Life got in the way

Hi friends!

I have been away for a couple of weeks and thought I should check in. 🙂
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Photo Shoot with a New Friend

A new friend arrived at my house today.   She is going to help me display my knitwear!   Because I am decidedly NOT photogenic, she is going to be my stand-in.    I haven’t decided “who she is” yet, so she has no name at the moment.

No, she’s not perfect.  She has no hair.  Her hands are a bit small.  Her feet and bust are a bit large.   Her legs are very long.   I doubt there are many women with her proportions.   Unfortunately, my feet are smaller than hers, so my boots won’t fit her, so for now, she is going in her stocking feet. Still, I was pleasantly surprised I was able to get her to wear some of my clothes (without even having to pin them)!  That was amazing (and strangely rewarding).

I thought about buying a dressmaker form, but I couldn’t really find any that I liked that were affordable.   There was one that I kind of liked, but the shipping on it cost more than the dress form cost, so I passed.  Then I found this mannequin at storesupply.com and she was only $99 with $20 shipping, so I pulled the trigger.

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An old dog, learning new tricks (how Craftsy hijacked my weekend)

For those of you who did not know, Craftsy had a free streaming weekend and you could watch all their videos.    I took the opportunity to do so, but it did cost me quite a large chunk of my weekend.  I don’t regret it. Continue reading “An old dog, learning new tricks (how Craftsy hijacked my weekend)”

Bit and Bobs

I haven’t gotten back into the swing of soap and lotion making just yet.  I am recovering from a very busy time at work this past couple of months.
My big project is now done (hallelujah), but there is no break for me.  It’s right back into the fire with a new project unfortunately.   Project start-ups are just as busy as project implementations unfortunately.  It will likely be several weeks before I can settle into a comfortable cadence and regain some semblance of “normal pace” in my life.

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Hiatus – With Kukicha

Hi!  I have been away for a couple of weeks and thought I would check in.

We are finally executing a major project at work and I have been putting in many, many hours there (about 16 hours per day plus weekends).    I have one more week of this project to go, and then it’s “out of the frying pan, into the fire” into a new project that is just kicking off.   That will also be quite hectic for a few more weeks until I can get all the parts and pieces sorted enough to fall into a manageable cadence.

If I am lucky, I may still get to take vacation in a couple of weeks.  My birthday is coming up and since I didn’t get to take Thanksgiving vacation, I have a week of carry-over to use up.  With the start of a new project,  I am not sure if I will be able to take it or not — but I hope so (although I haven’t even had time to think about a plan for what I would like to do, so I can get any supplies ordered ahead of time).

All these hours of work have left me exhausted and feeling decidedly un-creative.   I have just been taking it easy for the few hours I do get to myself.

Tonight, I am trying to relax, but since I have an early day tomorrow, I didn’t want to relax with a tea containing a lot of caffeine.   I can’t afford to lie awake in bed all night trying to fall asleep.   So I reached for a new (to me) tea called Kukicha.   It has a very low caffeine content and is considered a “winter tea”, so it seemed like a great fit! Continue reading “Hiatus – With Kukicha”

What a good pH Meter can do for you

Several months ago, I purchased a pH meter from Lotioncrafter.   At the time, I bought it so that I could measure the pH of my lotions to be sure that they were in the “safe” range for leave-on products (between 4 to 6).

Let’s take a look at why I selected this particular meter, how to calibrate and use it, and how it can help to better create and monitor our products.  You may decide you “need” one, or you may decide you can “live without”. Continue reading “What a good pH Meter can do for you”