Monday, August 17, 2009

Tis the season to prepare

Photo above is my freshly made Perfect Rose soap that I have been packaging all week.

If you are a crafter you probably already understand from the title what this post is about.

Every year at this time I am busy, busy, busy preparing for the hectic holiday season ahead. I've never understood that whole Christmas in July sale stuff as I can barely prepare for the real Christmas in December. This time of year is the time in which I am making soap non-stop day and night. During August and September I practically package soap in my sleep so that my little golden boxed creations can make it to some one's stocking or under some one's Christmas tree this year. I've been doing this 12 years now and I still never feel prepared enough for the tidal wave of new fans that discover my creations every year from receiving them as gifts or by searching online for that special something to give to their loved ones.

Today I am making my Orange Vanilla soap and my whole house smells like creamsicles...Mmmmm another big part of why I love this time of year :-)

Due to all of the corporate greed and major financial mismanagement going on in this world there has been a movement to support handmade and the little guy like me. When grabbing those handmade holiday gifts this season remember all of us that prepared and worked all year long to bring these creations to you. We don't have big machinery, huge factories or 100's of employees, we bring you these creations from our hearts and our genuine desire to create them for you. As I sit here this morning tying bows on gifts to prepare, I have a smile on my face knowing some one is truly going to love receiving this as a gift this year. Some how from day to day that keeps me going.

The pure joy of creating and bringing something beautiful into the world with my own 2 hands for others gives me a satisfaction that is hard to put into words. I truly love what I do, but I couldn't love it without you and your support. A big thank you to all of you that support handmade and crafters this holiday season.

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    LynnAnne said...

    As I read your post, I couldnt help but think...thats exactly how I Feel! You've put into words beautifully what I think most artisan/ handmade people feel!

    DeShawn Marie said...

    Thanks Lynn Anne! Some times it is hard to put things in to words, but I do my best. I'm happy you enjoyed it :)

    Brett Widmann said...

    Excellent blog post. I've always taken an appreciation for handmade soaps. Yours almost look edible! Awesome and beautiful :)

    DeShawn Marie said...

    Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm happy you enjoyed the post. Thanks for visiting my blog :-)

    one9designs said...

    I just wish my handmade biz would make my house smell all lovely!! The stuff I use to oxidize jewelry smells like rotten eggs. Maybe I'll have to get some of that soap to counteract it! :)

    Elise said...

    Hello, I wanted to leave a comment for you because I've really enjoyed having a nose around your site. You have great pictures and you write really well too.

    Thank you for sharing and best wishes, have a lovely weekend

    DeShawn Marie said...

    Elise, thank you very much for your kind words. I greatly appreciate it.

    One9DeSigns...mmmm I think you might need something to control that rotten egg smell. Poor thing. LOL

    Sunbasilgarden said...

    I can picture your fingers going a mile a minute. Same deal here at my soap shop-- trying to fill wholesale Christmas in Sept..for the busy Etsy Holiday season....soap all day...have fun! Love your soaps. and blog

    glenna said...

    The perfect rose soap looks absolutely yummy!

    Heather said...

    can i just say that you rock with that camera of yours?
    i have no doubt your soaps are delicious!