|Posted on November 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM||comments (1)|
I must admit that is is indeed the little things in life that make me smile....what about you? So, here are some of the things that have made me smile over the past couple of days, despite the bitter cold we have been having.
First: I am excited to announce that I embarked on a small journey to immortalize and solidify Blue Roo Creations a bit more. I ordered a custom made for me Soap Stamp made out of acrylic. Well it is done and has been shipped and now I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning.....it shipped yesterday and it is not here yet...Oh My! [No picture yet....it is not here yet]
Second: My partner in crime, Cynthia, designed and ordered our first official business cards and she has received them. On the front of these great cards is my handsome boy, Lancelot. Not only does his handsome blue self stand proudly on our cards but he also sends a firm message as our Mascot. So everyone needs to listen to Sir Lancelot...he tends to growl and voice disapproval when not listened to!
Third: I am so very proud of my daughter Cheyenne. Over the past couple of days she has worked harder than the young man who apprentices with my husband in the blacksmith shop and helps us braintan deer hides. She has been salting hides, which includes skinning the hide away from the legs, stacking them on pallets and doing it all in the very cold weather we have had. She continued working on the hides well past dark and long after the young man stopped for the day, finally dragging herself into the house about 10 pm and declaring there were ONLY 5 or 6 bags of hides left. She followed up the next morning by doing another 3 bags of hides alone. But to me the thing that made me smile the most....her statement to me "Mom, it feels really good to be working hard and especially when it helps Dad out; ya know take some stress and work off of him." Now that makes me smile and tells me I am doing it right as far as teaching my daughter how to work hard, think of others, and take pride in a job well done.
and finally, last but certainly not least...Coop Antics.
On a morning that was cold, wind gusting at 30 - 35 mph, I witnessed our Mascot be true to form...at Large and in Charge of this place! I opened the coop door to go inside which is USUALLY followed immediately by loud squawking and a flurry of feathers bypassing me to get out the door and into the yard but instead Sir Lancelot was blocking the open door with his big blue form. He proceeded to stick his head out the door and look around outside only to get a blast a cold wind in his face. He pulled his head back inside the coop with every intention of going back to bed when Junebug suddenly burst past him and was leaping into the air to go out the door. Well now Sir Lancelot was having none of it. He jumped up and grabbed Junebug out of mid-air and tossed her back inside the coop while growling like a blue bear at her before turning and walking back inside towards his roost. He had a look of total accomplishment on his face as he strolled over to Junebug and began Lancelot Speak to her. I can only assume his conversation with Junebug went something like this...
Him: You do not leave this coop until I say you do and you certainly do not try to fly past me....what were you thinking?
Her: I want to go outside
Him: It is cold and blowing hard enough to send you sailing across the yard
Her: I want to go outside
Him: I Said NO (reinforced by the Lancelot Thunk on the head)
Her: I still want to go outside
Him: Shut it
I took care of their needs and left them to it, chuckling all the way back to the house.
It is indeed the small and simple things in life that really warms your heart and makes you smile. I hope everyone has a wonderful day with plenty of smiles earned.
|Posted on November 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (2)|
Today's adventure was multi-faceted as always....there was planning for the first weekend of Gun Season and deer hunting, preparations for picking up deer hides to braintan and making a wonderful foaming pumice scrub.
The preparations for picking up deer hides is all done. Trailer is ready, Bill and I are ready and I am sure the hunters are already sleeping or traveling to their hunting locations as modern gun season opens today here in most of Kentucky. We anticipate picking up 100+ hides this weekend, bringing them home, salting them and then during the week....begin the tanning process on at least 3 - 8 of them. Busy this time of year in the brain tanning work.
Then there was making some foaming pumice scrub with men in mind of course. So, as to not leave the ladies out, I chose oils that are good for odor neutralizing such as Orange, Cinnamon and Clove essential oils, making it unisex and suitable for the kitchen. Because it contains fine pumice powder which men love but can be a drying agent on the skin, that was countered by using just enough to make a good but gentle scrub and by adding the moisturizing benefits of avocado oil and shea butter. It came out wonderfully and left my hands silky smooth and soft after I tried it. A bonus was the neutralizing of garlic odor on my hands, leaving only the pleasant smell of citrus and spice. So, all in all a great product that both men and women will benefit from and enjoy using. Great way to clean up, soften and moisturize hands, feet, elbows and knees while being great for the grease monkeys, so to speak. The entire content list will be posted in the Chatter Barn and you should see 4 oz jars going up in our webstore this weekend. Here is a closer look....the light orange color comes from Annatto Seed Powder.
|Posted on November 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM||comments (2)|
One of our favorite Milk & Silk soaps has been made and is curing. It will be ready for shipping just before the holidays. This time around, the formula has been improved so now "Junebug" will be even better for your skin.
