Cold Process Soap, Banana Nut Bread, Wool Wall Hanging, and the Yard

Am having a busy weekend…

I decided to use up all of my soap supplies and then shut down shop…there are a lot of soap makers out there and I can’t compete with the melt & pour crowd…I guess the supplies are cheaper with M&P than CP. So I’m going to gear the last batches towards what my family and friends like…that way if I don’t sell them, they’ll be gifts for Christmas! :)

So far I have a Spiced Chocolate Caffè, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, and a Fall Apple Crisp. I’m going to do a Christmasy one with fir and spices…and I’m not sure about the last one.

The stupid stick blender blew up on the first two whirls of the first batch of soap…big sigh. So I stirred by hand. First batch took 45 minutes to get a full trace; 30 minutes on the second batch; 1.25 hours on the third. Oy!

Below is the Spiced Chocolate Caffè ~ with unrefined cocoa butter and coffee butter ~ smells wonderful.


Here is the Fall Apple Crisp ~ I used a mix of Red Apple, Apple Mint, and an Almond fragrance oils to come up with this nice smelly soap.

Here’s the mixings for the Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap ~ I used both ground oatmeal and colloidal oatmeal.

Also made two loaves of banana nut bread…one with dark chocolate chips, the other plain. Both with pecans ~ my favorite.

I’ve been contacted through my webshot’s photo album to make another of an Autumn Wool “penny-rug” Wall Hanging (no pennies though). Started to pull out my tub of wool when I got hissed at…my Maxie was trying to sleep on top of it. So I had to wait a bit until His Royal Pain In the Arse was done taking his nap to see if I had all the wool to make one. Yep…I do. She’ll be a happy camper.

Fall Wool Wall Hanging

Just some pictures I took yesterday afternoon while waiting for friends to arrive so we could walk down and look at all the vintage cars of Hot August Nights (pictures will be in Monday’s posting).

NOTE****Was going to post pictures of the Hot August Nights cars that were cruising last night at Victorian Square in Sparks…but will post those tomorrow.