This post has a little of everything. I've been so busy, I haven't had time to blog! Ugh!
Remember the linen/cotton yard I bought on sale in Brevard? My mom loved the look of that yarn, so I finished this shawl for her for Mother's Day and popped it in the mail. (This mirror photo is yucky because the mirror is very old.)
Adam and I did a run to "big town" to shop for soap-making stuff. He rode the electric wheelchair in WalMart.
Julia went to her final art class session of the school year. They continue in the summer, but I give her the summer off school. She drew this lovely picture of a lady in formal dress. She told me, "Tell them that she's for sale for $5."
Speaking of the arts, we're producing You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in our little village, all volunteer, to benefit The Old Theater and enrich the community.
I'm playing the electric keyboard for the show. The score is written for a small orchestra, but we have a piano, keyboard, drums, electric bass, and flute. So I play all the extraneous parts (celeste, xylophone, melodica), plus fill in the piano line whenever I can. (A celeste is the sound you hear during the Sugar Plum Fairy song in the Nutcracker, high and tinkly like a harpsichord. A melodica is a bizarre instrument -- picture a small handheld keyboard with a reed attachment on one end. It sounds like a harmonica or an accordion.)
Here's the view of the stage from my spot next to the curtain.
Since Adam's accident, he can't do much with his bees. It happened at a bad time, when the bees were growing in their hives and needed to have boxes added on top and frames moved around. We knew if we waited to do this, there was a chance they would swarm, an event when some of the bees leave the hive with a new queen and find a new location. Yesterday morning, one of our hives swarmed.
My soap inventory was getting low, so I made two batches this week. Below you see lavender loofah, lemongrass, lavender, and my new pumice soap (l-r).
Dandelion Lotion Bars. I changed her recipe some.
But I persevered. I strained out the flowers and melted that oil with beeswax, purified lard, some coconut oil and a little jojoba oil, plus some vitamin E oil, and these essential oils for scent: lemon, orange, lemongrass.
I read quite a bit about using lard before I decided to do so. Her recipe calls for shea butter or cocoa butter, which everyone raves about. But from what I read, lard and tallow are excellent for our human skin precisely because they are animal products -- closer in cellular structure to what our skin is made of. And they are so creamy. The name "butter" when applied to shea or cocoa is beguiling, but in the end, they're all oils. I'm pleased with the bars. They'll be on my table tomorrow! I'm also making new labels for all my products, designing them online and printing them. I'm not much of a businesswoman; I enjoy the creative side of it all. But the "professionalization" has to be done too, so I'm told. Not my favorite task, but I'll try.