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What's In Your Shower? #1

Posted on December 31, 2017 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (38)

Most soapmakers have a pile of soaps at their sinks and in their showers and bathtubs. We simply have to try out new scents, try new oils and butters in our recipes, check out new coloring techniques, and experiment in dozens of ways. After we make, we must try out the results! Recently, one of my packaged soaps had an accident with liquid...the labels were ruined, and since there was a hole in the shrink wrap, the soap got wet...what a perfect time to...

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Lighting the Christmas Fires...

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (1)

It is funny how a meme can polarize Facebook. right now I am seeing many versions of the "Throw the fake gifts on the fire to scare your kids into behaving" meme...and boy are reactions varied!

Now, I confess that I laughed, because it really is kind of funny in a dark and slightly warped way, but I do understand why some people are upset, just not for the same reasons. Most of them seem to be worried about their children's delicate psych...

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Do They Stay or Do They Go?

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (1)

I am often asked questions about how we decide which does are on the sales list each year. I was going through some old files and found one of the original letters I wrote on this topic, and decided it was time to pull it out, dust it off, rewrite, and slap it up on a wall! Every herd should have a plan- why they pick their breed, their does, their bucks, and why each goat stays or goes. The plan is a living document- goals are met, plans fail, things need to be reassessed...

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Tall & Skinny- But Not Much Shimmy

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)
The Soapy Challenge between myself and Erin Healy for January was the Tall & Skinny Shimmy... and it turned out to be much harder for me than I thought it would be! Amy Warden's Great Cakes Soap Works Soap Challenge had fantastic entries for this challenge last year, and the designs from the guest teacher from that challenge,
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January Surprises!

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


When *B Wingwood Farm Lucky Mario came to us for lease last fall, he went into a pen with his former herdmate, *B Tecosa Play It Forward. That turned out to become challenge for both of them to figure out how to jump the fence to get into the doe pen for a couple hours of chaos. (We now have a pen with an 8 ft high fence that my husband calls Jurassic Park for bucks that practice parkour!) We thought that only Temperance and maybe Harmony had been in season that d...

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How We Heat Treat Colostrum

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Almost all of the kids born here are raised on CAE prevention, which means they are taken away from their dam at birth and bottle fed heat treated colostrum and pastuerized milk. They are usually raised apart from adult does until at least weaning, and usually longer. (Exceptions are our Boer herd and occassionally dairy goats whose new owners want them to dam raise.)

We are frequently asked how to heat treat colostrum- this is the method that works ...

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A Friendly Challenge

Posted on November 28, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes soap makers join in challenges to try new design techniques or ingredients. One of my former students and now friend, Erin Healy of Edenn Valley Soaps, and I agreed this past week to attempt a personal soap challenge face-off once a month, starting with a 'Clyde Slide', due Friday, November 27, 2015. For our first challenge I am using a dupe of Cool Citrus Basil and Erin is doing Tropical Vacation, both with a color scheme of aqua, green, yellow, and orange.

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A Tragic Day

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (10)


On July 2nd, at 3 am, I heard a goat cry. I ran to the back porch with a bright light, trying to pinpoint which pen I would be running for- Bruno was standing in the middle of Moxie's pen, and even at the end of a flashlight beam I could see she was obviously bloated. I ran back into the house to wake Rebah to help me and to grab all of my doctoring supplies. When Rebah reached the pen, less than 3 minutes later, Bruno was already gone.



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