Purely Enchanting: Combining Family & Business

The dictionary defines enchantment as a magical spell, and that's what Debbie and Bill Brink of Pure Enchantment in Rocky River, Ohio cast on me when I finally met them in person at the Conference of Handcrafted Soapmakers earlier this month. (See more conference photos here.) The couple launched Pure Enchantment in 2003 after discovering the benefits of using handmade soap on a family vacation in … [Read more...]

I Love Picnik!

While I run my business almost entirely online, I am surprisingly awful with computers. I am particularly terrible at using traditional software programs like PhotoShop to edit and load clear, quality images to my websites and blog without pulling out all of my hair (or what's left of it since I whacked it off earlier this month.) Enter Kim Baron, my website designer at Fallen Muse WebWorks. … [Read more...]

I Hope You Enjoy Memorial Day!

I am of two minds about celebrating Memorial Day because it is so difficult to see so many suffer for reasons that I do not personally embrace. God bless those who have served and are serving. … [Read more...]

I Cut My Hair

I have always liked my hair. It's a little on the frizzy side in this picture, but it was taken while I was moving last week. My hair is soft, naturally curly, grows quickly and is long enough to throw up a French braid or pony tail and be out the door in no time. And my husband likes it a lot. Over the past few years, silver hairs have started to appear. At first, I thought it was neat, but then … [Read more...]

Conference Photos!

Here are some pictures from the Conference of Handcrafted Soap Makers held earlier this month. As you can see, I was like the paparazzi flitting around from one Indie to another meeting, greeting and photo-opping. Will post more photos later. L. dM and Brenda Sievers of Oak Court Creations. Brenda sells soap, candle and cosmetic making supplies, and Aroma Art, a paper product sold in sheets or … [Read more...]

A Word To The Wordy

As a former full-time attorney, I have several dysfunctions. Apparently, one of them is using 50 words when I only need 28. I was delighted when Marcia Yudkin (pictured) responded to my request for tips on brevity by describing my writing as "strong but repetitive". She then published "Shorter: Say It In Fewer Words," 40 pages of tips and case studies to make your writing more … [Read more...]

From Sea To Shining Sea

Please join me in welcoming several Indies to the ever-expanding Indie Beauty Network family. It never ceases to amaze me what a blessing it is to connect so many like-minded people from across the nation. Stop by their websites to pick up your favorite Indie beauty treats, and while you're there, let them know you heard about them through the Indie Business Blog! Georgia: Body Scrub Factory, … [Read more...]

jblossom Plants Positive Seeds For Little Girls

I love it when I see an Indie stretching to take full advantage of her God-given talents and gifts to have fun and make a living. When I think of all that my friend Jamila White is doing, I sometimes think she must be the first cloned human. Not only is she the "E-Commerce Diva" and owner of her own e-commerce consulting company, but she also owns j.blossom, a line of bath and body … [Read more...]

The Stores Less Traveled

I was in a Dilworth's Coffee House expecting to get a plain old cup of coffee, but the first thing I saw was a display of Indie beauty products made by Moondance Soaps in Raleigh, North Carolina. Forget about the coffee! I want some soap! It started me to thinking about how so many great products are competing for space on the same old spa and boutique shelves, when there are so many other places … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Office?

Until two days ago, my office was located in a corner of the master bedroom of the home we rented when we moved to North Carolina last September. Before that, I was used to a spacious home office between the family room and the powder room. I was totally spoiled. Since we moved into our new digs a few days ago, I am happy to say that I am once again spoiled, with a real home office that I can call … [Read more...]