Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Catching Up!

Well! I've been nicely busy! Nice in that it's manageable. I am never, ever, bored.

Edit 11:20am - I saw this *great* dragonfly this morning. Had to insert it into the blog!

So let's see... last week one of my projects was trying to dislodge some soap out of a round mold. This particular mold is an air assist mold which has worked great in the past, but this time the seal broke. There I was looking at a really nice smelling PVC pipe.

Ugh. So I set out to fix the seal. Which I did. The problem was that the seal in the soap tube was stronger than the two top epoxy. So the air assist wasn't going to work. The seal is still plenty usable. All is not lost. I just have to fix the other parts of the mold now. Because I broke it.

But in the end, four cans of veggies and some serious force... we got it out.

And the end result is worth it.

I will be able to fix the mold and use it again. I've also found a liner to use in it. The soap meanwhile, is curing on the rack. It's nicely scented with Red Apple fragrance. I'll let everyone know when it's in the Etsy shop. -H

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Happy Place

Note: What you won't see pictures of in today's post:

1. Me & my girls at the gas station trying to pump air into my vertical soap mold and having no luck.
2. Me at my local hardware store getting 2 ton glue to fix the seal on said vertical mold.

I am relatively confident that I'll get the soap out of my vertical mold by the end of next week. How's that for confidence? Meanwhile... today was a long day of soaping away. Pictures of soap will have to wait because yesterday we lived in our happy place. Yaaaaaaaaay!

This is one of the amazing dragonflies that hangs out in our yard. They are huge and I love them.

In the mornings I try and spend time in the garden when it's quiet and cool. The quiet is what I like best.

While I'm out there, I snitch peas.

And I spoil the bunny. After that I do stuff. You know. Clean. Laundry. Buy milk. Make trips to the library. Make stuff. Break stuff. Glamorous stuff like that.

Until the bat phone rings and then we go to the beach. And we wait. And play. And if we're lucky...

... we see whales. Not the best photo... but hey. Whatever. Not bad for a quick trip to the beach. -H

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Righting the ship

"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy." ~Lucille Ball

Baby Grapes - I counted 12 clusters.

I had an amazing week. Beach time, friend time, family time, fun time.

I hear your voices out there. they're saying, "Hey, I don't see any soap photos here, missy."

This is true. I also had some great business time. One things that I learned this week is that what I do and who I am are intertwined. Often, I try to keep it all separate. But how will you why I picked certain colors for a soap if I don't tell you all about that amazing caterpillar I saw? I don't make soap so I can say that I run a business. I make soap because I like to make soap. My husband says that my business statement should be, "Make soap I like and maybe sell some." I have something else in mind. I'm working on a mission statement and not really a business statement. It has me thinking. And enjoying what I do a lot more.

I hope you do too.