I think I did pretty darn well for my first batch of soap from scratch. I didn’t burn myself, I didn’t spill lye on my clothes, I kept it away from the kid and the dog, I pre-drilled holes on my homemade mold box and didn’t split the wood, and the soap even set up like it was supposed to! Taking the time to pre-drill holes while building was probably my biggest accomplishment during this whole project.
I mean really guys– I wish you knew how accident prone I am. I once sliced through my fingertip with a wood burner. A few years ago I attached my hand to a wall via nail gun. I can’t even count how many times I have burned myself on the oven… and waffle iron… and cook pan. I am so notorious for hurting myself that last year, my mother bought me elbow-length oven mitts. It’s bad.
Aaaaanyway. The soap looks and smells awesome! The wooden loaf mold I made worked like a charm. Since I lined it with parchment paper, the soap slipped right out without so much as a thought. I sliced the loaf up into about 12 generous bars (and cut off the sad looking parts) and set them up in an open box to cure over the next four weeks. Some of the bars are a little misshapen so I am thinking of felting them and then giving them as holiday gifts. I’d hate to sell my first batch just because I am so inexperienced. I’d like to use this same recipe again and make a nicer looking soap. Then I will sell some of my Old School Soap with Frühlingskabine honey in our online Etsy shop.
Excuse my dark indoor photo…
Excuse my sickly man voice… (I have a cold.)
This video is all about the babes! Well, rabbit babes… babies. Why don’t people say “babes” in reference to infants anymore? Now “babes”‘refers mostly to hot chicks. And not of the poultry variety either. Every once in awhile I will say something and realize that some of my vocabulary and speech is reminiscent of a 200 year old woman. Oh well. On to the babes.
I decided that the subject of hand feeding rabbit kits needed a little more of the spotlight since it is occupying about two hours of my day now. While feeding baby rabbits from an eye-dropper is darn cute, it is not easy and requires a lot of devotion.
Here is a link to my Rabbit Formula post with the recipe, but the “double batch” recipe is also included in the video.
I am adding up-to-date information on Blackberry’s “twin” orphan rabbit kits at the bottom of the blog page for any of you who would like to know how they are doing. Hand-feeding for three weeks is going to be interesting!
Here is a link to my Rabbit Formula post with the recipe and tips.
Check out the questions I received for July’s Q&A session as well as a brief update on the quail. To submit your own questions, no matter how large or small, email me at: email@example.com and I will include your questions or ideas in next month’s videos!
July 2013 Q&A :: Part 1 of 3
July 2013 Q&A :: Part 2 of 3
July 2013 Q&A :: Part 3 of 3
See the transcript for these videos here.
Seven of Nine went to his new home in Utah last week and Dandelion is leaving today… But her lines will continue on through both Blackberry and Bunaby Jones.
Apparently, Seven really grew on Cami because when she found out he was leaving, she had a little bit of a toddler breakdown. But… it was never really planned to keep him from last year. After a potential buyer pulled a “no-show” last year when he was a kit, no one else seemed to be interested in him. Their loss really because he ended up producing the most glorious wool and FIVE harvests instead of the usual four. So good luck to our dear Seven of Nine and also to beautiful little Dandelion.