History of the Bath

Posted in: Soapmaking & Soap Trivia

After a lot of very interesting research, I’ve written an article on The History of the Bath. It was published as the cover article in the Handcrafted Soapmaker, journal of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild. You can read the entire article.

About.com Book Review

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

My labeling book got another positive review! David Fisher, the About.com Guide for Candle and Soap Making reviewed my book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling, and gave it a very positive review. I’m just jazzed about the positive response it’s getting! Looks like a reprint will be in the near future!

Saponifier Review of Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

I have to say I am just tickled with the review that Beth Byrne wrote about my book in the on-line soapmakers magazine, The Saponifier. When they said they were going to review the book I was happy, but I never expected such a glowing (and long) discussion of the book! I’ve always been a fan of the The Saponifier. … Read More

Cows and Skateboarding on the Roof

Posted in: Life & Travels

From the police report for July 30 – August 5th. Only in a place like Myrtle Point will loose cows and a report of kids skateboarding on the roof of the school be the top stories in the police report!

Baby Ducks

Posted in: Life & Travels

We have new baby ducks! Momma duck laid her eggs in the barn so we put them in a safe place (a very large, low cage) until they hatched. They arrived, happy and healthy on July 10th. Momma took them down to the pond immediately and they’ve been cruising around the yard already. They’re mallards, basically wild but living here, … Read More

Labeling Book Interview

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Donna Maria Coles Johnson, CEO of the Indie Beauty Network just interviewed me about my book. Check out the online interview! I’ve been a member of the Indie Beauty Network (formerly the Handmade Beauty Network) for years and have recently had the pleasure to work with Donna Maria in several collaborations, including a joint project to get product and general … Read More

United Airlines – Bad Customer Service

Posted in: Life & Travels

UNBELIEVABLY bad customer service! In the beginning of June I went to Burlington, Vermont. My trip back, on June 8th was probably the absolutely WORST travel experience I’ve ever had. It wasn’t because my flights were delayed by weather, or because I ended up having to spend the night in the Chicago airport, or even because my luggage was slightly … Read More

Welcome New Puppy!

Posted in: Life & Travels

We just got a new puppy! I’d been talking about getting a little dog as a friend for Max, but never got around to actually looking for one. Yesterday a cute little girl puppy fell into our laps and is now a member of the family.

Soap Cutting

Posted in: Life & Travels, Soapmaking & Soap Trivia

Yesterday was the day for cutting soap. I made 8 batches several days ago and they’ve been wrapped in their blankets, patiently waiting to be cut. Now in the drying rack (see picture) I have pumpkin spice, peach, swirled unscented, lovespell, sandalwood & amber and kumquat. Sort of an eclectic mix! I do so like having soaps in the drying … Read More

Cougars and the 2nd Amendment

Posted in: Life & Travels

We went riding yesterday, the second time this week. Good for the horses and good for us. We ride bareback, both for riding practice and because it’s really good exercise. Jere rides Heavy, our Belgian-mix mare, which is sort of like riding a sofa. I ride Mellow, our thouroughbred, which is more like riding a jack-in-the-box (he’s just a tad … Read More