June 11th, 2010

pets: Dusty

I need a day off...

from my day off! :grin: Let's see...it's not quite 11 AM, and I have:

Milked the goats
Done a load of laundry
Done a load of dishes
Cleaned the Music/Game/Tack/Living room
Cleaned half the Weaving Studio
Started brewing Chamomile tea for soap
Got 2 molds ready - 1 for Shampoo bars, 1 for Whey Cool Soap (made with whey!)

Sweet Geek has:

Milked the goats
Cleaned up outside
Hung a batch of Chevre
Gotten ready to start a batch of Manchego

:whew: I need a vacation!

The pool company WILL be out this afternoon, and they will clean the pool, too. Looks like we'll be all set for Herself's birthday bash! I need to hit the grocery - she wants pizza, so we decided it'd be cheaper to do homemade individual ones. I have the ground meat and the flour, but we need the other toppings (well, not cheese. :grin:)

It's a hot, humid day here. Stinks to work outside.......which is why I am *inside* :lol:

Gotta get soaping!
Disney: L&S Caffeine


Let's see....hit the grocery, so the party's a go. Made 2 batches of soap: 1 "Whey too Cool", made from the whey left over from Sweet Geek's cheese-making, and 1 shampoo bar, made with Chamomile tea.

The Whey too Cool soap is my 2nd attempt at swirling - and I think I got it! The first batch (which is UGLY soap!), I tried to swirl in the mold; what I did was add the lye mix to the oils, blended to light trace (too much!), pulled out about a cup, added the colorant to it, and mixed (again, too much!), added scent to both, then poured the very thick cream-colored soap in the mold, topping it with all of the colored, and tried to swirl. That...doesn't work. You end up with layered soap, with scant swirling on top.

What I *should* have done with that one was mix to blended (NOT trace!!!), pull out some and color, then pour a layer of cream, a layer of color, and alternate to the top, then swirled the whole thing.

What I did this time was blend the oils, add the lye mix and blend until it got opaque - NOT trace. Pulled out about a cup, did the color/scent thang, then I poured the colored soap in "spots" in the bowl. (I did the 4 cardinal points and the center) - I did reserve some of the colored soap for the top. I used the OFF stick blender to stir the soap maybe 3 rotations, then we carefully poured the mix into the mold. I dribbled the leftover colored soap on top, then used a popsicle stick to swirl the top.

It looks FABULOUS - but we'll see how it looks when I cut it tomorrow. Unless something happens, my green dye came out red. :scratches head: It's green on my fingers, and green in the bowl, but the soap is RED swirled. :shrug:

I found out that a 24" long, 3" wide PVC pipe with flat bottom will hold a 4 pound batch of soap. Not more than, but 4 pounds exactly. :grin:

I need to get back to cleaning, but I think I'll take a nap instead. :lol:
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