smileSWEETIE

things that will make you smile sweetie.

Boston, Massachusetts · 97 Sales

smileSWEETIE

things that will make you smile sweetie.

Boston, Massachusetts 97 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Daphne Confar

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Anne Trapp St. Pierre

Anne Trapp St. Pierre on Jan 2, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Daphne's work is wonderful!

wimharting

wimharting on Jan 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Shipping was prompt and perfect. And the beautiful faces that greet me each month teach me something new each day I look. Even the chickens.

Anne Trapp St. Pierre

Anne Trapp St. Pierre on Dec 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Amazing artist, great prices. The lip balm is just right. Thank you for a 100% perfect experience. :-)

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Painting and Bees and how "Lip Balm Sweetie" came to be.

I've been a painter for many years now. I enjoy painting just regular folks. I'm lucky, I've had gallery representation from the time I was an emerging artist (20 years ago) and a fair amount of good press and all that.
My painting process is old school. I love looking at portraiture from the early renaissance (especially northern European) to contemporary. I work with oils on panel, the same way that it has been done for 500 years. I've also dabbled in Encaustic, which is painting with pigment mixed with beeswax (and resin). One thing that is very lovely about working in encaustic is the smell of the beeswax as you work.
Everyday as I paint I think about all kinds of things, such as bees. I think of bees a lot, so much so that a few years ago I decided to become a beekeeper. It was a very good decision. I love the calm that comes over me when I work with the bees. I love the smell of the wax and honey and the fact that what I am doing has been done for thousands of years and it's still pretty much the same process.
The honey is lovely to have, and I give it as gifts to my family and friends, but it's really the wax that I was looking forward to. I had planned to paint with it, but then when I had this wax that was pure and lovely (I do not medicate my bees or treat with pesticides) I thought , "I need to make a balm with this."
For the past few years, I had been suffering with excema., mostly on my hands. The dermatologist had given me a steroid cream that made my hands feel even worse. That is when I started looking into natural remedies. I started drinking a little Apple Cider Vinegar (organic unfiltered) in my water everyday, and also bought some expensive but very wonderful all natural olive oil/beeswax body balm. My skin soaked it up, and I've never looked back. I wondered what I had been thinking applying who knows what kinds of petroleum products and dyes and other things on my skin?
After harvesting my honey, and with my wax in hand, I thought "Hey, I can make my own all natural products"!
At first I made them just for me and my family. They were fun to give as gifts for birthdays and Holidays. Then I thought "I'm going to make fun labels for these using my paintings!"
Like I mentioned before, my paintings are of normal everyday people. I particularly like to paint old people. I like how they are who they are. Sometimes they are grouchy and sometimes they are sweet. I imagined an image of an old lady on the label and heard an old lady voice in my head say "lip balm sweetie". I knew immediately that was the name of my lip balm. (Thank you old lady voice in my head. I love the name!)
By the way, my excema is gone. When I occasionally have a little flare up I just put a dab of my balm on the dry patch before it gets out of control.
I will begin to sell a body balm soon. It will be named "Put a Little Balm On It Sweetie".
I hope you all enjoy my product as much as I do.
Peace and love to you all

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