Happy New Year! <3 Joel and Katy
Happy New Year! <3 Joel and Katy
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Joy Lane Happenings

Out of Goat Milk Soap!

Out of Goat Milk Soap!

We ran out of soap It was about eight years ago that we were sitting in a small apartment in Ukraine trying to figure out what we were going to do when we got home. My mom was leaving her soap business, which had successfully met the goal of paying for the family goats for several years. I didn’t know how to make soap and had never owned a business.Armed with excel and the internet, we began dreaming of what Joy Lane Farm could look like if we built it into a company. We wanted a mantra that would be worth...

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Candle Jars!

Our pallet of candle jars was delayed a week, right before Christmas ☹ (it finally arrives today!). Tons of orders coming in, lots of balsam candles to make, and no jars. EXCEPT our customers are amazing. We regularly get asked if we can reuse jars once candles are burned through, and the short answer is that we can. We have faithful customers that always bring their jars back, and this year people are literally getting candles for Christmas because other people returned their jars. It’s a Christmas miracle. 😊 Today is also Friday, the day we remember and thank our...

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Looking Ahead to 2021

The snow is billowing outside, and I'm thankful that--after a massive push by Katy--we are almost caught up with orders, and there's no hurry to get to the mill today. There's a trail that meanders down the hill and through the woods behind our house, and one of my favorite parts of living here is taking the kids sledding there. I never went sledding in the woods before we moved to Rollinsford, and the slop is just gentle enough that you don't get enough speed for it to be dangerous and you don't slow down enough to stop. The trees...

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A Vanquished Foe Rises

A Vanquished Foe Rises

Ah, my old nemesis, the basement. Our war began when it flooded past my ankles minutes before my in-laws arrived to stay for the weekend. It won that round. A couple sump pumps later, and a gutter system fixed in the opening gales of a hurricane, and I had vanquished my foe. Or so I thought. But it rose again with a backfiring boiler that rocketed our CO2 levels and sent my family and me to the sidewalk. We fixed our boiler, and it limped along with us swapping parts out until recently, when it finally perished. Even as we...

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Crime Wave

Petty crime sure doesn’t make this year any easier. Someone stole the registration stickers off our car, and it’s the second time it’s happened. Theft of any size feels so violating. No matter, as a Sherlock enthusiast, I donned my cap, popped my collar, and began looking for a motive. They could be trying to avoid registration fees, or maybe it was just teenage hooligans (a phrase I feel entitled to use now that I’m in my 30s). Registration stickers aren’t hard to take, but I was still surprised someone would actually kneel down and pry them off like that....

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