Happy Thanksgiving!

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As you sit down to enjoy your holiday today, we at Mossy Creek Soap would like to say THANK YOU for being our customer.  Thanksgiving is a truly American Holiday with food, fun and FOOTBALL.  There is a lot more to the Holiday than you might know.

Here’s a few historical facts about Thanksgiving,

  • The first Thanksgiving was a 3 day harvest feast in the Plymouth colony in 1621
  • It was attended by 53 Colonists and 90 Wampanoag
  • The feast featured Turkey, Corn, Pheasant, Deer, Shellfish and Pumpkin.
  • The original holiday was most liking during the early fall in September or October during harvest time instead of late November.
  • There is some speculation about whether the Wampanoag Indians were actually invited, it is said to believe the Wampanoag Indians thought they were being attack and crashed the celebration.
  • The actual holiday was not celebrated until 1827 when a writer Sarah Josepha Hale (Mother of Thanksgiving); rallied support for a Holiday.
  • It was originally reserved for a day of prayer and fasting
  • Before 1827, it had to be declared every year by the president and it was Thomas Jefferson who refused to declare it a holiday because he strongly believed in separation of church and state.
  • Finally in 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a Federal Holiday for the 4th Thursday of November.

As you sit down to enjoy your own feast; remember and be thankful for the reasons behind it.  We are thankful for you and sincerely want you to enjoy your day today.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

CRAFT SHOW DISPLAY IDEAS

Mistletoe Market 2013 pictures of mossy creek soap booth

Every year about this time I look for new ideas to make my display table look better.  To keep it fresh I take look at new trends and color schemes.  Since my brand is earthy crunchy I tend to look for items that will add color and stay within my brand.  In the process I found these really cool sites below that could help you too! Check them out.

GREAT LINKS for a SUCCESSFUL CRAFT SHOW

  1. CraftShow Report- Behind the Scenes- BOOTH LAYOUT
  2. The 5 Elements of Seductive Craft Fair Booth Displays
  3. Tips for a CRAFT SHOW Display
  4. Craft Maker Pro Tips
  5. Tips for Vendors to Evaluate a Craft Show

Keep it FRESH and CLEAN!! Good luck everybody, I hope you have a very profitable season.

 

Check out our Pinterest Board Below to help you get some cool ideas!

DISPLAYS IDEAS

Meet Kelli Buchanan!

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We want welcome Kelli Buchanan to our studio family!

She has been married for 21 years, a mother of four daughters, she loves animals and people. She enjoys spending her time volunteering in the community wherever she can be of help and exploring her creative spirit with gardening, scrapbooking and sewing/quilting.

Her four daughters keep her on her toes through sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Born in Texas and grew up in Louisiana and Tennessee. She moved to Georgia along with her family and husband after he was relocated to the area.

She is motivated by her husband and her children. She says; “It is through laughter, faith and perseverance that I accomplish my daily “to-do” list”.

Before she got busy with the her day in the studio, she took a break to share a little bit about herself.

Michelle-  What is your personal type of scent? (Fresh, Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Air or Oriental)

Kelli-  I love a combination of Oriental and Spicy.

Michelle- What is your favorite botanical or flower? 

Kelli- My favorite botanical is lavender and flower is a rose.

Michelle- What do you think is the most important essential oil to own and why? 

Kelli- Lavender is so wonderful for calming and relaxing.  Its fragrance instantly settles me.  I use it daily in so many ways.

Michelle- What one cosmetic product you cannot go without?

Kelli- Mascara….and love Lavender in my mascara.

Michelle- As new soap maker what do find as the most exciting part of making soap?

Kelli- The process of blending oils with botanicals and fragrance to create this beautiful, aromatic masterpiece.

Michelle- If someone were interested in making soap for the first time, what advice would you give them? 

Kelli- Read directions thoroughly and safety first.  Be creative with color, blends and packaging.

Michelle- What’s a famous favorite quote of yours?

