Friday, September 19, 2008

Pumpkin What?

This time of year I'm well into my pumpkin spice scented soaps. I must admit, as much as I don't eat pumpkin pies, I do LOVE the smell of these bars. If you close your eyes and take a whiff they really do smell edible. That said, I made my first batch of these a while back and sold the last bar recently. So now it's time to remake the scent and of course for me it's sooo boring replenishing stock unless there's some degree of difficulty involved which makes it a tad bit un-boring.

A few days ago I set out to replenish Pumpkin Spice and at the last minute I decided to get jiggy with it. I didn't want the plain old boring pumpkin spice this time around, I wanted something pleasing to not just the nose but to the eye too. So I did and I totally love the way they turned out. I've also decided to change the name from boring Pumpkin Spice to something more interesting like Pumpkin Chiffon - not that I've ever had that but the name sounds quite lovely :)

Relocation of the Cheese - part II

Sorry - it's been a while since I posted and I did promise part II to my previous post. So I'll give a quick run down before I move on to the next subject. So much going on right now and so much to tell!

OK so what was left of our group called an emergency meeting in chat that night. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and we got to breathing life back into our Street Team before it died a fast death. Not only did we resuscitate the group, we gave it a new life, a new look and a new outlook. Those that had previously sat on the sidelines (namely me) took on real roles. Everyone pitched in and it was a beautiful thing to see unfolding.

The team has lots planned for the near future including the sale of Swag Bags which will comprise of sample items from 20 of some of the best Bath & Body shops this side of Etsy. Keep your eyes peeled for those as they'll be going on sale very soon :)

We started a new forum, a new blog, a new Etsy shop, Flickr page, Facebook AND a website. All this within a week! We even came up with a brand new logo! Now tell me that isn't some serious awesome-ness (if that's a word)!

Check us out -

Blog: EGCG Blog
Etsy Shop: EGCG Shop (click on link to see a full list of EGCG members)
Flickr: EGCG Flicker Page

Friday, September 5, 2008

Who moved my cheese?

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned in the past that I'm a member of an Etsy Street Team called the EGCG (Etsy Green & Clean Guild). We are a group of B & B Etsy shops who specialize in soapmaking, perfume, cosmetics, herbal products and anything else you can think of to tantalize your body and spirit. Our wonderful group has banded together to help educate the public about the merits of well crafted products from indie businesses who care about their customers as well as promote Etsy in general. We also serve as advocates for "Truth in Advertising" and full ingredient disclosure for bath and beauty makers.

So why this post about my cheese being moved?

Well I joined the EGCG back in January of this year and I have to be honest, I didn't participate too much (as with anything else). I tend to prefer staying on the outside looking in than the other way around. That said, our group had a forum that I would visit quite frequently where members would "talk" about all kinds of things from business to personal topics. Over the last few months, I'd done one of my famous disappearing acts but one day decided to log on and check out what everyone was up to. To my dismay I walked into the middle of a dispute between members. Not being one to get involved in disputes especially if I'm unclear as to what's going on, I kindly exited the forum and forgot about it. The next day I got an email from a fellow EGCG member that simply said "Look what happened", with a link to the forum. I clicked and was taken to a forum post by our fearless leader offering not only her resignation but that of all the leaders of the group. Thus my cheese was moved!

That night, still in shock, the rest of us lost sheep pulled together and called a meeting in an Etsy chat room to figure out what to do next. This is what my mother would call "Making Sense out of Nonsense" - we made a whole lot of sense that night.

All I can say is you really don't know what you're capable of until your back is up against the wall!

....Stay tuned as more will be revealed tomorrow!