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About my scent list

Good evening!

Ok it’s getting scary now how quickly these weeks are flying by and can you believe we’re in July already? This month would have been the end of Alfie’s year 7 and I sometimes feel sad he’s had to miss so much of his first year in high school, but I’m grateful we picked one of the best schools around us as during this pandemic they’ve shown so much support it’s really helped us massively.

So this week I’m going to share with you some scents which are coming to an end or possibly going on holiday, if they go on holiday it can be between 1-10 months, it all depends as I’m currently changing my list to fit seasons and also having limited editions that will only last until the scent sells out. Now to keep up to date with scents ending and going on holiday, you’ll need to keep your eyes on my blog as I’ll share most of it here. I’ve many customers who aren’t on any of my social media platforms and my blog is accessible for everyone so this is where I’ll share lots of information. All blogs I write you can always look back on, you’re more than welcome to comment on each blog if you wish too. There’s been a little Incentive for this  to encourage customers and followers to interact with me via my blog.

ENDING

Lavender
Sherbet Lemon
Frankincense  & Black Cherry
No More Dirty Laundry – replaced with Heavenly
Mango & Starfruit – limited edition
Candyfloss – limited edition
Rose
Flower Bomb
The One
Sandalwood
Hide Her In The Wardrobe

GOING ON HOLIDAY

Pride
Lets Get Flirty
Hide Him In The Wardrobe
Pineapple & Mango
AvoLimeBath

 

Now the ones that are ending, I may from time to time bring them back as an exclusive which means I’ll make stock using all the fragrance oil and once sold then it’ll end. The 2 new ones Mango & Starfruit and Candy Floss these were jut limited editions and I’ve one more batch to make then once that’s sold it will end. I keep my scent list moving as it’s good for change and also gives customers other scents to try. Now if you love trying scents then my subscription box is amazing to receive every month. I’ve got a waiting list for this, but if you’re in my Fb group you can add your name to it, or if you’re on my Instagram you can DM me and I’ll add your name.

As the seasons  change, my list will change. Now during spring/summer I’ll have a good range of fruity scents, but then as we start to go into autumn many of them will go, but I’ll always have some from each category on my list. Normally 2 from each if not more, but from time to time you may just see one choice, but it won’t be for long it’ll be just why I’m deciding what scents are coming next.

Now some of the above scents that are ending, some will be made up for the very last time, a few have already ended. So whenever I post to my social media if it’s the last batch I will always state this. You’ll need to keep your eyes on my Instagram and Facebook business page as this is where it will be shared, it won’t be shared in my group. Then every season I’ll update on my blog scents that are ending and scents going on holiday, I’ll also announce on here too if it’s coming back from holiday.

 

I just also want to mention that in August I’m taking a 2 week holiday. This will be more towards the start, but I’ll confirm dates closer to the time as before I take my 2 weeks off I’ll get monthly subscription boxes out. I will post dates all over my social media, but I’ll keep reminding everyone as the website will remain open but whilst I’m closed no orders will leave. I’ll use the time running up to it to run my stock down so that the websites not stocked up loads whilst I’m closed and then once I return I’ll then start to stock it up again.

I hope you all have an amazing evening and enjoyed reading this weeks blog.

Love

Rachel……x

 

 

All about scents that go on holiday

Yes….you read my title correctly, some of my scents actually gone on holiday as they too need a little rest from time to time. ?

So you may be wondering why I actually do put scents on holiday, this is to keep my scent list rotated and changed. Now if I constantly did the same scents month after month, year after year, you’d get bored right? Well I know I would as change is good and updating the scent list and keeping it pretty seasonal too is a perfect way to do it.

So this year was the start of me putting scents on holiday and some scents I’ve completely ended as it’s time for change. Now there’s reasons why I might put some on holiday and end some. Holiday ones tend to be seasonal so for example, Snow Fairies has gone on holiday as I find this more of a autumn/winter scent as it reminds me of Christmas. Now I know it doesn’t smell of Christmas but it’s got the name snow in it so I’ve classed it as an autumn/winter scent, so you’ll see this come back towards the end of September, beginning of October up until Christmas and then it’ll go on holiday again. Things like fruity scents, you’ll see many of these go on holiday after the summer, I’ll keep one or 2 on my scent list as we all love a bit of fruity scents and I’ll always make sure I have at least one scent from each scent category.

