Pigeon River Soaps- Featured Seller

Friday, March 29, 2013

It isn't too often that you actually know someone who is the etsy featured seller...I mean really know (my mom). I thought this could be a glimpse into the 'behind the scenes' of this coveted honor. I was there the day she forwarded me the email from etsy admin. asking her if she'd be interested (uhhhh....duh!) and there when the panic set in (how much stock do I need, how many sales will I get, how will I get it all done, how?!?!?!?!). Deep breath. 

The etsy admin, before asking her about the interview, sent her convos advising her to update her shop (profile, etc.). Following those updates, she got another convo asking her to be the featured seller, giving the interview questions, photo requirements, tips and all that jazz. 

There actually was only a couple weeks to get all this done (and our Jamaican vacation was thrown in the middle). Days after accepting the offer, I drove up to my folks house and played photographer while mom made soap...and more soap...and more soap. I definitely started to see the flip side of being featured (the stress).

Luckily, she had spring break off (she works full time) and used that to prep for the increase in sales. 

You can read the interview (and see more pictures) here. Go mom! A well-deserved honor for one of the hardest working women I know. Any questions about the process? Let me know in the comments and I will personally ask the celebrity and get back to you ;)

Here's to hoping I spend easter weekend helping pack up soap orders (let the sales roll in!!)

Organic pebble earrings...

Friday, March 15, 2013

I am pretty excited about these, mostly because they are so me. Easy, no fuss- but still a pretty little pop of color on your ears. When traveling, hiking, and be-bopping around (we are usually up to something), these are perfect. These little guys are now available in my shop! Local peeps can expect these at my shows this spring/summer. 

 (sporting my aqua pair in Jamaica)

snippets from vacation...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A few little glimpses into the 5 days we spent in Jamaica...

relaxing...we spent a great deal of time just soaking up the sun
 the resort we stayed at was very small, most days we had the entire beach to ourselves
love this pic of my mom
 we ventured to Negril and ate at a very quaint little restaurant 

 fresh juices, made with many fruits and veggies grown in their garden

 buying some fresh fruit from a local stand


Rhodes Plantation- where we stayed
 our morning wake-up call
Kevin- the friendly peacock

 exploring a bat cave

On Vacation...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Early tomorrow morning our flight takes off to Jamaica (snow storm pending!). 

This will be our second trip to Jamaica (the first was our wedding)! This time around will be much different. We are staying at a small(er) place, away from the crazy...no all inclusive, no buffets, no hoards of tourists, which just isn't our thing. We are traveling with my folks, who share the same low-key attitude. Looking forward to some warm sun, a quiet beach, snorkeling and relaxing....
Luke and I decided we needed to sneak in one last trip before baby arrives. While we still plan on traveling with baby, our next trip will most likely be in the states (already mentally planning our 2014 summer trip to Yellowstone...its been years since I've been there and Luke has never been!). 

My shop will be closed March 5-12. 

(some photos from our last Jamaican vacation)

What to pack (jewelry edition!)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

I started packing for vacation this weekend and thought I'd share the jewelry that usually makes it's way into my pack. When traveling (or not) these are my favorite go-to pieces (easy to wear, can withstand being tossed in my bag and goes with everything!) I'm generally a simple, no-fuss jewelry kind of gal. 

(side bar- Luke rescued that top suitcase for me last week (from dumpster to bedroom!)

My travel-inspired wrap bracelet (doubles as a necklace). 
Lots of colors so it goes with everything (at least in my wardrobe). 
 Wrap in action (taken in Fiji last year)
 Love this bracelet. Mine is custom made with a little anchor (instead of the heart).
Made by Anvils and Alchemy
 Simple pebble necklace in beachy hues
 One of my favorite pairs of earrings (I couldn't find an exact pic- but these are similar).
Tin snippet earrings by Lorelei

Got these from my booth neighbor at a past art show. Love them. They are lightweight and so fun. botny shop

This trip I will be sporting a pair of my new pebble earrings (but in turquoise!). 
 Luke (munching a carrot), usually dons one of my pendants. Lately he has been wearing a simple choker with rustic beads and cotton cording. 

And that is it! Easy peasy. Now if packing clothes was that simple (for me, it usually is...) but my ever growing belly is making that hard this time around :)