Friday, April 23, 2010
There is no question that as a woman running this business, my stuff can feel a little feminine. I like pretty, sensual things, and that seems to be associated with the girls. Not to mention the fact that I like to tell folks what a female operation this whole business is: it's the mama goats that give their milk, and the female worker bees, working for their queen, that gather pollen and make honey. But we girls love our men (even the queen bees, whose lovers die after mating . . . ), and it turns out there are quite a few men who love our soaps and lotion bars. I plan to make this an ongoing series on my blog--here are some shots of my wonderful male customers. Two of them men pictured here, Fred (brown jacket) and Raymond (brown hat) are completely devoted to my lotion bars and have been buying them for several years. Stay tuned for the next installment. . .
Just had to share these pictures with you all--this is what was happening at the Farmers Market last Saturday, next to my booth, thanks to Victoria Adams (AKA the Flower Fairy). Now if this isn't a good reason to come visit the Market, what is? You never know what you'll find!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Ok, this is a SNEAK preview of my new packaging, designed with the shelves of Whole Foods and the like, in mind. Here we see Michelle Moser, my designer/marketer-extraordinaire, of Grace Communications, fussing over our picture--even though I told her, "it's just a snapshot!"
Of course, it's because she's so fussy that my packaging is going to be so spectacular. Shown here are my custom-designed match-box style boxes, that will allow my beloved customers-to-be to conveniently slide out the tray and "see + sniff" my yummy products. The cardboard insert with the circle cut-out beautifully frames my artisan molds, shaping the light on the surface of my bars in such a way that the relief is deepened and dramatized (thanks Dad!). My packaging will have no plastic or non-biodegradable content, and will double as a treasure box for little goodies like your guitar pics, Grandma's buttons, hair ribbons, jacks, etc.
The boxes are posing with a layout of graphics that will be printed on the box--in this case, the lotion bar graphics. Still being fine tuned, they will feature photos of my beautiful children, my beautiful goats, and lots of information about our Milk and Honey story. 'Twill be much fun to read and stylish to look at!
We're hoping to go to print later this month!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
A warm sunny day, the NM April wind is quiet, and I spent some yummy time lying in the straw with the goats as they munched their alfalfa. Next week we will complete construction on the home they have been transitioning into since November, when I moved from Glorieta into Santa Fe. Though I miss having the goats right in my back yard, they are living on the beautiful land of a generous and lovely woman, Louisa, still right in town. There, they have settled in with her many chickens, and have met many new friends, as Louisa always has interesting guests visiting or staying for extended periods of time. I now share my weekly milking with my friend Janeen, who has been experimenting with cheesemaking, and is learning to milk. I knew she would be up for the challenge (kicking goat, difficult milking technique, small teats and large ones), as she is experienced at delivering babies, for chrissakes--she is a family practice doc here in town and mother of my son's little classmate, Jade. Now Jade and Simon can share goat stories in school, I get a couple of days off plus coverage for little vacations (I hope to start having those soon. . . ), and still the goats are delivering plenty of milk!