Okay, and here are the last of the winter soaps:
Apple Peach & Cinnamon: Went with a polka dot theme (sort of).
Fresh Snow: Always an extremely popular one.
Holiday Berry: My personal favorite.
Frankincense & Myrrh: The colors turned out even better than last year. Really love the stars and contrasting blues and grays.
One day when everything seemed to be going wrong and I was exhausted and frustrated I stopped and asked “Why am I doing this?” Writing is a way for me to process my thoughts. So, that’s what I did, write out my answer. The following is resulted from that melt down and I thought it was worth sharing as I’m sure many of you can relate.
Owning a small (one-woman) business is about…
Knowing it’s time to call it a day, but still working anyway.
It’s about taking on a custom order that has a one week turn around even when you’re so swamped you really should have passed on it…oh and still doing a quality job on the order.
It’s about having a support system.
It’s about asking family and friends for help (and trying not to feel guilty about needing to ask for help and paying them back in product).
It’s about having a best friend who’ll listen to you (day in and day out) without complaining when you give them your list of things you plan to accomplish that week (Then not telling you that you’re insane because one person couldn’t possibly get all that done on their own, but instead cheering you on.)
It’s about coming home after a 10 hour day at a market and then spending another 4 hours making product because you’re stressing out that you don’t have enough in stock.
It’s about planning down to the minute detail and then rolling with it when it all goes completely different from planned.
It’s about learning from your mistakes.
It’s about remembering to celebrate the good days.
It’s about occasionally stressing out (okay, maybe more than occasionally).
It’s about worrying will you be able to pay the bills that month.
It’s about worrying have you made enough product and then worrying that you’ve made too much.
It’s about admitting you’re not super woman (no matter how much you wish you were).
It’s about the joy of creating something new.
It’s about moving outside your comfort zone, meeting new people, and trying new things.
It’s about worrying about the weather.
It’s about being thankful for supportive communities, sharing ideas, and learning from others in your field, as well as sharing your knowledge.
It’s about being thankful for awesome friends and family that buy your product!
It’s about the customers that come tell you how much they love your product and then go tell everyone they know that they HAVE to buy some.
It’s about taking risks.
It’s about occasionally creating something brilliant and then the next day creating a complete disaster.
It’s about doing what makes you happy.
In the end it’s about doing what I love, because despite the hard, long, and sometimes frustrating days I don’t want to do anything else. The heartache and rewards, the stress and the calm, the bad days and the good: I love it all.
Pink Pigeon Creations
I own many of Beth’s items and I’ve give many more as gifts. They’re awesome. They’re extremely well made. They hold up to wear and tear and she offers something for everyone from adults (check out here “Messy Bags“) to children (her hooded towels as totally ADORABLE!)
Since Beth says it so well I’ve copied her business description here:
Pink Pigeon Creations is the result of years of crafting from a computer nerd. By profession I’m just another IT worker in the Boston area, but I spend my days now with my nearly two year-old son, and by night I let my creativity run free sewing and tinkering with graphic design.
After years of sewing and designing for family and friends, I decided it was time to branch out and share my ideas with you. When I was expecting my son, most of my other hobbies (snow skiing, volleyball, horseback riding, wine tasting, among others) were off limits! Sewing was perfect, though, and since I had lots of expecting friends and family at the time, I started designing things for little ones and their parents and caregivers. I’ve branched out with a few more “grown up” items lately, but I still have a focus on eco-friendly, stylish handmade things that make venturing out into the real world with baby in tow easier and more organized.
All of my items are 100% machine washable. I use and abuse pieces made from the same materials and methods as what’s for sale here, and they’re still going strong. True story – when I went into labor two weeks early, I had yet to make a diaper bag for myself! So, I swiped a black and white one from my collection of items for sale, and I’ve used it every single day since. It’s been stuffed in cars, strollers, airplane overheads, and inside other suitcases. It’s traveled at least 9,000 miles by plane, train, car, bus, boat, stroller, on foot, and no telling what else. It’s been through the washing machine and dryer several times, and it’s still just as cute as the day I yanked it off the shelf with no signs of wear and tear.
Aren’t these hooded towels totally adorable???
This is my niece with her Frog Towel :) She’s a little young for it, but Aunt Jennifer couldn’t wait a whole year to give it to her!
Be sure to check out her aprons! They’re reversible and absolutely amazing. I LOVE mine!!
Check out Beth’s Pages Here:
OKay…I went through my fragrances and finally sorted through all the ones I want and the ones that I no longer need/want/like the fragrance (ha). Anyway, listing the items here. If you’re interested comment on what you want or email me at JenniferSoap@gmail.com (with zip) and I’ll quote you on shipping.
9 Bar Birch Slab Mold $20 (moderate use, a few inserts are a little warped but still gives pretty even bars) It’s this mold from BB: http://www.brambleberry.com/9-Bar-Unfinished-Birchwood-Mold-P5169.aspx Mini Grape Molds (2) – $1.00 each Mini Banana Mold (1) – $1.00 Silicon Strawberry Mold (1) - $5.00 (each strawberry is approx. 1 oz)
Bramble Berry Fragrances
Natures Garden Fragrances
Rustic Escentuals Fragrances