My shop name is Runaway Isle
The website is www.etsy.com/shop/runawayisle
My twitter handle is @RunawayIsle
Facebook link is www.facebook.com/pages/
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Describe yourself in 3 sentences.
I am probably the busiest person I know. I'm a single mother to two wonderful boys, hold down a full time career and am attempting to raise enough money with my soap crafting to send both boys to college. I love making cruelty free and vegan bath products because I am an animal lover and advocate.
How did you name your business?
Runaway Isle is an anagram for my name, Laura Swiney. It was perfect, because I love the beach and the ocean, and a nautical theme fit so well!
How long have you been doing your art/craft for?
I started soap crafting because I always loved receiving gifts that people made rather than bought. I started making soap gifts for my coworkers for the holidays and their birthdays, and found that I had a real talent for it.
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What inspires and influences your work?
My boys definitely influence my creative process. When I make a new item, I look to see if they will like using it. They can both be brutally honest!! If I find them grabbing a lot of an item in my stock, I know it will be liked and possibly sell well. I'm definitely inspired by the summer, the shore and food. I adore coming up with items that smell good enough to either eat or slather all over your body.
Where can you artwork/pieces be found?
Right now, I'm strictly an Etsy crafter. I'm looking to venture out into the Craft Fair market, and I've been asked to start a catalog so maybe mail order soon!
What do you do when your not creating?
I work work work!! With two kids, two cats, a dog and a house to manage, I have very little downtime. I used to be a hardcore gamer to help unwind after a long day, but I found that it added to my stress. Soap crafting and making bath items really helps me calm down and focus any negative energy into something positive. When I can sneak a few minutes, I like to medi-vegi-tate, simultaneously meditating while vegging out in front of the television!
What is your favorite piece(s) that you have created?
I really love my acne clearing sets.
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Why did you create this piece(s)?
I suffered from very bad acne as a teenager, which carried on a bit milder into my adulthood. I made the set for my son, and saw how well it cleared up his skin. I started using it myself and abracadabra, the hormonal cysts I suffered with became non-existent!!
What do you feel is special about your art/craft?
I make each item with the intent that it will be absolutely LOVED by whomever uses it. I try out every product I make to ensure its quality and safety.
Are there other forms of art and crafts you would like to learn? And why?
I would love to learn how to sew and make clothes. I'm definitely a "girly-girl", so now that I feel confident in my body products, I'd love to express my creativity to include what I cover my body with!