Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Flashback 2013

Where has the year gone? And where have the past six weeks in particular gone? I think I heard a whoosh as they rushed by. Things get so hectic around Thanksgiving time, and it continues through the holidays. But in a fun way. And you know what they say - time flies when you're having fun.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! My husband and I went home to Northwest Florida for Christmas and we had a great time hanging out with family and friends. The time went by too fast, as it always does, but we packed as much fun as we could into the time that we had.

It's hard to believe that 2013 is almost over. I like to take a look back at the year as it draws to a close. I made quite a few soaps this year, and I am looking forward to making some more in the upcoming year!

Let's revisit 2013, shall we?


Clockwise from upper-left:
Blue Man Shaving Soap (January 2013)
Roses & Champagne Valentine's Day Soap (February 2013)
Honeycomb Soap (March 2013)
 Bacon Soap (April 2013)


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Clockwise from upper-left:
Candy Cane Soy Candles (September 2013)
Dolphin Soap, Miami-Style (September 2013)
Snow Day Soap (October 2013)
 Pumpkin Gingersnap Soap (October 2013)
Yuletide Cheer Soap (November 2013)


It's hard to pick a favorite from all of the soaps I made this year, but the Orange Basil Swirled Hearts and Snow Day make the short list. As do the Honeycomb soap (which is a favorite in my house) and the Geranium Patchouli (it smells great, and the Red Moroccan Clay is such a nice ingredient). And I discovered salt bars this year, which I especially love for my face! Which reminds me - I need to make more salt bars.

Goals for the New Year? I plan to finally make some wine soap. And I got some new soaping tools that I'm looking forward to trying out. The hanger, mantra, and peacock swirl techniques are still on my to-do list, and I'm particularly eager to experiment with them.

The New Year also means that this little blog is nearly two years old now! I published my first post here on January 15, 2012. Since then, this blog has grown and I have met some wonderful new friends in the process.  I have discovered many new blogs and I enjoy interacting with you all here and on your sites. Thank you to each and every one of you for following me here at my blog as well as on Facebook, YouTube, and Google+. Thanks for coming on this journey with me. You make my soaping adventures even more fun!

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve, everyone! And I wish you all a fantastic 2014!

22 comments:

  1. Wonderful to see your review of the past year Jenny, so many amazing techniques and soaps! Congratulations on 2 blogging years Jenny...cheers to many more! Happy New Year to you and your family! =)

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    1. Thank you, Cee! I enjoy following your blog, too, and can't wait to see what you come up with next! Happy New Year!

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  2. A very productive and colorful year, Jenny... Congrats! :) May 2014 be at least this good, if not better!

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    1. Thank you, Iulia! I wish you a wonderful 2014 as well!

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  3. I love your blog Jenny. You're one of the most detailed bloggers out there! I've learned tons and appreciate your generosity to share your knowledge. The orange basil sounds fabulous.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I enjoy reading your blog, too, and always look forward to seeing your next creation! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and beautiful soaps as well. Happy New Year!

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  4. You're right Jenny, I think this past year moved faster than The Flash ever could. :P

    The amount of soaps you've made is amazing! And you've taught us so much with your videos and detailed posts. I can't' believe you've only been doing it for 2 years, you're a pro! Can't wait to see all the projects you start up for 2014.

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    1. Thanks, Monica! Time is moving so quickly lately. Thank you for the kind words - I'm glad that you enjoy the posts and videos! I enjoy your blog, too, and love seeing your soapy creations. Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2014!

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  5. The whole year passed like in a blink of an eye, I really doubt our day really lasts 24 h, lol!
    Wishing you all the best,Jenny,may you have healthy, successful, fulfilled with laugh and love this 2014. And creativity for designing more soaps,sure!
    Can't wait to see what's coming up from your workshop next!

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    1. Thanks, Maja! It often seems like the days are less than 24 hours. I wish you a wonderful New Year as well, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations in 2014!

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  6. I agree with Diva--I don't think our days are truly 24 hours! :) They go so fast...

    All your soaps and creations look great! It's nice to see them all collage-style; you can really see all your creativity that way. Congrats on 2 years of blogging and just as much success in the coming year!

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    1. Thank you, Amy! The past two years of blogging and soapmaking have been fun. I wish you much success in the New Year, too, and I'm looking forward to seeing your new creations in 2014!

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  7. So many beautifl soaps, Jenny!
    I wish you all the best for 2014 and much inspiration!

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    1. Thank you, Natalia! I hope you have a wonderful 2014 as well!

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  8. Is that a vertical mold swirl I see with that yellow and green soap? Nice job! Happy New Year to you too! May your 2014 be filled with lots of beautiful handmade soap! =)

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    1. Hi, Anne-Marie! Yep, the green and yellow soap was made with BB's vertical mold! I just love that mold. Thank you for the compliments. I wish you and yours and very happy New Year and a wonderful 2014!

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  9. You had a wonderful soaping year! Hope this year will be as good.

    My favorite soaps are Pineapple Ginger salt soap, Bacon soap <3 and Wasabi vertical swirl soap.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Marika! I wish you a wonderful 2014. And thanks for the compliments - I like the Bacon, Wasabi, and salt bars, too. :)

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  10. You had really productive and successful year with many unique soap designs Jenny! I whish you all the best in 2014 and many new soap creations!

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    1. Thanks, Gordana! I wish you a happy 2014 as well!

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  11. Happy (belated) New Year Jenny! Great round-up - you've had a fab year! All the best for 2014 - I'm currently in soaping withdrawal and am loving catching up on what everyone else has been up to while getting ready for the 'big move' :-D Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Vicki! Good luck with your move, and I hope that you get to do some soaping soon!

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