Thursday, August 27, 2015

Splish, splash, I love taking a bath!

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. 


In art school, there were the serious artists and the ones who just loved to make stuff. I mean, drawings class was fabulous—our teacher was this amazing potter with an Aussie accent who could show you how to see differently. And the watercolor teacher? I have never met a woman whose art and life were so perfectly intertwined. 

 
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.

Erin and Tracy may not be soap-savvy, but they have great ideas for what will sell. (Kids love the turtles and the moose. And the older women go ga-ga over the molded goddess with a chocolate scent.) Being part of the Merc is a lot of fun. Over the winter, sales slowed, so Erin and Tracy helped me dream up new scents and shapes, and a line of cleaning products made from real stuff, not chemicals.


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. 

Connect with her on her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.



12 comments:

  1. I like to make anything with thread and fabrics, and I especially like turning a picture into machine embroidery.

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  2. And Willow, YOU inspire me!
    xoxo
    Luci

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  3. Love your soaps! I like to BUY cute soap, but have only tried making it a couple of times. Yours are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Janet! Come shop the Merc!
      xoxo
      Luci

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  4. I love soaps and baths, my new favorite is goat's milk soap but it just comes in a boring bar shape - I'd love to be able to find it in fun shapes! :-)

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  5. Thanks, Nicole! Since the Merc is fictional -- darn it -- try these online sources: http://www.windrifthill.com/ http://montanaprairieproducts.com/
    Or scout the Farmers' Markets near you -- that's where I found Luci!
    And remember, if it's made in Montana, it must be good!
    Erin Murphy, the Merc

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  6. I'm a shower person but your soaps sure look fun!

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    1. I think that little turtle would love to shower with you!

      xoxo
      Luci

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  7. I love a good soak in the tub with bubbles when I have time to relax, otherwise I'm a shower person. And a good shower can be very refreshing, too, don't you think? I love your Venus of Willendorf soap! I have a small copy of the statue on my bookshelf. What do I like to make? Anything with yarn. Lately I've gotten interested in yarn bombing - fiber graffiti.

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    1. Oh, Kath, a long soak -- bliss! Jewel Bay got yarn bombed last summer -- it was SO MUCH FUN!!!!

      xoxox
      Luci

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