Patience Is A Virtue….

8 Jul

Second Attempt at Candles and First Attempt at Soap

…That I do not possess. It’s getting aggravating to watch the housing market continue to stumble. And it’s equally aggravating waiting for that perfect house to pop onto the market.  I’ve got all these great ideas and visions in my head of our perfect homestead, and I’ve got nowhere to go with them. It moments like these when I wish I believed in playing the lottery so I could win (haha) and build my own perfect home. Or even have the cash to fix up something that is almost, but not quite there.

To keep myself from going crazy, I’ve dived into the “make your own” craze.  And you know what? It’s really fun! So far I’ve attempted my own candles. I haven’t gotten the scent to wax ratio quite right yet, but I’m getting there. I’ve got a nice looking that candle that burns great, but has no scent. But hey, practice makes perfect right? Making my own soap is next.

A word on making soap. If you look up any recipe for making soap, you can see that you’d be playing with some caustic stuff. Enough so that they suggest you wear gloves and goggles. However, if you want to avoid giving  yourself serious burns, or maybe damaging your kitchen, you can head to any craft store, where they have soap making kits. Everything is all mixed together already for you, all you have to do is melt it and mold it. And it’s pretty cheap too.  The same goes for candle making kits. They have all kinds of dyes, scents, and molds.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of opening my own farm stand one day, and I think homemade soaps, candles, and other crafts would make a great addition to the merchandise I want to sell. Considering that we will probably be down to one income in a few years, it’s probably a good idea to have some ways to bring in a few extra dollars.

But, until the day comes when I can really dig my hands in, I’ll keep playing around with what I’ve got!

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