Non-Soapy Adventures

While I adore making soap (obviously), there are times when I simply must break away from soapmaking in order to be better at it.  My favorite non-soap craft endeavor is sewing.  I really like machine sewing pillows and gift bags, though I’ll also cross-stitch on occasion as well.  I had three sewing projects in queue going into this week, and I’m proud to say that I’ve knocked out two of them.

The first project was a pillow for my husband – a late birthday present.  I found this fabric remnant on sale, the price was right, so I got what I needed to make a pillow for him.  I have to tell you, being an N.C. State fan, this pillow was painful to make.  I finally found the time to finish it late last week and am really pleased at how it turned out.

Peter‘s ECU pillow

My second project was a baby doll sleeping bag for my older daughter’s baby dolls.  I’d bought some of the material for project #3 (which I can’t disclose at this time) and had some left over.  My daughter jumped on it and was very excited to have something just for her dolls.  It also gave me a great chance to review how to sew in zippers, something I hadn’t done in many, many years.  It was a success and one or two of her dolls sleep very snug and warm each night.

One of my daughter’s favorite dolls tucked in all cozy

Today I was back over the soap pot.  I made a test batch of soap for a great supplier and prepped the lye mixture for a batch of green tea soap.  I was excited about soapmaking again, telling me that taking a break to sew was exactly what I needed.

What do you like to do to refresh your creative juices so you can work better and with more enthusiasm?  Share it below in the comments.

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Hi! Sara here! I'm the CEO and Master Artisan here at Coastal Carolina Soap Co. I started out as a hobbyist and started Sara's Soaps 'n Such, which I owned for 14 years. Coastal Carolina Soap Co. was borne out of my love for the North Carolina coast and its natural beauty, and we're bringing that beauty to you in our soaps and body products.

2 thoughts on “Non-Soapy Adventures”

  1. What a super post! "I must break away from what I love in order to be good at it." That is a powerful reminder, and one I need to take to heart myself in many ways. I love to break away by reading a good book, watching an engaging documentary about someone else's interesting life (I love history), and going for a run. Looking at the lovely pillow you made, I wish I had paid more

  2. My soapmaking has been recharged and turbo-charged since I made these items. I read all the time, so it's more of a breather for me. My mom likes sewing, but I learned how to make pillows in home ec in junior high (7th grade, I think). I still have that first pillow I made, actually, upstairs in my bedroom.

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