The shelves are loaded with soap. Lots of different fragrances to choose from. Headed to the studio as soon as I post this to do butter bars, lotion, and whatever else that strikes me.
Again, if you can make it to the show, find my booth to say hello! Here's the info - Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair.
All my recent soapmaking activity has attracted the attention of Bramble Berry! Bramble Berry is a major soap supply company and I order quite a bit from them. Their products are top-notch and I love that they know and understand first-hand the soaping world. They test their products and can tell you how a certain fragrance or colorant behaves in a certain application. Anyhoo, they asked if I'm interested in taking some of their products or techniques for a test drive - new fragrances, a colorant that I've been wanting to try, etc. Then, I would blog about the experience and the result. Sounds like fun for me and for you, my readers! So, game on! Once this weekend is over, I'll be digging through the Bramble Berry web site to see what I can find. Maybe a tutorial on a new method, maybe a new swirl, maybe a new fragrance blend,.... There are so many possibilites! Stay tuned!
Our long-legged visitor was here again. Our pond is so low, it's easy pickin's for dinner. He just meanders along the edge of the water and wades through some, too. He's very serious and rarely takes his eyes off the water. It's something to see him land and take off. What a wingspan!
I haven't blogged about Earl Gray and the beastly stray cat lately. There was yet another fight two weeks ago which was just awful. Earl's face is so scarred from all the months (since early spring, I think) that we've been dealing with this stray cat. He has scratches all over - legs, face, ears, eyes, stomach, etc. We've had so many vet visits - and one emergency vet visit included - that I can't even remember how many. This last time resulted in his face and ear being absolutely mauled, an open wound to his right front leg where he'd had an abscess in June from this same cat and also a puncture to his right back foot. I pulled a cat's toenail out of the pad of his foot and applied Epsom salt compresses to it several times a day. He's better but still not quite back to his old self.
I tried before to catch the cat but only succeeded in catching a opossum and Earl. Well, after this last round of injuries, I tried again. Earl has been in the garage for two weeks - the first week recuperating, the second recuperating and staying in while I set the trap. This time, I baited it daily with a can of tuna fish in oil. Last night, I checked the trap and there he was. I know it was the same cat - white paws with scars on him. He was hissing, growling, and throwing himself around inside the trap.
The cat will not be bothering Earl anymore.