Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Talk to me Tuesdays!

This blog has been growing quickly over the past two months.  I've decided to share the love with other artisans.  Today is my first go at featuring another Etsian shop.  Keep you eyes peeled on Tuesdays for the foreseeable future.

Up first is Morning Valley Soaps.  She has a beautiful collection of handmade soaps.  I love the stories she tells with her soaps.  Especially the Holmes Moisturizing Soap. Let's get started, shall we?
Stitch Silly: Tell me a little about yourself. 

Morning Valley Soaps: I am an English student and freelance journalist. Writing is one of my biggest passions and I hope to publish my first novel some time in the next few years. My other hobbies include gardening, reading voraciously, the theatre arts, and archery.

 SS: How did you get started with Etsy?

MVS: I started early in 2010 with a shop dedicated to my sewing and jewelry making. It felt like the wrong direction for me, so when I started making soap, that seemed like the venue I would excel in. I opened my soap shop last August and though it was slow at first, I have started building it up and selling at local markets as well.

SS: What is your favorite part of being your own boss?

Holmes Moisturizing Beeswax Soap
MVS: Probably the time factor is what attracts me the most. I can work on my own schedule throughout the day, I can listen to music and mix herbs in my pajamas. If that isn't a requirement for a dream job, I don't know what is. I also enjoy the ability to be creative and constantly do new things, nothing could be worse for me than doing the exact same thing every day.

SS: What are your 2 favorite products in yous shop?

MVS:Tough... probably my Holmes soap for a great masculine scent:

And my new Moon Balm, I've been working on several other varieties, but this is the first of that line:

SS: What is your greatest success since joining Etsy?

MVS:  Probably my ability to contribute to a friend's fundraiser. She was raising money for a very good cause and I was able to contribute a basket of soap which was auctioned off. I think that was a success because I was able to do something with my work on Etsy that wasn't just about selling for myself.

Lavender Hemp Seed Moisturizing Moon Balm

SS: What do you most want to improve?

MVS: I want to keep expanding in the kind of products I make, making things that smell wonderful for men and women but also offer healthful benefits to the skin from natural ingredients.

SS: What is your ultimate goal for your Etsy shop?

MVS: Ultimately, it would be wonderful if I could support myself solely through my writing and my Etsy shop once I complete my degree 

SS: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

MVS: As many as you want. Are you a savorer or are you an impatient biter? For me: 47.

Thank you Morning Valley Soaps for taking the time to sit down with us today.  Please stop by her shop and blog to check them out.

We are always looking for different shops and items to feature here on Stitch Silly.  Please contact us if you are interested in being featured in a future post. 


  1. Great feature, great products. I will check out her shop for sure!

  2. Such a cool interview, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

  3. That was a lovely probe and it's great to hear about someone being able to create in more ways than one. Good luck to everyone involved. Isobel


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