By Luci the Splash Artist, from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
I love soap. My first memory is sitting in the cast-iron tub at my grandma’s house while she sat on a low stool next to the tub, nose-to-nose with me. I splashed and the bubbles flew up and landed on her hair and her glasses. They smelled like lavender and glistened like silver and diamonds in her gray curls. She laughed, I laughed, we laughed so much my mother came in to check on us. She ended up laughing, too, though she never liked bath time as much as grandma and me.
But I need to get my hands in the stuff I’m working with. Jewelry class was fun and I adored working with clay, but my hands always felt got so dry. Then I went to this Western Heritage Festival and saw a woman demonstrating how to make soap.
And that was it. It became my art. It’s the perfect everyday art. Useful, and beautiful.
You’ll know the right soap when you feel it. Your hand will say “yes, I can use this.” If your nose doesn’t agree, you’ll probably never even pick it up, because our sense of smell kicks in so fast.
I get to make my living making people feel good. How lucky is that?
Luci asks: I think we were all born to make things. What do you love to make? And are you a tub person or a shower person?
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries-and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher. She loves making readers happy.