"As the old year retires and the new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May He grant us His grace, tranquility and His wisdom!"
Peggy Toney Horton
Here are some of my favorite pictures from past gardens.
Here is what I've been doing:
I'm a novice soap maker but, I'm learning so much and having fun doing it.
The picture below is of oatmeal/honey soap made at the beginning of December. I've used some to the bits and shavings and it's wonderful. It lathers beautifully and is very creamy. The honey helps skin retain it's moisture and the combination of lard, olive oil and coconut oil are a real winner. However, the bars won't be cured for about 6 months so we wait.
Vanilla is one of my favorite scents but, the oil is amazingly expensive. The next best oil is benzoin which smells like the real thing but it's as sticky as pine pitch! I've learned the best way to handle it is to heat it up and add it to another essential oil before adding it to the batch of soap. I can hardly wait for it to cure!
Below is a batch of Castile soap. It's 100% olive oil soap and sometimes called baby soap because it's very gentle. I left this soap unscented. Like the honey/oatmeal soap, it's soft and this type of soap takes a year to cure.
I'm learning and having so much fun doing it! What are you doing to pass the winter months?
Here is a picture of our little Christmas tree.
I hope all of you had a wonder Christmas, if you celebrate it and wishing you a happy new year!
Today, I'm grateful for God's healing power. He has, once again, brought a loved one out of a life-threatening situation!
Happy Garden Dreaming!