Friday, 4 January 2013
Cranking it out
I'm keeping busy today because my dear 92 year old Grandma is in hospital. She's taken a terrible tumble and is in a lot of pain, the poor sweetheart. My parents are thankfully still in town so they are with her in hospital while I "hold the fort down" here with the children. I can't stand sitting about when there's a crisis afoot - I have to keep busy or I drive myself crazy with worry.
After a mysterious, lengthy stretch of soap failures (thanks to a faulty digital scale) today, I cranked out 4 batches of soap.
Orange calendula (with orange essential oil, calendula infused olive oil and dried calendula petals from our summer garden)
Lavender with organic flowers (not from my garden as it's too cold here to successfully overwinter lavender - which reminds me - I just may try to plant some in my greenhouse this year)
At the top - Rose (made with rose water and sprinkled with petals on top)
On the bottom, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter with Grapefruit essential oils (and a little bit of calendula on top)
Once the soap was put to rest and harden over the next 12 hours and the kitchen was cleaned up, I made Rhonda's laundry liquid. I've been most unhappy with my homemade powdered detergent - our clothes smell absolutely DISGUSTING when I wash with it (even with the addition of vinegar and tea tree as a rinse aid).
I've used an old juice jug to store it in by the machine and the big pail will reside in the basement pantry. My main floor laundry room is microscopically small so nothing non-essential can reside there. I can simply fill this jug from the downstairs pail when needed. Hmmmnnn... looks like I need to mark the lemonade label - the liquid looks a lot like lemonade and I don't want anyone drinking it! I've added lavender and tea tree essential oils to the laundry liquid because I like the scent of it (although it's not needed, I hear). I'm also filling my stain treatment spray bottle with it as Rhonda says it's excellent for treating stains - yeah for no more buying Shout. I'll report back to you shortly about the laundry liquid... Sure hope it works better than the powder!
Keep my lovely Gran in your thoughts, would you? Here she is just 2 weeks ago with baby Penny (her first GREAT, GREAT Grandchild).
Love you Grandma XO
****Edited to add - NO broken bones! There are some other issues at play so we'll see how she fares over the coming 24 hours...