I feel it's about time to let everyone know that I will be changing jobs in about 17 days. I am moving along from the co-op to a much more local, seasonal job working on an amazing CSA. I have been wanting and needing to work closer to home for many years. Deciding to take on a summer seasonal job is quite a leap, as I hope to build up my farm and soap making business to get by for a few months in the winter. Along with other news, I ask all of you to help me out if you can. Either in support or in helping to "advertise" my business. The soap shares are the biggest help as it gives me that small chunk of money to mostly invest in raw materials, pay for goat expenses, pay off any business debt, and maybe someday make a bit of a living! If you can, please share this post on social media, let friends know. I"ll be advertising, going to CSA and craft fairs, and also trying to take on a few more retail stores. I'm excited, and I want to thank you all for the overwhelming amount of support and suggestions I have received. All the people critiquing my labels and logos and feedback about my soap among many many other things, THANK YOU!
On to more recent news. I just finished packaging my most recent soap share signups, they will be sent out tomorrow and folks should get them soon. It's fun to get soap once a month in the mail, you never know what scents you might get, and they can make wonderful gifts for other people. There is a lot that builds up to the actual soap making. The main and most laborious aspect is the goat raising. Just three weeks ago I as SO SICK, I got something that stuck with me for weeks afterward. But during that sick time I stayed home from work, which was luck as I had early goat kidding. Uff-da! It was -20 degrees out so that met I brought two does in to kid. Which was necessary but oh so messy! Inga and Daisy kidded with no problems in the house and stayed in for a few days until the weather warmed up a bit. Inga has one beautiful girl named Boudica, Daisy has one handsome boy named Conan. I won't go into much detail, but it was hectic, stressful, and tear inducing. Being dizzy and sick while helping pull out babies, hope everything went well, wondering if Daisy maybe retained her placenta and on the verge of calling the vets just to have her sploosh it out and eat it merrily while I feel like loosing my lunch. This is just a few stories in a host of others. All of this to help provide wonderful, creamy milk to go into these soap bars.
I just celebrated my birthday on January 26th and I took a few days off from work to try and catch up after so much chaos. I spent this time finishing the art for my new EB Ranch logo. I really like it and it depicts both male and female goats of the San Clemente breed. I then spent time re-making my soap labels, updating my website and other online sites. I even created paper bags with the logo printed on them. I hope that these bags can be used for retail stores and other sales!
Off to make a few more batches of soap. I am in that position of almost not being able to keep up with some demand. A good problem right? And remember, you can buy my soaps at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op. There are also quite a few events coming up in March and April where I will be teaching various classes and attending CSA Fairs. I will keep you all posted with the dates and places, I hope to see some of you there. In the mean time, enjoy the piles of pictures.
Thank you for your support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.