Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Little Soap, A Little Snow

It is winter white this morning on Blackberry Ridge!  While it is raining in the valley, we are experiencing snow in the foothills.  This is our second snow this month and to be expected, as December is well underway with winter officially arriving in just a few days.

It has been an incredibly busy fall!  My husband and I took a trip to Colorado in October to celebrate my in-laws' 60th wedding anniversary.  It was a wonderful time honoring them as they reached this amazing milestone!  Following, we were able to spend time in the Denver area with our oldest daughter and her husband.  Family time is the best time!   November brought participation in a musical drama at church and Thanksgiving spent with extended family visiting for the holiday weekend.

Interspersed with the normal routines of life were several soapmaking sessions with Christmas gift-giving in mind.  I used fragrances, some typical for the season and some not.  Sleigh Ride, Cranberry Fig, Applejack Peel, Cucumber Melon and Green Clover & Aloe have been dutifully curing these past few weeks. 

Above and below are photos of Cranberry Fig made with Coconut, Palm, Olive and Castor oils as well Olive butter.  Burgundy oxide and just a hint of gold mica color the swirls with a sprinkle of cranberry seeds on top.

Merry Christmas!