October 31, 2013
Hey friends! Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps will be in Lamesa on December 7th for the Homespun Artisan Showcase featuring craftsmen from surrounding areas-there will be artwork,jewelry, pottery, handmade soaps, housewares, woodwork and gifts. These works were hand selected to ensure that you won't see a lot of the same thing from one booth to the next. I think it will be so much fun...more details soon.
October 22, 2013
So, I haven't worked a market in a veerrry long time, but I'm planning to start getting in on the action beginning with the Backyard Boutique in November. I'm very excited to be included amongst such great craftspeople and artists, and if you are looking to buy local AND handmade for Christmas-this is a great option.
I will have plenty of soap,but there will be so much more-handmade jewelry, wreaths, hand sewn maxi skirts, childrens items, photography art,refinished furniture AND baked goods ya'll.
October 17, 2013
Orange Honey Drizzle with Oats/3.75oz. Round $6.50
In the name of working smarter on my business I have been working on getting my website up and fully functioning. For over a year now my website has merely been forwarding customers over to my Etsy shop and thus not being utilized to it's fullest. As part of the changes that are being put into place I am moving away from Etsy and over to a dedicated website since I've been in essence paying for a domain and not utilizing it to it's fullest extent. The move is going slowly as there is php to wade through, new images to take, copy to "freshen up" and lots of little details to tend to, however in the end I think it will be a wise move. I'm moving over to Wordpress where I can incorporate my website, blog and calendar all under one domain.
I'm working on finding a "feel" for my images that I am happy with for now. I had the Mr. move a heavy piece of furniture into the kitchen so I could make use of the beautiful warm Fall light that filters in each evening-he thinks I'm crazy,but it's all in the name of nice images with that certain feel. I think I'm going in the right direction. The light was a bit past where the "golden hour" here for this image, but still there's something about it.
October 16, 2013
Frankincense and Myrrh
Frankincense and Myrrh will darken to a much deeper brown-ready for market in November
So, this was purely experimental a blend of Frankincense and Myrrh that is an eo/fo with resins. I don't usually soap with fo's at all, but authentic Frankincense and Myrrh are just a bit spendy for my pocketbook and I really wanted to try to get something close for the Christmas Holiday. I found this blend to be very nice with definite notes of the holy incense. The soap will darken quite a bit over the next few days and the scent is reminiscent of church pews,old paper,Midnight Mass, along with a wisp of holy resins and incense.
October 12, 2013
Olive Oil and Goat's Milk new chunky bar with texture...
I've been working for some time on a new bar size and shape. I think I'm getting very close to what I'm after. Soon, these lovely chunky textured bars will come in new colors and scents, and for those of you who prefer the rounds have no fear there will be a variety of "Naturals" that come in rounds.
I've been working very hard on things on the business end. I got lots of good advice from the soaping community in regards to embracing my weak area that is the business side of things. I have taken a close look at my pricing and have re-vamped it accordingly, I am in the midst of re-working my website,blog etc. to show these changes and to be more cost effective, I am doing just as I did when I first started making soap-reading all I can get my hands on, figuring, calculating, learning,changing this and that, all while making soap each day to get ready for two up and coming shows. One will be here in Lubbock and one in the Lamesa area.(more details closer to the time of these events.) I have made some real strides towards getting a handle on the business workings that I thought I wasn't "smart enough" to take on. Admittedly, I don't have all the answers, and expect to fumble and fall on occasion, but I'm making HUGE strides and just want to give it every chance to be a success.
October 10, 2013
Up for auction-2 handcrafted shave soaps with handcrafted (hand turned by us) Black Walnut shave brush featuring a 26mm Silvertip Badger shave knot-other items up for auction include candles, jewelry, beautifully crafted leather cuffs,photography sessions,Texas Tech themed jewelry, a 6 month VIP pass to Freedom Fitness, IPL Facial Treatment from the Facial and Aesthetic Center of Lubbock,Runway Fashion Exchange has donated gift certificates for clothing-looks like this will be the place to be...
If you're local and you have a heart for horses (and our community) there's a way you can make a difference. Friday October 18, 2013 is the First Annual "Heroes for Horses" fundraiser out at Bryan's Rustic Sophistication (141st and Slide Road) The evening will be a festive evening of food,fellowship, and fundraising with a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds go to further the mission of Easy R Equine Rescue to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected and displaced horses, and to use the horses to reach out to youth and families in the community.
This is going to be a fun evening that you won't want to miss and a chance to make a real and meaningful difference. Get your tickets now- "Heroes for Horses" by clicking on the link you will also see that there are many ways to help out Easy R Equine-such as donating through Paypal, going to Amazon and purchasing than item from the Easy R Equine wishlist to help "stock the barn" or selling items on Craigslist and Ebay and donating a portion of sales. Also needed are art supplies and craft supplies for the Horseplay groups.
October 2, 2013
Orange Clove and Coffee soap-You Betcha!
I've been working on lots of Chef (Coffee Soap) and some Orange Clove too, my house smells amazing. Yum! I love how Coffee soap turns that deep dark brown like a fresh brewed cup of rich dark coffee, and paired with sunny bright orange-oh yeah! I love how the colors not only compliment each other, but the aromas of Orange, Clove and Cinnamon remind me of bountiful