The shop soap supply was getting low, so 4 batches of soap have been recently made. Two of them are the same scent, as eldest son and family will get a full batch of one of those scents.
A decision was made recently to change the name of the shop to Cabin Crafted Soap and Yarn Shop and to be more creative on my balms and salves, identifying them by use, not by name. The new logo requires a huge THANK YOU to my artist daughter-in-law who drew it for me. I really didn’t want to keep using clip art of unknown origin. Last fall just before the Holiday Markets, I tried new packaging for the soaps, using cello bags sealed with ingredient labels with the soap type on a front label and putting one of each scent in mesh bags so they can be smelled. It bothered me to have all of the bars bare and handled by many people as they tried to decide on a scent. This choice seemed more professional and still attractive.
New business cards are being designed using this new logo as well.
There are still some of the old lotion bars, Citrus, unscented, and Cedar/Rosemary/ Thyme that will be offered on sale reduced to clear the stock. Also there are some pure salves, comfrey, arnica, and calendula that will be reduced as well. They are in the 2+ inch size tins and can be purchased on the shop site. The shipping cost is per order, not per item and is priority shipping in the USA. International shipping unfortunately is higher.
My shop has been a work in progress. At the beginning, I purchased many small crates to hold the products, larger crates to carry the little crates in and a plastic sign that is really too large with too much information on it, when I really only needed the shop name. All of the little crates made my display look very cluttered and it was a hassle to set it up. I started out with 4 different soaps and quickly found myself with about 9 or 10, so many that people seems overwhelmed, looked and walked on. It took two tables to spread it all out.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a larger item, that actually was a shadow box for photos, but looked similar to an old style wooden Coke crate, but with only 4 bins. The only thing I didn’t like about them was the print on one side.
They are the perfect size to hold 4 batches of soap or if divided lengthwise, 8 scents of lotion bars and salves. The one above has 3 scents of Beard Oil, Moustache Wax, and Bar Soap, plus the jumbo lotion bars that are on clearance. Today when I took Gdaughter to Camp Creative at Michaels, I found the exact color of Matte Chalk paint and painted out the printed side. When these crates were on sale, I bought two, then used a 40% off coupon to get the 3rd one. They stack neatly in a large tote and simplify moving the products around. The smaller crates sold easily on Craigslist. Now I have contained all of my product in 3 of these crates. The large crates that I used to carry the little ones in will be posted on Craigslist as well.
This past weekend, I used these new trays, but required a second table for the display of yarn.
Again, I needed a better solution. I found a shallow rectangular basket with almost the same dimensions as the new crates and spent the afternoon, repairing/redoing tags on the yarn, making sure the price on the tag and the price in the shop matched, re-skeining some of the skeins that were skeined on my Niddy Noddy which is 48″ to 60″ on my skein winder and then put them in the new basket standing on end.
A very compact colorful display that will allow me to carry a minimum amount of crates and the basket, set up on a single table when I am not using my own.
My last change was to make myself a new sign that is more in keeping with my theme than the large plastic printed one. A bit of paint, a bit of wood glue, and a ruler, and I created this.
Tomorrow, I will make a stand for it when I am using a table without my tent. I can hang it when I have the tent set up. My show set up has simplified to two totes, one basket, two tables, my sign, and a chair unless I need my tent too.
I am ready to go, whenever I have the opportunity. Next up is Monday at the Smithfield Plantation House on July 4. If you can’t visit me there, visit me on my Cabin Crafted facebook page or drop by the online shop. Right now, if you make a purchase and message me, you will get a clearance item for free.
Each day is partly a sunny day and partly a cloudy day, even afternoon thunderstorms with torrential rain at times.
Today I debated whether to try to get the yard that was knee deep mowed or the peppers and tomatoes planted in the garden. I decided that the mowing was more critical as tomorrow there is a much higher chance of rain and I could plant between rain storms, but couldn’t mow the grass as tall as it was if wet. I started off this morning, trying to get around the house with the gas powered lawn mower, getting where I can’t go with the tractor. Good idea, but I only did about a third of it and ran out of gasoline. I intended to go get some after lunch, but the clouds were building, so I just got as close to the house as I could on the tractor and mowed a lawn around the house in the encroaching hay field. We are still about 6 weeks from haying here and it is getting seriously tall. The grands need a place to play, I need to be able to get to the chicken pens and I don’t like the orchard to get too tall as the trees are too close to the chicken pen fence for the sickle bar hay cutter and too close to each other for the big haycutter. I did beat a terrific thunderstorm by only minutes.
