Lavender Apple

May 22, 2017

I think I need to rename this one.  There’s no lavender in it even though the name implies such.  I’m just not sure what to call it.  It’s a floral-y/apple-y scent…but since I couldn’t come up with a name to fit the scent has stayed lavender-apple :D.  This soap didn’t go at all as planned. I was rushed and didn’t have time for the bottom layer to set up and the top IPS broke completely through and once it started breaking I just went with it and well here’s what I ended up with.

LAVENDER APPLE:  starts with top notes of red delicious apple, raspberries, plum, and sugar; followed by middle notes of floral rosaceous green notes, lilac, pear, and eucalyptus; and sits on a powdery, woodsy musk base note.

Available HERE!


Inspirational Friday

May 19, 2017

I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my lifetime.  I’m going to make plenty more. I’ve learned to (most of the time) use them as a learning tool and move forward.  They help me not make the same mistakes again.

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Lily of the Valley

May 15, 2017

The simplicity of this design is what I love.  I got on a “reverse imprint” kick this go around with soaps. It started with Amazing Grace and spilled over into this one, and once I started I couldn’t seem to stop.  I think the dark green is a lovely contrast to the white and pink.

LILY OF THE VALLEY: a very fresh and green muguet de bois; true to name lily of the valley aroma.

Available HERE!

PS: Again I apologize for the crappy photos. *sigh*


2017 Soap Conference

May 11, 2017

Another soap conference has come and gone!  I wasn’t supposed to be attending this one (I’m pretty much on an every other year schedule for conferences), but because of a generous friend and my parents I got to attend. A big heartfelt thank you to them!

I wanted to attend this conference for a couple reasons. First, we were introducing the new Expert Test (and revised levels for the the Basic, Advanced, Masters). I was a part of the committee that worked on revamping the tests.  Lots and lots of hours of work went into this.  I mean hours upon hours of all volunteered time.  It was a great experience and I’m glad I got to be a part of it.  I’m really proud of the work that the committee did and I think we have 4 solid tests that will help soap makers truly learn and grow as they complete them.

The second reason I wanted to be at the conference was because we started Local Chapter groups and I wanted to be able to meet with our little New England division and start to get ideas for what to do and how to move forward with this! It was great to meet local soap makers and Marilyn and I will be working on putting together “stuff” (I know that’s still vague :)) for our fellow New England Soapers!

The conference was held in Vegas this year.  It started off a little rough.  I found out my connecting flight was canceled when I landed in Kansas City. The rescheduling meant another connecting flight, a lot of waiting in the airport, and some stress about late planes and making connecting flights.  I just remained positive through it all. There wasn’t anything I could do or control about it other than my attitude.  I arrived in Vegas eventually.  Luckily the flight home went much smoother!

 

I passed my Advances MP Soap test (so glad that’s out of the way.  I didn’t really need MP…it’s not something I do as I’m totally a CP soap girl…but you know me…never satisfied with just being “basic” at everything so I needed to change that pin on my badge ;).

There were some great speakers and classes I really enjoyed.  My favorites had to be Anne-Marie Faiola’s Key Note Speech and Kerri Mixon’s talk on making lye from scratch.  I’m looking forward to reading Anne-Marie’s new book Live Your Best Day Ever.  Soap Queen was the blog that really truly got me going with soap making and taught me so so much back in 2009-2010 when I first started making soap.  I’ve wanted to meet Anne-Marie for years and I finally got the chance this conference!

It was a busy schedule!  My night’s were unexciting as I was in bed by 9PM most nights…but in all fairness I was up at 3am/4am almost every morning.  Stuck on Eastern Time ;).  I was glad I got to attend this year.  I went home with some new knowledge and some new plans to implement for my business.  Overall, I’d say it was a successful learning trip!  And you know if didn’t hurt that I got to talk about soap for three days straight and no one once told me to “shut up.” 😉

And some total randomness…we (a friend and I) were in the store getting some water when I walked pass these candy bars and burst out laughing.  So, I just had to share!


Amazing Grace

May 8, 2017

Let me just preface the upcoming posts by saying my photos didn’t come out great.  The spring soaps are prettier than the pictures lead you to believe. I had a rough day taking photos a few weeks ago.  So, as I present the spring soaps over the next weeks I apologize in advance for the not so great photos.

Ok! So I really love black and white.  I always have.  This soap is probably one of my favorite designs of the spring soaps. I really should do black and white more often!

AMAZING GRACE: Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon are sweetened with freshly picked citron and neroli.  A white floral jasmine, orange blossom and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood.

Available HERE!


