May 12 in 12

May 31, 2019

This month has been one nonstop whirlwind of making and markets and research/writing…and the most awful case of poison ivy.  Fun Fact: I’m EXTREMELY allergic to poison ivy.  I never want to see the stuff again.  Three weeks of absolute misery!  Anyway! Here’s a peak at my month.

May 2, 2019: Bath Bombs

I’d put off making these until I was desperate.  It was so bad it took me multiple days to make enough to just be restocked. I’ll need to make more batches by the end of the month.

May 3, 2019: Take too many…

Still trying to produce a self-produced lye soap. I can’t even at this point.  I just want to BE DONE!

May 4, 2019: Tent Weights

Remember! Please adequately weight down your tent!  You don’t want to damage your tent or your neighbors, or their property, or heaven forbid a person!

May 9, 2019: Strawberry Guava

Summer soaps are officially started.  Only slightly behind this year.

May 11, 2019: Ocean Breeze

The ever popular Ocean Breeze is back!  This is my first batch of three for this soap.  And I also decided to revise my American Flag soap this year. It’s scented in Pineapple Sage–soooooo yummy!

May 14, 2019: Grapefruit Mint

This soap is so much work, but I love it.  I love the color, the scent, the design, the embeds.

May 16, 2019:Raspberry Lemonade

Again, another soap that is so much work, but I love it and so I made it again this year.  This scent is one of my favorites!

May 18, 2019: Before the Mix!

I love added all my colors and exfoliants to a soap batter before the mix.  I especially love this combo of color and textures.

May 19, 2019: Sunflower Soap

This soap didn’t go as planned.  It’s not bad, but not perfect.  I forgot how time consuming pipping sunflowers is and how hard.  The yellow got very brights/dark on me as it saponified.  It’s all good.  I love the soap even if it’s not perfect.

May 20, 2019: Misprints

*face palm* Yeah…I was paying attention while printing these.  Oye!

May 21, 2019: Last of the Summer Soaps

Finally finished up the summer soaps. I love how the pastel colors came out on this one.  And I had some avocado puree so I randomly decided to make a special batch of basil sage and mint.

May 23, 2019: Custom Labels

I love how this labels came out.  They’re on full bar soaps in clear boxes and they’re just so striking.  It was such a fun time creating these soaps/labels! Can’t wait for the bride to see them. Hopefully she love them!

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April 12 in 12

April 30, 2019

I took a week and a half off in April.  I had my first REAL vacation in over three years and then I spent a few days with family over Easter.  And in that time my list doubled.  Now I’m playing catch up with everything.  Here’s a look at some of April!

April 1, 2019: Tired Girl

I can’t tell you how exhausted I am.  I’ve worked so hard for so long (and a bit too intensely these past three months). I feel utterly burnt out and truly like a walking soap dictionary right now (and incomplete dictionary…for there’s still stuff I don’t know, but still like a dictionary…or maybe more accurately an encyclopedia).

April 2, 2019: Custom Favors

It always makes me smile to have the opportunity to make special favors for people. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it!

April 3, 2019: Eye Butters

The hardest part of these past few months has been falling behind on my business as I tried to get this test completed.  These custom eye butters got out a few weeks late, but I did get them all done.

April 4, 2019: Hearts

I have all these heart soaps left over from a previous project I have no idea what to do with!

April 17, 2019: Bubble Scoops

You probably noticed the big game between these two pictures.  That’s because I took my first REAL vacation in over three years.  I couldn’t really afford the time away, but I needed it. I was just about burnt out and the break did me good.  Now I’m working like a crazy lady trying to get months worth of work done in one month…

April 18, 2019: Vegan Lip Balms

In March I asked the soap community what they use as a vegan friendly alternative to beeswax as I was doing a vegan market a number of times this coming year.  And after all their suggestions and my research I went with sunflower wax.

April 20, 2019: Winter Markets

The last of my indoor markets are upon me. Soon the tent has to come back out. I never look forward to that day.  One aspect of the business I could do without. 😉

April 21, 2019: Ribbon!

I’ve restocked on Harry Potter ribbon. Now if only restocking the HP bath bombs, lip balms, and soaps were as simple! Work awaits me so I can make more gift sets.

April 22, 2019: Balms

Balms weren’t the only thing I made that day, but they were a big part of it. I had so much to restock.  The bright side is I’m slowly getting things checked off my list.

