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About countrygirlbling

I am a 55 years young, divorced (many years) mom of 2 great kids. My son is 28 years old & my daughter is 24. They are both out on their own forging through life as successful, functioning adults . . . a mother's dream! I hope that my blog and my experiences will encourage you & give you hope. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

Olivia Tye Soap Co.

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While I was in Texas we went out to the ranch.  Jena (Robin’s daughter) showed me how she makes her goat’s milk soap. I love this stuff – so creamy, dreamy!

Getting things ready – that’s Jena and the little muffin girl is her youngest daughter, Olivia – which is who the soap company was named after. We’re out in the shop making the soap.

First we add the goat’s milk which Jena freezes until needed.  Olivia decided to help and steal one for herself to eat.  Frozen like a popsicle, she loves goat’s milk.

Setting the goat’s milk aside . . . she then added all the oils.  That solid one on top is the shea butter.

While the oils were coming up to the right temperature, she added the lye to the goat’s milk which produces a heat reaction that helps melt the milk.

Once the oils & milk are within 10 degrees of each other, it’s time to add them together including the essential oils (in the little bowl).

Smells soooo good – she’s making Lemon Poppyseed so once everything was combined she added the poppy seeds.

Then she poured the soap into the molds.  See the little poppy seeds?

Yay!  She’ll leave it in the molds for 48 hours, then remove them and let them cure before she cuts them and gets them ready to ship out!  Thank you Jena it was really fascinating!  So fun to see the process – love your soap!!  Here is Jena’s link if you interested: https://www.oliviatye.com

Oklahoma or Bust – Pioneer Woman

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I flew to Texas last week to spend some time with my Texas Bestie – Robin.  We took a road trip to Pahuska, Oklahoma to visit “The Mercantile”!

4 1/2 hours later we made it!

Love the marquee sign!

The food was amazing!  It was fun to see the transformation of this building in person.  Following Ree’s blog and all the decisions they made along the way was pretty neat, but in person – wow.  The building is beautiful and the transformation is truly phenomenal.

Everything was so colorful.  Some neat stuff but have to say that we were super disappointed that there wasn’t more stuff with her logo on it.  And I didn’t want to spend money of stuff I could just buy somewhere else.   They’ve been open less than a year so maybe the logo stuff will be added in time.

Overall it was a great road trip!  Thanks for a great adventure Robin!

I realized that in a matter of 48 hours I had slept in 3 different states, lol.

DIY Knob Hanger

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I’ve been wanting some knobs in my closet to hang clothes on.  I had some pink crystally knobs I found clearanced at Hobbs a couple years ago.  Had a couple knobs left over from the shelf I hung in my bathroom and bought a few more at Hobbs last week when they were 50% off (Hobbs = Hobby Lobby).  Also found this pre-made wood slat hanger for $18 (using my 40% off coupon, of course, lol).  It was worth $18 to me NOT to have to go buy the wood, chop the wood and sand the wood.

I painted every other slat with simple craft paint.

Then Modge-Podge’d scrapbook paper onto the other slats.  Just squirted the Modge Podge on and smoothed it out with a sponge brush.  Once the paper was down I added a Modge Podge coat to the top and also a coat to the painted slats so they all had the same matte finish.  FYI – printed cardstock was a bit better to use verses regular scrapbook paper.  The paper worked just fine but if you’re a picky – the paper can wrinkle (i thought it added more character) but the cardstock is thicker so it didn’t wrinkle.

Then I took it outside to my work table, better known as my picnic table and sanded off the edges and a bit off the top of the boards.

I wanted them to look a little aged so I added some “Burnt Umber” paint (it’s outdoor paint but I already had it).  I watered it down a bit but that wasn’t enough. So . . .

I sponge brushed it on the edges (red board) and then used a wet paper towel to wipe it off – wiping over the whole board.  The floral on right is already done.

These boards are brown washed.  It’s kind of like scrapbooking when you rub the edges of your paper with a brown ink pad. The sheen is still on the boards from the Matte Modge Podge but the edges look a little worn with the brown paint.

Got my drill & paddle bit out and added my knobs!  LOVE IT!!!!

Here are some close up pics . . . It’s a very easy, fun and not expensive project to do!  This pre-made wood slat is about 30″ long but Hobbs has a great variety of pre-made wood projects. I want to make more!!!

Happy Day after Mother’s Day!

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Jason, Tara and the kids came by yesterday to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day.  Tara made me this fabulous smelling soap and milk bath!  Can’t wait to try it out!!   Mother’s Day with Amie is happening when I get back from Texas!!  Going to see my Texas Bestie and Ree Drummond!  Thank again Tara & I love the jar and scoop too!