Did you know you can make anything smell like anything?
When we first started our handmade soap business, we weren't remotely tied to traditional scents. As long as they didn't smell bad, we were open to anything!
We started ordering samples en masse, collecting these single-oz bottles of smelly stuff by the boxload. So we have smelled A LOT of things I thought weren't possible.
DANG IT DANG IT DANG IT I was so excited and proud, but it turned out I jumped the gun on the end of the 30 day challenge, and so TODAY is the actual final final actual final final day.
I think that's worth an interpretive dance, don't you?
Here we are on the last day of what has been one of the quickest months I can remember. Every day for 30 days, I have written at least one entry in this here blog, in addition to my regular duties of writing newsletters, writing product descriptions, filling orders, and generally running our business. (see my first entry here)
What have I taken away from this?
This Friday, we pack up our car and head down to Los Angeles for the Renegade Craft Fair!
We've been prepping for months, as you can see from our Road to Renegade, Part 1 and Part 2.
Last week, the final element arrived:
In January 2005, 25 or so of my friends agreed to come to Las Vegas, Nevada, to celebrate my 30th birthday. We rented out several rooms in The Stardust, a now-gone hotel on the Strip, conveniently proximate to Circus Circus (see Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).
Our mission: to find The American Dream.
Our method: a great scavenger hunt containing all the elements that make up the American Dream (cultural diversity, grandmas asleep at the slots, a margarita served in the largest liquid receptacle available at a bar -- in our case, the coffee pot--, pic...
You may have read yesterday's post about the last time we went to our 4th of July camping trip.
As I said, this camping trip has a long tradition behind it, so here are some photos from my previous excursion in 2008.
My first dog, Diva, was still with me and in prime form, as you will see. She was a mighty and wonderful friend, and I still miss her. We had many adventures. She is the dog in my tattoo, which our logo is based on.
For many years, my friends and I went camping to a desert in Northern Nevada on a moderately regular basis. Since Russ and I have been working, we haven't been able to enjoy this passtime very often and it has been sad.
This year, however, we're shaking off our soap shavings and heading out to the same desert with a couple of our friends.
Because these aren't your neighbor's travel slides, I figured I'd share them with you. Hopefully you'll enjoy them...
In honor of the Hunter S. Thompson Clean Getaway Subscription Box going out tomorrow (was supposed to go out today, but as usual things are a little late), here is the story of one of the most significant moments of my life. An ad in The LA Weekly I was...
"Have you lost your damn mind. I tried to order products from your website and was never able to do so. You sent a message saying trouble with sight [sic] currently. Get a job." - a real email response from a real person in response to our email newsletter
This post is going to be kind of hard to write because it deals with the not-so-glamorous side of running a business: unhappy people.
I will never be good enough to meet everyone's needs.
“It’s kind of like if you mixed Fight Club with Breaking Bad, and then turned that dark storyline into Pushing Daisies,” is what I tell them.
See, at the end of March 2013, I quit my job at The Oprah Winfrey Network to start my own soap company with my husband. Before that, I worked at ABC, and before that, I worked at ABC Family... I’ve been an Entertainment Product Manager for about six years and a web Product Manager of various other types of websites for about eight years before that.
Everyone wants to hear stories where I've struggled through and not done well, so here you go.
Two years ago, we didn't win the Martha Stewart American Made competition.
I imagine you have one of two reactions to hearing that:
"19 Days To Renegade LA" is what my mirror says in erasable ink.
Every day, we march a little closer to The Big Weekend.
What is "Renegade LA"? It's my shorthand for the Renegade Craft Fair, Los Angeles. It's the first in two back-to-back weekends of MAJOR craft fairs, starting July 11.