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Avoiding the malls this year?

Avoiding the malls this year? Come to the Craft Show this Saturday. I have hand-crafted stocking stuffers and gift packs for everyone on your list- even your dogs! Most items are $5 and under! Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Hewitt NJ 10am-4pm

Products include:

  • Foaming Bath Mousse
  • Bath Cookies
  • Shower Gels and Body Lotions
  • All Natural Dog Shampoo
  • Soy Tarts and Burners
  • Holiday Soaps
  • and you know it- much more!

If you are not able to make it to the Craft Show, email me at faerywings1@gmail.com and you can place your order with me.

While my website hasn’t been updated in a while, you can definitely head over there to get some ideas. Faery-Wings Apothecary

Happy Non-Mall Shopping!

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I made Cake and Cookies today.

My house smells sooooooo good!  Cake and cookies, yum!  The good thing is that they are all zero calorie recipes. How cool sis that? The bad thing is that they are not edible. Boo!

I whipped up some shower gels and lotions scented with “Guilt-Free Birthday Cake” and my new scent, “Cookies for Santa.” My stomach is growling and my kitchen smells like I have been baking all day.

You have to try these. Email faerywings1@gmail.com for more information and to place an order.

My Interview for Association of Artisan Businesses

Does this mean I am famous? I guess this is my 15 minutes of fame then.;)

Association of Artisan Businesses helps promote owners of small, artisan businesses. I was interviewed recently as one of their “Featured Artisans” Here is my interview… go ahead and read it, I bet that you’ll learn something about me that you didn’t know.

Faery-Wings Apothecary

Posted By ArtisansMonthly.com, Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Faery-Wings Apothecary

Owner: Christine Campbell
http://www.artisansonline.com/faerywingsapothecary/Default.aspx
West Milford, New Jersey

What made you decide to turn your hobby/craft into a business?

I started out learning about aromatherapy in the early 1990’s. I was very interested in learning about herbal and holistic treatments. In 1996, I took a correspondence course thought the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and became a certified aromatherapist. I started using that knowledge on my new baby, my husband, and in my home. The more I used aromatherapy, the more I grew to realize how well it worked. Soon after that, my friends and family started asking me to make up blends and oils for them, which I did because I loved to work with essential oils and to see how much it helped. When my two children were in school full time, I decided to use that extra time to start a small business and made some extra money selling at craft fairs. Now I sell mainly through my online shop, Faery-Wings.com

What are some of the biggest challenges/obstacles you face?

Right now, the economy is very bad and most of the people I know do not have the extra money for personal luxuries. Often, they can purchase a bottle of body lotion at the local dollar store. It is hard to compete with low cost products and many people don’t understand how much true essential oils cost.

What is the best advice you would give to a fellow artisan?

It is always good to dream big, but be realistic. The majority of artisans are not going to become rich and famous. But if you work hard and make a good product, you will see results. If you are creating your products from the heart, you are rewarded in more ways than just money. Also, it is good to understand the variability of a “selling season.” For example, my busiest time of year is from November through December, like many other businesses. During the summer, my business slows down. I try to kick off each season with a new scent and some type of season-specific product to keep interest in my products as high as possible.

What inspires you to be creative?

More than anything, I love making custom orders and gift baskets. Trying to create the perfect scent blend and product for a particular request is always a fun challenge for me. Putting together gift baskets and personalized party favors are also interesting creative outlets.

How do you manage work life with home life?

Since I work out of my kitchen it gets difficult when I get my work space ready, and then my family decides that is when they want to eat! I have to tell them in advance what hours I am going to be in the kitchen, and to stay out during them. Sometimes, I get stressed out trying to finish baskets and gift orders before the holidays so during those times it is very important to plan ahead and stick to my schedule.

Do you offer your products for fund raising events?

Because my family all suffers from Late Stage Lyme disease, I have created what I call my “Lyme Line.” I make body lotion, shower gel and bath whips using fragrance oil of coconut and lime. For every bottle or jar I sell, I donate one dollar to Turn The Corner Foundation (TurnTheCorner.org). Turn the Corner promotes awareness and research about Lyme Disease. I am very proud that I have donated over $60 to this admirable organization that does so much to help the Lyme Community.

How did you derive a name for your business?

I like the combination of the old-time feel and the cutting edge uses of essential oils. I knew I wanted a name that used the word Apothecary. It is such a great word and brings to my mind the image of the healers of the past. At the same time I wanted something with a contemporary, whimsical feel. I love the artwork of Amy Brown and just had faery wings tattooed on my upper back.  The name just came together and it suits me, my business and my products perfectly.

Name three things you do in your free time

I enjoy digital scrap booking. I love to garden and get my hands in the dirt. I take care of my family and my pets. In addition to my husband and both children having Lyme Disease, I am a “mom” to 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 frogs, and a handful of fish.

