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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Why do I sell soap of all things?????

I sell soaps!

What is wrong with me? I sell soaps!!! What caused me to do such a silly thing as that? After all, you can buy soaps so cheap at the store, so what's the point?

I thought about that for a very long time. It didn't seem feasible to sell soap.

It all started out with a novel that I wrote awhile back (unpublished, but based on a real events). I minor character in the novel was an older woman who was doing whatever it took to survive the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. Part of her method to survive was to make and sell soaps. The catch was that she made a point of praying over each and every soap that she made...prayers of peace, prayers of healing, prayers of repentance, justice and redemption, prayers for miracles. She used the power of prayer and intercession, using her soap as a catalyst, infusing each bar with the Holy Spirit that would affect the recipient or anyone who used the soap. Amazing miracles occurred and people sought after her soaps. It was "The Soapmaker's" way of contributing.

The character of The Soapmaker did not make past my first draft unfortunately and I grieved the loss of that character even though I knew that I had made the right decision for this particular story. I could not let her drift off into oblivion however. I needed to keep this character alive and began to learn how to make soap and emulate this character. Yes, I know this sounds a lot like what is on my actual profile, just a little more explanatory.
That is how I started making soaps and selling them.

No, they aren't as cheap as the stuff you buy in the stores, but they are MUCH better quality. There aren't additives and chemicals that cause skin irritation and itching. The best thing about my soaps are that they come with the added blessings of prayer over each and every item...just like "The Soapmaker" in the story.

I hope that God blesses my endeavor...I am barely a year into it and it has been a bit of a struggle. There HAVE been some positive reports on the use of my soaps and some have truly felt that God has had a hand in their lives as a result of the intercession.

You may visit my shop online at jabon.etsy.com where they are for sale.
Please feel free to check my other sites at:
myspace.com/jabonsoaps
faithitup.com/jabonsoaps
indiepublic.com/profile/TheSoapmaker
ruebee.ning.com/profile/TheSoapmaker
jabonsoaps.blogspot.com

I also belong to CAST: A group of Christian Artists and Artisans who believe Etsy is a great place to buy and sell handcrafted, family friendly items. To see items made by CAST memebers please type "castteam" in the search bar on the home page.

If you are not familiar with etsy.com it is a website that has thousands of sellers and buyers interested in either selling or buying handmade items. It is sort've like going to a largest arts and crafts fair in the world!!!

And in a sense, it is! Because there are folks from all over the world that sell on etsy. If you like one of a kind handmade items created from the heart instead of a machine, you'll love looking at etsy!

1 comments:

Renee of Guiding Light Candles said...

Love the story of how you started making and selling soaps. Thanks for sharing!
Renee