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.

gardener & GEEK

Not too long after I started The Southern Belle’s Garden, I struggled with the direction that I wanted to take. I started the company because I love studying herbs. I love seeing how they can influence someone, mentally or physically. I love growing plants and I want to share my love with others.

But then I started making wax melts. Wax melts are so much fun to make and so easy to customize. I started naming them after my favorite things – books, TV shows, movies, etc. But they didn’t mesh with how I thought that The Southern Belle’s Garden should be. Over the past year, I’ve gone over a couple of different options on what to do. I could transition The Southern Belle’s Garden completely over to a more geeky nature (which goes against the whole reason I created it and why I love my business). I could have two companies – though I struggled over what products would go to each one. Or I could quit completely (just kidding, not really an option).

This past weekend, I decided what I am going to do. Please welcome:

gardenerandgeek

gardener & GEEK is a domain that I already owned. Originally, I was going to start another blog for the purpose of posting convention reports, movie reviews, etc. but decided to just add that content to one of my existing websites. gardener & GEEK will have similar products as The Southern Belle’s Garden, except all will be more towards a geeky nature.

The Southern Belle’s Garden will still have candles, my salves, and all-natural bath/body goods. But now that I have my focus, I can start adding other products that I’ve been working on – my tinctures, incense blends, herbal syrups, and tea blends. These are the items that I can’t wait to share with those that need them.

So please, keep an eye here and on my gardener & GEEK website, when it comes live. There is something for everyone on both.

Self-Doubt/Weekend Recap

Whew. I am glad that this weekend is over with! I had a show Friday evening (after working at my regular job all day), then a show on Saturday and Sunday.  This weekend flew by faster than I would have liked. I have this upcoming weekend off from any shows, but after that, it is a show every Saturday for the next 4 weeks!

As someone who makes all of her own products, I am sometimes conflicted with a bit of self-doubt. I stand by my products. I know they are good, but sometimes, especially when I’m doing shows, I worry. I have quite a few journal entries that I have written during the first 30 minutes of a show, when panic grips at my chest. What if nobody buys my items? What if nobody even stops at my booth? What if they wrinkle their nose up at everything I have? I’ve had quite a few years of experience in retail. I know that not everybody will like everything you have, but I’ve also learned that sometimes you can still make a sale but recommending a different product. That sometimes people buy from you just because you are cheerful and welcoming. That sometimes, your smile is the only thing that gets people through the day.

So it’s okay to doubt yourself sometimes, especially when you are a small business owner. Just don’t let those doubts keep you from achieving your goals. Even more so, don’t let a bad start to a day (or an event) sour your spirit for the rest of the day. Fake it ’til you make it – you never know who may surprise you and buy your products.

That all being said, as soon as I wrote down my self-doubts on Saturday morning, I made two sales in less than 60 seconds at the Camden Women’s Club Holly Days event. Though I had my slow moments, this events was my most successful one yet. I even sold out of a few products (and had to spend Saturday night creating fresh batches). This was my first year at Holly Days. From what I had heard, every year it fills up with vendors quickly.

I really hope that I am able to be in this event next year. It wasn’t just the sales – the whole event was nice. Breakfast was provided for vendors on Saturday (a delicious breakfast, by the way) and volunteers would stop by to see if we needed bathroom breaks. Lunch was done by a local church and the food was delicious and at a great price. What is even better is that I had quite a few repeat customers, i.e. customers that purchased my products at events last year and eagerly bought more!

Friday night, I did the Girls Night Out event at The Pines (a local country club). I would do this event again. Heavy hors d’oeuvre were served and there was a cash bar. The women that came stayed for the duration of the event (there were giveaways) and were eager to stay at my booth and talk about my products for 5-10 minutes. That was nice and something that I don’t usually have at larger shows. My sales were pretty good for it being such a short event (2.5 hours) but I think the connections I made are even more important.