If you’re like me, spring brings with its arrival a new excitement.
As the days lengthen and the sunshine warms, I too, come back to life. That carries through to my soapmaking and body products. I want to try new colors, scents, and techniques. Admittedly, some work out better than others, but the not-so-good results do not discourage me too much because I keep at it.
On the other hand, how many times do we realize our mistakes could be better termed, serendipity? That’s what I love about my craft. I don’t always get in reality, what my optimistic mind imagines, but it’s almost always good, even if only for family use. Sometimes, it’s even better than I imagined. It’s at these times I’m most pleased.
It used to be that when a soapmaker made her first batch, or even when a more experienced soapmaker made an exceptionally good/beautiful batch, that we said we were doing a “Happy Soap Dance.” I don’t see that often anymore, but it still exists! I do the HSD after a good batch, if only in my head. I’m quite sure I also wear a great big grin.
What about you? Do you still get excitement and immense satisfaction from each (or nearly each) batch? Chandlers, do you look forward to trying new things? Or has soapmaking and candlemaking become routine, a chore that needs to be finished? Tell us how you feel.