Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
I headed downtown..... I think i'm in love with the IDEA of downtown Toronto.... it's loud, busy and rushed....3 things I am not. I planned to go do some christmas shopping, thanks to pre menopause I barely get anything done in less than 5 trips. I ended up finding some awesome pants, than went back to my room.
hours later I woke up sitting up on the couch..... OH NO the day wasted!!!!
It was glorious..... I didn't have to force myself to stay awake or explain to anyone that I was just sooooo fuckinnnnnn tired lol
I even managed to hold onto my hotel room key the entire time. How indulgent....and I'd not even got my coat off. I ate a hot meal, got to close the bathroom door to go without having to lock it,,,,,enjoyed an ENTIRE hot shower without a single peep....no words from anyone, no dog barking.....Even a grown up meal of Fish, and asparagus WOW!
I place so much pressure on this one trip....always...a huge list of accomplishments....they rarely get done. it's as though I feel guilty for just GETTING AWAY..... this time I just let it be...... i just slowed down.....I came back after menopause shopping.....(you know menopause really DOES suck) i had a hot coffee, washed my clothes,,,,(because it's not 35 things in one load in an effort to dwindle down the stacks in the laundry room) My husband would be impressed....
it might seem like an odd topic....but I wanted to blog about it because I don't ever want to forget what this day felt like.... I think it's the first time in about 15 years I just....let....go. And felt great about it!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Which can me found here ----> http://www.etsy.com/shop/IndiePolish
I have always loved nail polish...my mom used to buy it for me and I was forever mixing it and making neat nail designs in fact I can still tell you my first 3 polishes she gave me....revlon classic red. Revlon classic pink and wet and wild glitter bomb. So this was natural but not really a natural fit into me and the boy (imho)
Check it out! I will also be selling nail art supplies. I'm very proud of this shop. and we have a grand opening sale now too! ENJOY!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I instantly fell in love with Mountain Scentaments on www.craftcafe.co. Her soaps stood out to me and than I saw MAN FRIENDLY felted soap. Having a dad who treats his body like a 5 yr old on summer vacation at the dump I thought this would be perfect for him. Half soap, Half wash cloth. They smell amazing and they are HUGE!!! Well worth the 8$ paid per bar! they arrived fast, well labeled and I am thrilled!!!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
She offered a great range of items all handmade, and available in samples too. Her one deal of 3 lipsticks for 10$ was too good to pass up... I went thru all of them about 25 times and settled on
I love them all and they feel great and last a VERY long time. If, like me, you can't wear read you MUST try ruby...it is the quintessential red for non red wearers. Cheekie monkey is more sheer than it appears and is equally lovely for a more plain look. Rocket was not for me but it is super pretty if you don't have the skin tone that I do.
I also ordered some concealer samples in fair and light. I'd given up on this stuff years ago. it was cakey or looked like I was wearing concealer....however this formula is silky, smooth and spreads and blends like nothing I have felt before. SERIOUSLY impressed. A serious must have and I will buy some soon.
I also received some eyeshadow samples and lipstick samples. One of the eye shadows worked beautifully for me.....the eye shadow wore beautifully thru bus and subway trips all day, a 3 hr tattoo session and all the way home....it creased the TINIEST bit (I have hooded eyelids and this is typical) but a quick wipe with my finger and it was seamlessly blended perfectly again.
Despite the amazing product, Tiffany is so amazing and ever SHARED Where she gets her tiny sample pots and I picked some up.... Most handmade artists feel this huge competition among each other and value their suppliers and rarely share info...So when a seller so easily shares info, tricks of the trade and so on it says alot.
I would easily score this a 10/10 no complaints....and I know for a fact that I would gladly go back and buy full sizes of the concealer, and eye shadow...along with my new fave lipstick....
Thank you Tiffany....I was losing hope on finding affordable quality make up! Me, my husband, my non frumpy friends....we all thank you!
You can find Performance colors at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PerformanceColors I honestly think you'll be amazed!
Friday, September 21, 2012
We talked about his love of fishing and the Octonauts and decided to do an under the sea theme. He went away with dad for the weekend and I got started!
I am a sucker for shopping handmade, and local, ran a search, and came up with Beepart on etsy. The designs seemed to be perfect. The owner Neil is very convo friendly, patient and worked with me as I had a budget. We changed the sizes from what was listed which was nice. I didn't have to lose any of the elements, just adjust the size.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
on another note we have some huge blog posts coming soon, reviews, recommendations and more! Stay Tuned!!!!
We will be doing an entire bloog about my son's room makeover using a local canadian shop called beepart!
and i've got the hook up on AMAZING handmade lipstick 3 for 10$
you have to stay tuned!
OH and i must mention the incredible amount of new inventory on our site...I think we have cose to 10 new candle scents! http://www.meandtheboy.com
Friday, July 20, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Reviews are not only useful to other shoppers, it helps your web ranking, and lets us know how we're doing
So here's a review of one of my faves!
Best Bath bombs ever. I met Sarah a bit ago when her mom ordered from my shop, than she did and so the story goes. She has this insane passion for bath and beauty products.....so it was no suprise that she started creating. The creations that come out of this small home based company is incredible, it's as though she's been doing this for years! I have had the pleasure of trying many bath bombs that I have bought to laze in the tub with (if my son doesn't use them first)
I adore the viva la juicy bath bomb
Love the shop! Love the owner! Love handmade!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Right now we are soooooo busy. Just our mineral mud and ugly bar keep us on our toes with near constant production. Next month out tealights will be featured in the La Femme Film Festival swag bags.....how awesome! we are so proud and will keep you updated.
So if you've noticed we have almost all the same things on our website as on etsy....sadly we can't cut etsy loose as they are the main traffic source foor our growing brand....but one day...
I have made a big decision to go back to our roots and get back into more essential oils than fragrances for body care. I will still use fragrances for candles, but it appears when it comes to the body people want natural....so look for our new custom blend 100% natural body stuff coming all this month!
i'll be back soon! Tanya PS now that we will have our blog up and running smoothly we'd love to offer some banner exchange spots on our site. if interested contact me asap
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
It's always super indulgent in my mind to buy someting I make off someone else. I've only ever bought tarts off ONE etsy seller EVER because at any given time I have 10-20 lbs of wax and god knows how many scents! Besides beauty , krissy's shop shows brains. Great names, Custom blended scents, and lots of love.
I've said it so many times CONSISTENCY is SO important. I don't care if I get a deal if I never know exactly what to expect, I'm not rich, who is? I'd rather pay more and know it's going to be consistent each and everytime and I can rely on it.
I ordered the same thing multiple times (headless horseman.....what? I like pumpkin!) Both times very well scented, easy to break apart and smell that lingered forever. Perfect both times....and that means i'll be back!
This was one of those things that, for me, was a must have. Saw it, bought it! I came across the highly offensive bag that I found hysterical. Often many people think I am upto no good. Maybe it's the tattoos, hair, clothes, so I figured why not poke fun at it! And so far it has'nt caused any problems and I can honestly say I laugh everytime I see it. I get EXCITED to use it......Seller is AWESOME!!! I'd shop here again anytime
Monday, April 2, 2012
you will find alot of stuff that is'nt even in our etsy shop. Since etsy is falling to pieces we are starting to distance ourselves. So come join us Wednesday!
Monday, March 5, 2012
1) Almost anything is customizable...if you ASK....and you can ask because you are dealing with a person, not a company
2)I can afford handmade. People complain alot about the price of some handmade items. However they don't always understand that the scarf you are buying is original....they buyer didn't get a deal on 1000 of them nor did they get a discount on yarn....most often if you think about it handmade sellers make a marginal amount on the items they sell...yep some over charge but they soon fade into the background.