April 23, 2019: Ready for their new home!

The favors got packaged and then delivered!

April 24, 2019: Lip Balms

Over 600 lip balms made and waiting to be labeled.  If I don’t have to make lip balms again for a long while I’ll be okay with that! Ha!

April 25, 2019: Life gives us all challenges

Life is not easy.  It has its joys and frustrations.  Right now I’m battling so much.  It will get better and I know it’s not as bad as it feels, but I really feel like I’ve been beaten down and the world is trying to break me.  *sigh* It will get better. I just have to keep pushing along and do my best to remain positive.


March 12 in 12

March 31, 2019

I’ve been neglectful of the business this month.  I’ve done only what I’ve had to do and not much else.  I’m going to be so very behind come April, but as my Master Test deadline approaches I’ve had to spend most of my waking hours on it.  There will be some long days in April, but I’ll manage to catch up…somehow. *oye*  Anyway, don’t be surprised if the majority of my photos are of my working on my test ha!  I kid you not when I say I pretty much spent EVERY DAY this month working on it…well pretty much every day the past three months, but this month has felt more desperate than the previous two. Ha!

March 1, 2019: Editing

I tired.  Yes, I was very tired. But, I did also try. Ha! Proofreading.  Always proofread!

March 2, 2019: Oil Pick Up

That’s a lot of coconut! I should be good for the next 4 to 6 months ha!  Another soap maker and I split this order.  Buying in bulk saves you a lot of money. And when you can drive to pick it up it’s even better! You save in shipping!

March 4, 2019: Finishing up Part 1

This was ready to submit.  I don’t know what’s more nerve wreaking.  Submitting it and hoping you have everything required and haven’t missed/forgotten anything. Or waiting for the results.  Either way, this went out and I was exhausted by the time it went out.  But, there was no rest for the weary I had to start up on my Topical report right away.

March 5, 2019: Mold Addiction

I admit it. I’m addicted to molds. No idea what I’m gonna do with these, but I couldn’t resist them when I saw them.

March 6, 2019: Photo Editing

I had to take a day to take photos of my spring soaps and then edit them.  They needed to get posted on my webpage.  I also had to take the day to create labels.  I still managed to get a little studying in for the exam, but this was one of the days where business had to come first.

March 7, 2019: Making coherent sense of all my sources

I’m a write by hand kind of girl when it comes to researching and organizing my thoughts and all my sources (and I had a TON of sources I needed to pull info from).  This was the start of my work on gathering all that info from articles in one place.

March 9, 2019: Editing

I tried to do some soaps for Easter. I failed.  These embeds were going to be cute Easter soaps. Key word: “were”. SIGH.

March 12, 2019: Cream Soap

I have tons of cream soap left from all my testing.  I have an awesome neighbor who has tested out all of my shaving soaps and I asked him if he wanted to try these out.  So I took some from every different batch I made and made up some jars for him to try.

March 14, 2019: Topical Report Progress

Progress!  Introduction and a couple sections written.  At this point I’ve done nothing but work on this report every free moment, but it’s coming along and so far I’m happy with how it’s progressing.

March 17, 2019: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I had to do some packaging of the spring soaps since I had a market coming up and I needed them ready.  I also needed to get out of the house for a bit so I took a walk and came across the bonus picture ;).

March 19, 2019: Shaving Soaps

I thought to introduce this new link in May, but the likelihood of that happening is a big fat ZERO. But I did take photos.  The shaving soaps will have to wait.  Like I mentioned earlier…I’m going to be very behind and playing catch up for a few months.

March 21, 2019: 34 Sources (and potentially a few more)

Four pages and 34 sources later my bibliography is done.  There might be a few additional sources that get added, but the bulk of it is done. Bibliographies are my least favorite part of writing. They’re tedious.  And when you have a million (ok, what feels like a million) sources they take forever to do!


Inspirational Friday

March 22, 2019

I’m not sure if these are exactly inspirational this month, but one is at least sound advice and the other I hope will give you a chuckle.  As my deadline for the Master Certification Exam approached (what feels like at the speed of light) I’m trying to finish up everything.  I’ve got the three hour test scheduled.  I’m studying like a crazy lady. I’ve worked on and prepped these answers for over a year now.  There’s some stuff though that I just have to brute memorize because reality is if anyone asks me about it in the future I’ll be able to give them a  basic answer but if they want more in-depth I’ll go to my notes (and honestly, I think most would be the same).  I’m stressing out and I don’t go anywhere without my answer package and I’m studying at every free moment.

