Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gracie, Cupcake, and Muffin

I went to a farm with a friend to pick up his housewarming gifts.  We were surprised when we found out that the mother goat is expecting and she usually has twins.  He picked up the mother goat and the last two babies she had. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Perfectly Peachy Keen

This color shows the actual color best, but the sun filtered through the leaves of the plant on the porch, so it has a white shadow in places. 
I just made a gift fruit basket with a matching washcloth.  The washcloth is made with 100% organic cotton that is spray dyed giving it a lovely effect.  I am on a washcloth kick now.  The second washcloth I made is a different pattern and is so light and lacy!  I have to make more, many more!!!  LOL These are already listed on the website.  Thanks for tuning in!  Dawn

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Peachy Keen Soap and Weekly Events

I made a mid sized batch of peach soap this morning.  I love the smell of fresh peaches.  You know that smell.  It is from the good peaches that drip down to your elbow when you are eating them.  Oh Lordy!  I love that smell.   What fragrances take you to a different time and place?  It is said that events are embedded in your mind when you experience strong emotion.  That is why some of us remember early childhood events.  It is also said that memories come back based on smells and noises.  What memories do you experience when you smell a fresh peach?  Doesn't your moth just water thinking about peaches?  
This soap should make your skin feel wonderful!  Included in the ingredients are: coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, shea butter, and grapeseed oil.  Peachy Keen Soap is 100% vegan and about 98% natural.  I used fragrance oil so it would smell great and a little coloring and glitter to make it pretty.

I also want you to see what happens when you cut your soap log too soon.  Sometimes you see places your fingers indent or places the soap stuck to the mold.  In this case, you see that the center was still warm and not set up.  The lighter area is too soft and it does not cut as smooth.  I may have a little of a dent in this area.  I may have to turn this bar into samples.  LOL

We celebrated two birthdays at work this week.   Marcello's provided our lovely lunch. Below are pictures of the birthday boy and girl!

Also this week my son and I visited a ranch.  A friend of mine recently purchased the little ranch and with  the purchase he received a one eared goat as part of the package.  

Meet Sassafras Van Goat and the Other Old Goat
It looks like he is pulling her tail, but he is just holding a chain.  LOL

Monday, July 16, 2012


Have you noticed that aprons are not made for curvacious women.   I recently made a half apron which is large enough for most plus size women.  It is made with 100% cotton fabric, and an up-cycled white cotton doily is used for a pocket.  I added 3 small decorative buttons on the pocket flap.  (This apron along with others will be available on my website shortly.)   I originally planned to up-cycle some white pillow cloths with embroidery, but my mother reminded that most people would not want a white apron.  Unless it is a decorative apron, white would not be a good choice.  I remember reading about a group of Amish women wanting to wear print clothing so stains or dirt would not be as visible as with a solid color.  That is so true.  Have you noticed a t-shirt with a grease stain and how it stands out like a soar thumb?  I think the apron turned out nicely.   Behind my model is a display of auction finds.  Thank you for viewing my blog.  Blessings to you and yours!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cozy Up With Custer Cottage

I am working on a special order.  A friend will be by the showers when she and her spouse attend a large bikers rally.  They want to have soap packages available for the bikers to purchase.  The  packages are designed to be used and the left overs tossed.  If they want to wrap the washrag and the soap and take it with them, they are welcome to do so since plastic bags will be available.   I am making the bars one ounce or so in weight, which is well more than most people will need.  I think my friend will probably recycle any left over washrags.   The ribbon tie has my company name on it.  When you think that bikers will not want the pink tie, remember that some bikers are women.  Business cards will be in the packages so they can take info. about my company home with them.  They may want to place an internet order later when they have experienced the cozy comfort of Custer Cottage.  Maybe they will even order one of my tea cozies too.  LOL  Oh, this soap does not contain glitter and it is not highly fragrant.  Most of you know that I like glitter, so I did not toss all of my sparkle side away---the Custer Cottage print on the ribbon ties is iridescent and it sparkles!  Shine and Sparkle On!  Dawn

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kitchen and Garden Soap

Do you make a kitchen soap?  Do you use a kitchen soap?  Do you think I am talking about dish soap or dishwasher soap? Well, kitchen soap is a soap that helps remove kitchen fragrances from your hands, such as onions and garlic.  I also like to use it to wash my dirty gardening hands and for when I want to remove body odors.  Most of the kitchen type soaps I have seen will usually contain coffee grounds and rosemary.  Coffee and rosemary are great fragrance removers,  and coffee grounds helps to exfoliate dead body skin,.  My kitchen/garden soap contains wonderful oils such as coconut, palm, avocado, olive, sunflower, and shea butter.  (These ingredients are not listed in the order of the weights.)   The soap is fragranced with 5 x pink grapefruit and orange essential oils and with lavender essential oil.  Some of the other ingredients are lemon, lime, celery, and cucumber.  It sounds like the whole refrigerator is in the soap so calling it a kitchen soap makes since.  LOL  I think this soap would be great for mechanics too.  This is 100 % natural and 100% vegan soap.