Now my biggest challenge is to get my perfumes & aftershaves list down…..it’s so hard as there’s so many I love and I want to keep them all, but I do need to let some go on holiday, but I hate picking sometimes. Sometimes I find it easy to pick, but this category is one of my most favourites and many scents in this one are scents I’ve had specially made up in the lab which are bespoke to me. I’m not saying you can’t buy them else where, but when I have a bespoke scent made up in the lab they don’t use that same formula for anyone else as I’ve paid to have this made for me. I usually send in the scent tones for what I want and then they work their magic and then I work mine and make it into amazing scented wax.

Now many of my customers ask if I have a list of what’s gone on holiday or what’s ended, unfortunately I don’t put a list together, I often mention in my group if a scents going on holiday, but I don’t tend to say when a scents coming to an end unless I’ve lots of it that I want to sell off. I often get messages when customers know it’s going on holiday saying it’s their favourite scent and I understand you all have favourite scents as I do too and I sometimes end the ones I love, but having a change is good and if you were to constantly buy the same scents every time eventually you’d get bored of it or become nose blind. Change is good and I’ve found since putting scents on holiday it’s meant customers have tried other scents they may have not been interested in before and then fallen in love with them.

 

Now as you all know I’m a one man….well woman band! All waxes are handmade by just me, same as my reed diffusers, room sprays, pillow mists, car sprays and pet bed sprays. Now if I had 100 scents on my list there’s no way I’d be able to keep up making them all and to keep stock levels on the website, it’s hard enough now and I think I’ve got around 30 scents on my list at the moment which is still a little too high. I find if there’s too much choice customers find it much harder pick what to buy and as they say……less is more. Now I’m not one of these big massive wax companies, we know the ones the ones that have been around for donkeys years who have massive factories who mass produce and have probably 1000’s of staff, nothing had poured as they have big industrial machines to do it all for them, now they can keep up with having 100’s of scents on their list as they are mass produced, but when you’re a small business like myself who actually hand pours every single scent that you melt then it’s not possible. I’d rather have a smaller scent list and take longer to stock my shelves than have a mass produced line of machine poured wax or wax that’s not made with any love whatsoever. You know every single scent is poured by me and poured with love and to me that’s much better than having a to big a range of scents to pick from.

If you want to know when scents are going on holiday be sure to be apart of my Little Melts With Love was group, as I often announce in their when they are going on holiday and sometimes when I post on my business page I may say it’s the last chance to grab this scent before it goes on holiday. Now I don’t always say how long the holidays for, sometimes it might just be 6 weeks, 6 months or even a year it all depends on what scent it is.

So I hope this explains a little bit more about scents coming and going and that if your favourites gone off the website why not try something that’s out of your comfort zone as you might just be pleasantly surprised!

I’ll see you next Monday, same time, same place!

 

Have a sparkly evening and……happy melting! ❤️?

 

All about safety

Good evening!

 

Over the course of last week I’ve seen many posts which made me a little scared, not necessarily in my group, but on social media in general. So I thought it would be good for me to talk about safety when using any wax product, room spray, reeds diffusers etc.

So I’m a safety girl and I’m forever talking about safety in my wax group. Many might wonder why, but there’s lots of things to consider especially when you’re lighting a naked flame in your home. So many of my customers know that I always say never melt for more than 4 hours at anyone time, this is with the same burner. Why might you ask? Because your burner will heat up and once it’s been on for 4 hours, any melting using the same warmer after this amount of time means the warmer could over heat and cause it to crack. Now I’m not saying it will happen, but there’s the safety side of it and us as wax vendors are advised when purchasing burners the safety side of this and it’s up to use to make sure our customers are educated as to why there’s safety measurements. Now as you’re aware on the market you’ll find that there’s different tea lights, some maybe 2 hours and some maybe as long as 8 hours. I would NEVER advise anyone use an 8 hour tea light when melting, these types of tea lights are for tea light holders only and not for wax burners. Using a tea light that burns for so long is dangerous as your burner will get too hot and could cause it to crack or you’ll get tiny hairline cracks in it and over time it will break. Now I always state on my labelling never melt for more than 4 hours at anyone time, this is the reason why. Now my safety wording on my labels is my wording, it’s not anyone else’s, nor has it been copied it’s what I’ve created from my knowledge over the years of being a wax vendor. Now the CLP side which is the bit about the allergens this is from the scent suppliers I use and if others use the same as me you’ll find that if they have the same scents as me theirs would be the same, but say my Lavender Coconut Milk scent, if you look at the CLP info on that and then compared with another vendor who has that name of scent on their website and compared their CLP info to mine, you’ll most like;y find it’s different….why? Because my Lavender Coconut Milk is bespoken made and only available to me, but yet you can buy this fragrance oil off the shelf with other suppliers, but it’s made differently to mine so the 2 labels would never be identical. This also changes making a reed diffuser, the CLP will change slightly as the percentage I use changes to what I use making wax, so again you’ll see a few difference on my label. Many of my scents on my list are bespoke and many of the scent names belong to me too, which I come up with most of my own, some I don’t as some just need to say what it is, like pineapple & mango or lavender coconut milk or mryyh and Tonka……some just need to be called what the main scent is.

