What a wonderful weekend Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap had at Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri. Östgötadagarna are two days that the products of local farms and handicrafts are presented and celebrated in Östergotland, Sweden.
This beautiful farm was open to the public for two days of fun, nature and education. Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri is known for it wonderful handmade cheeses that can be purchased in their farm shop. Many well known restaurants in Stockholm have purchased these delicious cheeses. Hejtorp cheeses are used by many chefs in the Stockholm area, including chefs that have cooked for the Nobel dinner in Stockholm. It would be so special to have Hejtorp cheeses featured at the Nobel dinner. You never know what the future may hold. Fingers crossed-
I was very delighted to be invited to present and sell my Eco-Friendly Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap at this lovely event. As we arrived early Saturday morning we were informed as to where to set up our tables. What a delightful location; between a lovely garden center selling farm fresh veggies and beautiful blooms and plants on one side and our favorite animal besides goats, alpaca. We watched as they unloaded them from the trailer and placed them in their pen for the weekend. They were wonderful neighbors, both to look at and listen to as the hummed the days away.
Collies at Hejtorp help round up the sheep and goats on the vast acreage on the farm. We were given a wonderful display of just how hard these dogs work and perform for the farm.
The Garden Center next to us provided wonderful farm fresh produce and we went home with a basket of fresh strawberries and freshly salted cucumbers. Yummy!
There was delicious food provided by a well known meat company (sorry don’t have the name) and there was food also provided by Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri. All was delicious and the visitors enjoyed their meals at tables that were provided for them.
There was a beautiful vintage tractor on display as well as a fantastic engine that was from 1940’s USA.
And of course there was Eco-Friendly Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. It was wonderful to introduce my product to new people and I was so happy to see so many Environmentally aware customers. Our dog Max was with us as usual as an ambassador for our Li’l Sis Pet Goat Milk Soap. He greeted guests with his little happy face. Our customers left our tables with a lovely bar of Eco-Friendly goat milk soap and a smile. It was a successful weekend for Li’l Sis with customer sales and client sales. Kristina, the owner of Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri placed another order for her farm shop.
We met so many nice and interesting people through our many conversations. I heard so many stories, of romance, of machinery and of livestock. I will share one with you:
A lady who had chickens told me a delightful story about her chickens. She also had Kinda hens as I do and as were on display at the farm. One day she saw one hen gathering all the other hens and they seemed to have some kind of discussion. There was much chatter and clucking. Then she decided to take a walk and all the other hen followed in line behind her. She led them all to her newly laid egg. There they all circled the egg and just looked at it. What a proud mother she was !
It was a wonderful weekend!
Breakfast with all the staff and vendors on Sunday. We all watched as the steers were unloaded.
Little Joe gets a pal.
Thank you Kristina for inviting Eco-Friendly Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap to participate this year at your annual Östgötadagarna. It was an absolute joy!
We at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap have an announcement for 2014:
We are introducing a Mobile website for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap.
At the present time we are unable to access our website via your smart phones. This is because my website is built on an Adobe Flash platform which is not supported by most smart phones.
Once you have searched for Lil Sis Goat Milk Soap through your search engine on your smart phone, just click on any of my website listings.
You will be automatically, directed to our Mobile site.
Once you arrive to our new Mobile site, you will be able to see much of the website but not all. If you are curious to see everything offered or would like to place an order, please go to our website via your computer.
I hope you enjoy our new Mobile site and look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.
We had very successful selling day while not only making new customers, but new friends. There were lots of rooms open and lots of handcrafts from the region. I wish I could have been a guest there as well as a participant.
I met a Swedish woman who lives in Japan who owns a European breed goat as well as a Japanese breed goat. We will be exchanging “goat info”.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap also secured a new wholesale account. Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will be on one more shop in Sweden.
We have been very busy here at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. In addition to on-line sales through our website and re-orders through e-post, we are preparing for the holidays.
