Friday, October 31, 2008

Sneak Attack Was A Success!

The other day I posted about the Sneak Attack I was sponsoring on the 29th. Well, it turned out to be a HUGE success! My "victim" was herbanlifestyle. During her attack she received 28 sales! I'm really not surprised considering what great products she sells. Here's a peek at a few of them.

Deep Relaxation Massage/Bath Oil:

Soak On It Bath Salts:

Gift Set containing 6 of her items:

Congrats on all the sales, herban! And a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

Wanna help make someone's day? Here's a list of the upcoming Sneak Attacks:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Getting Ready for Winter

Some winter soaps that will be available in my shop shortly:

Frostbite (wintergreen):


Sinus Relief:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Everything's on SALE!

It's time to stock up on Christmas gifts! Everything in both my shops is 10% off for the CREST team sale! The sale is going from today until November 3rd.

Be sure to check out the other great CREST sales going on too! Just search for the tag "etsycrestsale".

New ornaments in my AngiesOthers shop:

New soap sampler in my Suds 'N' Such shop:

Happy shopping everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vote and Win!

Hop on over to the CYA Team blog and vote for your favorite Autumn item from a few of our shops. The winner will receive the winning item! Voting ends midnight October 26th and the winner will be announced on the 27th.

Not only do you get a chance to win a great item, but after you vote you'll receive 10% off any of the participating shops! Just ask the seller for your voter's discount.

Here's my entry...My autumn themed washcloths!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cross Promoting - Get Some More Customers!

Need some more customers? Who doesn't? Today I'm going to share an idea that I've been working on lately to promote my store.

What is it? Cross promoting!

What is cross promoting? Cross promoting is when you collaborate with another seller to promote each others work. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1) Find someone who sells something that fits with your product so you can reach your target audience. Example: I'm working with a feminine product seller to help promote my PMS Relief soap.

2) Research the other seller. I have absolutely nothing against new shops but if you want the promotion to work, you need someone who is selling. If they're not making sales, your samples are just sitting in their house.

3) Contact the seller. Be polite. Explain the benefits of the cross promotion for both the other seller and yourself. Don't be pushy. If they don't want to work with you, don't be offended. Just find someone else.

4) Work out the details. Discuss with the other seller how many items you want to swap and when. Trade addresses.

5) Get to work on your samples/promo items. Make something that will stand out. Something that the customer can use is always best. People are more likely to buy if they can try out the product first. If your product isn't something that can be made into samples, try a promotional item like a lipgloss or pen with your logo on it. Preferably something that fits the theme of your shop and will remind them of you when they use it.

6) Be considerate of the other seller. Don't send big samples that are going to cause the other seller to lose profits to pay the extra shipping charges. Keep them small.

7) Hand the other sellers items out with your orders! This should be obvious. Please hold up to your end of the bargain.

8) Watch the sales roll in! Well, I hope anyway:)

I'm thinking for the future I might add a coupon to the samples with a special code so I know where my customers are coming from. This will help me track which promotions are working best.

If you give this a try let me know how it works for you!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sneak Attack!

I'm sponsoring a Sneak Attack on Tuesday October 28th at 2:00pm!

If you don't already know what a "Sneak Attack" is here's some info:

We all get together and "attack" an unsuspecting Etsy shop at the same time and make a purchase (or several). The shop chosen has zero or only a few sales, so this is an awesome surprise!

Sneak Attacks are planned almost every weekday. Check out for the schedule.

The shop isn't announced until it's time for the attack. That way the surprise isn't ruined. You will be given a hint as to what the shop sells though. The shops always have at least a few items under $10.

It's easy to participate! Just show up at the given time and make a purchase from that shop. Even if you can only afford one small item, sales add up quickly when everyone gets involved.

Check out the schedule and help make someone's day!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sneak Peek

I know I haven't posted in awhile but I've been super busy preparing for the holiday/craft show season. I'm also working on a few contests, cross-promotions, etc. Here's a little peek at what's coming to my shop soon.

This is a batch of Sugar Plum that I made this morning. That's real sugar sprinkled on the top.

This one is Almond with Almond Meal for exfoliation:

This has absolutely nothing to do with soap but I found this little guy in my yard yesterday. His face cracks me up:)

Now I've gotta get back to work! I promise to try to update more often!

Friday, October 10, 2008

And the new name is....

Dark Chocolate Chunk!

Thanks jewelstreet for the great new name!

Runners up were:
Double Fudge Brownie
Death by Chocolate
Double Chocolate Chip

Thank you to everyone who participated! Now I can go list this in my Etsy shop.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Name the Soap Contest!

I've decided to hold a contest to name the chocolate soap I blogged about earlier today. If I pick the name you submit, you'll win a free bar!

Enter as many times as you like. Winner will be chosen at noon on Friday!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip?

My chocolate chip cookie soap is finally done curing, but...look what happened! I knew it would get a bit darker as it sat, but this is DARK!

Here's what they used to look like:

I'm not quite sure what to do with them now. Do I label them Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie or some other clever name that fits the color? Or do I sell them at a discount cuz they don't look so pretty?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New Etsy Baker!

These cookies are what I found in my mailbox yesterday. Aren't you jealous? hehe:) They were made by Heidi of Heidi's Cookie Shop. She's one of my fellow etsy soapmakers who recently decided to open a cookie shop. I'm glad she did! These are her Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies. As I opened the package, the smell was enough to make me want to eat them all right then. They were moist and chewy and delicious! Notice I said "were". The cookies didn't last very long once my husband and daughter discovered them. Looks like I'll need to buy more! Keep up the great work Heidi, and good luck with the new shop!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I've Been Featured!

I woke up this morning to an email telling me that my Lemon Meringue Soap has been featured on a website! What a great way to start the day!

Here's the site:

Thanks daiseedeb!