Saturday, December 19, 2009
I think this winter , I want to try some methods that look interesting, Play with some different oils. Try and get ready for spring time. Look into some different marketing venues also. the day care business is slow right now, so now is the time to really throw myself into the other business.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Two people I delivered to on Thursday, called Saturday night wanting full size on Sunday. So now, what I had in the basement is almost gone. Well, by my standards. So the fun truly begins. I have some room to store new things. But I feel that my scrubs go faster than the soap. Go figure.
Next week I have a long weekend. I think I will work my butt off on all my other "things", so I can have a soaping weekend. sound good? Sounds GREAT to me!
Have a good week and Happy Soaping my friends. Talk to ya next week!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I have alot of fragrance leftovers. You know, alittle here, alittle there. So, I will be on a mission to use them ALL today. Some way, some how.
I will let you know how I or they do!
Wish me luck!
Friday, June 19, 2009
I have had some major changes come into my life. I did not respond well to them. But everyday is getting better. While the major changes were unwanted, I have made some minor changes that were not really wanted but needed.
I have been changing things around the house. working so much that when I do get to bed, I just drop. I have made so kind of change in every room. The major changes, kitchen & my bedroom.
I love the changes! I never really used color before. My husband was a plain kind of man. So...... Color is the first word people say when they come over. The second...Wow!
My kitchen is a warm chestnut brown. For curtains, I went with a orange with small yellow & green flowers. Cleaned out cupboards, moved appliances around. I enjoy cooking much more.
My bedroom was soft beige walls, black & grey bedspread. Some ugly like beige & Burgundy curtains. Well, the walls are still the same color but the curtains are red. Yes, I said red. Bright red with white flowers. Bedspread is not quite done. (I am making) But it has red, black, & white in it. Brightened the room bunches.
I know my friend, Mary tells me all the time, "baby steps", but I had to take big kid steps right now. It is part of my grieving process. Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. this is how I am doing my.
I also have been exercising, losing weight, changed my hairstyle, growing my nails. Many changes now, let's see how long they last!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So, now that I will only have three kids for the next few weeks, I have "time" to soap!! Hopefully, I can give my soaping some major time. I so miss it. I will do as much as I can because the month after, My hours increase. I guess I will be thinking and working on Fall and holiday soap.
Life is crazy at times. But I love life, so I just have to take my time, plan out my time and enjoy the ride!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
To love like a child, to learn something new, to look at the world around us differently. Things change, people come and go. Some things stay the same. It never surprises me how true some statements are so true. Wise people before us, passing things down. You listen and think, "whatever". But when something happens that changes every thing around you including yourself, your mind goes back and you only remember half. You search for the rest and come up empty. When you are not even thinking about it anymore, BAM, to comes back and hits you like a ton of bricks.
I have always befriended older people. Older than myself. I love to listen to stories of the past, wise advice someone who has lived longer than I. Now, I know what they were talking about. You can listen but what you do with it matters most. I was told to live like I were dying, love like a child, & be ready to learn more and more each day.
I will take all of this and run with it. As things are changing so am I. I learned my lessons and am grateful for the knowledge that I now have. The future is what I see. It is bright and full of new things. I will take chances and not worry about what others say or feel. I will take the love of my family, cherish it and build upon it.
Life is good. It goes on and so will I!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I got the hair done last night. Like I had two hours to kill!! Well, while I was getting my hair done, I got a phone call. One friend calling mad. She was mad because she ran into another friend who talked about some of my soap. I laughed. Like she was the only one who had some. Well, then I got another call from another "friend", not really friend but we speak. She heard from someone else that I make soap and she wanted to come over right then and "smell". I am expecting her Friday.
While this makes me happy, I then realized that I need to get busy and start making some more soap. So, Friday night, I will be making soap. What kinds? Who knows what ever comes out of this crazy mind of mine.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Over all, the day went pretty well. But the Queen doesn't like Chuckie Cheese himself. He is ugly and scary!
This is what I had to look at Friday night. she got a new swimsuit, roller blades and baby stroller. I think I will get her ready to be America's Next Top Model. Only a two year old could pull this outfit off.
Oh, and she loves the Disney Princesses. So her Aunt brought her this little getup. Everyday is a experience with Nazariah around. she demands attention & I must say she gets what she wants!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I locked the door and turned on my music on Sunday. I would not even answer the phone until after noon. Some were mad but I really didn't care. I think if I do the same again this weekend, all the things that I can do will be done.