I also get asked many times about how to change your wax, on the website we’ve added a section on How To Use Your Wax……this has been written for me, this content belongs to me and should never be taken from my website and used by another business, you may wonder why I’m saying this, this is because when you write something and post it to your website, it belongs to you, you’ve most probably paid to have some content written on your website and the good thing is you as a business are protected by copyright, along with your images too. I’ve recently been made a where of a new business that’s stolen my wording, but that’s another blog as I’ve to go down the right channels about this, but I’ll talk about it more another time.

Anyway where were we? Oh yes safety of how to change your wax. So the best way I find to clean your burner out is to light your tea light, let the bowl where your wax melts get slightly warm, this takes seconds and then carefully scoop out the wax using kitchen roll. If you catch it just at the right time you’ll be able to scoopy it out in one go. I then gently wipe around the bowl just to remove any excess wax before placing a new scent in. Please DO NOT use a knife to remove wax, this will damage your burner, I see this happen lots of times and I can instantly tell they’ve used a knife……I’m good at spotting this. In time if you use a knife your are scratching the bowl, then the heat from the tea light weakens where the scratches are, eventually causing your burner to crack and break. Another dangerous way is I’ve seen people putting their warmers in the freezer……..NO this is DANGEROUS putting it in a cold freezer then taking it out in to room temperature can cause it to break, wax warmers are not freezer safe so please don’t do this even if you see others doing it, it’s so dangerous. Now electric warmers, sometimes you can just pop the wax out without switching it on, it can depend on which electric warner you have as some you’ll find you’ll need to let it melt the wax and then soak it up using kitchen roll or cotton wool. Please never pour wax down your sink, it’s dangerous and also some scents are toxic to aquatics and if everyone did this, it would eventually kill our aquatics, you’ll see sometimes on some CLP labels it states……toxic to aquatics and this is what it means if the wax was ever put into our sewerage then in time it would be so dangerous.

 

Now another thing is, as a wax vendor I have to know everything about what I make and sell, I’ve got to understand what all my labelling means and all the paperwork that comes with each scent too. I’ve got to know how to record everything correctly and also make my CLP labels legal too, there’s laws we have to adhere too, which my customers know I always do, but I often remind my customers in my own words about the safety of melting wax. At the end of the day many of you are lighting a tea light, so straight away there’s a naked flame, would you ever leave the house with a naked flame lit? I very much doubt you would, so never leave a room with a naked flame lit either. If I want wax melting in other rooms I know I’m not going to be in I’ll always use one of my electric warmers as these are safe to leave unattended, I have times set on mine so they switch off after 4 hours so that way if I did forget I have them on at least I know after 4 hours they’ll switch off. I am a safety girl and I’ll always remind everyone about safety.

edit as reminded by one of my customers…….. DO NOT clean your warmer out using chemical cleaners, if you want to clean your tea light burner then use hot soapy water and make sure it’s dry before you use it.

If you’re someone who only uses electric warmers, then I still always say be sure to keep them placed safely. Don’t have wires hanging down that can be caught by children or pets. Make sure you change your bulbs regularly as in time the bulb becomes weaker and won’t heat up your wax as hot. Check leads regular, just to make sure that if you have pets who like to chew that they haven’t been having a nibble on your lead.

Another point is, if you’re buying a tea light warmer to use for wax, be sure to buy a wax warmer and not an oil burner……they are different as an oil warmer has only been tested for use of oils, and a wax warmer has been tested using wax. Wax gets much hotter than oil so oil burners are not suitable for wax products. All my burners are tested and are wax approved by my suppliers.

Now whenever I sell a reed diffuser, room spray, car spray, pillow mist etc, I’ll display safety info on my CLP regarding these too. Everything I sell need to be kept away from children and pets, they are a product for children to be holding, but I know many of my customers tell me how their children love to smell their orders when they arrive and this is fine, but please make sure you supervise your children at all times.

