Soak, on the Shopping Channel! Watch it now.

We’ve been busy, and a bit out of touch with the blog. Thankfully it has been all in the name of good things and lots of work! We’ll be more on top of this moving forward.

Yesterday, as you may already know, we had our debut on the Shopping Channel! It was a very exciting day, full of new friends, new activities and selling Soak!

Jacqueline was the guest on-air, and Chris watched the numbers and helped from the sidelines. When experiencing such new and exciting adventures, it helps not to be alone!

We are very pleased to share with you the link to the great gift set we made, exclusively for them (you have to click to see it), as well as some awesome photos of the television that Chris took in the green room (the nice place where guests wait when they aren’t on air) and Jacqueline’s Dad took from home (the nice place where parents watch proudly as their children sell stuff on TV). We love the grainy look of the shots, combined with the TV buying information. All scents are available online, so get them now! Thanks for watching. We’ll let you know our next air date as soon as we have it.

Oh, and did we mention, you can even watch the video of our on-air episode too! (you have to click on the video link above the image on the Shopping Channel page selling Soak…)

Check it out! Thanks again for choosing Soak. We wouldn’t be where we are today, without you.

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It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 31. Romni Wools

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course! 


Sometimes you just need to take your favourite shopping bag and visit your LYS for some yarn therapy. With the cooler weather moving in fast, perhaps it is time to pick up some fall/winter weight yarn.

We don’t have a soakworthy bag this week, instead if you are located anywhere near Goodwood, Ontario, then we encourage you to grab your favourite shopping bag and visit Marilyn’s new store Romni Goodwood. Marilyn is the owner of Romni Wools and will be holding her grand opening event next Sunday for her newest store.

A restored confederation building that was built in 1867 will be the home of this brand new yarn store. They are also big fans of Soak so don’t forgot to pick up a bottle or perhaps a Carrie or Phil basin while you are there.

We always love seeing what our customers are working on. Send us a photo of your Soakworthy project (and reference this post) and tell us why it is so special to you and we’ll send you some mini-soaks to help you care for your most cherished FOs.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 30. The Gift Philosophy.

Author: Ngoc 

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course! 


This week’s bag is less of a bag and more of a box. A gift box from The Gift Philosophy to be exact. The Gift Philosophy is a brand new store that specializes in putting together thoughtful gift sets for all types of occasions. Farah, the owner, has hand picked fun, unique, and eco-friendly luxery items to include in each gift set that will surely please the recipient.
The Gift Philosophy is particularly Soak worthy because of the idea behind the gift boxes. Each gift is housed in an eco-friendly gift box that not only looks beautiful, but is tough as well. The boxes are designed to endure being regifted and reused several times to cut back on the amount of waste that accompanies gift giving. When you open the box, inside is a printed message that encourages and inspires the gift recipient to take action and make a small difference in our world. Farah hopes that her gift boxes will be reused at least 3 times and will inspire 1 million big and small acts of difference by 2013.

We should all take a page out of the Gift Philosophy’s book and make a conscious effort to be a little more socially and environmentally responsible.

Some of my favourite gift sets include:

Love Soaked in Natural for baby showers

Fresh Start In Celebration

SIMPLE PLEASURES in SWEET LOVE


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 29. Huile d’Olive

Author: Ngoc 

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course! 


Today’s bag is compliments of Paul and Marianne, a newlywed couple who spent their romantic honeymoon in France. On their first day exploring Aix-en-Provence, they came across a wonderful open air market.

 Surrounded by home-made tapenade, artisan breads, fresh spices and beautiful flowers, they were reminded of Chris (from the Soak office) and decided to pick up this wonderful bag for her.
I’m not exactly sure why they were thinking of Chris on their honeymoon, perhaps it is her love of farmer’s markets and her adamancy that most fruits and vegetables should only be bought while in season. Or maybe there is just something about olive oil that brings them fond memories of Chris. Either way, she scored a great new bag for her trips to the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.
 
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Provence, be sure to visit the wonderful markets and enjoy a baguette and some black olive tapenade for us. We’ve been told that you won’t be disappointed.

 


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 29. This bag is Magic

Author: Jacqueline 

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Last week Soak exhibited at Magic in Las Vegas. We had a great show, welcoming several new Soak accounts such as Lucy B Lingerie, and Apricot Lane as well as seeing old friends like My Philosophy, and Anne van Hauwaert, While seeing friends was the highlight of the show, there were some pretty spectacular bags walking around.

The most coveted one featured Hello Kitty and Elmo, crazy I know. Jane from Itty Bitty Bra scored one of those. 

  

There were several other shows going on during Magic, such as Workroom, which happened to boast my favourite bag of the week. Sorry Karyn I couldn’t snag you one, I tried. They were for buyers only. 

