Friday, February 27, 2009

Mid Missouri Creates Etsy Stir!

Last year I joined a team that was really just starting. We have watched it grow and have high hopes for things to come. Here are a few of their lovely shops all hand-made in Mid-MO, Columbia and surrounding areas. I hope you find something you can't resist!


If you are from Mid-Missouri and are selling on Etsy we would love to have you!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Support us in the 2009 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition

Support us in the 2009 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition

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True Blue Friends

While this is a small representation of the wonderful people who have helped me, influenced me, inspired me, and made me laugh over the course of the past year, I am ever grateful for there support and friendship. Some I know in person, some I know only as avatars, and some I know their great products. Thank you everyone for making my Etsy experience a blast!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Handmade Me

I posted this in my byhand.com blog, but I thought I would share it here with some proofreading. This is really me, where my creativity stems from.

LIFE WITHOUT HANDMADE?

Can you imagine your life without handmade? I know I can't. I grew up with it. I remember holding a needle and thread when I was 4-5 years old as my Grandmother guided my hand up and down through an embroidery hoop. My mother made clothes for my sisters and me. We used to laugh because we would all be wearing matching outfits (including Mom). Mom always said it was so she could find us if we ever got lost. "She's wearing THIS!" We learned to cook meals and homemade play-doh with Mom near by and how to do every day tasks like laundry and dusting with her watching eye.

Now as an adult, and crafter/artist/mom myself, I see so much value in the things we made together over the years. It was less about making ends meet by doing things yourself, but more about teaching values and creating memories. There is such a great importance in creating things yourself. You learn to succeed through trial and error. You learn to accept that sometimes you just can't. You learn to find beauty in the simple things. And you learn that it is less about the end product, but the process.

The things we make are part of us, part of our history and our future. My most treasured things are those that have been either passed down or made specifically with me in mind. Someone cared enough and knew me well enough to create something with their two hands. I also treasure the times we have had together during those creative processes. The quilts my mom and I have planned, created, and given as gifts to others, the projects I've helped my grandma with, and the crafts I've guided my kids through. These are times we stop rushing around and actually talk and laugh, and sometimes, even cry.

Who would I be without my handmade? Just another namebrand t-shirt with a logo plastered all over it. I would be just like the masses. That's not me. I am original! I am handmade!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Making Changes

This is going to be a year of changes for Soap Scent-sations. Good changes! I am working hard to make a more recognizable product. The first step in this process has been to create a new logo for my business; something that will be on all of my products, something that identifies the products as mine and something that is fun and fabulous just like my soaps! So with much ado...be on the look out for this logo.....EVERYWHERE! I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out!
Many thanks to my friend MonkeyThreads for her work on translating my sketch into something that I can use!

Other changes that you can begin watching for: full FDA approved ingredient lists on all of my products, recycled packaging, and of course a new product line that I am extremely excited to be debuting in March! Be on the look out for more details. It is my hope that with these changes will grow a greater confidence in my products, a greater recognition of my products, and an overall cohesive look!