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Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Autumn, my Patchouli Clove soap.
Outside her log cabin in upstate New York, just north of the Catskills, Autumn is outside in her herb garden picking fresh rosemary and lavender when her daughter Phoenix rides up on her bicycle along with her best friend, Jade. They are seniors this year, both hoping to get into Bard. Autumn stands up and brushes the dirt from her hands after weeding around her plants. (more…)
A few years ago I met two dirty old men at a fundraiser for a senior center.
Let me explain. I was asked to be a vendor at a Grand Opening for a new senior center in a very ritzy area of Long Island. (more…)
My latest Long Island collaboration is with Justine Moody. Justine is a fiber artist, she works with natural fibers. All of her work is hand dyed and hand felted, and absolutely beautiful. She was born and raised on eastern Long Island and graduated from Pratt Institute. She’s also a really nice lady!
I was looking back at pictures, and found so many soaps I made as shower favors. Showers are such happy occasions. Someone is either getting married or having a baby. I’ve always thought a soap shower favor was a great gift, even before I was making soap. It smells great, is useful and everyone needs it.
This soap and sugar scrub combo was the most recent favor I made. (more…)
Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Candi, my Peppermint Scrub soap.
Madison, Sherie, Olivia and Julianna walked into the Athletic Department office chattering together excitedly about their plans for the following week’s pep rally and bake sale. All four are the officers of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad at Hampton High School under the direction of Ms. Candi Snow, physical education and health teacher. (more…)
The 2018 Bubbles and Blazes conference was smoking hot this year! (more…)
Taking a Break
My son and his wife went away for a few days in the beginning of the summer. He didn’t have to ask if we would babysit because we offered before he had a chance. It would mean taking a break from soap and all that goes with it. No soap making, planning and social media. No order placing, organizing and blog writing. I had a few things already scheduled for the time they’d be away, but Brian was able to take off from work. Between the two of us, we’d have it covered. (more…)
My mom goes to the Bellmore Senior Center a few days a week. The center has different activities for the seniors in the Town of Hempstead.
Some of the activities include: physical fitness classes, humanities discussions, current events, history, music, arts and crafts, dance, piano lessons, showtime, painting, ceramics, sewing, needle craft, macramé, sculpture, calligraphy, creative writing, poetry, shuffleboard, bowling, billiards, bingo, cards, inter-generational programs, luncheons, parties and trips. A variety of cultural and educational programs, films and speakers are also available. The centers offer blood pressure screenings, health programs, income tax assistance and Vial of Life programs.
Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Francesca, my Olive Oil soap.
Francesca rushes into her front hallway carrying five or six shopping bags. Carefully placing her Luxottica sunglasses in their case, she unwraps the bright yellow jaguar-designed Hermes scarf around her neck and puts her bags down on the sofa to answer the buzzing phone in her purse. (more…)
Nancy lives in Puerto Rico and was in New York for a few weeks. She emailed be about taking a soapmaking class. She had tried a few times to take one in Puerto Rico, but each time there was a class scheduled, something came up and she couldn’t get there. (more…)