June is here and I realize Summer hasn't officially started but MAN OH MAN! it's hot! We're having temperatures in the upper 80's with threats of rain but only get a few drops. The flowers are loving this heat for now. Everything is growing up a storm. My peonies have been just gorgeous. I so wish they'd last longer. Here's a picture of one of the pots by the front door. Love those petunias!
If you've been reading my blog since 2009, you know that I moved to Ohio that year and believe I live in a wonderful place! There is TONS to do and see. You never have to ask yourself what you're going to do during the upcoming weekend - you have to ask what you're not going to do. There's just so much that you have to pick and choose.
I live in Warren County and its nickname is "Ohio's Playground". Warren County boasts the theme park, King's Island, several outdoor canoe and rafting places, lots of campgrounds, Caesar Creek State Park with its lake, gorge, picnic areas, hiking trails, and fossil hunting, ziplines, etc. I could go on and on. A lot of the offerings involve getting outside and are completely free! Wonderful place for families with children or just active adults.
With the summer season here, the Farmer's Markets have opened. I LOVE going to Farmer's Markets and every little burg seems to have one here in Ohio. Waynesville joined the crowd. Yesterday was the opening day for the new Waynesville, Ohio Farmer's Market. It will be held every Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM June 1st through October 26th. Due to the Sauerkraut Festival, there won't be a market on October 12th.
I, who doesn't ever do outdoor shows - too hot, might rain, etc. etc. - promptly signed up.
Well, if I'm going to do a Farmer's Market, gotta order a tent. Check. Need to have a banner announcing who I am. Check. Must have simpler displays - tabletops. Check. I hit the internet and found / designed everything I was looking for and it all arrived with a couple of days to spare.
Sunday, I waited for time to head to town. Andy helped me set up and Mom and Daddy were there, too. Mom stayed for a bit until the heat became too much. (Battery fan already on order.) There weren't many vendors but I was told more will be joining us as produce and things become available. I thought we had a great crowd for the first day and they were so happy we were there. People kept thanking me for coming. They seemed as tickled as I was about the new market. Proof that Waynesville needed a Farmer's Market of its very own.
Here is my booth and Mom says, "Hello!"
With the weekly Farmer's Market and other things, my soap stock looked kind of low. Time to hit the soap pot!
Last weekend, I measured out lye and oils for eight batches of soap. I got five made and had plans to make the other three sometime during the week. Work was nuts so those three batches waited until this past weekend and two more batches were added. TEN NEW BATCHES OF SOAP!!!!!!! Now all cut and curing!
The first two soapy pictures are of Memorial Day soaping. I used two new molds for the first time. If you enlarge the picture on the left, you'll see Lavender Lace from my new paisley tray mold and Roseberry from my new rosebud silicone mold. Both turned out well. The rest of that weekend's work - Orange Peel Patchouli, Buck Naked, and Rosemary Lemongrass. The little flower soaps you see are the result of having extra soap "batter" and needing to put it somewhere so I used a little flower mold. I think they would make cute
favors or guest soaps.
This past weekend's soaping was a ton of fun! I used a new favorite fragrance oil and almost licked the spoon!
In the picture on the right from botton to top - Dirty Hands (with cocoa butter and pumice), Southern Belle (scented with magnolia), Lime Margarita, Lavender Mint (with essential oils of lavender and peppermint), and Spearmint Eucalyptus (with essential oils of spearmint and eucalyptus).
Now, lets take a closer look at my new favorite - Lime Margarita. MY GOODNESS! LOVE IT! I think the fragrance is different from any of the many many other batches I've made. Tart, sweet, and fresh. I threw in a little salt and topped it off with salt, as well. What's a Lime Margarita without a little salt?
These new soaps are on the curing rack and will be ready by July 1st. If you're interested in my soaps or visiting the Waynesville Farmer's Market, feel free to comment or ask questions here. I will be at the Market most Sundays but not every one. Would love for you to come by and say "hello".