My most recent soap that I just got around to photographing. This one is designed to be especially mild but still lather well and I used aloe juice in place of water as something of an experiment. Even though it has a high percentage of olive oil, I took a bit of a risk and tried to get a purple swirl in it. (Purple is a challenge because the olive oil is a bit greenish, which can make purple turn gray.)
I think it came out quite well. This one will be ready for sale in another two weeks. I think I would like to re-do the outline of the text on the label.
I could spend all my time writing copy and trying to get my photography just right, but at some point, done is better than perfect and I promised myself I’d have this running before the end of the month.
What makes a great holiday? For me it’s friends, food and low-key social interaction. Thus this new holiday was born. Sometime after the frantic pace of the winter holidays have passed but before you’re ready for outdoor BBQ it’s time for Hobbit Fest.
The plan: watch all 3 LoTR movies (or all 3 Hobbit Movies, your choice) back to back in a single day while enjoying all 6 hobbit meals: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Lunch, Tea, Dinner, Supper.
The first year we tried to make authentic meals mentioned in the books (think rabbit) but that turned out to be too much work, and this holiday is about food and hanging around.
This year we are doing a potluck and my contributions will be coffee, eggs, bacon, tiny pancakes with strawberries and cream, hard cider, fresh-baked bread with jam and butter and, during a lull in the movies, potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce.
I’ve been trying to come up with a very stylized fox to fit with the tree & owl and so far that’s not been working out so great. I may need to go back to some sort of ancient technology like paper and pencil to get the sketch done first!
Instead I made another color-block fox. This time I tried to use simpler lines, but I may need to ‘cartoonify’ him even more to get him to fit the scene. Still, I like him.
For the last few years my garden has fallen into disarray. Some of that was laziness on my part and some was circumstance, but this year, my youngest child has expressed an interest in having her own garden patch and I therefore purchased seeds.
I can only garden in a smallish areas so I’m going to have extras. If you are local to me and want some, or want to exchange seeds, let me know! I would especially like to have someone else try to germinate the blue poppies with me. They are amazing but I think I’ve had trouble with them in the past.
Vegetables & herbs: cherry tomato, cucumber, blue lake pole beans, snap peas, rainbow carrots, dill, parsley. I have asparagus and strawberry plants for the taking
Flowers & ornamental: coleus, calendula, red yarrow, california poppies, blue himalayan poppies, nasturtium.
What I want: oxalis, compact ornamentals that do well in shade, things that are easy to grow and don’t take up tons of space.
We hiked almost 4 miles today on Gold Creek Trail in Snoqualmie Pass.
My photos today were near misses. I really need to pay more attention to my settings and actually look at the photos in the camera before I just presume that it’s OK. And I need to zoom in to look at more details. This one is my favorite and it’s because I love the color and swirls that came out in the sky.
I may try this again with flatter colors to see if I can still convey the roundness without using a gradient and get more variation in the color (and a background). But in the meantime, here are some blueberries: