Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bridal Perfume Party

Another little just for fun post - going through old photos today. This is a perfume party I put together for a wedding shower in Florida, the bride was kind enough to send me this lovely picture!

 

Smell the Love!

Just Some Fun with Photography & Photoshoppin'

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wasting Not - Honey, Lavender, Goats Milk ETC.!



I made lavender infused honey/honeys for friends and family this xmas. This gorgeous lavender was from etsy shop :  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kyhunly, it arrived beautifully packaged with lovely ribbons and bows and even wrapped in lavender tissue paper! 



I was inspired to do something with honey this xmas after recently reading 'The Secret Life of Bees" so I took this little photo in honor of the book. I also had a big mess of lavender buds on the counter and sticky honey left at the bottom of the honey pots when I was finished. So I melted a pound of goats milk soap and tossed 1/2 a pound into each empty honey pot and stirred it in reallllllly good. Swept up & added the stray lavender buds when the honey was fully incorporated. I wound up with a very sticky soap batter that I poured into 6 molds, didn't waste 1 precious drop of honey or a single lavender bud! This soap smells vaguely of honey and lavender but is otherwise unscented and was gifted to friends who had recently had a baby. Amazing lather on this soap and so good for winter skin & fresh baby skin; perfect to use as a shaving bar too!  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

If You Need Help in crisis.

Please keep these numbers on record somewhere in your home, you never know when you are going to need one of them.  

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
(For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889))

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
(For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: Please use your local relay service number)

Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
(For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-787-SAFE) (1-800-787-7233)

National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-RUN-AWAY (1-800-726-2929)
(For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-621-0394)

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
(For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-826-7653 [message] or use your local relay service number)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Small Business Advice for 2013

This list is compiled from a facebook post.  HAPPY 2013 to everyone! Here is some advice from small business owners, from people who have been in business for a few months to already established businesses. Hopefully some of what is said here will resonate with you and inspire you if you are working towards building a successful business.

LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING 

Switch from 'High End' to 'Value' products




 "hear" and "trust" that inner voice of intuition. 

 do good + be good =get good, never give up, and believe you CAN do it

 buy local, and be willing to build a business around your passions. 

 good & honest customer service. If you forget about your customers your business will fail, they are your bread and butter and your lifeline.

  a small inconvenience on your part may mean the world to your client. 

Don't muddy your business by trying to make money, stand true to your mission and the 'success' will follow. 

You can't please everybody. You have to stand for what you do best, what you believe, and what you set out to do. 

Customer service, with a rapid response time. 


Care about people. Your customers, your employees, your neighbors. If you take care of people, when you share your vision with them, they will help you succeed.

 when times get tough ~ expand & diversify

 Treat everyone that walks through your door like an old friend, smile because you love what you do, and go above and beyond every day.

 create an initial business plan then update it every year. It needs to contain a focused direction of the buisness for each quarter plus an quaterly earnings goal. Small steps or benchmarks to achieve the bigger vision.

 "do unto others as you would have others do unto you"

 The customer isn't always right, but the customer is always a top priority.

 Every little step you make is big. It either works or is a lesson learned.

  Expense control. Decrease overhead.

 Branding is super important. Input your name, logo etc everywhere you can. Make yourself recognizeable. And social network like crazy. Remember to really reach out to your market. If your primary customer is under 38 that social networking is particularly important.

  I can not please everyone, and I am not making best friends. I am running a business. It was a really, really hard lesson to learn. And one I struggle with daily.


  I am not a website. I am a human being! I keep the doors open. 


Your time is very valuable!! Stay organized to manage your time better and create better work flow. Don't allow your self to stray from your goals or spend too much time on something that really isn't going to benefit that goal in the end...even if it seems like a great idea in the moment....

 TAKE RISKS!!