October 24, 2014
I love motivational quotes or inspirational quotes…things that speak to me. Another blog I follow posts quotes from time to time and I love it. They’re some of my favorite posts, because in each quote I always find something positive to take away from it. I started a folder where I was collecting favorite quotes of mine and every time I added one I was like “I want to share this.” Recently I was like well why don’t I? So, Fridays are becoming my inspirational Friday where I share with you a favorite quote and tell you why.
This one speaks to me on so many levels, but mostly with my business. I knew going in that it wasn’t going to be an easy journey, but I wanted it and I three years later I can say it’s been worth it. Every stressful moment, all the worrying, the never ending planning, the 18 hour days have all been worth the happiness I get from running my own business.
October 3, 2014
Two years ago I made this soap. The fragrance was devine. I LOVED it. Last year I bought more, but the formula had changed. It was mediocre at best. I wasn’t happy. I didn’t even bother making a soap with it. I did have to try and find a new supplier for the applejack though since I had a customer that loved the scent. I ended up finding one that was close to the original. It wasn’t perfect, but still pretty darn close to the original.
This year I ordered more applejack to make the custom order and maybe a year passing since smelling it or maybe not having the original anymore to compare it to changed how I thought. The fragrance just spoke to me again. So, it’s back!
Applejack Peel: Wonderful fresh apples with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove.
I love wet soap pictures and this swirl was too pretty to not share!
September 26, 2014
I did two small batches of Autumn Wreath and Harvest Moon. These two soaps are having “trial runs” this year. I want to see how well they sell and how popular they are when people smell them at markets.
Autumn Wreath: A cheerful, fall, and welcoming fragrance oil by Natures Garden with the spicy warmth of autumn leaves, cinnamon apples, nutmeg and clove.
Design wise this soap didn’t quite come out as I pictured, but I do really like it. I should have swirled contrasting colors (instead of the yellow/orange), but otherwise I really like this one. It’s now available. I have a limited number available.
Harvest Moon: Starts with top notes of fresh pear, blueberries, and pineapple; followed by middle notes of juniper berries and eucalyptus; and well rounded with base notes of spruce, woods, Douglass fir, cedar, and white musk. No picture of these.
September 17, 2014
If you’ve been following me on Facebook you’ve already seen some sneak previews of these soaps as I started them at the beginning of August. I debated what to do for winter soaps quite a bit this summer. I went back and forth so many times! I decided to keep six of my winter soaps from last year.
- Holiday Berry
- Fresh Snow
- Cedar & Balsam
- Spiced Cranberry
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
One, Frankincense and Myrrh is a different variation as I couldn’t get the old and loved fragrance anymore. I had just enough of Santa’s Spruce to make a 5lb batch. It won’t be coming back next year (but that’s not to say it’s gone forever. I just needed a break from it).
Then I decided to try SIX new scents. I only made 5lb batches of them (just 16 bars). I’m going to see just how fast they sell and what people think of them when they smell them and then from there evaluate which of the new scents to bring back as larger batches next fall.
- Harvest Moon
- Pumpkin Spice
- Holly Berries
- Ice Capade (a sweeter peppermint than straight up peppermint)
- Autumn Wreath
- Applejack Peel (this was one I made a few years ago. Didn’t appeal to me last year, but this year it’s calling to me!)
Sadly, peppermint-chocolate didn’t make the cut to return at all this year.
This is me and my prep and planning as I tried to figure out how much of each soap to make (always a tricky task) and what designs to do. A few of the soaps are keeping the same design from last year, but everything else is new. I did way too many embed designs ha! I couldn’t help myself.
September 13, 2014
I’m always searching for the PERFECT display set up. I think I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I might not find the PERFECT set up, but I can make a pretty darn attractive set up for just about any space size I’m given.
The hard part was the every changing booth size! In the summer when I’m outside and in my tent I’m always in a 10×10 space, but I have to deal with the sun. Depending on each market depends on which way the sun would come into my tent. I used to do my set up in an “L,” but was never really happy with that. I just felt it cut people off and didn’t necessarily encourage them to come into my booth.
After a lot of playing around with different table sizes and displays I found a 9′ long table combination that works pretty well. (Still a few things to fix up in this display, table skirts mostly, but it’s to the point where I’m happy with it.) Before I ventured into the big changes I actually had to sketch out many different alternatives…playing around in my head what would/wouldn’t work. (I know this could be considered a little obsessive :D.)
You’ll notice this picture is still missing one last layer I added. I moved the soaps forward and added a shelf to display the soaps. I Like it so much more!
Another problem I found was too flat of a display. This problem I’ve worked on for YEARS! This season I think I finally stumbled onto a solution that really helps my display move up! And seem like it’s full and be inviting.
Lastly, I added the layers and then my sign in the back kind of disappeared. I wanted it to be obvious I was selling soap. I wanted to grab peoples attention. Which lead me to my little “SOAP” in wood letters, painted design. Works great. Stands out! Is bold! And people know: Oh it’s soap!
There’s still stuff I’m not 100% happy with. I know it’ll see changes. And this whole set up goes through a whole new morph once I move inside (where my space rarely is 10×10). However I’m not going to think about that until October gets here. I actually have a really nice wood shelf my dad build that is awesome (heavy and a little hard sometimes to get in and out of places, but I’ve got a dolly that really helps). That post is for a different time though.