I spent the better part of the day yesterday getting paperwork done. Yes, I still had kids but I did it. Today I will get end of the month things done. I have someone coming over later about child care for third shift. Not that I need anymore kids. But she is in need and hey it is money. I know what your saying, money is not everything. Well, it's not but it helps pay the bills. Plus, there are things momma wants!
So, I must close for now. work calls. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Friday, April 24, 2009
As I have said before, I run a Day Care. Most of the kids are family members or very close friends. I take this seriously! I care for kids. Even if I work for myself, I have to answer to others for just about everything I do. Kids, Parents, Department of Social Services & most of all, the State of New York!
My house has to be a safe, clean, & nurturing environment. I have to keep very detailed paperwork. I have deadlines, reports, everything any other business has. I have strangers who come into my home and inspect EVERYTHING!
I started this business 5 years ago. I had two people come in from the county and inspect inside and out. I had to complete 30 page application. Get state clearance for child abuse. Have a physical, TB testing, radon testing, the whole nine yards. Not to mention, insurance agents come and reinspect. I passed everything with flying colors. The state gave me a license, I have a contract with the county. I make decent money. I have to have at least two inspection a year. I have never had more than two things wrong. Dumb things that could be corrected in a matter of minutes. That is just one aspect of the business. We won't go into the food componet of it all.
So, I ask you, why after 5 years, I have an inspection and I came very close to failing because of something that should have been caught 5 years ago from at least 6 people? Now, I have to do work triple time and spend who knows how much money to fix this mess!
Where are these people who let all of this slide you ask? Gone! Moved on to different jobs. Making someone's life a mess. Hell, I don't know. But I do know this...If I could see & talk to them right now, They would REALLY not like what I have to say.
Okay, I guess I am done. It just makes me sick. All this time and money I have to waste. As if I have that so readily available.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Once they came in I hurried to felt them. I have made felted bags before. One Christmas I went alittle crazy with the bags. So, the feting process was not totally new to me. Below, is the first bar I felted. as you can see, I needed to spread out the wool better. I have a few lumps.
This is my second try. This one came out much better. (My picture taking is not great but I think you can see the felting. It did not take to long to do each bar. I think the first one about 30 minutes, second 20. With anything, practice makes perfect. I have alot more wool left so I will be felting more soap.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The kids got along, my uncle kept them busy. The old bitties kept their comments to their selves. The young folks just eat and played on cell phones. It was very nice.
Nazariah was not happy with the scent of her soap. "No smell, it's broke." I assured her it was not "broke", I guess she was okay with that answer. She then (without anyone really paying attention but grandma), went around and took every ones soap. She had a gift bag filled. After about an hour, I got every one's soap back. Came home and got another bar of a different kind and gave it to her. I don't know what I am going to do with her!
I hope everyone else had a nice Easter day. Just two weeks and I have three birthday parties in two weekends. Fun......Wow!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This day finds me at a lose of sorts. I have been a mother for so many years. Now a grandmother. Things change, people change. My daughter is hosting Easter dinner today. That leaves me much free time. I have to only cook a few items. I am used to putting on the whole spread.
So, I decided to whip up something for my little bunny. My partner in my soaping ventures. Nazariah, smells every soap, puts labels on, and helps me clean up.
She takes a bar of each and every soap for herself. Never asks, just tells me that it is hers. Puts it in her backpack and moves on to the next chore. Mind you she is only 23 months old!
So, this year grandma is not doing the candy thing. They get WAY to much. So grandma bought each an outfit and made them each a bar of soap. Each bar made with them in mind. Above is Nazariah's soap. It is made with a clear base and I put an Easter eraser in each bar. She will be alittle upset, I put no fragrance in them. I was worried that the fragrance might cloud the soap.
I can't wait until she comes for dinner at Auntie's house. Now, she really has her own soap!
Happy Easter to all. May all of you be blessed this day and always.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I just want to know why someone called me at 2 am. No, 2 am! Are you serious? Of course, it was someone I didn't want to talk too. Hell, I don't even want to talk to them at 2 pm! But once that phone wakes you up, sleep is gone. Your mind says, "that's enough."
So, I was up from then on. But I think I should get up at that time more often. My creative juices were flowing.
