Posted by Bill on May 24, 2016
It is not hard to believe that while I have been busy with my event schedule, that it has been since February since I have contributed a post.
I have settled in nicely into the workshop and, while if you go into the space today, it would look like some kind of organized chaos. Oils here, boxes there, slips of paper here and there, projects over there, unfinished things over here, and nearly every vertical surface occupied. I even got a dishwasher and made it “portable” by putting some hardware on it, putting it on wheels and getting it up and running. I wanted to be able to wash things while I was at the location instead of lugging pots and pans home.
I am also considering a larger space. Particularly as I am almost outgrowing what space I have now. 🙂 I would not trade it for anything (other than a larger space) as I have an enjoyment of utilizing a . I took much of that stuff out of my home… and cleared up the space here and the only thing I had purchased was a workbench and some additional shelves for soaps and supplies. It was hard to believe that my home housed so many things. Boxes here, soap molds with pots and pans in the kitchen, and then some.
My event schedule has me wonderfully occupied with just a weekend of a “vacation” and then I start all over again starting the first of June until the middle of July. Then starting again the first weekend of September and all the way into the middle of November.
What do I do in my spare time? I breathe! 🙂
Posted by Bill on February 2, 2016
Happy (belated) New Year, everyone!
Over the past couple of months, I have been reevaluating the space in my residence and figured out, “if I were to move the soap making equipment out of my home, how much space would I have?”
The answer I came up with was: A LOT!
Enter the Mellwood Arts Center. Less than a mile from where I live, I have signed a lease, effective February 1 to house all of my soap making things going on. All of my molds, frames, shelves, glassware, herb grinders, lye, oils… everything is in this nice little space.
Workbench with soap
I have purchased a small workbench and have wrapped my first set of soap (Lavender, of course). What I need to continue to move in are shelves to store my equipment off of the ground, my steel work table and some other tools, to remove cardboard boxes and replace with plastic bins. Some odds and ends, but it is taking shape in a good way.
With this space, I can expect several things:
- expand my production (like seriously). I could purchase additional molds to keep my best-selling soaps in stock and in good supply, or start additional batches … or
- Seriously go pro… I have a GoFundMe account set up and ready to go. This would help lease additional space and to purchase equipment for some serious soap making. Instead of the 60 bars I am able to make per batch, I can make 380 bars per batch. This is more than four times the soap per pour. That would be a LOT of soap!
Soap Drying Racks
Open a small retail shop – One of the most common questions at events I get is, “where are you located?” with my current answer has been, while at an event, “today, right here… next week… I will be someplace else”. Even when I have on my contact page, “no retail location available”, I still get calls asking, “Where are you located?” I don’t have a retail shop yet, but if I were to get one together, I may be able to lease the small space across the way.
That’s all for now. I am there some evenings during the week getting things together, moving things in, drilling holes in the wall and MAYBE making soap! Looking forward to a good year ahead of me.
Now to name this place! I have a discussion started on FaceBook on what it should be named. I already have a warehouse. I could call this a workshop… but I don’t really work here, I create! Like the Earth Circle Creations’ page on FaceBook and let’s give this a wonderful and inspiring name.
Posted by Bill on September 26, 2015
Going REALLY green!
With the successful event I had in Columbus, Ohio last weekend, I have purchased a shrink-wrap system to replace my current soap-wrapping methods. The new method includes a biodegradable shrink wrap from National Shrinkwrap called Biodegradable Polyolefin.
Currently, I wrap soaps using saran wrap/ it is time consuming and I usually find myself in front of the TV with a good movie wrapping bar after bar. My thoughts before purchasing this product: If I go to an event and a tornado picks up my display and scatters it all over the venue (almost true story) there will be soap that will be mostly intact for years to come. With this system, in 3 years or less, this wrap, soap, box and label will totally decompose.
I have placed the order and the device and wrap should arrive some time during the week of October 1, 2015. After such time, all of my wrapped after October 1, 2015 will have the Biodegradable shrink wrap (I still have a few batches made, but not wrapped yet).
I can’t tell you how exited I am in purchasing this product. I am really looking forward to getting this device in.
I will still use popcorn as my packing material, the soap boxes are also bio-degradable and so are the soap labels.
Update: The person hosting my web site says: “Those Earth Circle Creations people are so green that their website is powered on totally 100% renewable green energy.”
I found out from him that he pays extra to ensure that our servers are in a green energy farm. The one down south gets 90% of it’s power from solar on the roof and the rest of it comes from hydro electric. The northern server is powered by wind and river current turbines.
Posted by Bill on September 14, 2015
These past nine years have been something else, and the journey has been one where I could have hardly imagined I would be at this point, nine years later.
This October will mark the nine-year anniversary of Earth Circle Creations. I remember the moment leading up to zero-hour, “I have a web page and it is never going to be perfect.” And then I thought to myself, “It is perfect now, and I can modify it later”. I took the plunge. I jumped in feet-first, thought to myself saying, “what the hell” and allowed my website to be seen by the world. Had I waited until it was perfect, I don’t think I would have released it, and it certainly wouldn’t have taken off the way I had dreamed. Not in a million years.
It started with taking a pendulum and dowsing class in 2001 and getting a taste of what was going on in this new world (for me).
Fast forward to 2006 and dipping into the vending world: I started with several trays of ear candles from paraffin to beeswax to blends of essential oils and only did the occasional outdoor event.
I had also begun an inquiry fo
Later, the herbs and tinctures started to “tap” me on the shoulder. I also started my foray into making infused oil salve at this time. Not too long after that, while placing an order for supplies, I needed to top off that order to receive free shipping, so I added a few salt lamps, just to try them out, and they did well. I now order 30-40 good quality salt lamps twice a year to prepare for my larger shows.
About 4 years ago, I had a bug placed in my ear from a friend saying, “you should have soap”. So I took a class with a friend, purchased some molds just to have it on the side, and the rest is history. The soaps are now my biggest sellers and occupy much of my time.
Looking forward to year ten, and beyond… I can hold this pattern, or continue to explore. I also have a couple of books in mind to write. I’ll see what this year will bring.