From the Road: Forsythia & Fried Green Tomatoes

April 17, 2013

Forsyth Georgia is a quaint town midway between Atlanta & Macon.  Every year, on the second weekend in March,  the good folks of Forsyth celebrate the coming of Spring with the aptly named Forsythia festival.  Artist and crafters setup around the beautiful downtown courthouse as folks from the surrounding area come out to enjoy food, […]

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Booth Evolution

April 11, 2013

This year is shaping up to be another big festival year for us.  With the purchase of bubbles (our soapy van) we have the ability for the first time to transport proper furniture to our multi-day shows.  It was a huge change for us and came with some trepidation as we tried to decide what […]

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Choosing a Charity

March 20, 2013

As most of you know, we donate 10% of profits to charity every year.  We’re proud to say that our donations have grown from $200 in 2010 (our first year business) to over $2000 last year.  We know it isn’t a huge amount, but every little bit counts.  Our hope is that Whispering Willow will […]

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Wrap Up: The Maker’s Summit

February 05, 2013

Wayne and I were terribly excited to have the opportunity to attend the Maker’s Summit put on by Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC this past weekend.  The sold out event was held at a gorgeous space downtown and was filled with an amazing array of creative folks. The speaker list itself was awesome and included Stephen Fraser from Spoonflower, […]

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Giveaway: What are you thankful for?

November 16, 2012

Although we try to be thankful for the goodness in our lives throughout the year, thanksgiving brings it into sharper focus.  Our families have always participated in the traditional “let’s go around the table and discuss what we’re thankful for”.  With that in mind, we started our own online tradition last year.  Just like our families at Thanksgiving, […]

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Dermis Love: Understanding Sunscreen

August 28, 2012

After writing the last Dermis Love post I knew that I was going to have to get serious about UV protection.  With this in mind I started looking  at various sunscreen products.  As I started comparing different SPF levels and UVA vs UVB vs broad spectrum protection I quickly learned that this wasn’t going to […]

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Dermis Love: Here Comes the Sun

August 01, 2012

If you pay attention to the health and wellness discussions in the media you may have noticed a general paranoia regarding the effects of the sun on the skin.  While I am generally skeptical of the ever changing trends on what is “healthy” the evidence seems overwhelming that sun exposure is very damaging for the […]

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Dermis Love: The Basics

July 24, 2012

There is no organ that is more prevalent than skin.  Unfortunately, beyond the need for sun protection during the summer, our skin rarely gets much consideration when we discuss health and wellness.  The more I think about my own skin the more I realize I just don’t know that much about it.  Dermis Love is […]

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Ingredient Corner: Natural Shampoo

July 17, 2012

As I bottle up our first production batch of our natural shampoo I thought it would be a good time discuss some of the ingredients we are using in our latest creation.  Some of them  are familiar household ingredients but others are a bit more exotic and unfamiliar. Olive oil ~ OK, so nothing too […]

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Atherton Booth Evolution

May 27, 2012

We’ve been proudly peddling our wares at Atherton Mill and Market in Charlotte for just over a year now.  We started there in a small tent outside and graduated over time to a regular booth inside the building.  As the market grew, our little soap company has grown right along with it. Recently it has become quite […]

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Creating Order out of Chaos

April 11, 2012

Life got a bit crazy for us in November and December, much more so than we had ever expected or anticipated.  Although we worked our way through everything that headed toward us, the end result was a bit of chaos  around the house (understatement).  I know this is a common casualty of a home based business, but […]

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Etsy Success Symposium: Lessons Learned

April 01, 2012

Wayne had the pleasure of attending the Etsy’s Seller Success Symposium online that was held this week (the videos are still available on Etsy).  When I got home from work, he was all a buzz and wanted to chat with me about what he had learned.  He had taken notes (I know, amazing huh?) and chatted […]

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