It's probably obvious to you that I'm obsessed with blue hues about now. It shall pass, as color preferences usually fade and another is replaced. Not for a while though, I'm really into that dark navy shade.
It's been a couple of weeks since we tore into the "Soap House" studio. We've been upgrading the small space to make better use for manufacturing. Honestly, I've had little motivation to dig into the sorting and clearing of shop merchandise items, fifty pounds of this, that, an enormous fabric stash, shipping boxes, and simply put, I'm not into that at the moment.
Yesterday however, I had an urge to rap it up. It was driving me mad! My work spaces are cluttered with necessary equipment, not unnecessary equipment, so I need to find a good spot for storing things when not in use.
The rooms are coming along nicely, and I'm making progress. I'm sorting though fabric, ribbon, patterns, and other notions. Then there's the collection of vintage linens, tablecloths, napkins, embroidery. On top of that, oodles of containers of oils need to make Bittersweet Soap. With that, soap that needs to be cut, soap that is curing, soap that needs wrapped, soap that, okay, you get the picture. Oh and I forgot about shipping boxes, tape, labels, all that stuff needs to be located in the same spot for easy access so that I cans ship orders efficiently and quickly.
It was kind of fun sorting though the patterns. After rummaging through them all, probably over one-hundred, I decided that if I need to whip up anything I've got the pattern!
All this soap house stuff produces an assortment of challenges and creativity on how to organize and make better use of the space so that production can be more efficient. It's not a matter of wanting, it's a matter of requirement.
When I began sorting through my fabric stash my mind was muffled with over overwhelming feelings. I ended up with seven extra large bags of fabric. Really cool fabric that shall be used to create an array of things. I'm donating the fabric to a good friend that I know will put it to use. Now the fabric shelf is cleared and I can have more room for daily duds.
It's been about ten years since I last sorted through the soap house on the hill, and during that time things were much different. My studio functioned as a shop in addition to manufacturing, and at a much small scale than it is now. I was sewing up a storm at that time. Now, little time is allowed for so much sewing soap manufacturing and apothecary takes center stage now. Isn't it kind of cool how spaces change over time?
This little closet that sits in the studio is about to be transformed. It's currently put together to be used as a multi functioning area. Drives me crazy, to have multi functioning areas! Just say' in. I prefer spaces to be designed specifically for one use, and one use only. When you suffer from this crazy disorder, it brings with it a number of challenges in addition to the ones that were already there, because of the extraordinary way the space is used. I'm cooking up a storm in the space, but not food, soap!
Glass apothecary jars are filled with herbs, and waxes, and clays, and powders.
Anyway, the space is slowly coming along. I'm anxious now to get it done. I'll keep you posted with after pictures and I think you'll enjoy seeing the little soap house on the hill set up.
Many good thoughts.