Monday, December 29, 2008

Erlanger's Commitment to Women

Good Fortune is honored to be a part of Erlanger Health Systems Cancer Support Services gift baskets. It is obvious that Erlanger is committed to treating the person, not just the illness. Janet Kramer-Mai, a Breast Health Educator (and cancer survivor herself), knows that high quality natural products are very good for sensitive skin. She called Good Fortune to help her fill these very special gift baskets. Recovering patients need to pamper and nourish their skin while they are healing. Good Fortune prays that our products not only help them feel better, but also helps lift their spirits.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Private Label Celebration

After looking high and low for a company that offers natural, custom, and affordable body products, Blue Sage Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado finally called Good Fortune. This fabulous spa wanted a high-quality private label spa collection, and together, we created a wonderful collection.
  • clary sage & orange mineral salt soak
  • coconut lip balm
  • clary sage & orange element spray
  • lavender & sandalwood element spray
  • clary sage & orange lotion
  • applejack soap
  • lavender & sandalwood soap
We created the custom essential oil blend of clary sage and orange especially for Blue Sage Spa, and delivered their order in record time. Check out the Good Fortune website to learn more.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Good People, Good Products, Great Deals

I know times are hard, but now more than ever we need to take care of ourselves and support local businesses! Like you, I'm on a budget, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite people, bargains, and products.

First up is Kristy Sue Brown, owner of The Body Remedy. This young lady has a huge heart and really strong hands! I treated myself to a massage at her salon last week, and was more than satisfied. If you are looking for a knowledgeable staff, and don't want to spend a fortune, then look no further. They are offering $20 off any service(s) of $60 or more for new clients for services such as massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair cuts, color, waxing, and more.

Hair A Go-Go is another place I like to go, hang out, and get my hair done. Their goal is for you to leave with the best hair of your life, and I've never been disappointed! You go in, grab a cup of coffee, meet with an expert stylist, and leave with an amazing cut and style for only $36-$52. Head turning hair with a rock and roll edge, I love it!

World Next Door offers interesting, beautiful, and useful handmade products from all over the world. They're passionate about exploring the beauty of the developing world and offering fair trade merchandise to our local market (and at a great price). You have to visit their website and store in downtown Chattanooga for a fun global experience and good conversation. There is something for any body! Such as boxer shorts for dad ($15), a ring for your sister ($10), and an eco-friendly shopping bag for mom ($25).

Umbra Essence Candles is another Chattanooga gem that is off the beaten path, and filled with hand crafted goodness. At Umbra Essence's store in St. Elmo you will find fine gifts from all over the United States and you might even get to watch them make candles. Jamie Floyd Mosey hand crafts each candle one at a time combining the highest quality fragrance oils and highly refined clean-burning paraffin wax. All of you candle fans must visit them today and see for yourself why these should be your new favorite candles!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

affairs of the heart

I'm back in the lab, and I'm getting more creative than ever! My newest tasks are to learn melt and pour soap making techniques, test eco-friendly cleansing recipes, and find the most decadent spa recipes you can imagine.

My motives are not to start up a new Good Fortune line, but to educate you. Good Fortune will be launching a series of eco-friendly DIY classes in 2009, and I want to give you a wealth of knowledge and a ton of fun recipes.

My first batch doesn't look so bad, huh? I made these sweet soap hearts using layering, swirling, solid, and transparent techniques. I can't wait to have you all come to my studio, so we can make beautiful products together!

Monday, December 8, 2008

And the winner is....

Good Fortune is constantly giving away prizes and doing free drawings for free stuff. I recently took a survey of 100 people, and 30 people responded. 1 in 30 are pretty good odds! The winner of that drawing was Josh (#20) from Chattanooga. Whoo-Hoo! Congratulations!

Next time you see a link or email for a survey, please take a quick moment to fill it out. You will be helping us to help you, and the odds of winning amazing products are great!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

local, handcrafted, and fabulous!

Mom and I wanted to take the day off after Thanksgiving, but we couldn't bear the thought of fighting the city crowds. Instead, I grabbed my camera, and we visited several local artists and attractions within miles of Good Fortune's studio. We found good conversation, inspiring art, and fun loving Alpacas!
Lowell Axley, a retired pilot, turns wood and builds
beautiful custom cabinets at his home. Lowell is an amazing artist and I couldn't resist his unusual style. Graciously, he offered up several pieces for my studio. If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces, then call me 423.715.2647. Prices are: 1. $50 (food safe platter), 2. $35, 3. $95 (food safe bowl), 4. $85, 5. $85, 6. $60, 7. $95. I'll ship it out to you before Christmas.

Harmony Wools Alpaca Farm is just down the road and has been raising and showing alpacas since 1993. Our friend Jennifer Bennett gave us a tour of her farm and weaving studio where she spins, weaves and knits her own alpaca fibers into soft, warm garments and fabrics. Mom is planning on taking one of Jennifer's knitting classes after Christmas. I really wanted to snuggle up with an Alpaca, but they weren't feeling the love.

Lastly we dropped off a Good Fortune display at
the Englewood Textile Museum. One half of the museum is an antique & gift shop, and the other half is an amazing "off the beaten path" museum. The museum traces the history of the area's textile industry from 1850 with special emphasis on working-class women in the mills. It is run by dedicated volunteers filled with enthusiasm and plenty of southern charm. You check them out one afternoon at 17 S. Niota St. in Englewood, TN 37329. Don't forget to pick up a bar of Good Fortune soap why you're there!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

winter is here on the farm

My mother and I can't get enough of our expansive views, ever changing leaves, moon size, and the way the sun dances on the mountains. Yesterday she called me as I was busy working in the studio and said I had to go outside and see how the sun was illuminating the fresh snow on the back mountains. As my 3 fabulous employees and I took a break to enjoy the view, we just stood in awe of what seemed like a foreign place. We felt like we were on vacation and wanted to hit the slopes! This is Tennessee, and this is Good Fortune. God has blessed us with the most beautiful and peaceful place to live, work, and relax! Won't you come visit us some time?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

in the spirit of giving ... giveaway

My friend Christy is giving away some amazing Good Fortune products to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave her a comment on the giveaway post of her blog and answer the following question:
what are you most thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for great friends and family!

If you missed the deadline on Christy's blog, then check out Memory Makers blog for another chance to win more Good Fortune products & get inspired! We love their magazine. Pick up a copy on news stands, and see for yourself!