12 in 12 April

April 30, 2017

It’s time for April’s 12 in 12!  Again, if you’re wondering what this all about check out my very first post for more information!  The basic gist of it is:

Each month document your soaping/bath product making in 12 pictures. One picture MUST be taken on the 12th of the month (even if you’re not doing anything soap related).  Create a blog post of your 12 pictures (with a one or two sentence explanation) and post it at the end of each month.  Please share a link back to your post here if you’d done you’re own 12 in 12! I’d love to see them!

April 1st: A Snow Storm

No, this was not an April Fools joke. We did indeed have a snow storm.  No, I was not thrilled 😛 ha!  I used the day to do some soaping.

April 3rd: Soap Stamps

It’s no secret I love stamping my soaps. Whenever I can work it into a design I do.  This is one of my new favorite stamps :D.  “Keep Calm and Carry a Wand”  Good advice, right?

April 5th: Beer Soap

I was making a beer soap using a local beer.  I had this really cool design planned, then the fragrance accelerated and that design sort of kind of didn’t happen. Oh well.  Here’s the colors prepped and ready for soap!

April 8th: Fabric Galore

I went in to get a couple yards of fabric to make more lavender sachets (or more accurately to get fabric to give to my friend to make them for me ;)).  I walked in on a day they were having a sale and I walked out with enough fabric to make probably 2000 sachets. Ha! I’m probably all set on fabric for a long while now.

April 13th: Finding Old Labels

I spent hours looking for this file a few weeks ago. It’s a REALLY old label that I used for a short time about 4-5 years ago. I went through old discs of files trying to find it. I figured it had never been saved (and was one of the files I lost when my hard drive died on me four years ago). I gave up the search.

Then today I’m looking for another label. I type in the key word I wanted it to search and a list of files pop up. I start opening all of them (looking for the file I needed today) and what surprises me when I open one of those files?!?! The file I spent forever looking for! Under a name I’d NEVER have used to search for it ha! Somehow it got renamed and put in a miscellaneous folder that was backup and saved and obviously transferred over to my new hard drive. Go figure!

April 14th: Custom Favors

I first made sunflower soaps for my sister’s bridal shower. These are a bit of work to make, but I love them.  They just make me smile. Making another custom shower order where I hope they make this bride-to-be smile too!

April 17th: Photography

Everything went wrong.  I took about 3 hours to photograph all my spring soaps and they’re just not great pictures. I had a smudge on the lens (that’s to my sister’s pup :)) that I never noticed until after I downloaded the pictures.  They’re grainy and just blah!  Win some lose some… Here’s one of the best of them.

April 18th: Avocados

When you find avocados for $0.99 a piece you do a happy dance and make avocado soap! 😀

April 20th: Packaging

Moms are awesome ;).  My mom came over today and helped me packed soaps, sample soaps, gift sets, bath bombs, and label lip balms.  Accomplished twice as much work as I would have on my own today!

April 22nd: Show Season

And show season has officially begun for 2017!  I had two small winter farmers markets earlier this year, but today’s event marks the first actual show of my season.  I’m still at a reduced set up.  I’ll pull out the full set up in May when my outside events start up.  It’s time to get back into the swing of things! Winter is over!

April 28th: Packing 

Very last minute packing.  I’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to do any packing until now. What’s worst is I had to pull out spring/summer clothes (which are still packed away because it’s still COLD up here in MA!)  I managed to get a weeks worth of clothes in the carry-on though.  I *think* I’m ready…  Pictured is my stuff for the Advanced MP Exam–I don’t really do MP soap, but I figured I need to at least complete the first two tests for it. After this one is complete all my focus will go to the CP/HP Master test… *gulp*

April 29th: Conference Bound!

This is truly a gift I never expected to happen, but because of the generosity of a friend and my parents I’m able to attend the conference this year. I’m all checked in and ready to fly out!


Shopping Small: We appreciate it!

April 25, 2017

Recently this diagram was shared on a page I follow.  I don’t know how factual it is when it comes to exact numbers, but I know the general sentiment of the diagram is true.  You’re investing in your community and helping the “Mom & Pop” businesses survive when you shop small.

As a small business owner I can say I appreciate it when someone is willing to support my business and spend a little bit more on an item than they would at a retail store. I know I try to do my own part supporting small businesses too.  Ask my family.  Most of my gifts to them are local and handmade :D.  I spend more on a bottle of hot sauce or jam or honey because it was made locally than if I were to go to the store.  I love my farmers markets in the summer and do as much of my “food” shopping there.

As my show season starts to get into full swing may I say I appreciate your support!