Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday Spotlight & 3 Giveaways!!!

Saturaday Spotlight: Sweet Sally Soaps

Name: Sarah Wagner-Ranes

Where are you from: I live in a small college town in central Pennsylvania with my husband, my soon to be 16 year old son, and our husky dog Sitka.

What do specialize in: I make handmade cold process soaps using natural ingredients that are beautiful to look at as well as wonderful for your skin. I also make lotions, bath salts, bath teas, lip balms, and salt scrubs.

Name & URL of store: Sweet Sally’s Soaps http://www.sweetsallyssoaps.etsy.com/

Where did the name come from: My husband actually came up with the name Sweet Sally’s Soaps. We were trying to come up with a name with three S’s. I go by the name Sarah; Sally is a nickname for Sarah, which I went by when I was a little girl. Sweet Sally’s Soaps sounded so much better than anything we tried with Sarah.

How did you get started on etsy?: I started on Etsy a little over a year ago with only a couple of products for sale. I did very little to promote it until the beginning of this year. I had no sales for a long time because I really had no idea how big Etsy was and how much completion there is, particularly in certain categories, Bath and Body being one with very high competition. It took a while to get started but sales are coming fairly regularly now.
Any advice for new etsy sellers that you have learned?: My advice to new sellers would be to get your name out there. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs do help tremendously in getting you seen.

What do you want customers to know about you and/or your product: What I want customers to know about my products is that I make high quality soaps and lotion using the finest ingredients available. My soaps are excellent for your skin. Sometimes people look at my soaps and assume that because they are pretty that they just smell good and are decorative. People seem to have in their minds that natural products must be tan or brown, I say natural products can also be beautiful.

Shameless addictions (retail therapy, etc): I would say my only addiction is that I tend to become obsessed with whatever I am doing.Anything else interesting you'd like to share with us? Besides making soap I have been a fine art photographer for over 20 years, I am a III Degree Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do, and I have homeschooled my son since second grade.

GIVEAWAY! Now to win you must 1- Be a follower of my blog 2- Visit Sarah's store and come back here and comment with your favorite product! 3- If you make a purchase, let me know and I will give you 2 more entries!

There are 3 bars of soap up for grabs!!!!! How awesome is that!!




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14 comments:

- - Sheryl - - said...

Hi Sammye Jo
I am already a follower

Cute shop... I like the cocoa orange.

Have a great Saturday!

phonelady said...

Hey there sammye jo ,
I like the jumbo clip bookmark because I am an avid reader and do love your shop by the way . thanks for sharing and a great blog .

craft_princess said...

As you know I'm already a follower and thanks for joining my blog too!!

The cocoa orange soap sounds sooooo yummy!! Probably not supposed to eat it though...LOL!

Have a good day!
-Stacie

Terria said...

Wow all of her soaps look good enough to eat LOL!! I really like the Lavender Swirl. I love the way Lavender smells :)

Jingle said...

I follow your blog! Her soaps look fabulous! I am so interested in both the olive oil soap and the sea salt soap! I love handmade soaps. They are so much better than store bought body washes and stuff!

Karen L said...

I am a follower...and I really like the Lime and Shea and the Lemon Verbena soaps! I love citrus scents and those look so beautiful!

Amy Croley said...

Rosemary mint!!!

Melisa said...

lavendar and bergamont, yummy!! And I love the soap bags, what a fab idea!

Amy Copas said...

If I were to purchase, it would probably be the 'cocoa orange swirl' because I LOVE chocolate!! I also enjoy "orangy/citrus" scents. Any combo of those two ingredients would just have to be great! A lot of the products look good though.

Anonymous said...

Love the lime and shea!- Thanks! Vicki

Anonymous said...

I am going to go with Green TEA! Looks wonderful!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the chance. I will add this shop's many items to my Christmas List!- DLynne

Kaytee said...

Hey hun!! I am already a follower and this is an awesome giveaway! Sarah's store is so cool. There are so many awesome combinations of soap. I must say I love the look of the lavender swirl. So pretty. I would really like to try the Dead Sea Mud soap or the Lime and Shea soap! Thanks for the chance to win and spotlighting such a cool shop. I am adding it to my etsy favorites!

BPR Designs said...

I am now a blog follower!!

BPR Designs said...

I think the lime and shea soap is my favorite!! Yummy!

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