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Sunday, January 26, 2014

yeah you!

It's come to my attention that you havent told all your friends about handmade soap! Please let them know, it's fabulous for sensitive skin. A good place to start is the Murray Bar, named after me! Please do tell your friends!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Limited Edition

You guys know how I love to do a Limited Edition soap for you whenever I can, this time I had something fun to play with. One of my suppliers sent me some "day-glo orange" colorant. The funny thing is, just because it says it's orange, it doesn't mean it will be in the finished product, you just sort of cross your fingers and hold your breath! I did the scent in Almond and Orange, you guys really like that one so I did a nice large batch so it will be available for all my Markets starting January 19th (Sunday). So below are pix of the soap in the mold, just cut, and finished :-)
See how pink it looks?
In case you wanted to see it sideways :-)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Small Changes

I'm always looking for ways to make things easier and run more efficiently in the studio. I recently aquired this cool baker's rack and it will make inventory control for the lip butters so much easier. Prior to this, I had them on another shelf and they were higher up so it was harder to see how many lip butters were already made up. The shelf behind it by the way, with the cool design is the one I bought at the Jack of All Trades at Jack London Square the last time I did that event, you can never have too many shelves ya know! Small changes can make a big difference!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 2014 and other musings

So Happy new year! I hope the new year is off to a good start for you! The holidays were super busy for me, as they are every year, I am STILL trying to catch up, but I am getting there. In the midst of all the craziness I was cutting 80# of soap and heard "ping" and only one thing that I know of makes that noise: the wire on my cutter snapping! So the last time I had it re-strung, no one around here would touch it, it's very daunting, and so I sent it back to Michigan where it was handmade to the tune of $30 for shipping! I looked at the site where I bought it and they no longer make that model, too hard to re-string! (it uses a long piece of guitar or piano wire). So my husband was asking how long I'd had that one and I said better than 10 years, and he said I was due a new one anyhow, so it's on order! The one I was going to get is called "the Tank" and almost $300, but I decided to see how hard it was to re-wire, not bad, although I found another that's even easier and is handmade like the original, we love handmade as you know! So until it comes, I hope you guys appreciate uneven soap slices, cutting them bar by bar is NOT my idea of fun! Here's the new one
I had been getting a lot of requests to make the Winter Dreams holiday soap a year round soap, so I did that for you, it's renamed Hoopla, here's the new label, isn't it pretty?
A new year always brings bright new possibilities. My focus for the new year is "Balance and streamlining" and so to that end I'll be only doing 10 feet of table rather than 12 feet most of the time, and I have discontinued the Mini's. Trying to mostly focus on the core products. As always I am going to try to make more time for fun stuff, you know, movies, books, general goofing off! I am going to really try to do a post every week too, we'll see how THAT goes! So, I hope you have a wonderful year, may you achieve all your goals!