Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cardboard Testimonies

The power of the visual. These are testimonies of God working in the lives of several people. Their story is written down in a few powerful words on a piece of cardboard for all to see.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wow! I've been interviewed! What a Blessing

Kelly from Take Root and Write has blessed with an interview about my soap making. She did a wonderful job. Please stop by and take a look!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wine Soap

Soaps can be made from a variety of ingredients besides coconut oil. Water is also a main ingredient, but often in place of water, folk add other liquids. Some include milk, coffee, tea, beer...and wine.

Wine contains lots of fun ingredients that give you some benefits of using it...I won't go into great details at this time. Another post will suffice for that. Only to introduce you the idea of wine in your soap. I chose to use wine in one of my latest trial batches of soaps, just to see how it works. Very different from my usual batches, there were definitely some added precautions I needed to take due to wine's sugar content, which heated up my mixture greatly. But, that's soap talk. Unless you make soap, you will be scratching your head over the ins and outs of what happened.

Just for fun, I tried a lovely California Pink Champagne for my first test batch. Because I have to let my champagne go flat before I can use it in soap, it was extremely important for me to take a wine taste test before allowing a good champagne to flatten. It was good! I gave it 48 hrs to flatten up, then dropped it in my soap mixture.

Because of its different reaction than what I'm used to, I learned some important details about making soap using wine, which I will improve upon in my next batch.

The next batch will also include pink champagne from California. In fact, it will also include some other California type ingredients...avocado oil and almond oil. It seemed fitting if I'm using a California wine, right? P.S. I'm a California native, but haven't actually lived there for over 30 years. I visit often though. You can take the girl out of California, but can't take California out of the girl, I'm afraid.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Honest Scrap Award!

One of my soap friends Georgette of Giola Made Soap gave me the Honest Scrap Award. Thank you Georgette! It's now my turn to tell 7 true things about myself and I need to nominate also 7 people.
1. I would love to retire and work at my soaping full time.
2. Any dessert with chocolate and peanut butter takes first place in my book.
3. If I can avoid #2 I hope to lose 25 pounds.
4. Soap or no soap, God and my family are my priorities.
5. Singing is another passion of mine.
6. Right now, I'd give just about anything to have a vacation somewhere far far away! Doesn't even really matter where.
7. Although my house is constantly cluttered, inside my mind I am an organized clean freak.
My nominated Blog friends for this award are:

1. JulsFantasyFlowers
2. Merry's Musings
3. Maggie's Rose Garden
4. Artist on the Farm: Gina of RoseThistleArtworks
5. Mandy Harvey aka Beadsme
6. AG mode
7. joyful spirit photography

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is different for every person! Some people ARE mothers, EVERYONE has mothers...some have stand-in mothers.

Mom's are more than just a biological parent. What makes a mom is what is felt on the inside, not necessarily the biological connection.

So, whoever is the mother or "mom" in your life, celebrate her connection with you! Bless her day and let her know how you feel!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Time to Go Camping?

My Bug Be Gone Lotion Stick was a featured item in Chris' blog

It was included along with a few other fun camping type items, including a compass and a very fancy Portable Bonfire container! Come take a look!

Personally, I'm not real big on camping anymore. Used to love it, but never camped in style. It was always nothing more than a little portable tent, backpacking etc. Now that I'm older, my bones insist on more comforts than what they used to need. Unless I upgrade my camping style to a trailer, motorhome etc, I'm afraid my camping days are over.

However, I still love day trips, walks in the wild, a few hours of long as I can get back to my comfy home later. A hot bath helps too.