Now if you have a question about anything regarding my products, please just ask, all comments on my blog I always reply to on a Monday evening and then I’ll catch up with anymore I’ve missed later in the week. Please do use this blog to ask me anything and I’ll happily answer.

Remember, keep safe, use my products the correct away by reading all my safety info I display on them and if you’re ever in doubt just ask.

In the next few weeks I’ll be talking about intellectual property, copyright and trademark. This is very important and I’ll explain about how you can’t just take info or pictures  from someone’s website without their consent, even google images are protected too, so be sure to watch out for that blog that will be in a couple of weeks time.

Have a beautiful evening and thank you for taking time to read my Monday blog.

Love
Rachel……x ❤️

Some Monday’s just start off differently!

Little Ideas with Love

So here we are again, it’s time for my Monday blog. I thought I’d share with you my day, sometimes it’s nice to share what’s happened and also share with everyone that my days sometimes go wrong just like yours might sometimes.

So I was up super early as I knew I had a busy day ahead as I wanted to get out all of my subscription boxes, there’s a lot each month over 80! So I got up and as I got out of bed my mobile phone fell off the bed onto my foot….ouch it bloody hurt and I’ve a great big bruise to prove it. After hobbling downstairs to make breakfast for me and Alfie I then realised Richard had taken my car to work to give it a run and had forgotten I’d got to take one of the dogs to the dog groomers ?? men……they are so hard work sometimes lol. Good job she’s local who I use, but even heading out it takes 40 minutes out of my day to take her and get back with walking and then another 40 mins to collect her and come back and when you’ve over 80 subscription boxes to get packed up and shipping labels to add before 2pm it’s not good. Luckily I was able to ring Annie and she came to collect her for me, we did social distancing just as my dog groomer also did when she took Bailey from Annie, but I was stuck and I needed help. For those of you who are unsure who Annie is, she’s my friend but also works for me in the workshop, but is currently furloughed and hopefully due back next month. Honestly if she hadn’t have collected Bailey there’s no way I’d have been able to start on my subscription boxes. It was strange seeing her as were both huggers, and it was strange not being able to hug her. I’ve missed hugging people as I always hug everyone, I’ve not really seen people during lockdown as I’ve only left the house twice since March, but it’s hard knowing you can’t hug anyone and I know some people find it easy, but when you’re a big hugger it hurts that you can’t, but hey I’m sure one day we’ll be able to hug again and if not I’m coming up with an invention to protect people when they want to hug someone lol.

So anyway where was I? Oh yes, so after my foot injury I then set Alfie up with his school work and I went in the workshop, I was in there before 8am knowing I’d lots to do. I made up all the boxes first and then part close them so that when I put each thank you note in, I just slide it in the top and then add the postage label. I do the postage labels in the house, went to switch the little postage label printer on, nothing happened! Looked at the back no lead plugged in and no where to be seen, quickly rang Richard and he thought it may have come out of the printer when he was sorting the CCTV wires out, after a rummage  behind my work desk I found it. Right time to get on, nope my label printer wanted to play funny buggers and then the Royal Mail back office was playing up, it seemed to be going on a go slow. So this process took me until 11.45am to finish, nearly 3 hours, it’s the longest it’s ever taken, but yes I’ve more subscriptions to do, but all the messing about made it take longer. I’d not had a drink all morning, so I quickly made one and a sandwich for both me and Alfie as I knew once I went back in the workshop I had till 2pm to get all these postage labels on, notes added and all boxes taped up and sealed. Normally both me and Annie do this together, but until shes back at work it’s just me. Every order I double check the address is correct, all address have 2 checks, some customers often change their shipping address, even more since lockdown as many haven’t been going out to work and have worked from home, so I need to make sure everyone’s address matches what’s on their order. I’m pleased to say I did it with 15 minutes spare, I worked my little socks off as I wanted to get everyones out so they can start to enjoy their boxes this week. Baring in mind I’ve done all this with a bruised foot that has given me trouble all morning, checking in on Alfie every 20 minutes and then helping him if he was stuck with everything. I sometimes wonder how I do it, but I sometimes don’t even know myself lol. Let’s just say this evening I’m relaxing as I won’t lie I’m tired and my head hurts as it’s been a stressful day with so many different things not going right, but hey……..tomorrows a new day!

