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Absinthe, now curing!

Will be made available shortly, after it is fully cured! Thanks! To hear sound, simply click the sound on in the video!
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Now selling on eBay and Etsy!

I finally broke down and decided to go ahead and start listing my Art Dolls on eBay, and if they do not sell, they will be placed in my Etsy shop along with my Artisan Soaps.  So, all new Art Dolls will first be listed as 5 Day Auctions.  I cannot guarantee when I will start auctions until I get a little more settled in with eBay, but Mermaid Syreni will be my first listing.  You can find me on ebay @ virgosalchemy I will also place links here to live listings.  I will be re-listing my Mermaid in a Bottle after the turmoil with the hurricanes are over with, and will post the link here at that time. Thank you for your support! Unusually Yours,  
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Virgo's Alchemy Etsy Now Open!

Hello!  I'd like to invite you to my Etsy Shop, it's now open!  I'm slowly getting things listed... first up are a few soaps, and my latest Mermaid Art Doll.

  Please stop by, "Favorite" me if you like what you see and want to keep seeing all the cool stuff I have in store for you in the coming days, weeks, months, and YEARS ahead!

Thanks so much for you support!! 

Click HERE to visit me on Etsy!

 

Handmade Soaps and One of a Kind Art Available!

 
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Introducing: Snow Pixie - An Artisan Cupcake Soap Original by Virgo's Alchemy

We are back in business folks!  We have been slowly transitioning into our new home in the Rockies, and it has been a bit of a challenge getting used to the "less than average" internet services, colder and drier weather, altitude...etc.. but we are gradually getting used to the changes and are extremely happy with our new location!

That being said, we have officially started back up with making our artisan soaps, and of course I had to start off with making our WINGED cupcake soaps! It's been awhile since I've been able to make these, and I'm very excited to offer this first batch to a very talented group of artists who are going to absolutely fall head over heels in love with these little babies!

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Getting used to a whole new world...

Well, for the most part, we have made our transition into our new home.  I must admit, it is very heartwarming to wake up and see such a beautiful fairy-tale setting right in front of my kitchen window!  We have 12 resident mule deer, of which we have given names to about 9 of the regulars... there is Gilgamesh, a large buck who we have grown to love dearly; Bruiser, an even larger buck who is the wise old man of the group; Peeps, who got her name from peaking through the windows at me while I'm cooking and even while in the bathroom; Bam Bam, a tiny 1st year buck who is constantly getting put into his place by his older siblings but always comes back for more; Bella, the mother of many of the younger deer who are growing up rather beautifully.

  Bella was the first deer to introduce herself to us before we bought our house - she was here to let us know we were welcome to the neighborhood.  Then there is also Spike, Bambi, Snot Face, and Pisser...yes, Pisser - constantly peeing to mark territory around our tree line...

Gilgamesh and Bruiser chillin in the front yard

Getting my temporary studio setup while we construct our more permanent solution has been interesting.  I'm currently working from our loft area, which is actually quite nice.  We have hardwood floors throughout so it cuts down on dirt and debris really well. The fact that we have no cell phone signal at all out here sorta sucks, but, who honestly "needs" a cell phone? We get decent internet service, good enough to do basic things - fine with me!

However, the most challenging part has been getting used to the difference a higher altitude makes on everything - and I mean EVERYTHING.  I often say we are approx 9100 feet in elevation, but I was just informed we are more like 9600 ft.  The biggest change has been the drastic decrease in humidity compared to Florida and the longer curing times and higher temps required for polymer clay.  I haven't even attempted at making a soap batch yet, but I'm sure it will be just as funky to get used to.

Right now I've noticed that my clay is a lot drier, and it takes me much longer to prepare it so I can actually use it.  I'm going to switch from my normal mix of FIMO Pro, Cernit, and Prosculpt and just use FIMO Pro and Cernit.  I've been playing with mix ratios, and even attempted to add some mineral oil to my clays because they seem very dry and crumbly - something I can't STAND.  I like a nice soft clay texture that holds detail well and smooths effortlessly.  When I use my flat bone tool to smooth my clay it tends to tear and that is a big no-no for me.

