Monday, December 28, 2009
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
You just keep kneading it and adding flour, or water, depending on the consistency, until it feels like bread dough and doesn't stick to your hands. Then you can have all kinds of fun creating! I baked it at 225 degrees for several hours until they were hard. Here are some pics of my ornaments. I'll post my son's special bread dough creation with you as soon as he finishes painting it!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Christmas is right around the corner...just 3 more days! My shopping is done for the most part and my packages all sent. The house is decorated so the only thing left of course is ..... cookies! I've got all the stuff now I just need a kick in the pants to make them all. I want to make a bunch because some cookies I'll be giving out as gifts. So much to do....so little time. I also have to wrap presents still. Ugggg.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I hope he'll be able to keep this up!! I'm very happy!:-) I love you bunches boo!
Monday, November 9, 2009
In spite of my grumblings and clogged up respiratory system I made soap. Where I got the energy I don't know...but I made 3 batches, unheard of for me in 1 day. So I will share my pics as always.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Also I made another batch of soap last night that came out really nice. I scented it with coolwater fragrance, a very masculine smell but lovely and refreshing. I'm posting a pic of that soap here too. Would write more but it's too pretty outside to be stuck inside sitting at my computer all day. Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Aside from the soaps I also baked a cake from scratch. I don't bake very often, it's just not my thing. But the other day it was a dreary day, raining, cold, and overcast gray skies. I wanted something sweet but didn't want to venture outside in the rain. So I used what I had in my pantry and made a lovely chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. It came out quite yummy and pretty too. Simple mind you, I'm not a baker, but a pretty color.
Right now I'm in the process of finding a new job as an administrative assistant. It's not going to be easy finding this job for the kind of money that I need, close to my house but I am ever hopeful that God will help me find this job that I so desperatly need. Of course, working from home would be my ideal situation, but really, how many legit "work at home" jobs are out there? Not many I'm sure. If anyone reading this knows of a legit full-time, good paying job that can be done from home let me know. I want to be employed by someone - not own my own business.
Well, that's all for now. Here are a couple of pics for you:
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
My soaping adventures continue...... Yesterday I made a soap that totally morphed into weirdness and I don't have a clue as to why. Then today I go to look at the soap (scented with a dupe of Estee Lauder's Pleasures) and it's morphed yet again...actually much better. I just don't get it???? Then tonight I throw caution to the wind and make a break the rules soap and decide on 3 colors and hope for the best. I think I got great colors!! Here goes...
This is the funky soap....notice the weird middle?
This is what it looks like cut
This is what it looks like today, one day later.
Do you understand?
And here's the soap I did tonight ;-)
Soaping sure is a learning experience. I thought I'd share my break the rules soap recipe with you all. This recipe is for a 3 pound batch/superfatted at 15%. Here goes:
Coconut Oil 1020 grams (36 ounces)
Cocoa Butter 340 grams (12 ounces)
Water 397.9 grams (14 ounces)
Lye-NaOH 198.9 grams (7 ounces) (lye concentration of 33.3%)
Fragrance 1 ounce (2Tbsp) per pound of oils (this recipe would take 6 Tbsp.)
I added powdered milk to the water (follow instructions on the brand you buy)
Melt your oils and let them cool (I usually add my fragrance to the oils but you can add at trace if you like). Then mix your powdered milk with very cold water until well mixed. Add your lye to the milk slowly, stirring as you go. The solution will likely turn yellow but don't worry you'll still get nice soap, just keep your nose away from the lye solution. Let the lye solution and oils reach room temperature or close to it. Now add your lye/milk solution to your oils and start whisking and stick blending until you get to trace. What you do with it from this point is entirely up to you. Add 1 color, 2 colors, whatever you like. Let cure for 4-6 weeks.
Happy soaping! ;-)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Today was a beautiful crisp fall day. Nicholas went with his friend to an apple orchard to pick apples and make apple cider. I took Scully to the Vet where he got some more shots. When I came home I had planned on going to one of the many festivals going on around town but decided not to. What's the point when you can't spend any money right? So I stayed at home doing nothing. I had planned on making some soap and that didn't happen. I was feeling mighty lazy and sort of blue...don't know why. It was just ....one of THOSE days. I'm sure you all have had them.
I have a couple of new pics of my dear puppy Scully (one with my dear son) I thought I'd share with everyone. They were taken a couple of days ago.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I also made some nice soap with Hawaiin Rain fragrance, and while they smell awesome, the color weirded out on me yet again. Sooooo frustrating!! I wanted orange but instead got yellow on the inside and orange on the outside. Weird huh?
So there you have it, my learning experiences are far from over when it comes to soapmaking. That's the fun of it though, experimenting to your heart's desire! ;-)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
It’s amazing what old age will do to a person. Was looking through some old pics and came across this pic of me at 27. Gosh those were the good old days! I surely miss being in my 20’s, they were the best times of my life. I was young, healthy, thin!!, and happy. I personally think marriage is overrated. But motherhood, that is the very best!! My son is my everything! Now if I could just go back to my twenties with my son then I’d be a very happy girl. I know, wishful thinking…. I’m just not happy about growing old. It really sucks!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This blog is serving to be my journal of my soapmaking journey. I want to be able to go back to see how far I've come. It will also serve as a journal for life-changing events and daily occurences that I feel compelled to journal about.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here's the soap uncut:
Here's the soap cut:
Monday, August 10, 2009
This has been a long time in coming. I've been wanting it for 20 years. I've never felt that I was a good fit there. So my life starts anew.....woohoo! I'm on vacation for the month of August so I'll have time to spend with my son Nicholas and time for making some soap. I'll try and document the days so as to have a journal to look back on. Scully, our new labradoodle, is doing just great. He has his good days and his bad, naughty days (pees all over) but overall he's doing amazingly well. He's such a sweety ya can't help but fall in love with him. Today he got to meet a black cat named panther and got so excited that he had a potential playmate that he started chasing after the cat and scared it half to death. He just wanted to play ;-)
Take care all, I'll be back soon.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
an up close of the swirlies
Creme Brulee Squared
Creme Brulee Round