Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BESTeam Feature: sandyvern - Sandy's Handmade Soaps and Things

This week we introduce you to: Sandy's Handmade Soaps and Things. 

Sandy's Soaps are made from scratch using the old-fashioned cold process method of combining various oils, butters, and lye in just the right amounts to create a luxurious soap that she is proud to offer to you. Her soap is made in very small batches for quality control over the entire process. After curing for 4 - 6 weeks, she hand-cuts and individually packages each soap.

Vanilla Bar Soap


Sandy's Things are other items she creates including whipped shea butter, lotion bars, lip balms, stitch markers and earrings.

Stitch Markers

And Now An Interview With Sandyvern...

How did you get started?

Making soap...I got started because I was looking to do something as a thank you to all my pet sitting customers for Christmas...that wouldn't break the bank of a small business owner.
Tell us how you decided on your shop name.

Sadly I did not put much time into the thought of a shop name because I had already had a user name for Etsy for purchase before I started selling stuff...and then over time I just kept adding things to my shop...so Sandy's Soaps & Things became a good catch all :-)

Brown Sugar Scrub Soap

How did you feel the first time someone actually paid money for something you had made?

LOVED IT!!! It was so cool to think that someone wanted to pay me money for something I made ;-) It is rather addicting!!

How do you handle your family life while creating from home?

My life gets a little hectic now and then with pet sitting jobs all over the place and so I try and "relax" by crafting in between running from one job to the other.

Handknit Washcloths

Any advice you would like to share with a newbie who may be reading this?

Just do it! Ya never really know who will want to pay for something you make...there are a lot of people out there who are not 'crafty' or have never tried to be crafty and are willing to pay to have what you made.
Where can you be found online?

Etsy - http://www.simplysandysthings.etsy.com/ & http://www.monsterlovemadness.etsy.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sandyvern.hogan
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/sandyvern
Ravelry - rav id is: sandyvern
Blog: http://www.theadventuresofsandyvern.blogspot.com/

Lavender Bath Bombs

Stop by and visit http://www.simplysandysthings.etsy.com/ soon!  New items are being added daily.

Have a great week Everyone!


sandyvern said...

Thank you for a great feature!

HeadpinWear said...

Nice Feature!
Such a great interview, you asked really interesting questions.

Thanks for sharing :)