after sharing my misadventures w/ that latest batch of soap, several of my soapmaking friends & colleagues contacted me to let me know that they've had similar experiences, and lived to tell the tale. One gal in particular shared an incident in her soap room that was a first for me. A soap volcano is something I've never heard of... but she sent me photos... truly spectacular! All I can say is ....wow.
In all my years of making soap, I've never had a batch fail until today. I tried a sparkly new technique, and it (mostly) came out really cool.. but I got the temps wrong, and the soap itself has come out sort of crumbly. No can use. Still, I look at this as a big lesson.. be more careful next time, don't get carried away, don't rush.
but in other news, I've gotten a few fall/winter fairs on to my schedule for this year, should be grand fun. I am hoping to have loads more successful soaps ready for the season, as well as a few new items in the Sundry category.
Yep.. I'll probably be doing it again! Tried rebatching... aka using up perfectly good soap scraps and making something new & usable out of them. The process is pretty simple - grind up the scraps, then melt them all together until they form a sort of mashed potato consistency, then... well, then the fun begins. You could color the soap, scent it, stir in some botanical filler or even add in a touch of extra moisturizing oil.. within reason, there is no end to the fun you can have here! I had a grand old time with this first attempt. There WILL be more!
well, mixed blessings here. I now find myself Job Free.. simultaneously fabulous & scary. I didn't especially like the job, or rather I loved the amazing clientele, but not the actual work, nor most of my co-workers. It will be interesting to see where I land now while I wait and work on Wooly Bear realizing its potential. This little biz isn't really little - it is microscopic, like a carrot seed. Drop it in the soil and be patient, diligent and mindful of its needs and you MIGHT get a big ol' carrot Bugs Bunny would be proud to munch, or .. well, y'know!
I want to throw a shout out to all the folks who have believed in the soaps, who know how good they are. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support, and knowing that it isn't just me who thinks the soaps are awesome. I will continue to work hard at turning out good stuff for y'all... promise!
Vermont soapmaking knitter with a thing for working Border collies