Category Archives: Friends

Olivia Tye Soap Co.


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:

Sign Language by Laura


Laura is a friend of Amie’s and we love Laura.  Besides being an overall great person, she is a sign maker!  I have some of her holiday signs and I was lucky enough to have her make me a custom sign for my bathroom – because it’s my favorite place in the whole house.  I gave her the dimensions and the color ideas that I had and VOILA!!!  It’s gorgeous! It’s perfect! And it’s exactly what I wanted!!!  Thank you Laura!!!

Here is her Facebook page – she does random “Restock” sales where you too could have an awesome sign!  She lives in the “Springs” so if you live locally and you’re lucky enough to get one of her signs I could probably get it up here for you.

Christmas Challenge Winner


This is my cousin, Laura who was the winner of the Christmas Challenge.  It was her awesome Christmas Porch that won – I asked her to send me a pic with her prize – a Christmas Vanilla EOS.  Thanks for participating Laura, we loved your porch!!

AND the WINNER is . . . . .



Yeah – it’s my cousin, Laura!   She is a quilter and made those quilts (I’m assuming!).  People loved the quilts, the sled and the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree – Congrats, Laura!!!!  You’re treat is on the way!  THANK YOU EVERYONE for taking the time to participate!!  Just an FYI – there was a tie for 2nd Place between #3/Mia & #4/My mom!

#1 – Rich Anderson (Mia’s dad)

#2 – Judy (My friend in Cali)

#3 – Mia (my friend & co-worker)

#4 – My Mom (she lives in Albuquerque)

#5 – Laura (My cousin in Cali)

#6 – Kelly (My friend in Cali – Sherry’s sister)

#7 – Wendy (My friend in Cali – Sherry & Kelly’s mom)

#8 – Sherry (My friend in Cali – She built that fireplace by herself!)

#9 – Kim (Sherry’s friend in Cali)

#10 – Amie (My daughter)