Thursday, November 13, 2008

WHAT MAKES A PRODUCT SELL?

I've asked this question before but have been thinking more about it lately. What do you think makes a product sell? Fragrance, Texture, Packaging? I would guess most handmade soap or other body product business people would say all of it matters but what I've been hearing from people I've spoken to about this, most people are sold on ONE things. Sometimes it is packaging that first attracts them, some don't even pass up an opportunity to buy a product, even if it smells badly, if the packaging is great.

Myself, I use to be sold completely by fragrance. I would buy something I certainly did't need as long as it had the scent of coconuts. LOL! Anything tropical, I would buy it. I've heard others tell me the same thing.

So, out of curiousity, I've added a poll to my blog and would like visitors to answer, if you could only use one item to sell your product, which do you think would attract the most buyers? I know, I know, not all people are sold by fragrance or packaging alone, often times it is the combination of things, but I'm trying to see what you think makes a product the strongest.

The poll is on the top right of this blog. Please let me know what you think. If you want to add remarks, post away :)

Even if you don't make anything, please join in on the poll.

(Sorry about my incoherent blabber, I can't write or think today)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CHECK OUT THE SOAP

We had another great soap swap in the fall. Yessssssss I'm behind on posting the picture. I kept my lovely little soaps together and they waited Oh So Patiently for me to take their picture for the blog.

Let me say this again, I suck at taking picture. Yes S.U.C.K.

I try and I try, I even made my own little light box, and it just doesn't work. So, I give up. I'll just take the darn pictures and post them... there is no hope for me.

The soaps are wonderful though, they are made by the best soapmakers around.



If you want to see more of these lovely soaps and other great handmade items visit the blogs of the following soap swap participants. They created the lovely items above and create beautiful handmade products daily.

AMBER from Ambers Ambry

TRISHA at Suds to Love

HEIDI at Sopaholics Anonymous

ELIZABETH at Gassner Custom Soaps

NATALIE at Koinonia Community

SHERRIE at Birchbark Soap

MICHELE at Soapy Elephant

Friday, October 31, 2008

SOMEONE MADE ME SMILE TODAY

I love when I read blogs that make me smile. This morning I was going through my list of blogging buddies and came across Sheabutter Cottage. Akua was so wonderful as to award me with the "friendship" award. My heart melted and I smiled. Can't ask for more than that.

I love the blogging community more than anyone could possibly know. Not everyone knows how great this world of bloggers can be. I've met people from all over the world, not only are they blogging but they are also making soap! Males and females alike. We share little bits of our lives with one another, give encouragement and support, and quite possibly will never meet face to face. As unusual as that all seems, it is really very wonderful in so many ways. Great friends I call them all, if only over the internet :)

HERE IS MY FRIENDSHIP AWARD FROM AKUA WOOD


I swiped this from Akua's blog since she so articulated the rules of this award so well (I hope this is ok Akua).

The rules for acceptance of the award are as follows: Pick 8 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on their creativity, design, interesting material and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language. Congratulations and please pass the award to others who are deserving. Share the friendship........x

Here are my 8:

Soap With Balls

Oats with Honey

Under the Willow

Dreaming of Ink with Me

The Diane Dairies

Suds to Love

Moosekrazy Moosages

Koinonia Community

Ambers Ambry

Birch Bark Soap

Neasoapworks

Soapaholics Anonymous

Gassner Custom Soaps

The Soap Bar

Bubbly Nature (just starting out in the blogging world, but her blog is fun and enjoyable and she is my new blogging buddy)

I know I listed more than 8 but I couldn't help myself.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

WINTER SOAP SWAP

Some of the members over at the SOAPMAKERS CORNER are having a holiday soap swap. The deadline to sign up is November 29, soaps will be swapped out on December 10. If you are interested in learning more of the details just follow this link ---> HERE

Any and all soapers are welcome. CP, HP, M&P. We hope you join us.

Friday, October 10, 2008

OBAMA IS AMERICAN!!!

I wasn't going to post anything on politics on any of my blogs but since this last Republican rally was in my state I felt I had to speak out.

I want the world to know that the 2,000 or so people that showed up for the Republican rally in Lakeville, Minnesota are not a good representation of my state. Just the number of participants says all it needs to say. There are about 5,000,000.00 people living in MN and only 2,000 showed up to the rally. The 2,000 were most likely people who live in Lakeville or surrounding communities. Unfortunately I happen to live in one of those communities (very racist they are I've been learning through my own experiences here).

MSNBC is describing the people who showed up at the rally as "crazy" and "racists." Clearly, they are! But they are not a good representation of the rest of the people in my state.

Some of the chants that came from todays rally were things like "Obama is an Arab" , "Obama is a terrorist." None of which is true. Any educated person would know that (and BTW/even if he were an Arab, that doesn't mean he still isn't a good person). Apparently in another state at one of the Republican rally's a person yelled out "Bomb Obama." Unbelievable! I feel I've been forced back and time and I'm living through the chaos of the racist 50's and early 60's.

People at the rally talked of "fear" and "anger" when speaking of Obama. What I fear are the crazies like those that attended the rally. Those are the people we should all be afraid of, those are the people that assassinate presidential candidates.

McCain did his best to distance himself from the craziness at the rally. He defended Obama several times saying "he is a good family man." Some people even shouted "kill him" and McCain tried to settle them down only to be booed. NICE NICE NICE SUPPORTERS!

Shame on McCain and his group for contributing to this insanity by trying to link Obama to terrorism. This is the backlash for smear campaigns. I hope politicians learn a lesson from this.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Sorry I have not blogged lately. I'm seriously losing touch with the blog community. I try really hard to get online and whip as fast as possible through blogs and the couple forums I frequent but lately there just isn't enough time in a day.

My sister is profoundly disabled and she lived with my mother 20+ years with 24/7 nursing and my mother as guardian. When mom passed away I took on the responsibility of guardian, ocassional caregiver, and staff manager. I've wanted to maintain this small business of mine, even signed up to do card classes and sell Stampin Up products, but I've seriously got in over my head.

My sister is my #1 priority and lately there have been issues upon issues, meetings upon meetings. It just gets more interesting by the moment. So it seems the whole crafting for the public is going to have to wait. As it is, my hubby left his job to help me juggle the responsibility of raising 3 girls, maintaining my house and my sisters house, plus give me the hours I need to work with staff and other issues.

At least I can still craft for myself. I love my soap and I love my cards. It is just a relief to say it out loud, that I'm only crafting for me and not someone else for a while. I don't have the pressure to have something done by a specific time that I know I'll never get around to.

I hope all my blogging pals are still out there :( That I cannot live without :)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A BLOG AWARD!

I recieved this wonderful blog award from my friend Carrie~gigi over at MUD PUDDLE GIRL. Carrie and I have known each other through the blogging world for quite a while now. She is a sweet, lovely, and kind person and I'm really happy to have met her. It is joy, knowing each of my blogging friends and I feel honored that Carrie gave me this award.



Rules: link to the person who gave you this award and pass the award on to others you want to share it with.

I return this award to Carrie, and also include those that Carrie picked: Heidi, Trisha, Elizabeth, Heather & Joanna :)

Here are few more I'd like to add:

Tracey at NEA's SOAPWORKS

Cindy at DREAMING OF INK WITH ME

Karie at 1 CRAFTY GAL

Amber at AMBERSAMBRY