There are many days where it will get done “tomorrow.” It’s like that saying: “If it weren’t for the last minute I’d never get anything done.” Though many don’t believe me when I tell them I can be guilty of procrastination :D.
E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D! I’m so tired. While I’m pretty much settled in from the move and finally getting caught up on making everything, I still feel like I’ve run four marathons back to back to back… A lot has been going on. It’s just that time of year where the craziness starts and it won’t slow down until Christmas comes.
August 4th: The Corner Spot
The first two weeks of August I set up in a little pop-up (affectionately called “The Shed”). This was part of a town initiative in Ashland to create a community space. They created a park area, and the shed for local artisans and food to come in set up for a time and sell their products. I had applied to be a part of this back in February when they sent out a call for proposals. I figured it would be a good experience–especially if I wanted to one day have my own store front. Here’s my set up. I’ll have a full post soon on more about my time there.
August 7th: Restocking
One thing I was able to do while set up in Ashland was work. It was nice to have a space to do stuff when the shop was slow. I restocked on my Gifts for the Magically Inclined. Going to have to make more soaps! But hopefully I’m restocked for the moment.
August 8th: Soap Soap Soap!
I continued on my crazy soap making spree in August. Here’s lilac in the mold. I finally got (mostly) all my restocks made and my fall soaps done. Now I can start thinking about making the winter soaps ha! It never ends.
August 9th: Baby Shower Favors
Baby Shower favors! I adore these. The customer wanted an earthy green and it was so much fun to be able to do something just a little different than my normal colors!
August 1oth: Bath & Body Class
I had classes all week while at the corner spot. This was a teen Bath and Body class that day. It was lots of fun making product with the girls! Hopefully inspiring some young girls too!
August 11th: Custom Anchor Soaps
Aren’t these pretty! I love the simplicity of them and can’t wait to design the labels to go with them.
August 13th: Pranks
I house sat for my parents while they were gone in August. And my dad (an Army guy) played a prank on his neighbor (an Air Force guy) while they were on vacation in July. Well I walk out on the deck to water some flowers only to be startled by this lovely rat. Ha! Go Army! I was raised right ;). I know who’s the best.
August 14th: Lip Balms
Oh my! If I never see another lip balm tube again. Ha! It too me a week, but I restocked on all 16 flavors I offer. Almost 1000 lip balms made. I’m hoping they’ll get me through the winter season, but I have a feeling I’ll be making lip balms again before the year is over.
August 15th: My Happy Place: The Dance Studio
Despite all the work and craziness I’ve made time to make it to ballet each week. It’s my happy place–where I can just forget about all the worries for an hour and lose myself in dance.
August 17th: Transparent Soap!
I make a pink grapefruit soap with goat’s milk. I make my soaps go through gel phase. This soap went through an intensive gel phase! 24 hours after I made it-completely cooled and it has this glassy slightly transparent look. I’ll be interested to see if this changes as it cures! I’ve NEVER had a soap stay this transparent looking! It’s super cool. You can see my finger behind the soap!
I had a couple custom orders this month. They’re so fun to do for me. Remember the anchor soap for a few photos up…well I got to design labels for them. I was really happy with how they turned out. This was my initial sketch I started with before I put them into Photoshop.
August 21st: Mini Vacation Starts (Sort of)
Every year I take the last two weeks of August off from shows (I cheated a bit this year I did schedule two weekend farmers markets…but the other 12 days are mine). I need this time to 1) Work on Winter Soaps and restocking products and 2) to recoup and relax! I am utterly exhausted by the time I get to the end of August and crazy show season is just about to start. I need that break to get through the coming four months. This year more so that normal! I have plans to do some work (what needs to get done) and then I’m doing some day trips, exploring my new town, and just enjoying life and some time off.
Oh…one last thing if you haven’t heard. I offically (finally) started an Instagram account! I know, I know it took me long enough. You can find me here: jennifer_soap
Well I finally did it. I broke down and created an Instagram account! My sister actually set it up for me and was posting stuff for me until I broke down and learned to use it. There were many moments I wanted to throw my phone across the room. There are still moments I get frustrated with it! But I am learning and figuring it out.
If you’re interested in checking it out/following me I can be found at: jennifer_soap
Oh my word! Let me tell you! Moving is tough. I sit here now and wonder how my parents did it over thirteen times with me growing up! I function only with order and a schedule (even if it’s a wacky schedule). And moving completely threw me off my game. I’m finally starting to get back into a pattern of things and getting used to being in a new location! This month was all about unpacking/hanging pics/curtains and basically settling into the new home (no pics of that). And then getting into a rhythm with the new studio space and shows.
July 1st: Complete and Utter Chaos!
This is actually one of the less scary pictures of the craziness of my new work space as I went about setting up the space.
July 6th: Shows!
Work/Shows didn’t stop and wait for me to move. 😀 Let me tell you it was a challenge at times to manage it all.
July 8th: Order
Here’s a two parter. I went from the first picture of starting to get it all pulled together to the second picture of it finally all came together in the span of 24 hours. Haha! Once I was on a roll I was really on a roll!
July 9th: Final Touches
This was the final touch to be added to the studio.
July 1oth: Bath Bombs!
I was finally officially back and working in the studio by the second week of July. One of the very first items I made in the new studio were bath bombs!
July 12th: Soap
After basically not being able to make anything for a month with the move I have become a crazy lady making soap. I’m soooo far behind on things it’s not funny.
July 14th: Lists
I live by my lists. That’s how I get things done. So I sat down and took stock of everything I needed to make/restock for my soaps and made a list. 19 batches long… OYE! I’m making soap as fast as I can!
July 16th: Custom Favors
Finished up some custom labels today for a baby shower order 😀 I’m definitely getting back into the swing of things.
July 18th: Fall and Winter Soap Planning
Normally by this point I’ve already started my fall soaps. Obviously I’m a bit behind on things this year…I’m JUST now sketching out my ideas for my soaps. And my mind is refusing to cooperate and come up with fun/cute/creative designs. *sigh*
July 24th: Coconut Oil Solid?!?!
My coconut oil is solid. It’s July. I’m not thrilled that it’s THAT cold that my oil solidified.
July 28th: Packaging More Gift Sets
50 sets finally made…just ribbons left to put on. So much I’m behind on. I feel like I’m never going to get caught up.
July 30th: A “soaptastic-load” of Soap
I made sooooo much soap this month. This is my dry rack minus a few batches that I need to get cut. I’m so tired of soap. Did you ever think I’d say that! Ha! I’m not really sick of soap, I just need a break from making soap day in and and day out! Every soap you see here was made in July! I’ve got about 15 more batches to go to really be caught up!
I messed up the color theme on this soap. I was making two batches and I reversed colors on the two. It ended up a happy mistake. I like the color themed better!
BEACH DAISIES: begins with top notes of Asian lemongrass, dune grass, and daisy petals; followed by middle notes of gardenia bloom, ylang ylang, and clove leaf; sitting on base notes of blond woods, amber sands, and sheer musk.
Top Notes: Asian lemongrass, dune grass, daisy petals
Mid Notes: gardenia bloom, ylang ylang, clove leaf
Base Notes: blond woods, amber sands, sheer musk