If you won the super lotto, what would you do with your winnings?

First, I would pay off my house and my bills. Then I would take my family away for a relaxing vacation. After that I would travel around the world to visit so many of the online friends I have made over the years. After I got back, I would donate as much as possible to Turn the Corner for Lyme Disease research. I would love to be able to set up a “scholarship” type fund for people who are in need of Lyme health care and cannot afford it. Most Lyme doctors do not take insurance and doctors visits and medications are very expensive. I have been fortunate that I am able to afford to have good Lyme doctors for my husband and kids, but I know that there are many out there that cannot. If there is any money left over after that, I’m going to hire a maid!

List any social media where people can find your products.

My blog: http://www.facebook.com/faerywings
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/faerywings#!/pages/West-Milford-NJ/Faery-Wings-Apothecary/62282477642?ref=ts&__a=19&ajaxpipe=1

Another Donation Made to Turn The Corner.org

I had an envelope full of  money on my refrigerator for oh, about 6 months. It was definitely from before the holidays…. So with our new fridge arriving yesterday, everything that had been hanging on the fridge door, buried under layers of papers and magnets,  had to be removed. And what did I find? That envelope of money, clearly labeled “Donations Lyme Line/TTC.”

Oops. I had forgotten about the money I had collected from the sales of Lyme in the Coconut. I had sold a whole bunch for holiday gifts, plus some bottles that I had over at the consignment shop. Business has been slow for the Lyme Line since then, but I was really happy to find this “lost envelope.”

I just donated another $27.00, and it feels great. Now that my envelope is empty, I hope that everyone will consider ordering/reordering some yummy body care that helps out a great cause!

Crazy Crazy Crazeeeeeeeeeeee!

Yup, that is me, Goin’ Crazy! (Gone?? You think it is too late, that I have already *gone* crazy?? Hey! I resent that!)

I guess it is the truth,  just read through some on my earlier posts and you’ll see… totally bonkers!  That’s me!  So what have I been up to the last few weeks since I posted. Some days it seems like a whole lotta nuthin.’ But that nothing seems to take along long time and is sooo darn tiring LOL

The one great thing is that the weather is finally getting nice, for the most part. I love to work outside in the yard and gardens. I used my Gift Certificates that we won for Eden Farms to get some flowers and herbs. That was fun and dirty and relaxing! Except for the tick I had crawling on me. That freaked me out and made me itchy the rest of the day. Weird, since you can’t feel a tick bite you. It was all in my head (see, more proof of crazy!)

I am working hard at Faery-Wings- I am now a member of the Association of Artisan Businesses

As part of the membership, I now have a web store at Artisans Online.

It has been a great experience setting it up and I can’t wait for some orders to come through (hint hint!)

I hope that you will stop by and take a look. It has a lot of new products in there, including the new body lotion and shower gel scent, Sugared Lemon Drop. mmm mmm! Perfect for these upcoming summer days 🙂
Other than that, it seems like May is busy with all of our family fun- birthdays, Mother’s Day anniversaries… and it all flows into June.

I hope that you are all doing fantastic!


First Round of Donations Submitted!

YES!! I am so excited! I just submitted my first batch of donations to Turn The Corner Foundation. Some of the money that was raised was from Faery-Wings, Lyme in the Coconut, $7 to be exact. $10 came from a family friend who found out what the kids and I were doing at last week’s garage sale. The rest was raised by my wonderful and hard-working children.

Caitlyn had sewn little pillows and was selling them at the garage sale. Meanwhile, Scott raided his collection of polished stones and had them for sale at his table. They made signs that the money was to go towards Lyme Research. People seemed to be very impressed by them as they explained what the money was for and how it was going to help people, like us, with Lyme disease.

I am so happy to know this is just the beginning- I have some more sold and am waiting to collect the money, and I made more product this morning. And, man- my house smells good! This is the good kind of Lime Ha ha!

To find out more, check out my website, Faery Wings Apothecary and Turn The Corner Foundation.

The Lyme in the Coconut Line is Live!

Well, pretty much live- the body care line that has been created to help raise funds for Turn the Corner Foundation has been put up on my website. I spent all day yesterday making an awesome shower gel, body lotion and a great whipped bath soap! The website needs a few tweaks but a Faery can only do so much in a day! But the page is up, and my Paypal address is there.

This is the line:

Don’t they look great? You should see how they smell, I wish I could put a Scratch and Sniff on my computer LOL

$1 of each sale will be donated to TurntheCorner.org, which helps fund research and education about Lyme Disease. They helped produce the film I have been raving about, Under our Skin.

Visit Faery-Wings Apothecary for more information about Lyme Disease and how to order these great new products!