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Friday, October 31, 2014

bath fizzies

Happy birthday to tow of my fabulous daughter-in-laws, Sara and Brandi.  Our family is much better with you as part of it.
I've tried to make bath fizzies several times without success.  It comes down to a delicate balance of enough moisture to hold them together, but dry enough to not set off the chemical reaction that makes them fizz.  A mix of equal parts citric acid and baking soda are the main components.  You can then add in corn starch, sea salt and any of the healing oils that you like.  After that is mixed together you add in sprays of witch hazel just until the mix will clump together, color and fragrance can be added if you want.  I press mine into mini cupcake pans and let them sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours.  To remove I tap the pan firmly on the counter covered with wax paper. em let that dry several days before packaging.  Kids love these but they are even better for adults who can appreciate the relaxation and skin softening effects.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a no plan day

 Andy and I both work hard.  He works 50-60 hours a week at his real job and is on call 24/7.  I spend many hours each week on VCB, volunteering, school and re-purposing projects to sell.  Our weekends are filled with family, shows, errands and home projects.  When the rare free weekend day pops up we try to spend at least part of that day with no work plans.  That's exact;y what we did last Saturday.  We finished our regular chores pretty early and decided to hop in the car and go for a ride.  No agenda, no errands, no places we normally go.  We just drove where we felt like going.  We saw beautiful fall color, farmers harvesting, old  houses, cemeteries and long winding roads.  If it looked interesting we spent the time checking it out.  We ended up in the town of Casey about 30 miles from home at lunch time.  This was a sleepy farm town that is trying to revitalize itself with tourism.  Someone had the idea to make the worlds largest wind chime and put it on display.  After that it was the worlds largest golf tee, knitting needles and next the worlds largest rocking chair.  It is amazing how many people will get off the interstate while traveling to come and see something like that.  Bravo to the brilliant minds that thought of the whole project and the city for supporting and promoting the whole idea.
It's so easy with our busy lives to just let that take over and miss the small stuff along the way.  Just my way of saying take time to stop and smell the roses.
certified the worlds largest wind chimes, yes they work.

long winding roads on a sleepy Saturday

ringing the chimes

they've started on the rocking chair

Monday, October 27, 2014

cider pumpkin bread

It's not very hard to take a basic box mix and make it even better with the addition of just a couple of different ingredients.  I took a pumpkin bread box mix, used apple cider instead of water and added a cup of chopped pecans.  When the bread was ready to serve I made up a bowl of honey butter to slather on top. Just soften a stick of butter and add 2T of honey.  YUM with some redeeming nutritional value, the pumpkin is full of fiber and vitamins after all.

Friday, October 24, 2014

hospital show

Kathy and I had our first VCB show of the season this last weekend.  It was at the local hospital and very well attended.  We have several new products and have redone most of our set up.  Lots of work, long hours, friendly vendors and great crowd, you can't ask for better than that.

new set up

ollapsible shelf unit, these were the hit of the show.  Several vendors took pictures and asked lots of questions on how to make them.  AH made these and when apart they are easy for us to carry

Old doors, wreaths and chalk board banner

soap display too high and will rethink for the next show

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tybee Island

One afternoon while in Savannah we decided to go to Tybee island about 20 miles away.  Although the town is full of vacation rental property it isn't as commercialized as Savannah.  There aren't streets full of shops and souvenirs.  We checked out the ocean, walked along the public beach, drove down a one way street and were told by the police to turn and leave because it was a closed movie set and visited the working light house.  It was a nice way to spend an afternoon and I'd rent a house on here for a vacation anytime.

beach dune


These birds were so use to people they would come right up to you looking for food


Monday, October 20, 2014

more Savannah

On the last full day we were in Savannah we were ready for less crowds, hustle and bustle.  We didn't make a plan, just headed south towards the Atlantic ocean.  We decided we would just stop at things that looked interesting. Our first stop was at the coastal botanical gardens. It was started to do studies on what would grow best in the hot Georgia weather.  Along the way they started planting bamboo groves to study the uses for this amazing grass.
After we left the gardens we just kept going south and came across a great old fashioned southern food restaurant.  When you go by a place that is packed with a waiting line at 11 am, you know the food is probably good, and it was.  We also hit a couple of resale shops. unfortunately everything I loved was just too big to carry back on the plane or too expensive to ship home,sigh.
One of the things I had really wanted to do while in Savannah was visit a plantation home.  Unfortunately one close to the city wasn't open and the other had terrible reviews about nasty workers and uninteresting tours.  We just ran into the Hwoful-Broadfield plantation just off the coast.  This is a state historic site and absolutely beautiful..After watching the short film about the history we toured the home and out buildings.  We spent hours there in this fascinating historical site.  The property was a land grant to the family in the 1700's by the king of England.  It was originally a rice plantation, then cotton and finally a dairy.  The place stayed in the same family until the death of the last member in 1973 when it was given to the state of Georgia.  At it's height the plantation owned 240 slaves and farmed 2700 acres.  About 70 miles south of Savannah and definitely off the beaten path this place is well worth the time to go and check it out.

The path visitors would take to the house

smoke house

goat house

the house like anything state owned needs work, lacks funds

house with screened back porch

slave quarters built as duplex with a shred chimney in the center

living room tea table, they didn't use coffee tables

everything in this home was family owned and kept through the centuries

one of the sisters bedrooms

sick room kept apart from the main parts of the house this is about the size of my bathroom 5X8
Some times the unplanned travels can bring the best surprises, your vacation doesn't have to be filled with plans every second.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Vintage Cottage Beauty has its first show of the season this weekend.  Friday and Saturday 10 17-18 at Sara Bush Hospital in Mattoon, Il.  Come see what we've been mixing up for all your pampering and gift giving needs.

kitchen full of boxes and bags check

check lists, equipment and tools check

new products ready for sale check

YEP it's show time