My Scented Serenity...

Welcome to my blog! Here you'll find the humble musings of a novice Aussie soap and candle maker. I hope you'll join me on my learning journey and feel free to leave comments, give advice and ask questions. I hope to be able to share with you my learnings, and inspire others, as much as so many talented people have inspired me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Taking a Leap

It seems I haven't managed to keep my promise of becoming a regular blogger...but I do have a great excuse.  Since my last post, things have really ramped up - a lot has happened in such a short time.  But more about that later.
So, after experimenting with using goat's milk, I decided I should have a go at a couple of other things on my 'to do' list.  To this point I've only had one attempt at both salt bars and cupcakes, but I know they'll be something I master eventually.
I admit I was a little hesitant when it came to making soap cupcakes.  I have never even attempted to ice a cake with a piping bag, let alone using one to pump puffs onto a cupcake made of soap!  But nevertheless, I gave it a go and surprised myself yet again.  My attempt yielded some interesting results given that this was my first attempt at using a piping bag, and having said bag burst at the seam during my piping efforts!
~Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes~
I like to think of these as abstract cupcakes!

With this experimenting out of the way I launched into preparing a product range to go to the local markets.  I had a huge haul of supplies arrive - both soap and candlemaking supplies - so I was set to go.

I spent a couple of months producing, labelling and wrapping to come up with a suitable range and enough stock to kick start my new business.

~Lemon & Poppy Seed Goat's Milk Soap~
Initial soap range

Palm Pillar Candles

Palm Column Candles
Soy Mosaics
Soy Metro Jars

After a lot of intensive time in the workshop, I had my initial range to go to markets.  A nice combination of luxurious handmade soap, heavenly-scented palm and soy candles and beautiful beaded treasures.
Come September, it was time to launch PKM Creations...
PKM Creations stall
Since the first day at the local markets, I've continued to work on developing my range and brand, and have also managed to launch my business page on Facebook.
Things were off to a great start, but there was so much more to come!
My journey has really just begun...