The clay isn't the only thing that has been drying out either.... my hands are a wreck!  I've been using tons of moisturizers and oils to keep my skin from becoming irritated - I can see now that I must develop a soap that can combat this extreme dry climate - no problem!

What's next on the agenda?

At the moment, I'm working on getting familiar with all my supplies and the higher altitude. I'm currently working on finishing my American McGee inspired Alice. She is coming along again real nice and I'm looking to have her completed within a very short period of time. During our move, she shifted around a bit and I had to do some minor repairs, but nothing serious happened to her, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of time getting her finished up.

It will take me some time to get to know how to function in this higher altitude - I will document everything for my future reference as well as a resource for those who might also be going through a similar transition.  As always, thanks for checking out my blog and Happy Holidays!

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Update: Past, Present and Future!

co1This Summer has flown by, we can't believe how fast it went!  Well, we haven't fallen off the face of the Earth - but we have been very busy getting ourselves settled and ready to face the Winter Holidays - Western style!  I will be picking up my artwork again this Winter... Read more
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Moving out West!

colorado_sunflowersMy family and I have made the decision to go to Colorado instead of Washington state due to a more diverse climate with less rain. If I were a single lady, I'd be moving to Washington because I simply love it there - I love rain and everything is so damp and green... but, I realize that Colorado is just as beautiful and will offer us all the adventure, beauty and the elevation that we know has been calling to us... Read more
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Virgo's Alchemy: Home of the "Winged Soap"

It is important for everyone to find their "niche" and mine certainly made itself well known early in life. Fairies are a HUGE inspiration to me, as is the entire Fantasy and SciFi world. My "Winged" soaps are a Virgo's Alchemy original, and I'm very happy to present them to you, my valued customers, to enjoy!

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Queen of Hearts Soap

Cold Process, high quality ingredients, gorgeous unique design - what more could you ask for in a soap? Queen of Hearts is in limited quantity (although I may just add this one to my permanent line) order now on Etsy! Only a few more available, don't miss out!

For ingredients and other "specs" check out the listing on Etsy!

All my soaps come steamed, planed and/or beveled, looking and smelling their very best!

NOTE: My Soaps are just that - SOAP. Please do not try to eat, drink or conjure magickal creatures with them....ok, well that last one is up to you, but seriously, my Soaps do NOT prevent, treat or otherwise "cure" anything and they certainly are not meant to be eaten - although they look quite delicious! They are meant to smell, appropriately use, show-off in your bathroom or kitchen area, start conversations etc. The ingredients have their known properties, of which most of you already know, so I'm not going to bore you with that! Just know my products come PACKED with awesome ingredients and will leave you wanting more. No Detergents, No Phthalates, No Preservatives, No Glycols, No Parabens!!

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Bay RumYum Soap!

This one is clearly for the "Boyz", Bay RumYum is a perfect gift choice for that guy in your life that you wish smelled better...I mean, smelled good, I mean...ok just forget it! Packed with high quality ingredients, made the old fashioned cold process way, this soap will blow you away with how it looks, smells and feels. Available on Etsy! For more specifics on ingredients etc...just check out the listing and message me with any questions you have!

Have you visited my Youtube Channel yet? Watch me make, cut and swirl my creations to life!

NOTE: My Soaps are just that - SOAP. Please do not try to eat, drink or conjure magickal creatures with them....ok, well that last one is up to you, but seriously, my Soaps do NOT prevent, treat or otherwise "cure" anything and they certainly are not meant to be eaten - although they look quite delicious! They are meant to smell, appropriately use, show-off in your bathroom or kitchen area, start conversations etc. The ingredients have their known properties, of which most of you already know, so I'm not going to bore you with that! Just know my products come PACKED with awesome ingredients and will leave you wanting more. No Detergents, No Phthalates, No Preservatives, No Glycols, No Parabens!!

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