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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Soap Studio *update*

Just for fun the downstairs microwave decided to blow up!

So it looks like I will need to get another one asap, along with some more storage before I can move into the studio completely.

I still have the space upstairs to use for a little while so it's not the end of the world :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Soap Studio

Well today is the day I've been waiting for, I finally get to move into my own little soap studio!

It's nothing too amazing but it will be great to have my own space and stop taking over the kitchen cupboards with my supplies and get all of my extra boxes and junk out of the lounge room.

If I'm lucky I might even be able to squeeze in a nap this afternoon before my busy weekend begins with the Ten Fours gig, QLD Roller Derby Mixer, Kustom Craft Markets, Roller Derby Meeting and then Fresh Meat Intake..wow, that's even a lot to type!

Have a great weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pricing exercises

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I've had a number of wholesale enquiries recently (which is amazingly exciting) and it has prompted me to sit down and actually work out proper pricing structures for my soaps.

Let me just say, it was a very eye-opening experience...I had no clue I was undercharging to the point that I wasn't even covering costs most of the time.

Having been brought up in a very penny pinching household (and I don't mean that in a bad way Mum, honest) it pains me to part with more cash than I have to so I've found out the hard way, that pricing my soaps based on what I think is a fair price just won't work! I wasn't taking into account the cost of my base materials, the differences in weight and difficulty for different soaps, the number of steps involved, whether I was able to do other things while making certain batches of soap or whether it had to be watched closely, how long it takes to package, what those costs are etc. It had snowballed before I realised there was even a problem.

So as much as I hate to do it, some of my prices will be increasing over the next few days & weeks as I get myself into the habit of doing actual costings. I wish soap making supplies were cheaper in Australia, dang it!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Bicycle Soap by Soapylove


Bicycle Soap, originally uploaded by soapylovedeb.

I saw some of the entries at the Soap Guild over in the States and without even seeing who designed it, I knew it was Debbie from Soapylove.

I know this is going to sound weird, but this soap brings a tear to my eye. It's one of the most inspiring, inventive and awe-inspiring creations I've seen. I'm in awe with all of her soaps but this one is something special.

If someone says to you soap is just soap and that it can't possibly be art, show them this. They will change their minds.

Slack

I will blog again, promise! I'm just struggling to find the time to do more than just Twitterish updates at the moment :p


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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Honeydew Peach


Honeydew Peach, originally uploaded by naiadsoaparts.

Seeing tonight's trend?

I'm loving circles and Naiad is an amazing soap maker, just had to share.

Crazy Fruity Handmade Soap


Crazy Fruity Handmade Soap, originally uploaded by HeatherRai.

I love the pastel colours HeatherRai has used in this soap.

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This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

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