Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Customer of the Month


Meet Kris, my November Customer of the Month.

Tell me about yourself, your family and what you do for a living.
My name is Kris. I am 43 years young and I am married to a NYC fireman. I have no human children but many furry babies. I run a Manufacturing company family owned.

How long have you been using Alegna Soap products? What product is your favorite?
I have been using the soaps since December 2012’ when I met Angela at a fair. My favorite is the Patchouli soap and scrub and also the Patchouli and Clove soap and scrub. My husband also uses the soaps and enjoys them as well.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time with my animals, My husband and I both have motorcycles that we like to cruise around on. We also have a 56’ Chevy that we like to cruise in and go to car shows etc. I also do some animal rescue when time allows, work has been a bit busy to let me get too involved lately. Pitbulls are my passion, they are my favorite breed and will go to bat for them and help with them anytime. If I had a bigger home I would probably have more of them or rescue more of them.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I love wine and champagne and frozen yogurt. Nothing too crazy.

Do you watch sports? Which one? What is your favorite team?
Not a big sports fan.

Do you have any pets? I have 3 dogs and 4 cats  ( they are my babies)

What is your favorite movie?  Movie star? What was the last movie you saw?
No idea I love movies and I have many favorites. Last movie I saw was Superman ( the new one)

What was the last book you read? 
Harlen Coban,  Seconds Away. I love his books, think I have almost read all of them.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
The possibilities are endless.  But I am not sure.

Describe your perfect day.  My perfect day is to wake up next to my husband and be happy that we are both healthy and able bodied and my animals are all with me healthy.  Have a prosperous day at work and come home to my family. If a day off that I get to relax and just enjoy the time I get to spend with family and friends. I honestly don’t want for much I am a home body so I love spending the day with my husband and it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as we are together, he is my best friend.

Mountains or seashore?
Seashore 100%

Tea or Coffee?
Coffee

Are you a morning or a night person? Morning 100% 4 am rise and shine

Favorite season?
Fall and Spring
 
Thanks Kris, It was nice to get to know you better!

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gratitude List 11.3.13


My favorite picture of my mom & dad!


1. My southern gal pal Ginger's blog, reminding me every day to be thankful
2. The gentleman who drove so close behind me that I couldn't see his headlights in my rear view mirror (I was going the speed limit in the right hand lane). I am grateful to him for reminding me how NOT to drive
3. My son Steve, for working so hard on my new website
4. Sunday night dinner with my parents and my husband.
5. An extra hour to sleep on Sunday morning!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Gratitude List 10.28.13



1. My sister Lisa, who cleaned my house from top to bottom because I've been too busy making and selling soap to do it
2. The beautiful bush in my garden that is slowly turning a magnificent shade of red
3. Another surprise visit from my son Steven and his best girl Lisa on Sunday!
4. Getting stuck behind a school bus on Monday morning.  Not a great way to start the week you say?  Well, because I was behind the bus I got to see a middle school boy bend down to kiss his sister goodbye before he left for school. It was so sweet and left me in such a good mood for the rest of the day
5. Hearing my daughter tell me about her camping trip. I'm so excited she is trying new things. Especially Spam...  :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Gratitude List 10.21.13

Pam, me and Lisa


1. A crappy day on Thursday, so I remember to appreciate the good days
2. My Saturday night. No, it wasn't exciting.  I fell asleep at 8pm and didn't wake up until 7 the next morning. I slept for 11 hours straight and it felt amazing!
3. Sunday night with my sisters and friend Nancy at La Sagra Sunday Slices. I don't think I will be able to eat again until Wednesday...
4. My new Acuball, for my sore muscles
5. The birds, singing in the mornings. Lately they have sounded so musical and I do enjoy hearing them when I wake up

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gratitude List 10.14.13


1. The elderly man in front of me in Waldbaums, who moved very slowly and wanted to chat while I was on line picking up some things on my lunch hour and in a hurry. He reminded me to slow down, have patience and to be kind.
2. A weekend in the Rose Island Lighthouse, spending time with Brian just watching the waves, walking the island, napping and reading.
3. After a weekend of using an outhouse, I have a new appreciation for indoor plumbing. (See above)
4. A visit to Providence Perfume to see my friend Charna's new store, and  Brian's patience while I spent 3 hours catching up with her and smelling all the great natural perfumes and essential oils/absolutes/resins/concretes she uses to make them.
5. Coming home to find that Kelly from Amourteta wrote a blog on my products! What a nice homecoming!

