Friday, 28 September 2012

The Fabulous Ms. GG

Last week, I had mentioned I would be meeting up with GG, maker of Creampuff by GG to discuss the Creampuff soap line. We'd been corresponding off and on since last year around Christmas but things being what they are, we never did meet up until now. She said she'd be the one wearing a pink flower on her jacket and I said I'd be the one in a white overcoat looking bewildered. I don't remember her flower but I guess my bewildered look gave me away.

As I thought, she was even more wonderful in person than via email. We talked for several hours and could've talked for several more if I didn't have other pressing engagements. We had already agreed that I would make her soaps using her piggy on soluble paper on goat's milk soap. The main point of the discussion then was what scent should the soaps be?

My dear sister suggested two scents I don't have, so we had to make do with what I do have. After sniffing all the fragrances I had brought along with me, GG came up with the idea of combining scents. I know this isn't a new idea but it's something I hadn't done before. Long story short, we've come up with a scent all her own; a combination of watermelon and champagne. The watermelon gives it a light, happy scent while the champagne provides an undertone of fizzy sophistication and the combination just makes you smile. I can't wait to get started working on the soaps.

This coming week I'll be sending the 425 alphabet letters home with Leanne from Little Dreambug.

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Best Laid Plans

and you know the rest.

So much for getting my post out earlier and with the subject I had in mind to write about. The soaps I was planning on showcasing didn't turn out so I have to try again and hopefully post them next week instead.

On the bright side, I will be meeting with GG from Creampuffs by GG to discuss making soaps specifically for her. I've talked to her on the phone and email and she is wonderfully exuberant and energetic and I can't wait to meet her in person. We're going to go over scents that she thinks a little piggie should smell like. Any suggestions?

GG's logo

Friday, 14 September 2012

Minding your P's and Q's

I often hear parents reminding their young children to say please and thank you. As a sales person, it's also very important to remember to say please and thank you to your customers. Basically be friendly and polite and it should keep your customers returning because of the good service they receive as well as the great products.

Being polite is something we were raised with, and some of us continue that through adulthood. It seems to me though, that some people seem to have forgotten that lesson. I've held doors for people who've walked right through without acknowledging me. A dollar tip would've been nice although I would've settled for a thank you or a smile.

A little while back, there was a Facebook page set up for people in Bellingham, WA who wanted to have a time in the day when only Americans were allowed to shop at their local Costco. The Canadians, they said, were too pushy and rude. Unfortunately, as with everything, we all get tarred with the same brush even though we're not all rude. People seem to think they can get away with it because as the city grows, our sense of anonymity grows as well. We can give each other the finger, confident that the chances of seeing the other person again are about as much as winning the lottery jackpot.

I know I'm preaching to the choir here because nobody I associate with would ever knowingly be rude or obnoxious. But I hope that there will be some random person who ends up reading this post, and remembers to thank the next person who holds the door or lets him or her into traffic.

Oh and personally, I have no problems with the P's, it's the J's that I get backwards a lot.

Friday, 7 September 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good:  I'm finished making the alphabet soaps. Well as soon as I wrap that one last letter I'm finished, then I have to let my client know they're ready.

The bad:  I got rejected from two craft fairs. Hubby's happy though, that's two less shows he'll have to suffer through this year with me.

The ugly:  My nose. You'd think someone opened up a waterfall park in my nose. I can't walk two steps without a tissue and I can't bend from the waist unless I'm ready to mop up after myself.

The really good:  I heard from another potential client who I met up with last year at one of the fairs I participated in. She's still interested in having me make her soaps for her swag bags. Yipeee!!