New, old, limited etc

I have been factoring and figuring lately lots of soap and body care ideas.

I have been discontinuing from wholesale and adding to retail and figuring things out for soap and body care. Seasonal, limited, etc.

I’ve decided that looking at my numbers of sales and the fact that doing production of full time some soaps that are not big wholesale sellers are keeping me from being able to make smaller runs of some more limited and fun soaps. So, I decided to reduce my wholesale soap offerings and moving those that have a following, albeit smaller to retail only.

That means, when they’re in stock, get ‘em, but if they are out, then you may have to wait. That will allow me the opportunity to get my crafty on.

For example soap wise: Hemp Patch and Ostara are no longer available for wholesale. I will continue to provide them for retail, but they will be part of our rotational limited soaps along with Wild Bergamot, Kitchen and Garden Scrub, Seasonal and whatever my creative crazy brain comes up with. They may not be consistently available, but I will always have at least one or two limited and Surprise me bars.

Like … Pester Me Not! Our bug balm, spray essential oil blend in a soap! This is going to be an outstanding camping soap and great for bathing your dog. NOT CATS! No essential oils ever for kitties!

Plain ol’ Castile? 100% olive oil? Yes, please!

This is fun for me. This is fun for you! Seriously.

Also, I am going to be offering lotions more this year. I love my lotion. Retail only.

 

Cuticle balm. Nose balm for puppers.

What else?!!

 

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To Market!

Market season is fast approaching. We are scheduled to vend at Asheville City Market weekly, West Asheville Tailgate Market weekly and not certain about North Asheville Tailgate Market … I’m  hopeful weekly, last year it was twice a month.

Markets are starting up first weekend in April! Josh will be set up at Asheville City Market on April 5 as I will be attending a dog show with my youngest Standard Poodle that weekend.

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I will be at West Asheville Tailgate Market on Tuesday April 8th!

edit_eccentric_brown_flat_smallI am still waiting for confirmation of when I will be starting at North Asheville Tailgate.

 

tailgate1Annndddd … Herb Fest is first weekend in May!

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Emails like this make me smile.

A few weeks ago, I was driving off to run a few errands and passed my UPS guy unloading a bunch of supplies for Faerie Made.
I know it’s his job, but it still makes me feel bad because I usually order in bulk and it makes his job all the more intense.

I happened to have an unopened Arnica Balm in my handbag and I stopped and handed it to him.

He said there was no need to do that, but it was a thank you from me for all he does.

a few days later I received this email:

I am your UPS man’s wife and I just wanted to say thank you so much for the muscle rub you gave him. I have a muscle knot in my shoulder and he used your muscle rub. Smells amazing and has helped relieve the annoyance of the muscle knot!! So thank you again!!

 

Made my day :)

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MountainTalk

Mountain city girl … But this is where I come from.
And I’m proud of it.

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Misery is Optional

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http://www.unitync.net/Misery.html

Almost a 2.5 decades ago I was living a hard life and it showed. About a decade ago I was living a hard life and it showed.

I live a great life and it shows.

Why?

Because misery is optional.

I found this quote to be fairly spot on when I first heard it from Chad O’Shea who was the preacher at a church I went to off and on from late 80s to early 2000s.

(I liked going there because while it was a Christian church it wasn’t preachy and the first time I went there I sat beside a Buddhist nun. He pulled from a lot of different belief systems. I do not follow any spiritual path at this point in my life except that of being aligned with hearth, home, living, being, loving, caring. I don’t put it in any box. )

The link at top is directed to how he discusses how misery is optional.

Recently, my friend said “I choose to be happy!” And I remembered Chad always saying “misery is optional”. And it got me to thinking.

So what is different in my life now vs. then? I’m choosing to focus on positive than negative. My life isn’t any easier now than it was then … Well, maybe a bit easier kinda sorta … But I’m working my butt off to remember that being happy is a choice, being miserable is a choice. I choose to be happy. I choose to not be miserable.

By the way, dear Chad just left the earthly plain. Cancer sucks. But he really did leave a legacy for those of us who have made the choice to focus on positive and not negative.

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Puppers in the snow!

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Social Media and Mega Confusion!

So, I guess my age is showing here. I can’t keep up with which social media way shape or form I am supposed to be doing in order to get the word about the awesomeness of what’s going on here in the land o’ the fae.

My life, my foods, my kids, dogs, my soaps, body care, perfumes … everything.