 

In between all of the above I was also chasing a parcel that had been lost from my vinyl supplier, which actually turned up, it had been sat at DPD warehouse since the 1st June, they decided my address didn’t exist, which means it was a driver who doesn’t know the area and instead of ringing my number which is always displayed on the label and asking me to direct them in, they say my address is wrong, it’s normally the blue DPD hub who have trouble as I find they have many stand in drivers who never know the area, but it left me with a missing order and a backlog of T-shirt orders piling up with my new sparkly glitter text on them. Good news is I’ve got it now so this week I’ll finish those orders off. I have changed dispatch times for clothing, it’s now 3-4 weeks, yes it seems a long time, but if I don’t have your size in stock it needs ordering in, I only order every 7-10 days, then the T-shirts have to arrive with me and then I’ve to print them up. The printing is done here by myself, and as you’re already aware I’m working alone so it takes me longer to do each job as well as run my social media and reply to customers too. I honestly can’t wait to get back to normal and have Annie back, it’s hard doing all the jobs she normally does and it’s lonely on my own without her. I’ve always appreciated Annie and everything she does, but I appreciate her even more now as she’s a massive part of my team and the jobs she does she does them amazingly and she takes a lot of pressure off me leaving me to concentrate on my customers orders and making stock.

So I’m going to wrap this blog up now, but just remember………we all have days that go wrong, we might scream, shout or cry, but that’s fine as nobodies perfect and it’s good to release upset if things don’t go the way you’re hoping they had, but remember……tomorrow’s a new day and tomorrow you’ll shine brighter than you did today.

Im going to relax this evening and have an early night, ready for a new day tomorrow.

Thank you for taking time to read this weeks blog, keep smiling and remember you’re all amazing.

Stay safe!

 

love

 

Rachel…….x ❤️?

It’s June Already!

Good evening! Can you actually believe we’re in June already? We’re half way through the year and I’m so glad lockdowns given us beautiful weather. It’s certainly made it so much easier being able to sit in the sun and feed our souls.

I was going to talk about something this week, but I’m going to leave it for next week now and switch it around, I often do this as I like my weekly blog to be something relevant and with it being the 1st of the month I’m going to talk about my subscription boxes and a few things what subscribers will be able to buy that others can’t.

So each month those who subscribe get 4 new scents all made up in wax  pods. Now from time to time I sometimes release one or 2 of those scents, but not this month, this box is going to be exclusive to those who’ve subscribed and I’m going to be offering one of the scents that I was originally going to release to subscribers only. I can’t tell you what scent this is until everyone’s got their boxes, which will start to leave w/c 8th June, but once I share the contents I’ll then share what scent subscribers can purchase. Also I’m going to be making up a few special boxes with past subscription scents in and again these will be available for those who currently have a live subscription. This keeps the monthly box exclusive, as it’s only fair those who subscribe monthly can take a bit more advantage of grabbing the scents they know won’t make it to my list. Now subscribers will be limited to how many they can purchase so it’ll be one box per customer and they’ll need a super special code to be able to purchase this too.

Now if you’re wishing you could get a monthly slot it could be possible. I’m going to start a waiting listing, so from July if a customer cancels in June before their next payments due, this slot then will be available to purchase, but I’ll go to the person who’s at the top of the list and work my way down. Now you could just wait 4 weeks, but you could be waiting months, it’ll depend if anyone cancels. Now if you are number one on the list, you’ll be contacted, you’ll then have the option to purchase it on the day I contact you, if I don’t hear from you then it’ll be offered to the next person on the list. I won’t be able to wait, so if for example I messaged you on a Monday and you asked could you pay Friday I’d have to move to the next person as it’ll need immediate payment sorry.

I’ll be putting a post in my Facebook group this evening, which you’re more than welcome to add your name to it, if you add your name and then later change your mind, that’s fine I’ll just move to the next person. I feel this is  the best way as every month I have many people messaging me and it’s hard to keep track and I always ask them to look for when I open slots up. No slots will be opened again unless someone cancels or payment fails.

So as the next coming months come ahead they’ll be lots happening with subscriptions and I’ve many treats for you all too, I always get really excited about my boxes, just as much  as you all get excited about receiving them.

I just want to thank each and everyone of you that comments weekly on my blog and as a thank you at the end of each month one person will win a little something from me. This is done on how many times you comment and then one of my admin team keeps track each week and then if there’s more then one person with the same amount of comments, we let the members pick a winner, but we do this so they don’t know who’s who so it’s done fairly. Last month one of my customers won a 25% discount code to use on the website, so I wonder what this months will be?

Have a beautiful evening, stay safe and……happy melting!

 

love

 

Rachel……x

Subscriptions and my Instagram giveaway

Good evening……I can’t believe how quickly Monday’s come round, it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since my last blog. So I’m hoping you’re all well and you’ve had a great week too.

