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Christmas in the Soaproom

6 Nov

It’s hard to believe, but I am frantically getting ready for Christmas in the Soaproom.  I’m going to be open again on Saturdays for the holidays.  I’m busy restocking my soaps.


I am going to do a huge clearance (only in the soaproom) sale to try and get rid of some soaps that haven’t been selling as well.  That will make room for new fragrances!  So far I’ve done the Fresh Mango.  I’m hoping to get more new fragrances made tomorrow evening.


I also have a lot of lotions to make.  I’m low on two types of lip balm.


The soap on the shelves above are waiting to be felted with Llenny’s roving.  I am also getting his roving ready for sale.


I have jams and jellies left from the pumpkin patch, but I do have a request for strawberry rhubarb.  Luckily, I have some fruit in the freezer.


I was very happily gifted with some bottles that will be perfect for my liquid soap.  Now I need to add fragrance to some of it (I always like an unscented option for things too) and bottle it.


I dug out my Christmas candles.


I have one shelf for candles and wax melts, but I still have some restocking to do along with some new fragrances to try.


My sister sent me some of her stools to put in here.


I also have some of my dad’s wood working items and my photography.


My 2017 calendar is now available.


I still have to make room for my mom’s Christmas ornaments, dream catchers and other items.  I think I need a bigger soaproom.

[Edit:  In case you’re interested, here’s the link to my Online Store.]

I hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my sidebar.

Friday’s Hunt v1.3

15 Jan

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  I’m excited for week three!  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with D, Week’s Favorite, and beautiful.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. Without furthur ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with C:  Crystal Ball.  I bought a crystal ball to play with my photography.

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Week’s Favorite:  It is certainly taking some work to figure out exactly what works with it and how to control all that excessive background.  This turned out to be my favorite image from playing this week.

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Inside:  Well, with our nice weather coming during the week and the weekends being completely frigid, I’ve been playing inside again.  Hopefully we get a nice weekend eventually, and then I can take my crystal ball outside!


Click the button below to link up and view the other participants.  For some reason with the WordPress blog the linkup looks a little different.  It’s the same as any other linkup; it only looks confusing.  The first line is the url; the second is the name to be displayed; the last is an e-mail address (which is not displayed).  If you prefer it to be easier (like me), you can click on the red Try Here, and it will look like it does on a Blogger platform.

I’m joining Cath @ Home for her Fun Friday Favourites.

Missing Break

7 Jan

I’m really missing winter break.  The days are short, and I rush to get everything done before dark.  It’s made more challenging by the weather.  We have been gray and rainy.  That means our packed snow has now turned to slush, but it’s still frozen on the bottom.  It’s rather challenging to maneuver out there, especially wearing snow boots that are a size too big.

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It’s also made more challenging with the division of goats into different breeding groups.

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Annie refuses to stay where I put her.  The first day she got out, she ended up with the largest group of already bred, wethers, and not getting bred goats.  They picked on her, so I put her back.  Then she put herself into the group where her mom is.  Unfortunately, her dad is in there too, so I really don’t want her in there.  The weather, however, means I can’t sneak a panel off and put her and her mom (who already got bred) with the other goats.

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It’s also a bit crowded on that side.  Heck.  It’s a bit crowded on both sides.  There’s technically enough room, but they are not able to move as freely as they want to, and they are not necessarily in groups with other goats that they like.  That means Kizzy won’t go in to eat hay.  I have to feed her out in the rain.  Joani and Vinnie keep running me over trying to get the hay I’m carrying to other groups because they don’t want to go in the barn with their group.

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I also am contending with Fionn being in the area of the barnyard that I have to carry my buckets of grain from the bulk bin to the birds’ pen.  Now Fionn is a sweet guy, but when he sees me, he assumes I’m going to feed him.  If I happen to have a cat litter bucket (with the lid closed) full of corn, he can tell there’s food in there. That means he’s willing to walk over the top of me to get that food.  Seriously.  I thought I wasn’t going to make it with the two buckets through the slush into the garage without spilling all the grain.  I made it though!

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Luckily, every time he came running out because the geese were squawking that they wanted fed, I could hold my hands up and show him that I didn’t have anything.  Then he’d just turn and go back to eating hay in the barn.  Goofy guy.

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After finally getting everyone fed (and sneaking my buckets of grain through the barnyard while Fionn was distracted by eating hay in the barn) I had to water the big group of goats.  My hose was drained (and it’s warm enough it wouldn’t have been frozen anyhow), so I hooked it up.  Sadly, it’s about 15 feet too short.  That means I filled my six five-gallon buckets and then carried them over by the panel.  After chasing two goats out of the way, I strategically placed myself so I could put the buckets through without letting a goat in or out.

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Success!  I’m looking forward to being able to get the goats back into a more convenient grouping.  Then I just need the weather to cooperate.

Obviously, this is the long explanation as to why you get more still life photography instead of farm photos.

I do hope you’ll consider joining me for Friday’s Hunt this week.  The items are in the top of my sidebar, and the linky will open at 7pm central time on Friday.

I’m sharing with NF DAM.