Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's about giving back!

If you have ever visited my site then you will surely have come across my social change page. My social change/responsibilty/giving-back project is about giving back to my community. I have established to donate not only funds but products to local organizations. In 2010 it is my goal to add at least two more organizations. I am currently supporting PACEM which is an organization for individuals without a home, and the ARC of Piedmont that is enriching the lives of intellectual disabled.



I want to talk a bit about why those organizations? Several reasons come to mind!



For one, I am a mom of a child with disabilities and if you read my other blog you will learn about that a little more. In 2008 I started to work for the Arc of Piedmont and in recent months stepped down to relief staff. I absolutely love what I do and it is always a good feeling when individuals achieve goals they are striving for. Too many times people take things for granted, such as the ability to go anywhere or the ability to cook food. In addition, the ability to get around or communicate can be challenging when there is so much emphasis on communication. Furthermore, in my work I have not experienced judgment by any of them. There is no criticism, there is no hate, there is no right or wrong, there is simply advocating for them and making sure the experience life just like everybody else. If my son could never live on his own and required support, then this is the place I would want him to live. The staff is awesome and caring. This is also why I have decided to have them on my list of giving back to as they have given me so much!

Now why do I support PACEM? In my lifetime I have experienced what it means to be without a home, to be without food, to be without any belongings, the inability to take a shower. It is a very degrading and humilating feeling. Again we often take too many things for granted and we think we deserve them, should own them or what have you. For some that isn't the case. I know that in my time I have learned that "some" individuals think that the homeless could/should do something about their situation. Perhaps true, but what if, I mean what if this individual has a mental disorder, or simply lost his or her job (in our economy) and could afford to pay their bills. They then must live in cars, under bridges and maybe reach out to homeless shelters. The shelters (for most) require public assistance (us the society) and if I can make one person feel special with their own handmade soap or lotion, just for them...then that will brighten their day, and perhaps give them a glimpse of hope.

In the future I am hoping to add the National Urea Cycle Foundation, again I will refer you to my other blog as to my reasons why! After my son's diagnosis the foundation was one of the first organizations to allow me to be educated about our "new" situation, get me in contact with other individuals and so forth. I hope that my support to the NUCF will contribute to the ongoing research that is so necessary to save other children's, perhaps with a lesser ordeal that a liver transplant. Too many children and adults are still lost to this rare genetic disorder that often is hereditary.

As to my fourth organization...well this is where you come in. I want to hear from you what you are passionate about and what is important to help our society. One thing can mean so much to another person.

Thanks for reading my post :o)

Hippie’s Creations is a variety shop of bath & beauty, jewelry, pyrography and accessories.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Special

Halloween (Hallow's Eve) is my favorite day of the year so this year I decided to have the following special:

10% off all Bath & Beauty Products ~ Soaps, Lotions, Lip Balms

20% off all Jewelry

25% off on all Wood burnings

This sale is good only for available items and does not apply for special requests and commissions, but be on the look out for future specials coming up.

The sale will end at midnight on October 31, 2009.

Hippie’s Creations is a variety shop of bath & beauty, jewelry, pyrography and accessories.

The chance

to create more soap happened about a week ago. I actually made four batches in one day using the Hot Press method (which is my preferred method during summer/fall time). During the winter months, I will more than likely use the cold press method as its one, two, three and done :o) What I like about the hot press method is that in 24 hours I can have usable soap, with the cold press method, well they need at least 4 weeks to cure before one could consider using them.


This is Coffee & Cream Soap. The base is made with brewed coffee and was then separated. The darker side is the coffee side in which I added coffee grounds (organic ones) to the soap, and the lighter side is the cream side in which I added powedered milk (fortified with Vitamin A & D). The word is that coffee soap is good for getting smells of you, your body and your hands. For instance, slice and cook with garlic and onion like I do alot? Then this is the soap to use to wash your hands. The coffee grounds in the soap act as an exfoliant ~ everyone needs a little scrubbin'. How does it smell? Omg like Mocha Latte at its best ~ and yes I am a coffee fanatic :o)


Butterscotch at its finest. This soap, omg, really smells so good that you'd want to eat it.



Hunter's Soap is made with Anise, Mint and a splash of vanilla. It also contains cornmeal for exfoliation. It is said that the anise will "rid" of the human scent that gives the hunter away to the animal thus allowing the hunter to get closer to the prey. I am not a hunter and also don't eat game meat but my family does (ugh to each their own!)


And last but not least the limited edition soap is my pumpkin spice muffin soap. Since I use the hot press method I was able to fill my muffin pan with the soap mix and allow to cool..voila muffin soap. The soap contains mashed sweet potatoes for coloring and fragrances that well if you like pumpkin you will want a pie.

These soaps are currently available on our website www.hippiescreations.com

Thanks for visiting :o)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Organizations and Schedules

I am in the process of developing a schedule that will fit our crazy house, but hope with the schedule some organization comes into play. Maintaining materials for my business among our living space is often quite challenging and makes things look cluttered, but hey we do what we can right? In the mean time, the process started with updating the website: Hippie's Creations. It has a semi-new look but I am hoping that one day I can gear towards a merchant website, for that however I require a little bit more sales to cover the overhead!

Overall the Dragon Lover Woodburning is coming along well, matter of fact a few more hours and it shall be done. My mind does not lack creativity, but there is that lack of time sometimes we must deal with among other things.

I hope you have a nice day

Friday, October 9, 2009

Unwanted Interruptions

I am currently working on another wood burning on a heart shaped plaque just fitting for two dragons forming a heart :o) This last week however my right shoulder plate and shoulder have been invaded with pain. I never in the past had shoulder problems before (just knees and ankles..we blame it on being a gymnist who acquired athritis way too early). I managed to get about half the dragon done before my shoulder cried out in pain..so for the moment my wood burning will be created in baby steps until I can figure out what is going. Here is the pic of the work in progress:



Thursday, October 8, 2009

Commission Work

I was finally able to finish the commission that has been waiting on being completed. I haven't brought it to the lady that ordered it yet, but I do hope she likes it as much as the other one she had ordered!



The challenge with light-colored dogs is that you don't want to burn to dark so that it doesn't look like a different dog. The challenge with dark dogs that burning black is sometimes a challenge as well.



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Slowly

the Farmer's Market Season is coming to an end but don't dispair there are plenty events during the winter to keep things going. I just signed up for the Fluvanna Meals on Wheels Event on November 7th. It's a great cause supporting our community. Of course if you know me, my business and my website you know that I donate part of my profits and product to local organizations. I am a strong supporter of the Arc of Piedmont that enriches the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities, but also organizations that help with shelter for homeless individuals at this time PACEM is on the list but I am always willing to learn about other organizations that could make good use of handmade soap, or crochet hats, scarfs and who knows what else.

Tomorrow I will be taking pictures of the items I have created currently sitting in my display box and will be posting them on my website :o) New items include soap, jewelry and a new wood burning :o)

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's been a zoo around here

and I hope to find a better schedule to blog something more frequently. Farm Day went well, not as successful as I had hoped, and while people's pockets may be tight around the belt, I must still push forward. Since making the decision to work full-time in my business so that I have more time at home I am trying to find new opportunities to market, advertise and get the word out. Its a challenge but without hard work I don't think we will succeed. Thanks to a wonderful post on another blog, I am once again and continue to be inspired by what I do..I love art, I love crafting and I love handmade! It's my passion and I have the ability to do a little bit of everything. I have hopes and I have dreams and now I am working in a plan to make them happen!!