“Every day I learn or try something new, and it’s fantastic.”
In 2008, I found myself in a bit of a jam. With the daily commute to work (thank God for retirement) firmly behind me, I suddenly had more time on my hands than I could have possibly imagined.
My kids had grown up, starting families of their own, and I thought I could just spend my days sipping herbal tea and reading novel after novel. After about a month I was so bored I found myself intentionally making things dirty so I could clean them again. I had lost my purpose, my role in life. That’s when I said to myself ‘Angela, you need to get a damn life!’ And so I did.
What started as a way to keep myself sane has spiraled into this wonderful, passion project of a blog I’ve called SavvyHomemade. Since my disastrous first batch of soap, I have since become a member of the Soapmaking & Cosmetic Guild of America and qualified as an Organic Skincare Formulator. Every day I learn or try something new, and it’s fantastic.
I’ve become a kind of expert on homemade beauty products, DIY soaps and bath products. I know, I never expected this to happen. But I’m so happy to say that if my first steps into the world of DIY crafts can lead me here, there’s absolutely no way you, reading this right now, cannot do the same.
“I never expected to fall in love with something like soap making!”
After working as a children’s librarian for a few years, and an archaeologist before that, I decided to take the plunge and help my mother out with her blog SavvyHomemade. At first, I only expected to help her write a few pages or edit some photos. I never expected to fall in love with something like soap making!
I just love how exciting it is coming up with your own recipes and trying out new ingredients. I’ve gone from the daily grind to experiencing something new and interesting every single day. I wake up thinking about what I’m going to make and share with the lovely readers of SavvyHomemade, and I love that feeling.
Since working under the guidance of my mom, I’ve become quite a soap and lotion making aficionado, as well as handling all the images, videos and site graphics here on the blog. I look forward to mastering these homemade crafts and passing the knowledge on to my children too.
Now enough about us, here’s the best place to start…