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.

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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!


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!)


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!