Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Ever since she got her license I told my-self it would happen. The odds were for it and to be prepared. Well, it happened. Thankfully she wasn't hurt, and no one else was, either; however, ugh, what a pain. As you can tell she rear-ended someone on the freeway. Unfortunatly she has to drive on the freeway in order to get to school and we knew this was a risk. I was proud of myself. I didn't yell or scream, I calmly told her what to do and how to talk to the other driver. Thankfully, the other driver was very nice to her, they just exchanged information and left. No police, no ticket.
Now to deal with the insurance and rental cars (which she can't drive so she has to drive her dad's truck which he isn't too happy about).
Oh well, it's a learning experience for all of us.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I signed up on Artfire on Wednesday I believe, and had my first sale Thursday. I have heard many are not having any luck with that venue; however, I've made back my initial payment and then some with no other fees coming out of it. It's funny, but there are things I would never trade for Etsy, but Artfire has some nice features, too. Spreading myself around I get to get the best of both worlds.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I pop out one of the smaller molds and find a little more water in the mold as well as the bottom is sticky. I wonder if I should have let it sit longer. Just as determined as I am, I am also just as impatient. Maybe not a good combination!
I take the slicer and slice through. The color seems pretty consistent except for the thin "crust" on the top. I know from what I have read that comes from too much heat loss during saponification. (again, Darn cold front!)
I pop out the next mold and it is pretty much the same. Watery bottom and thin crust on top. On to the the large log. As you can see, the bottom also had some moisture. I have a couple of cuts on my hands and that REALLY stings! I wonder if it is the lye separated out. That is also a problem from too little insulation. Darn!
So, once again I forge on, cut and arrange this soap for curing. Now, this does have more hope than the first batch because it really smells nice.
And, at the cleanup, it was nice to see a nice lather. Smaller but more bubbles. At least something went right!(edit: reading on i found a forum where it indicated it would be okay to touch your tounge to the soap to see if the lye separated. it should feel like a "shock" if there is too much lye. So I tried it and, yes, it felt like touching your tounge to a battery! funny, but disappointing. but the lye should neutralize during curing since it was just a slight separation. only the top feels like a shock, the rest of the surfaces are fine. Have a good laugh picturing me licking the soap. hey, it was just one piece!)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
A few hours later I look and see something disturbing:
there are water droplets accumulating on the top of the soap. Whaa??? I thought it went so well. I touch it and smell it. It has no smell, it isn't oil. Is this the lye separating out? Shoot! I just cover it back up and wait until tomorrow.
It is pretty cold in my kitchen (darn cold front) so, maybe I under-insulated this time? I hope not. I guess the proof will be to see what happens tomorrow.
I seem to be loosing my sense of humor in all this. Maybe it's the weather. Hopefully it'll be back tomorrow. Nite!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
It looks like peanut butter or refried beans. You can see the little flecks of chamomille tea, though. Pretty! if it wasn't that orangey/brown color.Because of my short but tumultuous history with soap making I fear what I might find when I cut into the loaf. But to my surprise, the color is pretty consistent and even throughout. No oil or lye pockets (which may be due to the re-batching), and it almost looks nice, almost.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Despite my daughter's description of it as "throw-up", I forge ahead, determined to cut and cure it. But, when I pick it up to turn it out of the mold, I find a gloppy mess that has accumulated in the bottom of the mold. (I was so disappointed I didn't take a picture). Basically, the middle of the underside looks a little mushy and there is a small pool of oil. Bright Orange oil, by the way. Oh, and a hideoderous smell!
Tomorrow I'll tackle unmolding and cutting. Stay tuned...who knows what will happen. (those of you worried about me, don't be worried. I am now on a mission to see this through. I SERIOUSLY doubt anything useful will come of this soap, but now, it's like a trainwreck and I can't wait to see what happens next!)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
When the tea was ready I weighed out half the amount of water, the full amount of lye, poured the lye into my pitcher and stirred. I then took the other half of the water and mixed it with an equal amount of goats milk. All ready to go. I know the lye heats up when mixed so I know I will have to wait for it to cool down. I popped in (yes, I was careful) my thermometer. 150 degrees! Sheesh. This will take forever. So I decide to measure my oils. I heat the oils somewhat to melt the coconut oil. Boy what a smell! That olive oil stinks. I hope it gets better.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
This is one of my favorite songs. It is from the play Les Miserables. He (Jean Val Jean) has been on the run from the law for most of his adult life. He now is singing this prayer for a very badly wounded young man (Marius) who he just found out is in love with his daughter (Cosette), and his daughter loves him. In revolutionary France, imagine a father's thoughts towards a man who he knew would take care of his daughter and keep her safe after he is gone.
Now I must say, no one else can sing this song the way say this man, Colm Wilkinson , sings it. To say he is an amazing singer is a huge understatement. Close your eyes and listen to his voice, the emotion, the notes,..ahhhh. I could listen to this all day. I hope you enjoy it.
btw: if you have never seen this play, it is a must for a bucket list!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
It's time to get the garden going! I've weeded, composted, manured (yeah) and weedblock-ed the garden. Time to add the seeds, plants, trellis, stakes and the love!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Anyways, take a break for just a minute and enjoy a little candy before returning to busy life.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Spring is Optimism for the future. It will come and bring good things.