So this week I’m going to chat to you about 2 things, subscription boxes and also my giveaway over on Instagram. So first up I’ll tell you about my monthly subscription boxes.

Many of you are already signed up, but if you’ve been waiting for a slot now’s your chance to grab one. I’m opening slots for this evening only Monday 18th May for a couple of hours, so if you want a slot now’s your time. Here’s a little bit about them and I’ll also share the direct link with you too at the end of my blog.
So once a month I put together 4 new scents made up in wax pods and these are delivered straight to your door. Your monthly payment will be taken from your bank card you first use to purchase a slot. So if you grab one this evening this will get you June’s box and then your next payments not due until 1st July and then payment will always be from the 1st of each month. You can unsubscribe at anytime after your first payments taken, so there’s no tie in and if you just need a little break you can by logging into your account and heading to subscriptions and unsubscribing, if this is done before your next payment dates due it’ll cancel out the day before so it won’t take payment off your card.
There’s a few benefits to being a monthly subscriber, you can request to join the VIP subscribers group over on Facebook, inside this group I share information about what’s coming up and also share discount codes if any of the scents make my forever list. Also coming to this group are vip boxes, these are only available to subscribers and can be purchased as a one off treat, more details will be posted in the group when boxes have been made up. You can also earn loyalty points, so for every 4 months of continued payments you can earn, £4 then £8 and then £14 these are given in voucher codes to use on the website and all details are shared inside the vip group. That £26 worth over coupons to use over the 12 months, these can’t be saved up and must be used within the expiry date once given out.
If you decide to subscribe, please do not add any other items to your basket as this takes a repeat payment each month from you bank card and if adding other items you’ll then be charged each month for these too and it would mean we’d have to cancel your subscription meaning you could miss out. Here’s the link, be sure to grab one this evening though as the listing won’t stay live. UPDATE 10PM listing has now closed,  also if you do sign up then be sure to request to join the VIP Facebook group too  https://www.facebook.com/groups/896339447450635/?ref=share

 

Also have you seen my giveaway over on Instagram? Be sure to head on over and enter, you can pick from either a prize I’ve put together the value around £25 or you can pick a £30 voucher to spend on the website, it’s been a mix from those who’ve entered so far and many have shared and tagged me to their stories, please if entering make sure you read all rules to be in for a chance of winning. More and more of my customers are using Instagram now and it’s another amazing platform for me to be seen and find new customers. I love receiving messages to my Instagram account and love how many tag me in their stories, it’s such a lovely way to connect with so many of you. If you’re not on why not take a look, I can promise you’ll love it as much as you love Facebook.

I’ll be back next a Monday, haven’t decided yet what I’ll talk about, but I’ll make sure it’s something good. Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment, one of my admin team are now keeping track of those who read and comment as at the end of the month one person will be given a discount code to use on the website as a thank you, it’s just my way of saying thanks for taking time each week to read and comment as I’m so grateful to each and everyone of you for doing this. Feel free to share my blog on your social media, I often share on my Pinterest too, I actually need to use this more, but there’s just not enough hours in the day……wonder if I could steel a few extra hours? ??

 

Stay safe everyone, remember you’re all amazing and lockdown 2020 is certainly going to be something we all remember for a very long time. Smile, laugh, be happy and keep sparkling bright!

 

Have a sparkly evening!

 

love

 

Rachel……x

Update on what’s happening during lockdown

Good evening!

Slight change to what I was going to write about as I thought with the recent update from Boris I’d be better sharing what’s happening here at LIWL HQ.

So as of 11th May 2020 I’ll still be following guidelines of social distancing and posting out just a couple of times each week. My reason behind this is I’m still having to work alone, I haven’t the foot space to be able to keep a 2 meter distant exit in my workshop so it would be classed as unsafe for my staff. Because I’m having to work alone this means I have to do all the work myself which is taking longer as I’ve no one to help me. I’m working Monday to Friday but shorter days, this is also due to having Alfie home and I need to spend time with him whilst he does his school work, he’s doing very well with this too. I actually admire anyone who home schools full time, it’s not easy especially when you’re running a business and also have a household to look after too.

Parcels are packed daily, but not sent out each day as I like to collect these until I’ve got many packed up so that it makes it easier for my postman who collects from me. We as always are keeping our distance and we have a system in place that we don’t have to be near each other when he collects as it’s all left outside the workshop along with his paperwork. We just have a little wave and say hello through the window, it seems strange still, but it’s keeping us both safe.

