Blogging About Your Hobby (FAQs series)

A few years back, I wrote a blog post about Selling Handmade Products, where I covered some of the most frequently asked questions I received on the topic. In it, I mentioned that I’d personally stopped selling handmade items because blogging was more profitable and less labor intensive, which resulted in a lot of emails and questions, and me promising multiple people a follow-up post on blogging. Though it’s a couple of years late – … Continue reading

Flower Garden Bath Soak Blend

Flower Garden Bath Soak

This beautiful soak, filled with colorful flowers and a pretty floral scent, is reminiscent of a walk through a flower garden on a lovely spring day. You can use any combination of dried flowers that you like. For this batch shown, I used cornflower, rose and calendula. (You can also find this recipe in my Natural Bath Care Package – which contains inspiring recipes along with tips for creating all-natural bath bombs and soaks.)   … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Calendula Flowers

calendula salve

Have an abundance of dried calendula flowers or a bountiful crop of the blossoms from your garden and aren’t quite sure what to do with them all? Calendula flowers are traditionally used for their following properties: skin soothing antiseptic healing anti-inflammatory These 10 projects using calendula flowers are both useful and pretty! A few notes before we begin: 1. If your calendula flowers are fresh, you’ll need to dry them before making most of these recipes. … Continue reading

Soapmaking for Absolute Beginners {Free} Mini eMail Course

10 Things to Make With Violets

If you want to try making your own soap, but feel intimidated, scared or unsure of what to do first, I’ve created the perfect mini course for you! Over the span of 6 email lessons, I’m going to teach you: common soapmaking terms all about basic soapmaking equipment what soapmaking ingredients you need why we use lye (and why it deserves respect, but not fear) plus an easy soap recipe, perfect for beginners Throughout the … Continue reading

Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

This bath helps relax tense, sore muscles, yet doesn’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep. It’s useful to relieve soreness and aches and pains. It also smells fantastic and is just the thing to use next time you feel a little achy and have a stuffy nose from a cold! This wonderful recipe comes straight out of the first unit of beginning … Continue reading

Pumpkin Soap with Spiced Latte Layer

Pumpkin Soap with Spiced Latte Layer Recipe

This fall favorite soap is made with real pumpkin puree and features a spiced layer that’s deliciously scented with coffee, cinnamon and clove essential oils, and highlighted by two contrasting pencil lines made of cocoa powder. It’s a brand new addition to my Soapmaking Success e-course, but was so well received by local friends and perfect for the season, that I had to share here on my website too!   Since it’s part of the … Continue reading

List of Equipment You Need to Make Soap at Home

List of Equipment You Need to Start Making Soap

Before you can begin making soap at home, you need to gather some specific pieces of essential equipment. Below, I’ve assembled a list of must-have tools for soapmaking, followed by a couple of extras that are also useful to have on hand.   Note: If you want to print this article out, scroll down and look for the green “Print Friendly” button. Some links on this site are affiliate links. These help offset the costs … Continue reading