3) Your supporting a family. Perhaps you're providing some funds towards a family trip, a much needed car repair, or perhaps your making sure a family has lights and food....sound dramatic...it's not really! These days every bit counts... Speaking from personal experience I am Lucky my husband works also...but who knows that could end any day! the income I make helps us have our medicine when we should have it (not every other day) Every seller has their own reason....and the reasons are far better than supporting any cooperation who doesn't care at all who you are!
4) If you don't support a corporation they lose out.... Sounds to good to be true that one person can make a change but if one million did just imagine!!!!
5) Shop handmade because you can.....handmade is awesome...you NEVER know what you will find....even things you never wanted to find! Get out there and EXPLORE, you'll find something you love.. I promise!
and there's always us www.meandtheboy.com
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I have signed up for 3 sampler boxes this month! I have desided to work hard to cement our brand. It would be a dream to have an actually store one day! Building our brand is big this year.
I've done some awesome shopping lately.....
I love packaging supplies, in fact my love is so strong I have had to open a section in my supply shop!!!
Tessa is one of the first people I ever met on etsy. Even if we don't talk forever, it's like nothing ever changed! She's awesome and runs 3 shops also, I shopped at WASHI WISHES
PLUS!!!! her logo is a manatee in a crown!!!!! I mean how awesome and out of the box is that. She's here Realist mermaid mmmmmmmmmm cookies
Even tho I make amazing sprays and candles and nice smelly stuff, there is something about buying someone else's that feels indulgent! I always knew Briar Muse what a store i'd shop at. Unique scents, modern design...and it's just obvious how much theis seller cares about her company and customers...pride shows, I ordered two room sprays. Carribean teak and buttercream. They are both amazing although I am FAR more partial to the stronger deeper teak scent!
so tonight i'm taking it easy. We have alot of new stuff too but that's for another post
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
actually i'm a day late.
so here's a REALLY REALLY long and adorable post about kids views of love!!!
Love and Marriage:
- "If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." -- Glenn, age 7
- "Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." -- John, age 9
- "I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." -- Manuel, age 8
- "No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." -- Mae, age 9
- "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too." -- Greg, age 8
- "Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." -- Tom, age 5
- "On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." -- Mike, 10
- "I'm in favor of love as long as it doesn't happen when Dinosaurs is on television." -- Jill, age 6
- "One of the people has freckles, and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." -- Andrew, age 6
- "My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That's what I'll do. I'll find somebody who's kinda tall and handsome." -- Carolyn, age 8
- "It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." -- Kenny, age 7
- "One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." -- Ava, age 8
- "When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, 'I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced.'" -- Anita, 9
- "I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." -- Regina, age 10
- "Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one." -- Angie, age 10
- "A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases together." -- Marlon, age 10
- "[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn't want to change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I'd figure something out. I'd just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing." -- Kirsten, age 10
- "Love is foolish...but I still might try it sometime." -- Floyd, age 9
- "Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." -- Dave, age 8
- "When a person gets kissed for the first time, they fall down, and they don't get up for at least an hour." -- Wendy, age 8
- "You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and her own VCR, 'cause she'll want to have videos of the wedding." -- Jim, age 10
- "Never kiss in front of other people. It's a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours." -- Kally, age 9
- "You learn [how to kiss] right on the spot when the gooshy feelings get the best of you." -- Doug, age 7
- "If it's your mother, you can kiss her anytime. But if it's a new person, you have to ask permission." -- Roger, age 6
- "It's never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That's why I stopped doing it." -- Tammy, age 10
- "I know one reason kissing was created. It makes you feel warm all over, and they didn't always have electric heat or fireplaces or even stoves in their houses." -- Gina, age 8
- "The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that." -- Curt, age 7
- "The rules goes like this: if you kiss someone, then you should marry her and have kids with her. It's the right thing to do." -- Howard, age 8
- (on seeing a couple kissing) "He is trying to steal her chewing gum!" -- Boy, age 6
