I feel it has been an age since I posted anything to this so-called blog of mine! I've been really busy doing lots of 'stuff', none of which includes soapmaking unfortunately. But the day I get to make soap again is fast approaching!
I guess every soapmaker dreams, wishes, ponders, seeks, strives to find that perfect place to make soap...anywhere but in a cramped kitchen would be great...right?! All of my previous soapmaking efforts have been in one kitchen or another - mostly my own which amounts to about the size of a shoebox! I have such limited bench space it isn't funny, and to have to carefully arrange all the soapmaking gear just to have enough space to make one loaf of soap, and then pack everything away again after each session, is such a pain in the you-know-what!
Well no more I say! I'm on a mission to create my own studio!
It has been decided that finally...finally(!), good use will be made of that little dungeon we have under our house...that dank, cruddy little room that has for the longest time housed a ton of our junk!
So, for the past few weeks I've been busily sorting, shifting, throwing, contemplating, and rearranging all of our accumulated odds and ends in some attempt to reclaim that little room. It has always been there, an enclosed section under our two-storey house, built-in for a purpose unknown by a previous owner, but given the task of hiding away much of our forgotten, unloved or unwanted stuff. You know, that stuff you don't quite know what to do with? That stuff you think, yep...I'll use/need that again one day...that's too good to throw out...I'll just keep it in case...stuff. Boxes and boxes of university textbooks, teaching resources, items of furniture, exercise equipment; just bits and pieces of things we'd forgotten we'd even owned! Disgusting!
In the past we've had this really bad habit of using this space for storage; when refurbishing various rooms in the upstairs living area of our house, we would transfer all of our gear to this room until the renovations had finished. But somehow, not all of the gear made it back to its original location once the renovation work had been completed. Thinking we'd come back and sort it out some other time...that time just never came. So we've ended up with a space, filled with junk, no room to move...wasted space.
But after weeks of sifting, sorting, stacking, packing, shifting I have finally arrived back at the beginning...to the room we started with. An empty space just waiting to be transformed.
With some help from a builder and an electrician, the transformation is well underway with gaps above the top row of bricks being sealed up (to keep all the creepy crawly & slithery things out!) and the absolutely cannot-be-without-one airconditioner installed for the hot summer months.
The next task, and a huge one at that, is painting. Fortunately though, my husband is an excellent painter! He does this for a living, so this little disaster area will be a walk in the park for him! We've already got our Easter weekend planned out...sanding, puttying, gap-filling, undercoating, sealing the floor, final coating...sounds like a real blast doesn't it! Not quite the vacation we'd hoped for, but worth the effort all the same. For years we've talked about 'doing something' with this room, reclaiming the space and making it count. Finally the time has come!
I can't wait! I'm now so close to having my own soapmaking-candlemaking-craft studio I can't quite believe it! This room is going to provide me with the perfect space for creating. Once finished, it will no longer be the dungeon of our renovation nightmares, but will be a bright, clean, fresh, airy workspace that I know I will spend countless hours enjoying.
I've already got it all planned out in my head where I'll have working tables for soap and candlemaking, a nice little spot in front of the windows with plenty of natural light for making my beaded creations, a spot for a desk, some storage racks, a couch, a lamp, a lovely rug on the floor...oh, the possibilities!
Hopefully my next post will bring with it the results of all our back-breaking labour...
Happy Easter to you all!