Junebug's main is an intermixing of tropical and citrus scents in a combination of fresh squeezed oranges, pineapples, bananas, coconut, and fresh kiwi as the main notes. It is a very fun, energetic and invigorating scent. The formula change is that the Annatto Seed infused oil has the added benefit of pure sandalwood powder which is used worldwide for its anti-aging properties. The rose clay has been replaced with the excellent benefits of moroccan red clay to boost the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities which makes the soap even better for treating problem skin by removing the harmful toxins that lead to acne, blemishes and other skin issues. The calendula infused olive oil used benefits the skin with the healing properties of calendula.
As with all of my handmade soaps, my personal blend of milks and Tussah Wild Silk is used. The only color additive in this soap is a nature produced blue mica. All of these ingredients lend themselves to more beautiful and healthier looking skin. The fabulous moisturizing of the additional oils in this soap make Junebug a favorite that sells out quick. So watch for it in our store soon to pre-order for the holidays.
This is the new and improved Junebug
The namesake for this wonderful soap surely suits her personality....for those of you who know of her it will be an easy comparison and for those of you who do not, trust me when I say that Junebug is something special. She sure does not realize she is a chicken 99% of the time. Junebug loves playing video games on the XBox, watching TV, eating cold pizza and taking rides in the Jeep.
|Posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (2)|
I wanted something a little different but a definite herbal blend so introducing "Herbal Medley". It is a strong base of Rosemary EO, equal parts of Lemongrass and Basil essential oils and a splash of Peppermint essential oil. The soap has my goat milk and buttermilk recipe with the added benefit of cornsilk and rhassoul clay. The loaf was topped with poppy seeds and rosemary which was cut and sifted. The high quantity of extra virgin olive oil in the soap makes for excellent cleansing and moisturizing. Cannot wait to try it....in 6 weeks.
I am very pleased with this 100% all natural Milk & Silk soap. This bar will be a great for Vegans.
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 3:20 AM||comments (4)|
We all have someone special in our lives and I have been blessed with many special people in my own life. But my love for my sister and drive to help her following Gamma Radiation, has made me pull out all the stops of experimentation, chemistry, herbalist and natural medicinals.
Cynthia's scalp was traumatized by the radiation and she suffers horribly just washing her hair. Horrible irritation, inflammation and painful breakouts are havoc bringing to her scalp. So many months ago I set out on a mission to create a shampoo bar recipe that would not only soothe the irritation and inflammation but also stop the breakouts. I even added the additional challenge of helping her scalp heal to the list of requirements for this soap.
Finally after many test batches that did not do everything I wanted voile' I have done it. A gentle soap that cleanses, conditions and helps heal.
The ingredients I chose for this shampoo bar and the reasons I chose them are:
Organic Coconut Oil for its cleansing and conditioning as well as vitamin benefits.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for its cleansing, conditioning, soothing and gentle effects. Plus the bonus of vitamins and fats.
Castor Oil to give the soap a creamy consistency and great lather.
Avocado Oil for its nourishing conditioning as well as its vitamin and fat benefits, this oil will add the major conditioning affect for the scalp and hair after cleansing.
Sodium Lactate - a must additive with no known allergens to counteract the softness of the oils chosen and give the bar a harder end result which means extra life of the bar
Kaolin Clay - the most gentle of the natural cosmetic clays and great for sensitive skin while providing oil removal and aiding in the cleansing of the scalp.
Moroccan Clay - the absolute best natural clay for anti-bacterial and fighting skin issues such as irritation, inflammation and breakouts. I finally found a source for it and obtained it for testing and I love it. It is great for fighting acne, eczema and skin breakouts as well as poison ivy and the like because it pulls toxic oils from the skin.
Sandalwood Powder - Sandalwood has been known to fight acne as well as beneficial in anti-aging formulas. It contains powerful antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory agent that helps to improve blood circulation, remove toxins and fight the formation of wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Calendula - Is a plant extract that is known to be beneficial for dry or damaged skin. Another aspect of Calendula is that it promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Applying calendula topically is effective for decreasing inflammation and promoting the healing of wounds, burns, eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. I spent months just infusing the extra virgin olive oil with the calendula which is always on hand for my healing salve.
Top it all off with a wonderful clean scent and you have a great shampoo experience.
For color I used a little titanium dioxide and the clays themselves. The titanium dioxide whitens the yellows and colors of the oils themselves. While the clay and sandalwood gave the benefit of a contrast color for my artist nature in designing my soaps.
The titanium dioxide gave me a beautiful white soap base to start with
After adding the clay and sandalwood powder, I was able to create a swirls within the white base and top of the loaf
This loaf will be un-molded and cut about the 8th of October and will reach full cure around mid-November. If it is as beautiful as I think it will be without any color morphing, this will be a beautiful bar of white with soft salmon colored swirling and top. Cannot wait to see it cut. The first couple of bars will immediately ship to my sister but the rest will be put into our web store and become available for purchase soon with shipping to occur at full cure, mid-Novemeber.