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What's Keeping You From Your Happy Place?

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my therapist, and she said, "Imagine your happy place." 

Tears started flowing and I couldn't speak.

I was imagining my face buried in the neck of a fuzzy horse in winter. I hadn't brought this image up for years!

I haven't been on a horse in over 20 years. But as a kid ages 7-17, horses consumed every waking and sleeping moment of my life. I was that horse crazy girl.

February 11, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Photo by Shannan Martin. Hands holding lip balm.

Small Mistakes Become Blessings

This is a two-part story of small mistakes and simple, unexpected requests. Read on to see how the universe brings it all together. 

About a month ago, Jacie and I were catching up on making lip balm. We were almost out of lavender and peppermint, so those were top on our list. We got everything made, and poured into the little tubes.

February 10, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Read Our Blog Without Reading Our Blog

Read Our Blog Without Reading Our Blog

We recently had a request from a low-vision reader to turn our blog posts into a podcast. While I don't have time in my week to record and edit a podcast, I do want to make sure that our content is accessible.

I made a short video to show you how to add text-to-speech to your web browser so that our blog (and most others) can be read aloud to you. It just takes a few quick clicks to add it to your browser.

January 28, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Community Giving at Soapy Gnome

Community Giving at Soapy Gnome

Part of our mission at Soapy Gnome is to give back to the community. We're always looking for ways to help support the good stuff that's going on in the community.

It is really important to us that we are good stewards of our donations. Our policies will help them go further.

January 21, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Wholesale DON'Ts to Keep You from Alienating Your Prospects (3 of 3)

Wholesale DON'Ts to Keep You from Alienating Your Prospects (3 of 3)

So, your branding and pricing is on point. You have systems in place for handling orders and you are have an awesome product to sell to shops. You are ready to start wholesaling!

Here are a few tips to help you make a good first impression, and to keep you from earning strikes against you, before you even start your journey.

1. Don't pop in to sell me something when its busy. 

January 14, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Hard Truths About Wholesale (2 of 3)

Hard Truths About Wholesale (2 of 3)

Wholesale is a possibility, but it isn't for everyone. There are some hard facts to swallow about wholesale. Wholesale isn't for every business and that's okay. Read on to find out more about some of the cold hard truths of selling to shops.

1. Do the work of pricing your work correctly, before you approach us. 

January 14, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
How To Approach Soapy Gnome About Carrying Your Products (1 of 3)

How To Approach Soapy Gnome About Carrying Your Products (1 of 3)

Soapy Gnome loves carrying products by small businesses, especially makers from the US.

Since we are a shop of makers, we get lots of requests from folks to carry our products. Some people are rip, ready to go with their wholesale. Most still have a little work to do before approaching a shop.

January 14, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Vote for Soapy Gnome in Gift Shop Magazine's Creative Display Contest

Vote for Soapy Gnome in Gift Shop Magazine's Creative Display Contest

Do you love our little shop?

We could use your help--it won't take more than 60 seconds and doesn't cost a dime.

Please vote for us in the Gift Shop Magazine Creative Display Contest.

The winner gets a feature in Gift Shop Magazine. This could really help us get the word out to other gift shops about our Soapy Gnome products available for wholesale. 

January 06, 2019 by Jennifer Frech
Gift Ideas for Panicked Procastinators

Gift Ideas for Panicked Procastinators

Call us (574) 971-5294 or come right in!

We WILL save the day!

Give us a budget and a few key details about who you're buying for and we'll put something incredible and beautiful together.

December 21, 2018 by Jennifer Frech
Gift Ideas for Mamas of Littles and Expectant Mothers

Gift Ideas for Mamas of Littles and Expectant Mothers

Mamas of littles get precious little sleep. We have some lovely gifts that will be appreciated all around. Happy Mama = Happy Home!

Giver her the gift of sleep, organization, and self-care.

 

December 20, 2018 by Jennifer Frech