Saturday, December 5, 2009

How Exciting!!

Today I was the featured Indie Business/Handcrafted Artist on the AstoriaEvents.blogger.com Blog. What a pleasant surprise to see my products on their FaceBook Fan page. At first I was like, "wait, those are my soaps!" Then when I read it I realized IT was ME!! I laughed and jumped around like a kid in a candy store..Woo Hoo!! This is so much fun!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sugar Loaf, New York

Ah...Thanksgiving is now but a memory, although I am sure many of you are still eating leftovers. I am not a fan of the Black Friday shopping craze, however I will shop online at all hours of the day and night. My mom and I love going to Sugar Loaf NY the day after Thanksgiving to spend money at a craft village. Sugar Loaf Art and Craft Village is a community of craftspeople and artists nestled under the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Orange County, NY. It is a distinguised crafts community of over 250 years. It remains true to its heritage as the year round home to independent artisans and crafters many of whom live and work in the original barns and buildings that date back to the 1700's. Please visit their website at http://www.sugarloafnewyork.com/.

I took pictures, which I will post when I get home. It is always nice to get out and support local small businesses. I can't tell you how much money I spent but it was well worth every penny.

XOXO
Melissa

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just a Thought

The weekend is over but the future is just beginning. I have embraced my new journey with no more apprehensions. I embrace it with delight, amusement, excitement and humbly. Thank you for following my journey and sharing in my ventures.

Happy Soaping
XOXO
Melissa

and the raffle winner is.....

I held a raffle last night at Off the Vine wine tasting event and the prize was a basket full of my 6 soaps (retail value $30). After many many entries the lucky winner is....drum roll please....

SARAH MILCETI
Congratulations Sarah
and Happy Showering!!

Off the Vine - Astoria


Last night I had the amazing opportunity to attend a wine tasting at www.OfftheVineNYC.com in Astoria, NY. Angela and her husband JP host wine tastings and allow local small business owners the opportunity to showcase their products. I shared the table with Lisa from The Chocolate Swirl, also from Astoria.
It was great to see so many people attend the wine tasting and also show an interest in the items we had available for them to take. One man felt guilty about taking a lip balm and soap sample that I made him take 2!
For me it was also a nice way to meet my neighbors and to share the process of making soap and my aspirations for my business.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Crock Pot Hot Process Soap

As I am getting comfortable in my role as a small business owner, I am also getting comfortable in experimenting with new recipes. Last night, oh let's say around 10ish, I decided to make soap using the crock pot hot process method. Confidently I got all my supplies together and was really excited about trying something new. It was actually pretty fun and I was in awe as to how the soap was cooking right before my eyes.

To my surprise the whole process was simple and beautiful to watch from start to finish. I am not sure if I will do this again but I do enjoy having the option of knowing I can.





Friday, November 20, 2009

Wine Tasting @ Off The Vine, Astoria and Naturally Good Soaps sample giveaways tomorrow.
(See side panel for details)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Fun is Just Beginning


What a great weekend! I had donated soaps to a fundraising event that took place last night. It was to benefit the flood victims of the Phillipines and it was fun. I wish I could have stayed but the mere fact that someone reached out to me and asked for my assistance felt great! Check out Chris and Diana's website at http://www.kimsoundstudios.com/party to see the post party pictures (as of this writing at 10:46 PM, they haven't been posted yet). Trust me I keep checking because I am excited to see who bid for my soaps!!

I also spent the weekend meeting up with grammer school friends, many I haven't seen, since 1986. That was a blast and always fun when getting together with people who were a big part of one's life.

Sunday was just the day to go over and update my website, my etsy site and taking more pictures and developing more products. I was able to accomplish making my Lavender Lotion Bar and I was about to work on the Whipped Body Butters but I am going to admit to being too tired. The hardest part was actually making the labels. No one can't say this isn't a total hands on business!! LOL

No matter what I am having so much fun in my ventures and I hope if you get to purchase one of my items, you feel it too!

XOXO
Melissa

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oh Boy Please Don't Let Me Get Sick!

I have been holding my breath since September that my son doesn't come home sick. Wishful thinking knowing that he is now in "Big Boy School" {PreK} and anything is possible. Last night around 2 am he woke up full of energy but quickly starting coughing and then alas the first sneeze arrived. All I could do is say to myself, "self, let's hope he doesn't get a fever". He didn't develop a fever however I knew I had to keep him home because I didn't want to make it to work and then get the PHONE CALL! I also had no idea that my mom was staying home as well for feeling under the weather. Oh my!

