April 26, 2012


The month of April snuck up on my in full attack this year!  I had my body armor on but no shields up.

I plant trees for a living, so I am heading into my busy time and boy has it been busy.  Testing fields, getting machines working, bleaching my tree cooler, taking in as many orders as I can, along with all of the other regular reports, phone calls, etc. Now, please don't take this as a complaint because this is the part of my job I especially love!!  I get to play outside all day with trees. 

Then when my tree work is all done, home I go to dive into the many "I want to try" projects.  So far, I have checked off blender soap making (check out Homespun Living Blog for instructions) and laundry soap making.

My mom and I made a batch of blender oatmeal soap with lemon scent and a batch up plain soap with orange zest and smell in it.  We are coming up on week 3 of having it set up and we are very excited to see how it comes out in the shower.  Does it hold up or just melt away?  Does it leave soap scum on the walls?  How long will it keep its smell?  I am excited to try it and get answers to all of our questions.

Let's see, what other THINGS have I been up to??

Oh, laundry soap!!

I made my first batch and think I must have missed a step somewhere because it is not gelling like it said it would.  So, after I use up the 2.5 gallons I have made now, I will try it again and triple read the directions or something.  I have used it in a handful of loads and so far, so good.  I will put it to the true test with my work clothes now and will give a full report and the link to the recipe that I used once that test is complete. 

Be sure to stay tuned! Lots of "testing" results to come!

What are some of your "I want to try" projects??
Please share! I may want to add to my list!



  1. I'm going to try to attempt little crocheted snap purses. I have been admiring them forever on etsy. Why are we such hands on girls? I know it would just be easier to buy one...but no, not us.

    1. That's just not our "thing," girlfriend!!

  2. Quilts, quilts, and more quilts for this old Gal!! I'll be glad your done planting trees so you can blog again!!