Amidst all the work, we finally have received photos of our Li’l Sis Goat Milk donation to a foundation called Appomense Hope for Africa Foundation, in Ghana. They do wonderful work with children and orphanages. I am very proud to be in partnership with this particular Foundation through Global Hand Organization.
They have all been so very busy with many programs for the children. Finally they have made the distribution of all the soaps to the different orphanages.
Akwakwaa Nyameste Orphanage, which is located in the Central Region just to name one of several orphanages that received our donation.
I was so delighted to see the happy smiles on those cute little brown faces.
I plan to work more with this foundation to help where I can, which means more donations in the future.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is preparing another donation through Global Hand to the Philippines. There is much loss of not only life but of all ones worldly goods including personal care products. I hope that my Eco – Friendly 100% natural Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps will be welcomed.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her way to Ghana !!
With our need to give back and participate in humanitarian causes, we have decided to make donations of our Eco- Friendly 100% Natural products.
We have recently become engaged with Global Hand Organization. Global Hand is an online matching service: a non-profit brokerage facilitating public/private partnership. It brings together people who want to address global issues: for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations, foundations, trusts, governments, diplomats and more. It works like this; you decide what you have to donate, services, a product, educational skills or other skills, etc. You place on their site what you wish to donate and what your interests are and which charity organizations or causes you wish to align yourself. We are particularly concerned with children and want to help where we can. We have expressed our interest in assisting children in need as we placed our offer of Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap on the site. Within a few hours, we had several notes of interest from many NGO’s and charity organizations; Uganda, Ghana, India and Kosovo just to mention a few. It then becomes our job to research these organizations and decide which one or ones best fits our needs as someone donating. Once we are satisfied, we will donate our product. We can’t and shouldn’t rush such an important decision like this. Because Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is a small fledgling home business, we do not have the inventory to be able to donate to all of the notes of interest in our mailbox. Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is not a major player, but every little bit helps. We would give anything to see those little faces light up when they see our little goat on the soap!
We have taken the time needed to review all the notes of interest that Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap has received both on the Global Hand website and my e-mail. Each one is more compelling than the next. We really wish that we had the capacity to assist in as many notes of interest as we have received. This is, however, not possible for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap at this time.
In our quest to make my choice, we have had to do a lot of thinking and researching each NGO. After having read through each website, our decision is made.
It is important to me to be able to help children in any way we can so our choice was clear. We have decided to go into partnership with Appomense Hope for Africa Organization in Ghana. In addition to many projects, they presently work with 9 orphanages. They have children from 1 day old up to 19 years old.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is not a large company, but size does not determine your ability to help people in need. We can not send boxes upon boxes of product, but after our warm welcome from Appomense Hope for Africa, we will do my best to donate a couple of times a year to this organization.
We are so excited and now it’s time to select our products and get them packaged up for their long trip to Ghana!
Wow have I been busy here at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap! I have packed our box full of wonderfully delicious Eco-Friendly 100% Natural goat milk soap. We just have a few details to work out before this box is sent to Appomense Hope for Africa Foundation in Ghana.
We were so happy to have completed our donation and Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her was to Ghana Africa!
What’s next for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap?
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her way to London !!
Well she can’t stay home long because in just a few weeks Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will be on her was to a shop in London, UK!!
We are so happy to be in our first store in London! I will deliver the order in person and will take photos.
Oh dear, Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap just needs to keep her bags packed!
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is now on her way to Nepal !!
A Swedish nurse contacted me and let me know she and her sister and a third lady are traveling to Nepal and there is a request for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps.
Rebecka is traveling to volunteer at a hospital in Kathmandu, through the Swedish organization, Skandinaviska Institutet. They saw my offer on Global Hand Organization website. Another young lady, Malin, is going to volunteer in an orphanage, Dhuruba Dampus Orphanage Center that is in southern Nepal.
Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap is more than happy to donate to the orphanage in Nepal. Our soaps will travel with the two Swedish volunteers to Nepal. We have just packed our box full of wonderfully delicious Eco-Friendly 100% Natural goat milk soap and it’s ready for travel to Nepal.
We really hope our Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap will bring a smile to their faces and lots of bubbles.
Please wish Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap happy and safe travels to all of her destinations.
First of all, let me say that it’s good to be back at Gullringstorp after an extended stay in London. It was an unplanned trip due to my daughter having unexpected surgery. My stay in London was as nursemaid and mommy. With my daughter better and recovering quite quickly, I was able to return to Gullringstorp. This is my first post since my absence. It’s not really about my goats, but not to worry, I have plenty to share with you very soon.
After being away from Gullringstorp and not doing my daily business related work, I was starting to feel a bit less productive than normal and feeling like my business was slipping a bit. Just wanted to share some kind and reassuring words from one of my business partners:
” The two best things for Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap are repeat customers and referred customers. You have been getting tons of both, so this means that the word is being spread about Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. ”
My business partner was correct and as a new business owner, you need people around you to give encouragement when needed and to see the business from another point of view. I value her insight as well as my other business partner who assures me that he is doing all he can to keep Gullringstorp up and running so that our goats are comfortable, healthy and happy. Without my goats there is no goat milk and we need the goat milk. They both help keep me on track and on the right path to my goals and remind me that Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap may grow slowly but steadily . And they are so right.
We just had a repeat customer come to Gullringstorp yesterday with her parents and son to both enjoy the gardens, goats and make yet another substantial purchase. This customer was part of a chain reaction; her husband was recommended to Li’l Sis by another wonderful customer of ours, they came for a requested tour of Gullringstorp with many other and finalized their tour with purchases. I am happy to say that our customer of yesterday who is very Environmentally aware, let me know that she is spreading the word about our Eco-Friendly 100% Natural Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap.
As a business owner, I can not ask more than that. I am very happy!
Today, June 22, 2013 is Midsummer Day. Here in Sweden, it’s normally a day to relax after all the family and friends, time spent eating and drinking snaps. Every now and again there is a special activity planned for the day.
A customer of Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap, requested a soap-making tour. We have had people come often to visit the goats. No one has requested a real tour. I put together a very informative tour starting with our goats and goat care. I not only supplied items that we use daily or need to have on hand for our goats, but to add to the talk were photos of events that could not be shown on this day. Here are topics that were covered:
- Goat nutrition
- Medications, when needed
- Winter considerations
- Goat “Meet & Greet” in the enclosure
After the first portion of the tour was completed, we went into the workshop( Leif’s) and had the Soap-Making presentation. There was much to discuss and no real need for photos because everything was right there to see and touch. Here are topics that were covered :
- Safety Equipment
- Natural Botanicals
- Natural Colorants
- Natural Essential Oils
- Natural Butters and Oils
- Utensils Used
- Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap Products were on display for purchase
Because of where our guests stood, they were able to see our goats run into the enclosure and leap and frolic as they always do. They were able to watch them eating and playing and falling back into their family units.
The Soap Making portion of the tour:
I would like to thank my husband for his support, all his help in organizing and moving things for me.
This was our first fully organized tour here at Gullringstorp and hope it will not be the last.
This was a tiny Handcrafts Market nestled in a beautiful wooded area of the Swedish countryside not far from home. We arrived early so we could get the “lay of the land” and choose our spot that would highlight Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap table. In the end, I was quite happy with our choice. I love cozy nooks and I found one nestled up next to a lovely little wooden building. I felt quite happy in our little space.
Everyone was worried about the weather and prayed it would not rain. It became a joke that if it rained, everyone would have to take a bath with all my soap getting wet.
It was a lovely Market and we had a great day!
It was a great day with good sales and the best part, meeting nice new people. We are hoping to participate in a much larger Marknad in the South in July.
None of this would have been possible without my lovely goats.
Thank you ladies for your wonderful fresh goat milk!
