Thursday, April 30, 2009

Medieval Castle Project

Medieval Castle ProjectMy son is in Grade 8 and was assigned this project for his Humanities class. At first, I have to admit, I didn't appreciate his teacher very much for sending this sort of assignment home. And by home I mean....the whole project was to be done at home....which basically translates into me getting to teach my son all about a subject I know nothing about.

Thankfully, the teacher sent home detailed instructions. I was also grateful that it was a crafty type of project since I can handle those.

So Nick and I surfed the Net for some ideas to try and get motivated. We found quite a bit of information and once we got started, it was actually quite fun. I think we might have gotten carried away.

Jousting KnightsHere are a couple of Knights jousting in front of the castles portcullis (the gate looking thing). I learned a thing or two about castles while helping Nick...:)

Lord of the CastleHere is the Lord of the Castle observing his domain.

Lady of the CastleAnd the Lady of the Castle is reclining in her chamber.

Knight, Squire and Page.A Knight, Squire and Page are conversing in the corner by the mew which is filled with birds.

StableOver here we have the stable and the Farrier. Notice the man up in the cage? Hmmm...I wonder what he did to deserve that? He must have been very naughty indeed.

Garderobe PipeOne must not forget to include the Garderobe pipe (drain pipe for the toilet) and of course the poor unfortunate soul who got trapped there trying to infiltrate the castle during the last siege. What a terrible way to go.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fat Lips Abound!!

My husband and I look like Botox experiments gone wrong.

I had this brilliant idea last night to demonstrate to my husband this hilarious game my daughter taught our dog, Brock. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our dog...he's a Doberman cross mutt. He's quite tall and seems to have legs that never end.

Anyway, the game goes like this.

Kneel on the floor in front of Brock. You need to be in an area that is narrow...about 6 - 7 feet wide that you can defend. Take one NylaBone, Brocks favorite chew toy, wave it in front of his face and then drop it behind your back.

The object of the game is for Brock to sneak by you and grab the bone. Your job is to launch your body at his and pin him down.....or at the very least block him from going by.

One tends to forget that as we get older, our bodies do not respond quite like they used too. What my 15 year old daughter can do and makes look easy, isn't!!

After a couple of hysterical body launches by me...giggles from my husband and successful retrievals by Brock, I decided to try one more time. Big. Mistake.

My lip connected with Brocks (very hard) head. The left side of my top lip is now macerated on the inside and blown up on the outside. OUCH!! Game. Over. For. Me!!

Not to be left out, my husband decided to give this a go.....hehe!! He too had a little fun before the damage was done. Brocks paw connected with Darrell's lip. A nice, neat little slice on the top lip and a blood blister on the bottom lip. Game. Over. For. Him.

So now we both look like we either had unsuccessful Botox or spent the weekend duking it out...sigh....oh, was fun for a minute or two!! pictures...I'm far too vain.....

Saturday, April 25, 2009

First Market Days

Brrrrrrr! The first markets days for Salmon Arm and Armstrong where this Friday and Saturday and I can honestly say, it was quite chilly! At least the sun came out from time to time to give a little relief from the biting cold wind that kept whistling through my booth at both markets. My face is suffering from a slight wind burn but at least I have some colour on my skin now. :)

My daughter was wonderful and got up at 5am to come to both the markets with me. Such a trooper...though she did escape into the truck (where it was nice and toasty warm) to read her books for awhile.

Business was fairly slow but that is to be expected at the beginning of the season. I'll be doing both the Tuesday and the Friday at the Salmon Arm Market and the Saturday at the Armstrong Market. Would love to be able to do the Vernon Market as well....but that doesn't leave any time for actually making the soap so I guess I'll have to just visit instead.

Here are a few pictures of my display. It needs a little work yet but it's a start. I think it would be better if I put up the back wall of the tent to give a plain backdrop to the soap.

Anybody got any ideas as to how to improve the display...I'd love to hear them.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Build a Soap Curing Rack

Recently I've received some requests for instructions on how to build this lovely drying rack my Dad made for me. There really aren't any but I'll explain it the best I can.

1. Pick up one of those cheap pine build-it-yourself shelving units from Walmart, Zellers, Canadian Tire, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

2. Build it.

3. Cut rectangles of 3/8 plywood that measure the inner length and width of each shelf. Cut about 12 of them.

4. Cut slats of wood to fasten on the shelves and on the shelving unit to support the extra shelves. I have some slats that are made of metal as well.

5. Attach the slats to the inside of the shelving unit so that the soap trays will be able to slide on them and be supported. (look at the bottom picture to see where they are located).

6. Build the soap trays using the rectangular plywood pieces and the remaining slats of wood. Each rectangle will have a slat fixed to the short edge and then across the front edge. The front slats will be raised off of the plywood and fixed to the side slats....see the slat picture.

Slide the shelves in and that's it. My directions are crappy, I know, but hopefully you can tell by looking at the pictures what I'm talking about.

I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this shelf is. It saves space and the shelves come off so you can take them to where you are working and then return them full of soaps.

Hopefully you'll enjoy them as much as I do.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Went for a Sunday Drive...on Saturday.

Shop SignMy Husband and I took a drive on Saturday. Just the two of us spending some quality time together. Here are a couple of things we saw along the way.

Don't you just love this melon farms sign? It's priceless. Way off the beaten track is this shop and you have to admit, with this sign, you're bound to stop just to see if the shop is as interesting as the sign. Unfortunately it was a little (lot) early in the season for the shop to be open. My husband was very disappointed since he was keen to meet "Mabel".

