This weekend started with a wonderful Saturday with friends. It's so nice to have like-minded friends who are close enough to have over, go see, go out for lunch with, etc. I have really enjoyed that since moving to Ohio. In Virginia, it usually took me an hour's drive one-way to gather with my knitting buds or rug hooking group. And, there were no soapmakers around that I knew of.
Lynne and Margaret arrived at my house Saturday morning and off we went to Meg's. Meg is a felted purse knitter extraordinaire so I wanted to show them her shop and her beautiful old home. After that stop, we headed into Waynesville and did a little shopping. We worked our way down the street to the Cobblestone Cafe where Meg met us for lunch.
After lunch, Lynne and Margaret came back to my house and we headed downstairs to the soap room. They are soapers, too, and we had the itch to make something! I had seen a video on making sugar scrub cubes online so we tried them. We used some of my rebatched soap that contained mango butter, olive oil, and sugar. They were fun to do but are still quite soft. We'll see if they harden up with time. In making the scrub, we also got to try out my salad shooter and then played with the shrink-wrap system.
We had a blast and it was great fun hanging out with friends who enjoy "making stuff"!
The weekend weather was nice and Andy made some progress on painting the house. I whacked down the bushes along the back of the house and plants in the garden so he could have room to move around and set the ladder. I don't think you can really see it, but he put a coat of the Earthen Jug (orangish) underneath the eaves. Adds a bit of a pop!
I made three batches - bottom to top in the picture on the right - Orange Peel Patchouli, Rise & Shine, and Sea Salt & Lotus Blossom. I added a pinch of silk fiber to all three of the soaps. Orange Peel Patchouli has calendula petals in it and is scented with an Orange Peel Fragrance Oil and Patchouli Essential Oil blend. Rise & Shine has calendula petals. Sea Salt & Lotus Blossom is one of my best sellers! It suits people who want a fresh clean scent but nothing floral or citrus. This soap contains cocoa butter and coarse sea salt. I made this a little differently this time. Instead of just sprinkling the salt on top of the soap, I mixed it in. With the salt just on top, a lot of it falls off when I cut the soap. Incorporating it worked better.
Tonight, I cut all the logs and ended up with 30 bars, 8 samples, and 3 mini bars. Now, they're on the curing rack to dry. It felt so good to be making soap again!
I have a show coming up in two weeks and need to make my lotions, body butters, lip butters, fragrance roller tubes / misters, sugar polishes, etc. this coming weekend. This will be my first show of the year and I'll have lots of inventory. I'm looking forward to it!
I've made other things while I wasn't making soap. I made seven dryer balls from Martha's Jacob wool roving. They work great in the dryer!! I also made three batches of laundry detergent. I make the powdered kind (vs. the liquid) and love it!
I'm still knitting on the lace edge of the Tweed Baby Blanket. Need to get this finished pronto! Have a pair of booties and a baby sweater waiting in the wings. (Along with a thousand other projects!)
In prepping the garden for Andy and his ladder, I had to pull up a lot of the bird-planted sunflowers. They were pretty much done so I didn't mind. I left this one and it was all a buzz this morning.
Update on the local (very) bird population --- I've lost count on how many baby birds have hatched out of our three Bluebird boxes this year. I think the count is 19 Tree Swallows and 10 Bluebirds. The Tree Swallows come in the Spring and take over the boxes. This year, they nested in boxes 1 and 3 and left box 2 for the Bluebirds. Once the Bluebirds fledged, the Tree Swallows built in box 2, too. They also built second nests in boxes 1 and 3. The poor Bluebirds! Finally, they didn't wait for me to even clean out the old dirty Tree Swallow nests --- they built a nest in box 1 right on top! Momma Bluebird laid 5 eggs and they just hatched a couple days ago. I caught Momma Bluebird in the box this morning and left her a heap of mealworms in the feeder. She deserves them after putting up with the Tree Swallows all summer!
Well, back to the title of this post - Like-Minded. Lynne said something Saturday that resonated with me. She said that she just has a drive (I call it an itch) to make stuff. I feel the same way. In fact, I have felt that way since I was a young girl. Although, I've always found like-minded people to share time with, they were often a rarity or quite a distance away. It wasn't easy. A lot of folks just don't understand this drive.
I'm very fortunate here in Ohio to be surrounded by people who have the same itches I do. I have lots of terrific knitting friends and now soapmaking friends, too! I'm lucky to have friends who also have "the itch" and enjoy "scratching it" on a regular basis!
Yep, I'm very lucky!
Thank you, Friends!