Adventures on Mount St Helens

As I get older and hopefully a little wiser, I determined that travel needed to be a priority.  We never know what the future holds and seeing new things with family and friends is an important part of enjoying life.  There’s nothing like the power of nature to make a person humble.  I wasn’t on the West Coast when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, but I have heard personal stories from those around me.  We felt the effects even in Ohio, but it wasn’t as large as it was here.  I went camping with my family last summer on the north side of the mountain.  Judging from the area, the lake and the mountain must have been absolutely magnificent before the eruption.  36 years later some areas still haven’t recovered.  Here are some pics from my travel last year.

Abundant Wildflowers at Johnston Ridge Observatory

Abundant Wildflowers at Johnston Ridge Observatory

Looking towards the Volcano

Looking towards the Volcano

6.5 miles away and over a few ridges, the trees were blasted by the heat, but not all were blown over.

6.5 miles away and over a few ridges, the trees were blasted by the heat, but not all were blown over.

Windy Ridge - this used to be covered with BIG trees.

Windy Ridge – this used to be covered with BIG trees.

This tree was ripped out by the roots.

This tree was ripped out by the roots.

Overlooking Spirit Lake - imagine when it was FULL of trees. You can still see quite a few floating by the shore.

Overlooking Spirit Lake – imagine when it was FULL of trees. You can still see quite a few floating by the shore.

This tree was on a hiking loop around the campground. It's almost 6 feet in diameter.

This tree was on a hiking loop around the campground. It’s almost 6 feet in diameter.

This tree was next to our tent.

This tree was next to our tent.

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Pickin’ and Soap

Join me at Past Blessing Farm’s Pickin’ Post Falls Vintage & Artisan Market February 18th from 9am to 6 pm & 19th from 10am to 4 pm at Greyhound Event Center, 5100 W. Riverbend, Post Falls, Idaho.  Admission is $7 for both days – kids 12 & under are free. Visit the Facebook Event Page for all the details.

Brenda Buckingham has spent year’s finding the best antiques, vintage and artisan handmade vendors around.  She started with Pickin’ on the Prairie in August and expanded to Boise and Post Falls.  I did Pickin’ on the Prairie a few years ago and can’t wait to join her in February in Post Falls.  This is featured as one of top markets in Spring’s “Romantic Country” magazine.

Join me there for Pickin’ and Soap!

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Fiber and Soap?

Green Bluff Spin-In

Green Bluff Spin-In

No, not the dietary kind.  I will be taking a some soaps and bath salts to the Green Bluff Spin In.  Saturday, January 28th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Green Bluff Grange, 9809 E Greenbluff Rd, Colbert, WA 99005

Just want a place to go on a January afternoon.  Come join us for some spinning, lunch and company!  It’s a friendly bunch who would love to help out anyone willing to learn.

 

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Pink Grapefruit Soap on Sale thru 2/28

Pink Grapefruit Soap

Pink Grapefruit Soap

Pink Grapefruit is refreshing and lightly scented.  It’s a people-pleaser!  Save $1 on each bar thru February.

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Merry Christmas!

© Can Stock Photo / kevron2001

© Can Stock Photo / kevron2001

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Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving

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Fall Soaps on Sale

Pumpkin, Oatmeal Stout and Apple are 50% off while supplies last.

Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal Stout

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New – Vanilla Fig Soap

Vanilla Fig Soap

Vanilla Fig Soap

Vanilla Fig Soap is finally cured enough to add to my online store.  I love the scent!  It’s sweet and rich but not overpowering.  It will be a great “gift” soap with very broad appeal.  The base of the soap is made with my Olive, Coconut, (Organic & Sustainable) Palm, and Shea Butter blend.  It has fig powder to make it lightly exfoliating without being scratchy.  It will be available through January or until my inventory runs out so order yours soon!

 

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Winter Soaps are Now in Stock

Mountain Snow and Pomegranate are back online.  Get yours while they last.

Pomegranate Soap

Pomegranate Soap

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Restocking Soaps

I spent the weekend making soaps.  Here are some pictures of the blocks and cutting them into logs then bars.  I made Vanilla Fig, Goat Milk Lavender Rosemary, Wakeup and Spiced Mahogany.  The Vanilla Fig Soap was new and it was fun to use my new tools – funnel pitchers – for the new design.

Soap Blocks

Blocks of Vanilla Fig, Lavender Rosemary, Wakeup and Spiced Mahogany Soaps

Splitting the Vanilla Fig Block into Logs

Splitting the Vanilla Fig Block into Logs

Four Logs of Vanilla Fig Soap

Four Logs of Vanilla Fig Soap

Curing

Curing

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