Writing, Soap, and Sewing

You know what’s difficult? Keeping up with two blogs. I’m getting there. I haven’t been crafting as much as I would like, mostly because there is only so much time in the day. With homeschooling, writing, preparing to publish Pippa of Lauramore, and feeding my family occasionally, it’s hard to fit in the crafts.

I did make a batch of citrus hot process soap with Marlo, and that was a lot of fun. We’ve been using the tallow in the place of palm oil, and it makes a wonderful bar. I hope to post the recipe soon. We also made a cold process pumpkin soap that will be finished curing around the first of March. There is no right time of year for pumpkin soap. It’s so wonderful it’s good all year long. This time we created the batch with goat’s milk. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

As for sewing, I haven’t done too much after New Years. I did manage to make a couple American Girl dresses and two scarves for Christmas gifts. Then a few weekends ago I constructed a cute little purse for a birthday gift for my husband’s cousin’s daughter.

Most of the candles I wanted to get done before the holidays are still on hold. If you’ll remember, Gunther ate the wicks. I need to get some more ordered in.

That’s about it for now!

Finally Organized the Homeschool Cabinet

Remember last summer when I said I was going to get all organized, starting with the homeschool cabinet? Well, as I posted later, that never happened. Why? Writing. Once you get serious, it takes over your life. In a good way. Sort of. Not in a we-eat-homemade-food-every-night way, and not in a the-house-is-usually-clean-way. More in a oh-my-goodness-I-actually-wrote-a-book way.

But yesterday. Oh, yesterday. Our school stuff was taking over my kitchen table. Taking over.

You see, the homeschool cabinet was so full, that I quite literally couldn’t jam everything in there. So where did that stuff stay? On the table. I would try to stack in neatly and shove it to the side when we ate meals, but that doesn’t really work. I was going crazy.

I’m happy to say that yesterday a new school storage area was created. It’s a roll-top cabinet my father made, and right now it’s in the dining area. There was all kinds of stuff in it, but somehow I managed to find new homes for all that stuff (sort of–as long as no one opens the doors underneath…) and make room for our supplies.

It took me about ten minutes. Honestly, I don’t know why I put things off so long. So everything has a home, and I’m happy.