Thursday, December 5, 2013

End of year review and restart.

This year has had many trials, tribulations and more for everyone. I would first like to say Thank you to everyone, not for any one thing you may or may not have done for me or my personal community but for anything that you may have done this year for others.

I have finally been able to rejoin the community in my own way, this year helping at Sr Centers, Joining the Local art museum's guild to help strengthen the community as a whole. And a few other things, though I know others have done more, or more meaningful activities and I would like to take a moment and say thank you. Not enough business large or small take the time these days to thank everyone for their helping of others.

Next I would like to say I have been busy with festivals and moving and building my new studio closer to home. This has taken a great deal of time and has not yet been completed though I am running in a smaller capacity. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to join a number of wonderful people this year in some very special events.

Hickory Women Show
Rock Barn Country Clubs Holiday Women's Show
Tasteful Beans Pottery Show and Sale.

Not to mention all of the local community events, wine tastings, and much more. I hope that the coming year will be as active as this one, and that I will be able to offer even more wonderful works for everyone to enjoy.

While I have not been as active online as I would hope to be I am already setting my new years resolution and getting a start on it as to keeping the public more up to date on all the goings on with Tigersmoon Designs, and much more. So I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and you will be hearing from me soon.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Well we are once again doing something new. Tigersmoon Designs has been working with Mud Shack Studio, teaching and making wonderful things. However now once again we are expanding to new places. Along with the shows I personally always enjoy we will be working with the local senior centers to build more community involvement with in the arts.

Pottery has taken over my world, once again, and I have been working hard to expand my offerings. My most popular Item to date are my stopper-less salt and pepper shakers. A nifty devise that makes spills a thing of the past with a simple use of physics.


Friday, February 15, 2013

On my Soap Box

No this is not a political rant, but just what it states. Well perhaps a little social effect, but I am only human after all.

But soap is the word of the day. What makes it so special.

Why do we love it, and all the good things it can do for us?

There are many things that can be said about soaps, including the breakdown of all of the nutrients in the ingredients, but i have already spouted all those wonders before. Anti-wrinkle, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and moisturizing.

However for me it is about two additional things. One is luxury, the other is economy.

Most of all the feel of relaxing in a hot bath or shower with a bar of homemade soap is one that can only be described as lavish. For a few dollars more then store bought you can have  a product that is better for you, the environment, and your since of being.

Hand made soaps can last longer then many of the interferer store brand soaps with more effect. And have a far wider selection of scents and oils to make your feel special and pampered.

Also the economy and environment are greatly benefited by this small item. Most large name companies involve so much machinery and processing not to mention transport it is hard to say the true effect it has on the planet. While small operations and home made soap can be made with as little as a pot and a mold. Even extra (waste) can be used for house hold uses (I use my extra soap base waste to make laundry detergent).

How ever the thing I find most beneficial is the influx into the small businesses. Large conglomeration create jobs, a wonderful thing, however majority of the money goes into the pockets of the rich. Helping the economy very little. While small business owners like soap makers put that money back into the surrounding area, keeping service jobs going, and much more. So as anyone whom tries to teach shop small and local will tell you a little in a small business will go a long way.

So it is amazing when one thinks about it. That luxury locally made soap you are looking at when you are in the gift shop or farmers market may hold more power in it then just good skin and relaxation.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

As many may know Tigersmoon has a new satellite location. It also is hoped that soon there will more more locations to offer my work. Soaps, salts, and Lip Balms are all being offered at Mud Shack Studio along with hand spun yarn and a few other pieces of art.

The wonderful people at Mud Shack have shown a great interest in the pieces and I hope this bodes well for other local shops to take on some of my home made goodies.