Happy new year and a quick update.

Sorry this is a bit late coming! I mean it’s practically half way through January already!

I’ve had a bit of a time of it between Christmas and New Year with house stuff going on, central heating being fitted, massive deliveries of ingredients arriving at home at the same time as all the work going on, workmen everywhere and a filthy cold that’s now gone onto my chest just to add to the fun.  I’m coughing like I smoke woodbines and my voice has gone all croaky so I gravitate between sounding like a 13 year old boy and honking like a goose! I’m really looking forward to the germs shifting and next week when all the work on the house is done and I can start to find my house again, which has disappeared under piles of ‘stuff’ that I haven’t been able to sort as I’ve been too ill.  Happy days!

Needless to say I haven’t had much chance to make soap and products but I’m so looking forward to getting back to it very soon.  For all my lovely customers who are waiting for me to make stuff I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience and understanding.

It’s not easy being a one woman band and when life gets in the way of soap making you just have to try to balance things out as best as you can.  Not long now guys I promise!

The great bath bomb dilemma

I was amazed at the amount of bath bombs and fizz bubbs I sold in the run up to Christmas.  It’s interesting to note that in the summer all I sell is shower gel and in the winter everyone wants a lovely bath!  I’ll be making bath bombs again very soon but the last lot I made did encounter a small problem.  I had some lovely friends Karen and Emma come to the soap shack for the day to help me make stuff.  They were amazing at making bath bombs for me and we had a great laugh doing them.  It’s worth noting that the day they made them it was raining.  I left the bath bombs in crates overnight to harden and the next day unmoulded them.

They were beautiful.  They’d done such a brilliant job  and I was so pleased to get ahead with the making. Here’s a picture of them (the one on the left).  However, over the course of the day in the cold damp soap shack, sadly the damp weather affected them and they started to grow…. and grow….. and, after about 6 hours, they ended up looking like the picture on the right!  Pretty scary, bubbly and huge and looking, not unlike, Edinburgh rock!  They were hard enough, they worked brilliantly but they just looked awful! So I have now come to the conclusion that I can’t make bath bombs in the soap shack during the winter months.  I am going to bring the whole bath bomb and fizz bubb making operation home with me to make in my kitchen and to dry them off in my new centrally heated home so that they will stay compact and smooth and lovely on the eye.  This is why there are no bath bombs at the moment as I’m in the catch 22 situation whereby I can’t make them at the moment as my house is in disarray.  Normal service will be resumed as soon as humanly possible.

A better dilemma – or Dial Emma as it were….

I have two friends called Emma.   One is the lovely lady who came to help make bath bombs.  She is a fantastic beauty therapist and in the spring she is going to be using my organic skincare products on her customers so it’s going to be a brilliant collaboration.  The other Emma is my lifeline!  She popped into the shop to see me a few weeks before Christmas and said she was at a loose end some weekends so would be happy to come in and help me in the shop whenever I needed her.  I took her up on her offer and blimey, did she help! All the little niggling jobs that were hanging over me that I just hadn’t got time to do she got done in about thirty seconds flat.  She’s amazing!  She has the ability to just get on with stuff which clears my mind so that I’m able to get on with making products. She’s great at wrapping, potting and labelling and she’s a whizz with admin so she just gets me back on track and helps me to focus on the important job of actually making products.  She’s going to be helping me out on a casual but regular basis whenever I need her so, hopefully, things will be a lot more organised from now on!  well that’s the plan anyway.   Emma’s… every home should have one – or two in my case!

In Conclusion…

Thank you for reading to the end of this tome of a blog.  Sorry I haven’t got more stuff in stock yet but if I don’t look after me for a while there won’t be anything in stock for months!  I’m so glad I’ve got some help now and that things will get back on track very soon. In the meantime here’s a sneaky peek of some new things that I have made recently.  They will be listed very soon.

Until next time
Lots of love
Sue xx

 

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