Sunday, 23 April 2017

Easter been & gone

my eldest came up for almost 3 days over Easter, it was wonderful! 
on Saturday we made (or rather she did with help from me) candles & soap. on a previous visit long time ago (far, far, away) DD1 brought up some melted wax, which i added to my ever growing pile, there was almost a full tin. so on Easter Saturday we got out the pot & started the wax. i collected all the votive containers & a couple of jars with lids too, took close to an hour to melt all the wax & put it into the containers. 
  


they sunk like souffle` once they started drying

then we got down to the soap making, she got out the scales, weighed everything up & i set to stirring the lye, while she got the oils combined then we stirred the lye into the oils, we made Rhonda's soap recipe out of her first book Down To Earth. DD1 brought up the lye & calendula oil, i had all the other oils, made plain soap for me & she made the calendula soap for herself, mine had gone off but we swapped a couple of bars. the mixtures hardened really fast, took hers out within a few hours, mine was in a loaf tin so took longer, did it before going to bed the same night, just as well too, it was so hard it was difficult to cut.

lovely creamy soap that turned out! 

i really enjoyed making the items with eldest daughter, it was quite satisfying when everything turned out too, compared to my last 2 attempts to make soap this 
felt really good. 
i hope we do it again soon. 

i gave her one of my old plant stands to take home & her hubby is in the process of doing it up, can't wait to see it finished & in use once again. 


this post was a little late as Easter was last week but i hope everyone had a lovely Easter break 

thanx for visiting


9 comments:

  1. Success with soap making is so addictive.

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  2. Selina, making soap together was a great idea. I can tell you thoroughly enjoyed her visit. I rarely see my daughter and her family and it is such a shame that some families these days live so far apart...unless that is what they really want of course :-)

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  3. Well done girls, hope to see you both again soon. Am going to make some more soap too. Have my own Calendula growing in garden. I am going to dry petals then powder them and add to soap...Hope that works! 👍👯

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    1. we just put the petals in whole, makes a lovely effect throughout the soap, they soften right up in the soap unlike the rosemary.

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  4. What a lovely way to spend the Easter break Selina.

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  5. How lovely to spend time doing these creative things with your daughter Selina. The soap and candles look wonderful. I'm going to make some candles like yours from our beeswax, and have been wondering which wicks to buy, and what thickness. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. i have no idea to what wicks to buy, eldest got those ages ago & for this lot we did it was too big, had a huge flame! perhaps do some research on what wicks work best?

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  6. Hi Selina, just popping over for "a visit". I think your candles turned out wonderful - I do love candlemaking & the delicious smells in the kitchen. I am keen to have a go at some soap making as i have Rhondas book ... it has been on my to do list for awhile now. You have inspired me as yours looks so good. Have a great week Selina. xx

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