I've been wanting to do something non-bookish on the blog but couldn't think what. I'm not much for cooking, I can't garden worth a darn, and I don't sew, knit,or do anything creative. Then I remembered that I make soaps, bath salts, and sugar scrubs, and that's both creative AND crafty. Every other Saturday, or when I remember :D, I'll share some photos and recipes and chat a bit. I'm by no means an expert, it's a casual hobby, though for a few years I did have an online store. I still sell if you ever want to place an order.
Last time, I said I'd share some photos of wolf paw soap I've made. The first few were inspired by wolves in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series and the wolves in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. I even gave the soaps to the respective authors who inspired them. I used the descriptions in the books to guide me in choosing the colors and scents. Just like the coyote paws, I used molds made from real wolf tracks.
These I made about 5 years ago when a group of us at Patricia Briggs' board put together a birthday basket for her. These were inspired by her werewolf Samuel. :)
Just for comparison, here's a photo comparing coyote and wolf paws. Remember, these are made from real animal tracks. The bigger one of course is the wolf. :D These were also made for Patty and her husband Mike. I used clear glycerine soap and added dried leaves and herbs to give the impression of running through the woods. I intended them to be decorative but Mike said he actually used them.
|Apologies for the poor photo quality. My old cellphone had a terrible camera.|
The wolf and coyote paws have been some of my best sellers. The black wolf paw below was a custom order; the customer requested lilac scent but black color.
This was a custom order also; burgundy color but the scent is cool basil.
I don't consider myself a creative person but I have fun with my soaps, coming up with colors and scents and additives. Some turn out well while others are awful :D but I have fun. And when something doesn't turn our right, I melt it down and make something new out of it. If I can't 'fix' it, I use it in my bathroom or kitchen. I haven't bought soap to use at home in years.