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Saturday, November 12, 2005

It's that time again...

I'm a week from my craft fair, so I've been soapin' like a fiend. Actually, I'm telling myself that Tuesday will be my deadline to finish everything.

I actually started making bubbling bath tarts last Saturday night. It's a good thing I started on those early because they're not drying properly. I'm going to have to redo them again. grrrr...

They sure look pretty though...

riseandshine2 riseandshine Plumeria pinksugar Amazing Grace

They bubble and fizz just fine. The problem is that they're not drying as rock hard as I would like them to. Oh well...more for meeeee!

I'll have to make another batch later and adjust my recipe accordingly. I think I know where I went wrong. Heck...I even bought a scale so that I can weigh out my ingredients instead of just using visual measurements.

I would say I'm about half way done with my soaping. I plan to finish the rest of the soaps by tonight. I would like to start on soy whip body creams, foaming bath butter, soy body glaze, and the rest of the lotions and potions by tomorrow. Hopefully, by Monday, I finish all that up and start working on packaging. Walt needs to be in SD on Thursday for meetings, so that means I would like to have everything loaded in the car by Wednesday evening. During my past few craft shows, I'd be up till the wee hours of the morning the day of the show. I would literally get about 1 - 2 hours of sleep because I'd be up late labeling and packaging, etc.

This year, I will nix the printed brochures. They have never bought me any repeat customers in the past. I plan to have business cards, so if anyone wants to check out what I offer, they can download the brochure from there. Besides, there are products that I'm testing out the market on. A printed brochure would kind of limit me to what's only in the brochure. At least with an electronic one, I can update fragrances, products, and prices on the fly.

I won't be doing jewelry this year. The last craft fair I was in, there were at least 8 other jewelry makers there. I was totally shocked that I managed to sell 2 pieces at the show. I'm also doing a different approach with my product sizes as well. Soaps have always been a good seller, but it seems at the craft fair, lotions and shower gels don't really move at all. I think it may have something to do with the size. I've been carrying 8 oz sizes in the past. This year, I will be downsizing them. The bottles and jars will be 4 and 2 ozs. I'll be promoting smaller items to be used as stocking stuffers. I plan not to stay behind the table this time, but instead I'll be up front, marketing my ass off.

I'm totally changing my approach this year and I'm back in the bath & body game here. I'm starting to get a little burned out with print and web design, but this is giving me another creative outlet that I constantly need.

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Comments

great work ! they all look very pretty !

i've always wanna make candles and soaps myself... but i'm just lazy....

oh incase you wonder where i came from, i came across your stuff on 43T > Flickr > here.

keep up the great work ! :)

Posted by: shirster | Dec 18, 2005 2:34:59 PM