Meet the new OSWA Chapter President

OSWA – Oregon Small Woodland Association, Coos-Curry County Chapter, has a new President.  As of the Annual Meeting (sometime in March) I will be taking the reins for the local chapter.  I’ve been on the Board (and not really doing much) for a year now.  Last week I decided that if I’m going to do it, I might as well … Read More

Very Diverse Day

Today has been such a diverse day.  Normally people tend to stick to one or two somewhat related things during the course of business.  Today I’ve been all over the map. First thing this morning I worked on preparing a time line and pack of documentation to deliver to an attorney in time for him to read it before a … Read More

Soapmaking Article Published!

I just had a great article published in Aromascents E-Magazine! If was fun to write – to review all of the things I know about the wonders of soapmaking and condense it down into just two pages.  Once again I was struck by the wonder of what happens in the soap pot and how the magic always happens to make … Read More

Being DammaRee

My nieces and nephews called me “Andaree” when they couldn’t quite say “Aunt Marie”.  Now grandson Coven is calling me “DammaRee.”  It’s moniker I never expected to have, but the joy when I hear it is so far beyond anything else!  The experience of being a Grandmother is just great – I love it! Coven came to between Christmas and … Read More

Raise The Bar, Use Handcrafted Soap

That’s what the license plate holder on my truck says now.  I kust put the new Handcrafted Soap Guild license plate holder on my truck.  Required a little cleaning up of things to get the mud off, but I think it looks pretty nice! It’ll be cool to drive around and have it be known that I’m a member of … Read More

Tele-Labeling Presentation

Last week I had the honor of speaking about cosmetic labeling requirements to a group in Colorado. Colorado Organics set up the presentation, which had 13 people present. While I’ve done similar presentations in the past, this time was different because they were 1000 miles away and I could have done it in my jammies (I didn’t, but I could … Read More

Beautiful Day in the Woods

It was such a spectacular day! The trees are turning, the sun was out – stunning. This picture was taken from my porch of the house. She’s a little hard to see, but that white speck by the barn is our horse, Heavy (well, actually her name is “Heavenly Tears”, but she’s just Heavy to us).

Making Soap (with pictures!)

When I make soap, I break it out into in several stages: Preparation, Melting, Mixing & Molding, Unmolding & Cutting, Trimming and Packaging. Generally there is a time gap between the different stages – sometimes hours, sometimes days and even sometimes months. This is how I do it.