Here we are at Day Three of the Bluebird updates. Today, everyone was hungry! Four out of the five, at least. When I open the door to the nest box, the babies get jostled. This makes them think that dinner has arrived. As you can see, they're ready and waiting to eat! Today, you can see more feathers and better wing definition.
In Bluebird Box #3, Ms. Tree Swallow has laid yet another egg bringing the count to five! I wouldn't be surprised if calls it a day with these five. As these birds hatch and grow, that box is going to be very full!
Tonight, I took a soapmaking class. Yes, I already know how to make soap but you can never know it all and you can always learn something new. It's good to be a student. Even when you know a lot about the subject.
I met Margaret (Nature's Touch Soaps) last year at the Ohio Soaper's Gathering and we became better acquainted this year when we shared a table for the day. She mentioned that she taught classes at various locations of Greene County Library and had a couple classes coming up. I signed up for Soapmaking 101 as soon as I could.
The class was fun - well organized and full of important information for the beginning soaper. The class started at 5:15 PM and ran until 8:00 PM. Class size was ten and she was full. Some people had taken classes from her before. Others were strict newbies.
First, she did a safety talk and then she demonstrated making a batch of soap. The ingredients she used could all be obtained at the local grocery store. This was great for people who might just want to make a batch or two. I was wondering about equipment but Margaret provided everything for each table - scale, stick blender, cups, spatulas, etc. She brought a lot of different additives so people could personlize their soap.
Once all questions were answered, we headed to our tables and got to work! I was paired w/ Debbie and we decided we'd use the Wildflowers Fragrance Oil and color our soap with ground rosemary. We used small milk cartons as soap molds and cut and then taped the end up with Duct Tape to hold them in place and prevent leakage. They made perfect soap molds! I couldn't let well enough alone so added poppyseeds to the tops of my soaps. In the picture to the right, my three soaps made tonight are in the middle, a piece of Margaret's lavender soap is in the lower left, her honey almond soap is at the top, and another bar of her soap is at the lower right.
Everything went so smoothly! Ten people making soap together! Very cool!
Afterwards, Margaret took the lead again to show us several mold ideas, to let us cut a recently made log of soap, and to pick a bar of other soap to take home. She also gave out hand-outs that were neatly tucked in plastic sleeves.
In all these years of soapmaking, I have never taken a class. I found it very interesting watching and listening to the other people. I enjoyed seeing the soapmaking experience through other people's eyes and enjoyed their questions.
Margaret, thanks for sharing yourself with the community! You're a super teacher!
Tomorrow is FRIDAY! It couldn't get here soon enough!