With the holidays settled down and having the chance to catch my breath, I have started mapping out my year ahead…
Flora Metaphor started in the summer of 2014 as a means for me to try my hand at homesteading while learning a bit about herbalism. After sharing photos of what I was up to with friends on Facebook, they encouraged me to keep making my skin salves/ lip balms/ body butters, to keep sharing, and to simply keep going!
So I did…
Over the next few months I developed a brand alongside a natural skincare product line to test out. I participated in small craft fairs, mainly to gauge the feedback of strangers, and I was able to weed out ideas and tweak others.
By the end of the year I decided I had something that I love doing and that people are finding value in. And so, I will keep going.
What’s ahead in 2015? Partnerships with other artisans, retail presence, and more experimentation.
I’ve already had the pleasure to meet some great artisans with a variety of talents. This year I aim to make more connections, create partnerships, and be inspired by their creativity.
The beauty of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is that there is a built-in appreciation for artisanal goods and there are a plethora of shops that cater to that appreciation. I will pay a visit to many of those shops this year to introduce Flora Metaphor and to meet the great people supporting this community- and fingers crossed, I’ll get my goods on their shelves.
And lastly, the premise of Flora Metaphor is that there are so many things that can be made with plants (flora). I want to continue exploring the benefits of plants while making useful things that I can use daily. If I enjoy the process of making them and am happy with the end product, I will offer to make it for other people. Soap is at the very top of that list and I am so excited to try my hand at it this year!
Thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported me so far! More goodies coming your way this year!