In this post, Sue asks: HOW do you decide what to make?! I have such trouble/fun deciding on colours fragrance additives that half the session could disapppear. How do your readers balance creative and efficiency?
What a great question! I think the answer is that I don't do it well. Sometimes I get into the workshop with post it notes peppered all over my notebook reminding me to make this or that or a list a mile long on my iPhone's reminder program, and other times I go into the back and let the ingredients speak to me! Sometimes I go into the workshop intending to make one thing, and come out with everything but that one thing!
I have a few ways to decide - what products do I desperately need, what ingredients do I have or have I recently acquired, and what do I wish to write about on this blog?
I also have to consider time. I don't think an hour is enough to make a lotion, but it could be okay for making a dry shampoo or packaging a few things. I could spend all day in the workshop once I get in there, and my husband generally has to bring me food as I'll forget to eat!
I have to think about packaging as well. If I don't have a ton of 16 or 32 ounce bottles, there is no point in making a large batch of something because it'll sit in the Pyrex jug until I get somewhere to store it!
To answer your question, Sue. I don't know how to balance anything in my life, especially my workshop time, but there's a small glimpse into my brain. (Be afraid, be very very afraid!)
How do you decide how to spend your limited workshop time? How do you balance creativity and efficiency?