This is a new Lavender Flowers I came up with. It is made from Goat's Milk base. I like how my coloring went inside and to the bottom. I never really liked Lavender before making soap. I am starting to like it. One of these bars is going to a dear friend, just because.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I don't know why. If I get accepted, fine. If I don't, that is fine too. Then, on my way to the post office I was told to try for three other shows. I am thinking. I don't know if I can do that many shows. My day care business keeps me real busy. I don't know how I find the time to even do any soaps. I have kids from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. atleast three nights a week. On the other nights, I work until atleast 9:00. Maybe just one.
But I want to think my "friends" who gave me the advice. I listened and decided to just jump!
I'll let you know if I get accepted.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I guess the rules of this award is that you have to list seven things or people that you are passionate about. You are then to list the person who gave you the award, the award logo and seven other bloggers you feel are wothy of this award in a post on your blog.
Seven things I am passionate about:
- My Grandkids - I would do and say anything on thier behalf. They have changed this grandma in ways they will never know.
- Romance Books - they take me away from the stress and hassles of everyday life.
- Gardening - calms my soul.
- Soapping - nuture my creative side.
- Walks - me time is a wonderful thing.
- NASCAR - nutures the "wild" side that I put away once I became a grandma.
- Shopping - never know what is out there waiting just for you!
The Seven blogs are:
- Daisy Girl Soap - http://daisysoapgirl.blogspot.com/
- All NAPTURAL - http://allnaptural.blogspot.com/
- The Soap Seduction - http://thesoapseduction.blogspot.com/
- Annie's Goat Hill - http://anniesgoathill.blogspot.com/
- Soapaholics Anonymous - http://soapaholicsanonymous.blogspot.com/
- Soap & the finer things in life - http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/
- Soapylove Daily ditties - http://soapylove.blogspot.com/
I love Roses! Any color, any variety. I just love Roses!
I wanted some Roses so bad that I went to the store, not the flower shop. Cost to d*** much. I went to the supermarket. I found some beautiful pink Roses. As soon I picked them up the smell got to me. They relax me. Crazy I know but that is what flowers do to me.
As you can see, my main helper Nazariah ( granddaughter #1), had to smell them and report back. " They 'mell pretty Bam Ma."
I know the warmer weather is coming so my Roses will bloom. Not to mention ALL my other flowers. I have a small yard that becomes a large flower garden in the summer. Every one says I over do it. I tell them "if I don't play in the dirt, one of you would be dead right now." Now I get flowers to plant for Mother's Day, or just because it is Sunday. I guess my family and neighbors want to live just one more day.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I enjoy what I do and others are enjoying the end result. But these others are my friends and family. I know I really should not care to much what others outside of my circle feel, but I can't help it.
I have only a week to fill out the application and submit it. Then comes the hard part...waiting for a appectance/denial letter. Who knows what I am going to do. I must think real hard. Do I stay in my little safe world or do I take that leap of faith and just do it?
Friday, March 20, 2009
Also, while I was working my other job, my daughter called to ask if I could get some samples together. She has some co-workers asking about the soap. I am in a good place right now. I feel that nothing can stop me.
I ordered some supplies, checked inventory, and am pulling it all together. I even made some more soap.
I guess I better not slack to much anymore! Just wish I didn't have to work 14 hours today!!
Since cutting my hair I have seen that it looks healthy and has a shine to it. Now I am hoping that it will grow, grow, grow!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
These bars were made up Saturday night. I used Butterfly Hugs fragrance. My daughter said they look like they have Jolly Ranchers candy inside. They look so pretty and spring like. I really don't want to give them away!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Just my way of networking. I really need to network more but with the job I have during the day and the cold and snow, sometimes it is hard for me. I can't wait until Spring/Summer. Hopefully by then, I will have alot more product to offer.
I am pretty sure that I will. A nice person, I want to call a friend, sent me a book of "how to" melt & pour. I have the book just about finished. I got it on tuesday. She will be getting a basket of goodies when I am done to show my thanks!
So, I must close for now. I have muffins in the oven for the kids. I want to freeze them so I don't have to take time to make more in the near future! (LOL) I need that time to make soap!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Sorry again. But sometimes you need to act like a fool. In my case, it's alot.
Your wasting your time, your wasting your money, what do you think your doing? I hear this everyday. It is making me sick.
If you don't like what I am doing, please leave my house! Leave the space where I get my air. Just leave me the hell alone!
