Saturday, April 14, 2012

A fine day to make some soap...

Good evening everyone..

This is a little view I have in the mornings after my prayer time ...

The old apple orchard out back still does not have any leaves.. 
This is our Canadian Spring, though.. 
I like it just the way it has always been.. smile.. 
It will be hot soon enough.. 

Then I go over and pour myself a nice hot cup of coffee..
It was such a beautiful morning to wake up to today...
Do you notice anything different?  smile..  

My sweet husband helped me get the new curtains hung.. 

Remember, I picked them up at the thrift store last week.. 
I am thinking that I will need to get some kind of blinds..
A nice change anyway and a frugal one at that..  

Here is a pic of a little of our country side for you .. 

My husband grew up just a bit past the barn you see there with the silo... 

And do you see the distant hills.. That is where our old farm is .. 
We hope to go over for a few days next week..
Lord willing.. 

I have had the flu this past week and couldn't go..
Next week, though, we hope to go up and I will make dinner and Terry will work on the back porch.. It is still not finished.. 
All in due time, I guess..  

I did get some soap made.. 

Just a small batch of Rosemary .. 

I was downstairs in my workshop and found a block of glycerin ...

Here is the recipe I used.. 
3 cups of shredded glycerin soap base
1/4 cup of distilled water
1 1/2 tsp. rosemary oil
1/2 tsp. lavender oil 
1 tsp. pulverized dried rosemary 
Mix the glycerin and water in a bowl and heat in microwave at 20 second intervals until melted.. 
Add oils and herbs and mix.. 
Place in soap molds.. 
A double batch made 5 large bars of soap.. 

Here it is Saturday evening and tomorrow is the Lord's Day AND my mother's birthday..My step fathers was on Monday.. 

We are planning on taking them to dinner at their favorite restaurant after church.. smile.. 

Have a blessed day, dear hearts.


  1. The soap looks wonderful! Bet it smells wonderful too! Hope your Mom has a wonderful birthday. Tomorrow is my Sweetie's birthday too! I love the thrifted curtains!

  2. Hi. I found your blog from Cindy's. Your curtains are lovely as are your plants in the window. Such a splendid view!

    Have a lovely Saturday evening.


  3. That soap recipe sounds like something i could handle making. I tried to make liquid hand soap once- what a diaster! I bet you could even play around with different scents too... how fun!... I think one of these days I will finally attempt to make some of your smelly jelly- my shoe closet definately could use some freshening up!

  4. Faye
    I love you new lace curtain and the flower pots on the window ledge!
    I've got to try to make my own soap someday. I want to do it with lye
    from our woodstove. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it?

  5. Hi Fay,
    This soap sounds like it smells just wonderful! ;-D
    The curtains look so nice with the plants and the pretty background!
    Many Blessings and Hugs, Linnie

  6. The soap came out great. You're so talented and so busy all the time! Have a blessed weekend.

  7. Joyce at Sweet Briar PatchApril 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Faye, your new curtains look so pretty in your kitchen. Aren't handy husbands wonderful? I was sorry to hear that you had been sick with the flu this past week but I hope you are feeling better and will be enjoying a peaceful, blessed Sunday!


  8. Hope you are feeling better, soon and I did notice that you changed your
    header picture, love the new picture and your lace curtains! Great view,
    too. :)


  9. Hi Faye,
    Hope you feel better soon! That soap looks great. I also love your new valances, what a bargain and I wouldn't put up blinds they look perfect!
    Have a great weekend.

  10. Hi Faye
    I love your header photo so fresh and pretty ! I do love that big window in your kitchen and the shelf full of beauty , WOW ! lace curtins havent seen thoses for some time they are beautiful . I have been looking for lace for curtins for my kitchen and bathroom windows , its hard to find here ! Lovely post and photos. you such a talented gal ! Have a great day !

