The craze continues! This is part one of my handmade life series.
Handmade can be seen as frugality but I see it as a luxury and a gift I give myself. Sure, I could purchase from Walmart for a quarter of the price and quality, but does it really hold the same satisfaction? There is nothing like stretching the imagination and getting lost in your work. Almost anything you purchase in the store can be constructed by hand. Who knew, right?
Not to say that it’d be wise to try and make my own pots, pans, and frying pans…. but don’t tempt me! haha It is so intriguing what they did in the past to survive, stay alive, and love their families.
We are lucky to be able to focus on creating what interests us. I really can’t imagine what creating for survival would look like. (Whenever I tell the hubby we should try and do this… just get off the grid for a bit and see what happens….. he gives me ‘the look’, AKA “why me” and sticks his head under the pillow!)
Making soap has been such a fun and funny journey. I absolutely LOVE creating my own cleaning and bath products from scratch. It makes me feel all ‘Laura Ingalls’ and quite romantic at the same time. Did you know that soap was ‘invented’ by the Babylons around 2800 BC? It is such a cool concept. Take a bunch of plant or animal fat, mix it with some wood ash. Melt it, heat it, stir it, pour it, cool it, cut it, cure it, suds it, use it. Honestly, not that much different then the way I make it. Except I buy the lye and add a bunch of romance packing scents, textures, flavors, you name it. Back in the day they didn’t even use it to wash their bodies. They washed their wool and cotton with it and used it for medicinal purposes. I bet they would have a hard time believing their eyes on how we are today! Washing many times a day and using anti-bacterial at every touch of a door knob. (Not me, I never really grew out of that pre-teen stage of avoiding the shower. just KIDDING! Sort of!)
Would you love to learn how to make your own cold process, from scratch soaps? On Saturday I will be taking pre-registration for an online soap making course! It is going to be discounted for a limited time with a bunch of fun bonuses too. Stay tuned!!! And for crumb’s sake! Get in that shower already, why don’t you?
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