Sharing the Love – Unscented Castile Soap

Unscented Castile Soap made from Olive Oil

It’s been a while since I’ve made soap but lately more ideas have come to mind. The process at times is tricky and things don’t work out as expected. This past spring I made a lot of different varieties of soaps and sold them at the local farmers market. I also have a little shop online but most of my repeat business comes from friends.

While we were in Savannah my interest peaked again to start making more items.  Since the farmers market is closed during winter this would be a good time to make a few things for next spring and summer.  I visited a small market on River Street during our trip and realized if we lived there I could possibly do more business, but getting a spot in the area to set up would be more tricky.  The market seemed to be set up with booths of different sizes and I noticed each day that some stayed the same, where others changed out an a new shop would be there on different days.  Practically all types of crafts were covered from candles, soaps, candy, purses, bags, jewelry, silver, handmade scarves, blouses, and anything that could be branded with ‘Savannah’, ‘River Street’, etc…Yes I did pick up a few things for myself too!  A cute tote bag and a silver ring with an amethyst.  At least this year I was good and only sampled some of the goodies at River Street Sweets.  Last year we came home with 10 pounds of pralines! was a deal!  Yummy too!



Tiny Terrarium – Feeling Crafty Today

Tiny Terrarium

July 16, 2011

I’ve always liked terrariums and wondered just how small I could make one. Well..better get my reading glasses out because this one is tiny, tiny to me. The hardest part was getting the wire through the cork stopper. I thought I might use some threaded eye hooks but since I didn’t have any I opted for a long silver earring wire. Coming from the bottom side of the cork to the outside too a little coaxing but finally worked. For a few minutes I was afraid I would break the cork.

Next was the moss. I found some outside that was small and very vibrant. Now the hard part…getting it secure in the bottom of the bottle without breaking the bottle or squishing the moss. Once in place I added two drops of water for moisture since the soil under the moss was a little dry. Popped in the cork, added a cord and now it’s hanging in my kitchen window. The interesting part will be to see how long it lasts. Yeah me! One more idea in the books!

Update! Aug 4, 2011 (6 weeks later)
Tiny Terrarium is still going well! About every two weeks I just add a drop or two of water and everyone is happy. The moss is tough. Even if it wilts because I forgot to water, all I have to do is add water and within an hour everything is good again. I’ve even added a tiny suction cup so that I can hang it in the kitchen window!