Category: Frog Soap and Beyond

It’s St. Paddy’s Day! not St. Patty’s Day!

Okay folks, I don’t know what color beer you’ve been drinking, but it’s impairing your mind and spelling, to the point you don’t know what in the heck you’re writing. It’s St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s Day. Paddy is short for Pádraig (masculine), the Irish Gaelic name, which is the source of the ‘dd’ […]

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Time is not refundable…

…use it with intention. Author Unknown. I am finding, as this little ol’ soap business keeps growing, and I sit on more committees and boards, that I seem to be running out of time. It believe it is impossible to truly run out of time, but there do not seem to be enough hours in […]

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Fads – They Happen

Fads – They Happen Fads have been coming and, thankfully, going throughout history. Today those fads have folks removing hair from some parts of their bodies and having it put on in others. They poke holes in their skin, add jewelry to those places and then color the rest. Some of these fads fade away, […]

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Soap Making Workshops!

Soap Making Workshops We finally have space to hold soap making workshops again. We will be able to set up for 10, yes 10 wanna be soap makers. I’ve been waiting to do this for 4 years! Yippee! We secured vintage tables from the Admiral Theatre’s rummage sale. Wicked-cool tables for formica… fairly indestructible, which […]

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Holly Berries & Mr. and Mrs. Robin

I was just sitting on the porch with the girls, Molly and young Miss Nellie, our cocker spaniels and watching the world wake up. It was quiet so even the quietest of sounds were making themselves known. Next I knew, all three of us were watching the holy tree’s branches moving by the hopping around […]

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Enterprise Mfg. No. 0 Coffee Grinder!

Meet our new/old Enterprise Mfg. No. 0 coffee grinder. Not quite steamy and hot off the shelf technology, because it was made in the late 1800’s, but it works beautifully. No electricity necessary, just arm power. Pick your grind from very coarse to very fine espresso by a twist of a thumbscrew and you are […]

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Wash your hands… it’s cold and flu season!

Wash your hands often and keep your hands away from your face; two of the most important things you can do to help keep you and your family safe, and to keep from spreading germs! Cover a sneeze with a tissue – not your hands, and stay at home from work or school if you are […]

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I am the Village Soapsmith…

… or, The Village Idiot, depending on which day you show up here at our smithy. Thankfully, most often, I am the Soapsmith (and not the Village Idiot) making soap from scratch using oils, water and an alkali ( lye). I make beautiful and natural soap in what is known as a ‘Smithy,’ the workplace […]

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Detergent (SLS) is great for killing bugs, but I sure wouldn’t use it on my body!

I do not use SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), chemicals, alcohol, parabens, titanium dioxide or any other such additives to any of our products. Strangely enough, I do, keep a dribble of dish detergent in a little container under the sink in the soap kitchen for a particular reason… it kills aphids. Yep, it kills bugs. It […]

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Dirty-Fingered Flower Rustlers

Last evening,  ‘dirty-fingered’ flower rustlers made off with several petunias, lobelia along with dirt, from the huge pot that graces the front of our little shop! Last year I replaced the flowers 3 times after flower rustlers purloined the helpless little dears. I finally stopped replacing the flowers and dirt due to cost and absolute […]

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