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Fall Craft Fairs

I know, I know…it’s a little early to be talking about the Fall craft fairs, but I’m already getting excited about them. (They’re kind of big deal here in the Midwest.)

Mom makes jewelry all year long and then drags me to the craft fairs with her to keep her company and watch the table when she needs to get up and walk around for a bit. (Dad almost always stops by at some point, if nothing else but to bring us lunch.)

It gives us an opportunity to hang out together, just the two of us. This year, I’ve decided to make some jewelry of my own to sell. Usually I just make things for me only. I’m excited to see how things go.

P1000907 Here’s the set I’ve made for this year. I know some people would not find working with tiny beads and wires relaxed but this is just one of the ways I can kind of ‘unwind’. When I’m focused on making something I really can’t think about anything else. I love putting together cool pieces, picking out beads that look just right together and then making something that’s a little funky, and definitely “one-of-a-kind” . It’s so much fun!!!

Keep any eye out for me this Fall if you’re at a craft fair on the South-side of Indy, I’ll probably be there. ♥

Happy crafting~Bam

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More Lilies

The last of my lilies have bloomed…so sad. To me that means summer is almost over. Weirdly, we have had a cold front come through so it really does feel like fall this week.

Lilies are very hardy, they are super easy to plant (4-6 inches into the ground) and take care of and they grow in abundance. Generally, the best time to plant them is in the fall before the ground becomes too hard. If they’re planted then, they should bloom the very next spring to summer. After a few years they need to be broken up and the easiest way to do that is wait until the ground is fairly moist and carefully use a hand shovel to split them. The splits can be replanted in your own yard or make a friend happy and share them!!  ♥

P1000905 The botanical name for these is Lycoris squamigera,.  But, I call them “Resurrection Lilies”.  They’re also called “surprise lilies”, “magic lilies” or “naked ladies”. They’re called this because in early spring the leaves come up but the flower doesn’t bloom until after the leaves have died off, usually several weeks later. Around mid-summer these beautifully fragrant delicate flowers just pop up. No leaves to hide their beauty, they show off all of their glory alone, and they smell divine. Mine are a pale pink but they do come in white also.

P1000906I had to share them before they go back into hiding for the winter!!!

Plant some bulbs this fall…~Bam

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Rebatching Soap

One thing is for sure, it irritates me to no end that all bar soaps fall apart when there’s still plenty of soap crying to be used. Unfortunately at this point they become unusable.  So…I save my soap pieces and when I have enough to make at least couple of bars I rebatch them.

Here’s how I do it.

P1000894 Various pieces of soaps I’ve been saving.

P1000895 I found an old copper pot at Goodwill, that I use only for this purpose. I broke the soap into smaller pieces and put them in the pot with water on very low heat. (Don’t leave the pot while it’s cooking, it will become very hot and thicken quit quickly!!!) The soap pieces can also be shaved using a hand grater or a food processor, which will give the rebatched soap a finer consistency. Using bigger pieces of soap make the new bars a little more rustic.

P1000897 Continue adding water and stirring (I found a wooden spoon works best) until you get the consistency of thick mashed potatoes. You can also take this opportunity to add a touch of food coloring and/or essential oils for fragrance. (Essential oils can be found at most any craft store).

P1000896 I spray the molds with a little canola oil so the soap comes out easier when set.

P1000898 When your filling the molds smash the soap down with the back of the wooden spoon, pushing out any air bubbles. I put mine in the freezer for a couple of hours to help them set up quicker.

P1000904 Lastly, they’re removed from their molds and left to dry out. It will take about 3 weeks for them to be ready to use.

I know this seems like a lot of work. But to me it’s more about recycling and not wasting.

Happy soap making~Bam