 

The Kersh bag was the most functional, soft cotton, pretty and stylish- definitely a bag that might have use in real life. 

 

The Playboy bag was the shiniest bag, no surprise, but I can’t quite figure out where I’d use it post-show. 

 

I brought home a few other bags to add to our office stash. We use them for post office runs, store visits and taking work home on the weekends. I wonder of I’d get to cut the line at the post office with a playboy bag? I’ll keep you posted.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 28. Recycled juice box tote

Guest Submission: Nicole from a Darn good Yarn

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Nicole Snow, owner of A Darn Good Yarn, fell in love with recycled sari silk yarns and ribbons (which wash fabulously with Soak) when she started knitting. This lead to the creation of A Darn Good Yarn, a fabulous yarn shop that offers cool, unique and exotic yarns, accessories and kits.

We found some fun eco-friendly bags on their site and invited Nicole to tell us about them.  

“Who are we kidding? Knitters, crocheters, crafters we all have the best intentions to downsize our “project bags”.  But really, after the pattern, sets of needles (because you have to check the gauge), yarn, cell phone, wallet and the list goes on.  

Yup, it all goes into that oversized tote bag. It’s ok. It’s who we are by nature. We laugh to ourselves when we have to sit in a waiting room. Alas, I can finish a couple of rows while others are forced to read Highlights! 

If your small tote isn’t cutting it anymore, then perhaps it’s time to upgrade and up-cycle to a Recycled Juice Tote Bag from Darn Good Yarn. These wonderful bags are made in women’s co-ops in the Philippines. Metallic, flexible juice boxes are saved from the landfill with this wonderful tote. These containers are non-biodegradable, clutter landfills, fields and the streets of the Philippines. These bags help cut the clutter and help make you even more fashionable!

  

A substantial tote that holds plenty because it measures 12″ x 15″ x 8″ and has a divider on the interior. The construction is great and I’ve field tested mine (i.e. knocked the daylights out of it!) and it’s held up great. And really now… admit it, sometimes you like having that one accessory that makes you stick out a little bit. 

So, when I saw these fantastic tote bags made out of landfill-bound juice boxes I knew there were Darn Good Yarn-ers out there who would fall in love with them like I did.”

 


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 27. Summer Fling.

Author: Jacqueline

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


It’s an innocent fling. I’m not having an affair. I am loyal and trustworthy. It’s just a bag. I just needed a break. A break from the love and devotion towards the two giant quilts I’m currently working on. One is cut out and part way through assembly, the other, a sexy pile of fabric, staring longingly for attention, much like my cats at dinner time.

As you know from last week, I decided to work on a Frenchy bag, by Amy Butler. I’m working towards a specific (top secret) project so for now, it’s practice bags, for myself. I’ve diverged a bit from the pattern, made some discoveries and decisions in new directions, but generally am going with the original design.

First off, more pockets. My current purse is an endless pit. I rarely catch my phone before the last ring and I always have open pens floating in the bottom. Needless to say, open pens and fine Echino fabrics are not an ideal match.

I attached the newly created pockets on the ‘pocket panels’. Once in place, these pockets are really centre dividers, rather than ‘pockets’ as they are full width. While the pockets turned out to be the perfect size, their location left something to be desired. The bag is rather floppy, the pockets have no structure. The phone and pens are still hard to find. Next time, the secondary pockets will attach directly to the side panels for structure and stability. Lucky for me, I’m making more bags. Yes, I am aware the pattern calls for a variety of great interfacings. I used decor weight fabric and consciously made a soft and floppy summer bag.

I used several different prints for the interior pockets. If you’ve seen my quilt backs, you’ll know that I don’t believe in one side being more important than the other, so my lining has as much energy as the exterior. 

I also extended the shoulder strap length. It is really important to dry run shoulder straps before making any bag.  I am tall, so I typically need a few extra inches. It is also important to take seasonality into consideration.  In the summer, I wear lighter, more form fitting clothes; the straps have more room to move. In the winter, over a sweater and coat, I need longer straps.

I finished my first bag the Saturday after I bought my fabrics and I have to say, I am in love. I’ve been using it all week. It’s lighter in colour than I usually make for bags (who tend to live on the floor). All the fabrics were prewashed with Soak, so the bag is safe for machine washing when it starts to show signs of love, dirt and probably pen stains. I’m going to keep working on a couple of more bags, experimenting with interfacings, surface detailing and adding some piecework to the patterns. 

I’m sure my affair with Frenchy will be short lived. I’ll come back to her in the fall for some wintery bags. For now, it’s just summer fun. Fear not little quilts, I’ve got a full week’s holiday booked in August for quilting at the cottage and before you know it the days will be short and full of quilting again.