Kelli- “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”—Audrey Hepburn

Since she started over a month ago, she has been an invaluable asset to our growing company.  She truly is a breath of fresh air and someone who you will enjoy as well. Stop by, introduce yourselves and I am sure you will agree with me when I say she make you feel special with her warm and generous spirit!

Why You Should Be Interested In Starting Your Own Business

Make things happen

Follow your passion, create your own destiny, work with the people you want and make your own hours!  Doesn’t this all sound appealing?  If you already have a skill you can always do consulting or hire yourself out as an independent contractor to those needing your services.

But what if you don’t?  Then you need to produce something of value that others want to purchase.  I started off in direct sales and it gave me the fundamental building blocks to create my own business.  With a direct sales company you can become an independent contractor selling their products, telling their story and using their marketing material.  In most cases it’s pretty easy to get started, you purchase their kit and call all your friends to have a party.  Notice how I put the emphasis on “THEIR”?  You will be selling THEIR company to YOUR friends.  You will usually receive about 25% of the profits but you are required to purchase their monthly special items to demo at your parties which eats up most of “YOUR” profit.

The opportunities to start your own business are limitless.  You can start a business on a shoestring budget and make good money to support your and your family.  To become an ENTREPRENEUR you will need to be able to work independently and motivate yourself, set goals to achieving success and be passionate about what you do. Be organized, have a strong desire to create and not afraid of failure.

Every month about 1 million people are going through a job loss, changing  their careers or adding a second job.  If you are  relying on your income to pay the bills you can still start-up your own company NOW.  That way when it becomes profitable you can quit your day job and work FULL TIME in your own business.  I see it all the time.  It took me about 1 year before I was able to quit my day job and work full-time in my own business. You can do it and I can help you pave the way to success!

The annual gross sales of 250,000 soap making business range from $5,000- 10 Million. Many  are second businesses but some are FULL TIME successes.  You will need to work hard and  have your eye on the prize.  If you are ready to put in the hard work and reap the benefits of your business join us for our next Weekend Fast Track Soapmaking Business Workshop on September 20-21, 2014.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about soap! We will teach you how to make the soap and how to get into business branding it, packaging it and selling it!! Don’t miss this fabulous class and start your own business selling soap today!

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Fast Track Soapmaking Business Workshop

Learn simple techniques to making soap and having a product you can sell while you learn about the ins & outs of starting up your own company. Learn how to have your own website at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods, build a product that will sell in your market, tips on photographing your product to sell online, craft show displays, unique ways to package your new soap and a special demonstration on how to use the SOAPMAKER PROGRAM. Receive superior classroom instruction with hands on soapmaking from Michelle Rhoades, a certified soapmaker with the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.

Day 1-

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about soapmaking. We discuss all the methods and give you step by step instruction on how to make cold processed soap. Learn from a certified experienced soapmaker who will walk you through the chemistry behind the soapmaking so you will fully understand soapmaking from the oils to the cured soap.

  • Step by step directions
  • Safety Equipment List and Procedures
  • Soapmaking Oil Properties
  • Additives, Essential Oils, Fragrances
  • Using natural herbs, flowers, powders
  • Step by step directions to swirling and working with color
  • How to come up with a color scheme, which colors to use and how to swirl like a pro
  • Recipe Formulation
  • Soapmaking supplier information
  • Terms & Definitions in Soapmaking
  • Receive our Comprehensive Soapmaking handbook with Recipes to help you get started.

BONUS- Learn the easy way how to make milk & fruit soaps. We will teach you how to make a creamy milk soap and a wonderful fruit soap using a simple fluid replacement method. Receive our tested recipes and  a booklet with step by step directions necessary for successful milk & fruit soapmaking.

Day 2-

We will begin promptly at 10am on Sunday morning with how to start your own bath and body Business workshop.  Find out what supplies you need for Soapmaking, how to effectively sell your new soap, tips on how to get started selling online, how to start up on a shoestring budget and start making money right away, find out where to get your supplies, where to sell your soap and Do’s and Don’ts for Craft Shows.

