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What actually happens when your handmade business moves house

They say moving house is one of the top five most stressful things an adult can go through. I was sceptical at first but now, I agree.  My post about our impending move from July last year reads pretty calmly. At that stage, we were getting the house ready to sell and having it staged was part of the process, so we had to get virtually everything packed away, months before the actual move AND paint the interior and fix the landscaping prior to the staging/photography. It was also a huge rush to get our house on the market asap because, well, we'd already put an offer on the other house and it was conditional upon us selling ours. It was...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2019 for Witches, Weirdos and Darklings

Supporting local makers during Christmas, the biggest gift-giving season is a wonderful way to show your love for handmade. Here's a curated collection of dark and unique creations for the hard to buy for people in your life.  For the spooky gourmet For the new Sabrina lovers For the ring collector For the long-haired shower lover For the eco-conscious organised handbag person For the dark aesthetic candle lover For the rain bringers PS - I was blown away at the number of suggestions I received on Instagram for this gift guide. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to message me. I couldn't add every suggestion in but thank you for putting them on my radar!

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Big news - we're rebranding in 2020

After nearly ten years as Sailor Mouth Soaps, we're evolving, maturing and niching down to become the soap brand we have always meant to be. What's changing and when? Virtually everything is changing in 2020. We're tentatively aiming to relaunch for Valentine's Day but due to factors outside of our control, this may push out into the middle part of the year. I want to be quite transparent about this. With just one person in the business day-to-day, there's only so much you can think of on your own and sometimes despite careful planning, important deadlines might be missed or not even considered because I don't have a team to bounce ideas off.  No biggie. I'm being gentle and realistic...

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Soap Haul by Jade the Libra on YouTube

The well known spooky American YouTuber, Jade the Libra was recently sent a Halloween gift from Amanda in Australia which were featured in her post-Halloween haul video. The featured soaps are the Crystal Ball and the Ouija Planchette. I'm over the moon with how much she enjoyed them! Amanda is one of my most long-standing customers and has been shopping with Sailor Mouth Soaps since we began in 2010. I had no idea she'd bought these soaps from me in order to send to Jade so I'd like to say the biggest thank you for her ongoing support!  

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An interview with my favourite #workwife Tash of ARNA Online

I was recently asked to do an interview with Natasha from ARNA Online and of course, I said yes. Tash and I have a wonderful history together; having lead a team at Lush for several years. I'm delighted to say we've kept in contact since we've both moved onto other projects, so when Tash announced she was co-founding a women's laptop bag with the mission to empower women to make bold decisions, I was intrigued.  Tash and her sister Arianne founded ARNA Online when they realised that stylish laptop bags for women was a sorely lacking category in the fashion and tech sector. I can vouch for this first hand - I couldn't find a nice laptop bag when I was at Lush and...

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