Ive also turned off collection until September, I’ve done this as I feel that it’s safer to not allow customers to collect until we know it’s much safer and also because I’m working alone it’s not as easy to offer collection due to my working hours being all over the place as I don’t have set times at the money I just grab some work hours as and when I can fit them in around family life. Collections will start up again, but at the moment I’m unable to say when.

As some of you may have seen, my scent list has got smaller over the last 2 months, this is due to everything that’s happening, also some scents have gone on holiday and will come back and also helps me as a smaller scent list I can manage to make stock easier whilst working alone. Some scents will be matched to seasons, which I’m slowly starting to sort out. So for example, today Snow Fairies was taken off my scent list, this is because it’s going to be an autumn/winter scent and I decided to do it today as all stock on the website had sold of this in wax so it’s a perfect time to end it until later in the year. It’s good to keep scent lists moving and changing as then it gives you far more of a variety, there’ll be a lot more changes this month with my scent list as stock runs out, which I’ll keep you all updated on.

Customers who are wanting to add to orders, I’m still able to do this, but if you wish to add you must do this before I start to pack your current order up. You’ll need to message my Facebook/Instagram business page along with your order number and what you’d like to add to it, then I’ll give you instruction on how to do this if this is at all possible. I’m unable to hold onto orders so please make sure you contact me as soon as you think you’d like to add to them. Orders are taking longer to process at the moment and they can take up to 10 working days before they are due to be packed up and then they’ll go on my next collection date. Once your order leaves me Royal Mail will deliver your parcel, but please give it at least 15 working days before you contact me if it’s not arrived. We’ve extended this as Royal Mail are experimenting high volume of parcels and taking longer to deliver, which is very unstandable at this moment in time. They’ve been really amazing though and are getting most orders delivered within 6 days of collecting them from me, sometimes quicker depending on your area and your sorting office.

Now last week I talked about Instagram and this week I’ll be  having an Instagram giveaway. You’ll need to watch out for this as it’ll be posted to my newsfeed, but the giveaway won’t be posted on Facebook, I will mention it on Facebook, but you’ll need to be on Instagram to be able to enter. As always there’ll be rules, so you must make sure you follow them all to be in for a chance of winning. It’s been lovely seeing a few of you interacting on my Instagram and sharing pictures to your stories and tagging me, be sure to keep doing this as it helps me to be seen even more and I’ve had a few more followers this week too. On weekends you’ll find me over on Instagram more, I do all my posting to Facebook from Instagram and then have a quick look through and check my inbox and then jump off. If you’ve not tried Instagram do, it’s really lovely and I find lots of amazing accounts via Instagram and I’ve purchased off a few too. I’ll always share my purchases to my stories so keep your eyes peeled.

Right I’m off, I’m going to start on my inbox and emails and then put my feet up, it’s been a very busy day. I’d just like to say a massive thank you for all your orders and thank you to everyone who’s just recently bought off me for the first time too, I’m so very grateful.

Be sure to have an amazing sparkly week, stay safe and……..happy melting! ❤️?

 

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New products

Happy Monday! Another week gone by, that’s been filled with glorious sunshine……I’ve actually managed to get a tan for once ?❤️ I have to admit, I’ve spent the whole weekend relaxing and it’s been lovely.

So this week I’m launching my new baby vest range, I’ve just put the listing live on my website so you’re the very first to see it before I advertise it on my page. Once I see how this range goes, I may add a few other bits to it, but first I’ll see what my lovely customers think of it. I do love that so many of my customers love my LIWL branded clothing range and it’s lovely to see those who order keep coming back to order more. How cool would it be to maybe one day start seeing lots of customers wearing my clothing range? So I’m guessing you want to know what quotes have been added to my baby vest range? Here’s the direct link for you to take a look https://www.littleideaswithlove.co.uk/product/liwl-baby-vest-2/

I’ve added 3 different colours, as the orders come in I’ll take photos of the pink and blue vests, the styles the same as the white one and the blue and pink are pastel colour, they are really gorgeous. Depending on the colour of vest will depend on the colour the writing will be printed in.

 

Id just like to thank everyone who reads my Monday blog and also visits the website as every visitor helps my website be seen even more and I’m so grateful to you all.

I hope you all have a sparkly week and please stay safe!

 

love

 

Rachel…..x

A Week Of Taking Photos

Happy Monday, are we on week 5 of lockdown now? I don’t know about you, but it feels normal to me being at home and not really leaving, well to be honest it’s 6 weeks since I left the house!

