December 30, 2016
As 2016 comes to an end can I give you all a challenge? Try something new this coming year. Whether it’s soap/bath product related or life related. Find something that fascinates you or intrigues you or frightens you (there’s been plenty of soap making related products I’ve put off making for fear of the challenge!). And do it. Make mistakes. Learn from them. I plan to do the same. Something soap related and something life related. I’ll post about them in the coming year and invite you to share as well!
Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s to a successful 2017!
December 14, 2016
I’m starting to put together my 2017 calendar, goals, and wish list (to accomplish) and that means starting to plan blog posts for the year. I do like to put together tutorials. This year I managed to do some large tutorials and some mini ones and it was fun!
I want your feedback. What would you like to see? I know there’s so much out there already on just about every topic, but we all approach things a little differently and so I still think it’s worth doing tutorials. Anyway, I want to hear what you want! Let me know and I’ll start trying to work that into 2017’s Plans!
December 9, 2016
I’ve run a few times in my life, but these days I tend to charge forward!
December 1, 2016
Vanilla Champagne…I had really good intentions with this soap, but it just didn’t do what I wanted. There’s just too much gold. I really like the stamps, but I needed to do something to break up the expanse of gold soap…maybe if I’d added starts or something. I don’t know. I just wasn’t really happy with how this one turned out.
A sparkling aldehydic accent creates a fizzy effect for the citrus top notes of lime and orange to open this blend. Hints of green floral and rum liquor notes from the fragrant heart. Clear woody tones combine with earthy accents while a base of vanilla bean surrounds the fragrance.
November 25, 2016
As I come close to finishing a fifth year of business I sit here and reflect that all of this happened because I wasn’t happy with my current job before I started my own business. I was kind pushed into starting a business because of outside circumstances. I wonder how long it would have taken me to jump in and start my business otherwise. All I can say is I’m so glad life worked out as it did. Those first months of being unemployed were not fun and were very stressful, but once I stopped being stressed I realized an opportunity had been dumped right in my lap.
I work my tail off, but I’m so much happier than I was five years ago.
November 21, 2016
If you remember last April (I know that was a long time ago) I planned the Bridal Shower for my sister around a sunflower theme. Well this November I was once again in charge of shower planning. This time for a baby shower. Yup, I’m gonna be an aunt again (December 25 due date). I keep giving my sister grief that she had to pick the BUSIEST time of the year for me ;). Every weekend is booked with shows and basically I couldn’t get there. What I did…I found someone to help cover my event on Saturday so I could drive down to PA on Friday night, do the shower on Saturday and then drive home Saturday night in time for my Sunday event. Exhausted doesn’t begin to cover how I was feeling on Monday!
But, it was worth it. I don’t know how party planners do it. It’s exhausting! Maybe my OCD and Type A personality don’t help things…control freak has been used a time or two to describe me ha! But it’s so worth it. The outcome was absolutely adorable. I went with a Safari/Jungle theme (since we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl). And when I do a theme…I do a theme :D.
Everything from the food tags, the gift bags, games, and decorations fit a theme. Check it out. Pictures describe the event so much better than words ever will!
Some ducks just didn’t want to stay afloat!
Cake: This cake came out better than I hoped for and made me do happy dances all day every time I saw it.
I saved the favors for last, because I am beyond proud of them! I worked my tail off on these. 48 favors took me about 10 hours to make. So incredibly labor intensive, but oh they were worth it. I learned a few things to do and not do along the way, so I could cut down on the time a bit in the future, but overall these are not easy to make. I created five animal soaps: Lion, Tiger, Zebra, Giraffe, and Gorilla. The lion and the giraffe are my favorites, but I love them all, especially together. (Tomorrow I’ll have blog post on all the steps it took to just create these cute fellas).
And this is what happens when your brother-in-law gets hold of your camera :P. Ha!