My friend Summer and I had a long catch up sesh recently, and after we ate dinner I served us some of this yummy Prosperity Tea from Valentina's Home-brewed. Interestingly enough, that night I had multiple dreams involving holding cash, finding cash in unexpected places, etc.... and ever since, I have found money-making ideas popping into my head, and business opportunities flooding my inbox. Was it the tea?
I'm telling you, Valentina's does put a little extra magic in everything they make.
Sugatroll says that Valentina's copied their logo after a photo of me. That is a little too flattering, but I'll take it:
I am going to be having a Giveaway from Valentinas Homebrew soon, so if you are intrigued, stay tuned!
A care package, with a real, hand-written letter, tons of nummies (I ate all the vegan chocolate mounds, raw coconut candy, and vegan granola before I took this photo!)? Who could be sending me such a sweet thing but the red-haired piskie from the Pacific Northwest, miss Mindy Sue B. at Bluebell and Bonnet!
Yes, that's a CD of her music, which rocks my little socks off... and that's her very own homemade tea, the Wuthering Heights blend:
...which is available in her shop. Check out her description:
I wanted to create a herbal blend that is the perfect companion to late nights spent reading dusty hard cover books into the wee hours (while a storm rages outside, rattling the window panes, of course).
This is an entirely organic floral/herbal blend (no caffeine) with soothing chamomile flowers, milky oat pods and red & pink rose petals as it's base. The gentle herbal addition of peppermint, catnip and vervain add earthiness to this blend which is finished with just a touch of lavender.
I am totally in love with it- it has extra magic in every leaf and petal, I think!
There is no feeling like being on the receiving end of an awesome care package... thank you so much, Mindy!
Last night I got into my box from Valentina's Home Brewed, for a little Sasha-pampering. It was my first evening alone in a long time, and I had spent several hours puttering and decluttering and I was ready to move into a magical space. First I started the incense burning.... then I turned on the tea kettle... and then I ran the bath. Formula for Success.
I loved the smell of the Psychic Detox bath salts, which surprised me- I guess I thought that Psychic cleaning had to involve something Stinky. No, no, no! It was all yummy and and and I sunk into the warm bath waters and imagined psychic cords untangling from around my energy centers in all the lemon-y, orange-y, peppermint-y goodness. I love that the box contains friendly advice about psychic detoxing... and I also like that the recipe comes from "centuries-old European spell recipes culled from 25 years of research and experience". Yes please.
After the bath came the best part- slathering myself in the True Love bath and body oil. This stuff smells like heaven! Or like the chocolate store in heaven, to be precise. It's made with coconut oil, so it was super light and my skin loved it up, and I felt comfortable using it liberally because it is 100% organic.
A cup of tea before bed? Always. And why not invite some Prophetic Dreams? I poured the vibrant mix, which includes bright calendula and hibiscus flowers, into my teapot and steeped it for 15 minutes before tasting it. It was sunny, light, and fruity, and it made my tummy happy- that might have been the lemongrass and star anise.
I had so many dreams after I went to bed that I honestly couldn't separate Prophecy from Whimsy, but I am trying another cup tonight!
Stay tuned for more reviews as I continue to explore my box of goodies from Valentina's Home Brewed....
Notice anything different about my shop right now?
It's that little number under shop info... which rolled from 1999 to 2,000 Sales this weekend!!!!
I don't know if I ever thought I'd make it to 2,000... I remember being at 300 sales and looking at the shops that had 2,000 and just thinking- wow, those are the Big Dogs. Well, honestly, I still feel like a teacup poodle, but hey- it's a big deal to me!
We had to go out to eat to celebrate. I snap some photos of my outfit while Sugatroll is on the phone:
thanks to my friend Winter for the polka dotted blouse!
I ordered my very favorite breakfast- blueberry crepes from Apple Alley. They are so light and fluffy. I broke my no-egg diet (I'm mildly allergic) to have these. (And you know what? I felt totally fine after eating them. Magic!)
It arrives and it's On:
I took the day to reorganize my shipping area and storage spaces for the shop... it felt like the right thing to do. I read my old sticky notes from when I still worked a day job, where I had written the Positives of working for myself. I was surprised that "go to the bathroom when I want to" was on there... but, that's right, how could I forget? My job was a receptionist, so I was always afraid, mid-pee, that the phone was going to ring at the front desk!
I came up with some goals for the next 1,000 sales.... basically, to keep on trucking with everything I am already doing right, to try a few new things to increase traffic to my shop and return business, and especially to try to learn more about who my customers are and what they need in their wardrobes. That is the weirdest thing about working online- in many cases, you don't know who the people are who buy from you. All you know is their names and their addresses! (Any marketing professionals out there who want to tell me an easy way to figure this out?)
Thanks so much to everyone who has supported my shop in its growth and evolution- I couldn't do it without you!
nom nom, all gone!
I am having a mega-sale on the vintage vinyl records in my shop right now! I am traveling back and forth to my parents house a lot right now (with my shop in the trunk of my car) and vinyl hates sitting in hot Hondas!
Get 60% off when you use Coupon Code SUMMERTUNES at Checkout.
One of the fabulous records in the shop right now- check out this live video of the song "Tuning My Guitar", from this amazing album!