Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I am very very excited to be part of an exciting new local catalog! Those of you that have school age children are familiar with that dreaded time of year, fundraising. Your child comes home with a catalog filled with tins of popcorn or wrapping paper and needs to sell these items to raise money for their school. Wouldn't you like to actually buy something you really want, and support your local businesses? Well I would like to introduce, Close Buy Catalog. A fundraising catalog for Maine Schools
Close Buy has been created by the hardworking talents Masey Kaplan. I met her several months ago while selling my soaps in Falmouth during the Winter Market. She has secured some fantastic products all made from businesses here in Maine. The catalog will come out early November and students from 3 local schools will be taking orders for some very fine products. Just in time for gift giving season, the potential for a high amount of orders is great.
I met with Masey and we decided on some lovely gift sets for her catalog. I will offer a 4 pack of soaps and a 2 pack. My laundry detergent will also be available in the gift catalog.
Thanks Masey for choosing me to be part of your catalog! Now, I'm off to make soap....
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The soap cave! Look at all the curing bars of soap!
"Handmade olive oil soap is one of the locally made products that Syria is famous for. Actually, you might not realize but outside the cities there are many Olive orchards…. It was interesting to see this “factory” as by no means is it what you would think when you say factory back home. The soap making is done in the winter, cured during the spring/summer and sold in market during the fall. When we were there, the factory was in the curing phase, so I didn’t get to see it fully operational. What I found intriguing was that they lay paper on the floor that has been divided by metal railings/guides. They pump the liquid soap up to the second floor and spread the liquid into the divided sections. Once hard enough they cut the soap BY HAND and stack BY HAND. Now I think you can get an idea from my pictures how much soap is there. That is a lot of manual labor to do that. The soap is cured to different levels".
Wow! How cool that she saw such a massive production of soap. I make only 8 pounds at a time, each batch yielding 28 bars of soap. My technique is similar to theirs, as I pour the liquid soap into molds, once "hard" I cut the soap by hand and stack it by hand to cure. I will have to ask her how much a bar of soap cost, if they have different fragrances and is it a locally embraced product (do they use it) or is it all for export.
Thanks Paula! Cool stuff!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Half a stick of butter
3 T. garlic, minced
½ C. green onion, chopped
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Here is how I have the soap samplers set out at market. On the back of each business card is written all the fragrances of the soaps inside that gift box. They are selling very well, as many people buy them for hostess gifts, little soaps for the gym or traveling or just to try some of my soaps.
Soap Samplers are available only at market and only by chance. They sell quickly! (but you can send me an email or give me a call, I know the gal that makes these up and she would be happy to help you get your hands on one or two).
Sunday, April 4, 2010
A customer and I worked out a little special delivery for Easter Sunday. I was headed North for some dinner at my folks and she was only 15 minutes away from there, could we met in the middle? She realllly wanted to try a few of my soap fragrances that her local retail store just didn't carry at the moment. And really, this happens often. I did something similar about 3 weeks ago. A customer emailed. Her husband had some out of town clients (really out of town ~ Korea!) and wanted them to have some of my handmade soaps to bring back to their wives. I was happy to meet up with you Holly! Thanks for sending my soaps along to Korea. And so nice to meet you on Sunday Maria! Enjoy your soaps.
If you are not able to make it to any of the Farmers Markets or the local retail stores are not carrying the soap fragrance that you desire, just send me and email, give me a call, send a note along and perhaps we can meet up for your very own special delivery.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Jinger makes and sells vintage style aprons under the cute name Yo' Mamma's Apron Strings. Her daughter Zoe creates some beautiful jewelry that is also for sale.
Angela of The Craftin' Scot does all sorts of hand knitting and sewn items. Find things like knit washcloths, bandannas for dogs (see on the little Scottie dog in the foreground), hats, scarves, and the most beautiful sweaters.