Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hello Friends:

I received an email that tells me today is “International Astrology Day”.

This brings back memories of my life a time ago. An interest in astrology was sparked in the fall of 1981. I began learning astrology at that time. I could put a natal, solar return, and horary chart together in no time by 1986.

It was in 1987 I found Dane Rudhyar’s library of books. I learned that my philosophy agreed with Mr. Rudhyar’s: that astrology is a tool to understand ourselves in a psychological manner; and I learned prediction is not the best way to use astrology. In 1988, I tried using natal and solar charts as psychological tools in a business way; but, nobody wanted to hear that. They want to know the future.

(The problem with astrology and the future is that astrology is only part of the picture. It does not take into account free will. It may show your tendency to be spontaneous, but it won’t tell me when, where, and how...not specifically, and usually, not even generally.)

I continued to accumulate books, knowledge, and practice merrily through 2003 when I rediscovered a book a friend had given me years before. I read it for the first time and learned that Western astrology uses a different ephemeris than Eastern astrology. Eastern astrology practices what may be called “real” time v. “symbolic” time of the West. What does this mean to me (or anyone)? Well, I’m not a Gemini in real time, I’m a Taurus. And, to tell you something, that was a relief for me. Because, if I am a Gemini, I am an awful slow one. But, if I am a Taurus, I’m right on. Like, whew!

In 2003, I redid everyone’s chart!!

In 2004, I lay down my astrology and picked up my soap pot. But, today, when I read that email (of course it was an ad), I was thrilled to remember that I dabble in astrology, and today celebrates it everywhere.

I just wanted to share that. Thanks, Kathleen ☺

Friday, March 13, 2009

What's Happening...

Hi friends and followers:

It's been awhile, and I would like to catch you up on my goings on.

First thing is first; I had several orders lately, and this is very, very good news. My Etsy store has crossed the 200 sales mark, which is pretty exciting for me. My Etsy shop is 6 months old this month, and I feel some sort of demand has been found. Whoopee! And, wholesale orders are picking up. All good stuff and very busy stuff! :)

And, I'm making new shampoo bars as they become more and more popular. They represent my biggest sale item at Etsy, too. Matter of fact, I've had my first sale today at Hyena Cart, and it was a shampoo bar, too. So, I've made several batches of shampoo lately, both standard and new varieties. One cured and listed is my Marshmallow Honey Almond. Some new ones curing and not listed include Marshmallow Mint, Marshmallow Bergamot, Marshmallow Clary Sage blend, and Rosemary Green Tea.

Also, if I were to name the month of March, I would have to call it the "Month of Give Aways"!!!!! I am giving away a total of 190 sample soaps to 3 different organizations for 4 different reasons. 1 and 2 are EGCG doings - the guild I belong to at Etsy called Etsy Green and Clean Guild. 1 is a Swap with other guild members (yay!), and 2 is a contribution to a Swag Bag the guild is offering from the EGCG Etsy shop. 3 is for ( ) and the donation is purely a marketing tool and 60 soaps goes here. I sent 80 + 10 to Delane Mazaheri of "Experience the Reality of Success" seminar being help in Las Vegas near the end of this month for their "party" bags. This is more like a true donation.

And, I substitute teach and have had more calls than usual. I have two more days scheduled next week. And, here comes Spring, and am I The weather has been an obstacle in the path of my wanting to get to my pre-spring garden work. But, plants wait on no man (or woman!). :)

International Day of Women came and went and whilst so, I was packaging 80 soaps for Las Vegas all that day. This for a seminar of women who own their own small businesses and want to expand. And, using cello bags with the pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness and the red stretch cord of heart disease in women awareness, and WOMEN being the crowding theme of SUNDAY, March 8, International Day of Women. So, I did not blog as I had wished to do, but I did an act that honored the Day and all Women, in general.

I appreciate you coming by and sharing this with me. I'm wanting to do a little skin care writing as spring and summer come along; but there are so many fine skin care writers offered even here on my blog site, that I may just continue writing on so many other situations. We'll see! ☺
Until next time...Kathleen

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Getting Rid of the Old makes way for the New!!!

Good morning from Eidson, Tennessee where it is 5 degree Fahrenheit this morning! A good morning to stay indoors finding things to do.

My husband has actually managed to begin clearing our herb beds for spring. I'm wondering when...was it when it was below freezing...raining...snowing...? When? ☺ But, it is starting to look good. I'll take pics when the temps get above freezing!
This is a short blog to share with you some glad tidings. Although I lost a store online (really, just not the right venue), I've gained three more.
1. Silk Fair is easy and difficult at the same time. I uploaded all my listings from Etsy, but it is a hard store to manage from behind the scenes. A little more experience, if you please. I am honored, though. I was notified that another shop marked me as their "favorite" shop. ♥

2. Shop Handmade is a little different. It is like I'm at a very, very nice Mall, and I must put on a nice display. So, this is a little slow going. But, I am enjoying the process a bit. Must be the Taurus side of me.
3. A very new (yesterday) shop where I have only begun to work out my categories. Hyena Cart, I must say, is an exquisite hosting site that seems both tasteful and vendor friendly. I will post more when I've made more progress here.

And, more news ( has named my Chocolate Mint soap as the Artisan Item of the Day. Please go check it out. And, then just below my item is a Voting Question. You may want to voice an opinion there. One that is very dear to My heart. ♥

Okay, enough for now. I want to blog later this week on the International Day of Women. How exciting. I just learned about this. Oh, and come be my friend on Facebook so that we may scavenger hunt together. Whee!
ps. I've listed the links to the new shops here on the upper right. Thanks!