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, October 7, 2013

Gratitude List 10.7.13


1. My dad's continued recovery
2. Chocolate ice cream with Kahlua
3. Visiting the Bellmore Senior Center craft fair on Saturday and watching my parents with their friends work their booths.  And I even won some prizes in the Chinese auction!
4. A surprise visit from my son Steven and his girlfriend Lisa at the Sea Cliff Mini Mart on Sunday
5. Chocolate ice cream with Kahlua.  Did I mention that already?? :)

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Friday, October 4, 2013

October Customer of the Month Danielle



Tell me about yourself and your family. My name is Danielle. I’m a graphic designer and I love all things creative.  I am definitely a jack of all trades. I have an older brother and sister and, being the youngest, I got the best of both worlds. I feel like it made me very well rounded. My parents are great and now that I am an adult, I see them as friends as well. I have a great boyfriend and we have been together for 3 years.
How long have you been using Alegna Soap products? What product is your favorite? I have been using Alegna Soap products for about 2 years. My favorite would have to be my first love, Lavender Lemongrass.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy hiking, bike riding, gardening, drawing, designing, cooking, jewelry making. Basically, I enjoy being outdoors and doing anything creative.

Do you have any pets?  I love animals! I wish I could have more pets but right now I have three. A pug named Daisy, a Chihuahua mix named Trixie and a cat named Zoe, all rescues.

What is your favorite movie?  Movie star? What was the last movie you saw? My favorite movie is Ever After.  I enjoy watching movies with Christian Bale. The last movie I saw was Despicable Me 2.
What was the last book you read? I’m not a book person. I liked reading more when I was younger but it got ruined for me in high school and college where I had to read so many books and then analyze every little detail. It took all of the joy out of it for me and I never got back into it.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? I have a design company I started with my close friend a few years ago. We work primarily in wedding and special event invitations, but I would expand the company to an all round design firm. I really enjoy working with new people and getting to know them and their styles and then translating that into a design that works for them. I would love to have my own storefront and do that full time if I knew I couldn’t fail.
Describe your perfect day. My perfect day would be spent outside with my boyfriend and my dogs hanging out at a park or hiking.

Mountains or seashore? Mountains, but I do enjoy going to the beach in the evening just for a walk.
Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Are you a morning or a night person? As much as I hate getting up in the morning, as long as I get my coffee, I love getting up early so I have the whole day ahead of me.
Favorite color? Yellow because it is so bright and cheerful.

Favorite food? Ice cream!

Favorite season? Summer – I love the warm weather and long days.
What inspires you? I get inspired by nature and by the work of others. I love going to craft fairs and perusing Etsy to see the creative things people come up with.

 
Thanks Danielle! I'm sure you are enjoying the Lavender Lemongrass soap I sent your way!
Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, September 30, 2013

Gratitude List 9.30.13



1. The dog in the car ahead of me with his head out the window on Tuesday, reminding me to enjoy the moment
2. My mom's negative CT scan
3. A weeks worth of picture perfect clouds and weather, each day more beautiful than the next
4. Saturday, starting with breakfast with my parents, a train ride into the city to meet a friend (I had a great time Marla!), Krispy Kreme doughnuts (original glazed for me), checking out NY Cake for soap equipment, iced herbal tea at CafĂ© Grumpy, walking through Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, foot massage (definitely going back), meatballs from Meatball Obsession (almost as good as the doughnut), empanadas and an almond croissant from Penn Station, and a train ride home.  Perfect day!
5. My ironing is done

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gratitude List 9.23.13

Marla. Matt, Dean (The Godfather), me, Kirsten at Tommy Lasagna


1. Discovering a lacy and intricate spider web between the front bushes of my house
2. An invitation to display my soaps at Clearvision's employee Health Fair. I was there in the same day as the free massages and still their employees came to see my soaps!
3. Karen Drucker's music. Positive, uplifting and inspiring
4. Saturday night's dinner at Tommy Lasagna with some great friends I don't get to see as often as I'd like
5. Receiving an order of new calculators at my day job. Why? Because each calculator was in a bubble wrap bag that I get to take home and use to ship my soaps. Recycling at it's best!

