Monday, January 2, 2012

...And a Peek Ahead

For the last month now, I've been mulling over upcoming projects and goals for the upcoming year.  I'm so excited to get the new year started and to dive into some new projects!  I thought I'd share a few of my "soapy" goals...

1. I'd like to learn a new skill.  I've been reading up on making liquid soap and cream soap and I think the liquid soap will be my focus.  Any thoughts from those who've tried either or both?

2. My interest in herbs preceded my interest in soapmaking and I want to incorporate herbs more prominently in my products.  I love herbs!  I recently realized that I grew 30 different herbs in my (used-to-be!) flower beds last year.  It didn't seem like that many, mainly because many are immature and I couldn't harvest as much as I will next year.   

3. I was given a book on crafting fragrances.  While I'm not into making perfumes and colognes (yet?) there are some techniques that I can use in blending fragrances in soapmaking.  So I want to start doing more of that and coming up with more of "my own" fragrance/essential oil blends. 

4. It's time to start using my own head and not rely on computer-based lye calculators.  The way I see it, a computer should be a useful tool, not a must in order to make a batch of soap.

And this is a start.  Besides these, I have Scads of ideas, opportunities, and experiments that I'll be recording throughout the year.

Any goals you'd like to share?  You'll probably inspire me to add to my ever-growing list!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Amy, First of all Happy New Year to you, hope it will be a good soapmaking year, and it's really amazing but your goals are much like mine.
    I just took a book home from the library it's all about Herbs, and about the fragrances, I saw on this site in Holland how to combine different fragrances into your own blend, looking into that also.
    My goal for this year is to join at least one Country and Lifestyle market ( they sell lots of Handmade there), but I heard it's very costly, but w'll see.
    Nice that we can all inspire each other.
    Greetings
    Carol

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  2. I'm hoping for good things this year, too, Carole! You keep me updated on your soap/herb adventures, and I'll try to do the same for you so we can spread the inspiration! :)

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