Monday, 21 December 2009

take a leap....


A while ago, this was printed in one of the Howies catalogues...
Seems some of my nearest and dearest & friends need a booster right now.
So...take a read...feel better...and be brave....
xx

You know that dream you carry around with you each day?
It’s kinda important.
Wasn’t it what you were put on planet earth to do?
They say everyone has a calling, can your still hear it?
Doesn’t it eat away at you?
That treadmill you are on, did it ever get too much?
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to do your thing?
Did you ever feel time was passing you by?
Just how many days have you left before your last?
Did you ever wonder about stuff like that?
Did you ask yourself ‘what was stopping you?’
There is never a right time.
You will be too old.
Too young.
Too something or other.
When was last time you took a risk?
Did you remember how alive it made you feel?
There are no guarantees of success.
It’s not called a leap of faith for nothing.
It’s not too late, honest.

Jump.

You might fall.

You might fly.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

He's coming....





Blue Skies by Lush


Luxury Macarons by Laduree

Ojon restorative hair treatment - available at QVC

Eau de Sisley no. 2 available at space nk
Elm Design dress available at blue, cheltenham

Louise Buchan tea set brooch from blue, cheltenham

If I had a million pounds...

Some of these beauties is what i would spend my money on...



Monday, 7 December 2009

Well! I've never been asked THAT before....


I did my craft fair on Saturday in Cheltenham, and have to say I had a very good day.
I met some really lovely people (other stall holders...and customers) and came away happy with my sales. I even sold out of the ever popular 'Geranium & Patchouli Slice'.
Now...when I do craft shows I'm ready for the questions.
We have to gear ourselves up for them don't we?
It's no good just being happy to make soap in our homes if we want to make a living out of it...you gotta learn some people skills and get ready for some really strange questions...you know they're coming.
So then...my really strange questions came almost at the end of my working day. Now bear in mind, this particular craft show was held in the gardens and upstairs rooms of a pub.

Here's what happened (two incidents)...
Lady no.1: Hello. Arent' these magnificent. (continues to browse - gets low to sniff the soap rather than pick it up (why!) ).
'Thank you very much', came my reply.
'So...I can eat the ones in the middle' (she meant the 4 soaps scented with fragrance oils).
'EAT THEM', I exclaimed! 'NO, you can't eat them...they're soap'.
'Oh, I thought I could eat those ones but not the others'....!!!!
'No, honestly', I said. 'It's soap, You can't eat any of it!'
Lady grabs my arm and says 'Do you know? I've come all the way from the tip of Cornwall and I've never seen anything like this. I've never been to a craft fair, all my life consists of is milking the cows & feeding the chickens. This is all so new to me and quite overwhelming'.
'I should say it is', I said!
Bless her...off she went to the next stand, to explain to the other ladies that she was all the way from the tip of Cornwall and that she'd never experienced the like before...

Lady no.2: 'Hiya'. How's it going?'
'Yes, very well thanks, I said. I'm having a lovely day. How are you?'
'Well', she said. 'This is gonna sound like a really strange question, but have you got anything that could help me and my liver?'
My face contorted I'm sure.
I said 'Sorry, I'm a soapmaker, not a bloody doctor' (she had a large glass of red in her hand so I knew she'd take a bit of mockery')!
She said 'Sorry, I'll explain. I've been to the doctor as I have a problem with my liver. Oops, I know I shouldn't be drinking...but I have been given these salts and I have to put 4 scoops into my bath and sit in it for 20 minutes, and whatever is in the salts seeps through my skin to help with my problem. After I get out of the bath, I feel all woozy and really really tired'.
Well...at this point I'm totally baffled.
I said 'I'd really love to be able to help, but I don't think I could help you, as I think that maybe you're not supposed to use anything other than the salts'.
I mean, how the hell could I 'prescribe' a soap? Most of mine contain essential oils, which we all know can have adverse side effects in some people. So with a person with some kind of liver problem (she didn't explain what it was), I daren't reccommend anything'.
Don't think my public liability insurance would cover me...!
Just WOT do you say to these people? I thought I'd heard it all...but the buying public never cease to amaze me. They're all so talented at asking these truly wicked questions!


Friday, 4 December 2009

Cheltenham Connect Craft Fair


I shall be here with my soap on Saturday...
Well...not exactly in the scene of 'It's A Wonderful Life'!
But at the Chelt. Connect Christmas Craft Event on Bath Road, Cheltenham.
Please come along if you're a yocal local!
It would be lovely to meet some of my customers...so come along for a chat and a glass of mulled wine.
It's cold out at the mo, so this will be a welcome relief...and whatsmore it's being held in a pub!
What more could one want?! Soap, wine, warmth and fun fun fun...

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