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Friday, September 21, 2012

I spent the morning blending a new fragrance oil for our fall products. It brings to mind the crunch of leaves in the fall, the freshly turned earth in the fields, a touch of maple and some other fantastic scents. It reminds me of our beautiful country road in the fall and so I have named the scent in its honor - Autumn on the County Line. I made a batch of candles and will post a pic of those when I have the labels. They are sage green and smell so wonderful.

 I usually make soap on Mondays, but I made another batch today using our new fragrance so that it would be cured in time for our October 27 craft show in Carson City.  Here is a pic of it in the mold.  I can't wait to cut it tomorrow!

Saint Matthew, apostle and evangelist - Feast

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:9-13.
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Here is the Cranberry and Spiced fig cut up. It looks a lot different doesn't it? I smells wonderful!!   I did a combo of "in-the-pot" swirl, plus I went in with the bottom of a wire coat hanger and rotated that a bit.

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr († 305)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 7:31-35.

Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.' For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, 'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's been a while since I've blogged. We've been really busy with Christmas stockings. Our stocking season started a bit early this year and I have been swamped with making them.  So far we have sold 121, but I have also made about 60 bottoms so I really didn't slack off on my vow to have stockings made by this fall.  Another shop posted that they received their issue of the Country Sampler - the October issue which is where our ad is so we shall see what we shall see.

I had Meghan, Madison, and Garrett this morning.  We went for a walk.  They like to snitch corn from Grandpa's field. 

The last two weeks I've gone down to the Cathedral to sing in the diocesan choir.  I don't usually do it in the fall because we are so strapped for time as it is, but as is indicative of the Church in general, choir membership is down and there was a need.

I haven't made soap in a couple of weeks so today after the kids went home, I mixed my lye water.  Tonight I made a batch of Cranberry and Spiced Fig.  I love this scent.  It smells very Christmasy.  I also ordered a new fragrance oil that I am excited to try.   Here is the Cranberry and Spiced Fig in the mold.  Tomorrow I'll post of pic of it cut up.  It will look quite different than what you might expect.


Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

Saint(s) of the day : Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop (1488-1555)                                                                                                                                                                  Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 7:11-17.
Soon afterward he journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, "Do not weep."
He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!"
The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, "A great prophet has arisen in our midst," and "God has visited his people."
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.