Current Creative Endeavors

Believe it or not, it’s not all marbling around here! I’ve been taking a couple of classes – a bit out of my comfort zone. One is an online class, Story Threads, with Cat Caracelo. This is my first collage for this class.¬† The cat is my Sidd who came to me in the guided…

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Soap Recipe: Chocolate Almond

Dave and I made some more soap the other day. Our supply is really low and with spring coming and all of the gardening chores ahead of us, we need to get on the ball and replenish our supply. Monday we made two soaps – Chocolate Almond and Eucalyptus Peppermint Honey Oatmeal. This chocolate almond…

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Easy Homemade Lotion

I have been on the quest for a nice thin lotion that is easy to make and doesn’t involve lots of ingredients. I didn’t want to use a preservative or have to refrigerate it between uses. I also wanted a lotion that was not greasy – that I can put on and go. This one…

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Coconut Lime Soap

We’ve been making quite a bit of soap lately. Since we loved our 100% goats milk soap, we thought we’d substitute coconut milk and see what happens. We are really happy how they turned out. It’s still too soon to try them (It’s not been four weeks yet) but they look good but smell a…

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Banana-licious Olive Oil Soap

As mentioned earlier, we tried our hand a couple weeks ago at making a 100% olive oil soap. I was really kind of scared to try this. We had made 90% olive oil soap this past year and it was so hard to get out of the mold. However, we loved the 100% olive oil/…

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More Soaping Here

Well, we are back to making some soap. Our supply from last year has been given away or we’ve used most of it so we’re on to another couple batches. Hubby blogged about it here. We made our first 100% olive oil soap. Since we need to wait a little while before we try to…

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Lemon Balm Lavender Bugs Off Spray

I seem to always get bitten in the garden. The Plantain Anti-Itch Balm seems to be working on those. Hubby even reported he used it on his tick bites and it has helped heal them. Well, in a perfect world, I’d like not to get bitten in the first place so I wouldn’t need the…

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Plantain Anti-Itch Balm

Now that I have that wonderful plantain infused oil, it’s time to make some anti-itch balm. I’ve put 4 ounces of plantain infused oil into my double boiler. To that oil I added approximately 1 ounce of beeswax. After the beeswax dissolved, I removed it from the double boiler. The more beeswax you use, the…

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Infusing herbs

In order to make some anti-itch balm for my itchy skin from poison ivy (yes, I got it again but not real bad) and insect bites, I thought I’d try using plantain, a weed herb that grows in our yard. Plantain, also known as “white man’s footprint” is not to be confused with the banana-like…

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