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, September 16, 2013

Gratitude List 9.16.13

This weeks gratitude list has a theme again.  My husband had to fly to Virginia for a business trip and I was alone for the week. Keep this in mind while reading, and know that number 5 was the thing I was most grateful for. :)


Brian gets off the train and walks to my car....
...and walks closer..
 
...and closer...
..and is finally home!


1. I was able to read the morning paper before anyone else did
2. The TV wasn't turned on at all
3. I tried a vegetarian diet for the week with no one complaining about there being no meat on the table
4. I slept with the window wide open
5. Picking Brian up from the train station after his business trip

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Designing labels - Digho

So many people comment on how much they like my product labels. I believe you should do what you do best, and hire someone to do the rest. Designing isn't one of my strong points.  I was happy to pass that on to Diane and Maria of Digho, because designing is definitely one of theirs. When I first started making soaps,  Digho designed my logo and my labels.  When I decided my Sugar Scrubs needed a new look, I took a trip to visit them.


Diane is explaining my options for a waterproof label. I wanted to keep the same look of the vellum strip and they had some great ideas.

Deciding how long the new label should be.


Maria thinks if we make the label a little shorter I will have an easier time attaching it to the jar.

These two women are each incredibly talented in their own right.  Put them together and what a dynamo team! I know their design work have taken the look of my soaps and products up a notch. Pictures of the new scrub labels will follow shortly!

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, September 9, 2013

Gratitude List 9.9.13



1. Putting on my jeans and finding a $5 bill in the pocket
2.Discovering TED
3. My dad is feeling so much better he is able to work again in his woodshop (and make me some new soap drawers!)
4. My sisters spent the whole day with me at the Argyle Lake fair yesterday, helping me sell soap, take down the tent, pack up my car, and unpack when I got home.  All for a sausage & pepper hero!
5. My mom, because she is the silent glue that holds us all together



Thursday, September 5, 2013

September Customer of the Month

Janet with my husband at my Open House in June


Meet Janet, my September Customer of the Month.

Tell me about yourself and your family.

I am married to Jim for 37 years.  We have 2 children, Bridget & Tim.  Both are married.  Bridget & Brian for 10 years and Tim & Kelly for 2 years.  We have 2 grandchildren, Andrew (9) and Audrey (3).

How long have you been using Alegna Soap products? What product is your favorite?

I have been using Alegna Soap products for about 2+ years.  My favorite are the soaps.  I love the clean feeling they provide, the fact that they are organic and don't have additives that commercial soaps have.  I also liked the Jojoba lotion.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to entertain, plan theme parties for may friends and relatives.  Arts and crafts are something I also enjoy, however, don't have the time for them right now.

Do you watch sports? Which one? What is your favorite team?

I'm not really a big sports fan, but will watch football on Sundays occasionally, maybe a little basketball.

Do you have any pets?

We have no pets at the moment.  We did have a dog while the kids were little, but she passed away about 9 years ago.  We do babysit our son & daughter-in-laws dog when they travel, so we get our "pet fix" that way.

What is your favorite movie?  Movie star? What was the last movie you saw?

Favorite Movie would be The Sting.  Oldie but goodie.  Favorite movie star Jack Nicholson.  Last movie seen was Argo.

What was the last book you read?

Alex Cross.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Climb a mountain.

Describe your perfect day.

Sleep until 8:00 a.m., work in the garden, have friends over.

Mountains or seashore?

Love them both.  If I had to choose one, I guess seashore.  Something about the allure of the water.