Why do people feel that they can say and do anything they want but when you get ready to do it, all hell has to break out? I guess I was raised in different times and my Aunt taught me when to speak & when to just let things go. I was raised that you respect your elders at all costs. Taught that somethings are better left unsaid. My grandfather told me once,"if you smile, they have no idea what your thinking". That is how I live.
With my own kids, I have learned (the hard way) to let go. They need to make their own mistakes. Once I got the basics down, it has been heaven. I don't want to be all up in their business.
I feel that I don't need someone always in my space, face or bed! I can do bad all by myself. I am trying to better myself. I have goals I must reach at all costs. If I lose people along the way, then they were really not suppose to be there. If you want to support me, fine. But if you don't, that's okay too.
I was there when they did their thing. I was there when the sh** hit the fan. I had mop, broom, garbage bag ready. Sometimes I even had the checkbook out with pen in hand. Just because I feel that I need to let go of some of the strees and bull that was in my life, I am wrong? No, I am not the one who is wrong. Things have never been more right! I have let go of alot of things and if my happiness depends on letting go of even MORE, bye bye, see ya later, peace be with you! 2009 is all about what Arnita wants, feels and needs.
Maybe I sound a little harsh. But no one is gonna break my spirit, determination, or my faith in myself. I know I can. I know I will. It may not be tomorrow, but it will happen!!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
When reading ones blog, they mentioning some other blog, and so on, and so on... Not all have good info. But most not only have good info, but everyone is so helpful!!
and the soaping community online is the Best! I just wish I had decided to join this community a long time ago.
It is like one great big family!
I am real glad that I am like a distant cousin!! Hopefully, I will be able to read the blogs I bookmarked last night. I know they will point me in the right direction to other Great blogs/soapers.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It took me about 1 1/2 hours to grate the base. I put it in the crock pot to melt. It took some time to melt this way but for that I was happy. I am a multitask er. I really try hard not to be, but it is there. This is what the base looked like before anything was added.
Once I had a mushy mess in the pot, I added all the additives plus 1/2 cup of milk. What a sight and smell. It was not really smelling that good. Once I was sure that everything was mixed well, I put it in the mold.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Hurt like hell! The braids were too tight, not use to the weight of the weave. Could not wait to wash my head. Needed to loosen the braids some.
Well, I left it in until January. When I took it out, OMG! The mess I had on my head. After getting my hair back to close to normal, (four hours later) I decided that I no longer wanted to be a slave to fashion. Hell, I am 42 years old. I am one - to damn old to try and "fit in", two - I am living life according to how I feel.
So, No more relaxers! Yeah, I may put on my wig (looks good on me), throw on a scarf (have many colors/types), put some braids in (when I can track my braider down), or do whatever, the bottom line is no more chemicals!
My kids think I am crazy. My braider said, "you sure you don't want to put a mild relaxer in"? My answer was, "Hell No"!!! I am not sure where I am going with this, not even sure how long I can stand it. But for right now, I am natural at the scalp, little perm left near the ends. I will get my ends trimmed soon. But for right now, they are fine.
Fashion/trends come and go. One minute I fit right, the next I don't. Who gives a flying @#$%! I want to do what I want and whoever doesn't like it can kiss my *%%. I can't post a pic just yet. Don't have any right at the time. But I will.
And to think, I went to school to do hair!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Below are Angel Wing Bars. I love the scent of these. My daughter just loves the color! She is a pink girl. Has been for all her life. I guess they are okay. I am not crazy for the color but the smell is Great!
This is Chocolate Peppermint. Very ugly! The smell is great. I was really nervous about this one. Never know what your gonna get once you cut into it.This is what I got. It is just beautiful! (even if it's just me). I don't know how the bottom layer formed but it adds to the whole picture. The smell was even better once the soap was cut.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Below is my flowers for a friend. I made this with Clear Soap Base. The roses are colored with Neon Pink coloring. Scented with Best Friends Fragrance. The flowers melted alittle, but I know why, made note of it so it will not happen again. (Hopefully)
Above is another picture of Lavender Flowers. Below is what I call Carnival. White Soap Base, Transparent cubes of Red, Blue & Yellow. Scented with Tahitian Vanilla. I put it in a cake pan to mold. The smell is to die for! I love any kind of Vanilla. I have yet to try this one. But maybe real soon.
And lastly, this is my Monkey Farts. Made from Goat's Milk, colored with Neon Green. I tried my hand at swirling again. I didn't get the swirl I wanted, but I am happy with the end results!