There was nothing to say, but plenty for the hands to do.  I cut vintage fabric, lace, and paper into long strips and wrapped them around rough-cut bars of soap, finishing with jute or sea grass tied in a simple bow, the ends dangling over the side.  I cut the craft paper labels and affixed those.  Piles and piles of “dressed” soaps, tucked into paper bundles, swaddled in bubble wrap, and sent to all over the United States.

And just like that the weeks passed with the smell of hot glue and essential oils, with the continual littering below my drafting table of paper and fabric bits.  With the baby continually sniffing at the soaps, crinkling his nose with delight.  And my soap shelves grew bare and sparse and I marveled at it all; this unexpected provision from a hobby gone madhouse.

image1-6 image2-3 IMG_2728 Though we were unable to establish an online shop yet, the email orders came flooding in.  It was good timing; I’ve been ordered to rest and all but my hands have obeyed.  I sat at my drafting table and worked and worked without tiring out my heavily pregnant body.  And it’s been a good distraction from counting down the weeks until baby’s arrival.

It’s quiet and fulfilling work and it feels like a gift.  There’s flexibility and variety and creativity, and remarkably, a profit margin.  Usually my work in this world brings every good thing except a paycheck.

I was surprised as the days passed that I had no words for here; I had my quiet work and a quiet heart.  The snow is falling outside, the children playing there turning it all into a magical blank canvas upon which to create.  The baby sleeps deep and the turkey bakes with the smell of orange zest and rosemary.  And my words are few, but come from a grateful, quieted heart.


6 thoughts on “Quieted

  1. Wow.. your soaps are BEAUTIFUL! I stumbled across your blog trying to find recipes for soaps. I would like to make some as Christmas gifts, but will also like to learn to make more common household items since my children are allergic to so many things (food and environmental) and suffer from eczema. This will be my first time. Do you mind offering suggestions/lessons learned and sharing the process with me? I totally understand if not, since you sale them. I just need to find a process with no lye from scratch. Thanks Again and great job!

    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by :). Well the truth is: no lye=no soap. All soap is made by combining an alkali with oils/fats. The lye doesn’t even stay in the finished product, it simply causes the chemical reaction which is called saponification (making a new molecule that strips dirt and carries it away on water). I found a lot of great teaching on this blog: http://www.soapqueen.com/category/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/ It introduces you to the process and gives great recipes to start with, some of which I use in my soaps!

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