Sunday, February 21, 2010

Soap for Hope fundraiser for CVS and MDA

Fish, Frogs, and Shamrocks, Oh My!

It’s not every day you go to work and handle 800 fish, frogs, and shamrocks! Teona, Keltcey, Tracey, and I spent the week laughing our heads off, mixing glycerin soaps for Soap for Hope, and laughing as those little fish stared at us (forever frozen in soap…).

Work days like these don’t feel like work at all. No doubt we got soap in our hair, all over the floor, and in our mouths (YUK!). Even though most of my employees aren't disadvantaged girls in the mentor program, each woman is special and pours an extra ounce of love in each bar of soap she makes. We ended our days smelling fabulous (like our zen green tea) and feeling joyful knowing we were doing something bigger than ourselves.

You see, these soaps weren’t the usual. The 800 bars were for Soap for Hope’s fundraising partnership with 22 Tennessee CVS/pharmacy stores in the Cleveland, Chattanooga, and Monteagle areas. CVS raises money each year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (check them out: It’s a great cause—and what’s better is that Good Fortune will donate $1 of our profit to Soap for Hope while the remaining funds go toward production costs to pay our wonderful employees. Anything leftover will be used for start-up costs for this summer.

Making soaps for CVS (and MDA) strengthened our bond and gave us even more faith that God has a plan for us all (even the simple soap makers in Tennessee).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Speaking to our local Garden Club

We just returned from AmericasMart Atlanta (an International wholesale trade show), the studio was out of stock, and it was freezing (outside and inside)! Luckily, over 20 local women drove out to my studio in Athens, TN to attend their Garden Beautiful meeting, hear my story, and shop a bit. How grateful am I to have new friends and to be able to share my heart for entrepreneurship, empowering girls, and following your faith. What a lovely way to share my testimony! My granddad's barn has never smelled so sweet from the aroma of essential oils and the fragrant offering to God!
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."—Ephesians 5:1
"Thank you so much for having our Garden Club group last week. We enjoyed it very much and have been spreading the word through Athens about your products. Thanks for all your hard work." —Kathy, President-Garden Beautiful

Coincidence, I think not? Other Garden Clubs and Women Advocate groups have asked me to speak. I love telling my story and raising money for our outreach, Soap for Hope. If you want to visit me, or me visit you, just ask. We'll make arrangements and I'd love to share my story and empower women around the world!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Good Fortune at BlueCross BlueShield

It's our third time back at BlueCross's beautiful new facility on Cameron Hill. They can't get enough Good Fortune! And by now, the men are starting to warm up to us too.

We're stocked up on Valentine's Day specials this time around. While I was snowed in two weeks ago, I got creative and out came these adorable, heart-shaped apple lavender soaps that say "Hugs" and "Be Mine" and "Love." The funky layered glycerin soaps with colored hearts were fun, too! We've got V-Day Goodie Boxes - a luxurious soap, a massage candle, a lip scrub and lip balm - and gift bags with bath soaks or pillow sprays. Happy Valentine's Day, 2010! Treat your special someone to a handcrafted surprise from Good Fortune.

I'd love to say thank you to all the BCBS employees for their excitement every time we visit, their encouragement and support through Facebook, and their online orders. Y'all are awesome!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Soap for Hope Logo Design

You know me. I have a billion other things to do, but I feel to the need to play! I love graphic design! I am inspired by my friend Christy who's designing a new logo for another soap company, a new font I found, and the LOVE for my ministry...Soap for Hope.

Let me know what you think. The current logo is easy to read, understand, and work with. But, it isn't a real logo (according to me). I've been getting flashes of inspiration over the past year, but never have the time to sit and play. In fact, I've been thinking of hiring another designer to do it for me, but I kind of like the new direction. Here is my progress so far.

More swirlys, less swirlys, just right? Tell me if you like it?