August 31, 2012

Let's Step Things Up a Bit-With a Little Giveaway

The 50th person to sign up for the Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps Newsletter will receive one (1) free soap of their choice. Winner will be announced in the very first newsletter. One entry per person- of course.

August 30, 2012

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Be the first to take a sneak peek at the very latest "earthly delight" news...promos,new releases,juicy tid-bits,and plenty of eye-candy for the soap lover in you.

Signing up is easy-just see the "Sign up to our mailing list" to the left of the page under my profile, and I'll take care of the rest. :-)

August 29, 2012

Wowza! What a Lovely Treasury

  Honored to be a part of this gorgeous collection. Thank you!


 'Mean Green Earthy Goddess Machine.' by TendaiDesigns

Lovely Natural gifts for fall!

Bonsai Tree of life, Peridot...

Limited Offer Rustic Burlap,...

Russian Serpentine Bracelet ...

Succulent Centerpiece, Rusti...

Brown Ombre Brooch embroider...

Green Earth Gardners Soap

Celeste Earrings- citrine, v...

Green Earth Goddess Pendant ...

Rustic Metal Letters

Wedding hair accessories Gre...

Mini Leather Journal, Fores...

Organic Wedding band. 5 rust...

10- 4"mini twig pencils

Vintage Green Ruffled Wavy E...

gypsy bangle stack - tribal ...

Icicles . Rustic Quartz Cry...

Husbands Hide Your Shave Soap

Husbands hide your shave soap.

This is what one wife had to say about her husband's Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps-Lavender shave soap.

"I admit, I "stole" a lavender shaving round of yours intended for hubby and use it for my legs! Loving it!"

One happy wife=one dismayed husband. lol!

August 28, 2012

I Have a Confession to Make

It's been a rough few months. I've teetered on the very precipice of letting all my soapy love go to the wayside- it isn't that I don't love making soap- I do, I do, I reealllly do. It's that I'm afraid. Up until the past few weeks and days I didn't have a clear picture of where I was heading, or how I was going to get there. I'm terrified of the "business" aspect, it's not my comfort zone at all.

I put tons of work into formulation of my product,packaging,product photography, copy, marketing and on and on... I taught myself enough photography to get by, I do my own copy for the most part because I can't pay anyone to do it-that doesn't even begin to touch the amount of blood, sweat and tears that have gone into websites over the years. Grant you, my husband does the actual coding, but I direct him as to every design detail that I can(sometimes I get a bit of input and advice here and there)- but for the most part, it's a true collaboration of talent and hard work.

The long and short of it all- is that I let my fear take over, I fed fear Wheaties for breakfast. I fed that fear until it regurgitated all over me,and I had to face "calling it quits." I've spent the summer devastated at the whole idea-all the work, all the trial and error, all the faith my family has in me..all the faith my family has in me- that's what keeps me hanging in there. The very thought of letting them down has motivated me to re-evaluate my direction, seek out others who can help me in my weak areas,and support me when I'm fearful. I realize that the business end is something I am certainly capable of learning with some guidance-I mean after all I did learn to make soap on my own didn't I? I can re-think my offerings to include some higher end gift baskets etc.I can re-vamp my marketing and find someone to coach me in that area. I can cut out relationships that don't serve me-people who are back biting or would like to see me fail.

I can move forward feeding my vision courage,strength and happiness. I can do things that feel right for me, I can make mistakes and learn from them, I can acknowledge that I am afraid as long as I don't feed that fear too awfully much-I can  have a do-over-to change a few things,to evolve,it's okay to not have ALL the answers. For another great read about starting over-check out this Truthy Tuesday blog post over at Miss Modish.

August 23, 2012

In Other News...

I am currently working on the logistics of what will be the first Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps Newsletter-be on the lookout for discount codes, exclusive promotions for newsletter subscribers only, informative tid bits as they relate to handmade soap, be the first to know about new releases, new gift set ideas and upcoming events. Subscription information available soon.

August 20, 2012

In Praise of Round Soap

I really love round soap, the way they fit in the hand, they way they are so easy to rotate to obtain the optimal lather. Awwww-they are just right. I've been working on a smaller version. I have a few special projects in mind for them.They will need to be cut at a different size than my bars, so it means making some sort of wire cutter-but it will be sooo worth it. Here is my first experiment with the smaller size-I'm loving them!

August 9, 2012


Made a couple of research batches today-and I hate it when  your soaps seeps out of the bottom of the mold just a bit-just sayin.

August 8, 2012

A Couple of Juicy Tid-bits ;-)

If you're an Etsy shopper this is GREAT news-now you can pick up your Tierra Verde goodies while you're hanging out on Etsy. The Tierra Verde Shop is up and running-it's a small and personal neighborhood shop-(I like to think of it as comfy and cozy-the kind of place you can peruse with your hot tea in hand)pop on by, and show some neighborly love by adding Tierra Verde to your circle or as a favorite place to hang out. Stop on by-we'll leave the light on for you!

In other news-just part of a large order of Lavender Rustica taking up much real estate on my kitchen table, the rest is hanging out over on the curing rack-soon there will be lots of Orange Honey Drizzle soldiers to take up the slack. Lots of soap and so little room-such is the challenge of working out of your kitchen. ;-)