I have been at my desk working really hard preparing to take my Lil Sis Goat Milk Soaps to a local festival. Our local feed and grain farm, StallMagasinet is having a Djur Dagen ( Animal Day) on their grounds. It will be a big day for people of all the surrounding communities to come and enjoy. I was hoping to be able to bring one of my best behaved young ladies but was asked if I could present and sell my new Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps. This event is not until May but I am traveling soon to visit my daughter in London so I am getting as much done now, as possible.
While I work wrapping soaps and preparing paperwork at my desk, I have on YouTube and just let my 384 Favorites play. I had to stop my work to either sing along with a music video or listen to a motivational speaker. This particular video is so touching, I had to stop and watch as if it were the very first time. I have always had an interest in puppets and have a large hand puppet collection all of which I enjoy bringing to life. It is a dream of mine to learn how to operate a marionette.
It’s just so beautiful and sad, at the same time.
Hej from Gullringstorp!
My lovely goats have provided me with plenty of fresh goat milk. In fact, so much milk that I was able to launch my business making
100 % Natural Goat Milk Soap. Thank you to all my beautiful ladies for their wonderful milk.
I am pleased to announce that Li’l Sis has gone into her very first shop, here in Sweden!
Welcome to my website : www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com
Autumn has come and it really feels more like Winter. The temperatures have dropped and we have hit the minuses several days. This means that my husband Leif has had to build a fire a bit more often. Gullringstorp is heated by a big furnace in our basement. We burn wood to heat the water and send hot water to all the elements throughout the house.
Autumn here in Sweden is jut a hop skip and a jump away from Winter. Much has to be done to prepare here at Gullringstorp.
Here is a little peek into our world here at Gullringstorp during Autumn:
From The Local ( Swedish news in English)
While some countries marked World Animal Day on October 4th, Swedes were out in force to celebrate something completely different: National Cinnamon Bun Day.
The opportunity to sink ones teeth into a warm, tasty concoction of cinnamon-infused dough is also popular among tourists who happen to find themselves in Sweden in October.
“It’s a typical Swedish thing that a lot of tourists have heard about,” Isabella, a worker at the Gateaux coffee bar in Stockholm‘s Gallerian mall, told The Local.
Cinnamon Bun Day is a fairly recent tradition, created in 1999 by the Hembakningsrådet (Home Baking Council).
The group decided that creating a national cinnamon bun feast would be the best way to celebrate the organization’s 40-year anniversary.
Today, a mere 13 years later, most people consider Kanelbullens Dag as much of a Swedish tradition as Midsummer or the Nobel Prizes.
In Stockholm’s bustling Gamla Stan, Espresso House barista Jenny marvelled at the buzz Cinnamon Bun Day created among tourists visiting the Swedish capital.
“It’s a good day here in Gamla Stan because of the tourists,” she told The Local.
She explained that tourists remain captivated by Sweden’s famous cinnamon buns and are curious to find out how a pastry came to have its own national day.
While it’s hard to come by statistics on exactly how many cinnamon buns are downed in Sweden on October 4th, one bakery in Eskilstuna in central Sweden claimed that they sell 50 times more buns on Cinnamon Bun Day compared to a regular day.
“In my eyes, the cinnamon bun is the optimal pastry. It’s like everything fits. The shape, the flavouring…everything,” baker Magnus Spångberg at the Konditori Alexandra bakery told the local Eskilstuna Kuriren newspaper.
I am also using the cool Autumn days or evenings to make soap with the milk my ladies provide:
Happy Autumn everyone!
I know, I know, you may have expected Part II of A City Girl Turned Country Gal Visits the City… It will be posted soon, promise !
I just would like to take a moment to thank some of my loyal visitors to my blog for their support and encouragement for my new business :
We have had many orders from my blog readers for my 100 % Natural Goat Milk Soap!!
Welcome to my website www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com
For those who are unsure, all orders can be shipped worldwide from Sweden.
Thank you all for your wonderful support !!!