I have a little store in the studio.
I sell jams and jellies, candles and soaps, lotions and fresh farm eggs, and anything else I happen to be making.
Most weeks, I try to find one afternoon or evening when I can work in the studio to add to my stock.
Yesterday, I made watermelon jelly, using the juice from a fresh summer farmers market watermelon.
It’s delicious. I’ll post the recipe for the watermelon jelly soon.
I also made two batches of soap.
I made one batch using a regular rectangular soap mold. It has a cutting groove, which is super handy for making even slices.
I get nine one-inch bars out of a two-pound batch.
This is a spiced sugar soap.
I make it pretty often because it’s popular, sells out quickly.
Another soap that sells out quickly is my sassafras tea soap, made from sassafras roots dug here on the farm. To make round soaps, I use Pringles cans. To get the soap out, just cut the edge, then the can peels away like a biscuit can.
I put the logs in the cutter and slice them.
This soap will darken slightly over the course of several days. The tea is a natural coloring agent.
I add a sassafras fragrance oil. The soap smells like root beer. The scent of root beer is delicious.
And now the store is all stocked up for this weekend. Mostly. I’m planning to make some aloe body lotion next–and will post that recipe also!
P.S. If you’ve never made soap, you can find a tutorial and soap recipe here:
Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot
P.P.S. I usually only sell to on-site attendees. I just do it to make a little extra money on the weekends. But if you’re interested in buying something, you can email me at CITRevents@yahoo.com and I’ll see what I can do! I do not like to ship glass jars–which means jellies and candles. I had a bad experience with that one year when I was selling and shipping apple butter. I don’t mind shipping soaps.Permalink