Saturday, June 28, 2014

Endeavor to Persevere!

Thus would my former supervisor cheerily call out to me during our busiest, most frantic season.  Or to put it more simply, "Try to try."  And some days, what more can you do?  I've noticed a definite pattern: the quieter my blog, the busier my "real life." I'm not sure if the answer is better time management or a slower-paced life--either would come in handy.

As it has been April since I last posted, you can be assured that things are been moving at warp speed around here.  But such exciting stuff!  Here are a couple items on the business side of things:

I was contacted by Milwaukee Public Television this spring and asked to recommend an outstanding vendor from the farmer's market I manage for a segment on an upcoming show on my town, Monroe, Wisconsin.  I immediately named a favorite produce vendor but because of scheduling and produce availability conflicts, the next day I found myself and my soap business on the interview roster.  Eeep.

Showing off my little bitty loofah plants
Fast forward two months to earlier this month, when the interview took place.  I had NO idea what to expect, but I had a wonderful time chatting with the host, director, camera and sound staff who were intrigued by my soapmaking and loofah growing adventures.  Of course, I enjoyed the moments when the camera wasn't pointed my way most of all, but still...  All in all, it was a super fun experience.  Now I'd like to find out what I actually said during my blur of an interview, but that won't be for several months yet.

A little side note: Over the weekend, I watched The Princess Diaries--remember that movie with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway?  Well, the man who hosts the show is the very same John McGivern who appeared as trolley driver in the movie. How my little sis knew and remembered that bit of trivia I'll never know.

Also, I've begun a re-vamp of sorts, testing new fragrances and changing some things up as I streamline my product line.  Really, it's a continuous task but I'm taking a more focused approach as I analyze what my customers buy.  I feel a little heartless cutting some favorites, but that just means more of certain ones for me. :)

Geisha--an oriental, citrusy scent with green notes 
I've also been playing around with the looks of my soaps--here is my first attempt at a method of adding embeds.  I see potential for a lot of variation with this technique, so expect some changes in my online shop throughout the summer. (And if you are close enough to come to see me at the market, please do!)

7 comments:

  1. Hey woman, you're a star! I hope we'll be able to see your interview on YT, I'm sure you did great!
    I like your embeds in soap, it's such a fun, but demanding technique, if you don't have a soap for recycling prior! Will be nice to see your new line!

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    1. Thanks, Diva! I'll share the YT link when it's available.

      Yes, it's a lot more work when you don't have soap that needs to be re-designed, (such as the case with this batch) but I just can't hope that batches occasionally flop, y'know? :)

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  2. Hi amy! Congrats on the tv interview and glad to hear you've been happily busy. It's good to see you in blogland again amidst your full schedule. :) Beautiful color and pattern on your Geisha soap. :)

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    1. Spring is absolutely the busiest time of the year for me--getting the farmer's market organized and off and running, putting in the garden, making soap for the market season and oh! dozens of other things that need to be done with the coming of warmer weather. But things are settling down to a dull roar. ;)

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  3. Congrats on the interview, Amy! Sounds like you have been busy. I love your Geisha soap - those embeds are so cool!

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    1. Hi Jenny! Thanks. I am really in love with this technique, but it's tricky to remember that the designs are made by cutting the loaf horizontally.

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  4. You're famous! It's a good problem when you're so busy with your business that you don't have time to blog.

    The embeds look great and I love the name of the soap.

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