! If you need more description of the soaps, visit our site at: www.simplysoap.com/wyldewytchsoaps.php 

Good luck! ~Carol

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Comic-Con Thursday!

Comic-Con International. What can I say except *INTENSE*!!! You arrive thinking - "Ahh....I'm among My People, last of the Sci-Fi Geekhicans....ALL 130,000++++ of them...haha. And leave thinking, "Get me outta here! Sensory OVERLOAD!" It is nothing short of i.n.t.e.n.s.e. I got a ticket for one day, today.....but honestly, even if I got a 4-day pass, not sure I could possibly see and do ALL that would be on my to-do list. Soooooo many intriguing panel discussions overlap one another time-wise. Too bad they can't somehow stretch it all into a longer event or ongoing thing spread out, to make it even humanly possible to see and do more, cover it ALL. I could happily just attend panels all day -- probably the more sane venues to be in as far as crowd-control goes there. Or, you could just sit and watch people walk by and be thoroughly entertained for hours. Possessing the event guide is a treasure unto itself, FULL of incredibly valuable contacts, names, websites, and networking resources if you're into that sort of thing. And there's all sorts of unscheduled surprise appearances and events that just add to the general atmosphere of constant excitement.

I attended some panel discussions on writing and art, saw a discussion on one of my favorite shows - "24" - Keifer Sutherland there, telling some pretty comical tales of behind-the-scenes, as well as the whole creative process behind the show. REALLY hope they bring that show back, or do the rumored film! Cruised the Art Show and Artist Alley and much of the Exhibit Hall. Some booths were just too crowded to even get near. Others, I lucked out on, caught them at a less-crowded moment -- got to try a Cintiq and get a one-on-one tutorial with a rep, which I've been wanting to do. There's just SO, SO MUCH I saw, hard to even describe it all. You simply have to go to fully taste the Comic Con experience....or check out the many links/photo galleries on it. And even then you will still not have seen or absorbed it all.

Lucky for me, I live in San Diego and husband David dropped me off and picked me up so transportation was a cinch. He actually wants to go with me next year! Whoo-hoo! That'll be fun! Oooooohhhhh....maybe we should go as a costumed couple!?!?!?! WHO should we be? Better start planning! lol! Costumes there, some of them were just incredible!!! The detail and effort that went into some was screen-worthy! (But my GOD, must have been boiling hot!!! We're having heat-advisory-warning high temps and humidity.) If we go the costume-route, it will have to be COOL!

Anyway.....I returned to my homebase of calm & quiet, my brain fully-stocked with inspiration, ideas, perspective, appreciation, and creative juices flowing. Being submerged in the intoxicating stew that Comic Con is, ...always a worthy adventure!!! Even for a claustaphobe like me!!! #comiccon

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's July ....and I'm feeling bohemian!

Hi Folks!  Been busy evenings with my latest craft fascination....fiber spinning!  Mostly with a boho style, wraps of all kinds!  You can find my finished works at my Etsy Store.
Boho Fairy Hippie Gypsy Hand Spun, Hand Knit Enchanting Shawl or Scarf in Cream, Peach & Papaya with Needle Felted Roses, Sari Silk Ribbons Mermaid Waters Shawl - Handspun, Hand Knit Loose-Net-Stitch Lacy Boho Shawl Shades of Blue & Turquoise, with Shell Adornments Forest Fairy Handspun Handknit Boho Shawl, Needle-Felted & Silk Flowers, Sari Silk, Greens, Includes Wooden Shawl Stick Fairy Garden Hand Spun Hand Knit Boho Shawl or Scarf in Purple, Lavender, Green with Ribbons and Silk Flowers Witch Lace Shawl - Black Alpaca Handspun Handknit Triangular Shawl with Sari Silk Fringe and Mercury Black Beads

In soap news....we've added some new summery scents to our Treasure Chest Limited Edition Soaps!  Papaya Poppyseed, Magnolia Blossom, Crema de Coca....come check 'em out!  And don't forget peppermint soaps to help keep ya cool all hot summer long!  

Papaya Poppyseed Soap Simply Soap Carol OchsSweet Magnolia Simply Soap Carol Ochs Crema de Coco coconut milk soap Simply soap Carol Ochs

Check-out too, our wyldly popular new Wylde Mermaid Soaps! Wrapped in labels with mermaid art by the soapmaker!
Wylde Mermaid Soap Collection Simply Soap Carol Ochs
Enjoy your July 4th!  Stay independent, and stay SAFE! ;)
~Carol
Handmade Old World Artisan Soaps   -   Fantasy Art & Illustration   -   Fiber Arts


Friday, February 28, 2014

Behind schedule.....

As some of you already know, we had a death in our family this week - my beloved father-in-law, wonderful man!  And my daughter just returned from Australia from the soccer season she spent there.  Busy week with much still happening!  I'm scurrying to catch-up on customer orders and deeply appreciate your patience in that regard!  Thank you!!!  ~Carol

www.carolochs.com

Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's 2014! And I woke up ALIVE! LOL!

Happy New Year, Good People!  

I have an innately very good feel about 2014!  Even though I tend not to be a RESsolution kinda gal..... prefer a more REVolution approach, I've got lots of new ideas & plans for the new year!  I'm back in the workshop catching up on a backlog of orders that accummulated over our winter break and it feels good to be back in the routine!  Having a bit of time off can do for you....recharge creative batteries and enthusiasm!  Hope you all got some of that, too!  

My mantra starting this new year is "You are what you think!"....so I'm being more careful what I feed my brain or allow myself to get caught up in that absorbs my time.  It is a choice!  One thing I've realized solidly is that with advancing technology, we are bombarded daily with so many avenues & invitations to accept info....and with it, info.-overload, ways to spend time, and with it, over-committment.  One of those cases of: sometimes less is more.  It's easy to chase these rabbits down too many holes and end up with productive creative time gone, or badly impaired.  I've got too many things I want to do to spend time not carefully managed to the best of it's usefulness, tend to have ambition-overload.  If any of you can relate, shout "YUP!"    

Life has become so busy, I'm exploring different ways to organize and manage my time to get better focused and accomplish more each day.  Thinking of trying "assigned days" to do specific things, so for instance, I'll always think of Monday, Wednesday & Friday to do specific things, and Tuesday and Thursday, Sat. & Sun. to do others......and NOT neglect having down time to do whatever I want.  We all need Play Days!  I tend to not do that and have come to fully appreciate that this hurts rather than helps anything. So anyway, if any of you have cracked codes in accomplishing more balance successfully, I'm all ears.   Email me at faescribbles(at) aol.com   :)

As always....I'm deeply appreciative of all my loyal customers & followers who allow me to do what I love.  You inspire me with your own creative lives and points of view!  If you have suggestions for things you'd like to see me offer, I'm always open to suggestions!  Always!  And thanks!  

2014--Make it incredible! 
~Carol

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NEW! Mermaid Christmas Card!

Looking for Christmas cards with a bit of a fantasy twist and no snow for a change?
Check out our lovely mermaid, enchanted by the Christmas star, reflecting on stars in her own world....
"Starlight"!
And tonight only, Zazzle is having a Cyber Tuesday sale of 50% off all cards!  Use code word "cybertuesday" in the discount box in the shopping cart!  Click the card below to go shopping!

"Starlight" - Mermaid Christmas Card
"Starlight" - Mermaid Christmas Card by carolochs

Other popular selections for the holiday season:

Woodland Wonder Spied Card
Woodland Wonder Spied Card by carolochs