Monday, January 26, 2015

New Beginings

I just love the new year, bright and sparkling with all the exciting possibilities! Every year I set up a goal or ten, things like what I want for the business, things I want to do differently as well as some things I want to do personally. As for business, its done very well, I am very pleased and grateful for all of your support. I couldn't do any of this if not for you, and of course the support of my family. The focus this year will be on continueing to grow the online business, which in turn helps with the personal goal too; to make things a little easier for me! I crave time to just "be" and I usually deny myself that time, I feel guilty when I goof off! But I realize that I do need to "charge my batteries" too now and then. To that end, I gave up one of my year-round Markets in favor of a seasonal one that's very close to home. I really like to be closer to home and have been at the Pleasanton Market since the begining, in 2000, thats 96 miles round trip for me. Of course some of the vendors come much farther than that, like as far as Fresno! So anyhow, I am looking forward to spending time with all of you, and looking forward to more chill time for me! Wishing everyone a great year, filled with things that make you happy. May you all exceed your goals!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sweet lil tomatoes

At the Martinez Farmers Market today, we were in a different location due to an event on Main Street. It was a "Run for Education" and they raised over $60K for local schools, very impressive! Way to go Martinez, you know how to nurture your peeps! Anyhow, while that was going on, we were on Castro Street and many of us were next to vendors that we aren't usually close to. So a couple tents down, was this vendor that had some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and some melons as well. What really struck me was, the way they would tenderly pick up each sweet tomato, with such gentle care. I was thinking those tomatoes has to feel the love and so I had to tell the lady from Blondie's Farm that their tender care was showing. She replied that the tomatoes were grown from seed and she watched each one of them pop their little heads up as they were growing. It was just so sweet! That's the cool thing about the farmers market, where else will you have an interaction like that? Aren't they gorgeous?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fun with Graphics

So the label for Rosemary Mint was long over-due for a face-lift so I finally got it done! The back ground graphic came from an Etsy shop and the writing came from a cool site called PicMonkey. If you haven't had a chance to play around with that yet, have at it! It's a free site but there is an option where you pay a small amount for access to more fonts etc( http://www.picmonkey.com/ ) Anyhooo, here's the new label, what do you think?

Monday, August 11, 2014

A fun new way to use our Mini Soaps

We've had this happen a few times now, so created a listing in our Etsy shop to offer you personalized shower favors! ( its only fitting that they should be SHOWER favors, get it?!). With this listing we are able to personalize the label for you so that it's perfect for your event! We can do a different quantity for you too! Let us know if there's anything special we can do for you!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/199571490/goat-milk-mini-soaps-personalized-shower

Monday, August 4, 2014

Trios

We've been offering Trios of amazing Handmade soap in our Etsy shop lately, because, ya know, sometimes 2 isn't enough and 4 are too many! The latest one features Vibrant Lemongrass (Made with REAL lemongrass essential oil!), Bella Rose ( our gorgeous blend of Lavender and vintage rose with beautiful swirls of color and creamy Shea Butter ) and our amazing Almond Oatmeal, ( with sweet almond oil for extra moisture and finely ground oatmeal for gentle exfoliation). Folks love to send these as gifts too, let us know and we'll enclose a gift card.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

We always enjoy the parade thrown by our home town, Antioch. The parade this year was pretty cool, bigger than usual and had a nice turnout too. Below are my favorites:
And this one, is your Bonus Jonas, it's a picture of my Studio helpers! ( no their eyes don't really glow like that! )

Monday, June 23, 2014

A tale of two companies

I met a lady at Market the other day, who has such different goals for her company than I do ( not that there's anything wrong with that! ) Her goals are to do more wholesale and to have employees do the Markets for her rather than doing them personally. She is involved very little in the production of the product, has it "co-packed". ( that's where you hire a company and give them your recipe and the ingredients and they complete the manufacturing process ) I know it's the way most companies are run. Bigger is the idea. Running a small "indie" business is so different. The focus is on handmade, passion, the pure enjoyment of designing a batch and then putting the beautiful soap togeher, pouring the fragrant soap into it's wooden molds, the way it's been done for centuries. My goal has never been to get rich ( good thing! ) but rather to make a living doing what I love, and to have a wonderful creative outlet too. I love to design/create, I always have. I love that I have made so many friends along the way, you guys! I love that I get to see the new baby goats every season, they are SO sweet.
It's hard work at times, that's where the passion comes in. Debbie Allen of Fame said " You can't work as hard as I do if you aren't passionate, if you don't love it" and I so agree with her. Its not about getting bigger, or rich, it's about the passion for doing what I love to do. So there's your tale of two cpmpanies!