Well we’ve reached the final month! It’s been fun to look back over the past twelve months and see a review of the year! December was a great month. Insanely busy up through Christmas, but then I got to take some time off to spend with family and it was lovely!
December 1, 2017: Christmas Time
I got to put a tree up for the first time in five years. Finally being in my own place with a separate work space has been lovely. I love my tree and all the decorations I was able to put up this year!
December 3, 1017: Craft Fairs
This was my craziest weekend of the year. In three days I had 8 shows. 4 which I did and 4 of which I had three other people working for me do. By the time I got home Sunday I was a zombie :D.
December 5, 2017: Lip Scrubs
After I made it through the weekend I was back at it restocking. I did pretty good with keeping up with everything this year. The lip scrubs were really popular this winter season.
December 14, 2017: Test Prep
It’s time to get serious and get my butt in gear with this Master Exam. I’m a list maker. It helps get me motivated. When I can cross things off I feel like I’m accomplishing something and it makes me want to do more! So I started my list of supplied I’d need and what I needed to do to get started on it.
December 15, 2017: Custom Orders
I’ve had a couple of custom soap orders I needed to get caught up on. So I spent the day working on making those. One was a custom order for a four color swirl to match a tile patter in someone’s home. I think I did a good job with that! I was pleased with how they came out.
December 17, 2017: Last Show (Part 1)
The last event of the season, a small winter farmers market. When it was over I did a little happy dance. I love shows, but they’re exhausting and by the time I get to the end of December I’m exhausted!
December 17, 2017: Old Sturbridge Village (Part 2)
I’m always so busy this time of year I never do anything fun. One of my favorite places is OSV (a historical village in MA). They do a program called Christmas by Candlelight and I was like I’m going this year! So, I bought tickets for me and my parents and we had a lovely evening.
December 22, 2017: Test Prep
I went out and bought the binders I needed and printed out all the test requirements and put them all together and I’m ready to start. There’s a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s all organized and it’s time to start the work!
December 25, 2017: Christmas!
MY entire family was together for Christmas. It was lovely! This is my and my adorable nephew. He just melts my heart!
December 26, 2017: New molds!
I’ve started my 2018 goals list already. One thing I knew I wanted to do was change up the molds I use for my bath bombs. Of course I asked for some of the new molds I wanted for Christmas :D. I’m so excited for these new molds. I absolutely love how the work.
December 27, 2017: Bookkeeping
Started pulling everything out to get all the end of year stuff finalized and ready for my accountant. Can’t believe year 6 is almost in the books!
December 31, 2017: Total Soap Count
Here you go! The final count on the number of bars of soap I made: 6,723 (the alternate was me counting actually number of soaps made not by the size (full/half/cupcake) bar but just total number made).
I’m a day late, but at least I made it! October is always a busy month. It’s at about this point that I start to panic every year ha! It’s the constant wondering do I have enough soap made, how will the new items sell, how will I be able to manage my crazy schedule…you think I’d realize by now that things all work out and not to worry, but no, I still worry and stress! Anyway here you go, a view at hour October went for me.
October 1: Wax Melts
I wanted some winter scents. That’s what inspired a seasonal line. I hadn’t been planning on making these that day, but I got an order for some and one of my standard scents I was out of (and didn’t realize). Once I started restocking the standard one, I was like might as well just go ahead and make the seasonal ones. I’ve got everything out. So, what would have been an hour project basically turned into an ALL day project.
October 2: Grinch Soaps
There are some soaps I make that I absolutely adore. I love them. They just speak to me. This was one of those soaps. I can’t claim credit for the idea. I saw something similar somewhere and I thought it was cute. So I came up with my own little twist and created these. Love them. They just make me smile every time I see them.
October 5: Mini Winter Soaps
I quite often this time of year get asked if I have something small for children. Little stocking stuffers basically. So, with that in mind I made these soaps. I’ll package them in sets of 4 and see how they go over!
October 6: Goodbye PO Box
I finally (officially) moved over my PO box to my new town. It was the last element of the move I needed to accomplish. It was a little sad to say goodbye to PO Box 1385, but I’ve now made friends with my new PO Box :D.
October 8: Mica Swirls
The first half of October continued my crazy soap making spree. I restocked on (almost) all my standard soaps. Pretty much most of my soap making is now down for the year. There will be some restocking here and there, but it will be for after show season as it won’t be ready before the end of the season.
October 10: Label Creation
I’ve introduced a number of new soaps and new products this fall/winter season. It’s meant I’ve had to make a lot of new labels. I changed up my standard bar label a tad for the Grinch. I also created new labels for all the other new products. I had quite a day at the computer.
October 12: Lip Scrubs
Restocking on lip scrubs. Now that the soaps are all made it’s bath product time. Much to do (as you’ll see over the next few days).
October 14: Emoji Soaps
Let me start off by saying these are a pain in the backside to make. It took a lot of experimenting to figure out the best way to make these. They’re definitely not “perfect” by my standards) but they are cute. I made these because I was asked by a long time Wholesale client. I’m going to experience the with another method of filling the faces in the winter…once life slows down.
October 16: Photo Day
All those winter soaps…well they needed to be photographed! (They’re all listed on my webpage too if you’re interested). I have a prop box. Anyone else have a prop box? Pictures can be challenging. Some days they go great other days I can’t get anything to look right. Luckily this was a good day. It was a bright but overcast day which is the easiest time to take pictures. And I was happy with how I arranged the soaps for the photos. Some days I can’t get a composition I like.
October 20: Dryer Balls
My plan was make dryer balls in January and February when it’s slow (since these take time and are so labor intensive) and then not have to worry about it during show season. I looked at the number I sold last year and then increased what I made but 1/4. Apparently that wasn’t enough because here I am making another batch of dryer balls…and I have a feeling I’ll be making another round of them in November too. Guess that’s a good problem to have.
October 21: Show Season
Of course the weekends have been filled with shows. 🙂
October 25: Bath Bombs
I decided to redo how I label and package my bath bombs. It was something I knew I needed to do, but took me a bit to figure out how I wanted to do it. I love the redesigned labels and the new shrink wrapping. Both the old and the new methods had their advantages and disadvantages, but in the long run I think the new packaging looks much more professional and will hold up to wear and tear and not get “beat up” looking.
There you have it. The highlights of my month. It’s been a crazy month where I think I’ve worked every single day. This snap shot doesn’t seem to do it justice when I look back over it. But you got the highlights! Here’s to next month! (Where I can assure you the craziness will continue).