Photo by Cindy at Chippewa Creek. Check out her soaps!
I’m having so much fun with more room to blog! Yesterday, I posted my usual early morning post on the Country Living blog then posted again in the afternoon on my Cooking blog. You can always see the latest from the main page, and I hope the new text links help everyone who didn’t like clicking through from the slide show. The new tabs by each post remind you which blog you’re on so you always know where you are. (Look to the top of this post, to the tab that says “Crafts” to the left of the post title. That means you’re on the Crafts blog.) I also posted earlier today on the Garden blog, and as always, I post every day on the Daily Farm Photo blog. Don’t miss a thing–watch the main page. (And remember that you can also use the menu buttons on the header now to navigate to all the blogs.)
Now I can blog all day! Well….. I guess I have to feed the animals sometime….
Okay–back to the giveaway! I’m able to do more giveaways now with more blogs to work with, and I’m also able to post giveaways in their own posts without pushing off the regular post or tacking it onto the bottom. This should make it easier for you to find giveaways–just remember that they won’t always be posted first thing in the morning, so check back. (Ball Blue Book giveaways will be on the Cooking blog.)
I’ve been wanting to learn to make homemade soap for awhile. I’ve been reading about it, talking to people, asking questions, tracking down where I can get ingredients, doing just about everything other than actually making soap. I’m working up to it!!! Over a year ago, I ordered a soapmaking book and when it came, there were two copies. I’m not sure if I accidentally ordered two or if they accidentally shipped two, but I’ve been meaning to give it away for awhile. Back when Morgan broke her foot, I took one of the copies with me to the orthopedist’s office and read a good bit of it while I was in the waiting room. I loved it. It was the most comforting, practical soapmaking book I’ve yet to read. The author breaks down and dispels scary myths about soapmaking, and holds your hand in a reassuring way as she explains how to make soap safely but without fear.
Yep, that’s me, fearful.
She teaches making soap in this book using the stick blender method, which is what I want to do. (I’m hoping that when I get started soaping, I’ll be able to do a couple of stick blender giveaways, so watch for that!) The book is called Smart Soapmaking, by Anne L. Watson. It was published in 2007, so it’s a fairly recent publication and has all the up-to-date information you need. When I start making soap, I’ll be using this book, along with other resources. If you’d like to put your hand up for a chance to win my extra copy, just drop a comment on this post! And tell me where you are in your soapmaking journey.
Me, I’m still behind the starting line, but I’m inching up there…..
Return to this post–the winner will be drawn by random comment number. Eligible entry ends at noon Eastern time tomorrow (February 18th), after which time this post will be updated with the winner’s name.
Update 02/18/10: The winning comment number is 65, claudia w. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at)aol.com with your full name and address for shipping!
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED TO ENTRY.
P.S. If you didn’t win, you can still get the book! (I got it from Amazon.) I’m gearing up to make soap–come with me! I’m moving from reading and talking about it to gathering all the supplies and then onward and upward. I’ll be posting it all step by step right here, with more giveaways of soapmaking supplies along the way to help and encourage you as much as possible. This is the year we’re finally going to get over ourselves and make soap! (Let’s do it together!)