There's something tiresome about shopping for presents. Not because I don't like to give, but basically because a) I hate shopping and b) it's hard to find meaningful gifts at the mall. Since I've been making cookies every year for family, I have been hooked on the idea that giving presents doesn't have to be a consumerist act. When you receive something handmade it is precious, there is only one of its' kind. The birthday card my son made for me is a piece of him- his imagination, talents, and time.
Since I have this DIY mentality when it comes to holidays and gifts, I was curious to learn what other people craft as gifts. Knowing that my friend, Dorothy Wisnewski, is a craftsy lady I asked her to add to this thread. Dorothy is a woman of many talents- she knits, bakes bread, speaks Spanish fluently, and is a full-time mom. Lately she's been making soap. Really cool soap- especially the soda bottle molded soaps! Here's what Dorothy had to say about her adventures in soap making:
I have been using pre-made blocks of natural vegan soap that I've been getting from a gardening company, and experimenting with different ingredients (mostly what I already have in my kitchen) to add to small batches. I cut off a chunk, melt it in a bowl in the microwave, wait until it's cool enough, add stuff, then pour into molds. Not exactly in the artisan soapmaking tradition of doing it all precisely and from scratch, but I've been having fun with it-- and avoiding the preservatives in other soaps that had been starting to really bother my skin.