Don’t miss this informative class~We will share with you the tools needed to help you succeed in your new business.

  • Give you the edge you need to stand out front in the crowd
  • Build your own brand recognition through package design and product presentation.
  • Streamline your startup cost with cost saving methods
  • Learn how you can start up on a shoe string budget and be successful.
  • Learn how to take fabulous photos without the use of an expensive photographer
  • Create a booth design that will stand out of the crowd
  • Wholesaling, Consignments and more…

You will go home with an arm load of fresh soap that we made in class, soapmaking booklet (soapmaking recipes, charts, step by step directions to help you get started once you get home) and information on all my trusted suppliers!

 SIGN UP HERE.. BEFORE AUGUST 31st to SAVE $75.00

 

 

OPENING A SOAPMAKING RETAIL SHOP Part 4

Supplies, Displays, Signs and Advertising Your New Business

Owning a retail business!

Owning a retail business!

 

Welcome to the FINAL Part of the  series- Opening a Soapmaking Retail Shop Business.

I reside in a fairly small community of about 150,000 so I had to be very creative. I enlisted the help of my representative from the LOCAL SBA (small business admin) office. They helped me launch my business outside my home office.

How do you get the word out without having to spend a lot of money? What about setting up your shop?

  1. LOW COST ADVERTISING– This is trial and error. Some areas work well for flyers and print mailings others do not.  See if you can afford a small ad in your local magazine. This works well if it will be displayed for long periods of time.  You could invite your local news station/news reporter to sit in while you make soap for some FREE advertising.  Maybe they will print or air their visit with you.
  2. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT– On occassion I offer demos to my local community on how to make soap. I keep it simple so they can see the process; discussing the importance of  the natural ingredients, botanicals and explaining why it’s better to use real soap.  Then I offer a coupon  to visit my shop. Word of mouth works well, 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers.  Start a loyalty/referral program to help things move along.
  3. SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING– Now you can have the cool kid’s page that says you have a local business. Enter your local business on google and other search engines, add pictures, hours and a coupon. Promoting your Facebook posts can be a hit or miss but be sure to add lots of pictures of your shop, the process, products specials…etc.  Tweet it and Instagram it as well.  If you are handy with video, add one to YouTube, do a walk through—show your personality and people will connect with you. They will want to come in to see what all the fuss is about!
  4. INVENTORY– You could save a lot of money making your own. Be prepared to stock items you can make quickly.  Soap can be planned out in advance but stock bath bombs, bath teas, handmade perfumes, liquid soap, make some ready to buy gift baskets to keep those shelves full.  Everything looks better if the shelves are full.
  5. DISPLAYS, SIGNS– Startup expenses can be very expensive– Signs, Furniture, Displays.  Depending on what your landlord requires, you could be spending up to $5000 and more for a light up sign. I got lucky with my first location, they only required a small sign above my door. In 2010 it cost me about $300 installed.  Budget for displays and retail shelving.  Paint goes a long way, keep it minimal and shop local for second-hand bargains. I found my first table at goodwill for $30.00!
  6. OUTSOURCING: How much is your time worth?  At some point you will need to decide that “xzy” is  time consuming and your attention could be applied more effectively in another area. Then you will need to look at outsourcing.  Finding out what  is your passion and then manage your time more efficiently.  For example:  A website;  If you do not have web building skills, I would allocate funds to outsource a PROFESSIONAL web designer for your website.  If you are tech savvy you can save a lot of money creating it yourslef but it’s still time consuming. How is your much is your time worth?

If you want to own and run a retail shop but do not want to make your own products. Save your time and money outsourcing them from your suppliers. You can always order from us- Visit our local studio in Perry Georgia.   Buy what you need instead of all the equipment needed to make them.

Links for you to view:

RETAIL DISPLAY SUPPLIES-

candyconceptsinc.com

luckyclovertrading.com

SIGNS/ADVERTISING-

Georgia Family Magazine

shortrunposters.com