Our drive took us through Trinity Valley which is south-east of Enderby, then down to Lumby, through Vernon and back home again. The valley is full of farms. I was sad to see that so many of them were up for sale. I would imagine it's pretty hard to make a decent living as a farmer these days.

Here is one interesting little hut that we drove by. It looks like someone spent a lot of time decorating it. Not sure what it's function probably doesn't have one and is just for fun.

This fellow was enjoying the morning sunshine so I decided to stop and take his picture.

We saw lots more but I keep forgetting to ask my husband to stop the truck so I can take a picture. I'm getting better though. At least I remember to bring the camera along.

As I write this, I realize that my writing skills are a bit lacking. We had to be up at 3:30am this morning to get my husband off to work for the week. I suspect the rest of my day is going to be unorganized and fuzzy. Oh well, I'll drink lots of coffee this morning and go to be really early tonight.

Here's hoping you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Etsy Green and Clean Guild Swag Bags

These really cool bags of goodies are on sale now on Etsy. I missed out on participating in this event but next time I'm signing up and donating some of my soaps. The wonderful women who put this whole thing together have done a really great job....I'm very impressed with their professional presentation.

What IS EGCG Swag Bags?
The Swag bags are a collection of 18 generous sample-sized products from different Bath & Body shops - all members of EGCG ( Etsy Green & Clean Guild!) It's a great way to try different products from different shops at the same time. It's also a great Mother's Day gift idea!
Another awesome feature is that your EGCG Swag Bag is a special reusable, eco-friendly shopping bag! So make sure you put it to good use long after you use the products.

What's IN it?
This round, we have a variarity of handmade bath soaps, lip balms, lotions, facial soaps, laundry soap, candles, bath fizzy, body mist, sugar cube scrub....wonderful goodies!

Where to get them?
Swag Bags will be available on April 15th on EGCG Etsy's shop.

Participating shops:
Morgan Street.
Bunny Butt Apothecary.
Spa Therapy Works.
Right As Rain Creations.
The Bath Project
You Stink Soap
Shower Treat Soap
Sweet Creek Herbs
Farnham Soaps
Kelle's Kitchen
Mea Culpa Body and Bath
Inseine Creations
Rachel Rene
Grumpy Girl

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!

Aren't these little guys so cute? I just hate to think of how they became so colourful. I mean really...what did they do? Dip these newborn chicks in dye like you would an egg? I'm hoping it's the graphics that's been messed with and not the actual birds!!

Like for many of you, we will be having our Easter dinner tonight. Ham, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, etc. Yummy stuff...just have to figure out what to have for dessert!

I've already put the kids Easter treats in their rooms but they have yet to wake up. Teenagers don't get quite as excited about receiving treats as little ones do but they sure pout if they don't get them. This will be the first year that I haven't put on an Easter Egg Hunt....last years hunt lacked the enthusiasm of previous years. It's so sad to see them grow up sometimes.

I've still not quite woken up yet and need more coffee. I just wanted to check in and wish you all a Happy Easter and apologize for not blogging more. The days (and my mind) seem to be filled to the top with soapy stuff and I've little room for much else right now. Hopefully I'll find my rhythm soon.

Have a great Easter filled with lots of good food and great company!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sneak Peek at New Jovia Soaps

Handmade Jovia SoapsHere's a little peek at some of the new soaps I've made lately. Having a little bit of fun with design and color. The scents are amazing. I can't wait until they are done curing so I get to use some!

Very Berry Handmade Jovia Soap
Very Berry

Rosemary Lemongrass Handmade Jovia Soap
Rosemary Lemongrass

Romance Handmade Jovia Soap

Pomegranate Mango Handmade Jovia Soap
Pomegranate Mango

Lavender Serenity Handmade Jovia Soap
Lavender Serenity

Lemon Twist Handmade Jovia Soap
Lemon Twist

Honey Nut Handmade Jovia Soap
Honey Nut

Femininity Handmade Jovia Soap

Coconut Cream Handmade Jovia Soap
Coconut Cream

Rose Geranium Handmade Jovia Soap
Rose Geranium

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Weekend Yard Work

This is what my husband does for a living. Insane isn't it? And this is mild. Mostly he works around the power lines while doing this sort of thing. Thankfully he does a lot of supervising these days and not so much climbing.

Since moving here our elderly neighbours have hinted at having this tree removed. It blocks all the morning sunshine in their yard and basically leaves a huge mess of needles and cones. They must be in their late 70's and aren't really up to all the work these days.

So instead of making soap and goofing off we're doing yard work. Theirs. And you should have seen our neighbours face when he saw what we were doing. If his smile got any bigger, his face would crack!

Happy neighbours make good neighbours!

7 Pounds - An Incredible Movie

Last night my husband insisted that we watch this movie....even though he knew it was a tear jerker!

I admit that I can be a little over-sensitive when it comes to movies. I cry during many of them. But this was different.

I had the overwhelming desire to sob! Great big hiccuping, tear jerking, shoulders shaking, sobbing. By the time this movie was over, my nose was purple, my eyes were squinty and bloodshot....I was a mess!

And yet, I must insist that if you haven't seen this movie, you have to do so! Yes you will cry. But it's worth it. The story it tells is about sacrifice. About being responsible for your actions. About giving back. And about love.

An incredible movie to say the least.