My new home away from home…..

Every year for over 50 years in Parke County Indiana has had a county wide craft festival.  People tour the back country roads between towns enjoying the rural country scenery and quaint covered bridges stopping in the towns along the way to visit craft vendors and eat all different kinds of food.

This is my 6th years as a vendor at The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival.  I set up in the small farm town of Rosedale in the small community center for 10 days every October and spend my days talking to people who come to enjoy what we have to offer.

Here are a few photos of my booth…..

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The sweet smell of soap in my house

One of my favorite things to do is to make soap.

Besides it being pretty and it smelling good it is one of the best things I can do for my families skin.  The soaps from the stores are loaded with detergents and things that strip the skin and age it quicker.  I make my soaps the old fashion way with skin loving oils and butters.  I have been using handmade soap for many years now and would never use a detergent bar again.

I use the Hot Process method to make my soap=making soap this way produces a rich creamy rustic looking soap.  After cooking the soap in a crock pot I put it into a wooden loaf mold to harden and when it’s done I am left with a “loaf ” of soap that weighs about 2 1/2 lbs. of finished soap

Next I cut the loaf of soap into 8 bars and put them on a drying racks to cure for a month or so.  After curing they are ready to be used and boxed up for sale.

Above is Manuka Lavender and Victorian Black Rose olive oil soap.  When I make soap I make about 20 lbs because that’s all my racks will hold, usually 8 different scents.  In addition to these I also made Chestnuts and brown sugar,Bamboo Sugarcane,White Chocolate Karibu,Japanese Pear and Ginseng{my fave},Satara sandalwood and Cinnamon Apple Berry.  My curing room smells awesome.

Next week end I will be making soy candles………

Welcome to my Blog

I am a “Crafty Gal”  so a lot of the posts in my blog will be about arts and crafts.  Crafts I like, crafts I make,selling crafts,tutorials,supply reviews and so forth.  If you don’t like crafts maybe we share some other interests like gardening,cooking,or animals.  I love real competition shows like Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother,Hells Kitchen and so forth, I also like nerd shows like Dr.Who and most BBC America SYFI shows.  I’ve been around a long time so I have a lot of interests that will make their way into my blog ….so if your not to tired of my rambling read on.

I am a proud grandma so there will be self indulgent posts about my little sweeties Brenden and Lexi

These are the Grandtoddlers Brenden is 5 and Lexi is almost 3.  We took this photo on Brenden’s 5th. birthday they are very happy because they are going on an adventure with me and Grandpa.

We went to the amusement center and Lexi fell in love with Spiderman …..I know I’m the Grandma but I gotta say they are some cute darn kids.

lol if you look closely you can see Big Brother hiding in the balls behind Lexi…..ok that’s enough showing off my little ones.