Hello again, everyone!
Have any of you ever been in one of those moods - a mood where you feel restless and like you need to DO something but you aren't quite sure what that something is? That describes my mood today. Occasionally, I am struck with random bouts of wanderlust, wherein I have a strong desire to run to my car, get in, and just go. I never know where I'd go, how long I'd be, or what I'd do once I got to where ever it was I was going (I imagine I'd know once I got there). I am feeling like that today. It always seems to be accentuated with the turning of the seasons, especially in the fall. It probably also has something to do with the fact that one of my best friends is leaving next week to go to England for two weeks, and I won't fit in the suitcase to tag along. Bah humbug!
So instead, I'm channeling my need to do something into writing a few blogs and working more on my policies. I am also cleaning out my closet. It's sort of a weird thing to do, but it's necessary. :) I tend to hoard things. "But I might need this someday!" I tell myself, stashing it yet again for a few more years. Yeah, it's time to get over that, put on my big girl panties, and really make an effort to de-clutter.
Anyway, on to the point of this blog! My co-worker's sister's bridal shower was last weekend, and she texted me that evening to say:
"The soap favors were a huge hit! Everyone loved them and my sister was so excited! And I used one tonight and am in love! It's so lathery and soft and smells incredible. I want to try all of your soaps haha. You are extremely talented!"
THAT MADE MY WHOLE FREAKING WEEKEND, YOU GUYS!! I was so incredibly flattered and it made me feel awesome! I love being able to help people and make things that make people happy..it was the best feeling!
She sent me a couple of pictures, which I've included below (with her permission) to show how she wrapped them as the final product. I also included some of the preliminary test photos from when I was helping her pick out color schemes, frosting decoration, and fragrances. Her sister's bridal shower was a Kate Spade "Southern" themed shower, and the colors were black, gold, pink and white. She had originally told me lime green and pink, which I believe were the bridal colors, but ultimately decided on a black/white/gold/pink scheme for the cupcakes. I made fifty in total, and one half was vanilla & honey fragrance while the other half was white tea & ginger and peach fragrance. I made her little spade embeds to put on each of the cupcakes, and did a gold mica dusting on the "frosting." The vanilla and honey cupcakes sported a brown base, white "frosting" and of course the gold dusting with a pink spade. The white tea & ginger and peach cupcakes had a white base with pink frosting, gold dusting, and a black spade. Here is an Instagram photo I posted (for some reason my other photos didn't get backed up, waaah!) of the final product for each:
I did a lot of test work to make sure she'd be happy with the end result, and tried to communicate with her throughout the entire process. As I move forward towards formally taking custom orders, communication and informing my customer of each step of the project, explaining how things work (like vanillin in soaps turning the end result brown, for instance!), and making sure to get the utmost benefit out of the end soap for my customer are goals I am going to strive for very hard. Being able to work with Heather, as well as a couple other customers (I've done three other custom orders in the last few months and am setting out to do a fourth here in the next couple weeks) has been a really good benchmark and learning experience for me. I am really looking forward to doing more of this for people!
In the end, I am sooooooooooo pleased that Heather and the bridal shower guests enjoyed their cupcakes. I hope that everyone loves them as much as she did! I am both humbled and proud of how they turned out! And I absolutely LOVE how she wrapped and decorated them for her final favor. I know from having done my Sister-In-Law's that it was probably a LOT of work!! What an awesome sister Heather's sister has in her! And what an awesome thing for me to be even a very small part of!
That is it for now, I am off to do more closet cleaning! Enjoy the photos, and have a wonderfully soapy day!
Elizabeth is a new to soap making, and wishes to share her journey in learning to make cold process soap with the hope that it will help other newbies who may stumble upon this site as a resource. From swirl techniques, choosing colors, combining fragrances, embeds, toppers, and textures, she chronicles her lessons and stories here.