Hard to believe that another year has flown by already, I feel like I’m still somewhere in July – except of course I’ve had to retrieve my thermals from the bottom of the wardrobe, become a year older, and celebrated Skinkiss’ first birthday.
I started 2018 full of hope & lots of ideas for new products. Many of them have now found their way onto the website http://www.skinkiss.org.uk , some are still a work in progress & some turned out to be non-starters!
But that’s what my sort of business is all about; developing new & exciting products that I hope my loyal customers will love.
So I’m already thinking ahead to 2019 with a list of ideas:
It has become increasingly apparent that we need to change the way we live.
There are so many things that we, as a species, need to address:
From single-use plastics to our reliance on rain forest-destroying palm oil, we simply MUST change our habits.
I was so upset earlier today when I read the story of a dead sperm whale with 6kg of plastic inside it. How can we have so little respect for the other inhabitants of planet Earth?
I am working hard to eliminate plastic from my business & have already decided that in 2019 my bath bombs will be wrapped in recycled tissue paper and my outer packaging (for when I post parcels out) will be recycled cardboard packed with shredded recycled tissue paper.
I already choose glass jars with cork lids over plastic bottles for bath salts & oils.
None of my products contain palm oil and they are also vegan, natural, and cruelty-free.
Just one small change – from each and every one of us. It’s what we must do.
It definitely seems to take me longer to recover from the craft fairs these days! Finish on a Sunday & I may just be back to ‘normal’ by Wednesday haha.
We generally have about a month between events which is plenty of time for me to replace sold stock & come up with a few new ideas too.
This time though it’s only THREE weeks until our last fair of 2018 – Mold Town Centre 28th November to 2nd December – so I need to get my skates on, especially as I am also attending the Mothers In Business Association meeting on the 19th!
So what gifts are you all looking to buy this Christmas? I am making a determined effort to support small local businesses this year so that my money goes to help other people like myself.
If we all made the effort to buy hand-made it could make so much difference to the local economy. After all, we aren’t going to be squirrelling away what we earn in off-shore accounts to avoid paying tax, but instead will be using it to buy gifts for our own loved ones.
There are so many talented people out there and a unique gift is always so much more special that a mass-produced piece of plastic!
Come and see some of our fabulously talented crafters in Mold & I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Those of you who are regular readers of my blog or followers of my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/skinkissathome will surely be aware of my passion for all things natural, most especially when it comes to skin care.
So, imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email telling me I had won a competition on the Ageless by Glynis Barber Facebook page. The prize was a box of organic natural face & body products by the wonderful Green People Organic.
I have purchased many products from them before (their natural sun care range is excellent) but not been able to afford anything lately so this was doubly wonderful!
And the icing on the cake? It’s my birthday on 28th so it’s an extra special early present!
I’m trying to pace myself so I don’t use it all up too quickly (!) but already the Damask Rose Facial Oil is a firm favourite.
SO the festive season has sneaked up on us yet again.
I don’t know about you but I am just never ready for it – no matter that I always promise myself that THIS year will be different!
Our last 2 craft fairs of 2018 are only weeks away too so naturally my days are spent making bath and body gorgeousness in the Skinkiss workshop.
November 2nd will mark Skinkiss first birthday & we’ll also be on day 2 of a craft fair on Conwy Harbour.
I know I have come a long way over the last 12 months and my product range is ever-growing and improving. I also have some of my stock in Crafts North Wales shop in Porthmadog. Onwards & upwards in 2019!
The working title for this blog post was “Help! What Shall I Write?!” which pretty much sums up how my brain is feeling at the moment!
After what feels like a month (actually only 2 weeks!) of making new products, sorting out packaging, finalising my table display, I THINK I may just be ready for the
Moonlight Magic Craft And Holistic Wellbeing Fayre Llanrwst
on Sunday 23rd September in Glasdir Business & Conference Centre, Llanrwst.
I am really quite excited about this event.
Seven years ago I attended a course in Glasdir for women with work-limiting health conditions.
At that time I hadn’t managed to get my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis under control & was also suffering ridiculous levels of pain, especially in my back. I hadn’t been able to hold down a job due to prolonged absences.
The course gave me the confidence to start my own business & Skinkiss was born. I am so grateful to Penny Matthews, the course tutor, who inspired me so much and made me believe this was something I could really do.
Fast-forward to 2018 and Skinkiss is going from strength to strength. I love to develop new products & see how they work. I have a bathroom full of ‘testers’ because I believe that I should be the ‘guinea pig’! If I don’t like them they don’t make it onto the website http://www.skinkiss.org.uk!
So, a few of my latest makes which will be available on Sunday, and also on my website:
Hope to see lots of you there. There will also be Gift Baskets – ideal Christmas pressies.