When I went out to let the flock out for the day, I found this . . .
Broody Mama giving me the evil eye for trying to move her two days ago. She is sitting firmly on yesterday’s 6 eggs. I will try to slip 4 more under her tonight from today’s lay. If all goes according to schedule, we will have chicks in about 3 weeks. She chose the box nearest the pop door, not the best one to raise a family in when there are 5 others that are safer, but it is where she is.
With the ground so wet and haying season upon us soon, the burn pile finally got lit off. The Christmas tree made a good starter fuel and most of the pile is now gone. In a day or two, I will move the debris to an area we don’t mow after sorting through for nails and screws. One day, there will be a permanent place and an incinerator in which to burn before the piles get too large.
One of my commitments to my shop is to make a more environmentally friendly soap, removing palm oil from all of my soap recipes. There are only going to be 4 soaps in the store, Goat milk with honey, Lavender Goat milk, Citrus Shea, and Cedar/Rosemary/Thyme. All of them are going to be made with Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, and extra virgin olive oil (organic when available). The liquid will be either coconut milk or goat milk and if scented, with pure essential oils. Yesterday, I made two batches of the Lavender Goat milk soap with Shea butter and Organic Moroccan Red Clay for sensitive skin types. It was the most beautiful dark caramel color when hot and today when I unmolded it to cut and cure, it looks like fudge. It is such a pretty soap.
There are 18 bars of it curing for the next 4 weeks before it can go in the shop. That makes two of the 4 soaps Palm oil free so far. I will be making another batch of the Cedarwood and the Goat milk Honey soap in the next day or so, both also Palm Oil free. The Shea butter makes such a nice rich soap and it is not responsible for rain forest deforestation.
With the coming of warmer weather, short sleeves, and air conditioning, today I added 3 mini shawls to the shop to throw over shoulders instead of a jacket or sweater when in the office or dining out. They range in price from only $15 to $25 and fiber from Seasilk to Wool with Mohair.
Tomorrow, after taking N to preschool, I hope to get in a walk with a friend and then finally get back to the garden. I still need to get gasoline and mow outside the garden and around the chicken coops. That may have to be done with the gas trimmer as it has gotten so long and thick. Maybe I can get son-in-law to do it this weekend.
After the most recent craft show, I determined that I had too many choices of my products which resulted in people either walking by the “clutter” or coming in, sniffing each soap and lotion bar choice and leaving without a purchase. It wasn’t that this particular market was over saturated, as I was the only vendor of such products, especially natural, organic, no chemicals added soaps, lotion bars and salves.
As a result of this, I have decided to have a major clearance sale of all but 4 soap scents. There are many choices available right now in my shop for $3 per bar or 4 for $10 with a flat domestic $3 shipping rate on up to 4 bars. The jumbo lotion bars are also going away and the remaining ones are discounted to $7 per tin. There will be no more than 4 scents of the 1+ ounce size. The salves will stay but the lip balm, sleep balm, Biker Bum balm, and Brigand’s Oil and salve will not be made again once they are gone. If you have wanted to try some of my products, or wanted to replenish your supply, now is the time. If you private message me on the Cabin Crafted Facebook page, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the shop messenger, I will put together the package of your choice and will calculate the most economical shipping or arrange to meet you if you are local.
I did add the best selling Citrus Soother Lotion Bar into the shop today as well as two of the Beard Oils that I make.
The display at shows will be much simplified as well.
If you read the blog post yesterday, the broody hen refused to return to the nest, even when I put another hen in with her. I removed the eggs at dark and hoped that she would start over today, but neither hen in the brooder laid an egg today or sat on the nests. I opened the door and the run gate and both hens rushed back into the flock. Broody hen went promptly into the coop and sat on the nest she had been on onto the eggs that had been laid today. I guess that I will just leave her there and if she hatches any chicks in 3 weeks, I will move her with her new family to the brooder coop to isolate them from the rooster and other hens until they are old enough to be introduced.
Farm life, knitting and spinning, cooking and family