The most wonderful time of the year…

Posted by on October 8, 2012 at 11:53 am.

Fall and winter are my most favorite times of the year. I love the cool weather, and to be honest I cannot tell you which season I like the most…

Autumn brings along the changing of the foliage…which is lovely I must say, and gives me a chance to take numerous photos. Winter is always magical with a nice dusting or whole heap of snow. It’s makes a perfect excuse for my daughter and I to gather around out wood stove with a board game, good book, or something crafty while we create Smores, or I prepare food cooked on our wood stove.

Autumn is also a time for planting of fall crops, Hallows End (within World of Warcraft), and it’s when I do most of my soapmaking. This fall (since I’m working a few hours weekly out of the home) I most likely won’t do my fall soapmaking until next month. I use a variety of ingredients in soapmaking, but standard items are essential oils, and a variety of herbs/flowers that I grow in our yard.Β  Naturally I have people that I’ll be gifting with handmade soap.

If you haven’t used handmade soap, you really should. In many cases it’s much gentler than the soap you’d purchase from a store, and it tends to do a much better job of conditioning and keeping your skin soft too. Lye, a caustic chemical that is used in most soapmaking, is made harmless through a bit of chemistry. Did you know you can neutralize a lye spill by applying vinegar to the affected area.Β  I must say I get a chuckle at some of the anti-acrylic yarn rants that center around “I don’t use man-made yarns because they use caustic chemicals”. I’m guessing some of the same ones going on that tangent use the traditional soaps, laundry detergents that use those ‘caustic chemicals.

Naturally I’ll be gifting a few people with my homemade soap, including a few of my blog pals like Nicole (Happy Birthday Nicole!) and of course Curls & Q.

 

 

 

7 Comments

  • Nicky says:

    I love this time of year too! That song is one of my Christmas favourites!

    LOLOL!!!! Your assessment of some of the anti-acrylic rants made me smile. More than soap — what about some of the food that’s consumed by the masses. You can’t even pronounce some of the ingredients!!! That goes into your body — I’m thinking that might more detrimental to a person than the use of acrylic yarn! But … I could be wrong … πŸ˜€
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Nicky,
    It’s one of my favorites too. I love the movie, White Christmas.

    Oh yeah the anti-acrylic rants make me giggle, I sometimes reply that natural fibers use caustic substances in their cleaning process too, lol. Which is true depending on where you purchase your natural yarn.

    Oh yeah so many chemicals out there, and while I try to avoid them when possible, I realize that they are part of the modern life.
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  • Jennifer says:

    Hiya! I’m going to be emailing you at some point today! Been thinking of ya! Hope you are doing well and enjoying your new job! Looking forward to your soap making, too!

    I have dropped a few teams I was on for crafting but am still on 2. I have also picked up a few new things I am doing and really working on my diet changes! I’m having wonderful luck with it so far!

    PLUS…it’s super busy with our Wildtree Business! For weeks now and thru the end of the year we have something going on each weekend and then some!!! PLUS a party next weekend for my mom πŸ™‚
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer, Of course you are on the soapmaking list, not sure if I’ll be able to get to it before mid Thanksgiving, but we’ll see, then of course I’ll have to let it cure for at least a month, so I most likely won’t be gifting people with my soap until around Christmas, which I think is perfect. πŸ˜‰
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  • suituapui says:

    Christmas is round the corner eh? I love autumn…seems so romantic, the leaves turning gold and orange and falling in the breeze.
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    Opal Reply:

    Autumn is lovely @suituapui, I still need to take time and take pictures of some of the lovely leaves I’m seeing. I believe I’ll do that after work today.
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  • This time of year is my favorite too! I live in Southern California, and definitely wish we had some snow here on occasion though! I’m jealous! πŸ™‚

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