Welcome to my first blog.
While this is intended to be a blog dedicated to soap making, I guess I should use my first blog space as an opportunity to introduce myself.
I am lucky enough to live on a rural property in the lovely district of Wainui, which is just north of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The family has two dogs and four cats, as well as a rabbit, a cockatiel and numerous chickens. We have a pine forest and a portion of New Zealand native bush with streams bubbling through.
I have three grown-up children and decided to spend these easier and more alone years developing a new passion. I acted upon a long-time desire to learn how to make soap. So I bought a book. Feeling that there may be more to it than I had expected – especially in terms of safety and working with hazardous materials, I also made extensive research on the internet.
Oh My Goodness! There are some talented people in the world of soap-making.
I still remember the feeling of awe and accomplishment when I unmoulded my first loaf of cold-processed rose scented soap – somewhat akin to giving birth but much less painful.
I spent the next few years improving on my soap making skills and learning how to sell at markets. I even created my own website, Facebook page and Instagram feed . It was an exciting time of learning and creativity.
Of course life is always an ever-changing adventure and when my first grandchild was born I found myself volunteering to look after him, firstly while my daughter attained her masters degree in teaching and subsequently allowing her to pursue her vocation as a secondary school teacher.
So now soap making has taken somewhat of a back seat to the joys and trials of helping with a baby and now a two-year-old. He is the joy of my life and my best friend. He is super exhausting and super fun. I don’t regret this commitment in the slightest, but I must admit to some wistful thoughts regarding my soap-making adventure.
With the soap making being fitted in at odd hours and time (and energy) at a premium there is less room for pure creativity. The focus has to be on producing the best sellers and keeping stock on the shelves for the web store.
Days are packed full of fun with my grandson, soap making and preparing as well as attending markets.