Sunday, January 25, 2015

Time For a Change

Spotted Cow Soaps
I've been toying with the notion to build my own web store for well over a year now, and it has finally come to the point where I felt it needed to be done.

I have my own personal reasons as to why Etsy is no longer a good fit for my business, but I won't turn this into a bowl of sour grapes.  What I will mention is that the biggest reason for the change is economics.   It is cheaper for me to purchase a monthly hosting fee elsewhere than to continue with things as they have been. The last several months I have spent more on  listing fees and per transaction fees per sale than it would have cost me to pay hosting fees for a website of my own.  Please realize this is not including the transaction fees imposed to accept through Paypal or Etsy's Direct Check Out, which is understandable and expected.  

This is actually good news for me, because this means sales have been steady and growing.  During  the transition period current listings with Etsy will remain until they sell or run out.  All new listings, products, etc. will be listed in our new storefront.  I've still got a lot of work to do but this is a start to turning the page and starting a new chapter.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lovely Soy Candle for Valentine's Day

Razz Nilla Soy Candle
So I've been a slacker in blog land once again (sigh).  I've been happily enjoying the newest grand girlie, and boy is she a real charmer already!  :)

On a creative note, the Holiday season depleted a lot of stock and supplies so time to plan and restock. Most recently I have been creating and testing soy candles to add to our product line this year.  A fun adventure, indeed.

I discovered a wonderful soy wax that resists bloom unlike most soy wax on the market.  The consistency of this wax is creamy, and offers a great scent throw both cold and hot.  Combined with a cotton wick, I'm deeply pleased with the eco friendly burn and overall end result of the candles.

The Razz Nilla Soy Candle shown above is now available in our online shop, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Last Minute Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for 25% OFF Sale!

Vermont Maple Lip Balm
It's that time of year for another big sale!  25% off everything (except party favors) starts at 12:01 AM on 12/7/2014 through 11 PM 12/15/2014.  Soap, Soy Candles, Soy wax melts, lip balm, sugar scrub, bath bombs, build a gift decide.  We are happy to gift wrap at no additional cost, include custom messages, and ship directly to intended recipient.  Give the pampering gift that your loved one will enjoy well after the tinsel and mistletoe disappear. Shop early for the best choices.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sweet Vermont Maple

Maple Lip Balm
We've been busily restocking and preparing our shop for the upcoming Christmas shopping season.  Pouring soy candles and melts, making soap, bath bombs, fizzing bath salts, and lip balm.  With lotion and sugar scrubs to round out the experience, we will have some fabulous gift sets and baskets to unveil in mid to late October.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Catching Up

Summer "vacation" will be over after today, when I return to the regular routine of School Food Service for another year.  It's been a rather busy summer, and looks to be equally busy this fall.  The fact that next weekend is Labor Day is unbelievable to me.  Where has the summer gone?

After spending a week in Boston for the ANC (Annual National Conference) for SNA (School Nutrition
Beautiful Day
Association), I came home to put finishing touches on wedding plans for one of my daughters.  Beautiful day, beautiful bride, and everything was absolutely perfect.  Even though I have been step-grammy to now 9 & 10 year old girls since they were 2 & 3 years old, it is now official when my daughter tied the knot.  Those of you who remember when Christina was born...she's going to Kindergarten this year!  My how the time has flown by, and Hailley is now 4!

Tomato Heaven
Then it was on to a week of statewide school food service training where I embarked on a graduate level course in Nutrition and Food Education, and taught two classes for the State of Vermont.   One of the days we took participants of the class to a local organic farm, and I was delighted with the hoop frame set up they utilize for growing was definitely Tomato Heaven!   The classes were held up near where my daughter and the 4 grand girlies live, so I made nightly visits after classes were finished each day.
Diaper Cake & Purse

To round out the last weekend of summer vacation, I hosted a baby shower for my younger daughter, who is expecting in October.  The guest list grew, and the space in my house kept feeling smaller, so we borrowed a big tent for the yard, and after it went up we had two days of non-stop rain.  I was worried, to say the least, but the rain moved out and everything started drying out in time for the party.  In my ever creative mode, I embarked on creating a diaper cake for the shower, and when I found myself with leftover diapers I made a diaper purse, because every little girl needs a purse, right?
Soy Tea Lights

Today has been all about catching up with packaging, photographs, and listing items in my online shop.  Today I added soy wax melts and tea lights (boxes made in house) in some of my summer scents, and will be adding fall and holiday fragrances in the near future.  Also added are some fizzing bath salts in 9 oz. and 16 oz. bags.  The 9 oz. bags are handcrafted in house.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

40% Off Summer Sale, 133 days until Christmas!

Don't you just love a bargain?   Let us help you get a head start on your Christmas 2014 shopping!  With 133 days left, everything in our SUMMER SALE section is 40% off.  Don't delay your purchases, some items are limited in quantity and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SUMMER SALE ~ 136 Days Until Christmas!

Don't procrastinate until the last minute to start your Christmas shopping for this year.  We are currently offering a 40% off sale in our shop!  Anything listed in the SUMMER SALE section of our shop is on sale.  Supplies are limited on some items, so make your selections early.  As we clean out the soap room additional items will be added.