- "If you want to be loved by somebody who isn't already in your family, it doesn't hurt to be beautiful." -- Anita, age 8
- "Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time." -- Christine, age 9
- "It isn't always how you look. Look at me. I'm handsome like anything, and I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." -- Brian, age 7
How People In Love Act:
- "Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food." -- Brad, age 8
- "They act mooshy. Like puppy dogs, except puppy dogs don't wag their tails nearly as much." -- Arnold, age 10
- "All of a sudden, the people get movies fever so they can sit together in the dark." -- Sherm, age 8
- "Romantic adults usually are all dressed up, so if they are just wearing jeans it might mean they used to go out or they just broke up." -- Sarah, age 9
- "It's love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it's just like how their hearts are -- on fire." -- Christine, age 9
- "See if the man picks up the check. That's how you can tell if he's in love." -- John, age 9
- "Many daters just eat pork chops and french fries and talk about love." -- Craig, age 9
What Mom and Dad Have In Common:
- "Both don't want no more kids." -- Lori, age 8
How To Tell If Two People Are Married:
- "Married people usually look happy to talk to other people." -- Eddie, age 6
- "You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." -- Derrick, age 8
Deciding Who To Marry:
- "You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." -- Allan, age 10
- "No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with." -- Kirsten, age 10
Strategies For Making People Fall In Love With You:
- "Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores." -- Del, age 6
- "Shake your hips and hope for the best." -- Camille, age 9
- "Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs...and don't worry if their parents are right there." -- Manuel, age 8
- "Don't do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." -- Alonzo, age 9
- "One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it's something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me." -- Bart, age 9
The Best Age To Get Married:
- "Twenty three is the best age because you know the person forever by then." -- Cam, age 10
- "No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married!" -- Freddie, age 6
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Why did you start Sampler villager?I have always loved sampler boxes, who doesn't like to try before they buy. I knew a lot of crafters/artisans so I asked around if they would be interested in participating in a sampler box. The response was overwhelming, thus Sampler Village was born in September 2009.
What is the best part of running Sampler Village?By far, meeting and getting to know all the Villagers, we a like a family here. It takes a Village to do a sampler box...LOL!!
How many vendors on average do you work with?Every month is different. Our biggest box by far is our Christmas/Holiday Box. We had over 100 participating for those boxes alone. I would say an adverage of participates (Villagers) each month is between 50-70.
What is the most miraculous/cool blessed thing that has ever happened as a result of your company?The Villagers! I have been able to meet so many wonderful people that I consider my 'friends'. I do feel very blessed that I can be a stay at home mom and TOTALLY LOVE what I do.
Are there any new ventures on the horizon that you want to share with us?Sampler Village just keeps growing and growing. We offer our Villagers lots of fun incentives to come join us. New Ventures? YES!! Although not related to Sampler Village, a huge online Craft Market is being developed as we speak. I am very proud and honored to be part of it's development. CraftCafe.co will be making is debut in late spring, early summer of 2012!
How does anyone interested reach you?You can reach me directly by email: email@example.com
This woman is amazing!!!! why not either try a sampler box, or get your goods put in one!
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Thanks sarah and I am CERTAIN your blog will be growing in no time!!!
Monday, January 30, 2012
The pricing strategy of your small business can ultimately determine your fate. Small business owners can ensure profitability and longevity by paying close attention to their pricing strategy.
Commonly, in business plans I've reviewed, the pricing strategy has been to be the lowest price provider in the market. This approach comes from taking a quick view of competitors and assuming you can win business by having the lowest price.
Lowest Pricing Does Not Win
Having the lowest price is not a strong position for small business. Larger competitors with deep pockets and the ability to have lower operating costs will destroy any small business trying to compete on price alone. Avoiding the low price strategy starts with looking at the demand in the market by examining three factors:
1. Competitive Analysis: Don't just look at your competitor's pricing. Look at the whole package they offer. Are they serving price-conscious consumers or the affluent group? What are the value-added services if any?
2. Ceiling Price: The ceiling price is the highest price the market will bear. Survey experts and customers to determine pricing limits. The highest price in the market may not be the ceiling price.
