This month I will be 41 years old. How time flies! I am not sure how I feel about this as I feel like I did when I turned 40. I do feel a little burned out and bummed out by a lot of things. Anxiety over the news feels like acid on my nerves. My kids don’t want to do their classwork (they do their homework though. Go figure!) and I want to go to Grad school for a Master’s degree but not sure how exactly I can pay for it and not get even more student loans.
After having so many creative writing classes in a row I am kinda “written out” at the moment. I still like sewing but there is only so many things you can sew (poet and didn’t know it!) and I ran out of those juices a while back, too. I needed a new hobby, but something creative. After piddling around on the interwebs (to be honest I am not sure how or why I decided on this) I decided to start making homemade soap.
Did you know there is a kind of sub-culture for soap making? My husband thinks I am starting a fight club…
I have to say I have learned a lot from researching this hobby. I learned what saponification is, that if you add water to lye instead of lye to water it will explode or cause a “volcano”, that lye is very caustic and will burn you if you aren’t careful and add too much to your soap. It’s really fascinating and very science-y!
It is said you can use your kitchen stuff, I didn’t feel comfortable with that so I spent more than $100 for new stuff – bowls, stick blender, etc. Then I spent another $114 on supplies such as lye (yes, doing it from scratch!), scents and colorants. I found lots of recipes for fruit purees and milk soap and cold-process soap and hot-process soap. I really didn’t think there was so much that went into making soap!
I ordered my supplies the other day, they will be here on my birthday (Happy Birthday me!) and I will begin my soap-making adventure. Gonna start simple (bought a basic kit for beginners) to get the feel of it, then gonna start making up my own recipes. I am super excited and, while I am not going to do it for money, I look forward to handing out soap that other people will use.
I have a couple of friends willing to be guinea pigs and test out the soap I make. Who knows…maybe doing something with my hands but not really having to create worlds in my head will help me find some inspiration for my writing. 🙂
Oh, and don’t worry. I will be posting here my observations/creations!