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Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion

Handmade Shampoo, Conditioner, and Lotion

I ended up backing out of the consignment opportunity I posted about earlier. Why? Because my house sold the day after I posted about it, and I had more important things to do – like find a new place to live.

But after requests for a product line, I ended up making a whole bunch of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. The shampoo still hasn’t settled and needs to be topped off – I just filled it 30 minutes ago. So the picture’s not the best.

Handmade Shampoo, Conditioner, and Lotion

This is something like 80 oz. each of different “flavors” of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. I’m not really looking forward to labeling it all.

Regarding the house – we are 99% certain that we will be living on Okapi Street in Ramsey! … By February. Unfortunately there are some hang-ups with the sellers moving into THEIR new house (it’s a huge game of dominoes), so while we have all signed the purchase agreement, they have until January 31st to give us the house.

Yes, that sucks. But it’s worth waiting for – and there is always a chance that they will be out sooner. The big problem is where to place the cats for a month. We’re hoping that Chris’s mom’s house works out – but she has two cats already. (Honestly, we don’t know ANYBODY without cats. How weird is that?).

Oh yeah. Nigel has a fatty tumor under the muscle on his left side that keeps getting bigger. He has surgery on December 16th. :(


Click on the picture!

It’s about time I posted an update.

Pictured above is the house that I offered a huge chunk of change for yesterday. I don’t know what the owners think of my offer yet, but they have already purchased a new house so they are itching to move out.

Jumping ahead of the gun? Oh yeah. That’s right. I sold my house! Well, not QUITE sold yet – the pending sign isn’t officially up. But the inspection was last night, it went well, and things are moving along nicely so we close on December 15th.

Back to the house above:

It’s in Ramsey. It’s also the only house I’ve looked at that doesn’t need thousands of dollars of work up front. Just over an acre, with a marshy pond in the back.

I realize this probably means mosquitos. Aside from that, the worst thing we could find wrong with the house was that one of the bathroom sinks was dripping just a bit – the plumbing needs to be tightened up. It also has a circuit breaker that was put in by a company who went out of business after being sued for causing fires – we’re asking for that to be replaced before purchasing.

And, it has an AMAZING deck and patio. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. The down side is that it’s a bit farther out than we were hoping – but for the price, it’s really hard to pass up something like this.

I may be jumping the gun a bit by posting – I don’t know for sure yet if this is where we will end up living. But it’s pretty exciting!

Consignment Opportunity

Candy Cane Soap

Above: One of my “Holiday” soaps – Candy Cane. The bottom red layer set up too quickly, so it isn’t as straight as I’d like it to be – but mostly I’m happy with the turnout. I used up the rest of all of the minty Essential Oils I had on hand.

Tonight I poured a Chocolate soap, and used the scraps from this batch (pictured above) embedded in part of the soap. Should make 8-10 bars of “Chocolate Mint” soap, and 20 plain Chocolate.

Back to the title subject. A lady I know in town is opening up a new consignment store. She’ll be located in the balcony/upstairs of Keeper’s (a flower and antique shop). She flagged me down last week and asked me to sell my products there! I’m really excited – first candles at the farm and now this – I may just be able to expand this hobby into something fairly profitable. I’ve been busy making lip balm, candles, and soap – and have ingredients on the way for lotions, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel. I can always pull out if stuff doesn’t sell, and gift them for Christmas, I guess! I’m really excited for her new store, too – she’s been wanting to do this for a while.

In the house-selling area, things aren’t going so well. We finally hand a showing – but for people who really just want to rent. Let’s hope they can’t find anything they like and decide to buy instead! Sigh.

Ratchet & Gwen Need Help!!

Gwen is a friend of mine from highschool. She rescued Ratchet from burning rubble a few months ago, and earned him a ticket back to the US through the Baghdad Pups program.

On Ratchet’s way to the airport, he was seized by one of Gwen’s commanding officers. And they are threatening to kill him.

Links follow, please do what you can to help Ratchet:

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Palm Pillars

Palm Pillars

I’m making these palm pillars to sell at The Eveland Family Farm this fall. Scented Pumpkin Soufflé, Cinnamon Buns, Buttery Gingerbread, Apple Pie, Apple Jack & Peel, and Candy Corn. Kind of fun… I hope they sell well, and I have to reorder wax and FO.

We had a good house showing last night. Apparently, our house is one of the only houses in town that is actually getting showings. So that’s encouraging. But it’s been on the market 90 days now – that’s not so encouraging. I’m still hopeful that we’ll move before the year is out, but we’re playing it by ear. Meanwhile, the dogs are enjoying their trips to the park when we have showings, and the cats are getting really good about going in their kennel in the garage.

The food co-op is having a going away party for me tonight. It’s even a Vegan Pot Luck! I just finished making pita bread, and I’m also bringing artichoke dip and dukkah.

Fun with Photoshop

This is my brother’s cat, Oscar, all done-up in watercolors. I was playing around with Photoshop yesterday, and “digitized” some cats. I can’t quite get people to turn out right though – I think because people just look boring. Click on Oscar to see him full-sized… the smaller picture doesn’t quite do him justice.

I also talked with my Realtor yesterday, who said that installing Air Conditioning may help make the house move. So, he added to the listing that A/C will be installed before the buyer moves in. He thought this was a better option than dropping the price – and since the air isn’t actually installed yet, if the house still doesn’t sell we can drop the price and say no A/C again.

I guess in the last week, they have only shown houses to one person. Sigh.