I'm feeling really good about this year. Really Good. The future is always unknown, but the past remains the same. Without the past, there would be no future. Stop the philosophical talk, Jill!
We're ushering in a Shiny New Year @ the Apothecary Shop on Water Street.
New paint colors, textures, aromatic tinctures, and one of a kind touch, feel and smell your way around.
Bittersweet will be celebrating twenty years of being in business on April 1, 2017.
Our past wraps itself around our future like a tight glove.
Winter Break is churning out new designs and creations. The Nouveu Bittersweets will be lining the shop shelves after the break. Soap production is back on schedule, and the studio is getting a much needed clear out. We're installing a shipping station, soap cutting counter, storage bins, and I'm sorting through fabric swatches.
Things have changed in the past ten years...
What once was a merchandise studio, is now a full blown warehouse, manufacturing, production facility, soap plant.
Boxes that store stuff will soon be labeled and sent to the back row. While everyday materials, such as fifty pound containers of soap oils, molds, equipment, the list goes on, soap cutters, essential oils. Now will be function over appearance. I'll start working on the new mini warehouse this week.
I'll be sharing some after pictures here.
I've often spoke about the highs and lows of having a business in your home.
Mostly highs, I'd say, personally. However, I'm somewhat of a clean freak, so having everything sorted and organized really appeals to my psyche.
We've had some funky winter weather here in Missouri. Extreme cold, and then unseasonable warm, back to Arctic cold, so on.
This soap maker has learned over the years, that when it gets that cold, my soap recipe often render's adverse effects. Nothing too serious, but just not my standard of soap perfection.
It's a good thing, I don't live in Alaska!
More than likely, most soap maker's don't have issues, but my recipe is finicky in that way.
Most soap maker's stir and stir until they achieve a trace, sometimes for a really long time. Over the past nineteen years, I've perfected the process, and have it down to five minutes. It's what I call a "Trade Secret". Some things are better left a secret! My little hand made company houses a closet of "trade secrets", tucked for safe keeping.
Nowadays, it seems that everyone wants a quick how to lessen. I'm a bit biased, because I've learned things though trial and error, and then passed on that knowledge through my work.
There isn't a week go by, that folks don't ask me how to do this, that, where, what? When Bittersweet was green, (newly founded), I was reluctant on how to politely advise other's whom asked these kind of questions. Often I would tell them, but afterwards I'd feel somewhat betrayed. Nowadays, I simply tell folks that ask, those are "Trade Secrets"
Everyone should have a few trade secrets... Don't you think?
It's busy manufacturing time again!
Have a safe and happy New Year!