Blue Skies handmade soap

New Autumn Soaps

Blue Skies (who doesn’t miss those already!?), Chai Tea, Cranberry, Vanilla Mint.. yep, I’ve been busy making new soaps, as well as restocks (and working toward Christmas as well).


Blue Skies handmade soap

Blue Skies soap, blend of fir and lavender

Blue Skies is a blend of lavender, balsam fir, and other conifer scents all swirled together in shades of blue and white; Chai Tea is a warm tea scent with cardamom, ginger and vanilla, and Vanilla Mint is a sweet treat with pure peppermint and vanilla bean.


Vanilla mint handmade soap  Vanilla Mint is new this year and a keeper I think; a pure vanilla bean aroma not a pastry scent.  More like a vanilla latte.


Cranberry orange handmade soap  I adore cranberries, don’t you?  And this soap is bursting with cranberry scent, very cheery.

One more once: Chai Tea soap, warm and spicy, a make-you-smile soap.

Chai Tea soaps with cardamom and vanilla

Chai Tea soaps with cardamom and vanilla

All of these and more are available on the main shopping cart page :)


new theme, coming soon

My apologies for any turbulence you may experience reading here in the next week or so.  The theme I’ve been using has been “improved” by its designers and in the process damaged the RSS feed, and deleted a lot of my custom settings.  So in the coming days I will try out some new themes, try to match the current look, and find a better match with theme creators, as I am not a fan of having to constantly tweak and supplicate and reassure software all the time, or wake up and find everything has been broken by an ‘artiste’.  I just want it to work.

So, if the page goes funny colored or elements move around a bit, it’s just  your humble correspondent, under the hood, muttering to herself.

Spring already?

Digging & potting plants in the greenhouse today, and scribbling in my sketchbook for new soaps and new scents; spring has crept up on me quickly. Seems like I was teetering around icebergs just last week. Today it was crunchy dry.. will be doing my raindance tomorrow.

New soaps for spring include ‘Sunrise’ (a lemony-fruity blend with a splash of Patchouli) and a black raspberry vanilla bar, and a couple of secrets to be unveiled later. I got some new molds and there will be a great new addition to the conditioner shapes, as well as a normal-to-oily shampoo, and conditioner, to mirror the normal to dry set already formulated.

The craft fair in CdA was fun, nice to meet folks and get energized for the coming season of shows and markets. And wow, our market here starts in less than a month now!! The 30th is coming up fast.

I’ve got a new camera, so look for a spate of new photos as I try out my toy; soaps, fizzers, and of course, plants & landscapes.

Thundershower soap log

Sunny September

Blue skies and sweet briar rose hips

While we all wish it would rain more, to relieve our drought, still the glorious blue skies of late September, vs the awful brown/red from summers’ fiery weeks, are most welcome.


Summer was pretty stressful, between not being able to water the gardens enough to keep things happy, and the horrid air and worries, and the unsettling way things looked.  It was otherworldy, not to mention the modified stationary freakout as we all got ready to evacuate if we had to.  There were choppers on Black Mountain all day :S

The sun was an appalling tangerine-fuchsia color, the air was coral, and the moon was simply surreal.

Fiery nights :(


I’m always soaping to suit the weather of course, and being a water person and loving rain it features a lot in the soaps I make. . . here is Thundershower, one of my favorite soaps, with its blend of lavender and mint, on the cutter ready to slice:

Thundershower soap log

Cooler weather (finally!) brought fall colors to the garden including the Colchicums, some of my favorite fall bulbs.

It’s alsColchicumso heralded migrations, and for a few days last week the farmyard was full of bluebirds! When I recovered my brains and tried to take some photos, they had moved out of photo-range beyond the barns, but it was still a magnificent gift to have had them so close up.  This morning there was a magpie on the garden fence, so very odd to have him here as they never used to range this far north, but I have seen them several times this summer.  Perhaps the fire season chased them away from their homes :(

Farmers’ Market is almost done for the outdoor season (one week left) and I am prepping for the Holiday Market, and the Celebration of Craft, while also doing pre-winter chores… but today I have apples to sauce, and will take a few moments to pause and admire the changing of the seasons. Then it’s back to soaping and filling orders and getting photos uploaded.

I did get the furball in WP figured out, and am re-enabling comments :)At my market booth