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