3. Price Elasticity: If the demand for your product or service is less elastic, you can then have a higher ceiling on prices. Low elastic demand depends on limited competitors, buyer's perception of quality, and consumers not habituated to looking for the lowest price in your industry.
Once you understand the demand structure in your industry, review your costs and profit goals as set in your business plan or financials. The low price strategy is best avoided by small business but there are conditions such as a price war that can drag a company into the lowest price battle.
Avoiding a Price War
A price war can wreck havoc in any industry and leave many businesses, out of business. In the early 90's, I observed the competitive exercise equipment market enter a price war in a large city market. Profits were plentiful but a price war took the gross margins from 42% to 12%. In less than 18 months, over 60% of the retailers were out of business while my division went national. Take these tips to evade a deadly price war:
Enhance Exclusivity: Products or services that are exclusive to your business provide protection from falling prices.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
A few weeks ago I came across http://www.luulla.com/ My supply store gets alot of hassle from etsy so I decided to start moving it over to luulla and see what happens, all I got was helpful staff, who diligently moved each one of my listings over and uploaded them all manually (MANUALLY!!!!) all 176 of them pictures and all.
Tommy told me it would take a few days. Once they were done he told me and I had a look and wow....perfection. It is nice to be able to put my shop in someones hands and trust all will go well.... I was happy with the 6 months of free service, I never dreamed the was a company that would do all this.
I am now gunning for a spot for me and the boy. The feeling of luula is light, their staff cares and even helps promote ALL shops....not the most artsy fartsy one with the best pics and overpriced pieces of folded paper.
Do I hate etsy....of course not...but I am tiring of their system. My supply shop is harassed alot for really what boils up to nonsense.....while overseas resellers RUIN the market with mass produced "handmade" goods simply because they sell so much more, and raise etsy's profit higher they seem to slip under the radar. I recently had a friend have to send in pictures of her making all her items because it was thought perhaps they were not handmade when this shop owner was clearly a handmade shop....the hassle they gave here was truly undeserved, and sooner or later it will happen to all of us. The traffic and sales from etsy can't be argued, but if I have to read on more feature artist and their bullsht story i might vomit some handmade puke!
I am PRAYING that luulla takes off. Perhaps if etsy could realize that without it's sellers they would have no paycheck or site, eat a little humble pie and try to help out the underdogs (like those of us who have made less than 20$ this entire month) perhaps we wouldn't have our panties in a bunch ready to jump ship to those that simply treat us properly....like artist, people and part of something greater!
Thanks luulla!!! I wish you, and us sellers all the success in the world. Keep treating us well and we'll tell the world about you....value us as artist and people and we'll return the favor in sales and word of mouth!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
WHAT??? banners for 1$. Indeed it's true! I fell in love with the bluebird design. I don't like elegant la di da stuff because that's not who I am. I love birds, and lots of color and something that you don't see everyday.
I contacted The shop owner about it and explained I needed a specific size. She explained she normally charged an extra fee for resizing but I didn't have to worry she just took care of it. I could have added an avatar for 1$ but I had previously decided to use my picture of me so people can see me.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
it's been awhile eh?
Well I am glad to be back! Christmas was great/terrible but me and the boy had a great time. Life has been insane lately. The store was SO busy before christmas.....naturally after christmas it's dead. SO!!!!! I enrolled in college... I will be taking a class for credit about autism and the asd spectrum....hmmmmmmmmmm wonder what inspired that?
what else? OH THE BOY MADE IT TO FIVE! Yep! 5 years old...broke my heart but I am proud because we both made it! He had his first play date with a friend from school on his birthday it was alot of fun! They both are adhd so it was a very interesting day!
Lots of new stuff in the shop including a 10% of candle and tart sale, 75% off clearance sale and new roll on perfumes and jewelry!
Thank you guys so much for reading my blog
Monday, January 9, 2012
SO I am working on a list of questions for none other than the lovely TRACI of Sampler Village. Despite being all the previously mentioned things she is also HONEST. Look for her spot coming soon!