Tea or Coffee?

Tea.

Are you a morning or a night person?

Night.

Favorite color?

Red

Favorite food?

Seafood,

Favorite season?

Spring

What inspires you?

Acts of kindness
 
 
Thanks Janet, I enjoyed getting to know you!

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela
 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Gratitude List 9.2.13


This week I am grateful for

1. The pulled muscle in my leg, because it forced me to slow down all week.
2. Finding a gift certificate hidden in a drawer and going out to dinner Friday night
3. The honeysuckle bush growing in my backyard
4. A visit to my friend and fellow soap maker Diane of Peace Soap and seeing her beautiful soap studio
5. Having a long weekend to enjoy

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, August 26, 2013

Gratitude list 8.26.13

Here I am mixing the dry skin cream we made in Roberts class

1. Spending the whole week working with Marla Bosworth and her Bath and Body University students
2. An Saturday night in NYC, including dinner, a trip to the East Village, playing pool, $2 psychic readings, cupcakes and ice cream. Thank you Dean and Matt!
3. Getting to stay overnight in the city. Thank you Marla!
4. A weekend class on Essential Oils in Skin Care with Robert Tisserand
5. An impulsive decision to press the roof button in the elevator of the Strand hotel. Breathtaking!

Our group photo of Robert's class

View from the roof of the Strand hotel in NYC



What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gratitude List 8.19.13




1. My dad's continued recovery
2. Showing members of the Bellmore Senior Center how to make soap
3. The tease of cooler weather
4. Spending the day wrapping soaps with my dad
5. A great weekend fair in Huntington

What are you grateful for this week?

Your in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap, or Danny's Soap

Danny's Lemon Poppy Seed Soap


I always listen when my customers make suggestions of different soaps they would like me to make. The other day, I was chatting with Danny, my May Customer of the Month.  Danny suggested a Lemon Poppy Seed soap.  I thought it was a great idea.  The only problem is that lemon essential oil is a top note.  Top notes are the first scent you smell when you sniff something.  They usually don't last long. I played around with some other lemon oils and came up with a blend of California Lemon, May Chang and Lemongrass that smells very lemony and seems to hold up well in the soap. I think it looks as beautiful as it smells and I can't wait to try it.

If you have an idea for a soap that you'd like me to make, leave a comment below. I would love to hear your ideas.

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, August 12, 2013

Gratitude List 8.12.13

This week my gratitude list has a theme. A few months ago, my husband found out the company he was working for was moving across the country at the end of the year. We had a choice to make, relocate with the job or stay on Long Island and try to find work here. We choose to stay.  Brian was able to find a job, but at a pay cut. He starts his new job today. Here is my gratitude list.

My husband Brian, hopefully he will have lots more time for things like this!


1. Brian has found a job that he believes he will enjoy
2. We are able to remain where we are, geographically close to both of our families
3. I will be able to dazzle my husband with my money saving skills
4. We will be eating healthier since we will be cooking and not be going out to eat that often
5. This job has less pressure and Brian will have more time to slow down and do some things he enjoys...like spend more time with me!


What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, August 8, 2013

August Customer of the Month


 


Meet Larain, my August Customer of the Month. Please check out her website. Her office is in Bethpage.


Tell me about yourself, your family and what you do for a living.
I’m a family chiropractor in Bethpage.  I work with both children and adults and especially love working with pregnant women (I’m certified).  I started my own practice 4 years ago. 
How long have you been using Alegna Soap products? What product is your favorite?
I’ve been using Alegna Soap for more than 2 years now.  I met Angela then and she was so passionate about her soaps.  I ordered them as favors for my sister’s baby shower and give them away as gifts, of course in addition to using them exclusively.  My favorite is the Peppermint scrub because I love how it exfoliates.  I also love to try limited editions, my current favorite is the one with Anise.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I LOVE spending time with my 9 month old nephew.  Watching him grow is very special to me.  I also enjoy practicing Vinyasa yoga, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  I’ve recently started traveling, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.  This summer I’m going on a tour with a friend to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  I’m very excited.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Yes.  I like to read celebrity gossip on Perezhilton.com.  Yes, it is a guilty pleasure, lol.
Do you watch sports? Which one? What is your favorite team?
No.
Do you have any pets?
I have an 11 year old beagle names Max.  He’s been with me since chiropractic school.  He is slowing down but is a lovable dog.
What is your favorite movie?  Movie star? What was the last movie you saw?

