Hurricane Harvey

Well, it has been an interesting week so far.  Hurricane Harvey headed my way. We loaded kids Thursday afternoon in the first rain band. It was LOADS of fun. (Sarcasm dripping, here). But laughing kept the kids calm. My coworkers and Principal are amazing women!  


The next day school was canceled. Harvey had turned into a monster. 


We kept a close eye over several days.  My WildChild did a darn good job tending her babies in the rain. 


We played games to keep us from going stir crazy. Didn’t work. 


Anxiously watched the rain gauge.  The weather channel.


 We knew our house wouldn’t flood, but wasn’t sure about the barn. We had plans!!!  A tarp, shavings, and a big bathroom!


During a break, the goats got some grazing in.


And Thalia got some hugs!


We watched the carnage in Houston. Prayed for many friends. Some escaped; others did not. It is devestating. Then it came back out to sea and headed for us.

 

Ultimately, the storm shifted again, and the eye passed over us. It was only a Tropical Storm at this point. And the rain somehow all ended up in Beaumont. 

Still, a total of about 17″ landed here at the Muddy 3/4 Acre. Toldeo Bend dams have been opened. High tide is expected. I have many local friends that back up to waterways. So many are still in danger. My eldest has a great friend who has several inches in their house already. 


I ask for prayers. For the people of Texas. For the people of Louisiana. For all those involved in the rescue and relief missions.  There is another small front coming in next week. And Irma is off the coast of Africa headed this way. 
Sadly, I havn’t sewn an inch. Nor have I made soap. Simply survived. 

American Flag

I saw a soap online that I just HAD to duplicate.  Kim Taggard at Boulder city soap and candle company  created it. It is called Americana. Go look it up!  Her process is amazing

I am sure this was a cold process, while mine is a hot process, so I knew there would be a few issues. But I wanted to try anyway.

First, I bought the star mold. Then used a honey glycerin melt and pour. It came out perfect!!

I was out of goatmilk powder, so I ended up with lye water that was too hot.  Soap Volcano!!!

But it was ok.  I colored it, scented it, and went to work.

I was really happy, even with the uneven stripes and too-low blue section. Practice makes perfect!

The cut made me smile!  And then….the color started changing. FacePalm. I forgot the vanilla stabilizer. Crap.

Not sure what color this will turn into in the end. I guess it is now called Ragged Old Flag. Lol. It smells amazing though!  Like Smores!!

Hot Process soaps CAN still be beautiful

See?  Beautiful!   And this was made with liquid colors from a Big Box Store.  It gets better!!!!

This is a Honey Melt and Pour base, that I mixed with neon powder colors from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  I am NOT affiliated with them; I am simply very happy at the moment!!  Look at this CUT!

It swirled a bit more than I wanted, but I am still happy!

And then there is this one!!!!

The color, the swirl, I am in LOVE!  The flecks bug me a bit, but I have figured out what happened.  And I still love this!!

The last one I tried today, is a Patchouli Rose.   The colors are so dreamy and light.  Exactly the shades I was looking for.  And notice…no flecks!

And I almost succeeded in a proper Butterfly Swirl!!

I have another box coming in today with a star column mode, Smore’s Campfire Fragrance, and Americana color powders.  Care to guess what I will be making??!!!    I just need more lye and Castor oil………

Summer vacation means Soap, Soap, and MORE SOAP!

I finally made a real order with Wholesale Supplies Plus.  Oils are cheaper, lye is cheaper (although I can get it even cheaper in bulk) and the scents/colors are FABULOUS!

I am pretty sure I have my base recipe narrowed down.  Look at this lather!

I will be back soon with some more in-depth postings.  I just wanted to say a quick HI!  OH!!    Remember this quilt?

WildChild took 1st place in the LA State Jr Beta Fiber Arts Competition.  We are taking it at the end of June to Orlando, where we HOPE she will bring back the same award Apprentice won last year!

Perfecting the Swirl

I am perfecting my swirl.   The SOAP swirl, that is!!   It is taking some effort, but I am pretty close.   I already have a great recipe.  Very very happy with it.  I have decided I will have several lines.  An All Natural Essential Oil no coloring line, a crazy fragrance oil and color swirls line, and a drunken line.   Yes, I said Drunken Line!!  LOL.  I made 3 drunken soaps over Easter Break. 2 with wine and one with beer.  As well as 4 others.

First was a Grapefruit Chardonnay.  Goat Milk powder is mixed into the wine.  The sugars in the wine made for a very quick trace!!

Next was a Blackberry Merlot.  Again, milk powder was added.

Last, I used my Handyman’s home brewed Peanut Butter Porter.  Added just a dash of musk, hoping to up the manly factor.  I should have added more, but it is still a good product.

At this date, 5/18/17, I have NO Cardonnay left.   And only a few of the Merlot and Porter.

The other swirls are good too.   A Patchouli rose, which was a custom scent….(original is sold out, but the second batch is curing)A cucumber melon (sold out)and Cool Water (also sold out)

All 3 of these soaps are available now.   The next 2 batches are in the cure stage, and will be available soon. Including these beauties.

Some new kids!

We made a trek the Wednesday after Easter to All We Need Farms in Needville TX for some new does,  Nothing like a Nubian goat!!   Those ears–oh man those ears!! 

She had 2.   We went for only one.

The Blue Eyed Boy chose the darker and more annoying one.  HAHAH  She is a nibbler, and a super nosy busybody.

Loads of personality!  But somehow, we couldn’t leave the other one.   They are not from the same mama, but they were raised as if they were.   So the quieter paler doeling came home too.

Flat tire made for an interesting pit stop.   2 goats on a noose leash at a truck stop!

However, once we got them home, the quiet pale one became SUPER vocal!!  Hollers for attention.  She can’t stand to be without a human.  Both of them are so loving, so sweet, so personable.   Nothing like a Nubian!

Their names?   The darker is Reese’s Pieces.   The lighter is Peanut Butter Cup.   We call them Reese and Peanut.

My Thalia was super jealous for awhile.   Can you tell??

And all 3 of the big girls were a little uncertain of these 2 new creatures.

But now, all get along like they have been together for ages.  (look close—there are 5 goats here!  haha)

And they all love the new paddock that HandyMan created for them.