In one minute I was thinking ok, I would be home with a sick child and I can work on my website then it changed to soup maker, laundry attendant and nurse all in one. As long as everyone is well and recovers I don't mind if I couldn't work on my website.

The life of a mom!!

XOXO
Melissa

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Detox Soap


Here is a pic of my Detox Soap in my 4# mold. It has Eucalyptus Oil in it and my house always smells divine!!

Today was the day for my picture taking!!


I had a great time taking pictures for my website. I needed to take pictures so JulieHoogDesigns from Etsy.com could create a banner for me. I was obsessed with taking pictures of my soaps near water, on rocks with the Manhattan syline somewhere visible. I think I was able to accomplish this!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Website Adventures

For years I was terrified of starting my website because I thought it was just too hard. To my surprise it hasn't been too bad. I have been working on my website nightly when my son is asleep as I try not to fall asleep on my keyboard. It has been liberating in many ways. It has empowered me to go full steam ahead with my business and I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am excited to finish it up with my pictures and my shopping cart. I am a true believer in supporting other small business, work at home mom businesses/stay at home mom businesses and woman businesses. I have been working with a wonderful woman from Ct who is creating my banner and my new logo design.

I realize that one has to take baby steps or giant leaps to see their dreams come true. I believe I am at the giant leap stage because I feel unstopable!

As always,
XOXO
Melissa

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Naturally Good Soaps is ALIVE!!

Finally after some weeks of working on the website, while formulating recipes and products, I am proud to announce that Naturally Good Soaps is ALIVE. Well I should say semi-alive. I have not enabled the shopping carts or posted up pictures but I wanted to at least have people view the site while I am working on it. I already have received great comments on it and I am excited to finish it and have it running.

I am beyond elated and proud of myself. I didn't think I could do it, but YES I CAN!!

I hope you enjoy the website and share in my happiness!

Happy Shopping, Happy Soaping and Happy Indie Business Owning!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Welcome Fall!! What a beautiful day in NYC. The sun is shining the air is warm with a slight chill-perfect for a walk! Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Is excited to begin researching soaps and connecting with so many wonderful people in the industry. I didn't realize how blogging and tweeting are such powerful ways of expanding one's knowledge and network. I just wish I could do this full time. I guess I am just going to have to make and dedicate time to my future of self sufficiency.

Monday, September 28, 2009

While I am at work...

While I am at work instead of doing "work" I am busy updating my Twitter, Facebook, Blog and catching up on my real passion's emails and newsletters! LOL I promise I won't let the boss find out.

I am beginning to see how time is so critical to a new business. Time, at times (no pun intended), I feel as if I don't have but need to make a priority. So now that I have taken the Indie Pledge (Donna Marie - Indie Beauty Network) I will know take a pledge to create or at least find the time to follow my passion.

XOXO
Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

There is Something Different in the Air Around Me.

As the summer seems to dwindling down, or what we have had of summer, I am beginning to enjoy the cool nights. Fall is soon upon us and I am starting to get the bug to get creative and make my soaps. I don't like it much when I get into slumps and can't find my groove. I am eager to work on new creations and add more products to my line.

For some reason there seems to be something different in the air that surrounds me. This weekend was a holiday weekend for many. I spent this weekend with my son exploring Farmer's Markets, a street fair and just meeting up with friends for lunch. Everytime we would come home to wind down from the day's activities, my son and I would sit on the couch and talk about the days events. Although he is only 4 1/2 he is quite inquisitive and really has a great sense of self. As I looked at him and began thinking about where the time had gone because I feel like I just gave birth to him yesterday, I started to feel different. This usually comes to me when I realize he is at the next phase of his life. He is starting Pre-K tomorrow and I really see my son as a little boy, a little boy who I hope grows up to be a great man.

Now I feel it is the time to get my new baby off it's feet. I can't allow for obstacles, either big or small to get in my way anymore. I have to remind myself that what I do is for him, for us, for our future.

