Saturday, September 20, 2008

Okay. so it is a late night tonight. I made up 3 batches of soap and I promised to take pictures this time.. LOL

So.. My first batch seized up on me. Darned if I was so po'ed.. I frigging hate it. It was going so well. Then I added a new fragrance oil and wouldn't you know... So.......I rebatched it and made it into hot process. I am not so fond of hot process. The bars just never seem to get completely solid. I mean they are solid, but never super hard like my cold process bars are.. Anyway.. Here is a picture..It smells like wine and is so fragrant...

Okay.. So next up was sandalwood honeysuckle.. It went perfectly. Didn't fill my new mold as I had hoped. I miscalculated how much it would hold, but... Still a nice soap. picture is one right after the pour and covered with saran wrap to minimize the ash.. The second picture is in the gel stage. Notice the creamy edges. Almost a full gel at this point. YAY!!! It also smell heavenly.

Now for my favorite.. This one is scented with coconut fragrance and has a ton of calendula petals in it. WOW!!! Doesn't it look great in the mold. It is going to be sooo wonderful. I didn't use any color in the sandalwood or the coconut.. Those will be naturally a yellowish due to the fragrances..

So.. I will make another 4 or 5 batches tomorrow. I want to get some Neroli made up. To many requests to pass on it this time.. LOL And please disregard the priority mail tape.. LOL I couldn't find the stupid masking tape anywhere. Darn kids took it.. I know they did.. LOL

I also took a picture of some of the veggies and such I have been canning.. Plugging away to get ready for winter. I will get the pumpkin butter done sometime next weekend. Ignore the soap molds on top of them and the mess around them.. LOL I have been trying to get so much done and I really gotta learn to put stuff away as I go..

Now. Here is my Kombucha tea brewing. I couldn't remember if i posted pictures of it, so here it is just in case.. Yummy stuff... Notice the babies growing on top while the mommys are below them..

Monday, September 15, 2008

Okay.. so I am a bog slacker.. LOL.. Sorry.. But.. The girls and I went to a really great concert Saturday night. It was Log Jam 2008 at the LaCrosse Loggers Stadium. We really had a great time. Here are the girls waiting for the concert to start.. LOL

First band was The Ditch Lillies. They were good. Not great, but good. I am not overly fond of those who take other peoples songs and poems and turn them into songs. Drives me nuts, but these ladies were really good. The bass player even had dreads.. LOL

Next up was Renowned Bluegrass singer Dale Ann Bradley. Now this gal can really sing.. WOW!!

Dale Ann has once again been nominated for the Female Vocalist of the Year award. The 2008 IBMA awards show will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2008, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

So.. Last but not least. Michael Martin Murphey.. Yep.. You got it. Carolina in the pines was the final song and my absolute favorite next to Wildfire of course.. LOL He sang both and Macky was thrilled.. My pictures didn't turn out very well for his part becasue it was sark and Pauls camera stinks for taking night pictures.. LOL But here is what I got..

After the concert, we went to say hi to Murph. He was thrilled that we made it. He called at the beginning of the week to ask if we could make it to the concert. Of course after finding out about it, there was no way Macky was going to let me skip it.. LOL So.. Here are Macky (redhead), Katie and Murph..

All in all it was a great night. Even though the gnats were horrible and we got soaked in the rain.. LOL We still had a great time.