Summer has kicked in, boy it's hot! Not my favorite time of year. My trail is short lately. I run to and from the shop and occasionally wander by the fabric shop, but that's about it. All traveling is enhanced with the power of air. So very thankful for air conditioning. Aren't you? My studio sits below the main level so its nice and cool. It's the place to be when it gets this hot outside.
Inside and the shop is filling with fresh lavender bundles and a variety of dried flower assortments. A subtle transformation is happening. I picked up some lovely organic cotton yarn a few weeks ago and started making fall, winter hats for the shop. I call that one the hydrangea hat since the yarns colors are almost identical to the dried blossoms in the hydrangea wreath.
The soap table is filled with new flavors. Pumpkins and Myrrh's, Vanilla and Chocolate, Plums and Apples, Cranberry and Cinnamon. I can hardly stand it! Excited and thrilled to be creating new soaps for fall and winter. Making the round soap too. You've probably read about my round versus square thoughts. I've touched on the subject more than once.
At the shop... And the inventory of everlasting.
Larkspur, Lavender, Star Flowers, Snow Berries, Straw Flowers, Baby's Breath, Seeded Eucalyptus, Hydrangea. Kind of resembles a flower shop, but some of you already know that if I didn't have a soap shop girl I'd have a flower shop, restaurant next on that list.
I'm happily content having my little hand made shop. Thank you God for blessing me more than I deserve.
Hot outside, hot inside.
Not really hot inside, thank goodness, but some of the hot numbers being snatched at the soap shop on water street, aka, the hand made shop.
Hydrangea, Dry Oil flavored with Lemon Verbena, Soap of course, Honey Peach Lip Balm, Original Lemon Rosemary Sugar Scrub, Aprons, Room Sprays and Bath Salt. Not in that order, but a run on all.
It takes some getting used to I believe. Most folks are accustomed to purchasing items, gifts at a shop and then returning to purchase more of the same item. A hand made shop is somewhat different from other shops in sometimes the last creation is purchased and it is never again seen. Oh no, say it ain't true! Our soap menu is a perfect example of that philosophy. Each season the soap menu changes. What was once available, may not be the next time you visit. The hats, aprons, wide leg pants, shorts, bags, sachets, are hand made and one of a kind. You won't find them in other stores. I believe that sets my shop apart from others. Another perk in the hand made business... If I do happen to run out of something, I can easily make it and have it the next day. Which means, my little hands are spinning, turning and whipping out almost 24/7. Really. I'm not complaining. I conclude that this life is the one meant for me. I love making things, always have. Once again, but not saying it lightly. Thank you God for blessing me more than I deserve.
Having explained that, it's time to put those thoughts into action.
Making a new soap today. Although I haven't decided which flavor yet. So many choices, it's hard to choose. Apple or pumpkin. What's a soap making girl to do?
Enjoy caring and sharing days. .