I’m amazed when I walk out and explore the garden. All this stuff happens while I’m not looking: zucchini leaves grow to the size of dinner plates, blueberries ripen, blossoms magically become plums and apples, cherries and pears. Continue reading
At the end of the day on July 4th, we held a drawing for a basket of River Bar Soaps. We asked a young guy who was walking by if he would be so kind as to draw the winning ticket. He sheepishly consented, was rewarded with a little bar of soap, and then queried, “What’s this?” Funny!
I left a phone message for the winner Continue reading
We had a great day at the beachfront in River Bar Soaps’ booth, seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. We were set up early, long before we heard the first sirens denoting the beginning of the parade. We could only partially see it from our booth’s vantage point, but we could hear all the sounds of our small town’s parade: Continue reading
Our son-in-law recently showed me how to set up a Facebook ad. He created one designed to expand the Facebook audience for our River Bar Soaps Facebook page. It worked like magic, quadrupling our audience in one day! The ad happened to run on the day we were traveling home, and the long trip was made less tedious as we focused on the growing number of “Likes” instead of the number of hours left to drive. Continue reading
Yesterday 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
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
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
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
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
On Sunday we made our second 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