It gets overwhelming!
So here I am pondering how to do it all, do paperwork, do my life complete with cooking, creating, trying to craft, homeschool, herd dogs, living and loving my existence.

and sharing it.

Facebook? Facebook biz page? Twitter? Instagram? Pinterest? Tumbler? Blogging???? ACK!

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I started using Hootsuite so I could have less pages to visit on my iPad and iPhone as it connects Facebook & Twitter on one app.

(oh and I realize that I really do prefer the keyboard of a real live computer or laptop, but that is a whole ‘nother ball of wax and/or blog post).

I know I need to figure out how to bring it all together so that I can spend less time sharing plugging in, and more time living and doing.

I can’t stop social media stuff, because I really need to be getting word out about everything. My livelihood depends on it.

I just need to simplify.

Thoughts? Opinions?

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Asian Influenced Crockpot Chicken Dish

Recently, a local natural food store ran the sale of the year with respect to natural whole chickens. Yep, $1.00 a pound. Limit 2. I went there daily and ended up with 8 chickens.

I am glad I have a chest freezer when deals like this come up. I also have a food saver and tomorrow I am picking up a food dehydrator. Necessary toys!

So, it’s winter. I love chicken. I usually roast one in my Le Crueset dutch oven, eat, then next day make soup with the rest. in same pot.

But the other day I picked up a crock pot at Goodwill for $5.00. I bought it for the business, but decided to keep if for the kitchen and get another one for making shampoos. I wanted to make something in the crock pot with a chicken. I wanted something sweet, spicy and yummy.

So, I got busy. I grabbed the chicken and my  Joyce Chen kitchen scissors … omg, love these things. I cut that chicken up in two seconds flat. (a bit more, but you get it) and you can get them here!

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I skinned and cut the chicken into quarters and placed in the crock pot.

I then combined the following into a nice sauce to pour on the chicken:

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1/3 cup liquid aminos (you can use tamari or soy sauce)

1/2 cup jalapeno apricot jam

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

dash of toasted sesame oil

ginger either fresh or dried to taste

1 tbsp of dijon mustard

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp honey

Mixed up and added about a cup of hot water (next time I think I will use less) and mix, pour over chicken.

I went away and let it cook on high for 4 hours.

After 4 hours, I  add sliced carrot, onion and sweet peppers and broccoli. Any veggies will work. Have mushrooms? Yum. Greens? Yummy. Cabbage? Sure!

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Go away another hour while rice cooks in the rice cooker (call me gadget gal).

At end add a bit of flour and water (2 tbsp or so) or cornstarch and water to thicken.

The chicken just falls off the bone so it’s easy to pick bones out as you serve.

Serve over rice of choice with more soy if needed and siracha. yummy.

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Winter cold!

and no snow. :(

It’s been pretty dadburned cold here. No real snow to speak of in WNC, but the bitter cold has really put a damper on my working. I get up in the morning, head to my little faerie building, crank the heat up to high (oh my electric bill is gonna kill me) and then back to the house for a few hours as it warms up. It really is cold.

My workshop isn’t as cold so I am able to do production, but I don’t always make products. I have to label, shrink wrap, pack orders, do paperwork, ship etc …  that is in my little building and when I am shrink wrapping I am using  a heat gun. I trip breakers when I have the heat gun and my oil filled electric heaters go.

Thus, I heat up my building, turn heat off, shrink shrink shrink. Break, turn heat on. etc.

It’s 9 out right now. I am dreading work!

So kiddo and I are baking cookies first.

 

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Kickin’ it up a notch with Activated Charcoal Bamboo Powder

I just got in a few pounds of activated bamboo charcoal powder for business and personal use.

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For personal use, it’s a wonderful ingredient to add to dog treats to help with gas (my guys aren’t very gassy because of their diet, but it can’t hurt) and it is also good to absorb toxins inside and out for us too.

It’s such a gorgeous black. I compared it to the Australian Black Clay I’ve used for years and years for my Tea Tree Eucalyptus soap. I had to use it in the soap.
The black was black and looks wonderful. Being a good all purpose soap with antiseptic essential oils, I figured this to be a good addition.

So now, our Tea Tree Eucalptus soap has activated bamboo charcoal.
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And Sea Spa. The soap with Dead Sea Mud? So many love it for its drawing abilities. I’ve added a bit of the Activated Bamboo Charcoal to it. I think it’s going to be even better!

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