XOXO
Melissa

Thursday, August 20, 2009

As I am not doing well with my tweets I am not keeping up with my blogging. I apologize and hope to get on the wagon soon enough to keep this going. I am starting to realize that my dream of small business owner is difficult when I have a full time job and being a full time mother too. Maybe one day this will work out for me. XOXO

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!! I am at Jones Beach today with my son and cousin enjoying the beautiful day!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wow I haven't written in about one month! I wish I could say it is because I have been having fun making soap but it isn't. I have been so busy putting on a statewide conference in NYC, Summer cleaning the house, transitioning my son from daycare to babysitter to summer camp! It just doesn't ever end.

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend and I shall be back soon.
XOXO
Melissa

Friday, June 5, 2009

I am like a kid in a candy store...

On this rainy Friday, yet another one, I am making plans for my weekend soap ventures. I must admit that when I walk into my favorite health food stores, I am always thinking about soap. I see packages of poppy seeds, chamomile, spices and herbs and I wonder how can I incorporate these products into my soaps. My mind wanders with ideas and thoughts and since I am on several yahoo soap groups, I have been able to get some great ideas as to what I can do. I am excited about the possibilites and hope to have them posted soon on my Etsy site.

XOXO
Melissa

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday in Park Slope Brooklyn

Today in NYC it was an absolutely beautiful day. I had gone to Park Slope Brooklyn with my son to walk around and visit my friend Delores (www.DaisyMayNaturalSoap) at the Park Slope Food Market. It was great seeing her and of course I had to buy some of her soaps. I love supporting my fellow soapmakers and what a good way to spend money.

My son also took in the pleasure of purchasing 6 matchbox cars for $1.00 on a local stoop sale. It was fun watching him chose which 6 he wanted. I gave him the dollar so he could feel like a big boy making his very own purchase. I look forward to see what the rest of the summer will bring.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy Rainy Friday

Good Morning,

I am so glad it is Friday but not happy that it is raining so much. That is probably because that means I am going to have a bad hair day but the truth of the matter is our flowers, trees and grass need the rain. So at the end of the day that is what matters most. I can always put my hair in a bun and hope for the best!

I actually wish I could stay home today and catch up on all of my favorite soap pages, blog, websites and maybe even place an order. I am sure I will be able to catch up this weekend and hope to find some great stuff online.

Until then, Happy Friday and enjoy the day.

XOXO
Melissa

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

What another beautiful day to the end of this holiday weekend.

I just wanted to say thanks to all the woman and men who have served and continue to serve our beautiful country. I don't believe in war but I do believe in supporting our troops. I hope they come home safe and soon so their loved ones can hold and kiss them again.

It is days like this that I love and cherish. I had a pretty productive weekend with my son and our friends. A few times I would see a beautiful flower or smell the air so clean and crisp and I would think of soap and what new creation I can add to my product line. I may have to spend some time at the shore to really become inspired.

I just wanted to send a quick hello to everyone and soon I will return with a new soaping venture.

XOXO
Melissa

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday morning

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Saturday morning. It is funny how I am walking around my house itching to create something, like a new bar of soap. However I do have plans to go to the circus with my son and his friends and the moms. I love days like this, when the sun is shining, the air is cool, and the flowers are in bloom.

I want to wish my friend Delores (http://www.daisysoapgirl.blogspot.com/) a great day at her street fair today. I am sure she is going to do well and she will have meet great people who will fall in love with her soap.

So although I itch to create today is a day to spend outdoors with some great friends.

XOXO
Melissa

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On my way back from taking care of stuff from school and I realized I wanted to mention one more person that I just recently met.

Not too long ago I participated in an artist fair in Astoria that was put together by Astoria Events. There was a fellow soapmaker who owns a store in Astoria there as well. I had no idea there was a soap shop in my area but I didn't see it as competition. I see Vivian and her Little Soap Shop (http://www.thelittlesoapshop.net/) as another networking resource for me.

I recently visited Vivian in her shop and boy I felt like I walked into my future. Her shop located on 36th St right off of Ditmars Blvd. is my dream come true, it is small but quaint!

When I walked in Vivian was measuring out her lye and she had this ginormous gas mask on. I didn't want to disturb her so I told her to continue doing what she was doing. When she was done I introduced myself and she was just as excited to know I existed in Astoria. She was a delight to speak to and she was so kind to me and my son. She offered me the chance to have a basket of my samples in her store so I can drum up some business. How wonderful is that of her! Please visit Vivian if you can and buy some of her soap. I of course I bought 3 and I am loving it!!

