September 12 in 12

September 30, 2018

September…yup not sure where you went, but here we are already at the end of the month.  This month was CRAZY! I was a soap making robot (so to speak).  I finished ALL my winter soaps and most of my standard restocks.  And then moved on to restocking/stocking up on bath products.  *Trying* to get ahead of things so maybe life isn’t quite as crazy in November ;).

September 2, 2018: Friends ❤

MY friend from Australia flew in Saturday night to visit me for a week (on the first part of her Vacation).  And what do I do? I drag her to a farmers market the next morning and put her to work.  I know, I know ;).

September 5, 2018: Winter Soaps

Winter soaps are WELL underway.  This was a cut of my Santa’s Belt.

And that same day I made mummy soaps for Halloween. 😀

September 7, 2018: Reindeer Poo is back!

I love this soap. It cracks me up and it’s SOOOOO colorful (and we know me and color).  Can I also say this soap is so much work to make!  Oh those embeds!

September 11, 2018: Misspelled words. *arg*

At least I caught it before I labeled all the soaps.  But still!  I’ve never misspelled this word and today I decide to misspell it and not run spellcheck? Oh Jennifer!

September 12, 2018: Foot Scrubs

While making lots and lots of soap I’ve also been stocking up on my bath products.  I was almost out of foot scrubs so that was first up for the day.

September 13, 2018: Lip Scrubs

The next day it was lip scrubs and lip balms.

September 14, 2018: Frosty!

Oh my word I am in love.  These are NOT easy to make (the time it took to make these!!), but they came out so cute.

September 16, 2018: Skates…multiple variations

The prep work…umm yeah they were not easy to cookie cut out.


The first idea didn’t come out as planned. The blue was supposed to be this light ice blue (which I know is super hard to get in soap).

Next to the other soaps they don’t look too bad, but I really wasn’t happy.

Take 2: Ying-Yang Design

September 18, 2018: Frosty Labels

Version A or B? That is the questions. Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2018: New Packaging

After having the bubble scoops constantly squished, despite a sign saying don’t squeeze I finally broke down and changed the packaging.

September 22, 2018: Label Redesign

I’ve been slowly working on updating the look of all my labels.  Before I head into a marathon week of bath bomb making next week I updated the labels.

September 30, 2018: The Cure Rack

And here is the cure rack at the end of September.  Pretty much all my soaps for the rest of the year are made. The winter soaps are done.  And most of my standards are restocked.  From here on out it will be mostly making bath products. What soaps I have I have and hopefully it’s enough to get through December! (It should be ;)…I’ve been doing it long enough now I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on it).

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August 12 in 12

August 31, 2018

Sometimes keeping up with everything is a challenge.  August has been crazy busy with events and markets and either insanely hot weather or rain and thunderstorms making it a challenging month.  My rule is to take two weeks off the end of August to 1) give me a break before September comes and show season gives me no breaks and 2) to have some dedicated time in the studio to work on winter soaps and stocking up product.  Somehow this year I manage to cut my time off down to 6 days. *sigh*  I’ve worked in some free days here and there and with a friend visiting I’ll take some time off in September in the middle of one week…but I really need to make sure I give myself time off next year! So, what’s August been like for me?

August 1, 2018: Three Way Funnel Pour

I saw this go around on one of the soap making groups I follow–using a sink strainer to make a funnel pour. I thought it would be fun to try.  It was a fun. It was also a lot of work.  And it also made a mess and a lot of clean up time.  But it’s cool!

August 2, 2018: My new Nephew

Isn’t he just precious?  And BIG! This guy was almost 11 lbs when he was welcomed into this world!

August 3, 2018: Craft Fair Bingo

I saw this and laughed and laughed.  You have to have a sense of humor in this line of business and you have to be able to joke and laugh or the bad days will get to you.  I need to pull this up on those days for a good chuckle.

August 4, 2018: Mermaid Soaps

I feel like I’m constantly making mermaids!  That’s not a bad thing. I’m glad they’ve been so popular.

August 6, 2018: Hand Balms

Restocking on hand balms and waiting for my back ordered tubes to come in so I can make more!

August 8, 2018: Heat. So much heat.

