|Sushi soap...with wasabi soap and pickled ginger soap|
|skull and crossbone soaps|
Anyway, as a fun break from writing, I've started up with soaping again, this time cold process soaping. I like making tangible, useful things when not writing or doing art. Baked goods fill my tummy, knitted good keep me warm, and soaps clean us up and help us smell better. Writing does none of those things.
I had made a bunch that turned out pretty well last fall to give as holiday presents. Then, I had to take a few months off to prepare for the NYC Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference. With that stress behind me, I can now make soaps between writing and drawing again.
Since I'm still a newbie, I've decided to stick with an easy recipe in Anne Marie Faiola's "Soap Crafting: Step By Step" book (which I highly recommend).
|Southern Peach scented soap|
|Linden Blossom scented soap (on left)|
|Champagne scented soap|
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams