I thought it might be interesting to post some pictures of my soap making session from the weekend. The first picture is of all my oils melted down just before I add my lye/water mix. The second picture is just after I combined the water/lye mix into the oils. Notice that it turns more opaque at this point. I mix it up with the wooden spoon and then with a handblender until it "traces" or looks like a semi thick pudding mix. Then add my colours, scents, botanicals etc... and pour into wooden molds. The soap cures in the molds for 24 hours. The last picture is of all the soap loaves I made on the weekend. I will let these cure for a couple days and then cut the soap into bars. The bars will cure for 4 weeks before they are ready for use and the pH is between 7 & 8. These loaves will procuce 77 bars of soap!!
Durning my last trip to Florida I found this cute tent for my cats. My mistake was only purchasing one instead of two. Martha and Lily are having a hard time sharing the tent and they often end up colapsing the darn thing in an effort to keep the other kitty out! There is plenty of room for the two of them in there but for some reason they both want the space for themselves! Martha is in the tent now and is more fiesty then Lily and often wins the battle.
Adam and I have been hard at work these past few weeks with putting in a new front path and gardens! We are almost finished and are very pleased with how things have turned out. I just hope the sand cherry survives being "moved"! All we have left to do is cover the porch with stone and put top soil in the garden. Then it's on to the next home reno project....
Meet Martha and Lily. These two sweeties are almost 2 years old and we love them to pieces!
Martha, lounging on the back of the couch is a Torti Point Himalayan she is sporting her summer hair cut in this pic. Lily in the basket is a Chocolate Point Himalayan. For some reason Martha loves to lounge on her back :)