It’s been a HOT August.  Like excessively hot for New England.  We’ve had about 10 days over 90 and many many more in the high 80s.  Then if it wasn’t hot it was raining…like torrential downpours. *sigh*

August 10, 2018: Mermaids (again)

I did mention I’ve been making mermaids like crazy, right? 😉

August 14, 2018: Snowmen

Any guesses how many snow men I have here? So many embeds! Winter soaps are officially underway!

August 15, 2018: Swirl Tops

I can stare this all day long! Isn’t it pretty!

August 16, 2018: Fall Soaps

I was very pleased with myself this year. I got my fall soaps made in July and they are packaged and ready to go out on September 1st!  This doesn’t usually happen ha!

August 20, 2018: Grinch

The first of many many many batches are made! Yip!

August 21, 2018: Winter Soap Labels

I did a redesign of my soap labels this summer, which meant I had to update my winter soap labels (didn’t do them with the initial update).  I really like the redesigned labels.  And it’s one less thing I have to worry about later.

 


July 12 in 12

July 31, 2018

I’m exhausted. July has been busy. There was soap (lots and lots of making of soap).  Had to get the fall scents made so they’d be ready for September.  Then there was two trips to Philly. One to meet my new nephew.  He’s the cutest!  Came into this world on July 4th (four days late)!  The kid wanted a special birthday. The second trip was for his baptism. Then there were cape shows, Boston shows, and my usual farmers markets.  Then there was life.  And let me tell you life is challenging me at the moment. I can’t wait until the end of August comes and I get a little vacation…or at least a break from everything. I need some time to recharge!  Anyway, without further ado here’s a peak into my July.

July 1, 2018: Reverse Impressions

I haven’t done a reverse imprint in ages!  Thought I’d add squiggly lines to the top of this Seaweed Soap batch.

July 2, 2018: Record Keeping

I’ve reached a point where I think I can start drawing conclusion on my testing.  I’m going to keep recording until at least week 18 (which will be three months), but I’ve definitely gathered enough information at this point to finish writing my research paper.

July 11, 2018: Falmouth, MA

This was my second cape show of the month.  It’s one of the few shows where I get some help as my mom comes down with me.  It’s SOOO nice having help unloading and loading and being able to take a bathroom break ha!

July 12, 2018: Mermaid Soaps

They’ve been popular, so popular that I’ve been busy making more batches.

July 16, 2018: Mica Swirls

I got to the end of June and thought I’m doing good…I’m pretty caught up. And then the beginning of July happened and suddenly I was like I have a million soaps to make and I HAVE to start on my fall soaps!  Between restocks and fall soaps by the time I reached the end of the month I’d made over 230 lbs of soap!

July 17, 2018: Embeds

I tried to purposely avoid embeds in my fall soaps since I used so many in my summer designs and they take so much more time to make, but I couldn’t avoid them completely! 🙂

July 18, 2018: Mermaid Tails

I ran out of mermaid tails and had to stop making my mermaid bars.  Made about 80 tails today! Now I can get back to making more bars.

July 20, 2018: French Vanilla

I know this soap is going to discolor to a dark brown.  Already you can see the vanilla changing the white to yellow. I think as the vanilla does its work and the soap gets darker it will be a striking contrast between the white and brown.


July 21, 2018: Pumpkins Galore!

Now that the pumpkins are made I can make my pumpkin patch soap!

July 24, 2018: Soap Challenge

I put forth the challenge to my fellow New England Soap makers (in our local chapter) to make a soap this month that was inspired from one of their favorite movies/TV shows/ or books. I tried to create a soap that represented the TV show Haven. It didn’t go as planned, but I still think the soap is cute and it was a fun challenge!

July 26, 2018: Fall Soaps

The fall soaps are almost done. I have three more batches to make and then that’s a wrap. I’ll give myself a couple weeks break (and catch up on some bath products and other things) and then I start on the winter soaps!

 

July 28, 2018: Dry Rack

There are a couple more batches to cut still that will get added to this, but here’s my dry rack at the end of July.  Standards are restocked. Fall soaps are made. There’s a lot of soap there.  And the winter soaps will be joining them soon!

 


June 12 in 12

June 30, 2018

Do you know June is my favorite month?  It just so happens to be my birthday month!  And the weather has finally warmed up.  And schools out for the summer. Summer markets get into full swing…it’s just all around a great month!  Here’s what I was up to this June!

