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Anyone seen Bob the Builder, Handy Manny, or Fix It Felix Jr?

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If you have seen any of the aforementioned handymen, please be sure to send them my way.

I talked about my to do list a few weeks ago and how there never seems to be enough time to do all that I need to.  In fact I have discovered as a business owner that as soon as I check one item off of my to-do list I add two more. Which leads me to the title of this article, I need a Bob, Manny, or Felix pronto.

My first day at the Dallas Farmers Market went well. I was pleased with my product display overall but now looking back I found myself coming up with ideas to make things better. This led me to think about my office and I came up with some things I can tweak on my office/workroom/sewing room. Things I need.

1. Ribbon Holder

2. Soap staircase

3. Soap mold

Project 1: Ribbon Holder

I have wanted a ribbon holder for some time. I have used ribbon to tie around my candles. I have used 2 colors of ribbon around my tiles. And I continue to use ribbons in my crafts. I wanted something that keeps all of the ribbon in one place. It also needs to be ready for me to pull off a length of ribbon, cut, and use. I have seen a number of ideas to do just that but they are not a good fit for me. I have seen mason jars filled with colorful spools of ribbon in a variety of colors and designs. (It was pretty but not practical for the easy access). I have seen spools on a paper towel type roll but the middle dowel is too large and most of the ones I saw were mounted on a wall or under cabinets. That wouldn’t work for me as I want to be able to move from room to room.

Finally I found just what I needed at JoAnn‘s. It was a wooden box with an open top and it had a dowel down the middle for the ribbon spools. It was nice but a teeny expensive. I figured it wouldn’t be too complex to make at home and save a few dollars.

Project 2: Soap Staircase

I have been looking at a lot of soap displays and there are so many choices. My husband I have just decided on our label and our wrapping and I wanted a display that would make the total package look good. I think that the staircase display would be the best fit for my needs. So now I need my handyman to figure out the dimensions I need to display my soap.

Project #3 Soap Molds

The last thing I need to make my business run smoother is a couple more soap molds for my cold-pressed soap. I have a rectangular one pretty standard size that is a little over 3 ½ pound mold. I have a square mold that is an 8 pound mold. I am pleased with both but wouldn’t mind a few more option in case I decide to double a recipe or two.

All in the projects aren’t too complex and wouldn’t be a challenge for any handyman to complete. Luckily for me I have a wonderful husband who says he would love to help me with my projects. Here’s a big “Thank You” to Christopher my fantastic husband for helping me make projects to make my life easier.

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Making Soap is Fun

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I made some cold-pressed soap last night.  It won’t be ready to sell at the Dallas GA Farmer’s Market on my first day of the selling season but I will have enough melt-and-pour soap and candles for opening day.  I hope this first batch of cold-pressed soap using a new recipe comes out okay.  I should be able to unmold it tonight and cut it as long as it has firmed up. My husband built for me a new soaping table so I could have plenty of room to spread out for my soaping activities.  There are also some pictures of the soap process from last night also.

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This is me waiting for the lye mixture to cool down below 150 degrees F

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This is the lye and water mixture cooking.

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Coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil mix before the lye was added.

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Disclaimer:

If you are new to soap making  please do not attempt this process when children or pets are about as lye is highly caustic. When lye is mixed with water it heats up. If it comes into contact with your skin or eyes, rinse immediately with cool water. If you spill it on any surface, wash it immediately or it will corrode. Keep a jug of vinegar nearby to help neutralize any spills. When mixing the lye and water together, keep your face away from the container and ensure you are working in a well-ventilated area. Use safety equipment such as latex gloves, safety glasses, an apron and a mask when handling lye at least until you are experienced at which point you can make an informed decision for yourself. Once the lye solution and oils have been mixed together and saponified, the solution is neutralized and no longer caustic.”

These are the molds that I used.  We only used the wooden mold (the long one) but I am always prepared in case I make too much soap for the mold.  I’ll post some pics once I unmold it and cut the soap.

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