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Why I Make Consumable Products/Gifts

A few years ago I helped my parents downsize their home in preparation for a move to a place with a third of the living space.If you've ever had to sort through years of possessions, you know: it can be a hugely time consuming, emotionally fraught job. Especially debilitating for those who have lived through lean times and developed a fear of "someday" needing the item they're letting go of. Or a feeling that parting with that item means releasing the good feelings of the time or person associated with it. In my parents' defense, I'm not immune to attachments to objects/nostalgia, though I do attempt to continually clear the build-up of possessions and clutter (it's ongoing and often overwhelming, honestly). In their day, things were likely quality handmade, rare, pricier, but made to last and therefore "dear."...

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Kiss Pours: The Maker Process

In February 2021, I fell in love with the Kiss Pour. A Kiss Pour is achieved by combining colors from two different containers by having their spouts "kiss" (meet) during a simultaneous pour onto a surface. What results from this? Magic. The Kiss Pour technique an exquisite combination of both versatility + unpredictability. Like Forest Gump's chocolates, "You never know what you're gonna get." 

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LOVE Is LOVE: The maker process

In November 2020 I entered a soap technique challenge to produce a mosaic-styled soap. I had wanted to do some version of a rainbow soap for quite awhile, and in researching mosaics online, I realized that this would be a great opportunity to design a multicolored bar with a bit more originality than a typical rainbow bar.

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Mittens OFF!

...As for the conventional wisdom that one must not mix business with political activism - eh. Courageous Soap product offerings have become decidedly more politically snarky. Though not certain if the effect is measurable, the change aligns with and definitely amuses me. Time to take the mittens off, friends. Democracy needs us.

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When Mom Put the Soap in the 'Fridge...

...an understandable mistake - I had stored the bars in a candy tin for protection in my luggage. After arriving in town and showing the folks my latest artsy soap designs, we moved into the living room, leaving the tin in the kitchen. I didn't discover it was gone until later, when I attempted to retrieve it to give everyone their soap. Apparently Mom had be tidying up and thought the tin held candy, and so put it in the refrigerator (Dad discovered it later while looking for a beverage). Logical enough. No harm done. A mistake any of us could make. Except, when I opened the tin and handed their soap to her, Mom looked genuinely confused: "Do these go back in the refrigerator?" My...

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