by • September 22, 2016

unnamed-9Once again we were honored to be asked to be one of the featured “emerging artist” in the “French Kiss” Birdcage event for Lord & Taylor in NYC! This time the order was twice the size as it was back in the spring.  The theme for the Fall event was “French Kiss” we were asked to create a “French Flag” red, white and blue soap to be scented with Pure Lavender essential oils.

img_0928In addition to that they ordered and equal amount of Lavender Vanilla box sets.  This was quite a tall order for our small but mighty soap shop in Cumming Ga, but we did it! Not only did we have to quickly figure out how to make a three color vertical straight lined french flag soap, but we also had to design “french” inspired packaging for both the flag soap and Lavender Vanilla.

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This required a white gloss box with a re-designed label (thank you Shanda!) that had an elegant french flair to it that would be perfect for the “french Kiss” inspired theme. We worked night and day, as the deadline to ship approached! Many nights we worked until midnight or later pushing to get everything done in time! unnamed-2Marie & I have to give a huge shout out to our favorite employee Delane Andrews! :) She worked tirelessly to help us make this deadline! Bella Canale (Marie’s daughter) also help us pack and load boxes a couple of nights also!

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Much designing help from Shanda McCloskey (my daughter), and enormous technical help from my son in law Ben McCloskey. And last but not least my sweet hubby Larry custom made us the dividers needed to pour the different sections of the flag soap.

img_0975We had many tweaks to the soap mold, and dividers to achieve a beautiful bar we were super proud of! With every problem, (and we had quite a few at first) Larry helped us readjust until we got the results we needed from the mold!  Even my sweet granddaughters helped out too, Beni (pitcured) was “so over” shipping boxes :) Ha-ha is she cute or what? :)  img_1003So,….finally the ship day arrived and we were packed and ready to roll by the skin of our teeth, but we did make the deadline! All I can say is when the heat is on our team can make it happen and I was so proud of what we accomplished in this project!

Much Love, Dianne

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