18 November, 2012

What a week!

Whew! Thanks so much to all of you who helped make the launch of the Holy Goats Emporium Etsy Shop a huge success. I’m embarrassed to say that the response in fact overwhelmed my cautious preparations, so now I’m feverishly making soap to restock and waiting on a shipment of lotion bottles so I can restock that, too. My goodness!

On the plus side, the goats have totally paid for their own feed for the month of November through the profits from sales this week! Yay goats! I think this is the first time a hobby of mine has ever shown signs of being self-sufficient, and given that I’m still unemployed having the goats paying for their own food is all to the good.

At any rate, y’all will be the first to know when the shop is restocked; look for lotion to come first (probably just in time to miss the massive retail fuss around Black Friday, sigh) and then the soaps will start going up as soon as they’re cured in early December.

31 October, 2012

That was a close one.

We’re all fine here at the Manor post-Sandy. The goats were a little grumpy about having to spend 2 days indoors, but they got over it with the massive application of piles and piles and piles of tasty hay, and also love. Things are getting back to normal now.

The other reason I missed Monday’s posting (and queueing one up for this morning!) is that I have been busy busy busy with my splendiferous, fabulous new project.

I wasn’t going to tell y’all about it until it actually happened, but I find that I am getting way too excited to keep it to myself, so I will make you be excited with me: on November 13, I’ll be opening an Etsy shop with all kinds of home-made goodness — soaps and lotions using milk from my gracious, generous, giving goat ladies. All of the products are handmade right here at the Manor, from scratch. Daniel would probably prefer that I stop doing it in his kitchen, but y’all will have to buy a LOT of stuff to build me a soap studio, so for now he has to deal. The shop name “Mixed Blessings” was taken, so if you would like soaps and lotions made using milk from happy goats, you’ll be buying from the Holy Goats Emporium, shop name Holy Goats.

I didn’t start out to be sacrilegious, but then I realized that the phrase “Chickens, dogs, and holy goats” has exactly the same rhythm as “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” and I was sold. I dropped the first two, though, since neither chickens nor dogs are involved in the lotions and soaps.

There won’t be a terribly large range at first, but I’m looking to expand as I find out what sells, and of course there will be a discount code for the grand opening just for you who are my faithful blog readers (Hi Dad!).

I jest, I know for a fact that there’s more than my Dad out there reading. What’s hilarious is that the Best Mother Ever is not, in fact, a regular reader, and thus gets all her blog news from my Dad if I don’t remember to call her and tell her first.

So there you go, gentle readers. We survived the storm and now you know what’s been keeping me hopping like a frog on a hot griddle, besides trying to compare the bets credit for bet365, I just love gambling way too much.

How are you?