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The Soap Scoop

triune soapYesterday and several days next week will be soapmaking days. Why, you might ask, so many soap days when we normally just make soap on Sundays?  Well, because this week we received our largest order to date. By magnitudes. Big order. Very exciting!

So now we need to replenish stock.  The timing is great: Continue reading


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Wildflowers

image  We recently spent time with family in an area incredibly rich and diverse in natural beauty.  One morning we hiked some wooded trails near their home and saw so  many wildflowers, most of which I didn’t know the names. Continue reading


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When I’m Not Making Soap . . .

When I’m not making soap, I knit!  Among other things, of course, but I DO love to knit.  Lately I’ve been smitten with the cutest sock monkey pattern.  I think designer Annita Wilschut had genius skills in designing Monkey Jacobus-this is such a well-written pattern and a fun knit that I’m working on Number Six!   Continue reading


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Hello, Little Jaybird!

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As I was checking on the cabbage, squash, and beet seedlings this afternoon, this handsome Western Scrub Jay made an appearance.  He hopped along about 3 feet from me, seemingly unafraid, pecking in the grass and cocking his head.  I happened to have my phone in my pocket, and as I thanked him for being so friendly as to stop by, he let me take his picture. Continue reading


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Windy

I checked the weather forecast as is my custom before a Market day, and a Small Craft Advisory was in effect until Thursday afternoon. Being a coastal person, I’ve heard this term all my life, but my vague definition runs thus: the wind is going to blow like crazy, but not as hard as storm-caliber wind.  Probably not the most pleasant day to hunt for agates or plan a picnic on the beach. What it actually means, according to Wikipedia, is that the winds “have reached, or are expected to reach within 12 hours, a speed marginally less than gale force.”  Hmmm . . . Continue reading


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Patchouli Yuzu With A Twist

On Sunday we made our seImagecond batch of Patchouli Yuzu, but this time with a twist–a literal twist! We used a technique we found here to make a two-color swirl in a tube.  This may or may not be exciting to you, but it certainly was to us, as we’d just been trying to work out how we might accomplish this when we saw Soaping 101’s Spa Bars technique video.   Continue reading


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The River Bar

Yesterday after a full day of house, yard and garden chores and 15 pounds of new River Bar Soaps, we  hopped into our little Walker Bay 10 and enjoyed an hour on the river.  Exquisite end to the day and a delightful pleasure we both enjoy so much.  Rick mans the oars up river and I take over on the way back down. Translation: he does all the hard work while I take pictures, then I practice my rowing while the current floats us back to the truck and trailer. Continue reading