MyHandmadeHeartland

Soaps & Sundries for Giving from the Heart

Waukee, Iowa | 362 Sales

MyHandmadeHeartland

Soaps & Sundries for Giving from the Heart

Waukee, Iowa 362 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Note from shop owner We're back in our home, and attempting to tackle the sometimes overwhelming task of finding where everything is at. Given the rapid moving and packing we went through, added to having a wonderful crew of people helping and working on their own as well, we're still sorting through two storage units and the garage to locate and re-store things in orderly fashion.

Unfortunately, that means my soaping supplies and tools as well. Couldn't even find my mixer for holiday treats if you can believe, so locating all my business bits has been a real adventure!

Thankfully, I've been able to keep up on new ideas and trends, and to store supplies in a climate-controlled unit, so getting back into the swing of things ought to be fun rather than a headache. Looking forward to making my first batch of the year, and sharing the results here with you!

Have ideas, or things you'd like to see in the shop? Drop me a line and let me know, either here (apologies for the away messages for now), or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/myhandmadeheartland/ - lets hear what people want out there!

Thanks for your understanding and support!

--Michelle

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 3, 2018

We're back in our home, and attempting to tackle the sometimes overwhelming task of finding where everything is at. Given the rapid moving and packing we went through, added to having a wonderful crew of people helping and working on their own as well, we're still sorting through two storage units and the garage to locate and re-store things in orderly fashion.

Unfortunately, that means my soaping supplies and tools as well. Couldn't even find my mixer for holiday treats if you can believe, so locating all my business bits has been a real adventure!

Thankfully, I've been able to keep up on new ideas and trends, and to store supplies in a climate-controlled unit, so getting back into the swing of things ought to be fun rather than a headache. Looking forward to making my first batch of the year, and sharing the results here with you!

Have ideas, or things you'd like to see in the shop? Drop me a line and let me know, either here (apologies for the away messages for now), or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/myhandmadeheartland/ - lets hear what people want out there!

Thanks for your understanding and support!

--Michelle

Michelle Rogerson

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Michelle Rogerson

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About

How My Handmade Heartland became a reality.

I have long had a dream of creating my own business. A great deal of my inspiration came from watching my father as I was growing up. I didn't realize it when I was very young, but he was an entrepreneur in his own right, working hard and helping renovate the world of radio, which of course he would deny.

But watching him instilled the idea of hard work being rewarded, of the virtues of getting up and doing things for yourself, of the importance of honest business dealings and supporting both your family and your community where you could. My parents have both been outstanding examples of honesty, charity, and family, and I wouldn't be here without them.

Early efforts to start something up were met with financial problems - that being banks not wanting to loan on computer equipment for a cyber cafe, back when those were the rage. Or not having quite the right debt to income ratio to satisfy their requirements. That being the case, I soldiered on, working in various jobs in everything from starting bits at restaurants and manufacturing, all the way to office and departmental management positions. All the while though, I continued to dream of striking out on my own, and doing something I loved.

It wasn't until choices were limited for me by health complications that I found myself in a position where I had nothing to lose. Out of a job, unemployable, and worried, I began looking into options. And as is often the case, that spot of 'nowhere to go but up' was the catalyst in finding something I could do, something I loved, and something that helped me connect back to my roots and the simplicity of wholesome country life that I enjoyed. And so, the process truly began.

With any new venture, I've found that a solid understanding of what it is you're trying to accomplish is key. I pored over the internet, investigated shops and materials, watched endless instructional videos, and educated myself on the health benefits of natural body products. Given my own desire to be more healthy, and to create a product that I could be proud of and use with confidence, I knew that passing on those benefits to others would be a worthwhile endeavor. I had no idea of the vast methods of producing bath and body products, the scope of the healthy ingredients one could use, and the many ways one could utilize them prior to all that research.

Testing was the next step, and I took a risk on buying bits and bobs here and there from reputable sources, and trying my hand at making something beautiful. Lo and behold, I fell in love with the whole process to the point of hardly being able to wait to try out a new style, or type, or a different method of swirling, decorating, or designing. The joy of unmolding a loaf of soap for the first time, seeing what your efforts have created, is something that can light up the whole day.