Thanks Vivian for your kindness!

XOXO
Melissa

I just set up my SMS feature on my phone so I can send quick text messages to my blog. I am becoming a techi geek!! Hey if anyone can show me how to put pics on my blog I would greatly appreciate it. I might have to have a blog party in my house soon!!! Have a great day everyone!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Inspirations

As I start this blog, I have been thinking about what I was going to write next. I thought it would be nice to take this time to acknowledge the amazing people I have met along my journey.

As I mentioned in my profile I came across this incredible tour group based out of Australia called Aroma Tours (http://www.aroma-tours.com/). I saw that they hosted a tour called Provence Aromatherapy Tour and I was hooked. I booked my flight to Marseille France via the way of Belgium and booked my spot on the tour. This was my first time traveling out of the country so needless to say I had to get a passport and study up on Provence. I was so excited about this trip and if you know me, you know I tend to have big girl moments, well this was one of those moments.

I can't even begin to explain what this week in Provence did to me. It opened up my eyes to Europe, to food, to great wine and to meeting fantastic people. One woman I shared a room with was Joanne Landers. Can you believe we were paired up because she lived in New Jersey but that wasn't the crazy part. The crazy part was that she had a daughter who lived right around the corner from me in little ole Astoria!! Joanne and I keep in touch via email and she is one amazing woman. The best part was that we were like 2 giddy high school girls at night laughing so much that we barely slept! I can go on and on about Provence but to be honest you need to experience it yourself. So please check out their website and if you drop then an email please tell them I said hello! Ok one more funny bit, you would think that all the different people Jim and Robbi meet along their ways, why would they remember me? Well they do and that is because on one of our ventures experiencing the countryside, we visited a rose garden that was high in the mountains and there was this "special" wall of rocks that was said to have the ability to make one fertile. Ok did I mention that I was going to meet my new husband (now ex!! LOL) in Paris for a week after Provence? So yes, I jokingly rubbed myself all over the rock and let's just say someone came home with a bun in the oven. Oh yes, back to the point, Jim and Robbi remember me from my moment on the rock!! LOL

Moving into the future, I kept learning about Aromatherapy and discovered that one can make their own soap. My new passion began and I am so very glad that I have developed the addiction of soap making. The first person I met was Sue Nadel (http://www.youscentme.com/) at a soap meet up group. The group never took off but my friendship with Sue did. We took a soapmaking class with Ursula Basch from The Herbal Bear (http://www.herbalbear.com/) and we were hooked. As excited we both were we both agreed that we needed each other to make soap. See making soap includes mixing water and lye with the oils and this sorta scared us because of the hazards that can occur if not done properly. Sue would also come to my house and we would experiment and that is were the love of my Oatmeal Soap began. My son also loves Sue and her husband that he asks all the time when is she coming over. She is a wonderful person and I am glad she is a part of our lives.

Soap making is a small world and while searching along on yahoo groups and meetup groups, Sue and I discoverd Delores Harris from Brooklyn NY (http://www.daisymaynaturalsoap.com/). She is amazing and you can read a great article about her from an article written in Newsday http://weblogs.newsday.com/features/home/cheap_thrills_blog/2007/05/diyer_of_the_week_delores_harr_1.html
After reading that you can see why I adore Delores. She has been a great support and always is there when you have questions. Not to mention that she is a certified soapmaker by the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Inc (http://www.soapguild.org/). I hope to one day be a part of this organization but for now, I will continue working on my craft. Delores also runs a Meetup group called the CP Brooklyn Soapmakers and here is when a group of us ladies get together monthly and experiment, share, chat and learn from one another.

There are many more I would like to give kudos to but for now I wanted to honor these woman before I lose all of my thoughts to a sleepy haze.

I hope you enjoyed reading and please share with me and the readers your thoughts.

XOXO
Melissa

Hello

Today is the beginning of my blogging experience. I am sure there is a lot to learn but I thought I might as well start now and learn as I go.
Welcome to my blog! I am so giddy with the thought that I have a blog!! I know blogging is what people are doing but I always seem to be a bit behind in the norm.
I wanted to start off by saying that I am hoping this new venture will take me places and open up possibilities for me.

I hope to keep you posted on my soaping ventures and my thoughts of the day. Bare with me and thanks for joining me along.

XOXO
Melissa