Monday, May 27, 2013

My Lion and Rose

Pretty as a rose


This is my inspiration. Everything I do is for these two adorable faces and my husband Joe. My family is my rock and I love them so much. It only seemed natural to name my company after them. This is what really matters to me.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I'm Still Here

Lily of the Valley

Magnolia and Orange Blossom


Lavender Mint

South Beach

Peonies and Possibilities

I have been keeping very busy. We had a computer malfunction, that caused me to lose all my soap art (boo), including my logo, labels, business card etc. I also no longer have Photoshop, so my photos will never be edited it any way. What you see is what you get! I am way behind on the blog, taking photos etc, but have been focusing on getting ready for the farmer's market. I have been making soap like crazy, packaging, making a tablecloth with my sister. It really is a lot to take on, but it is my passion.

I have noticed that my customers usually focus on the scent 90% of the time. Sometimes they will say a bar is pretty, or that they like my packaging, but the scent is what sells them and since I am in the business of selling, I try to find the best scents. Trying new scents can lead to disasters and frustrations, but I love when I find a winner. I made a chai tea soap yesterday and I must have picked up some of the scent because everyone ay work was drooling over the way I smelled. I think this might be a hit!

I love Brambleberry. Anne Marie, who is the owner, is such an inspiration to me. I buy from her often. I also have had good luck with Nature's Garden and I just placed am order with Oregon Trails, because I love to support local (reputable) businesses when possible. Reputation is so important with fragrance oils. I waste time and money when I buy a scent that backfires on me.

Peonie and Possiblilities, the shop that sells my soap, has done really well. It is a small, charming gift shop. Pam has averaged selling about 10 bars a month, which is great! I think once foot traffic increases, she will sell even more. I love this shop!!!

This month has been a sad one. Things don't always go your way, but soap making can be very therapeutic. I made a tribute soap. I won't go into the details, but it helped me work through some feelings. I am hoping that the upcoming months bring some joy and comfort.