June 7, 2018: Shrink Wrapping Bath Bombs

So, this was the reason I bought the shrink wrapping system for! To package my bath bombs.  Of course I made a huge batch and packaged them all right before I got the system and haven’t had to restock until just recently.  Oh My Word!  I’m in love.  This cut down the packaging time drastically and was so much easier! Worth every penny!

June 8, 2018: Label Designs (and redesigns)

Oh my word.  I’ve been doing a lot of label designs and redesigns.  Updating a lot of labels to be more in line with my business image and correctly some labels that weren’t labeled 100% correctly.  In the process of creating new labels for my body sprays I did them THREE times.  First time with wrong label size, second time I didn’t like the design. Guess third times the charm.

June 9, 2018: Bubble Scoops

These have been pretty popular!  Made another batch. I think I should be good for a couple months 😀

June 10, 2018: Happy Birthday Fun! BONUS POST!!

I took today off from markets and went to Canobie Lake Park with my friend to celebrate my birthday.  Enjoyed the day, rested, and just spent time doing things for me (no business/work)!

June 12, 2018: Boxes!

It was time to package up my summer soaps.  Over 150 boxes here for the first round of packaging!

June 12–Part 2: This week was challenging to say the least.  I had a market this day.  It was a nice day, but extremely windy. Stakes were doing nothing to hold down tents and people where holding on to their tents with every gust of wind.  Three tents ended up blowing over.  One blew over into my tent, me, and then my car window–shattering it.  I cannot say this enough! If you do outdoor shows make sure you use adequate weights!  30 or 40 lb kettlebells with ratchet straps for each leg work really well.  The time, stress, and inconvenience this caused me still makes me mad. All because of someone else’s inability to properly anchor a tent.

June 13, 2018: *Sigh*

What’s wrong with this label? At least I caught it BEFORE I started putting them all on the boxes.

All packaged up! (Well round one anyway).

June 16, 2018: Beverly Art Fest

I love this show.  It also always feels like the kick off to summer.

June 18, 2018: Photo Editing!

I managed to get my soap photos taken!  I love my new lens 😀  Now comes the “fun” of editing all the pics!

June 20, 2018: Studying

When at markets I use the time to study.  I don’t know how I’m going to remember all this.  I “know” it or know how/where to look it up, but I can’t write an essay answer for every question yet. So much studying still do to.

June 23, 2018: Fall and Winter Soaps Scents

I feel like I just finished the summer soaps and already I’ve had to start thinking about the Fall and Winter soaps.  I need to start the Fall soaps in July so they’re ready come September. I’m really not ready for fall scents ha! I determined the scents I’m going with, now time to start designing the soaps.

June 25, 2018: Forgotten Dishes

Ha! I used my dishwasher to wash dishes from a June 9th class. I completely forgot about them until today when I needed a pot and I realize I was missing it and I thought back to when I last used it and remembered the dishwasher.  That’s how often I use a dishwasher!

June 26, 2018: Skating

I used to skate. Then I started a business and well skating was one of the things that was no longer in the budget.  Today, for the first time in six years, I got back out on the ice!  I wasn’t as hopeless as I feared!  It felt so good to be back on ice!

June 27, 2018: Lip balms, lip scrubs, mermaid soaps, and more!

It was a busy day restocking.  Trying to get caught up on everything before next week when I go visit my sister!


May 12 in 12

May 31, 2018

Ah May!  Warmer weather, longer days, and the start of outdoor show season!  Here’s what May looked like for me!

May 1, 2018: Promo Cards

Busy preparing for my summer time at the corner spot!  Promo cards of the classes I’m offering this summer there.  Putting them in bags at events and putting them out on the table!

May 2, 2018: Shrink wrapping! 

If you’d told me I’d use the system this much I’d have said yeah right! But it’s amazing how many uses I’ve found for this system (and I still haven’t used it for what I originally was going to buy it for, ha!)

May 5, 2018: Spring Farmers Market

Markets are in full swing again.  No more free weekends for me!  Ahh, show season.

May 10, 2018: Label Redesigns

I’ve been redesigning most of my labels.  Not huge changes, but updating them (changing a font style I use) and making sure they are meeting all labeling requirements.

May 11, 2018: Mermaid Soaps

Oh look, there’s that shrink wrapping machine again. 😀  Mermaid soaps have been packaged and are now listed on my webpage! Woohoo!

