Heading to year ten, and beyond.

Year Nine

Year Nine

These past nine years have been something else, and the journey has been one where I could have hardly imagined I would be at this point, nine years later.

This October will mark the nine-year anniversary of Earth Circle Creations. I remember the moment leading up to zero-hour, “I have a web page and it is never going to be perfect.” And then I thought to myself, “It is perfect now, and I can modify it later”. I took the plunge. I jumped in feet-first, thought to myself saying, “what the hell” and allowed my website to be seen by the world. Had I waited until it was perfect, I don’t think I would have released it, and it certainly wouldn’t have taken off the way I had dreamed. Not in a million years.

It started with taking a pendulum and dowsing class in 2001 and getting a taste of what was going on in this new world (for me).

Fast forward to 2006 and dipping into the vending world: I started with several trays of ear candles from paraffin to beeswax to blends of essential oils and only did the occasional outdoor event.

I had also begun an inquiry fo

Later, the herbs and tinctures started to “tap” me on the shoulder. I also started my foray into making infused oil salve at this time. Not too long after that, while placing an order for supplies, I needed to top off that order to receive free shipping, so I added a few salt lamps, just to try them out, and they did well. I now order 30-40 good quality salt lamps twice a year to prepare for my larger shows.

About 4 years ago, I had a bug placed in my ear from a friend saying, “you should have soap”. So I took a class with a friend, purchased some molds just to have it on the side, and the rest is history. The soaps are now my biggest sellers and occupy much of my time.

Looking forward to year ten, and beyond… I can hold this pattern, or continue to explore. I also have a couple of books in mind to write. I’ll see what this year will bring.

Score?

Oils or soap

Basket of Oil

Hey folks! I am not sure if I should consider this a “score” or not. As many of you may know, I live in Louisville, KY. Earlier this week, I went Costco Wholesale to obtain more oils for the soaps I make. I use this Costco brand because it is inexpensive and makes an excellent quality soap. (Link to soaps here)

It is an olive grape seed oil blend that makes a good lather and is nourishing to the skin and everyone enjoys it. This blend is $10 for 3 liters instead of $22 for 3 liters of straight olive oil. It makes a great product and the price keeps the cost down.

While in the Costco in Louisville, I found they no longer sell the oils in that store, and they said, “We have some in Lexington” and I said it would be perfect as I am there this weekend. This afternoon, I went there with shopping cart in tow and found they are also discontinuing the blend there as well as the price sign had an asterisk (*) on the label (meaning, it was being discontinued).

I had planned for 12 as that would keep me busy for a while, but upon seeing the asterisk, I grabbed all 16 as I need a buffer to locate another source, or to convince Costco to start carrying the oil again, or to arrange delivery. I do not want to change my formula, or raise my prices because I have a price that works and a formula LOTS of folks are happy with.

Where the “score” takes place is while talking to the folks in Louisville, they were curious and asked me why I needed so much oil. I let them know and they were IMMEDIATELY interested and let me know they are talking about having more “local to the area” retailers, and they know that local soap is a big hit… and they said it a BIGGER hit (to the management) to know that I use Costco oils for the soap.

What excites me is that I may be able to “graduate” to larger soap molds and leasing studio space to work.

Wish me luck!

Update 9/8/15: Costco in Louisville has started selling the oils I have been using.  No more need to go to Lexington, other cities, ordering online or look for another source.  I had also been considering purchasing drums of oil and blending the oils, myself.  But, no need to do so.

9 years?

Booth Setup

Table Setup

I can’t believe it will be nine years this October.  I mean, WOW!  I have enough problems waiting on microwave popcorn, but THIS.  Nine years!

WAY back when, I started at an outdoor booth with a couple of tables, an easy-up kind of canopy, a cot, 5 varieties of ear candles, a couple of oils, a couple of hydrosols and ONE trunk for supplies.

Today, I still have the same tables, almost 60 tinctures, salt lamps, almost 50 flavors of soap, sage and smudging supplies, a 6x4x2′ grid wall setup with baskets, salves and other goodies!  It’s been a LONG and wonderful ride.

Here’s to another 9 years!

If I had a million dollars

If I had a million dollars

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I had lunch together at a local restaurant in Louisville. He has been paying attention to Earth Circle Creations for almost a year and has recently taken an interest in the development of recent events, shows, classes and we have had some hypothetical “what if” conversations about Earth Circle Creations.

One conversation we had over lunch sticks out foremost, not just for the question, but for the conversation that followed.

“What would you do for Earth Circle Creations if you had one million dollars?”

For him, the conversation took an unexpected twist as he was planning on hearing about tangible items such as a dedicated vehicle for traveling to events, storage, an offline store front, investment in new lines of products, or equipment.

For me, the conversation was quite simple: Education.

Not really for me but to allow the ability to take what I know to that next level, enhance that, and then to be able to disseminate that information in a format that I can teach to prospective students of mine and to allow them to be able to prosper in their field after my class.

There are several herbalist classes, courses and other opportunities for learning that I am stopped from taking because of a lack of monetary resources, quite frequently they are in other areas of the country, Oregon, Colorado, places seem like far off and distant lands, and I am sure there are other folks who would like to take the same classes I would like to take and are still in the same boat.

We’ll see what the future holds.

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