  11. Beautiful that window over your sink. Have a blessed Lord's day! Happy Birthday to your parents.

  12. That view that you have after your "prayer time". The farm area looks like some of the farms here in Iowa. My father-in-law was born on a farm, still lives there, still farms. He is 86. :) My mother-in-law a wonderful cook; I have to admit her cooking is irresistible. I hope you can get over to your "old farm" soon and of course praying that you are feeling better!

  13. Dear Faye ~~
    Hope you are feeling better .... have a
    Wonderful Blessed Sunday.
    EnJoy the Dinner Celebration out with
    your Mom & Step Dad.
    Your Curtains look so Fresh & Beautiful,
    what a Splendid View you have,
    I think I can smell your new batch of
    soap down here in CT. :-)
    Blessings & Hugs ~~ Connie xox

  14. What a gal you are!
    You've been sick, and just as you start to feel better, you get going 90 miles an hour again :)

    Love the lace valances, and your hubby is a sweetie-pie. He's pretty good to you!!

    Love the soap!

    We used to make soap, and got out of the habit. One of my goals this summer, is to get back to making soap again..

    Have a lovely day .

  15. I hope that you get feeling better very soon. I think the flu is the worst when it comes to common illness!

    The soap is lovely, I can smell it now...mmmmm.

    What a lovely view.


  16. Beautiful pics of the lovely lace in a mellow light!
    There are perfect just as they are.
    Hope you have been better enough to enjoy your Sunday and meal out!
    A hug,
    xxx H

  17. I love your kitchen window with the geraniums and your new lace valance! It looks so pretty and what a view! Enjoy your little visit at the farm and have a lovely week! Blessings, Pamela

  18. Love the kitchen window with the geraniums!
    Hope you feel better....:):)
    The soap sounds lovely!!
    Have a good day!!


  19. Your "new" curtains look lovely, I love lace at the window. Your geraniums are so cheerful looking.
    The soap sounds so easy to make, I would love to learn to make my own.
    Your country side is so pretty.
    Hugs, Cindy

  20. your lace curtains are beautiful! you certainly have good luck at thrift stores!
    i don't think blinds fit your lovely personality...don't distract from the lace!
    i love your rosemary soap!! i may have to try it this summer! i usually have a rosemary plant growing on my deck! thank you for sharing! so glad you're feeling better!! ^)^linda

  21. I was in Canada once many years ago and I was about 8. My Mother was born and raised in Canada and I would love to visit and see if I can find the old homestead.
    I also enjoy making soap and I think I will print your recipe and try it as soon as we get moved back up North by family. I make goat milk soap for my DH and it is all he wants to use now so will have to pick up some more supplies as soon as I can.
    I love the pictures of your kitchen...looks so warm and homey :)

  22. I love your new photo at the top Faye, so Spring like! Beautiful! Just been reading through your posts from the weekend; I'm going to have to try your brownie recipe now :) Your old books are lovely, I have a penchant for them too, and old postcards, all the history, you can't beat it. Hope you had a lovely dinner out yesterday, and Happy Birthday to your Mom and Step-Dad!
    God bless!
    Carly xx

  23. your country side is lovely! beautiful scenery.
    love your flowers and curtains...enjoy!!!
    have a great week.
    i have never even considered making soap..I thought it was way more complicated than that!

  24. pure lovliness my friend..............what a peaceful, tranquil are blessed indeed!

  25. I hope you're feeling much better now Faye. How wonderful to celebrate some special birthdays. The views from your windows are so pretty. Love the nearly new lace curtains too; they frame the window very nicely. Bet that rosemary soap smells so wonderful.

  26. Hello my friend, stopping by to see what's cookin...Love lace curtains, so pretty, that kitchen window is a gem....I didn't know you could make soap w/out
    lye....that was something I didn't want to use, so I never made soap....but aha!
    you have reinspired me...but then you always do, which is why I visit, refreshing and simply charming....:)

  27. The curtains are to die for.and the soap wow want some.may try to make it some time.ooxx