The Silence is Deafening (but the Excavator is Loud)

I must let you know how sorry I am at the distinct lack of communication from my end these many long months. So this here is a bit of a long post with many catch-up pictures! By way of explanation and excuse: I became somewhat ill in the early spring and into summer and have been learning to navigate …

The snow-rain conundrum

My favourite two weeks of the winter have recently wrapped up in Yellowknife!  School winter break and the Long John Jamboree are the winter we-wait-all-winter-for up North. The sun is above the horizon longer and radiates a palpable warmth on the back of the parka as we play on the lake and in the woods for hours, compensating for months sheltering from the wind-chill and …

the Move

So I suppose you have been thinking… “hey is that soap-lady still alive and kickin”?   Or maybe you care not (since you wisely stocked up on soapy goodies like we told you).  But I thought we’d check-in and let you know I am not dead-in-a-ditch somewhere along the great Canadian artery that is the trans-Canada …

The Scoop on Soap this Summer

The curing racks are groaning under kilograms of silky soaps, and our noses barely rise above the soaping buckets these days.  We are in the throes of stocking up for our beloved Northern clients before our departure in July. Here is the timeline laid out for you: End of the first week of June –  last …

Denial. Not Just a River in Egypt.

Denial is useless…. Despite the obvious ‘signs’ staring us in the face (or sitting squarely in front of the house), I am in a depressed denial that my life is inevitably changing and sending me South.  Despite the raging, crying and cussing,  this  summer will indeed be our last in Yellowknife, and we will be …

On The Backside of the Solstice

Please allow us to extend a late, but heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all the marvelous folk that made us part of their gift-giving this past year.  It makes me practically giddy to think of our little bubbly Northern bars being unwrapped all over the continent, and beyond, throughout the holidays (don’t forget to make them …

It’s a Sickness.

Why, would any of you sane people ask, would the Crafter need a new hobby?   She can barely meet her present-day obligations: feeding  and raising her progeny and making soap to coddle and make you happy.  Nonetheless, as part of her relaxation and meditation she continues to pursue new avenues of creating (crafting for …

Splendors: Autumn and Otherwise

Our Northern summer may not have lived up to expectations…, but, oh my, autumn here has been stupendous!  The green and greys have given way to a palette of glowing fire-weed red and shimmering birch gold. And a blessed breeze-less weekend has allowed us an extra few days to enjoy the show.  the difference a …