I like romantic comedies.  One of my favorite movies is Family Man with Nicholas Cage.  But my favorite actor is Ben Affleck.

What was the last book you read?
One Day, by David Nichols.  What a great book!

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
I would be doing what I am doing now, running my own chiropractic office-so far, so good J

Describe your perfect day
My perfect day is spending time with my sister and nephew, making him laugh and smile.   
Mountains or seashore?
Definitely seashore.
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee.  I like to try different types of coffee.
Are you a morning or a night person?
Neither, I’d say I’m a mid-morning person.
Favorite color?
Red.
Favorite food?
Italian food.
Favorite season?
Summer.
What inspires you?
People that are genuinely happy and are willing to learn and grow.  It inspires me to do the same!  I’m also inspired by my yoga teachers.


Thanks Larain for taking the time so I can to get to know you better.

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela
 
 
 

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Gratitude List 8.5.13


1. Much needed butters and oils delivered from Jedwards. (More soap making!)
2. A new private label account
3. Summer off from my day job, so I am able to see my parents every day and watch my dad's amazing progress from his surgery
4. An unexpected gift from my husband, a new travel thermos for my tea
5. My girlfriend Nancy, who was able to help me on Friday when I had some problems locating items my dad needed


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Soap making class

I've taught soap making for a while now, but always in really small groups.  Like one-on-one, and in my own home. This past Saturday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was my first time with a large class and an outside location. What a great group of women to start with!

Measuring the lye

Adding the lye to the water


Adding the lye water to the oils

Mixing and adding some ground oatmeal to the soap

Class picture
Maureen Harris of Heaven Scent Beauty was my assistant and she kept me on tract. It was so much fun I could have easily lost track of time. I can't wait till next time!

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, July 29, 2013

Gratitude List 7.29.13


1. My dads continued recovery from his lifesaving surgery
2. A 120 bar private label order that came in on Tuesday
3. Taking home leftover tulips from a biology lab
4. A lead on a new store to carry my soaps
5. A great Saturday night soap class with 8 new students

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gratitude List 7.22.13


Brian

1. My dad's homecoming from his hospital stay, he gets stronger each day
2. Pam, the visiting nurse who came to check on my dad Sunday
3. A visit home from both my son and daughter
4. A break in the heat wave
5. My husband Brian, who loves to BBQ and who has been cooking all week so I can be with my parents.

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Friday, July 19, 2013

Update on my dad 7.19.13


My dad with his favorite (and only) granddaughter
Exactly one week after my father was admitted to the hospital (almost to the hour), he is home and doing well. Truly grateful!

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gratitude List 7.15.13


When I started putting together my blessing list on Thursday I had a collection of some pretty usual things. My back garden, breakfast with some old high school friends and celebrating 33 years of marriage with my husband. Then Friday came, and my dad needed emergency surgery.  My list suddenly changed.

1. The ER doctor who quickly diagnosed my dad and got him into the OR stat
2. The surgeon, who successfully did my dad's surgery
3. The nurses who took care of him all through his stay so far and the nursing care he continues to receive in the ICU
4. My dad's strength and courage to heal as quickly as he can
5. My dad's sense of humor, which is still apparent despite his recovery pain

What a difference a day can make. 

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rose Patchouli Soap

Geranium Rose Patchouli Soap with Rose Clay

My friend Charna of Providence Perfume makes the most amazing natural perfumes. I love them all. In the winter, when I like a heavier scent, I am partial to Rose Boheme. The website description of this perfume says "A decidedly bohemian rose scent created with rich aged patchouli, fir, red tea, rare white rose essence, agarwood, saffron, turkish rose and artisan rose petal infusion."  It won the Best Natural Perfume award in 2012.  I wanted to make a soap that would work with the perfume. I blended Geranium Rose and Patchouli essential oils and added some pink clay for color.  I didn't get fancy with this soap, no layers, swirls or embeds.  I was focused on the scent alone. My result is nowhere near Charna's masterpiece, but it smells great and I like to wash with it before wearing Rose Boheme.

