Hello friends, I’m so happy we’ve made it to the end of 2019. It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a year with a lot of crazy things happening, especially in the shop. I thought I would take a few minutes to reflect back on 2019 and review the progress and challenges we’ve had as a shop and the hopes we have for this new upcoming year.
The Honeybee Conservation Fund
On the back of all of my tea labels, I made a note that a portion of proceeds will get donated to Honeybee Conservation. I made sure to keep this promise and on Giving Tuesday at the beginning of December, I made a donation of 10% of my proceeds to Honeybee Conservation. This is really important to me as I understand that without the work of bees and other pollinators, I wouldn’t be in business. Bees account for around 30% of pollination and without them the world would be drastically different. They were recently labeled as a keystone species. Your purchases help me help our dear friends that make everything possible. If you are looking for other ways to help out your local pollinators, consider some of the following ideas:
- Plant a pollinator garden – plants like Bee Balm, Lavender, Mint, and plenty of edible herbs are just as delicious to you as they are to your local bees, and pollinators like Hummingbirds. When you plant a pollinator garden, you are feeding your local hives! How cool is that?
- Buy Local Honey – many grocery stores carry local honey, that is honey that is supplied by a local beekeeper and their bees. I bet you can also find ads for private beekeepers selling their honey too. Do you make candles or body products? Consider calling around and see if you can source a local beeswax. In the Treasure Valley of Idaho, Steele Apiaries sells local honey, beeswax, and other products.
- Consider building (or buying) a Bee Hotel – these unique structures provide a home for bees and make beautiful living garden decor. Pinterest has a ton of ideas on how to make them and how to attract a local hive.
Closing my Etsy for the season
This summer was one of the craziest I’ve had, especially considering that I WASN’T moving. (I’ve moved every year for the past 6 years, except this one). My husband, who handles the shipping, was in school for programming. I was invited on a trip to Disney World and to Los Angeles. I also spent a lot of time sick from the smoke from all the fires occurring all over the northwest. So I made the decision that it would be best to close my Etsy for the summer. I would decide what I wanted to do when life settled (spoiler: it never did) and how I wanted to move forward.
Closing my shop for the season is definitely the best thing I could have done. I want to provide you with a quality experience and anything less isn’t enough. I know that there was no way I could have devoted enough time and focus for the shop in addition to everything else happening in my life. We are very grateful for the patience and understanding you gave in that transition.
Opening The Fiery One Co Website
If you are reading this, welcome to my website! Originally when I opened The Fiery One Co, Etsy was in a very different place. They’ve made a lot of changes for sellers this year, many of which made it more difficult for smaller, new brands to stand out or be successful. I made the decision to create a self-hosted site, which you see now. I have a lot to learn but I enjoy being in control of things like design and formatting. There is a lot to learn but I am excited to grow in my knowledge to provide a better experience.
Opening a self-hosted shop also enabled me to branch into some of my other ideas, like soapmaking. I have a TON of ideas for 2020. I am also always open to feedback and custom orders, so if you would like something let me know!
In this new year I have a lot of ideas to realize for my shop. I want to branch further into body products, and make skin care in addition to soaps. In the realm of tea, I have many flavors in development! I will have more regular updates for the shop and my social media as well. There are a lot of changes that I want to make that will direct the company in a more eco-conscious direction. A big focus of mine for this year is to be a more conscious consumer and to be a conscious creator as well. I’ve been doing more research these past few months into eco-friendly packaging and shipping materials. It’s my intention to use up the remainder of my current materials instead of throwing them away, and then transition into ones that better align with the values of The Fiery One Co.
It’s an additional goal to expand our work space this year and make it easier to stock more ingredients and a larger variety of sizes. I will be releasing my annual survey soon to ask about your preferences and any other feedback you may have is always appreciated.
I hope you enjoy this last day of 2019, and this new year is a fresh start for you.
Happy New Year from all of us!
Founder, The Fiery One Co