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Hey friends!
I hope the new year is being good to everyone! It has certainly been good to me so far!

I am getting my sugar scrub recipe squared away. The trial and error process has been interesting to say the least... I attempted a rosemary scrub with a green tint and ended up with something that looks like seaweed sludge :-\ Onward and upward, though. I fixed the problem by deciding to just use oil, sugar, and essential oils; no colors. I found that if I use plain, raw sugar (not bleached, white sugar) then it ends up with a nice natural color to it that doesn't need any additives.

I've found a wholesale container shop online as well so I can order proper packaging for the products. For my testers, I sent out 4 ounce glad containers lol. I hope they travel okay wrapped in bubble wrap. I certainly don't plan to use them permanently, that's for sure.

The next product up is bath salts. I have a basic recipe I will be tweaking a bit and sending around to my testers.

And as always, the crochet hook continues on. I am signed up for two new classes in February and March, and am hoping to master those patterns so I can add some more stock to the store.

The store will be up and running within a week or two! My lovely sister-in-law has agreed to play dress up for my camera so I can get some better shots of the merchandise. I will pass the link out as soon as the revamped store is up and running!

I am planning to run some specials too once I have my bath products solidified. Watch this space for coming attractions!

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Hello everyone. The holidays have been going great. Been working hard and got all of the gifts finished. I managed to make an extra scarf too! I'm working on making some new things for the etsy shop.

I am making some changes in the coming weeks. I set up this new blog and attached it to my ravelry.com account. I am going to be changing the etsy account as well and I will be sure to link everyone to the new one.

Also! I am expanding and developing bath products. I am working with some great recipes for bath salts and sugar scrubs. I'll be offering some free samples to a small group of people to get feed back on things before I actually sell things in the shop.

The husband an I are off to the in-laws for New Year's Eve so have a great night everyone!
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I've been hard at work lately! I'm making scarves and hats for a lot of people for Christmas this year.

I have enough oil to make one batch of soap, so I need to get on buying some more. I have been trying to find autumn fragrances like pumpkin, cinnamon, etc, but most of the ones I have found at the craft store are for home fragrance use, and not recommended for soaps or lotions. I'll probably have to order something online instead, or from Soap Opera in Iowa City.

So plans are in the works to develop and expand the soaps. I'm going to add bath salts to the mix as soon as I can afford to do so. In the mean time I am working on marketing ideas and promotions and all the other stuff that goes with trying to expand a small enterprise into a self-sustaining entity.

But enough of that for now. I'm pretty far behind on the NaNo word count, and my sister-in-law is coming in a little while for a write-in. So I am off for now.

Good night, everyone.


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