June 12 in 12

June 30, 2019

I can’t believe we’re halfway through this year. Time just seems to fly by!  I wish I could make it slow down some!

June 1, 2019: Shaving Soap

I was making shaving soap via hot process and my crock pot wasn’t big enough so after this batch I kind of switched to a hot/cold process method, which has worked out better and allowed me to make larger batches!

June 3, 2019: Packaging

I’m really happy with how the packaging and labels turned out for these soaps.  I think they stand out and are striking.

June 6, 2019: Photo Editing

After spending the previous day photographing my summer soaps I spent today editing all the photos.  Overall I was pretty happy with how they turned out!

June 12, 2019:Packaging

I was releasing the summer line at my event this coming Saturday which meant lots of packaging!

June 13, 2019: Truth!

This popped up in a group I follow.  I had to share.  It is so true.  Exposure won’t pay the bills.

Bonus Picture: My friend took me out to lunch and surprised me with a birthday desert 😀  I have awesome friends!

June 14, 2019: Alkalinity Tests

This is what happens when you leave your soap/alcohol mixture and don’t clean it out right away.  It solidifies ha!

June 15, 2019:  Craft  Fairs

My fairs and markets are in full swing!  Getting back into shape hauling the tent around ha!

June 21, 2019: Gift  Sets

Busy working on restocking my Gifts for the Magically Inclined gift sets.  Last part I have to add is the tag!

June 22, 2019:  More  markets!

I think every other day I’m at an event (or at least it feels like it)!

June 24, 2019:  Bath Bombs!

I spent the day making lots and lots of bath bombs.  Needed to restock my multi pack sets.

June 25, 2019:  Foot  Soaks!

Taking time to relax and soak my feet.  I love the green.  I know it’s BRIGHT, but it just makes me smile.

June 27, 2019: Finishing up my Topical Report

I’ve spent a lot of time here and there as I could fit it in revising this report.  Finally, I sat down and wrote/edited everything, created the charts and diagrams and got the rough draft complete…seven hours later I was on the last section here.  At least it’s almost done.  Just needs some editing and a final review. #thankgoodnessthisisfinallydone


Inspirational Friday

June 14, 2019

*This*  So, totally this!  Work hard at your dreams. Learn from your mistakes.  Ask for help when you need it. Learn from it all.  That’s the key to success!

May 12 in 12

May 31, 2019

This month has been one nonstop whirlwind of making and markets and research/writing…and the most awful case of poison ivy.  Fun Fact: I’m EXTREMELY allergic to poison ivy.  I never want to see the stuff again.  Three weeks of absolute misery!  Anyway! Here’s a peak at my month.

May 2, 2019: Bath Bombs

I’d put off making these until I was desperate.  It was so bad it took me multiple days to make enough to just be restocked. I’ll need to make more batches by the end of the month.

May 3, 2019: Take too many…

Still trying to produce a self-produced lye soap. I can’t even at this point.  I just want to BE DONE!

May 4, 2019: Tent Weights

Remember! Please adequately weight down your tent!  You don’t want to damage your tent or your neighbors, or their property, or heaven forbid a person!

May 9, 2019: Strawberry Guava

Summer soaps are officially started.  Only slightly behind this year.

May 11, 2019: Ocean Breeze

The ever popular Ocean Breeze is back!  This is my first batch of three for this soap.  And I also decided to revise my American Flag soap this year. It’s scented in Pineapple Sage–soooooo yummy!

May 14, 2019: Grapefruit Mint

This soap is so much work, but I love it.  I love the color, the scent, the design, the embeds.

May 16, 2019:Raspberry Lemonade

Again, another soap that is so much work, but I love it and so I made it again this year.  This scent is one of my favorites!

May 18, 2019: Before the Mix!

I love added all my colors and exfoliants to a soap batter before the mix.  I especially love this combo of color and textures.

May 19, 2019: Sunflower Soap

This soap didn’t go as planned.  It’s not bad, but not perfect.  I forgot how time consuming pipping sunflowers is and how hard.  The yellow got very brights/dark on me as it saponified.  It’s all good.  I love the soap even if it’s not perfect.

May 20, 2019: Misprints

*face palm* Yeah…I was paying attention while printing these.  Oye!

May 21, 2019: Last of the Summer Soaps

Finally finished up the summer soaps. I love how the pastel colors came out on this one.  And I had some avocado puree so I randomly decided to make a special batch of basil sage and mint.

