Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Christina Hendricks Gift from Earthern Magic Essence. Emulsified Sugar Scrub and a Dead Sea Mud Facial Bar|
|Fresh Fallen Leaves|
|Glycerin Guest Soap set.|
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
When I got pregnant with De-On I freaked out and didn't know what I was going to do. I was 23 not married and his father wanted nothing to do with me after he found out I was pregnant. It was a struggle being a single mother and raising a boy, I knew nothing about boys as my brother was 9 years older than me and my father left my mom when I was three. But you know what, I'm proud of what I did accomplish. I had my mother's support and Lord knows where I would be without her and of course, having God on my side. My two young men have made their mother proud. I love you both so much!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Yes, that's right, once I reach 1300 likes, I will be doing another give away for a basket of my products. Those that have participated in the past, know that I definitely make it worth your wild. Spread the word and tell your friends. Natural handmade products to Pamper yourself with. If I reach my goal in the next couple of weeks, it will be fall/holiday themed. So come join the fun and a chance to win a basket full of goodies!
I am having a flash sale on my Facebook page. www.Facebook.com/earthernmagicessence. Items are limited and today only until 8:30 pm tonight. Come check it out.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
|Kumquat Birthday Soap Cake|
|Rice Petals and Shea Baby Shower Soap Cake|
I have gotten many comments about my cakes and am always asked if they are real or not. I love how I can get people to question whether my soaps are soap or food, lol.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Well, let me tell you, it was no easy feat. First the layers came out perfect, but I forgot that I had put goats milk in them, so they started to gel. I realized this as I was almost finished with my whipped soap that I was going to ice them with. I had to rush and put them in the fridge to stop them from gelling. So time stood still for a while and my whipped soap was starting to set up. Well, I couldnt let it go to waste so I got the layers back out, still partially gelled, but I continued on. I think it kind of work to my advantage to a certain extent. It really was like icing a cake! I wanted to used more colors; but time was not on my side so I had to make do.
So from that experience, I now know what to do and not do, so I'm anxious to make my next decorated cake. I have several ideas going through my head for some other cakes and can't wait to get busy. Here is a pic of the completed product and maybe I can video myself making the next one. I am conflicted on how I should fragrance my cakes. Should I go with a bakery scent or just a scent that I like. This one is fragranced with Cool Water for Her and smells devine!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I have gotten a couple of large orders recently and this was one if the orders and how I wrapped them. I must admit that I am happy with the way they turned out. The packaging matches the soap inside. These are Green Springs and Goldie Dreadlocks. Going to deliver them today and will let you know what she thinks.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
|Private De-On Gibson|
|My two handsome young men.|
Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner, what better way to "cool off" then with some ice cream cone soaps? I also have Popsicle soaps that I've yet to take pictures of (I know, got to get on it, lol)
Then my oldest son left for the Service back in October as well. He came home for Christmas for two weeks and that was a wonderful surprise. Although it had only been several weeks since he had left, it was great to have him home for Christmas. He graduated from Basic in January and went on to AIT. He graduated from there on March 15th and was able to be home for two weeks to do home recruiting. He will soon be leaving for Savannah, Georgia. I don't know how long he will be there or when the next time I will see him; so I cherish those moments that I do have with him. I am so proud of where he has gone and where he is going.
My youngest son is into sports, mainly basketball and he definitely keeps me busy running him to games or practice. It's not enough that he played for the school, he had to play on the community team as well as some AAU Team that travels to Huntsville and Birmingham. His dream is to one day play for the NBA and hope that he can fulfill his dream. He eats, sleeps, drinks, dreams basketball. You can't stop a child from dreaming.
So that's what's been going on in my personal life and as you can see it's been kinda busy, lol. On the business side, I continue to put my business name out there and plug away. I have officially been in "business" for three years. The first year, was very slow and discouraging. I refused to let it get me down. Last year, I made it my business to work even harder in getting my name out there and last year was better than the year before although still slow. I admit that there have been times that I wanted to just throw my hands up and say forget it, but I'm not a quitter and my family continued to support me and urge me on. Christmas of last year, I did fairly well and was happy to see that my efforts were paying off. It's still slow and not where I want my business to be but I will not give up.
