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Jun
06

Relax and Rejuvenate the Soul

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fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Jennifer – Harmony Designs & Soaps

My slogan is: Relax & Rejuvenate the Soul.

I absolutely love creating.  It makes me feel such an accomplishment seeing the before and after. I love all the fragrance oils and love experimenting with them. Nature inspired my shop and my product design. A lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I am also a nature photographer and so much enjoy being outside and capturing nature’s beauty.

I lost my Dad to cancer in 2007 and he inspired me to do what I love to do. I know he would be very proud of me today.

I carry a variety of products in my Etsy shop, lip balms, body sprays, kanzashi hair flowers and bath salts just to name a few. I am always inspired to try new things. Sometimes they work out sometimes they don’t, I guess that’s called trial and error. Natures Garden carries so many products to help give you a kick start to create.

I came up with the name Harmony Designs because I thought about its meaning and it fit my shop perfectly.

Meaning: internal calm : balance, tranquility. I love that my shop name relays a tranquil feeling. The whole idea behind starting my shop was that I wanted to help people relax and have that “me” time that we all crave. We all have such busy lives and need that little bit of peace and quiet after a long day at work. My bath salts are wonderful for that reason. I use all my products myself and wouldn’t put anything out there that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in. I love when people love my products. It makes me feel what I do is successful. Without my wonderful customers my shop wouldn’t exist.

Even when I was little I loved creating, painting and whatever else my little creative mind could get a hold on. I am pretty much a Jane of all trades. I do wear a lot of hats but wouldn’t want it any other way.  I love making favors for Weddings! I love being able to share in someones special moment. Just a side note my wedding is coming up in September and I am so excited! I know how it feels to want something special for your wedding so I take a lot of pride in making wedding favors.

Also when I was little I remember the lovely aromas coming from the kitchen when my parents were baking. I think that is one of the reasons I love my soy tart melts so much. I love all the dessert fragrances and it brings back those wonderful memories of my Dad making peach cobbler or my Mom baking. I love that my soy tart melts last and fill the house with so many wonderful Natures Garden Fragrances!

Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm

Natures Garden Products Used:  Strawberry Cheesecake Flavor Oil  and Natures Garden Lip Balm Base

 

Your Website: www.harmony5.etsy.comPhotography Website: jlphotography5.etsy.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/harmonydesignsandsoaps

Blog: harmonysoaps.blogspot.com

Pinterest Page: pinterest.com/twiggysky24

Apr
06

Soy Jar Candles with Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in candle clamshell tarts, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, Fragrance Oils, homemade candles, homemade soap, Natures Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

Fragrance-oils-41.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Laura & Robert Coronado,  Laura’s Designs

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have a Belgian Tervuren, and while there were some cross stitch patterns available, they weren’t capturing the detail of the breed that I was looking for.  I had dabbled in counted cross stitch designs before, so I designed several patterns of the breed.  I received a positive response to the designs.   I have a BS in Biochemistry and mainly worked in laboratory settings, I needed a creative outlet for my artistic side, so I decided to design more patterns.  I was fortunate, when I lived in Rock Hill, SC, to have a cross stitch store across the street. They held a competition and I entered a design in the Original Design category of a racehorse and jockey.  While it didn’t win, it was received very favorably by the owners of the shop.  After returning to Spartanburg, SC, I continued designing patterns and, wanting to work with more color, I started doing birds.  I showed some of the designs to the shop in Rock Hill, and they asked if I could do a design of a Congo African Grey as they had a customer looking for one. I continued to work on designs for fun and occasional sales. In the back of my mind, I wanted to start a business but working full time, it stayed there.  Then in June 1996 I found myself unemployed and decided it was time to get serious about starting a business.  Originally, the business was all mail order, selling my patterns by placing ads in dog and bird magazines.  Eventually, as the internet grew, I opened an eBay store and over time the business became exclusively online, with a few customers that still mail order, and I added my own website in addition to eBay.  Over the years I continued to grow the business, while working full time.   I married Robert in April of 2010 and about a year and half later, after I had a temp job end, he wanted to contribute to the business.  He always had an interest in candles and decided to learn candle making.  We decided on Soy Wax for environmental and health reasons.  With my core business based mainly on dogs and dog show people, we added a line of hand-painted dog silhouette candles to help us pull that group into our new line, along with attracting general candle lovers with the unpainted jar candles and tarts.  We also offer other hand-painted designs.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Counted Cross Stitch patterns of dogs (most AKC breeds), horses, birds, cats, tropical fish (freshwater and marine), and custom patterns from customer’s photos of their pets.  Coronado Candles line of  hand-poured, made to order, Soy Wax Jar Candles in a variety of sizes, both plain and hand-painted.  Soy Wax Tarts in a variety of sizes and designs. Digital prints of some of my original artwork, mainly pencil drawings.  Fuzzy Squeakers, which are hand-crocheted  for dog show handlers to bait dogs in the show ring.  We are really excited about a new squeaker product coming out that will be crocheted using Chiengora (dog hair yarn).

4.  What are your business goals?  Our goal is to continue growing our business and reaching a larger market with all of our products.  Since my husband had a stroke last March, neither one of us has been able to work outside the home so growing the business has been a priority.  The candle making has been great therapy for him and he spends a lot of time researching and coming up with new designs and ideas for our Coronado Candles line.  We are hoping, during this next year, to add reed diffusers (using NG aroma buds) and hand-made soaps.  In addition,  I will be working on adding the remaining AKC breeds to our counted cross stitch line and adding more prints and photos, and begin doing custom pencil drawings.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We use the Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye, Fragrance Oils, and Wicks.  We have found that all of the NG products are absolutely amazing…   Your dyes work so much better than some others we have tried.  Among our favorite scents from NG are Key Lime Pie, Dark Gourmet Chocolate, Chocolate Covered Cherries, and Jelly Bean!

Your Website: http://laurasdesigns-online.com, http://stores.ebay.com/laurasdesignsonline, http://etsy.com/people/lauracoronado

Facebook  page: https://www.facebook.com/laurasdesignsonline/info