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The Soap Room

20 May

I love my soap room.  I always have my soaps in there and lotion, but it also gives me the freedom to be creative and fun and you never know what all I’m going to have for sale.  I have some of my book art, and I have lots of good ideas for more creative things (if I ever have time to do them).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to be open on Saturdays yet this spring because of my driveway.  Seriously.  I have been afraid to take my car through it with all the rainy weather we’ve had.  I’ve been trying to get through planting season before bugging my nephew about it.

On Thursday, however, I didn’t have work because of power outages, and I figured it was too wet for the nephew to be doing anything so I gave him a call.  He had a load of rock delivered.

Then he came out with the backhoe.

By the time he left, it was amazing!  I won’t have to park my car up north and take the Ranger with its swamp tires through the driveway now (Okay, I hadn’t actually done that yet, but I was afraid I would have to if it didn’t have gravel before the additional inch or more we had on Friday and into today.)

Even better, I can open the soap room again for next Saturday.  Although I have a lot of work to do before it will be ready.  I’ve been in a soap making mode lately.

spellbound woods, cherry blossom, clean coconut and magnolia

I did plain soap and five new kinds today.  The new ones won’t be ready for sale for three weeks.

rustic woods and rum, grass smoothie, dogwood and ginger, plain, apple and sage, and Tahitian vanilla

I’ll just have to get everything put up and set things out for selling mode.  But also want to make another four or five batches of soap tomorrow, and I have to restock my insect repellent lotion bars.  I have a lot of work to do this week, but I’m excited to be back open again!

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Soapy Weekend

8 May

I knew I’d been selling quite a few soaps.  It hit me that my shelves are starting to look bare.  I did a quick inventory and found that there are twenty varieties of soap that I have six or fewer bars left, and the farmer’s market starts in just a few weeks.

I made my goal for this weekend to be all the soaps that I had only three or four bars left.

I did it!

I got six batches made!  My shelves look a lot better.

Now I need to move on to the ones that there’s only five of.  I also think there’s a clearance variety or two that I might try making fresh again.

I do hope you’ll join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.

New Soaps

8 Nov

I’m still making soaps for Christmas.  Since they have to cure for three weeks, it’s important to get them done as quickly as I can.  All of the soaps on this shelf (except the bottom left) are batches that I just made.  I already shared the fresh mango.  There’s also almond biscotti and Zanzibar spice.

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Here is Rain.

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This one is violet.

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I’m getting there!