new name, new website

6 09 2011

hey terra friends!  check out– our new website launching will give you all the info on new product lines, upcoming holiday shows & events, and the new soap workshops hosted by salty not sweet.


melt bar and grilled sandwich scented candles!

19 07 2011

i was recently approached by one of my favorite local establishments, melt bar and grilled, about partnering on a custom candle line.  after list upon list of ideas and months of testing, this project is finally unveiled!

[photo: freshly poured soy wax candles]

10 oz scented soy wax candles in melt logo pint glasses are currently available in melt west, and soon at melt east.  burn your low-soot, water-soluable candle wax then follow the wax/wick removal instructions to clean and use your glass once the candle is gone!  current available sandwich scents:

wake and bacon

westside monte cristo

tokyo tuna melt

grilled peanut butter and banana


[photo: finished melt candles]

melt, so happy to be partners on these exclusive candles!

a salty not sweet exclusive!

3 06 2011

i’m sure you already know terra verde’s studio space is in the lovely, new salty not sweet handmade boutique, in ohio city’s market square district.  terraverdeguy recently did a huge buildout, so i can craft all my body & home products right in shop.

salty carries the full terra line, including ready-made recycled bottle candles, but now also offers a take on custom candles:  stop into salty (2074 w 25 st/m-sa, 11a-6p), select a bottle, sniff a scent, leave a $2 deposit, and your candle will be ready for pickup within 2 weeks.

super simple.  super awesome.  pretty bottles.  your fave scents.  all housed in the finest handmade boutique in all the land.


2 09 2010

terra turns one this month!  we’re celebrating with a transition to some new, updated packaging, new double-scented soaps (first release- a cranberry peppermint osu-themed bar, available on etsy and at salty not sweet), and a party at salty on friday, september 17!  come join us at the streetwide walk all over waterloo event friday night- celebrate with some terra goodies & giveaways, refreshments, AND a salty store sale!

team terra will be heading out for it’s first out-of-state show the following saturday morning, so stop by to wish us luck and send out us in style.  by ‘in style,’ i might mean make sure to keep the party hopping so we stay at salty really long and are really, really tired the next morning?

b/c that’s how you know it’s been one darn good fiesta.

adios! (just for a bit)

13 07 2010

team terra is road tripping west for 2 weeks.  i am wrapping up any pending business as i stuff clothes into my beautiful backpack for the trip on saturday, and then i am offline until august.

etsy will go into vacation mode on friday, and to update on the status of the gulf oil spill donation, that will continue into august.  i was wrapping candles in paper today for a local delivery and saw an old photo of an oil-slicked bird’s attempt to fly.  still angry, saddened, disappointed, disgusted, etc.  let’s keep giving support where we can.

salty not sweet will be fully stocked with terra verde before we go, so visit the lovely waterloo road when you run out of cleveland gray soap or kumquat & guava fig soy candles.

wish us a great trip, and i’ve got lots and lots of ideas to start rolling out when we return.  terra’s anniversary is the beginning of september, so look for a salty-hosted 1st anniversary party early this fall!



for the birds.

12 06 2010

and the turtles, and the fish, and the dolphins, and the everything.

british petroleum, this oil spill is enough.  ENOUGH.  i can’t fathom how it was allowed to happen in the first place, nor why it is continuing for so very long.

i also can’t grasp why it took me so long to do this, and for that i apologize, but terra’s etsy shop has now been updated- 25% of all online sales will go to the national wildlife federation for wildlife relief efforts.

if you haven’t tried terra before, now’s probably a pretty good time.  there are also oodles of online etsy shops sporting similar contributions  (search any ‘gulf coast oil spill/bp’ related term on, including a full shop dedicated to fundraising efforts.

terra’s taking hiatus for a 2 week road trip west in mid-july.  let’s check back in and see where we are then.  both oil control and fundraising wise.

thanks for the support,


clean the world, meet terra verde

20 05 2010

clean the world is an organization dedicated to distributing recycled soap products to those around the world in need.  learn more about clean the world here.  terra verde is a new start up with lots of ‘unpretty’ scrap soap from our continuing experimentation days.  as all soap donated to ctw is rebatched and/or sanitized to remove any and all impurities, they can use virtually any soap or shampoo donated: the crazy odds and ends of handmade soaps to the half-used soaps collected from hotels and resorts. 

terra verde is proud to donate 55 lbs of soap to clean the world.  we’re kinda do-gooders, so it makes me happy that this soap can be put to good use.  b/c 55 lbs is a lot of soap.  and we can only take so many showers a day.  we’re also a little bit into conservation…

crossing the river

10 04 2010

hey guys!  terra’s got a big friday coming up!  events on both the east and west side, all in one day- next friday, 4.16.

we were invited to participate in the 2010 green dream showcase, an eco-friendly showcase created and maintained by the beachwood high school marketing education/junior achievement class.

terra verde will be among the local and national vendors displaying their company commitments to sustainability and eco-friendly products.  the event will be held at the beachwood community center, 23235 fairmount blvd, beachwood, from 1p-7p.  come be green with us: bring documents to be shredded, learn about eco-friendly living, and enter giveaway raffles.  (terra will be contributing some giveaway goodies, hint hint, wink wink.)

looking for evening activities, perhaps on the west side?  come join us at the vanitylab festivus celebration at vanitylab salon in westlake.

the party runs 6p-9p at vanitylab, 2495 detroit road, westlake.  a portion of all proceeds from the event will benefit the cleveland spca.  lots of local art, a sweet  spa/salon location, and your contribution to a great cause!  terra will have it’s full line available for purchase, and credit cards will be accepted for all art/craft purchased at the event.

hasta viernes, kids!  wherever you live in the cle, we’re gonna be close, so come see us!

contest winner!

14 03 2010

thanks, amanda!  ‘blue sunset’ is the name of the new terra verde spring scent!

blue sunset candles will be debuting on the terra verde etsy shop and at the salty not sweet shop later this week!

(for full info, see previous post.)

name a new scent!

13 03 2010

i need help!  i found a great new scent, and i want to give it an adorable name to match.  the generic name is blue agave/tequila plant.

top notes of kaffir lime, lemon zest, apple, and black currant.  middle notes of lily of the valley and rose petals.  base notes of oak moss and white woods.

i think this scent smells like a lovely mexican holiday.  (though i’ve never actually been to mexico…)

send me your name suggestions, and the winner(s) will receive a $10 terra gift certificate to use at our next show- cirque imaginnaire, on saturday, march 27th.  if more then one person suggests the winning scent, all will receive a gift certificate.  contest ends tomorrow (sunday, 3/14) evening, when i’ll post the winning name and winner.

this scent has not been released, but you can get a sneak whiff at the salty not sweet boutique this weekend!  tonight until 11pm, sunday 12-4!