May 23, 2019: Custom Labels

I love how this labels came out.  They’re on full bar soaps in clear boxes and they’re just so striking.  It was such a fun time creating these soaps/labels! Can’t wait for the bride to see them. Hopefully she love them!

USA Soap Makers! Help Please!

May 27, 2019

I’m about halfway to my needed “minimum number of responses”.  I’m working on the last part of my Master Certification.  Part of the report involves painting a picture of the soaping community and how they’ve dealt with olive oil price increases over the past few years.

If you could take two minutes (really it’s just a 10 question survey and parts are multiple choice) and fill it out I would greatly appreciate it!  This is the last element I need and I need your help to be able to complete this exam!  If you know anyone you can share it with who’d take it too I’d appreciate that!

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V3T8TL9

Inspirational Friday

May 24, 2019

Every day is a challenge.  Some days the challenge is easy.  Some days it’s fun.  Some days it’s not. Some days push you to your limit.  And some days it’s about leaving plan A behind and accepting plan B.

April 12 in 12

April 30, 2019

I took a week and a half off in April.  I had my first REAL vacation in over three years and then I spent a few days with family over Easter.  And in that time my list doubled.  Now I’m playing catch up with everything.  Here’s a look at some of April!

April 1, 2019: Tired Girl

I can’t tell you how exhausted I am.  I’ve worked so hard for so long (and a bit too intensely these past three months). I feel utterly burnt out and truly like a walking soap dictionary right now (and incomplete dictionary…for there’s still stuff I don’t know, but still like a dictionary…or maybe more accurately an encyclopedia).

April 2, 2019: Custom Favors

It always makes me smile to have the opportunity to make special favors for people. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it!

April 3, 2019: Eye Butters

The hardest part of these past few months has been falling behind on my business as I tried to get this test completed.  These custom eye butters got out a few weeks late, but I did get them all done.

April 4, 2019: Hearts

I have all these heart soaps left over from a previous project I have no idea what to do with!

April 17, 2019: Bubble Scoops

You probably noticed the big game between these two pictures.  That’s because I took my first REAL vacation in over three years.  I couldn’t really afford the time away, but I needed it. I was just about burnt out and the break did me good.  Now I’m working like a crazy lady trying to get months worth of work done in one month…

April 18, 2019: Vegan Lip Balms

In March I asked the soap community what they use as a vegan friendly alternative to beeswax as I was doing a vegan market a number of times this coming year.  And after all their suggestions and my research I went with sunflower wax.

April 20, 2019: Winter Markets

The last of my indoor markets are upon me. Soon the tent has to come back out. I never look forward to that day.  One aspect of the business I could do without. 😉

April 21, 2019: Ribbon!

I’ve restocked on Harry Potter ribbon. Now if only restocking the HP bath bombs, lip balms, and soaps were as simple! Work awaits me so I can make more gift sets.

April 22, 2019: Balms

Balms weren’t the only thing I made that day, but they were a big part of it. I had so much to restock.  The bright side is I’m slowly getting things checked off my list.

April 23, 2019: Ready for their new home!

The favors got packaged and then delivered!

April 24, 2019: Lip Balms

Over 600 lip balms made and waiting to be labeled.  If I don’t have to make lip balms again for a long while I’ll be okay with that! Ha!

April 25, 2019: Life gives us all challenges

Life is not easy.  It has its joys and frustrations.  Right now I’m battling so much.  It will get better and I know it’s not as bad as it feels, but I really feel like I’ve been beaten down and the world is trying to break me.  *sigh* It will get better. I just have to keep pushing along and do my best to remain positive.

Inspirational Friday

April 26, 2019

This has been me the past two months…more so than usual.  I’m a worrier. I always stress about how I’m going to get everything done; how I’m going to please everyone; how I’m going to pay the bills; how I’m going to be there for those that need me; how I’m going to put together this program or schedule that event…you get the idea.  I worry.   Most of the time it’s not “bad” worry, it’s just how I function. I make my lists and feel like I’ve got some semblance of control as I cross things off.

The past two months there’s been no feeling of control. Just panic and dread most days as I look at a list that grows with two more items for every one I cross off.  Things will balance out again eventually, but for now there’s a bit too much on my plate.  Every night I go to bed wondering how it will all get done and somehow I stay on top the things as best I can and what needs to get done does.

To everyone that struggles and wonders how to do it all, you’re not alone.  *take a deep breath* One thing at a time. That’s the only way to do it.  One thing.  Then another.  And another.  And somehow it gets done.