Make handicrafts– for fun

Homemade lavender soap has a fresh fragrance that eases stress.  I am giving soap away to friends but also saving some to give away at a book signing. I will wrap them in lavender netting, tie with a ribbon, and add sprigs of lavender and rosemary.  In A BRAND NEW ADDRESS, Marchand’s mother brings homemade soap to Yardley at her greenhouse.  The fragrance reminds her of when his mother’s hair was black instead of gray and her mother was still alive.

lavender soap

Rosemary Lavender Soap Recipe

3 cups glycerin soap base (at your local pharmacy)
1/4 cup infusion of lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (crush them)
1 1/2 teaspoon, lavender oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary

When you make your infusion with the dried lavender flowers and rosemary leaves, your kitchen will smell wonderful. Use a double boiler or low heat to melt the soap base into liquid.  Add the infusion, oils, and some pulverized rosemary leaves.  Stir for even distribution.  I used muffin tins as molds.  After the soap hardens, it comes out easily. 


4 thoughts on “Make handicrafts– for fun

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I remember reading that scene with the soap. It was when Marchand’s mother came to the greenhouse with the two girls, recently orphaned.

  2. Reba Studebaker

    Loved the part with the red scarf– Pinky comes in uninvited and tells Yardley to help her with the food tray. This is after Pinky arranged to sell the greenhouse out from under Yardley.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Thanks, everybody! I had fun writing it– here’s an excerpt: Yardley snatched at the red scarf and pulled at it as she made her way toward Pinky. She flung it over a shoulder, and the hard motion threw her off balance. Her feet went out from under her. She landed on her fanny with teeth-rattling impact.

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