Thursday, February 28, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook



Outside my window... I can hear the boys playing...they are loving the snow!

I am thinking... that I would love to get rid of the moles in our house. Yes, that's right...moles. We've caught one...but they still make an appearance throughout the day. Eww.

I am thankful... for my life. I love my life. I love our pace. I love that we do not have a "rush here and rush there" mentality. I like it simple. :)

In the kitchen... the dishes are done! And amazing feat for me! ;)

I am wearing... A long, red wraparound skirt from Christopher & Banks, a grey sweatshirt, white socks, and moccasin type slippers. And two of my very own beaded bracelets. I just love jewelry! (I just realized I don't have earrings on...gasp! Lol.)

I am creating... a bracelet...but I don't like it yet. :)

I am going... nowhere. And so happy about that. :)

I am wondering... if I will get this blog post finished before I hear the babies wake up from their naps.

I am reading... the Bible. No novels currently. That reminds me...I should look up a good one again one of these days.

I am hoping... that my two and a half year old DD starts talking soon. It's getting frustrating for her and us.

I am looking forward to... making another bracelet...I've got ideas!

I am learning... to trust the Lord. I grew up in a godly home and never thought my faith in God would waver. But it did...and now He is rebuilding it. Or perhaps he is rebuilding me. He truly is a God of mercy.

Around the house... it's cleaner lately, now that my three older children are old enough to help with the chores. They do a pretty good job too!

A favorite quote for today... "Umm...I'm gonna have to say 'No." -Wife of the Mayor of Whoville (from Horton Hears a Who) (When her husband asked her if she knew the feeling when someones watching you and you find out that it's an elephant in the sky who is carrying around their world on a clover. Hehe...if you've watched it, you'll know what I'm talking about. Otherwise...feel free to write me off as

One of my favorite things... Laughter. It heals.

A few plans for the rest of the week: get rid of the moles (I just heard one running around in the ceiling again...argh!); create some more items to list on my Etsy shop; relax

A peek into my day...

That piece of equipment is what a lot of my day revolves around. :)

God bless!

Monday, February 25, 2013

At Least I Had Fun!

So, I was very excited when my new Strawberry Fragrance Oil arrived in the mail...along with Strawberry Seeds! Oooo...this was gonna be so fun!

I got started on my Strawberry Soap-

I poured layer 1...oh, my goodness it smelled so stinkin' good!!!! *do not lick not lick not lick spoon...* :)

See the seeds?-

Then I started the green layer...'cause every proper strawberry has a green hat on top!
...poured it on top of the red layer...
Then I waited. And waited. And waited. And... I really have to keep waiting?

Finally! Oh, looks amazing!

Except that my seeds didn't stay suspended. Some floated to the top and some to the bottom. I must have poured it too soon. Oh, well.

But the real disappointment was when I cut the loaf into bars. My layers separated!!!

So I remelted it all and tried again...making sure to follow the directions carefully. Still fell apart. I'm thinking maybe the seeds aren't letting the layers stick together? I dunno. Oh, least I had fun trying.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Peppermint Fun Bar

So, before Christmas I was working on some peppermint soap. I read a tip that a tiny amount of blue coloring would make clear soap look even clearer...but the only blue dye I had on hand was food coloring. So I thought it was worth a try. I just used one drop. But...apparently it was too big of a drop. So I ended up with blue soap. Oh well. I just set it aside to use later.

Well, later came and I pulled out that peppermint scented, blue soap. I'm sorry but peppermint and blue was NOT what I had in mind. Winterfresh and blue...fine. But peppermint should be know, like a candycane? And I didn't want red that Christmas was over. (I'm OCD that

I stood there and stared at that soap trying to come up with the perfect fix...and couldn't. So I decided to just have fun with it. And hence, the Peppermint Fun Bar was born! :-D

This bar is also for sale on Etsy. :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spearmint Swirl Soap

One of my recent soaping projects was this Spearmint scented soap with soap curl imbeds. It was a very fun project!

Here are some pictures of the finished product-

It smells heavenly...and the swirls look like strips of spearmint chewing gum. I had to remind myself that it was indeed soap and I probably shouldn't take a bite! LOL

I have this soap listed in my etsy shop. Stop by and take a look!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Homemade Soap Cutter

My husband did me a huge favor this morning and built me a soap cutter. I was getting so frustrated with cutting my bars crooked that I got online and priced some cutters...and let me tell you...they ain't cheap! So before taking the plunge and buying one, I showed a picture to my husband and asked if he could build me one.

And he did! It still needs a little fine tuning and I need to invest in a better soap cutting blade, but here she is!

What a guy, huh? :-D