Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I have been organizing the new soap studio...and while it is not completely done (I am still making soap in my home kitchen) I have started curing soaps in the studio, storing soaps on the shelves and shipping orders. Here are a few photos I thought I would share with you.
Soaps all cured and ready for sale. I keep all the individual fragrances in separate plastic tubs, labeled for easy identification. Did you know that I have over 1300 soaps in stock right now!?
Soap ends/slices. I save the ends of each log of soap and package them up in clear takeout containers. I sell them as Soap Slices as a kind-of pot luck of soap fragrances, you never know what you will get!
Soaps curing on the rack. Each batch of soap is on 1 tray. The soaps cure for 4-6 weeks, which means the water is evaporating to create a hard, long lasting bar of soap. Here I have Oatmeal, Honey & Milk soap along with Walk In The Woods, Karma, Goat Milk Unscented, Unscented w/ Oatmeal and much more.
A collection of my fragrance and essential oils.
I track all the batches that I make. I write down the date made and how many batches to keep track of how often I am making a certain type of soap. This also helps me track my ingredients for the year, how much I used etc.
That's all I have for now. Work continues in the soap studio. I still have a whole wall to paint, a counter top to install, a large central worktable to be built and some shelving to add.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wow. I found this incredible product. Peanut Butter Flour. The idea here is that you are saving a ton of calories by not eating any of the oils found in peanut butter. I have added it to my breakfast oatmeal and made an incredibly delicious peanut butter/vanilla shake (almond milk - less calories, light ice cream - also less calories, and the peanut butter powder). I haven't found it locally (health food stores or other) but ordered it online via Amazon. Yum!
Monday, May 9, 2011
I turn 40 this year. I actually feel like I am part of a club. I have lots of friends on Face Book that have been turning before me and almost every week I wish another classmate or friend a Happy, Happy Birthday. I have some fun things I would like to do before my big day (which is early August) and need some help adding to my list. Any ideas?
Forty Things Before Forty Years1
4 Watch 4 new movies at other peoples suggestions.
5 Try 5 new cocktails.
6 Buy 6 new pairs of super awesome earrings.
7 Compliment 7 strangers.
8 Leave 8 lucky quarters on the ground.
9 Read 9 new books.
10 Learn to say hello in 10 different languages
12 Try 12 new foods I have never tasted before.
14 Buy 14 new CD’s
15 Tip a waitress $15 above average
27 Clean my closet and give away 27 things.
30 Avoid anything with modern technology for at least 30 minutes!
40! Make 40 cupcakes!
You see the pattern here, right? HELP! I need your ideas. Lay ‘em on me!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
I've been busy. My life has kidnapped me and I had several days (weeks really) where I had to take time to work on "life" stuff and push my businesss/house/fun/husband stuff aside. I have been working a little bit on some soap making, soap studio improvements, blogging, farmers market meetings, farmers market selling and much more as best I can.
I finally decided that I need to find some time to work on that list I have of things I want to do but have been putting off. One of those things was to find some time to get outside each day and enjoy! I found a new favorite space to walk and reflect. Here are some pictures I snapped today.
Oh, there are more items on that list. Much, much more. I will be sure to work on it and share some of it here with you. Do you have a list? What is stopping you from chipping away at those items? I say, get started, now! Ready? Go!