About this time of year I need this reminder ha! The last three months of the year are definitely crazy. Work days tend to be 7 days a week and in the double digits of number of hours worked, but when I stop and say would I rather being doing a 9 to 5 desk job the answer is “no!” I work hard. I take time to enjoy the things that are important to me. And, I’m happy. So, I think I’m succeeding!
Normally I list these out in separate posts for you, but I’m behind on everything this month (months really…moving has really thrown me for a loop this season). So, I’m posting all the Fall Soaps in two posts (some of these are still in stock and others I’m already sold out of–which I guess is a good problem to have). All soaps can be found on my webpage! http://www.jennifersoap.com
Apple & Clover
Beau Brummel w/ Shredded Loofah
Rustic Woods & Rum
Irish Tweed Beer Soap
Lavender & Lime w/ Avocado
Oakmoss w/ Avocado
E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D! Umm…I think I started last months post just like this. If it’s possible to be more exhausted I think I am ;). It’s that time of year…I’m just going to always be a little to a lot tired :D. So, are you wondering what this month looked like for me? Well wait no more! Here you go. It was a crazy production month…mostly soap, but still other things got made too!
September 1st: Embeds
I was a bit behind on starting my winter soaps this year (moving and all…) but I got them ALL made this month…and for whatever reason somehow my winter soaps designs always end up with most of them involving embeds! Which makes everything so much more work. Here are the first of the embeds I made!
September 6th: Travel Soaps!
I packaged almost 200 travel soaps. Not hard, just tedious. They’re pretty popular soaps, and I was almost completely out of stock. I should be good for a while now ;).
September 8th: Christmas Lights…gone wrong.
This soap is a PAIN to make. 1) I need to get more light bulb molds. 2) It not only involves embeds but pipping too. I was so excited to make this once I got my embeds done (aren’t they pretty)? And then what happens? The pretty white soap they’re embedded in turns BROWN! I was so upset (still am). My fault for not testing the fragrance, but it was clear in the bottle and I thought I’d be ok. They smell great, but I’m just so bummed over the final soap.
September 9th: More Packaging!
Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of my time packaging! These are half bars that are all going into gift sets that I had to package.
September 10th: Square Updates
I had a photo shoot for the fall soaps that debuted this month, which meant I had to add them to Square. I can’t tell you how much I love Square and being able to basically keep track of all my inventory and what I sell in a quick and easy manner at shows.
September 12th: Yet again more embeds!
I did mention that many of my designs involved embeds for the winter soaps right? Ha! I love the crazy bright color of these embeds.
September 15th: Lip Balms & Gift Sets
Multi-tasking, when I label the lip balms and package the gift sets at a market ;). Using my time wisely.
September 16th: Swirl Swoon
Oh my! I was just in love with the top of this soap. Aren’t the swirls pretty?!?!
September 19th: 5000 Bars!
And on this day I made my 5000th bar of soap for the year :D! With what I’ve made since and what I still have to make I’m pretty sure I’ll come close to (maybe pass) making 6000 bars this year. This is a great thing! It means business is growing. All that hard work seems to be paying off.
September 22nd: More swirled tops!
I was having a really good month of swirl tops. This is another one I just fell in love with!
September 23rd: A new design…
I got this idea to make a Santa belt soap. I didn’t know how, but I was determined to do it. I played around with sketches and my molds and finally figured out how to do it. It’s not perfect…there are things I’ll change/fix up next year, but I was really happy with how this soap turned out :D.
September 26th: Dry Rack
It’s not quite full in this picture but two days later it was completely filled! There’s A LOT of soap on the dry rack! Just waiting for October to come so it can be sold!
And a bonus picture: I had to start my 2018 calendar :P! Yup…already planning/scheduling things for 2018. *OYE*
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