Soap. I start making soap in late summer. The weather is warm and I can work outside better. I make soap from scratch-have been doing it for over 15 years. It's the only soap my family used growing up. We still use it exclusively at my house and I make it for family and friends. Soap from scratch means, water, sodium hydroxide (lye), various combinations of oils and butters, scents, and sometimes additives such as lavender, or calendula petals.
|Some of the soaps|
|Enlarge this picture and you can see the different soaps I made|
|Notice the backpacking sign-distance is about a mile. It's a family joke!|
|Bad lighting but you get the idea|
I did some sewing for Micaela, a t-shirt dress and purse from some fabric that she saw at the store and really liked. I could not think of something to make for Zeke, he got a present from the store!
This one was for Jeni, my daughter. She saw this sign in a local consignment shop and really liked it. I didn't want to pay the consignment price for it-too much $. I looked up the saying on the internet and it's all over the place, and didn't have any copywrite associated with it-so I did it myself. The wood is her old fence boards. My other son-in-law has a plasma table and could cut some metal trees for me.
While we were at the Olympic National Forest last year we spent some time at the beach. There we found this piece of drift wood that looked like the body of a whale. So we hunted around for the fin and the tail. Mr UAW put this together for me for Christmas.