October 15, 2013

Downtime..? Ha! So Here's a Quicky Update

I've been trying to write this for two days, but my time at the computer is few and far between these days. And when I do have it it's usually filled with business activities. But I'm scratching out these few minutes (I should be soaping! ) because I miss you guys!

My beautiful sister behind our display!

The Bumblewood launch at the CBC Craft Show this past Saturday was a great success!! I got to share the booth with my beautiful sister, who displayed her photography and booked shoots. I sold about a quarter of my inventory, which is so much greater than I could have expected!! I met so many new and lovely people, and I had so much fun I'm still coming down off the high. :D It was excellent!

The Bumblewood Etsy shop also went live this weekend! There you will find all of our current offerings (minus a few soaps I haven't gotten listed yet). So if you can't make it to a show be sure to find what you're looking for there!

I will be doing another show at the beginning of November called the American Heroes Car Show. It benefits the Wounded Heroes Fund and Soldier's Angels, and last year they raised over $4,000! I'm really excited to do this one! And thankfully I have the details worked out now as far as packing and prepping so hopefully it won't be quite as hectic. Be sure to follow Bumblewood on Facebook to get all the updates of what's going on and where I'll be!

We've had germs all over the house in the past week. The kids came down with head colds on Tuesday, and I of course got it hard Friday night. Thankfully a good night's sleep had me going strong on Saturday, only to be bombarded with the scratchy throat and snuffles again on Sunday and I am still fighting it now. Oh well. At least it skipped Saturday, which is all I prayed for!

I have been working on Christmas ornaments slowly as my down time allows, and a pair of fingerless gloves in my ever-favorite "Foliage" colorway which is a perfectly autumnal mix of oranges and yellows and browns. I'm hoping to have a few custom orders coming up pretty soon, just need to finalize details with the recipient.

I have a very large box full of some just ever-so-scrumptious processed fiber from Tombstone Livestock. It's just beautiful. I pull it out and pet it every now and then and my fingers itch to get it on on the wheel. Just a few more batches of soap to ready for the Car Show and then I'm spending quite a few nights with those lovely fleeces.

School has been going well, the boys are picking up in both reading and math. They had been struggling with numbers, and I had to all but throw out the way we were doing math because... Well I have boys. Boys don't do "sitting" work very well. So one day, in a moment of frustration and desperation, I just picked up a little white board we have and started drawing out long and loud and raucous scenarios involving dinosaurs, aliens, asteroids, birds, police cars, helicopters, cannons and all kinds of boyish things. There were explosions. There were people getting arrested. There were asteroids taking out alien space ships. And all the while I would ask them "ok how many X do we have now" after we added or subtracted from the story line. Ben had walked in as I was doing it and he said he's never heard them yell and giggle so much, especially not during school. And you know what? They've been picking up numbers and counting like crazy. Who says school has to be done from a book? :D

The weather has been amazing. We haven't had an honest October in years and years, but this year is cool and crisp and clear. I've been making soups and baking bread and my itch for autumn is slowly being scratched as the leaves start to turn and the temperature keeps dropping ever so slightly. We even had a very tiny patch of rain last week. Supposedly going to be a wet winter, which would be fantastic! My soul and the valley are both in need of it.

Alright, I really need to go soap. Tonight I'm making up a batch of my Lemongrass Scrub, which was a best seller at the show! It's great for getting the grunge off dirty, hard worked hands. Perfect for a show about cars! ;)

Happy Wednesday!

October 10, 2013

The Big Giveaway Winner!

Yesterday was a beautifully stormy and cloudy day. We even had a few little cloud bursts. Nothing to really wet the ground, but I'll take whatever I can get right now. I am in desperate need of a wet winter and we might *supposedly* get one. We'll see what happens. Today is bright and sunny, but it is quite crisp outside. I love it!

Once things (hopefully) settle down after this weekend I hope to get back to blogging at least slightly normally, and getting back to commenting on all of your blogs! 

And now it's time to announce the winner of the Big Giveaway - a large set of soaps, skin care, and more! Thank you to everyone who participated! If you haven't won recently be sure to check back - I will have at least one more closer to the holidays. :)

The winner is....

Congratulations Diane!! Yay!

dbaker4jc said...

I shared your giveaway on Facebook.

I just need you to shoot me an email at meg.bumblewood(@)gmail.com, or a Facebook message with how to get these to you, and whether you'd like the fingerless mittens or a pattern. :)

Happy Thursday y'all!! Be sure to bookmark www.bumblewoodhandmade.com - the shop is launching this weekend, where you'll be able to find everything from my giveaways, and more!


October 4, 2013

Bumblewood Giveaway #4 - The Big One!

Here it is! The big giveaway you've been waiting for! Or at least the one I've been waiting for. :)

This is the last and biggest giveaway I'm doing for the Bumblewood launch, happening NEXT WEEKEND! (I'm a little nervous, are you nervous?)

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the last giveaways and for all your comments of support and best wishes. You are the best readers anyone could ever hope for! 

So here it is:

A big gift set of Bumblewood goodies including (basket not included):

4 - 4 oz bars of handmade soap, in the scents of your choice
3 - 1 oz lotion bars in the scents of your choice
2 - .15 oz lip balms, in the scents of your choice
2 - hand knit wash cloths made from 100% cotton (one large, one small)
Your choice of either a finished pair of dark grey cabled fingerless gloves

OR if you're a knitter you have the choice of one my patterns (you can find those here).

Here's how to enter:

- Get one entry for leaving a comment here saying you'd like to enter.
- Get a SECOND entry for liking the Bumblewood Facebook page and letting me know you've done so (new likes or old!).
- Get a THIRD entry for sharing this giveaway on Facebook or your blog and letting me know you've done that as well. 

And the rules:
- I will only count the entries that follow the rules! If you like or share, but don't leave a comment here I can't count it. Make sure you leave a comment if you do either!!
- Not open to immediate family members. (Sorry y'all, but you know where to find me to get some. :) )
- In an effort to be fair, anyone who has won something from me in the past 6 months is not eligible.

This contest will be ending on Wednesday, October 9th at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 10th!

Good luck everyone!
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