Sunday, September 28, 2008
I've been in the service business since I've been old enough to work, and that's the first thing I was taught: Thank your customer! Not only is it professional and the right thing to do, but it can make or break the potential for repeat business. Where is all this coming from? I've been shopping a lot on Etsy lately, and of the five purchases I've made in the last week, only ONE of the sellers took the time to thank me for my purchase and tell me a little about what it was I bought. That really impressed me, and I'm going to buy from this seller again.
There, I've said. It's been bothering me for days, and I hope that my message reaches someone who may forget that thanking the customer is part of making the sale. Til next time.....
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
There are many different kinds of mp soap on the market, but not all brands are made equally. I personally love mp because it's quick. It's easy. More importantly, for me, it's versatile. I love using shaped soap molds to make what I call soap creations. You can embed things in it. You can use additives such as herbs and salts. You get the point. BUT.... not all mp soaps are the same. There are many different brands on the market, and many of these brands contain stuff I can't even pronounce. For that reason, I only use what's called natural or organic soap-no sulfates or foaming agents. They can be very drying which is why extra glycerin is added to mp soap.
CP soap, on the other hand, is made from scratch. They're unique in appearance, color, and texture. No two batches will hardly ever look the same. There are dozens upon dozens of different oil and butter combinations you can use to make cp soap. That's where the science of soap comes in. It can be dangerous because it involves the use of lye or sodium hydroxide. You must wear protective gear whenever making soap from scratch. You must never attempt to make soap from scratch with children or pets around (I'm not saying if you have children or pets, do not make cp soap. I'm saying, don't have them in the same area when making soap.)
Okay, I'm getting off my "soap box." I just had to put it out there that I believe mp is real soap, and that you have choices-not only as a soap maker, but a lover and buyer of soap. Now, go wash your ___________________.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I really like to keep this blog light-hearted, but a year ago to the day, I lost someone who meant EVERYTHING to me. This is for you Whalen:
When we met, it was fate.
You instantly became my Plus One.
There was no me without you.
You were my Number One. I was your Boo.
They thought we were joined at the hip.
We told them we were in love so don’t trip.
Now I’m minus one.
A Gina with no Martin. The beans with no fartin’.
You were my world, and although we’re lifetimes apart,
You'll forever and always be
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I've met some cool people who share similar interests, and I actually like reading what they're up to. The great thing about Twitter is, you can't ramble on and on. It's like, "Get to the point already." It's meant to give a brief synopsis if you will. I tweet about new stuff I'm making, new blog posts, interesting finds, etc. It seems a little silly at times, but people are following you. If you've had second thoughts about it, give it a shot. It's good exposure for your biz, your craft, or whatever your platform may be.
Follow me and check it out: http://twitter.com/crazycraftycool
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tomorrow, I'll reveal another new soap. Stay tuned!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
- Cookie Soaps
- Bon Bon Soaps
- Four Seasons of Clean
- High Roller Soap Combo
- Gingerbread Chefs
My personal favorite is the High Roller Soap Combo. I'm giving this one to all my Spade-playing friends.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I'm working late, so I'll probably miss the opening concert with Keith Urban, Natasha Beddingfield, and Usher, whom by the way my sister would leave Chris for if Usher told her to. Anyway, I won't be thinking about soaps and candles at all tonight. I'll be fixated on the game, which I'm not feeling all to confident about. We have a new coach, Jim Zorn, who's never coached a pro team before. But that's okay. I've got a 6 pack of Mike's Hard Limeade with Patrice written all over it. I figure I'll be nice and numb if we're getting stomped. Tomorrow morning is another story. All I can say is, "Hail to the Redskins! Hail, victory....!!!"
I've been up since 5:30 EST, and I usually set my alarm for this time every weekday because I like to work out in the morning. I'm usually dragging, but this morning, I'm feeling rested, refreshed, and creative! I've made some new M&P soaps, and I'm working on a few new candles-all since I've awaken.
I've been kinda bummed because my online sales are extremely slow. I don't have a lot of money in my budget for marketing, so I am taking to the blogging and twittering circuit to get my name out there. One thing I've learned is it's not only what you sell, but how you sell it, meaning, not only is the visual appeal important, but the way you describe your product is equally important. Let's face it, there are thousands of soap and candle makers out here, and the Internet is very competitive. How are you going to stand out? By having top notch photos (no, I don't have a pro photographer, but a good camera, the right angles and lighting are my best friends. Using descriptive words in my product descriptions are important also, but most importantly, what will my product do for you? Hey, I've got work to do. I'm shelling out all this good advice and haven't done much myself.....Later!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I'm going to start saving my pennies because I plan to go on a major Brambleberry shopping spring before month end. I love their FOs, but the shipping kills me because they're on the west coast, and I'm in metro DC. I believe in the old adage though, "You get what you pay for."