New year, New Cottage right?!

Welcome 2019! I am pretty indifferent to see 2018 go, it wasn’t a bad year by no means but is wasn’t a stellar year either. If I had to define it in a word I would say CHANGE was the word or 2018. We had so many things change, some good and some bad. I already have my word for 2019 as well it is BALANCE.

I am going to BALANCE my checkbook with more accuracy than last year. I had a few booboos with that. I am going to BALANCE the soap and nursery of the cottage better with my family and work life. I am going to BALANCE family and work life…see I need lots of BALANCE this year and hope to figure that out.

I can say ending 2018 with the addition for the Teany Cottage Nursery was pretty awesome. I really enjoyed dropping off our first baby. I started painting reborn babies to donate to nursing care facilities and that is the nursery that I am speaking off and the babies are dolls. I speak of them as babies because they look very real and some are even weighted to feel more realistic as well.

So what is your word of the year????

New soaptastic goodies…

I am very excited for some new soap goodies. I love getting new molds because that means I have some fun things in mind for them. I have a couple more molds to get so I can make something very special for Valentines day. I think it will be a fun gift to give but we will see what everyone else things after I get it done.

As for today I am unsure what scent to make cranberry or coconut. I am torn between still being in the holiday season scents or the ready for summer and beachy scents. I posted a poll up on the Facebook page so hopefully we get some feedback from that to so I don’t have to choose.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead and lots of crafting fun.

Life is beyond crazy…

I am horrible at posting here and up dating but I am making going to do my best to get better. I had a printer issue and was unable to add the new soaps for the big sale Saturday. However I have since fixed that issue, so I will be labeling soaps today.  I have also lost all of my recipes because one of the little ones thought it was trash and threw my folder away, never a dull moment here at the cottage.

I am preparing to get some more soaps on the shelf now. I spent the morning cleaning and reorganizing my soap shelves so that they are ready to go. I also have new molds coming and going to be making a special soap this month, although it wont be ready until January, my one year soapaversary is in December. I have been getting great feedback from my soaps so that is nice.

Goodness Life has been so busy….

Oh my goodness life has been so crazy that the soap shelf is empty. I know I know that is unacceptable. So today I am going to make the special order I got for Christmas for 20 bars of soap..awesomeness. I am also going to try to make some coal soap and see how that turns out. I am unsure how well it will work since I have never tried anything quite like I am attempting today but since coal is ugly it seem I really can not mess it up to much.

Soap dough is a no go in my world right now. With the holiday season fast approaching I am working more and more at the regular job and having less time for soap exploration. Therefore I have tabled most things until the new year just because I don’t want to get to overwhelmed and crash. I don’t know about you but if I take on to much and get overwhelmed it tents to end badly and this lesson took me years to learn, so now I try to keep that from happening. So what are some products you would like to see from the Teany Cottage next year??

Packaging….

We have made a change to our packaging. It was not by choice but by supply and demand..the store didn’t have the supply I needed but I still have a demand so I got another color of wraps. I think the brown works as well.

The soap shelf is also half empty now and if all goes well I will have a second shelf to fill by the end of the weekend. I will be making the special order of 20 soaps today and then another loaf for the store. I haven’t been able to soap as much as I wanted to the past few weeks, my other job had me working extra hours.

What scents would you like to see next??

Soap Dough

I have been wanting to try my hand at soap dough for awhile. I have been researching and learning everything I possibly can. I finally got the gumption to try to make something and here is the results of my first soap dough attempt.

Granted these are not very great but I am happy with them for a first attempt and will only get better as I keep trying. I think I am going to need another recipe for the dough as this one is very sticky and makes it hard to work with. I am still very excited to try again and to use these on a soap very soon.

Hello world!

Hello y’all. I am telling you what I really wish that I would have taken and technology course on all the internet and web page stuff before learning it like I am now. I might look at the local community collage and see if they offer a class that might help me. I really want to share my love of soap making and the whole learning process with everyone because I think that many people are afraid to fail so they don’t start when it comes to a new hobby. I know what I started looking into soap making I was overwhelmed and sure I was going to fail and end up in the hospital to boot. I have had a failure or five along the way. I thankfully have not ended up in the hospital but I am very careful following the safety guidelines when it comes to working with lye.

The most amazing part of the journey so far has been getting to share my creations with others. Therefore the point of this page is to share about techniques I am learning and experimenting with, along with ideas I want to try and soaps on my curing shelf. Therefore you will want to check back often to see what it new and exciting around the cottage. I hope you have a wonderful day.