May 13, 2018: Embeds…way too many embeds!

I don’t know what overcame me in April when I decided on and designed my summer soap line, but almost every stinkin’ design included embeds. I’ve been making embeds like a mad woman! Hopefully I have some lovely summer soaps to show for all the work. Pictured here are almost 70 leaves I had to cookie cut out.  Slightly tedious.

May 14, 2018: Body Butter!

Restocking on body butter. I love then stuff. Don’t it look like frosting?

May 17, 2018: Soap, soap, and more soap!

I was a bit crazy this month making all my summer soaps in basically two weeks (that’s what happens when you get behind and suddenly you have to have the soaps made if you want them out by the end of June).  I had to stamp these beach soaps, and then I made Grapefruit Mint and Raspberry Lemonade soaps. Love the embeds…but man they’re so much extra work!

May 19, 2018: Fruit Punch Soap

I love all the colors in this soap, but I won’t be making it again any time soon. Oh my word it’s so much work!  The six color swirl wasn’t too bad, but individually placing all those embeds.  What was I thinking?

May 22, 2018: Watermelons and Lady Bugs

These were the second to last of the summer soaps.  The watermelon soap did not go as planned. It’s cute and a bit abstract, but not what I was going for.  The fragrance got thick quick and I just had to pour!  The lady bug soap didn’t go quite as plan either. The black circles shifted and I didn’t get the pattern I was going for. Oh well!

May 23, 2018: Fails!

Oh my word.  This fragrance caused me problems, but in general nothing about this soap went as I had hoped.  It just isn’t the elegant black and white soap I was hoping to get.  Not happy with the cube/square swirls and the embeds moved and the stamping…Sigh.

May 25, 2018: Cupcakes!

Worked on a custom cupcake order. These are just after I made them, still wet.


April 12 in 12

April 30, 2018

I got slightly obsessed this month with mermaids.  I probably could have filled half the month with posts of just mermaids!  I restrained from doing this ha!  Here you go: April–where the weather is kind of sort of finally getting warmer and spring feels like it might actually get here!

April 1, 2018: Dragon’s Blood

I was mostly caught up on restocks, but I had a few soaps I still needed to make. One was  Dragon’s Blood.  I really like the simplicity of this one.  And the stamp is just too perfect.

April 3, 2018: Custom Favors

These were for a Winnie the Pooh themed Baby Shower. I can’t help smiling every time I see them!  The gift sets I created came out so cute.

Here they are all packaged up in their gift sets and ready to go out! I’m in love with them. They turned out so cute!

April 4, 2018: Studying

I’m making progress…I think ha!  I’ve actually started writing the research paper. I’m studying the essay questions and I’m making the soaps for my 9 months of testing this week (2nd week of April).  This is progress, even if I can’t physically check any thing off my list yet.

April 5, 2018: National Shrink Wrap System

This beauty got ordered a little sooner than I planed, but I needed it for an order in April.  It’s definitely taking some practice to get used to, but it will in the long run save me so much time on packaging!

April 6, 2018: More custom favors!

It’s that time of year: lots of showers and weddings going on.  I’ve been busy making favors.  I love that I can create something unique and special for someone.

April 8, 2018: NaOH 

Can’t make soap without lye.  Another shipment of it arrived.  I think I’m all set for a while.

April 12, 2018: Mermaids!

If you’ve been following my FB page you know I’ve been slightly (okay, maybe more than slightly) obsessed with mermaids.  I have been playing around with a bunch of different designs and I think I have decided on what I like best.  I can’t wait until these are ready!

April 14, 2018: Oh look! More Mermaids! 🙂

Here you go.  May your eyes be happy taking in these cute soaps!

April 16, 2018: And yet more custom favors! (It’s that time of year!)

Did I already mention it’s that time of year?  Yes? Ah, well here are some more favors I’ve made!

April 18, 2018: There’s a running theme here! Cupcake Favors!

I made  A LOT of custom favors this month (not all have been pictured), but it should give you an idea of how my month went in the terms of soap making :D.  These cupcakes turned out so sweet!  Can’t wait until they’re ready to go to their new home!

April 18, 2018: Single Tails and Creating Labels

I wanted to have some mermaids for my event on April 21st. The bar soaps weren’t going to be ready so I decided to package up sets of three tails.  Of course that meant creating labels and figuring out how to package them.  A few kinks to work out, but I really like these!