I thought at first maybe I could do it for a hobby, and gift things out to friends and family. But the further I went with it, and the more others got a look at what I'd made, the more encouraged I became to push forward with that original dream, and go into business for myself. Without the love and support of my family, both immediate and all those wonderful folks living Out West (which is nearly everyone else that isn't living in this house), I would never have reached this point. All my friends as well who have encouraged me to keep going and see this through - I owe everyone my heartfelt thanks.

Here is where the real adventure begins. Continuing to learn, and create a wholesome product that others can enjoy, educating them on the benefits of handcrafted soap and other products versus corporate-made chemical bars, and with luck, helping to support my little family - those seem like worthwhile goals to strive towards.

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  • Michelle Rogerson

    Owner, Creator

    I'm currently a mom working from home on my own business, which has been a longtime dream. I have a daughter and a son, who I love very much, along with my dear husband - he deserves to be sainted for his patience with me. Add pets, and you have it.

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Last updated on Nov 7, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

In the case of soap, remember to store it where it can drain and dry out between uses to greatly prolong the life of your bar. Some recipes create a harder bar than others, but all can melt away under the constant flow of a shower, or dripping washcloth. Handcrafted soaps lack the harsh chemicals and artificial binders that corporate 'beauty bars' have. If you take care of it, it will continue to take care of and pamper your skin.

Custom and personalized orders

As always, if you have any custom ideas you'd like to discuss, please drop me a line, and I'll be happy to talk it over with you. Remember that products other than cold process bars can easily be made to order. If you don't mind waiting for a full cure on the cold process bars, I can whip up a batch to spec as well. Please take creation, confirmation, and shipping times into account! I can work fast, but I can't work miracles.

Sizing details

The sizes of my products will vary, but I always list the closest average weight on each one. I also give an approximate size for individual shipping. Soaps will be (for the largest) 4x4x1 inches or less (usually no less than 1.5x1.5x1), with that measurement being the handful of large bars I have in stock. The smallest will be some of the individually molded soaps, being thicker, but more compact. All vary per mold, and batch.

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you require special handling, please let me know! I'm more than happy to work with you on accommodations. I send my soaps out in various ways, from bound individually with a band of fabric, to raffia tied clear bags, colored organza bags, cotton bags, and other wraps. If you require something special, outside the norm, perhaps a basket or pre-boxed set, let me know, and we'll work out a cost. I hope to add some options as standard fare in the future.

Wholesale availability

I would love to partner up with folks on a wholesale arrangement. I have not done this as yet, but I am open to the prospect, and willing to discuss details.

Price Matching on Custom Orders?

If ordering custom products, please let me know your specifications, expectations, and time restrictions. Any details you can give can help. The larger or more intricate, the longer it will take to create. Drop me a line, and I'll give you an honest estimate. Got a competitor's price? Let me know, and I'll give you an honest answer on whether I can meet it, beat it, or not.

Taxes?

Taxes have already been included in the product price, so there are no hidden fees - you can see what the items each cost, and the shipping ends up being the only difference.

Do you take trade for products?

If you are an artisan who would like to arrange a trade for products, please drop me a line and we can look into a nice old-fashioned trade and barter. I am always looking to promote other Iowa artists and products, and would love the opportunity to utilize those kinds of items in my own products.

Local orders?

If you are local to the area, I can accept cash or checks as payment, on delivery of the product - which I would be happy to do for you, saving us both on shipping. Just send me a note, and we can work out the details. I hope to have a booth at one or more farmers markets as well.

Who makes your products?

Each of my products is made by myself in small batches. I hope to continue to add new soaps on a regular basis, and remake the batches that people enjoy most. In addition, I will be adding things like lotion bars, scrubs, and other bath and body products as they are developed and tested here at home. After all, if it isn't good enough for me and my family, it isn't good enough for yours.