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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Window peeking, rain, ducklings, and white chicks...........

We had one chick hide when we were placing some of the chicks into the large coop from the brooder.  The brooder was in the dining room.  Later, we found her window peeking.


I took the curtains down to wash and stuck the rod back up, but not in the correct position for hanging the curtains.  It was just fine for the peeping Jane.

It has been raining every day.  We love all of the green flowers, grass, trees, etc.  We hate not having the sunshine, or a back yard that is dry enough to mow all of the tall grass!

The ducklings love all of the rain.

Two girls enjoying the outdoors.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the brooder

We have 4 Polish chicks in the brooder.  Two like to perch on the edge.  These Polish chicks are the most docile chicks we have ever had.  Usually the chicks jump out on occasion before they are ready to move to the "big house."  Then we chase them around to catch them.  These gals just stay in one spot and let us pick them up.  Last night was another story for one.  We had a major thunder clap while 2 were perched on the edge like in the picture.  One of them jumped inside of the brooder and the other jumped off and ran to hide.  I don't blame her at all!
Aren't they adorable!!!


I have changed the packaging for Slippery When Wet.  I am trying to get everything I advertise with to fit together.  Packaging and shipping items to me are advertising too.

 The tissue paper can be any color to go with the logo, but I prefer to use pink. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Play



I went by my granddaughter's room and this is what I saw.  My son is helping our dog Joy play music. 

Then I saw this.  I wonder if she is praying for God to help her daddy???



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Signs

My new signs came.  If you should need signs for events, you may wish to check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/BannerBuzzUS
My banners were only $13.00 each.  I was very pleased with the work, picture quality, price, and speed of shipment.  One of mine that thought would not be clear enough due to my image.  I think it turned out just fine.

This picture was taken indoors and the sign is not totally flat.  Please excuse the shine.




 The above sign is for my soaps and sundries.  It goes great with the other items I have to go with it.



I loved the black background so much that I purchased black sacks.  I will put a sticker on the front and close the sack with a tiny pink clothespin.


The second sign is for all other crafts.  (spinning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.)


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Business Cards and Stickers

After I purchased my new logo, I had business cards printed.  I experimented with cards and placement of my logo on them.  My original thought was to place the logo on a white background.  This was harder to read since the logo is made with pastel colors.  Just by off chance, I placed background colors behind the logo.  Turquoise was nice. Dark purple was also equally nice. However, when I used black it spoke to me.  Photos of my new stickers and business cards are on this post.  My sign is not here yet, but it will look just like these.  I hope the sign gets here in time for me to use it at my first summer event.   I ordered logo decals for more jars.  I think it would look great with canning butter, sugar scrub, etc.  If someone purchases a product, the jar with my logo is reusable after the product is gone.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Soap Sculpture for Egg Me On Soap

Egg Me On Egg Soap - A golden yellow mica line is near the top of the soap.  There are also tiny in the pot swirls in the soap.  These items do not show up since the background color is almost the same color. 

I learned that I can make soap sculpture with my hand made cold-process soap.  I don't want to use melt and pour soap since I want to keep my soaps more natural and all hand made.  I sculptured soap similar to fondant sculpture for cakes decorating. 

Directions:  I first shred my coconut soap.  (Approx. 2 cups of shred) and then add 1/4 cup of warm water and stir.  I microwave this mixture for 30 sec., stir, microwave for 30 sec., stir.  Then I mix in tapioca flour, a little at a time, until soap dough forms a workable ball.  I knead this a little until it is not sticky, adding in a small amount of tapioca flour at a time.  Once it is not sticky, I start sculpting.  To color the soap, I use colored mica.  If I leave the soap white, I can still use a white mica to make it shine.  Corn starch may be an alternative ingredient, but I couldn't find any and tapioca flour was available.  I also planned to use glycerin for more playability, if necessary, but it wasn't needed for this project.

At this time, you are probably wondering what I can use the soap sculpture for.  Well, my main reason to make soap sculpture is for decorating the top of my soaps.  I can also place the sculptures inside of my bars of soap.  I am limited only by my imagination.  

My latest soap is:
Egg Me On




This is some of the packaging for my soaps.  The one on the left has won out for this soap.




Egg Me On

This soap has egg sculptures on the soap tops.  The soap ingredients are:

tallow, raw whole milk, coconut oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, unrefined shea butter, water, fragrance oil-Hemingway “type”, 2 eggs, mica, titanium dioxide.  Some will also contain: glitter, decorative eggs (coconut oil, tapioca flour, water, lye, and mica),



Due to me making the bar superfatted at 10% and having so much milk fat, the bars did not set up as fast as most of my soaps.  I usually superfat at 5%.  When I cut the first two soap logs, some of the soap stuck on the bottom.  I will give the soap another few hours before I take it out of the last mold.  Superfat is the amount of extra fat that does not suponify in the soap, so you get extra oils and butters on your skin when you wash.


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