My topical report is basically done. I’m waiting on some suppliers to “hopefully” respond to me.  If they do I can add one last section to the report.  If they don’t I’ll have to remove that section.  The report is sound without it, but having it would add one extra layer to it that I think would be great.  However, I’m relying on others to help me here so we’ll see what happens.  I’m actually really proud of my topical report.  There’s a massive amount of research that went into writing it and time and effort.  This Master exam has been HARD.  Much, much harder than I expected it to be.  Much more work than I ever imagined it would be.  As I get to the end I am stressing out that I don’t know enough and simultaneously hoping I pass everything.  *fingers crossed*


February 12 in 12

February 28, 2019

I’m not quite sure where this month went. I feel like life is crashing down and crushing me.  *sigh* I know why too.  This test. I’m stress as my deadline grows closer and closer. I have been working like crazy on completing Part 1 (which has given me a number of headaches), studying, and trying to find/research information I need for my last essay (which I’m not finding and so that’s stressing me out).  It will all work out I know.  In the meantime I keep telling myself: deep breaths!

February 5, 2019: Spring Soaps

In between all the test soaps I was busy working on creating the spring soap line and restocking standards. This soap didn’t really turn out how I’d hoped. This was a common theme with my spring soaps this year.

February 6, 2019: Cucumber Mint

A five layer soap I planed to hanger swirl.  Yeah, that didn’t happen as the soap set up too quickly.

February 9, 2019: Take Three!

Yeah, I redid my Artisan soap for the test three times. The first time I screwed up and didn’t follow directions. The second time I just decided I didn’t like the soap design.  I thought I’d be able to just go with it, but nope, I finally said screw it I’m redoing this soap!

February 11, 2019: Cedar & Saffron

Restocking.  The supplier changed the fragrance oil and I didn’t realize it until I added it to the soap. Gotta try and find a new supplier that matches the old scent. The new scent isn’t doing it for me.

February 12, 2019: Swirl Swoon

Too bad I then went and added salt on top of this top.  But now I want to make a black-white-gray soap!

February 15, 2019: 22 Quarts is BIG!

When you misjudge just how big 22 qt and 18 qt is!  I’ll find a use for them some way.

February 16, 2019: Cream Soap

Look at the pearly sheen the cream soap is getting.  So many batches of soap here.  I think I have two recipes that are nice soaps.  But definitely have one that is test worthy to submit.

February 18, 2019: Testing Cream Soaps

My cream soaps will definitely be nicer shaving soaps than hand/body soaps. Which doesn’t surprise me since I had a high stearic acid content in them.  I tested out a bunch of them and determined my two favorites!

February 19, 2019: Salting Out

I had super oil heavy self produced lye soap.  And I couldn’t seem to create a soap that wasn’t oily. So, I decided to try and salt out the soap and see if that would help the overall feel of the soap and improve it’s lather.  Let me tell you this falls under the category of “things I never need to do again in my life”!  But I am glad I tried it at least once.

February 19, 2019: Stock Images

Me spending way to much time search stock images to use to create my shaving soap labels.  Sometimes new labels just create themselves and other times it’s a fight to get a label I like…this one proved to be a challenge.

February 20, 2019: Finally making some label progress

I think this is option 8 and 9 of about a dozen or so.  I’m not 100% sold yet, but I think I at least have some decent options that are pleasing enough to the eye.

February 27, 2019: Bunny Butts!

I’m making some specialty Easter soaps. I can’t help it. I found these molds and they’re just too cute!


January 12 in 12

January 31, 2019

Year three of 12 in 12? Yup, year 3!  I figure this at least makes create posts and you can get an overview of what’s going on in the world of Jennifer :D.

Hope your New Year started off well!  I took a couple weeks off over Christmas and then somehow I ended up jumping right back in to being crazy.  I’ve a list a mile long of things to get done and it never seems to shrink!

January 2, 2019: Bookkeeping

2018 Bookkeeping is complete.  Granted, I had only December to complete and then the general 2018 end of year stuff to complete.  One thing I’m pretty good about it staying on top of bookkeeping.

 

January 4, 2019: Hand Balms

There were items I needed to restock after the end of the year…hand balms being the biggest item (after soap).

