Hurricane Dorian means we need to stay home and prep. Also soap and rain are not good friends. Sorry for the late notice, but we will not be attending today's Winter Garden Farmer's Market, Aug. 31. Stay safe and as dry as you can.
Well, we try to give as much heads up as possible for our farmer's market appearance. Consider yourselves warned: We Will NOT be attending the Winter Garden Farmers Market tomorrow, Saturday June 8th. The forecasted rains are just a bit too threatening for us. As i always say, "Soap and water and grand friends, but rain and soap are archenemies."
We will be back, barring unforeseen circumstances, next week! Hopefully the Chocolate and Stout Top Shelf Edition bars will be ready to make their appearance again!
The adventures in soaping are forever ongoing. We started to make the Chocolate and Stout bar and had a lye blowup. No seriously. The moment the sodium hydroxide hit the beer it started bubbling up worse than any witch's cauldron in any movie I've ever seen! (And i've seen many.) At first i thought the beer wasn't flat enough. That we had a carbonation reaction occur causing the beer and lye mixture to bubble up and start dissolving the rivets in my stainless steel mixing pot. (Yeah. That happened.) but upon further inspection, the beer that i had purchased in past had nitrogen in it. Said so on the package, but in tiny, tiny letters. SO.
We have disposed of the beer and lye mixture safely and properly, and have cleaned up from soapmaking for the day. The melted cacao and coconut oil for the batch has been set aside and is ready for the next batch of beer soap - as soon as we go get another gallon of un-nitrogenated beer. Until then, enjoy what was the start of something beautiful: an island of coconut oil in a sea of melted cacao.
Put together a bulk order today. It was supervised by our local manager, Mr. MiniBuddy. He did his job incredibly well by staying in their hammock while i worked. That was the best purchase i have made in a while. It's rather challenging typing with this beast in your lap.
AS PROMISED!!! Aren't these beautiful?!?!! Solid oak, cut from a single piece, sanded, stained, and varnished by us. Natural variations in the wood make each soap dish unique. This is just the first run. I know what i want to do for the next run and can hardly wait to see how they turn out. What is in store? You'll just have to tune in later to find out!!! Whatchy'all think????
The soap has been wrapped and loaded. Oh, and yeah, we *ALSO* have a few new soap dishes to show off that will be on the table. We're going to try for a few photos tomorrow in the pretty morning light. Come by our table at the Winter Garden Farmer's Market from 9-2 pm to see a sneak peek! Never fret though, I will definitely put the pix on here and our other social media accounts too! See y'all tomorrow!
Our Irish is showing just a wee bit. Getting ready to do a batch of our Top Shelf Edition of our Chocolate and Stout bars. Yes, we use a full GALLON of Guinness Stout in a batch of our soap bars. Yes, i know - my heart weeps a little but seriously, after washing my hair with these bars - i weep no more.
We keep getting chased in and out with the rain. Alas, that is Florida summer for you. Never fear, we are boldly moving forward and are working to have some new soap dishes on the table this Saturday at the Winter Garden Farmers Market. We sacrificed a first full board's worth of oak soap dishes to the god of education, however we learned more than a one or two things from the experience. I consider that the Price of Learning. Working to snap some pictures of the process when I can stay out there for more than a few minutes due to the heat.
Summer is here in Florida and that means rain. We don't work outside with electrical equipment when it rains so we moved the building of the router table inside the living room. Today was the last day forecasted for rain; fingers crossed sunny skies tomorrow and the rest of the week. We are marching forward towards our goal of having new soap dishes on the market table this Saturday at the Winter Garden's Farmer Market.