I’ve always been quite a creative person, going from hobby to hobby seeing what sticks. I’ve tried cake making, candle making, pottery, knitting and crochet. I still do crochet but not as regular as I use to. When I got pregnant with my son I came across a video on YouTube about making soap, I found it so interesting that I spent the entire day watching as many videos as I could find.
I wasn’t sure if I could start making soap whilst being pregnant, so I put it on the back burner for awhile and focused all my time and energy on the rest of my pregnancy and then my little newborn.
I suffered with postnatal depression after Austin was born and between that, moving house and having my beloved fur-baby Pusk pass away on my birthday it was safe to say I wasn’t in the best frame of mind. I missed my boy Pusk so much that when I decided to set up my business, I knew I was going to name it after him. He was such a huge part of my life and his passing left me heartbroken.
A few months after Pusk’s passing I knew I needed to at least try and move on, to do something productive with my days again. My husband was afraid that I’d slip back into depression again so I decided to finally take up soap-making. It hasn’t been easy, trying to plan when I can make things around when Austin is napping and trying to be quiet whilst doing so is pretty impossible! He’s can be such a light sleeper, I’ve had to stop half way through quite a few times. I got there though, I’ve made a lot of things that I’m very proud of now, and even sold some of them!! I have had a few not so good batches too, they were safe to use, but just looked so ugly! Still not sure what to do with them yet, but as they say ‘practice makes perfect’.
I still have a long way to go, there’s so much to learn with soap-making, different techniques and ingredients to try out. I have also tried my hand at bath bombs and salts and I love how they have turned out. I’m hoping to start doing craft fairs and markets soon once the weather brightens up a bit (the curse of living in the welsh valleys) but i’m very excited about it. I’d love to have a stall at the Christmas market in Cardiff at the end of the year!
Fingers crossed. xx