Rollercoaster Make it Happen membership group

Community – The Rollercoaster : Make It Happen

A few weeks ago I talked about The Indie Rollercoaster group on Facebook, and I mentioned that I’d just joined the membership group run by the lovely Leona Thrift-ola. It’s been such an amazing week, so I thought I’d shout about it here 😁.

Each week we focus on something different, with Leona bringing in a guest to do a live chat. We have workbooks to go through, which makes us think seriously about what we’d like from our business and where we’d like our business to go. We’ve covered things like business plans, our own version of success, finances, copyright, social media, visibility and community. We work on the good bits and the bits that make us feel uncomfortable. This past week we were set a few challenges. We could work through these by writing a post, by making a video or going live in the group if we felt we could. I felt sick thinking about the latter two…I hate anything like that. But…by the end of the week I’d done three videos and I went live for the last challenge! I felt awesome!

I have learnt so much from this group..from the other members too. It’s like having your own cheer leading team, that is made up of knowledgeable, awesome peeps that are happy to share, hold and support each other. Each of us are on a slightly different part of the path, but we can see each other and reach out if we need to.

If you are looking to find some awesome support then I wouldn’t hesitate in joining the main group – The Rollercoaster of Running an Indie Business.  Leona is also opening up the membership group to new members in a few weeks, so if you want to push yourself that bit further (for your and your biz) I would wholeheartedly recommend that too.  Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve done to help my business this year.

Community – Etsy Teams

Handmade Haven Etsy Lincs Etsy teamSome of the members at the July meet up

Anyone that works for themselves knows how lonely it can be. I don’t mind that as I’m a natural introvert, but sometimes you need to be around people that are in a similar position. A new Etsy team opened at the beginning of the year, that was fairly local to me so I joined up. It’s been fab! We meet up once a month, and we’ve just been accepted to have an Etsy Made Local event at the end of the year too, which is absolutely amazing ☺️. If you have a team local to you, do get in touch and join in…you’ll not regret it.

Join EtsyLincs here

Instagram @etsylincs

Izzy whizzy lets get Fizzy

This week has been all about the fizzes. These fizzes are made with essential oils and botanicals, and they’re bound together with moisturising oils rather that water, making them amazing for the skin. I’ve had a gift set in the shop previously, that I was never really happy with – it just didn’t look elegant – so it’s been on my list of things-to-do to change it. I had an idea pop in my head so I ordered a couple of gift boxes, then I could have a play. Ta dah…

I love it so much! I’m amazed when something actually translates from my head to reality 😂. First time too 😁

They’re available in the shop now.

My Own Cleanser Pads

Handmade Haven prototype cleanser pads with over locked edge, used daily.

When I first thought about trying makeup remover pads to go along side the soaps I had an overlocker.  I made a few, sent some out to a few friends to try and had a go with them myself.  I really didn’t like the raw edge that they had so back to the drawing board I went.  We now have the version you see in my shop now, which I absolutely love.

I still use all my original prototype ones myself, which also includes those when I’m testing new fabrics.  I even use them for removing nail polish, which does leave stains on the pads but I know they are clean …and who cares if there’s a rainbow on them any way 😝

I just throw them in the wash with my other whites, peg them on the line, then pop them back in the bathroom cupboard with my face cloths ready for next time.

Makeup remover pads, Handmade Haven, daily users

Organic Cotton Muslin Cleanser Pad, Handmade Haven

Zero Waste Makeup Pads

 

In the past year, following on from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 program, there has  been an explosion of information about waste, and especially plastic waste.  The shocking images of wildlife with plastic in their stomachs or round their necks makes for incredibly shocking viewing.  When I first started making my cleanser pads, I used gutermann all-purpose thread which is actually polyester.  I’d never really given it any thought.  I knew I wanted to use organic materials, that was a high priority, so why hadn’t I considered the thread?!  Maybe it was the cost.  In the past year, I’ve had a few customers contacting me about it, so I decided to look into the cotton thread.  The cost comparison was virtually the same…yay!  This now means that once the pads have come to the end of their natural life, they can be composted, and every bit of it will break down naturally.  I will look at organic cotton thread in the near future too…in fact, I shall add it to my to-do list now.

Vintage Star Wars burp cloths, Handmade Haven.

Star Wars Baby

I make fab baby burp cloths with cotton fabric on one side and organic terry towelling on the other, but when a friend asked if I could make some custom ones I jumped at the chance. She brought round some off-cuts of these vintage Star Wars quilts as they are huge Star Wars fans, and those gorgeous woodland creatures fabrics. I think I might have to try and find some of those fabrics for the shop as they are lovely, and they are organic which is a big bonus.

Wrapping….

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Soap ready for pouring into the mound.

This week has seen lots of soap making and wrapping going on.  I try and have a full day making various batches of soap, then they are left to cure for four to six weeks.  After they are cured I’ll then spend another day wrapping them up.

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All set for wrapping

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Mini / sample Soaps

It’s taken me a few years to get to this version but I love them so much.  All the wrappings can be recycled or composted, and I print the labels myself.   All I’ve got to do now is add my new logo to them all 😂

Soaps available here