This afternoon we went to the first Cudgewa twilight christmas market, it started at 4:00 in the Cudgewa Hall. During a quiet period Ayala and Sarah went around with the camera.
Of course I had to show you the soaps first.
This is the gingerbread house that we made. Kath made the gingerbread, and the Sarah and I decorated it while Ayala and Kath went to Albury shopping. We didn't make it to sell but just as decoration. And it worked, it was only basic as you can see but it was different and eye catching so people came to look. As we were packing up we broke it up and shared it around.
This is the girls food stall.
All but 2 cupcakes sold and all the coconut ice
and fudge went.
For all the new food fads the
good old coconut ice is still a firm favourite.
Carol Hawk makes all this beautiful jewellery,
it was great for a few christmas pressies.
She also takes beautiful wildlife and landscape photos.
We didn't get any good photos of that.
A selection from the new Cudgewa Store.
Our wonderful Snowy Mountains Olive Oil, which I buy lots of to make my soap.
We are having a beautiful wet and lazy Sunday here in the stunning Upper Murray. It is one of those days where you just want to curl up with a movie or a good book. I thought about making some more soap after I got out all the hearts and cupcakes yesterday to see how many gift baskets I could make up with them and discovering that I did not have as many as I thought but I need to ring my neighour and on farm butcher to get some more fat to render down, I am also low on olive oil, and coconut oil. The coconut oil is easy it is in the supermarket fridge. The olive oil is a bit harder as Dot has been very ill for quite a while. Thankfully she is slowly recovering. Alan has been spending a lot of time at her bedside, I think this time has been harder for him than her. Hence I have not felt like chasing up olive oil. So no soap making for me today. But Kath decided, well I decided for her, that she should make me some recycled paper baskets for our soap gift packs. I already have an order for 5 of them, so I had better get moving.I did take some photos but I am not on my computer and this laptop does not want to load them. So they will have to wait a bit.
Next weekend is the Upper Murray Farmers Market, hopefully the weather will be fine for it. And I hope we see lots of visitors to it.
November is shaping up to be a busy month. We started with the Upper Murray Farmers Market on the 7th. I love doing the farmers market, meeting new people and catching up with friends and neighbours in a relaxed atmosphere. The weather was beautiful, and of course we forgot the camera. The local photographer was there as always, but I wasn't quick enough to ask him to email me some photos. Maybe next time. We also had a stall at the Weekend of Wonders, which is an arts, music and poetry weekend at Tintaldra, Walwa and Jinjellic, which are 3 tiny towns on the Murray. It would have been a wonderful weekend if the weather had been fine, but instead it rained and the forecast was for floods, so in light of the flooding we had already had this spring lots of people decided to stay at home. Mark and I also had to take a drive to Tumbarumba one day, so while we were there I could not let the opportunity pass to visit the farm where we buy our essential oil. Mick and Karen Clifford at Rosewood essential oils grow and distill their own Lavender, Kunzea, eucalyptus and peppermint oils. I have bought oils over the internet from them and had always wanted to visit but even though they are only an hours drive away it always seems to be in the wrong direction. We were not disapointed to see their farm, it is only small but it showed us how you don't have to have a big expensive set up to make a quality product. The Tumbarumba area is beautiful and well worth a drive and I highly recommend the bakerys pepper steak pie. Hopefully next time we drive up there we will male the time to see the Mannus Dam that burst during the last flood.
So because I now have restocked my oils, I have been busy making more lavender soap, see post below, and restocking the Aussie Bush soap which I made with goats milk this time instead of cows milk, I also made a small lot of plain Kunzea soap, just to see how it would sell. I'm not sure if I will continue that line as the Kunzea is very expensive. I'm also looking for some Sandalwood oil as I have had request for it, that will be a very expensive soap. But we will see if I am game enough to spend that much money, and then charge accordingly.
Finally I have managed to buy some more lavender essential oil from Karen and Mick at Rosewood essential oils. So now I have lavender soap again.
I have enricned this with milk and almond meal, and as always it is made with Alan and Dot Evans' Snowy Mountains Organic Olive Oil. So it is beautiful and creamy, and the almond meal makes it gently exfoliating.
$4.50 per bar, $3.50 per cupcake
Beautiful creamy, soap made with Cows milk, Snowy Mountains Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Beef Render, and scented with Kunzea, Eucalyptus and Lemon Tea Tree essential oils. Colouring is green ultra marine, and fresh eucalyptus leaves.
100g bars $4.50 ea
Goats milk soap that smells like a walk through a spring cottage garden.
Made with Goats milk, honey, Beef Render, Snowy Mountains Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and scented with spearmint, mandarin, clove essential oil, and rose, dewberry, peach musk fragrant oil, colouring red and green ultra marine, titanium dioxide and calundula petals.
PURE OLIVE OIL
This soap is creamy, but won't lather much as it is only made from Organic Snowy Mountains Olive Oil, Kalamata variety. with some Eucalyptus and Kunzea for scent.
Nothing else was added, I just wanted to leave it as pure as I could.
These are great fun for kids, they have a fun dewberry scent, and the red ultramarine colour draws on your skin, before it washes off, and then leaves the water a pretty red colour.
Ingredients: Olive oil, Cows milk, Beef render, Coconut oil, Sodium Hydroxide, White colouring (titanium dioxide), red ultramarine.
CHOC PEPPERMINT CREAM
Super creamy, and super sweet, enriched with honey, cocoa, cream and the Upper Murray's own Colac Colac Peppermint Oil, this soap looks and smells good enough to eat.
Other ingredients are: Olive oil, beef render, coconut oil, Sodium Hydroxide.
Champagne and Orange
How romantic, creamy milk soap, with Orange essential oil and Champagne fragrant oil.
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beef render, Coconut oil, Cows Milk, Sodium Hydroxide, Orange zest, red and yellow ultramarine (colouring).