April 23, 2018: Bubble Scoops

I had a little too much fun with these. I didn’t plan to go make a bunch…it just kind of happened after I made a batch with a friend.  They were just so cute I was like I need a rainbow!  And now I have Bubble Scoops. Lots of bubble scoops ha!

April 28, 2018: New England Local Chapter Meet Up (BONUS)

Lots was going on in April and I had to include a bonus day: Our First New England Chapter Meet Up.  I’m so excited to work on building our community of soap makers up here in New England. We had an awesome day!  I proctored a test session, we made ghost swirl soap, funnel pour soap, and bubble bars!  New England HSCG Members if you’re not already a part of our Local Chapter please consider joining us! We have a FB group as well where updates, challenges, and all sorts of stuff happens! Come check it out!


March 12 in 12

March 31, 2018

And just like that we’re three months in to 2018.  While I can’t say I’m sad about that (I’m sooooo ready for warm weather), I’m still a little amazed at how time seems to just fly by!  March has been a busy month–busier than I expected–not a bad thing!  Here’s a little peak into what transpired the past 31 days!

March 2, 2018: New Webpage

It’s getting closer to actually being a reality!  This is a sketch I did which the new homepage should somewhat resemble when it’s done.  I’m super excited about this update. It’s a major overhaul and a lot of work, but my webpage needed it!

March 3, 2018: Testing Bubble Bath Recipes

I finally got into the lab and experimented on a dozen different recipes I’d created. I got to play with some new ingredients and try some new techniques!  It was fun!  And I have a new class now, with fun new products for student to make!

March 5, 2018: Packaging To Soon!

Here’s what happens when you seal bath bombs in a bag too soon after making them ;).  Ahh science!

March 6, 2018: SoapMaker3 

I continue to finish setting up SM3.  All my recipes are imputed and the final stage is getting my current inventory in there and then I’ll be ready to roll.  Oh the work! I’m not going to tell you how many hours I spent on this.  At least it’s almost all set up and from this point it should be easier to deal with.

March 7, 2018: New Scale

Isn’t she a beauty! I have quite the collection of scales.  From one that measures max 100 grams to this new baby. She can weigh over 20lbs so I can now move up my recipe size.  I’m super excited to be able to scale up my recipes.  It will be so handy come busy season!

March 8, 2018: Coconut Oil

Ahhh, restocking.  I should be all good with coconut oil for at least a few months ;).

March 10, 2018: Body Butter

My body butter is always a popular item in the winter.  I’ve had to make quite a number of batches this winter.  New England has brought us plenty of cold (VERY COLD) dry weather.  Doesn’t it look good enough to eat???

March 12, 2018: Dryer Balls

Oh my word!  These are the most tedious item I make and the most time consuming. I love them and customers love them so I’ll keep making them.  I made 14 lbs worth this go around.  It took a couple weeks (through their various stages) to get them all done, but they’re done and I should be good for the next six months or so!

March 14, 2018: Summer Fragrances

One night huddled under blankets on my couch I started day dreaming about summer and then thinking about scents I would do in my summer line and before I knew it I had my summer scents picked out and designs done!  This is not normal.  I don’t normally even start to figure out what I’m going to be doing for the summer until April, but when inspiration hits I go with it.

March 15, 2018: Spring Soaps

And now that I figured out my summer line it was time to package my spring soaps!

March 16, 2018: Custom Favors

It’s that time of year where weddings and showers are fast approaching and I get busy with making custom favors!  This cute cupcakes are going to be for a little girls first communion.

March 17, 2018: Mill No. 5

Shows are going to start up full time before I know it, but right now I just do a couple each month.  This show was at Mill No. 5 in Lowell.  I love the building it’s such a fun atmosphere!  IF you’re ever in MA you should go there and check it out!

March 18, 2018: Photo Day for the Soaps

I can’t say I was pleased with my photos.  I was lazy and didn’t set up my lighting and I should have. I know most people won’t be able to tell, but they’re definitely not the quality I’m used to producing.  Below are my “props”.  I had a hard time getting my props to look good with my soaps.  I think the day was just not meant to be a great photo day! Oh well!

PS: Yes, I know that was thirteen days and not twelve. I couldn’t narrow it down…and I left out the last week of march (it was just making soap and more soap). 😀