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, July 8, 2013

Gratitude List 7.8.13




1. Coincidence.  During the thunderstorm and pouring rain Monday, I was driving home. As soon as the song "Here comes the Sun" by the Beatles came on the radio, the sun comes out from behind the clouds and the rain stops.
2. The flower baskets on my front porch
3. Sitting on my back porch, listening to the "Tink" of my infusions and tinctures and thinking of my friends Melissa of Naturally Good Soaps, Rosie of Brooklyn Bath, and Yolanda of Londa's Body Care. I was remembering the day we all spent together and raced to say "Tink" when we heard them pop.
4. An impromptu visit from Melissa on Saturday! I don't get to see my soaping friends enough
5. Air conditioning


What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Friday, July 5, 2013

July Customer of the Month


 
Maria and her husband



Since Maria didn't tell you about her company I will. Maria is co-owner of Digho. Digho is a design house that specializes in business image marketing and invitations. The foundation of the business is fine art with a flare of craftiness. Digho Image Marketing focuses on business branding, package design, advertising and marketing materials. Digho Invitations specializes in working hand in hand with event hosts to design the perfect, unique design that will run through out the life of the occasion. See below for a sample of her work. Maria and her partner designed my logo and labels.
 
One sample of the amazing invitations that Digho does!
 

Tell me about yourself and your family.I am a wife, mother, friend, artist, designer and fun!!!  I am trying to be great at all of those. I enjoy creative things that keep the hand in the project. I have a wonderful husband  who gave me two children that my world revolves around.  I own my own company with my best friend and we try and put the creative edge into businesses or events. I run an art club to stay creative in a crowd. I love to cook, host, and dance and sometimes I bake!!

How long have you been using Alegna Soap products? What product is your favorite? Since day one of Alegna Soap!! The lavender Lemongrass and Gwen. My daughter loved the limited edition chocolate bars!!!

What do you like to do in your spare time? Draw, cook, watch a movie with the kids.

Do you watch sports? Which one? What is your favorite team? No... I don't watch TV.

Do you have any pets? A bird, a fish, shrimp in an eco-sphere and an ant farm. I had no choice... they were gifts!!!

What is your favorite movie?  The Count of Monte Cristo,

Movie star? A whole bunch...anyone who is entertaining me at the time.

What was the last movie you saw? Django Unchained (excellent)!!

What was the last book you read? Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Run a marathon.

Describe your perfect day. Getting a lot done before 10am, the rest of the day getting nothing done and just hanging with the kids and Eric!!

Mountains or seashore? Seashore

Tea or Coffee? Hot chocolate!!

Are you a morning or a night person? I was a night person... then I had kids so now I am a morning person!!

Favorite color? red

Favorite food? Mexican!!!

Favorite season? fall

What inspires you? Colors and other artists.

I love my logo, my labels and your work Maria! Thanks!

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela
 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Gratitude List 7.1.13

My kitchen table during my Open House

1. Italian ices and gelato, and my friend Sue of You Scent Me, who I think of every time I eat gelato.  Love you Sue!
2. My washed and vacuumed car, thank you Brian!
3. My friend Joni's continuing recuperation from back surgery
4. A friendly and enjoyable Open House this past Saturday for my customers
5. The birds that sing outside my window and wake me up so peacefully every morning

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Suppliers I love

I've been making soap for 15 years now, and I've seen some good and bad suppliers. These are the ones I love.

