12 in 12 April

April 30, 2017

It’s time for April’s 12 in 12!  Again, if you’re wondering what this all about check out my very first post for more information!  The basic gist of it is:

Each month document your soaping/bath product making in 12 pictures. One picture MUST be taken on the 12th of the month (even if you’re not doing anything soap related).  Create a blog post of your 12 pictures (with a one or two sentence explanation) and post it at the end of each month.  Please share a link back to your post here if you’d done you’re own 12 in 12! I’d love to see them!

April 1st: A Snow Storm

No, this was not an April Fools joke. We did indeed have a snow storm.  No, I was not thrilled 😛 ha!  I used the day to do some soaping.

April 3rd: Soap Stamps

It’s no secret I love stamping my soaps. Whenever I can work it into a design I do.  This is one of my new favorite stamps :D.  “Keep Calm and Carry a Wand”  Good advice, right?

April 5th: Beer Soap

I was making a beer soap using a local beer.  I had this really cool design planned, then the fragrance accelerated and that design sort of kind of didn’t happen. Oh well.  Here’s the colors prepped and ready for soap!

April 8th: Fabric Galore

I went in to get a couple yards of fabric to make more lavender sachets (or more accurately to get fabric to give to my friend to make them for me ;)).  I walked in on a day they were having a sale and I walked out with enough fabric to make probably 2000 sachets. Ha! I’m probably all set on fabric for a long while now.

April 13th: Finding Old Labels

I spent hours looking for this file a few weeks ago. It’s a REALLY old label that I used for a short time about 4-5 years ago. I went through old discs of files trying to find it. I figured it had never been saved (and was one of the files I lost when my hard drive died on me four years ago). I gave up the search.

Then today I’m looking for another label. I type in the key word I wanted it to search and a list of files pop up. I start opening all of them (looking for the file I needed today) and what surprises me when I open one of those files?!?! The file I spent forever looking for! Under a name I’d NEVER have used to search for it ha! Somehow it got renamed and put in a miscellaneous folder that was backup and saved and obviously transferred over to my new hard drive. Go figure!

April 14th: Custom Favors

I first made sunflower soaps for my sister’s bridal shower. These are a bit of work to make, but I love them.  They just make me smile. Making another custom shower order where I hope they make this bride-to-be smile too!

April 17th: Photography

Everything went wrong.  I took about 3 hours to photograph all my spring soaps and they’re just not great pictures. I had a smudge on the lens (that’s to my sister’s pup :)) that I never noticed until after I downloaded the pictures.  They’re grainy and just blah!  Win some lose some… Here’s one of the best of them.

April 18th: Avocados

When you find avocados for $0.99 a piece you do a happy dance and make avocado soap! 😀

April 20th: Packaging

Moms are awesome ;).  My mom came over today and helped me packed soaps, sample soaps, gift sets, bath bombs, and label lip balms.  Accomplished twice as much work as I would have on my own today!

April 22nd: Show Season

And show season has officially begun for 2017!  I had two small winter farmers markets earlier this year, but today’s event marks the first actual show of my season.  I’m still at a reduced set up.  I’ll pull out the full set up in May when my outside events start up.  It’s time to get back into the swing of things! Winter is over!

April 28th: Packing 

Very last minute packing.  I’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to do any packing until now. What’s worst is I had to pull out spring/summer clothes (which are still packed away because it’s still COLD up here in MA!)  I managed to get a weeks worth of clothes in the carry-on though.  I *think* I’m ready…  Pictured is my stuff for the Advanced MP Exam–I don’t really do MP soap, but I figured I need to at least complete the first two tests for it. After this one is complete all my focus will go to the CP/HP Master test… *gulp*

April 29th: Conference Bound!

This is truly a gift I never expected to happen, but because of the generosity of a friend and my parents I’m able to attend the conference this year. I’m all checked in and ready to fly out!

12 in 12 March

March 31, 2017

It’s time for March’s 12 in 12!  If you’re wondering what this all about check out my very first post for more information!  The basic gist of it is:

Each month document your soaping/bath product making in 12 pictures. One picture MUST be taken on the 12th of the month (even if you’re not doing anything soap related).  Create a blog post of your 12 pictures (with a one or two sentence explanation) and post it at the end of each month.

What did March shape up to be like?  Well take a look and see!

March 1st: Mica Tops

I love Mica tops.  I do them on the majority of my soaps.  They just add a little something extra in my opinion and people always comment on how pretty it is.  I’ve a lot of soap to make and you’ll be seeing more soap pictures in March.  I barely made soap in February so now I’m making up for lost time (so to speak).

March 3rd: New England Local Chapter

As I think many of you know I have helped get the Local New England Chapter started.  I’m currently the Secretary for our local chapter!  If you’re in the New England area I hope you’ll join us for all the fun stuff to come!!  And if you’re in the New England area and not a member of the Soap Guild you should totally become a member :D.  Marilyn (the president of the Local Chapter) and I put together a survey that went out to all New England members.  We were looking to see what everyone wanted.  I’ll be very interested to see the results!

March 4th: Winter Farmers Market

I don’t really do many markets in the winter, but I have two in March, both local Winter Farmers Markets.  I have a smaller set up than normal, but there’s still lots of goodies to be found!

March 5th: Reverse Imprint

I have become slightly obsessed with the reverse imprint.  I made two batches and then I couldn’t help myself and I went and made another (not pictured here).  Then I decided I needed to to a rainbow…and so I’m going to make seven different batches with reverse imprints–all that so I can take a picture of the soaps together  :D!  But that aside the reverse imprints really are fun!

March 6th: Soap that Goes Wrong!

When you’re pretty teal and white soap design turns yellow, green, and brown (not in the picture, but as the soap has cured this month it’s gone brown). SIGH. It smells good, but I can’t say it’s a very pretty soap.

March 10th: Research!

Pulled out all my notes from a few years ago when I was reading about and experimenting with deodorants.  I had three different recipes and I can’t say I loved any of my three…they all had their issues.  I’ve been asked more and more about it so I’m, going back to the drawing board to try reformulating it and finding something I like and think my customers would like.

March 14th: New England Blizzard

I’m totally done with the snow.  I’m ready for warm weather.  Hopefully this was the last storm of the season…if it was it was a doozy! Over 12″ of wet heavy snow. So much fun to shovel :P.  I got a lot of packaging done while I holed up inside keeping warm.

March 15th: Custom Favors

Aren’t these spring themed cupcakes so cute!  They’re for another wedding shower this April.  I just love the pastel colors.

March 17th: Hand Balms

Not only have I had soaps to get caught up on but other bath products. I had a couple of marathon days where I made bubble bath, body butters, and balms.  Here are a 108 hand balms poured that will now need labels.  Oh the fun!

March 21st: Neon Soap

I haven’t used Neons in soap in ages and oh my I love them!  These soaps just make me smile–so bright and fun!

March 25th: Foot Balms & Lip Scrubs

Still catching up on bath products.  Today was a busy day of foot balms and lip scrubs among other things.

March 29th: Dry Balls (Stage 3)

I started these in February and then put them off.  This month I made sure I finished them.  I finished wrapping the balls mid March then covered them in colored wool.  This picture is before their first wash/felting and then after the wash as I undid them from the nylon.  I absolutely hate that stage. Oh my word! My hands hurt so much after doing them.  I still question WHY I make them and why I don’t charge more. I’ll felted them a second time and then they have to be packaged into sets!

Well there you have it.  Another month in my soapy life :D.  If you’ve done a 12 in 12 too please link back here in the comments! I’d love to see what kept you busy this month :).