Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Valentine's and Roses

Hi you.

I did a lot of reading this morning, and I now realize that Valentine's Day is a modern holiday. It has no basis in history other than a couple of "Saint" Valentines were executed on February 14th. It is associated with love notes in the 1400's...but farther back than that, no connection between the executed Valentine's and the romance we associate with Valentine's today.

On the other hand, it sure is celebrated by a lot of people in a lot of countries in many different ways...from friends to sweethearts to marriage. I particularly found the story of Japanese women giving men chocolate on February 14 and men giving chocolate in return a month later to those who gave them chocolate. Pretty cool. But, this tradition (we are so commercial) was developed by a chocolate business. :) ->Information found in the same link above.

The bottom line is, however, we are going to celebrate this holiday regardless of "tradition" or "history" or even "connections with romance and the 3 Valentine martyrs", because it is a holiday of Love, Friendship, Good feelings toward Others, etc. in our world and time today.

And, it is at the time of year we need a upbeat holiday to brighten the bleakness of the near-end of winter and not yet foreseeable beginnings of spring. It is bright with reds and pinks and whites with bows and ribbons and lace. It smells good with the roses and carnations and all flowers and taste delicious with confections and candy and chocolate.

I began something new with my business last Fall. I fell into seasonal products. It was not planned, but it sure did seem as if the path was paved. My new winter products gained the business much attention through treasuries, sales, and others' feedback. A natural step seems to pause at Valentine's Day ♥, before we make our way to spring scents. (Yes, the fragrances are ordered and on their way - soaps to be made next week.)

So, Sweet Creek Herbs has a new section in the shop called Valentines and Roses. It was fun photo shooting for these pictures. But, I hope to do better next time. Please help yourself and stop by this section to see the colors of pink and red and white. :) Thanks!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Valentine's Day GiveAway

Hi you all.

I finally have everything ready for a huge giveaway I'm doing now through February 9. This is a double Giveaway, and anyone can enter both of them.

The first giveaway is for a Feet Care Basket. The way to enter for this giveaway is straightforward - just place an order with my Etsy shop. That is all you have to do, and of course, you may do so as many times as you would like. Each order (note: order may be one to many items) placed from now until February 9 gets one entry into the
Feet Care Basket Giveaway. Items gifted are as
pictured here:
Valued at $35.05

The second giveaway is a Valentine's Day Gift Basket with some new products just for Valentine's Day. The entries for this giveaway does not require an order, but does require some other things...if you care to enter...

1. I would like you to follow this blog. :)
2. I would like you to follow me on Twitter at SweetCreekHerbs:
3. I would like you to fan me at my SweetCreekHerbs Facebook Fan page at this address:
4. I would like you to twitter once about this giveaway
and last,
5. I would like for you to comment on one of the giveaway products on my fan page. And, let me know when you have completed the last step - I will check and enter you in the giveaway.

The basket and products for this giveaway are in the following picture, and the value of this basket is $41.65. The items include: Rose Pink clay face soap, Rose petals bath salts, sample rose geranium sea salt soap, sample lavender rose bath soap, Rose damascena absolute in jojoba perfume, Chocolate Cherry Body Butter, Whipped Shea with Bulgarian Rose, Chocolate Cherry lip balm, and a sampler of Winter Butter with Jasmine and coffee butter.
Thank you, and good luck to everyone!!! :)

ps. February 9 is the last day to enter. The random drawing will be held that night. Packages will be in the mail the very next day, priority mail flat rate envelope to get to most of you before Valentine's Day. ♥