Here we go! Month 2! (Can some explain to me where the first month went? I cannot believe it’s already February…technically the end of February!)
February 2, 2018: Taxes
Oh the fun of tax time! Taxes are done for another year. Yay!
February 5, 2018: Soap Designs
I have fragrance and now designs. It’s time for me to officially start making my spring line of soaps!
February 6, 2018: Fragrances!
Okay. I’m officially starting to make my spring soaps today. I’ve been so lazy the beginning of this year. With the exception of a castile batch and some laundry soap I haven’t made any soap in 2018! Time to change that.
February 7, 2018: Gardenia
I’ve seen a lot of soaps recently with colored salt on top and I’ve LOVED them. It’s inspired me to try it out. This one didn’t quite go smoothly when I was making it. The inside doesn’t have the swirl I wanted, but I love the top!
February 8, 2018: Bath Bombs
I made a small batch of heart bath bombs for Valentine’s Day. I told myself I wasn’t going to, but I couldn’t help myself!
February 9, 2018: Asian Pear & LilySoap
*sigh* Apparently I’m rusty. This soap didn’t work at all. I mean it’s not ugly, but it looks NOTHING like my sketch. NOTHING at all. I know, no one will know that when they see it. But I know it. Ha!
February 10, 2018: Winter Farmers Market
Ahhh…my first show of the season–Ashland Winter Farmers Market. Luckily I get to ease back into shows. This was my only one in February and I only have two in March and April. Then May rolls around…and craziness resumes.
February 12, 2018: Wool…lots of wool!
12lbs of wool in that picture. It’s been separated into one ounce pieces so now I can start making the first step of my dryer balls. This is not my most favorite job and when I make them I make them about 10-12 lbs at a time.
February 14, 2018: Agave Lime Soap
This soap didn’t go as planned either (…do you see a theme here)! It got thicker than I expected quicker than I expected. I decided to improvise and try hanger swirling it. I wasn’t sure what I was gonna get when I cut it. I though the soap was too thick to swirl. I was happily surprised when I cut the soap! I really like this one.
February 22, 2018: Studying
I mentioned at the beginning of the year how I had registered for the Master Soap Exam (back in April). With only 16 months to get it completed (since I didn’t do anything in 2017) I’ve been working pretty much every day on the test. I’ve broken it up on how I’m studying/working on things. Right now I’m answering the essay questions. 35 essays…I am making progress. I am learning lots. But oh my word this is A LOT of work!
February 24, 2018: Field of Flowers
Gah! I have not had an easy time with my spring soap line. I swear nothing has gone as I planned. I mean the soaps have turned out fine, but very few actually look like what I had imagined. The flowers on this batch DID NOT go as plan and I ended up having to resort to these plan looking ones. I mean no one will know that but me, but I was so frustrated by it.
February 26, 2018: New Class Handouts
Hours upon hours upon hours it took me to create this 25 page handout on bath bombs and bubble baths. I’ll be teaching a class on it this Spring. I’ve been asked many times for it and I finally put one together. Of course that meant creating handouts for it. Between information about bath bombs/bubble bath, supplier/info links, ingredient breakdowns, and recipes, this handout was A LOT of work. And that doesn’t even account for all the time I spent in the studio testing and creating and tweaking recipes. I’m excited to teach the class though!
So…I felt like I was so lazy this month and that I wasn’t accomplishing much…but when I look back over this post I think I did more than I realized ha!