I became a member of Sampler Village where I join a few times each month and send in samples for Traci to box up with other handmade samples from fellow "Villagers". I also joined Business Among Moms, where I am a member of other mothers who have their own business. I am a member of several soap making forums where I have a met a great bunch of fellow soapmakers and continue to learn from them. I also found several soapmakers on You Tube and figured I would join them in making my own soapmaking videos. My channel is earthernmagic, and there I enjoy seeing what other soapmakers are doing and getting to know them better. I have a Facebook business page where I keep my customers and new customers informed of what I am up to and show off the newest batch of soap or product that I am working on at the time. Then there is my website and my ArtFire Shop. To be honest, there are times when I feel like I can't keep up but my dream is to one day have a brick and mortar shop as well as to have some shops carry my products. Soapmaking is a work in progress and like my son, I eat, sleep, dream, think about making soap all the time. I think that my family and friends may get tired of me talking about soap all the time, but they love when they get free samples to try. I love what I do, and I won't lie, it is hard work but with each new year, I see more rewards from my hard work. I recently bagged an order for 125 soaps for a wedding and just yesterday, I received an order for 25 soaps. It's nice to know that people are beginning to recognize me when they see me as being the "Soap Lady".
What are some of my best sellers? Well, my emulsified sugar scrub is one. I have customers who will purchase 2-3 at a time. I have had customers come to me and tell me how much better their skin is since they started using my sugar scrubs. Definitely puts a little pride in my heart to hear them say that. Another best seller are my smelly jelly room fresheners, there isn't a craft show or event that I am at that I don't usually sell 1-2 cases of them. These also bring in repeat customers for me. Then of course there are my soaps that do well. I am always looking at how I can improve on the lather, making it more conditioning and moisturizing as well as pretty. I love making my soaps look like food and have fooled many a person with my cake soaps and cupcake soaps. They keep telling me to quit making my soap look like food because it makes them hungry, lol. Oh and lets not forget my stain remover and laundry detergent. I will swear by my stain stick. I have had stains on some of my clothes that I have tried everything to get them out and nothing worked. I formulated my stain stick and used it and with one use, I was able to get many of the stains out that had been on some of clothes for months.
I will continue to work hard to put my name out there and offer quality, skin loving products to my customers. I love to hear their input and always open to suggestions on what I can change, improve or add to my line. I want to thank everyone who has stood by and supported me, been a repeat customer as well as my fellow soapmaker friends that I have met on my journey. They are all a wonderful group of people and glad to have them in my life. Of course I must also thank the good Lord above for giving me motivation, the talent to do what I do and with Him, all things are possible and I will not give up!!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Well, its that time if year again and things are not looking so good. Last year in April 27, 2011, several states were hit and many were killed. Today I woke up to tornado warnings and learned that a couple hit close to where my brother lives in Madison, Al. I tried calling him and couldn't get him, but GW finally called to say that they were ok, thank God! Well it's now after 7 pm and we are still under warnings. The last I heard that there have been at least 40 tornadoes today in several states and the warning for here us in effect until 12 am. That means that I won't be going to sleep while its in effect. I pray for everyone's safety today and tonight, whereever you may be.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
My oldest son joined the Service and left in October. Close to Christmas, I got news that the soldiers would be able to come home for Christmas. Well, my son kept saying he wasn't coming home bc he had things to finish up. I was disappointed and I knew that he had only been gone for six weeks, but I was hoping that we could be together for Christmas. I had accepted the fact that he wasn't coming home, when he surprised me a few days later! It was a wonderful surprise and I could see a change in him already. He was more talkative, smiling more and spent quality time with us. Having that time with him and my youngest son, caused me to reflect on life and truly realize how blessed I am. Not to be bragging; but my sons haven't gotten in trouble, they want something out if life and making it happen. I'm proud of both of them. Well, yesterday he had to return, so we dropped him off at the bus station. He didn't want us to stay and I understood. It was a sad but happy moment. My son is a man, going out in the world and far from home. I want nothing but the best for him and want him to follow his dreams. Here is one of two pics that he let me take. He hates having his picture made but let me take this one. I love you De-On!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Well, we are in a new year, good riddance to 2011! I think a lot of people feel the same way. I don't know about you, but it was a trying year for me and a lot of changes. I lost family, friends, dealt with illness, my mother being sick and having her live with me, my son going into the service just to name a few. Well, I have always been told that I am a strong woman and I take that to heart. Today is the first day of a new year and a new outlook for me. I have made resolutions in the past and I am not going to do that this year. This year I am claiming my life and my rewards. A side-note; not everything was bad, I do have some good memories to take with me. I did better this year in sales, my son came home for Christmas and we have gotten closer and my mother is still here, so I am happy. I have a positive outlook and am going to make things happen this year. I am going to work harder with my business, make changes in my lifestyle to be healthier, happier and less stressful. You only have one life and you have to make the best of it.
I want to wish each and everyone of you a very wonderful, prosperous, healthy, happy new year! Go for what u want, make things happen, cherish the times you have with one another, make new friends, follow your dreams! God bless you all and continue to follow me on my journey.