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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

By the way I just changed the website again, if you have a minute, check it out!

New Etsy Shop Banner

I wanted a new shop banner for the New year and I worked with e designer on Etsy that totally understood what I was looking for. She used a parchment looking background and, well you can see for yourself, I just couldn't have been more happy. Here's her shop if you are in need of a great designer to work with (copy and paste)
and here's the new banner, I love it!

Friday, December 30, 2011

My new little "organizers"

So you guys already know that I have a thing for little containers, well I saw these adorable little drawers on Etsy and then it was ON!
First I saw this one:
And tried depsrately to talk myself out of it. It was the most expensive of all the ones I saw! So I kept looking and found this one:

So I ordered it, meanwhile could not stop thinking about the first one, so, I ended up ordering BOTH!
The first one is here already, I made a spot for the two of them and of course I'll use them for my small treaures in the Studio. It was just one of those things, I couldn't control myself!
Have you ever had that happen?

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year Goals

For myself, I don't really do new years resolutions, I try my best every day, I don't always accomplish what I'm going for, but when I do, it's a great feeling to be a good little monkey!
The thing I WILL do though, is set goals, this is good for folks in business or not. I set monetary goals, as well as other things for the business.
The thing with a goal is, you can't just say "I'm gonna make $xxx this year" you have to make a goal in something measureable, you have to set a time frame, forsee possible obstacles and figure out what you'll do if you run into them, your Plan B. You also have to write it down, you wouldn't believe how much power that has in it. Then,just be commited to it and watch it happen. My goal for this year was to have my best year in sales, and even though I had one less Farmers Market for 5 months, I still accomplished that. There's something really satisfying in accomplishing your goals.
SO have you decided what your goals will be yet?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays! I hope you are getting to spend some time with loved ones today. My plan is to spend time with my 3 boys, it so seldom happens since we don't live that close anymore, so I appreciate the opportunity even more. Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

How weird is this?

I have been working like a crazy person trying to stay caught up and am still behind! I have to restock this morning and am wondering how I am gonna do that, not much to stock with!
I am thinking next Holiday I am going to have to hire someone to help, even making Staples runs for me would help, you know?
So yes it's a good thing to be out of things, folks are supporting us which is wonderful and very much appreciated, but I hate to disappoint people when they come for a specific soap and I'm out of stock. I prominse you I have NOT been sitting on the couch eating bon-bons! (although I plan on doing that after Christmas!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Few things for the new year

You know, I am always trying to streamline things, that's just me. The new year is a great time to implememnt the changes.
I have been so busy this Holiday Season that I haven't been able to keep up with my soap making, let alone our chats here. I am prolly going to Blog a little less in the new year as I try to re-organize a few things.
It's a good time to look at the past year and see what worked, what didn't, and what can I do better.
I did get to attend the Creative Conference for Entrepreneurs, one day at least, and would definatley be up for another seminar like that, it was so cool to just be around other members of my "tribe". All that creative energy, it was fantastic. So that's one thing I want to do in the coming year if it presents itself.
So anyhow those are the things I'm thinking about as we put the year to bed. How about you? Any big changes or great realizations?

Monday, December 12, 2011

BatWorldSanctuary - Lil' Drac

I think bats are cool and this one is just TOO sweet. Special thanks to those that give this one such tender love!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gift Sets

You get a sneak peak! I wont be debuting them til Saturday in Pleasanton but I am pretty pleased with the way they came out. Each assortment will be a little different.
What do you think?

Thursday, December 8, 2011


As we come to the close of another year, I ponder what things I can do to make the new year a little easier.
One of the things I have decided to do is to let most of my on-line selling venues go. There are so many and I think to make them truly go, you have to spend a lot more time on self promotion, more time that I am willing to devote to doing them. I feel like if I just keep my two main venues, it will be much easier to manage. Nothing against the other venues, they are just smaller and newer and it's difficult as thet are not as well known.
So the ones I will continue on with will be Etsy (the one that's the most well known) and Meylah, because I REALLY like the way they are set up, and really like the folks that run the site. I feel like they genuinely have an interest in helping their sellers, they are still very new as well. Of course my website will still be going.
So have you thought about what things you are doing in the coming year to make life easier yet?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A festive Collection

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shipping to Canada

So I put on my big-girl panties and said I'd ship some of the items in my Etsy shop to "Canadia" (Canada). I got a sale sure enough and in my mind it was going to be this big fat hairy deal to get it shipped, boy was I wrong!
They paid through PayPal and when you do the shipping label, it prints out this part where you declare what it is, then you take it to the Post Office because they have to watch you sign the bottom of the form, that's it! Pretty easy.
It was a different experience for me to stand in line because I always just do the label at home and drop it by the lobby and am done with it. I know you can also schedule for the Mail Carrier to pick it up the next day too, free of charge, but I like to get the orders out as soon as possible.
So if you've been thinking about shipping to Canadia from the U.S., give it a try, not so scary!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Featured in another Collection

Friday, December 2, 2011

Latest Batch of "Murray Bars"

I don't use a lot of colorant as you guys know, but since this soap was inspired by my stripey cat Murray, I HAD to use color! The first batch has a very soft ribbon of color, I went a little crazy with this batch but I love the way it came out. I haven't decided if it looks more like a calico cat, or some really fatty bacon! LOL It smells like heaven though. If you stop by the Market let me know what you think, this batch will be ready soon :-)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Guilds and Teams

I am a believer in associating with folks from your own "tribe"; folks that you have a common interest with. I am a member of the Indie Free Spirits Team on Etsy, and even just looking at the Blog I find something interesting that inspires me, so many talented people there.
So remember, you don't have to do this by yourself, join a group, participate, be part of the energy! You'll enjoy it!