Sun Flare Soap Bar

This month we are participating in The Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge Club (say that 5 times fast!) you might remember we’ve done this before several years ago. We are ready to get more creative with our soaps and learn new techniques. The Soap Challenge Club is a fun way to do it!

This months challenge is the Fluid Acrylic Pour technique 

This is what the final bar looks like: 


The soap bar is colored with kaolin clay, yellow Brazilian clay and activated charcoal. It is scented with lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils

This was a new technique and we had some fun with it!

We started with a gray base layer and added circles of the three colors



Using a straw we blew air over the circles to move the colors across the gray layer 

The gray layer set up quicker than we wanted but it added interesting layers to the final cut soap


This is how the soap looked when it was still wet

  

Finally some rain!!!

It was so nice to wake up to heavy rain yesterday! Which was followed by the frantic run covering chicken and duck feeders so the food didn’t get soaked. We haven’t seen heavy rain in almost a year the animals were really confused by it. The ducks were the only ones having a blast. They were trying to swim in the shallow puddles.

We followed this by a drive to three rivers for breakfast with friends at the Ol Buckaroo restaurant. What a nice morning sitting next to the river under canopies listening to the rain.

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We delivered a batch of soap to Sage Roots produce stand who will be selling our soaps at their stand on Thursday nights from 5-8 and Saturday mornings from 8-noon. Check them out at Ol Buckaroo for great food and atmosphere!

Kingsburg harvest festival!

Tomorrow Saturday the 27th is the Kingsburg harvest festival on Draper street. It starts at 5pm and will have food, crafts and music. A Beautiful Life Farms soap will be highlighted at the Mit I Dalen booth where they will be selling baskets featuring our soaps and salt scrubs. If you are looking for a fun event check this out!

Autumn sunset soap!

We have decided to enter the Autumn Sunset soap in the Great Cakeworks Soap Challenge.

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Like all of our soaps this was created without any synthetic colors or fragrances. The color was created by using red and yellow Brazilian clays.

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Fun with soap!

We have decided to enter the Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge. It’s a monthly soap making challenge with a specific design technique to use each month. This month was the hanger swirl technique. So basically we used a wire hanger to swirl soap around (don’t worry mom the only wire hangers I have are for making soap!) Take a look at these beautiful soaps we came up with and I would love your input on which one should be entered in the challenge. We have to decide by the 18th so leave a comment soon please ๐Ÿ™‚

Yin and yang soap colored with charcoal

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Autumn Sunset colored with red and yellow Brazilian clay

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Weekend flower arrangement

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This weekend we got quite a few things taken care of. I planted a couple of our new flower beds with some of the seeds I got. I ordered 55 dahlia bulbs and just couldn’t wait any longer for them to get here that I bought 6 bulbs from Home Depot. They just looked so pretty!

We were able to give away four of our newly adopted chicks to some friends. We decided to keep 2 of the Rhode Island Red chickens and 1 speckled Sussex chicken. We introduced these 3 to our 6 Plymouth barred rock chickens. They did pretty well. There was a bit of a pecking order to be established but now they are all cuddling together. The other 6 Cornish cross chickens are almost about ready to be moved outside. It amazes me how quickly these chickens grow.

I’ve added a new page to the website for our handcrafted soaps. Soon it will be complete with photos and an Etsy shop where you can purchase soap. In the meantime please feel free to email us and we will be happy to sell you some of our wonderful soap!

I’m very excited to have the comments feature back on the website!! I really couldn’t figure out why it had worked but then stopped. But oh well it’s fixed now so please feel free to comment on anything you might be thinking or wondering about us!

A Beautiful Life FARM?

My friend asked for a farm tour this week after she bought a dozen eggs from me. “It’s not really a farm” was my response. I just don’t want people to get their hopes up about this big fully functioning farm. It’s an acre and a third with some raised beds and some animals is how I see it. Sure small farms can produce A LOT of food on an acre and a third. Some small farms can feed whole communities on an acre and a third. We don’t do that. We play with our goats. We grow some food. We sell some of it but we feed most of it to the goats. They really are happy goats ๐Ÿ™‚

Well this weekend really helped us start to feel a little bit more like a farm. We were able to finish some of the projects we’ve been working on for quite awhile. Like the corral :

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See that bottom rung that Buttermilk is leaning against? We finally finished that after a year!!! Took us 10 minutes lol!
We also added sod to the bunny barn.

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And we finished the yoga circle!

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Doesn’t it look amazing?

We took a couple of new soap bars to the KMK Organic Farm Store. It was so exciting to see that we were almost sold out of the Plain Jane Oats And Honey. As soon as we thought we were caught up we’re going to need to start making more back stock! We also dropped off a couple dozen duck and quail eggs to start selling there. During this drop off I also slipped in a couple bouquets of flowers to see if they sold.

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The next day the store manager text me saying they sold out of our flowers in two hours and asking for more of them. What a great feeling it is to watch people really enjoying the things we’ve made.

This morning we all had a great laugh at one of our ducks that decided to perch in our olive tree.

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All of the other ducks were really mad they couldn’t figure out how to get up there with her.

And lastly the weekend flower arrangement. Since most of the flowers went to the farm store I went with a simple but elegant display of Icelandic poppies.

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All dressed up…..

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Our soap is all dressed up and ready for the market! It is officially being sold at KMK Farms market stand at the corner of Mendocino and Mountain View in Kingsburg. Thanks Molly for your support! Our soap is all natural and vegetarian friendly.

Upgrades to our soap making supplies!

The most tedious part of soap making is cutting the bars. My husband is a bit of a perfectionist so he would spend an hour or so hovered over a slab of soap cutting it. I splurged and bought this beautiful box that came with dividers!

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This is really going to help make this easier and it will ensure a consistent bar. I must note that the box is nowhere near as beautiful as the box Scott made me for our first batches! Everything’s more beautiful when it’s made by the person you love ๐Ÿ™‚

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We also bought a stick blender after spending two hours stirring a batch of soap that never seemed to set! The friction of the blender will help speed up the process.
I think these two new enhancements will really make the tedious parts of soap making easier on us so we can have more fun with the creating and designing part of it!