I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that my first big sale resulted in a big fat goose egg. I guess the lazy side of me can celebrate that I can do stuff on my own time table. Lol.
In the meantime I decided to experiment with an unconventional mold. I’ve wanted to try making Popsicle soaps for a long time, but haven’t been able to justify the cost for the silicone mold. A few weeks back I found a hard plastic Popsicle mold at the store and mistakenly thought it might work. Now I remember why I am trying to switch to all silicone molds. *grin*
At first things seemed to be going well. I had some soaps scented in Christmas Eve Cookies that didn’t turn out well, so I melted them back down and poured them into the Popsicle cavities. I have Popsicle sticks on hand for mixing and stuff, so I figured there’d be no problem. I did not take into consideration my tremor or involuntary movements, however. *cracking up* I apparently cannot hold a stick, let alone two, in place as soap begins to solidify. When I need it to be timely, soap takes forever to get even a soft set. Any other time it seems like I have ten seconds to get the next step done. *laugh* After I started causing wrinkles to form in the first skin I adjusted to try to keep my hands more stable. I didn’t notice that in doing so I accidentally let the sticks settle to the bottom. Turn that mold over and basically that stick runs completely through the soap to the very top. Doh! *grin*
Top it all off the plastic was too firm to twist a little and make the soap release. I ended up trying a short round in the freezer, under hot water, and leaving them upside down, too. *laugh* I ended up edging a knife in there. Although they don’t look so great and I definitely messed the sticks up, there’s something kind of adorable about them.
Thankfully I have a lot of experience at finding little things to smile about when things seem down. I think it’s a good habit for all of us to learn and especially to keep in mind this time of year. It’s easy to let things get us down when things are busy and stressful. With this in mind I think I’ll go soak with some of my holiday goodies and a new book. 🙂