Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This is an awesome newly devloping site to bring artisans and fine craftspeople together in one place with which to advertise themselves and their handmade goodies.
They allow you to develop a profile, listing each and every place someone may connect with you from all your shops to all your social sites. If you click onto the title of this blog, you will see a spotlight you may put together that shows off your own items, or items with which you are enthralled by others. This spotlight resides in the directory where others may find you that may not find you any other way.
The people who put this site together are awesome! They are super friendly and will help with any and everything to help you manage their site. The forums have been a super guide for me.
And, customers from everywhere can go to one place and find an artisan of the ilk for which they are looking. It's great. Come on and see for yourself. Just click on the Title of this blog or go visit http://www.byhand.me/.
ps. this enters me into a contest through this site for 8 bars of homemade soap I didn't make. How cool is that? :)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This is a little tough to write, because I made some real good customer friends at the first online store I had. But, I am up against the wall, and it is time to make a decision. It is a tough decision, but my eBay store has to go.
This little store costs me $30.00 a month to maintain and this is without one listing. Each listing is 3 cents that renews every 30 days, and I maintain about 90 listings. And, there is the 12% commission for what sells that is the highest online anywhere.
But, I am grateful to this site for giving me the opportunity to develop experience and confidence selling online. I learned a very lot, and I know this knowledge will help me always.
But, now I am at Etsy, Artfire, my own domain at http://www.sweetcreekherbalsoaps.com/. I'm looking at other handmade sites, such at http://www.madeitmyself.com/, http://www.shophandmade.com/, and others like these.
And, I am now developing a profile at http://www.byhand.me/. This is a new site developed for all sorts of artisans and handcrafters to develop a directory for their wares, and a site for those who would purchase handmade to have a huge selection of artisans and crafters from which to choose to shop. I am excited to be a part of this community.
My hope in all this is that I do not lose the dearest customers I gained through my eBay store. This is why I am blogging about this issue. When they look for me online, I hope they find this blog to explain my actions. My last day to be open will be February 28. March 1 will be no more eBay store for sweetcreekherbs.
Kathleen of SweetCreekHerbs
ps. My Chamomile Shampoo Bar was selected to represent sweetcreekherbs at the etsy storque bath and beauty voting polls. I would be so honored if you would go by this site and vote for my shampoo bar. I don't know what voting will do, but it might be fun! Thank you very much.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This breed of chicken is called Buff Orpington. They have real big legs - can you see? My husband has been trying to raise them naturally to a bigger brood of hens. We started with one, she hatched a few and lost her life to a racoon while her chicks were still bidees. A few made it, and now, two years later, we are up to 12 hens. It is a tough life for a baby chick. She or he may get stepped on by another hen, picked up and shook, drown in a puddle...so many things can happen to quickly end the life of a chick. Now, when they become grown, they are extremely tough animals.
These birds are known for laying in the winter. We are getting 4 to 8 eggs a day right now, and they are absolutely delicious. Something you can't taste from a grocery store unless they get their eggs locally.
And, aren't they beautiful. George (husband) just brought them in this evening, washed them and shows me. "Oh, let me take a picture", I tell him, "I'll blog about this tomorrow". I could tell that made him feel proud! And, of course, that makes me feel good. And, then, you know...one thing leads to another...♥
And, anyway, what do you think of that egg in the middle? Isn't it huge?
Also, we have one white hen! We are not sure where it came from, but we think it lays the greenish eggs. They are a bit more watery than the brown ones.
I know I usually do not blog two days in a row, but I had something to talk about today. I hope you enjoy it, too.
Thank, as always. Kathleen
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I am double crocheting a big part of this mostly for speed. The single crochet rows are for effect (like at the waist) and coverage (at the bra line). I don't want to have to wear an undershirt under this piece.
What do you think?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
First, I would like to say that I have been accepted into a group that is based at http://www.etsy.com. This group calls themselves EGCG or Etsy Green and Clean Guild, in which they claim honesty and integrity in the label process and claims made. Cool!
This group has recently put a group page up on Facebook and would like to extend an invitation to all that would like to join their Facebook group. The URL address is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=66345565305&ref=mf. Come on by.
Oh, my Facebook page, by the way, is two-fold. I have a personal page at
and a business page at
Come on by and be my friend, fan, or graffiti my wall! Lol
There are also a couple of site that have written of my shampoo bars, if you would like to look at them.
http://stonl.inspirehandmade.org/?p=14 This is a research undertaken by an individual who contacted all the shampoo bar making companies, requested or bought samples, and critiqued them on her site. When I'm down, even slightly, I can read this blurb and feel pretty good again. :)
https://www.everydayminerals.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=102&func=search This site you may have to request sweet creek herbs in the SEARCH section. This is what I have to do, anyway. The customer, Jen72, has, become quite a valuable customer to me. I am very thankful for her testimony.
I hesitate to give them up, because they both mention competitors. But, gosh, I would think by now you know I have competitors. I still think I make a great bar of soap and shampoo, but I have to think others do, too. :)
To help myself in that department, I have lowered all my shipping costs. I am going to primarily use first class where under 10 or so ounce, and flat rate for the rest. This is going to save everyone money, including me whenever I got caught short (which is too many times!!).
My crocheted tunic is going a little slower than I would like. I do have the front done except for the single crochet row up the two sides of the front piece.
When that is done and pictures are snapped and edited, I will post a continuation for the Jaeger Roma tunic I am doing. I think it will make a nice winter tunic for someone who is hot flashing a few times everyday!!
I have some other fun pages I am putting together, too. I will post them for you when they are up to snuff.
I thank you all. Yours, Kathleen