Not wanting to be hypocritical, we decided to take Sunny Bungalow off the social media platforms.
We are fortunate and grateful that our lives have been largely unchanged other than some inconveniences and precautions.
We both already work from home in our full-time jobs, so we're no stranger to working remotely and all the related challenges. Deb works for a hospital where they've had to cut back hours a little. Like most hospitals, they are losing a lot of income with people avoiding elective surgery. Everyone is optimistic that the furlough situation will change this summer.
On the soap making side of our lives, other than dealing with supply shortages and limiting trips to the post office, not much has changed there either. If anything, we've had more free time, which is a blessing since demand for our handmade soap has increased, even before appearing in our local newspaper.
Several weeks ago a journalist from our town's newspaper reached out to us looking to do a piece on local businesses dealing with the health crisis. We had a pleasant, socially distant interview, and a few weeks later, opened the paper to find ourselves on the second page.
Soon after we received many orders locals, most of which asked if I could deliver the soaps. I was happy to oblige and deliver them, in a safe manner of course. Not only was it saving money on shipping and getting the soaps into people's hands quicker, it was a welcome opportunity to get out of the house. This also brings us closer to our daydream of having a local soap delivery service for fun. Coincidentally, the online store platform we use just started offering local delivery checkout options, which I'll be looking in to enabling.
We wish good health and joy for all. ❤️
We’ve been back from our Alaskan adventure for about week, getting caught up on the house, work, and back to the soap making.
My nephew Justin in New Orleans absolutely loves our soap and graciously offered to give out cards to spread the word. We had some business cards with an old logo, but we still don't think of this as a business. Instead we decided to make up some square cards.
Well it's been two weeks on Shopify, and all is well so far. Our primary concerns had been the basic functionality of the store, and customers actually finding the site. We received a few orders within a few hours of the relaunch, and they've been steady and normal since, soothing both concerns.
This showed up in my feed today:
Long story short, after 5 years almost to the day, we outgrew Etsy, and here we are on a new platform. I'll get into reasons why we've moved in future blog posts.
On that matter, I plan on blogging about a lot of back-office subjects, like how I put the site together or how the graphics were made. I've been helping friends, family, and clients put together website and e-commerce systems for years, and I'm looking forward to sharing what I've learned.
Meanwhile, Deb will be blogging about the more important part of what we do: the soap making. To date she's made thousands of bars, researching and using techniques from all over the world, and experimenting with a wide range of ingredients, fragrances, and add-ins.
We'll also post the occasional pic of the deer that ventures into our yard, pictures of our dog, or any anything else that's fun.