Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

So I've been on a little break lately.  I took the summer off from soaping to enjoy baseball, softball, chasing a 2 year old and celebrating my entire family's birthdays, one every month starting in May. I also enjoyed a mission trip to Oklahoma and a family vacation to Colorado Springs.  But alas, all good things must come to an end, and by this I mean we are enjoying the last days of Summer.  Will I be sorry to see it go?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  I spent nearly every day sweating at one kid activity or another and I cannot wait to greet Fall with open arms.  Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this summer and enjoyed making many memories, I'm just ready to make memories in cooler weather.

This coming weekend is Labor Day weekend and we get to enjoy even more family coming to visit. I'm going to enjoy one last, long weekend and then it's time to crank up production again and prepare for the busy Fall and Christmas holiday events.  I've been making soap the last couple weeks since that has a 4-6 week cure time, I have to prepare a bit in advance for that.  Be looking for many of them to hit the Etsy store soon.  My Etsy shop is looking pretty sad lately due to lack of variety but that will change soon.  And all soaps that are listed there right now have been marked down to $3.50 per bar, so now is a good time to stock up!

So what's new?  Well, we have a lovely selection of soaps coming up which all are reminiscent of 'home.'  I have an apple cider soap, chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, white chocolate chunk brownie, maple pecan, cracklin' birch and fresh brewed coffee.  I also had someone request a 'Tommy-like' soap, so that is nicely curing away and will be ready any day now.  The salt bars have had a nice long cure and I plan to test them out this evening and will report back on how that performs.  If you don't remember the post on them, you can read that HERE.

I also had a customer request a coffee scrub, which had been on my to-do list to try for awhile now.  I made a batch up tonight.  Be looking for some new and improved sugar scrubs, lotions and new flavors of lip balms.  This summer I tweaked my lip balm recipe a little bit and also added a new line of all-natural lip balms which are flavored with essential oils.  I've been mostly happy with those, however I think I will be subbing Mango butter in for the shea butter to give the recipe a smoother texture.  

So that pretty much sums up my summer and gives you a sneak peak as to what's coming up!  My first event of the fall is the Fall Fest in Concordia which is the last weekend in September.  Fall Fest is always a great weekend full of vendors, music, food and lots of kids activities!

Off to salt bar testing!!


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