Anyway, let’s brighten your evening with what’s happening here at LIWL HQ this week…….it’s all about photos for the website. I’ve just had an order from MD Laser Works, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram. I can get on with taking new photos as they’ve cut me lots of words out, in red sparkle of course. So every night this week I’ll edit my photos and resize them and add them to the website, I enjoy taking photos of my wax and I hope you’ll love the new look too. It’ll take me most of the week as I’ve a lot to do, then once I’ve added the new photos to each scent category, I’ll then make a start on taking photos of each scent I do to then add it to all the correct listings. I’ve been wanting to do this since before Christmas, but then changed my mind on how I wanted my photos to look and tweaked a few things and then today the rest of my order arrived, so this afternoon I made a start taking photos. I’ve already uploaded one did you spot it?

Over the years of my website going live I’ve learnt a lot about photos and how to add them. Would you believe me if I told you when my web designer first built my website I couldn’t even put a product on, never mind add or edit a photo! I’ve always wanted to be able to add to my website, so he showed me a few basic steps and the rest I learnt with trying things out. Sometimes things just didn’t work and even now I sometimes do something and it goes wrong, but I never give up and I learn something new everyday.

 

Im also going to start teaching myself on how to use my photoshop and phone camera to my best advantage. I’ve started watching a few YouTube videos to give me some tips, but to be honest what I’ve managed to do so far has been through just having a go at things and clicking buttons and seeing what they do. I’ve been able to turn this photo on this blog from full colour to black and white with just showing the colour from my red lettering and the red decoration on my wax, I removed the main colour which was pink from my brittle piece. A month ago I wouldn’t have been able to do this. I’ve a lot to learn, but I love learning new things and I can’t wait to share over the coming weeks some of my new skills.

Being in lockdown gives you more time to think and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and writing notes down of the changes I want to make too.  I’m excited what’s going to be happening over the next coming months and I can’t wait to share with you all too. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll find out what’s happening before anyone else, as I’ll use this blog to keep you all informed.

I’d just like to thank everyone of you who actually takes time to read my Monday blog and also to those of you who leave a comment too. Honestly if someone had said to me over 5 years ago that I’d start writing blogs on my website I’d have laughed at them. I’ve never been one for writing and my grammar and spelling isn’t 100% but it’s wrote from the heart and I believe that’s better than anything.

I hope you all have an amazing sparkly night and week and please keep safe and stay at home.

Happy melting everyone!

love

 

Rachel……..x

Week Four Of Lockdown

Good evening!

How are we all holding up?

I can’t believe another weeks gone and we are heading into week 4 of lockdown. So this week we’ve had Easter, did you get many eggs? We replaced our ones we’d already eaten, but then ate them again before good Friday lol ? oh well it doesn’t matter as everyday now is a little mixed up and to be honest everyday feels like a weekend to me……do you feel the same?

I never thought that I’d be writing about lockdown on my blog, I mean who could have ever thought the the whole world would be on lockdown and effected by a virus? I watch the news daily, I like to be kept up to date with what’s happening and if they make any changes. One thing I know for sure is that we’ll be in lockdown for the rest of April and it won’t surprise me if all of Mays in lockdown and some of June. I’d rather us stay in lockdown longer so that we don’t have a repeat of what’s happening again say a month or so down the line. I know that the virus will be around forever, but if it’s controlled then it’ll help the NHS staff massively and keep us much safer.

So as we head into another week, this is officially our last week of the Easter holidays, even though everyday feels like a holiday at the moment lol. So this week I’m going to take a couple of days off so I can spend time with my youngest and get ready for home schooling the following week. I rather like home schooling, but I’ll be happy once schools reopen as not only does Alfie’s school give him the confidence to shine bright, he’s also missing his friends and socialising. I never actually thought I’d ever say this, but thank goodness for PlayStations and xboxes as it’s been a way Alfie’s been able to chat with his friends and also play on line together too.

Is anyone like me? Can’t stop opening the fridge door lol ? this week I’m going to be good (she says after just eating 2 chocolate biscuits) ? no seriously I’m going to exercise every day this week, I’m starting with Joe Wicks again, I need to get moving more. I’d love to run, but I feel safe staying home and even though I’m allowed to go running, when you’ve not left where you live for over 3 weeks, it’s feels odd trying to go out. I might run in the garden, I’ve seen many on social media doing this and it looks fun.

Right I think that’s enough of me going on lol. I hope you all have a beautiful sparkly week and that the days are filled with happiness.

Stay safe everyone!

 

Love

 

Rachel…….x