November 12 in 12

November 30, 2018

To be honest, this month almost didn’t get done.  I’m so busy and the last thing I felt like doing today was getting up a snap shot of my November.  It was crazy. It was busy.  There that summed it up.  But that’s not living up to the true intent that the 12 in 12 was suppose to show. And since I’m too disciplined to leave it be one month, here I sit putting this all together so it’s ready to go tomorrow.

November 2, 2018: Packaging

Nothing like last minute packaging as you try and get ready for one of your biggest shows of the year.  #lastminute #justalittle

November 4, 2018: That’s a Wrap

And the car is all packed up and the three day Boston Christmas Festival is now complete.  See you next year Boston. Aren’t you impressed with my car packing? I can even see out the back. Ha!

November 8, 2018: Custom Cupcake Favors

It’s always fun when I get to make someone’s day a little extra special!

November 9, 2018: Dryer Balls

This is round 3 (step 3…whatever you want to call it). They’ve been wrapped and washed and now I have to go through the tedious process of removing them all from the stockings. *sigh* (can you hear me groaning through the computer!)

November 14, 2018: More Dryer Balls!

And here we are again with me having to undo dryer balls.  These have gone through their second wash and will come out much easier.  I’m in the last stages of making these here.  I’m doing a happy dance!

November 15, 2018: Last stage (yes, yes, more dryer balls)

They’re out, they’re sorted into their groups of four. Now I just have to package them!

November 16, 2018: Rough Draft Done!

I finally finished writing my rough draft today.  It has to be typed and there are a ton of charts/images/graphics I still need to complete to finalize it, but it’s written and once I get it types and the other stuff done editing should go pretty easily!

November 20, 2018: If it could go wrong it did…

Today was one of those days were nothing went smoothly.  It was one little thing after another and by the time the day was done I was also done with it all. 😛

November 23, 2018: Frozen Olive Oil

If you leave olive oil in your car and the temps drop to the single digits that night you will wake up to frozen olive oil in the morning.

November 25, 2018: Packaging

And the cupcakes are ready to go to their new home! Hope they’re a hit at the baby shower!

November 26, 2018: Bow tying – Righty vs. Lefty

If you follow my FB page you probably so the post on this.  In the category of useless things to know in life I realized this month that righties and lefties tie their bows differently and I tie like a lefty (not surprising as I do a large number of things lefty).

November 28, 2018: Lip Scrubs

You’ll notice a lack of show set up pictures (I had 22 events over 30 days in November).  You’ll also notice a lack of product making pictures (outside of dryer balls), but I was also crazy busy making hand balms, foot balms, soaps, lip scrubs, bath bombs, and many many other things.  I could have given you a picture for every day with some sort of craziness going on! One month left now to get through and then I earn my break from life for a few weeks (or a month ha!)

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October 12 in 12

October 31, 2018

I don’t know where October went.  We’ve reached that point of the year where I’m pretty much just a crazy lady who is tired and doesn’t remember what she did just two days ago! Ha!  I love being busy. I’m not complaining, but it’s definitely that time where life goes from controlled crazy to uncontrolled nutty! 😀

October 1, 2018: Dryer Balls

Oh my word!  I’ve said this before. I will say this again (and again and again ha).  Dryer balls are sooooo much work.  I’m making progress.  (Note: I’m still working on them at the end of this month ha!)

October 4, 2018: Bath Bombs

I should not leave my stock to the point of having almost nothing.  I made like 30 batches of bath bombs over a span of 4 days.  And more still had to be made, but I put them off until later this month.

October 5, 2018: Monster Molds

This was an impulse buy, but they were just too cute. So I made monster soaps.

October 8, 2018: Foot Balms

I’ve been slowly redoing all my labels.  Updating everything with a new (cleaner) font, and with “color”!

October 13, 2018: And now Dinos!

Monsters weren’t enough…Now I had to create dino soaps too.  These make me smile.  I love the baby dino in the egg!!!  Isn’t it so cute!

Part two: Mini soaps. I decided to make mini soap sets for kids. I had a wholesale request for it and decided to make a few for myself to see how they sell.

October 14, 2018: Last Outdoor Market!!

Happy dance! The tent is DONE for the season!  Don’t have to think about it again until next May rolls around.

October 15, 2018: Sorting Hat Bath Bombs

More bath bombs (there will be more yet)!

October 16, 2018: Lip Balms

I thought I was all restocked.  Well a week later I realized that I need to make another 5 batches.  The work is never done!

October 18, 2018: “Swirl Swoon”

Isn’t it sooooo pretty. I love swirling the tops of my soaps.  This one I could stare at all day.

October 19, 2018: Aloe (and lots of it)

My mom broke up an Aloe plant she’s had forever that was just way too over grown.  I couldn’t bear the thought of her throwing out this big section and so I took it and “de-aloed” it and froze it.  I’ll have aloe for soap making this summer :D.

October 21, 2018: Keep Calm and Carry a Wand

This soap as you can see from the edges is going to go dark.  It’s currently in a funky green stage (the end of October). I hope it continues to go darker cause I don’t like the color ha!

October 26, 2018: Photo Editing

When I’m not stressed and I have time I actually really like to edit photos.  It’s fun taking a photo I did and then making it better.  Photoshop is an amazing program when it comes to photo editing!

 


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).


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.