Lavender essential oil from Lebermuth and Beeswax from Jedwards


When I first started making soap, my favorite two places to buy supplies were Brambleberry and Wholesale Supplies Plus. They had pretty much everything I needed in one place.  Once I started selling my soaps, I purchased my oils and butters from Jedwards and my essential oils from Lebermuth since it's more cost effective. Lately, I've been getting my lye from Essential Depot.  I've also used The Lye Guy and Red Crown.  Owosso Graphics made my soap stamp and they have a great customer service for those of us who need help figuring out the ordering process. Digho designed my logo and prints my labels. Diane and Maria are two of the hardest working ladies I've met. I've also worked with them on labels for shower favors and private label customers.

Are there any suppliers you like that I've forgotten? Feel free to add them.

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, June 24, 2013

Gratitude List 6.24.13

I find keeping a gratitude list during the week helps keep me focused on the good things in my life.

Gianna's picture



1. Working a school calendar, I now have off during the day for the summer
2. Having a part time evening job lined up for July and August
3. Only having to spend one day at jury duty
4. The little girl next door, who drew me this awesome picture
5. Marie Forleo and Marie TV. So much fun to watch and learn, I'm so grateful I found her!

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, June 17, 2013

Gratitude List 6.17.13

These 2 dogs were so cute playing with each other


1. Getting interviewed on a radio station Saturday
2. Spending time with my dad on Father's Day
3. Watching one very large dog and one tiny dog check each other out
4. Finding out my number wasn't chosen for jury duty...yet
5. Online clothes shopping

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela



Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gratitude List 6.10.13


Check out the bird nest inside my candle


1. My Dad's great 3 month checkup after his cancer treatment (No signs of recurrence!!)
2. An outside hanging candle that the birds decided to turn into a nest
3. Attending a bridal shower with some friends
4. The bunnies that were hopping and playing in my backyard
5. Maria, a customer who traveled from Queens to see me and buy soaps at an event

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June Customer of the Month


Warren is the Alegna Soap Customer for June.
How long have you been using Alegna Soap products? What product is your favorite?
I’ve been using Alegna Product for over two years.  My favorite would be Lemongrass with scrub.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy boating, fishing and gardening in my spare time.

Do you watch sports? Which one? What is your favorite team?NASCAR is one of the televised sports that I enjoy watching although no one particular team is my favorite.
Do you have any pets?
I currently have tropical fish, but a puppy is in my future.
What is your favorite movie?  Movie star? What was the last movie you saw?
I don’t have a favorite movie, however I am a fan of all of Hitchcock’s work. I recently  watched  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Start a career as a neurosurgeon.
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would be sunny, 85 degrees, light wind, on my boat with my wife heading to a deserted beach with food drink and a fishing rod.
Tea or Coffee?
Tough choice… I enjoy both drinks equally. Do not make me choose.
Are you a morning or a night person?
night.
What inspires you?
I am often inspired when I see something  beautiful that was made either by nature or by someone’s talented hands.

Thanks Warren! (I will not make you choose between coffee and tea!)

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Monday, June 3, 2013

Gratitude List 6.3.13


My beautiful new soap mold


1. The beautiful weekend weather
2. My crock pot, in which I can throw food into in the morning, and come home to a hot dinner at night
3. My square, that gives me the ability me to accept credit cards at events, allowing me to make a sale when someone isn't carrying cash
4. The beautiful new mold my dad made for me so I can make a tall skinny soap
5. My new friend Michelle from Mossy Creek Soap, who gave me the idea for the mold.

What are you grateful for this week?

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tinctures

My new tincture collection



One of the things I love to do is to make tinctures for the base of my perfumes.  This is a trick I learned from Charna Ethier of Providence Perfumes. I bought some Everclear alcohol, placed any dry herb or fruit in a canning jar, and covered it with the alcohol. These jars would sit on my porch windowsills and musically make a "Tink" as the top would expand and contract during the day and night. Nothing was safe from my tincturing experiments. I even tinctured steel cut oatmeal.

The other day I was out on my porch, cleaning up for the summer. I noticed some of my tinctures had been sitting for 2 years. I decided to filter and start using them. They look really pretty in the bottles with the labels, don't you think? I'm already thinking of what I can add to the steel cut oatmeal...

Yours in Gratitude,
Angela