Oregon Country Fair

Yesterday we went to the Oregon Country Fair.  If you haven’t ever heard of it, it’s an amazing collection of people and events.  I can only describe it as “21st century hippies meet the Renaissance Festival”.  People in costumes, children, really cool buildings and art creations, nature, good food, incredible stuff to buy (all handmade and very creative) … just … Read More

Traveling by United – Again

Next weekend (the 17th), I fly to Dallas to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Soapmakers Convention.  I’ll be speaking about the growth and development of the handcrafted soapmaking industry and soap and cosmetic labeling requirements. I’m excited about going and looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  What I’m NOT excited about, is flying on … Read More

I’ve Been Roasted!

I just got back from the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference in Palm Springs, CA.  It was an awesome 3-day experience!  Being the current President of the Soap Guild, I had responsibilities while there and was involved in the preparations (although Leigh O’Donnell, the Conference Chairman, was truly the mastermind behind it all).  I loved having the opportunity to see old … Read More

2009 HSMG Conference

I’m off to the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild 2009 Conference in Palm Springs bright and early tomorrow morning! Very excited about it – this will probably be our best conference yet.

Colored and Swirled Soap

Making cold process soap is a combination of art and science. Making swirled soap is particularly tricky. It’s quite a skill to get the colors to swirl in together and still keep them distinct. Every swirled bar is different – not only different from soapmaker to soapmaker, but different from batch to batch and every bar within a batch will … Read More

Grandma’s Lye Soap (1952)

In 1952, soap made it into the hit song parade! Johnny Standly had a mega hit song called “It’s In The Book”. The first part of it is a parody of Little Bo Peep in the form of a Southern Revival sermon, the second part is a song, called “Grandma’s Lye Soap” I’ve edited out the first part (since this … Read More

Adult Film Star and Ivory Soap

I don’t follow the news much, so I missed the fact that Marilyn Chambers, star of Behind the Green Door, one of the first “main-stream” porn films, died earlier this month. I only found out when it was briefly mentioned in People magazine. What I found interesting was the note that before Marilyn made her move into sexually explicit films, … Read More

More Baby Ducks

Yesterday I got a call from the owner of our local Feed Store (capitalized because that’s actually the name of the store).  Since it was 7:00pm on a Sunday evening, I knew something was up.  Turns out that a woman in town, Carolyn, had become the unplanned foster parent of 11 mallard ducklings. The back-story is that there was a … Read More