Time.

One of the hardest parts about operating a small business is finding time. It may be trying to find the time to spend with your family. It may be finding time to actually work on your business. Or it might even be finding the time to take time out for yourself and your mental health. Either way, time has a huge affect on small business owners.

For myself, it is finding the time to work on my business. I already work a full-time job. After I get off of work in the evenings, I head straight home and start on chores. Yes, chores. But these are chores I love. My dog has been cooped up all day (only because she keeps escaping from our dog lot) and being a blue heeler, she has lots of energy that she needs to burn off. So I run around with her. The chickens need to be fed and once the garden gets started, I’ll need to allocate time to tend to the garden (weed, pick produce). After that, I start on supper.

I am also a blogger and have to carve out time for that. Not to mention finding time to make products, photograph products, list products on Etsy, and promote my business/blog on social media.

Whew.

Thankfully I have a great support system. My mom will watch my dog at times when I have to go to vendor events or out-of-town for my blog. My boyfriend, when he gets home, helps to keep the house clean (dishes, bed, laundry), and will jump in to cook something for dinner if I haven’t started anything. But his work schedule tends to keep him working at night and at times, he is out of town for 16+ days.

I’ve started something neat that I think will serve as a tool to keep me moving forward with my business and is also an easy marketing item to share with my followers on social media.

My “What’s Brewing This Week” log.

It’s sort of like a weekly meal plan but for the products I’m making up in my studio each week. I will still need to carve out time to photograph completed items and list them on Etsy but I think that it’ll help generate traffic to my Etsy shops as well as create a bit of excitement about what is coming soon. Now you may have noticed that I did not include Sunday on my weekly plan. That was on purpose. Sunday will be a free day of sorts. If I had a bad week and didn’t get something accomplished, I will work on it then.

Have you create anything similar to help you keep motivated and stay on track?

Workshop Scheduled~

For the past 6 months or so, I have been tossing the idea around in my head of hosting workshops. Either informational classes on herbs and incorporating them into your life or DIY classes on how to make something. I thought that it would be fun to get out into my community and share my knowledge and skills with others.

Fast forward to 2017. After meeting with the owner of Conflicted Pixie, the idea of hosting a workshop came up again. As the weeks passed, we began to set up a tentative plan.

I’m pleased to say that our tentative plan has evolved into something concrete!

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photo from Conflicted Pixie

Though the turnout for some of the other events hosted at CP hasn’t been high, I’m optimistic and have already written out my list of supplies that I will need to bring for the workshop. To be honest, my need to go ahead and write that out was spurred by an early morning, half-conscious nightmare where I showed up and realized that I was missing half of my supplies! Not being prepared is more terrifying to me than dreaming that I was naked teaching it.

Interested in registering? Check out the Conflicted Pixie website!

See you soon~!

New Product Alert

New Listing in Etsy:

Handcrafted Body and Foot Powder [Cornstarch Free]

My homemade foot and body powders feel like heaven against your skin. I combine arrowroot powder, sodium bicarbonate, and kaolin clay for a powder that can be used to absorb excess oil and can help reduce friction that can cause irritation on the legs and arms.

While the Silky Body Powder and Herbal Body Powder include a mixture of hand ground herbs, my Refreshing Foot Powder uses essential oils for an added boost.


These powders are packaged in a 4 oz. cardboard container with a plastic shaker top.

Refreshing Foot Powder: For those who need a little extra deodorizing help for their feet. This foot powder includes essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, and tea tree for a refreshing feel.

Silky Body Powder: This is a lavender body powder that combines hand ground lavender, jasmine, and lavender essential oil with a touch of mica for a bit of shimmer on your skin.

Herbal Body Powder: The Herbal Body Powder is my favorite! It combines ground calendula, chamomile, lavender, and rose for a slightly herbal and floral scent that isn’t overwhelming.

For external use only. None of my products are tested on animals – only me!

 

Gearing Up for TOMATO TIME!

While things have been a little silent on the blogging front here, I’ve been busy behind the scenes making new products and scheduling events for the next year (check out my EVENTS page for a running list of upcoming shows). Some of my new products will include linen sprays, GRANOLA (vegan), and body powders. But that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to tell you that I finally narrowed down the tomato plants I hope to offer in a few months.

I started my pepper seeds about a week ago and plan to start my tomato seeds sometime in February. I just need to check back at my notes from last year to see when I started them as the timing worked out well. Since pepper seeds tend to be a little finicky for me, I won’t advertise them until I know that I have a good supply to sell.

Choosing my tomatoes for this year was difficult. I have a tomato obsession and want to try them all. But with two seasons of selling tomato plants under my belt, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in what people around here tend to purchase. So I tried to find a good balance between what I like and what I think will do well at market.

Here are my picks:

Amos Coli Tomato – A plum tomato that is a great tomato for paste/sauces and fresh eating. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Brad’s Atomic Grape Tomato – I didn’t go crazy with the cherry tomatoes this year but when I spotted these beauties, I figured that I would try them out. I love their funky colors and think they would be gorgeous in a salad. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Crrole Original Variety – a heirloom tomato that dates back to late 1700’s! // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Blue Beauty Tomato – a great slicing tomato with a gorgeous color! // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Black Vernissage Tomato – Baker Creek Seeds sent it to me as a free sample in 2015 and I have been growing it since. It’s a gorgeous tomato and the plants are PROLIFIC. It is amazing the amount of tomatoes that are produced from these vines. They do spoil quickly once picked so I tend to toss these right into a pot to use for canning.  // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Yellow Pear Tomato – The Yellow Pear Tomato, to me, is an old standby. The small yellow fruits are great looking in a salad and are delicious to eat plucked from the vine on a warm summer day. One of my favorite cherry tomatoes. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

St. Pierre Tomato – Great for canning or fresh eating, these look like what I always envision a tomato should look like. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

To view what other great seeds Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers, please visit their website.