January 5, 2019: Some time for myself (Books!)

October through December I don’t really get much time to read. I am so busy.  Come January I devour books.  I get more out of the library than I can possibly read before they’re due…and yet some how I manage to get through them ;).

January 6, 2019: Basil Sage Mint

First soap made of 2019: Basil Sage Mint restock.  The rest of the month was spent restocking on standard soaps I was low on.

January 7, 2019: Master Exam

I’ve always spent most hours most days working on my Master Exam.  With just a little time left to complete it I’m not wasting any time.  My brain hurts ha!

January 9, 2019: More Soap!

In the pot is Ginger Lime.  Lots of restocking going on.

January 13, 2019: Research Essay

My research report is almost done at this point. I had a little left to type up and then it was off to my critiquers.  Some editing and hopefully this section will get submitted shortly.

January 14, 2019: Bibliography

I know why bibliographies are important, but oh my word they are tedious to do. Especially when you have 20 some odd sources to properly cite.

January 16, 2019: Part 1 Documentation

With part three basically done, I’ve been working on part 1 (making the soap), which involves a crap ton of documentation on top of just making the soaps. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but it’s actually kind of fun doing this (stressful because I’m down to the wire, but I’m still enjoying it).

January 17, 2019: Designing Spring Soaps

And I decided on the spring soaps and their designs. I have no doubt some of these will morph/change when it comes time to making them, but I have ideas at least in my head.

January 19, 2019: Embeds

I decided on my spring line and I started making them!  The pink hearts are bright! And I love them! Can’t wait to see how they turn out in the soap.

January 21, 2019:  Pretty Tops

Ummmm…. I don’t think I’m going to do the dusted hear embeds on the top of this batch again. Oh my word the work. They look good on top. So let’s see how the bars look when I cut them. I hope they turn out well for all the work they were.


December 12 in 12

December 31, 2018

And here we are at the end of December.  Once again I’m wondering where the year went. They seem to move so fast these days.  It seems like just yesterday I was enjoying the summer and wearing shorts!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful year!  December (as usual) was busy for me.  Here’s your little snap shot of my month!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

December 1, 2018: Hand Balms

When you sell so many hand balm at that days events you have to go make more that night before the event the next day!  These are by far one of my most popular items in the winter.  And with a huge event the next day I was up making more after today’s huge event.  Sleep…that could wait until another day!

December 2, 2018: Shows!

I was in the at the end of absolute craziness! This was my busiest week of the year. I had twelve shows in five days!  It was madness!  I was barely functioning on Monday (though some how I managed to get a good chunk of work done!)

December 4, 2018: Bubble Scoops

After 12 events (and another 6 in five days coming up starting the next day) I had a lot of restocking on items.  Bubble scoops were first up!

December 10, 2018: Bath Bombs

I pretty much ran out of bath bombs. I spent two days making more. Enough to get me through (I had hoped) Christmas.  Let me tell you…I should not leave bath bombs until I get to the point where I run out.  12 batches in one day…I was ready to pull my hair out!

December 12, 2018: Custom Trapeze Soaps

I made these soaps for my trapeze friends.  They were a pain to make, but oh they turned out so well! I loved them and they loved them.  Worth all the effort!

December 13, 2018: Crushed Hand Balm

If you ever wondered what it looks like when a car runs over one of your hand balms…wonder no more. *sigh*

December 14, 2018: Restocking

I always restock on everything at the end of the year.  I’m now completely restocked on all my oils!  There will be some soap making after the new year going on!

December 16, 2018: Christmas Cheer

These cracked me up.  One of the events I was doing had these all on the ground leading you to the different events.

December 17, 2018: Grab Bags!

This was pretty much the last thing I had to do to finish up work in my studio.  Put together grab bags from all my end pieces, odd shapes/weights, left over soap from projects.

December 18, 2018: Empty Cure Rack!

And here’s what the end of the year looks like!  Empty cure rack! (Well, almost empty.)  I have started on my standard soaps that need restocking.  I’ll do that little by little in January and restock on anything else I’m low on.

December 22, 2018: Last Event of 2018!

And I’m officially done! The last event of 2018 is in the books!  I’m ready for a few weeks off, then there’s work to do!

December 25, 2018: Merry Christmas!

Remember there’s no such thing as too many Christmas Cookies!  Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!