This is a great personal motivational quote! It’s also applies to those of us who run a business. Be YOU! Don’t try to be anyone else. I’ve seen a lot of businesses “imitate” others. Why would you want to be anyone else. Find out who you are. And be you! I long ago realized who I am as a business. I embrace it and make no apologies for it. I know who my customer base is. I love my customers! They love and appreciate my soaps and bath products. I don’t want to be anyone but me. Because, guys, we’re all pretty awesome! Don’t waste time trying to be anyone else.
Here we go! First month of pictures (sorry I missed January guys! I’m still not quite sure where January went if I’m honest!). 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.
So! Without further ado here’s my 12 snapshots of February!
February 4th: My Godson’s Baptism
I know! I start the month off with no soap photo and this is a soapy photo game ha! But I couldn’t not share this picture. Luke was out cold in my arms! He just melts my heart. And look at those cheeks!!
February 8th: Taxes
Blah! I know I have to be an adult and deal with them, but I think February is my least favorite month because of taxes ha!
February 9th: Soap
I did make soap this month! I’m a bit behind on it as I’ve had a million other things to do. There will be much more soap making in March!
February 10th: Bath Bombs
These are going to go inside some white bath bombs and you’ll get a surprise color as you use them!
February 12th: Farmers Markets and Craft Fair Applications
I started my 2017 calendar in November of 2016 believe it or not! But the majority of planning happens in January and February and applications are coming out in full force for my farmers markets. There will be more to deal with in March…then things slow down a bit before they pick up again in May when winter show apps come out. I spend a lot of time filling out apps and writing checks in February though!
February 13th: Soap Classes!
That time where I’m planning my spring soap class schedule at the different places I teach.
February 15th: Prep Work!
I’m cutting the bags I use for my bath bombs here. It’s cheaper to buy a 500′ roll and create the bags myself…though it’s tedious work and definitely not on my “fun” list!
I also started working on making dryer balls that day too! Tedious job!
February 17th: Labels!
I spent hours and hours this month working on labels for my “Gift Sets for the Magically Inclined” new product addition. The one bright side is once they’re done I can just open and print when I need more, but the initial time I’ve invested in these is crazy!
February 18th: Experimenting
A friend’s sister was looking for a tallow lotion. I don’t make lotion but I said I could experiment with a body butter. I did some research, created some recipes and made a couple tallow balms and body butters. I have to say at this moment I’m LOVING them!
February 19th: Custom Favors
These cute cupcakes are going to be favors for a baby shower! I also got to make favors for a bridal shower this month. I love doing custom favors. I get to help make a day special and that puts a smile on my face!
February 21st: Packaging
Umm…remember all that label creating I’ve been doing? I finally finished them and now came the next step: packaging everything!!! I’m still working on them, but I’m making progress. These are my half bars all packaged with their new labels.
And there you have it! My soapy month in 12 pictures. I have to say it’s been fun going back over all the pics I took this month and sharing a snap shot of what I did! I hope you enjoyed it as well! Here’s to March and seeing what it brings.
Years ago, back in 2006 or 2007 (it’s been awhile), then casting agent Chad Darnell started something called “12 of 12”. On the 12th day of each month you had to take 12 pictures of your day. Then post them in a blog posts (which we would then link/share back to Chad’s original post). It was just something different and something fun.
A bit of background: I knew Chad through a Crossing Jordan webpage I created. He did casting for Alias and Crossing Jordan and eventually became a writer on Crossing Jordan. He’s currently working on Mercy Street (for any of you that watch that show on PBS).
Anyway, about a month ago for whatever random reason this game popped into my head and I thought this would be fun to do with soap! But, I figured it needed some altering, because I’m not necessarily doing soap on the 12th day of every month. Before I could work out the details January had passed, but I think I’ve figured out a way to morph the game just a tad! So, I’m going to start in February! (Even if I’m a few days behind).
Here we go!
- Each month document your soaping/bath product making in 12 pictures.
- One picture MUST be taken on the 12th of the month. If you’re not making/working/doing something soap related that day it’s ok! Take a picture of your empty work space, or if you’re on vacation share a vaca photo. You just have to have one photo taken on the 12th.
- Create a blog post of your 12 pictures (with a one or two sentence explanation)!
- Post the blog post on the last day of the month.
- Feel free to link your post back to mine so others can see your posts.
On February 28th I’ll post my first “12 in 12” (I did change the name slightly to match up a bit more with the morphed version of this game). Feel free to participate and post your own “12 in 12” as well!
I think this will be, if nothing else, fascinating for me to go and look back over the past 11 months at the end of the year to see how my work load changes. And how I documented it in pictures! And hopefully, you my loyal readers, will enjoy the journey I share as well!
This one smells like bubblegum candy to me. Not the overpowering kid bubblegum, but a mellow and spicy yummy bubblegum. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as did.
Sweet Cakes describes it as:
A nice, mellow blend — the sweetness of plum warmed up and mellowed with a spice mixture.
I did a reverse imprint on the bottom of the soap. Isn’t it pretty? I was surprised how much I liked it. I think I like the balance and contrast of the overall bar.
My printer just died and the one I updated to doesn’t take the same ink and of course I’d just restocked on ink big time gearing up for busy label printing season. So I’m selling my ink! If you have an HP printer that uses 564 I have ink for you! Prices don’t include shipping.
4 Pack (XL Black/Colors): $55 (normally sold for $67+)
Two Pack Black Ink: $20 each (normally sold for $26+) 3 available
Single Black: $10 (normally sells for $12-16 each)
Single Yellow: $10 (normally sells for $12-16 each)
Single Cyan: $10 (normally sells for $12-16 each)
Single Magenta: $10 (normally sells for $12-16 each)
If you’re interested in any comment here of email me at JenniferSoap@gmail.com
I always find these “year in review” reports interesting! I have lots in store for 2016! I need to sit and find some time to write my posts, but until then have fun with these stats!
What cracks me up is some of my most viewed posts this year were not posts from this year (or even last year) but previous years!
I had visitors from 176 different countries!! How cool is that. Thanks Anne-Marie from SoapQueen! You made the most comments on my blog this year! Totally appreciate your support!
Happy New Year!
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
A couple times I’ve had customers or friends come up and tell me they used one of my products for something other than it was intended and it worked great! It’s really fun to hear them so happy about finding a new use for said product. A lot of times I share this with other customers asking about products. My body butter has multiple uses as does my foot balm.
The other day my best friend’s sister who has two children still in diaper told me how she took one of my lip balms and labeled it “Butt Stick” and has been using it to help soothe diaper rash. A while back I’d actually done some research on making a diaper rash cream for another friend. I never did anything with it, but when she started talking about my lip balm I realized that the recipe I created way back when for the diaper rash cream was almost similar to my lip balm recipe with a few exceptions the biggest being there was no beeswax in it.
I decided to pull out the old recipe I’d created and alter it from a butter to a balm. I call it Baby “Butt” Balm (affectionately referred to by family and friends now as the “Butt Stick”). I’ve had friends and family testing it to see what they think. We’ll see what the result is over the next few months…but potentially a new product might come to my bath product line!