And now….we shop!

Well, it’s official – Hippie Ways Natural Body Care exists…

Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to finance this little operation.

Since I found myself rather suddenly unemployed in September (a story unto itself) I’ve been tossing around the idea of unleashing my creative dragons and actually doing something for ME.  I’ve been piddling away with the blogging idea – since I seem to have a LOT to say about life these days.  But that doesn’t really pay.  Eventually, I’m hoping it will – hell, they even make movies and books out of the writings of some folks like the girl that wrote the Julie and Julia.  Or Dan Pearce’s Single Dad Laughing.  http://www.danoah.com/ 

Hopefully Dan won’t mind my sharing his amazing blog!!

There are a great many things that I think are CRUCIAL to life these days and being as self sufficient as possible is one of them.  Take that line anyways you like to.  Some folks go all out to the point of Doomsday Preppers.  Others garden, support their local farmers, and really take their groceries seriously.  I’m a STRONG (can’t emphasize that enough) supporter of local economies and supporting your own community.  I source my ingredients from as close to home as possible (even if it’s a little more expensive).  I plan to sell my products locally as well.    030

So, here’s what I’mmagonna do.  I make lip balm, bathing salts, face & body and foot scrubs.  I have for years.  I couldn’t find the chapstick once, and in much the same fashion as the mayonnaise incident…I learned to do for myself.

One of my nearest and dearest friends, Karen (aka Redd) is building me a shopping cart for this site.  My technica048l ineptitude is rather showing, yes, I know.

Coming soon, is a shopping cart that will enable anyone to purchase what I make!  I will post good stuff for your skin.  I will NOT post crap that doesn’t agree with my “hippie ways” and with luck, I’ll be able to market what I believe is good, solid, no garbage062 skin care.

Keep an eye out for updates…little things can make a BIG difference.

 

Getting the blog-roll rolling…

Hippie:  define hippie….call ’em what you will, personally I’ve always be rather proud of the label.  You don’t need to take a vow of poverty or swear off shaving your legs.  You don’t need to burn bras, or attend Green Peace rallies.

My father, suit and tie extraordinaire that he is, is the one that called me “one of those hippie types”   a long time ago.  I had questioned him on something involving artificial ingredients.  I had said that all natural ingredients would be better for one’s health and there you have it.  I’m a hippie.

I don’t consider myself to be a “hardcore”.  Yes, I shave legs and my vanity will not allow me to just age gracefully – I color my hair.  I also have a distinct advantage.  I don’t run in circles that require me to dress for success everyday.  Therefore, I rarely bother with make up or hair “products”.  I don’t need to.

I am unbelievably blessed in so many ways.  I live in a small farming community in a garden variety house with a 100 x 100′ lot.  The “town house” as I call it serves as shelter and is also the research and development department (R & D) for my burgeoning organic farm (www.summerberryorganics.com – link’s on the right).

Base Camp (or as my son James calls it – Headquarters) is evolving into a study in urban agriculture.  These adventures will be posted on the farm site blog (www.summerberryorganics.com).  As an ardent student of Permaculture much of my life centers around developing my own brand of food security.

As Hippie Ways evolves, it will develop into a cottage industry natural body care line.  As I noted earlier, I’m working on rustling up some funding to get it rolling.  I believe VERY strongly in my body care line.

Your skin is your largest organ…why would you grind (or slather, or rub, or soak) chemical based anything into your skin?

I’ll save this for future bits…