Homemade Days is upon us

Last night one of my crafty friends came over to help me wrap soap. Nearly 100 bars of soap and the bin is FULL! I am so grateful for the help while my hubs is out of town for the last of his leadership academy for work. Tonight, I endeavor to make and bottle lotion, press a bunch of shirts with their logo on them, press my shirt with the soap logo on it AND package up the last of my Etsy orders for the week. I think I might cram a batch of lip balm in there as well since the oils came in yesterday. Just in the nick of time!

I won’t get to post tomorrow since I’ll be manning the tent in the morning and then splitting the day with the aforementioned friend. There are three of us from work doing this show and I’m super excited for all the creative company. We do several shows together and this is MY BIG ONE!

In any case, I won’t have any pics til next week. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 

Be crafty my friends. 😀

A Sampling of samples

A few months ago I signed up the soap company to a box sample event for next month with the theme of Bubble Bash. I knew I was going to make some soap and needed something else to pack in so I made some lovely bath salts. Two new soaps for the season are Fresh Day, a bergamot, lavender, patchouli and litsea cubeba blend colored with tumeric and Herb Garden scented with Lavender, Basil, Peppermint and Rosemary colored with comfrey leaf and a layer of calendula petals that were steeped in the olive oil before being mixed into the soap. Ohhhh MY! They smell just divine. We’re actually almost sold out of the soap now! The bath salts are a blend of lavandin and ylang ylang, which is a very powdery floral scent…romantic, I suppose.  

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I tucked the soap and salts in a muslin bag with a mini brochure and a teeny tag on the outside. Adorable. 

Next up is making more soap! Beegoaty and Orange Cremescicle…customer and family favorites. It’s a busy time for me to gear up for craft shows and still keep up with the regular orders. I also just submitted a small variety pack to a local naturals store and I’m very excited to hear about that. There is one soap maker in the area who is in most of the shops around here since she’s been making soap for the last 15 or more 20 years and one other lady who I’ve been to shows and seen her as well. Luckily, we don’t just sell soap. Our lotion is in high demand as well. I’m still working on branching out to other stores and networking. 

On another note, I’ve been keeping really busy aside from crafting and business stuff. One of my dear friends was admitted to the hospital last night with pneumonia which is a complication from his cancer treatments. At moments, I’m beside myself and then other times I can just keep trucking on. Last night we were in the ER for 4.5 hours and while he slept most of the time, I thought to myself that I could have brought knitting or something constructive than staring at him or playing Candy Crush. It isn’t like me not to have some kind of project with me and now with this going on, I’ll be switching my purse to something that can hold a small WIP so that I can sit with him.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week. Last night, my day was brightened because I received a gift in a swap I participated in for Easter. I’m a purple fanatic and got loads of nice stuffImage

Cute stuff, ya? 

Craft Showing

This year has been a little slow on the soap sales. A couple major shows were missed because of family obligations and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more show time in. A couple have been a let down for business. At one show I didn’t sell a single bar of soap yet sold lots of lotions and lip balms. How’s that for a soap company!

That being said, that means production is down also. Last year’s tally had me making soap every other weekend. Soap was plentiful as were sales. Yet this year, we’ve hit a major lull. Our regulars do keep buying soap and I keep up on the popular blends. I come out with a couple new scents for the seasons. There was an over haul on the branding side and revamping of the product sizing and pricing. Soap is still slow selling. Business is waning for all kinds of reasons.

Today’s show had many direct sales vendors. There were about 18 of us and 4 of the vendor spots were handmade/crafted things. Next to my natural handmade soapstuff was a “natural” direct sales personal care line. I didn’t have much hope there. People love that spa stuff. I read the ingredients and without going into a tirade, suffice it to say that in no way do I believe that Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate will ever be “natural” to me. I like my skin and choose to treat it as good as I can with out junking it up with a chemical assault. Moving on…

I’m just bummed that soap isn’t selling. I know that handmade natural soap is not a necessity in people’s lives like it is for ours. I just need to branch out more I suppose.

That being said (shameless plug) find our soap on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SideDoorSoaps and to peruse the soap to order online: http://www.SideDoorSoaps.com

I’m trying to grow my business. 😀 Thanks for listening