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So This Is Christmas…….

I know, I know, it’s still only October but let’s face it, the Christmas adverts have already started with a vengeance, all encouraging us to buy, buy, buy!

Maybe it’s my age (very old!) but these days I cynically think of Christmas as ‘over-hyped, overpriced and over in a day’!

So many people go overboard – spending money they can’t afford on gifts for people they barely know or even like, buying too much food and too much ‘stuff’ – much of it plastic and much of it unwanted, unneeded, and wasted.

Naturally my close family & friends have long called me Scrooge and Bah Humbug but, tell me, how ridiculous is it to go into debt to show people how much you love them? Or to visit friends/family that you would normally avoid, if it will endanger your mental health?

The conflict for me is that I do run a business and I do need to sell my products to make money (only to be able to eat, you understand!!).

With this in mind I decided that rather than making things that I would like to receive (we’re all different, okay) I would offer people the chance to buy what they wanted and would then offer a natural bag, basket, or pouch to put their presents in. I will also gladly attach a Christmas Gift Tag for FREE.

I have also kept the minimum order to qualify as reasonable as possible – just £15 – as I’m sure this year is likely to be a difficult one for a lot of us.

As for me, all the gifts I give will be either made by me ( like my Winters’ Geode Bath Bombs shown above) or purchased from other small local businesses.

In this way I a) save money, b) help other small businesses, and c) significantly reduce my carbon footprint.

I will NOT be buying from major companies, most especially those ones that do not pay their fair share of tax. (Are you listening Amazon?!)

I do hope you will visit http://www.skinkiss.org.uk and take a look at what I have to offer.

love & stuff

Lesley x

And……..Breathe!

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!

Mold Xmas for Facbook 9.10.18

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.

I’m off to make a new batch of bath salts now.

Love & Light

Lesley

 

Countdown to………a well-earned rest!

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!

Here are a few items now available at http://www.skinkiss.org.uk and at a craft fair near you – if you’re quick!

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So 2 more fairs: Conwy Harbour 1st to 4th November and Mold Town Centre 28th November to 2nd December.

And then…………….. that well-earned rest!

Till the next one

Lesley x

Making Moonlight Magic!

My Logo

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:

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Hope to see lots of you there. There will also be Gift Baskets – ideal Christmas pressies.

Living Life Naturally

Lesley

xx