Scary. Terrifying. And also, exhilarating.
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
I was going to attempt the butterfly swirl here, but I didn’t get my proportions right and the soap would NOT thicken up…which to effectively do a butterfly swirl I really needed it to be “not runny”. I just did a modified swirl with it and I actually do like it, but it’s nothing at all like what I had planned to do!
MANDARIN Tiki: Is a complex aroma of mandarin rind, red currants, strawberries, and blueberries; with middle notes of watercress and palm leaves; balanced with musky bottom notes.
It’s time for June’s 12 in 12! By this point I’m sure you all know what it’s about, so without further ado here’s my June! Or at least part of it.
June 1st: Baking Soda Restocking
I typically just go to BJs to restock on baking soda. And every time I usually get looks. Today I got: “That’s gonna bake a lot of cakes!” hehe
June 2nd: Summer Soaps
Been working on summer soaps. These embeds will be part of my Raspberry Lemonade soap! I was a bit behind on my summer soaps, but I did get them all finished and on the cure rack the first week of June so they’ll be ready mid-July.
June 6th: Partial Failures
I always put my soap through a gel phase, but when I work with an MP embed I have to be careful it doesn’t get too hot. I wasn’t careful enough this time!
June 8th: Farmer Markets
Farmer Markets are in full swing. Luckily after a week and a half of rain the weather cleared up for a nice day for the opening of the Framingham Market. And I got to get my first cup of lemonade for the season!
June 10th: Happy Birthday!
The best day of the year ;). I had a market in the morning then celebrated my birthday in the evening with family. This card was from my two adorable nieces. I love it!
June 11th: Restocking Gift Sets
Busy day making more gift sets and restocking on other items I’m running low on. Pretty much all I do these days is restock lol. I don’t seem to ever get caught up. Just when I think I’m good…I suddenly need to restock again! 😉
June 12th: I’m Moving!
Finally! After a very long search I found a home to call mine. Moving is going to be fun in between my show schedule!
June 15th: Bath Bombs
This is just a small fraction here. I made 90 (large and 4 packs) sets of bath bombs. It was a marathon of a day. I’m hoping that keeps me restocked now through moving as I won’t be able to make any more until I get my new work space up and running!
June 19th: Labeling
The one thing about labeling lib balms is I can do it just about anywhere! Make the product, print the labels and then bring it with me to work on!
At this point life became so hectic that I wasn’t doing any soap…I was just trying to move and get set up in the new place (so this is more 9 in 12 ha). Sorry for the abridged month!