Monthly Movie for July

By , July 9, 2019

It’s July, and time for another installment of the Zeiger Family Homestead Monthly Movie.

Each month, I stand on the same rock on the beach and take a short film of the view, from the solar array to the garden. At this point, we have more than half a year on our YouTube channel. Subscribers get notified as soon as it’s posted (yesterday morning, in this case). I also try to notify our Patreon patrons of early posting as well.

I took the July Monthly Movie early to catch the smoke. Hopefully, it will be gone soon.

You’ve no doubt heard of our current heatwave. With it comes massive fires in the interior. I’ll go into this more in a future post.

In the meantime, a moving picture’s worth a thousand words!

Adventures in Soap Selling

By , July 6, 2019

A lot of interesting things have happened just recently on the homemade soap front.

The biggest news: Aly and I appeared at Alaska Rod’s as First Friday Featured Artists. That was a kick!

We’d just cured and processed our latest attempt at a proper Sitka spruce soap, which met with considerable success. Most importantly, we got the natural fragrance strong enough for our taste, but secondarily, it came out in an amazing, milk chocolate-like color. When we trimmed and polished them a bit, they looked like rounds of stained mahogany!

Zeiger family Sitka spruce soap

Our latest version of our latest soap: Sitka spruce. Seasonally available at our web store (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Since we knew that our appearance would focus on soap, we made sure we had all of our three current varieties—Russian tea, devil’s club, and Sitka spruce—available in quantity. We even cut some of the thinner rounds into free samples. And that’s where it started to get weird . . . .

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