23 Years!

Yesterday was my birthday! I’m 23 years old now and ready to party with my customers! I created a product code for all my customers to celebrate the last days of August and my birthday. Enter code 23SALE at checkout for 25% off a $10+ purchase by August 31st!

I may not be able to share my birthday cake (it was delicious by the way) with everyone, but I can share my soaps and wax tarts with everyone!

 

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USPS Changes Coming Soon!

What a way to celebrate my birthday USPS! On August 28th, the day before my birthday, the postal service will be changing the rates on multiple services. The rate increase is upsetting and may be confusing for everyone. If you want some further details into the rate changes I’ll leave the Etsy topic link here.

As much as it pains me, I can’t absorb the costs of the increased rates and will be updating the shipping on the 28th to match the new prices. I apologize for any inconvenience.

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New Wrapping System!

I finally saved up enough money to get more serious with my packaging! I saved and planned and achieved my goal of owning a National Shrink Wrap machine. After seeing fellow soap makers rave about this simple machine, I had to have it!

Previously, my packaging consists of shrink-wrap bands that leave the ends of my bar exposed. It gets the job done, but it’s time-consuming to put a band on every bar and wrap with my heat gun one at a time. This new system will cut my packaging time down by over 50%! It’s worth every penny!

I don’t know if this new wrapping system will result in any changes to the boxes yet. I can sell my soaps with just this shrink-wrap over it or I could keep them in a box. I’d love to hear your opinions!

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Check out my Instagram page for a video testing out this bad boy!

 

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Seattle Vacation Recap!

It’s now been a week since I’ve come back from my Seattle vacation so I bundled my photos from Instagram into a nice collage! I enjoyed being away from work and home for a nice game of playing tourist in a city I live just outside of. I’m hoping to eventually see California for the first time since it will be much easier living on the west coast. I did take trips to Chicago, Disney World, NYC, Boston and Philadelphia while I’ve lived on the east coast so I’m happy I cleared the way for new adventures in the west. Los Angeles and Las Vegas are on my bucket list now!

The Chihuly Garden & Glass is one of my favorite tourist destinations in he Seattle Center. It’s in the same area as the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center and EMP museum! Talk about efficient! No matter what time of year you go it always looks different. I can’t decide if I like the inside or the outside displays better!

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Every trip to Pike Place Market and the aquarium has to be met with this beautiful view. Still haven’t tried the ferris wheel. We wanted to but it was so hot that day we decided against it. Unfortunately, the area is still under construction so it’s a bit of a mess. Hopefully they’ll be done soon!

seattle pier

The final stop on our trip was outside the city center to the Woodland Park Zoo! The heat took a toll on some of the animals but we were still able to see a lot of them. I wish I had footage of the tigers fighting over a tree! I’m very glad I don’t have pictures of the bug house! Yuck!

woodland park zoo

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Week-In-Instagram: Jul 10th- 16th!

Only one picture this week since I have an announcement! I will be out-of-town from tomorrow, Jul 18th, until the 21st! The shop is still open with a note stating all orders placed during this time won’t ship until I’m back on Friday, July 22nd. I’ll be taking a mini vacation in Seattle so keep your eyes peeled for new pictures/videos of my trip!

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Week-In-Instagram: Jul 3rd- 9th

This week has been all about improving my office. Now that the painting is done I’m making small changes to make my space a little more “me”. It’s going to take time and a bit of rearranging but everyday I’m more and more happy with my office.

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In case you’re wondering the Ikea cart cost about $30 and the Cost Plus World Market knobs were on sale for 50% off the original price of $3.99. I selected the white ones since the turquoise didn’t match anything in my office besides the cart. The white matches the trim and my desk though!

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Etsy Bugs!

Etsy is currently undergoing issues with placing orders. If you placed an order during the 4th of July sale, your order may not have processed yet! Please check your account and see if your transaction has gone through. Some people are reporting their orders being cancelled!

Hopefully Etsy will fix this error soon but unfortunately I can’t do anything on my end. If you order does get cancelled just reorder whenever you can! If your order was cancelled and you used the promo code I will manually add it myself! Sorry everyone. 😦

 

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Week-In-Instagram: Jun 26th- Jul 2nd

You didn’t think I wasn’t going to stop posting my Instagram pictures, did you? It’s been a relatively quiet week with a bit of sampler production! Orders, samplers and eating fresh fruit is 90% of my summer plans!

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I love the smell of summer soap samples in the morning! Try saying “summer soap samples” 5 times fast! All of the summer collection soaps are available for purchase! I haven’t made any for the wax tarts but if anyone would like to buy some summer scented wax I can whip up some fresh ones! I already have a soap sampler heading to Europe!

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In restocking news I’m happy (and somewhat sad) to report that Peach Smoothie is down to the last bar of soap! I still have wax tarts available for sale though! I will not be restocking this soap as it was part of the spring line and I need to focus on my summer and future fall/winter collections for the holidays. It will be restocked next year though! I can’t give an exact date as I’m planning some big changes for the shop next year in terms of appearance and products. Stay tuned!

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What Happened to Samplers?

I’ve been getting messages asking what happened to my soap sampler! The wax tart sampler is still available in my shop, but the soap sampler has been sold out for a little while now. What happened?

Simply, when it sold out I didn’t prioritize making more samples. I was so focused on releasing and promoting the summer collection that I couldn’t spread myself any thinner! I will be making samplers again with the new (and returning) summer scents soon!

In the meantime, I’ve decided to cut back on the blog posting. Posting 3 times a week takes a lot more time than I imagined when I first created this blog. I simply don’t have time between my day job, working on the business and all the other tasks I juggle in the average week. I will still be posting, but it will be when I actually have something to say. I don’t want to make this blog an archive of filler! So worry not! This blog will live on!

 

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Week-In-Instagram: Jun 12th- 18th

The business has a new collection with some matching instagram posts! I’ve already packed the first orders of the new collection for tomorrow. Check it out and see what reviews have to say about best sellers Tropical Breeze and Fresh Squeezed Orange!

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