In case you don’t know yet, I have a small little shop selling handdyed yarn and fibers.
But since moving to France and into our current place, my yarn & fiber business has been shut down mainly because I don’t have the space to 1) dye my goodies, 2) dry dyed goods (we are currently using the dryer AND a smallish space in our bathroom to dry laundry) and 3) stash it (I already have to deal with my own yarn & fiber stash). It is really sad though because I had reached a stage in my dyeing where I was exploring new techniques, working with better quality dyes and so forth plus it is still a first love of mine.
I started putting up the last of my dyed goodies in the Etsy store a while back and received some orders but whatever that is left is moved to my stash…for good.
It’s bittersweet to see the store empty and well, to know that I won’t be dyeing any time soon again. I do look forward to the time when I’ll be able to take out the dyepot and work with colours again! Perhaps it would be good to start bugging the hubs about getting a place of our own. Kekekeke.
With the soap store, I have started moving into producing whipped butters in 50ml jars as these make for great gifts or a wonderful addition to the travel bag. Because it’s under the 100ml airline regulation limit, you can take it on board a plane and keep your skin hydrated. My formulation is mostly for people with dry skin as the frostings are made of pure butter and oils instead of emulsions. Reason being that I like to work with as little preservatives as possible. Emulsions would require a bit tad more due to the presence of water in it. I could explore this as a trial but for now, whipped butters will have to do.
In the meantime, it’s back to soapmaking!