Sunday, October 16, 2011

What a Week

 My apologies for the delay in getting this post up, the SD card with the Henty photos went missing, and I just found it this morning, on the office desk, of course!!!

As the heading says, What a Week, we started with the Corryong Vintage Machinery Rally at the Corryong Show Grounds, the rally went for the whole weekend, but we only attended the Saturday as we needed to spend Sunday packing and getting ready to head to the Henty Machinery Field days on Monday. Mark and Dan spent Sunday enclosing our stock crate on the trailer, it looked great when they were done. It was however very humbling when we turned up to the camp site at the Henty show grounds and had to park amongst new caravans and motor homes, but the first night we were thankful for the trailer as the wind blew hard all night, so we would have blown away had we opted for a tent. On Monday afternoon when we arrived we found out where we had to go and went to set up. We had been placed in a shed that the organisers decided to make a feature shed, so we were sharing the shed with the Wagga Lighting Store, Smitten, which is a family owned clothing company designing and making beautiful pure wool clothing, gecko decko which is a store that sells metallic wall art of Australian and mythical creatures, and a toy seller, I cant remember what their names were, although I did buy a few Christmas presents from them. Next came the Cudgewa Spring Fair, I had not committed to being there, but decided at the last minute that I would go, when I turned  up I found that they had given my spot to somebody else, which is what I had told them to do so I was placed out side, but right in front of the walk way, so it was a great day, not only for me but for all the other stall holders. Sorry no photos for that day as we forgot to take the camera. Will try to remember for next time.

Here are a few photos, in no particular order, of our time at Henty.

We set up the soap so that all the "cupcakes" and "lattes" were facing the crowd. It really drew people in because they thought I was selling food. Somebody asked me "why do you make it look like food if you cant eat it" I responded "because it is fun". Most people thought it was fun too, and if I can give somebody a laugh or just lighten somebodies day then that is good.

The scene from behind the tables, I have been trying a new way of labeling the soap, the bands always seemed to leech colour into the soap and the paper would look ratty very quickly so I started printing off stickers and putting each variety of soap into paper bags with the appropriate sticker.

A very small selection from Wagga lighting shop.

A pretty cool hand bag from a stall in the lifestyle tent. Could easily be a self defence handbag.

Looking past the soap to our neighbour and his giant bubble wand, when things got a bit slow he would start blowing bubbles or whistling with his bird whistles.

A small part of the crowd.

More bubbles.

Somebody lost their balloons. This was a common scene.


looking past the trailer to the shed that we were camped in front of.

The cupcake and latte soap from behind.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I love presents

OK so it isn't really a present, I had to order it and pay for it so I guess it doesn't count as a present, but is really felt like it was to go to the post office and get the box, then come home and open it. I felt like a kid at Christmas. Well I always do when I order one of these boxes. My favourite shop at the moment is Aussie Soap Supplies, and after our big sell up at Henty and then the Cudgewa Spring Fair, I needed to do a restock of soap, which means that before I can make the soap I had run out of I had to restock the essential oils that I had run out of. Well nearly run out of, any excuse will do.

The excitement is really building, I know exactly what is under this paper, but I still get excited.

Coconut oil. This is what gives soap a really creamy lather. It also tastes great, and as this is a food grade oil, we do eat a bit of it. It is really yummy in smoothies.

2 more bee moulds. the bee shaped soap is really popular, but as I have only ever had one mould thanks to a Christmas present from my beautiful sister, I can only get 6 bars out of each batch, so now I can get 18. Or more if I do guest size soaps.

The essential oils, and a couple of fragrant oils. So we will soon have vanilla and fresh snow back in stock. The lovely people at Aussie Soap Supplies sent me a free sampler of Cranberry Pomegranate, it smells so yummy, I think we will have a new favourite. The green stuff is Olive leaf powder that will be used for green colouring, great for making camo coloured soap with bamboo charcoal.

 Also in this order was Potassium Hydroxide, or for all the chemistry buffs out there KOH. As it is dangerous stuff they are not allowed to post it, but thankfully my wonderful mother was holidaying in the same city so she was able to pick it up for me. Unfortunately I won't see her till about Christmas time. As KOH is the lye agent to make liquid soap all the people who have been after liquid soap will have to wait til some time next year. Hopefully it wont be too hard for me to learn, and the people who get chosen to test it come back with positive feed back, then we should have liquid soap for sale not too late in the new year.