Crockpot Castile Soap


When I started making soap, I learned from the book Handcrafted Soap, by Dolores Boone. It is well worn – though I don’t follow the recipes, I follow the technique. I love the hot process soap method because it is fast and pretty hands-off. My style. My soap can be in the molds in about an hour and half, with only 15 minutes of hands-on time. Then the next day, it takes about 15 minutes to cut up the bars. Half hour soap! :D

Jeff’s Merino Wool Skull Cap – Beanie Hat


Jeff has been asking for me to work on his skull cap and this seemed to be the weekend to do that. It helps that he’s been home and accessible for try-ons and input. I tried once or twice last winter to get a good hat for him, and they were close, but not quite. He’s my pickiest customer. ;)

Goat Milk Soap – Part 3


I delivered my goat milk soap yesterday to Localvore Fresh Oregon Foods, a new food store in Sutherlin that features Oregon-grown, naturally-grown food items.

Goat Milk Soap – Part 2

just out of the mold

Allrighty. I bet you’re thinking that it took me long enough to show you the cut up bars of goat milk soap. All I can say is that the reason this took me so long is because it was really hard to do. ;)

Goat Milk Soap – Part 1

partially frozen (slushy) goat milk in an ice water bath

This is not going to be a goat milk tutorial. There are so many good tutorials on the web and I’m not a proficient or knowledgeable enough soap maker to think I could cover the subject well. But here are some pictures and brief descriptions of the process I underwent yesterday in my first attempt at making goat milk soap.

Copying A Retro Apron – Part 1


I am copying a retro apron for a friend. This post is Part 1 of the process. I show you the apron and some of its details and how I copy it, creating a pattern from it that can be used over and over again.

Luke Pepper as The Edge (The Story of a Custom-Made Skull/Beanie Cap)

Luke Pepper from the U2 tribute band in the UK, U2-2, contacted me to see if I would make him a skull cap. In his tribute band, Luke is The Edge, who always wears a beanie or skull cap.

Retro Apron Project

A friend asked me to make her a pink apron. She has a retro apron for me to copy its style. I tried to find a picture online and this is the closest I could find. You can’t see the top of the apron in that picture (great picture, isn’t it? beautiful scenery!) but the […]

Green Guest


Meet Mr. Silly Putty. C. invited him to dinner and B. poked him full of toothpick holes. He currently resides on the dining room window.

Homekeeper’s Journal

Springing off Sylvia’s Homekeeper’s Journal entry of yesterday. What one thing can I lay down, one thing that will cost me something to lay it down and serve God? Is my time being spent wisely, spiritually? Do I dread laying down my life? Why? What am I afraid of? Is my fear legitimate or is […]