Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Artisan Goat Milk Soap

Today I drew a blank...just what to write about?

My inquiring mind began to think about the term artisan. Many of us have a general idea of what the definition of artisan is, but mainly speaking for myself, really did not know how to term it. An artisan is a person that is a skilled manual worker, a craftsperson, practicing a trade or handicraft. The handicraft items produced by the craftsperson can be either functional or decorative.

I believe we can call soap, such as my lemon berry goat milk soap, artisan soap. No doubt!

We can also call craft wares such as cheese by Jama at Prosperine Goat Hill, weaving by Kathy at Spot On Cedar Pond, knitting by my friend Annie at Knit4dolls (please visit her brand new blog and leave a comment), and many others as artisan.

I am glad we have the opportunity to craft what we feel creative at doing! Just the thoughts of the blessing of our abilities can push the winter doldrems out, and bring forward a renewed sense of...marching forward to make soap, cheese, knitting, and weaving!

By the way...I have all but 3 of my business goals crossed off the to-do list for the year of 2009. The remaining goals are long term. Just as with my "renewed sense," I hope you are marching forward too! The thoughts of spring helps too! :)


Lomond Soap said...

In my eyes Mary, that is definately artisan. What a beautiful soap :)
And good for you achieving you goals, I wish I was as dedicated with mine.

Mid Stutsman said...

Mary, I am so glad you (somehow) found my blog and commented on The Calling. I used to make my own soap and especially loved adding botanicals to it, lavender being my favorite. Your blog is beautifully done and well written! Blessings to you,
Mid Stutsman

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

Gorgeous soap! I think soap like that is a great functional work of art.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

certainly a work of art. What kind of soap is it?

Amy said...

Lovely soap.

KathyB. said...

Thank-you for the mention! Thank-you even more for the thought provoking post on 'artisan'. You're right! That made me take notice of just what so many of us really are doing. And doing what we love, and are driven to do.....maybe not appreciating all we ourselves put into our passion.Again, thank-you!

You have inspired me to proceed with my goals this year and am closer than I have ever been....and you are most definitely part of the reason I am moving forward.Keep on blogging and spreading your inspiration and ambition and passion for what you do.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Thank you!

Mid, I found your blog post on another that I visit. I felt compelled to say hello.

Dedication is not always easy, there are moments when putting the right foot forward feels slightly heavy, but somehow when I get the job done (and it isn't a job when we enjoy our craft), it means so very much!