I was shocked a few days ago, when I discovered what Jan Ferrante did with the Making Soap… Naturally books. See what she’s done, Patrizia?? She’s earmarked them all!!! Shock horror horror, I thought to myself!! Jan has ruined our books!
Then I stopped and thought more… and realised what she did is possibly the biggest, bestest, most appropriate and rewarding compliment she could have given Patrizia and me… So can you forgive me, Jan, for not realising this straight away?
In fact, your earmarks speak volumes. They tell me you have thoroughly enjoyed the books and found some useful information in there. So much so, that you felt the need to earmark the books in order to more easily refer back to it.
It is great to know you’ve found our books useful. Thank you Jan, and may your soap bubbles never burst! 🙂
Such a pity my timing is not too good for this year’s Design Mania Contest – although actually, I’m not sure, but it might have been a bit hard for many to try and get in within the very tight schedule!
As for last year (2013), the May-June 2014 Design Mania issue had a number of “soap design” techniques illustrated and explained step-by-step. The contest announced in this issue of Saponifier (July-August 2014) went this way:
Choose one or two techniques and make a batch soap following the instructions in the magazine.
Photograph your soaps and send your photos to Saponifier between 1st July and 9th July 2014.
Photos received before the deadline (which was…. ehrm…. yesterday!) are being published and will be ready to be voted in the next few hours. Keep an eye on this link if you want to vote!
And if you want to enter the contest, this is a very good reason to subscribe for the Saponifier Magazine, and get organised in due time next year 🙂
My interview to Kathy Neudorf, the creative mind of Wild Woman Natural Skincare (Ontario, Canada), is featured in the upcoming issue of the Saponifier magazine (May-June 2014). Another interview also features in our blogs at GilSa.org: see our Castile Soap Blog for details.
Our publisher just forwarded a lovely message from Joanna in Poland… and made our day! Here’s what she wrote:
Dear Ladies, I want to let you know that your books are GREAT. They are my favourite ones and I keep them at hand all time. I have many books about soapmaking (such a hobby to buy them 😉 but yours are the best! Thank you for both : information and inspiration – you made a really great work.
warmest regards from Poland (EU) 🙂
Positive feedback like Joanna’s really fuels our commitment to value-added content!
Our books might not have fancy covers or sophisticated artwork, but they distil the essence of our passion for down-to-earth, sustainable practices… and we pour our hearts into them. Writing about soapmaking as a life choice for a better world is not easy. In a world where futility reigns, with noise levels growing exponentially with the spread of so-called social media, voices from the heart (like ours) are hard to hear.
So thank you Joanna for letting us know you heard: we treasure your encouragement!