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Saturday, 28 January 2017

CRBA Capital Region Beekeepers Association Demo Recipes

Jentle Soaps
CRBA Honey and Beeswax Beauty Crafting Demo Recipes

Krissy's Bath Bombs
1 c. Sodium Bicarb (baking soda)
1/2 c. Citric Acid
1/2. C. Cornstarch
2 T. Coconut Oil
2 t. Honey
1 t. Melted Beeswax
1 t. Water
2 t. Scent (eg. Lemongrass Essential Oil)
Mix bicarb, citric and cornstarch. In separate bowel mix melted coconut oil, honey, beeswax, water and scent. Combine wet and dry. Quickly and firmly pack into moulds. Tip out carefully and allow to dry overnight.

Honey Soap
1 lb honey melt and pour soap
3 T. Honey
4 T. Honey cappings
2 tsp. Almond essential oil or fragrance of your choice

Melt soap in microwave at 2 min intervals. Add cappings and essential oils once the soap begins to cool to a thick consistency. Pour into moulds. Once it hardens, slice into bars.

Honey Bee Lotions
Honey Foot Cream: 2 T. Multibase EL 1/2 t. Honey
Warm all ingredients together in microwave. Mix well. 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Light Honey Lotion: 1/4 c. Multibase Easy Lotion 1 c. Water 1 T. Honey
Warm all together in microwave. Mix well. Add up to 1 t. Lavender Essential Oil.

Honey Mist/Hair Conditioner: 1/4. c. Multibase EL , 2 c. Honey tea (2 c. Water 1 t. Honey) 4 drops Ylang ylang essential oil. Warm all together and mix well until incorporated. Pour into a mister and use to hydrate the skin when required.

Honey Sugar Scrub
1 c. Granulated sugar, 1/2 c. Honey 1/4 c. Coarse sugar 1 T. Multibase EL
Mix together well. Add water to give the scrub a paste consistency. Use in shower to exfoliate.

For private classes, supplies/ingredients contact Jen Olson jenspice1@yahoo.ca

For more recipes: www.blogspot.jentlesoaps.com

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Rabbit breeding calculator

<iframe src="http://caitlinscritters.com/cgi-bin/breedingCalculator.cgi?bgcoloroverride=ffcc99&txcoloroverride=663300" scrolling="no"width="610" height="550" frameborder="0">Your browser doesn't support IFRAMES. You may access the calculator <a href="http://caitlinscritters.com/cgi-bin/breedingCalculator.cgi">here</a></iframe> Since this one doesn't seem to work here is the original publisher...Thanks to Caitlans Critters!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Fattest Little Rex

We recently had a litter of Rex have one surviving kit. He is so fat the kids call him Rhino. So cute and so healthy. He's just starting to wander about, despite having pudgy little legs, LOL...gotta go get him to cuddle now...


He loves to cuddle and has just snuggled into my cardigan. Can you believe Summer is starting to cool off?

Monday, 17 August 2015

More with Honey

The bees are working hard at fighting the wasps right now and all of my hives have managed to put up stores for the winter and continue to stockpile the honey. We're feeding right now due to the low nectar flow and they are just sucking it back at an alarming rate in some colonies. What am I going to do with all that honey? Well, I'll be making some wonderful cosmetics and eating quite a bit of it as well of course!

Here is a lovely lip licker balm for those of you who love honey....

Honey Lick Gloss

5 ml  honey
10 ml jojoba
20 ml fractionated coconut oil (liquid)


Mix together well. Add to a roller ball container. Shake before using. Adding a few silver balls of shot help to mix it easily.

Using Color in Cosmetics



Recently I've been asked about what to use for coloring soap and cosmetics. Here is a simple way to understand the lingo of colorant application...

Colorant: Extensively used in cosmetic preparations most notably the food colors. FD&C means it can be used in food, drug or cosmetic applications. D&C before a color means it can only be used as a drug or cosmetic colorant. Avoid the use of toxic colorants not associated with the food and drug notation. I prefer to use natural ingredients such as cinnamon, coffee, turmeric and other spices as a colorant. Some clays and even chlorophyll are also used as colorant in my soap and cosmetic preparations.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Beautiful Spring Eggs

My ducks and chickens have been laying so many eggs! Check out the beautiful colors...





The birds are definitely in sync with Spring. Our Muscovy hen has even built herself a cozy nest and may be expecting baby ducklings soon. She tried in the Winter but had no success. Here she is cozy in the duck house...





Our chickens however managed to hatch one of her Winter eggs and the beautiful result is Waffle...she's a beautiful little hen with a spot of black on her head. We just love our urban barnyard animals!



I found the best appetizer for using up our eggs from Healthy Nibbles and Bits... Guacamole Deviled Eggs...


http://healthynibblesandbits.com/guacamole-deviled-eggs/

Thanks Lisa!

For those of you interested in raising meat rabbits here is a good site to get you started...

Rise and Shine Rabbitry

Saturday, 3 January 2015

English Angora Fiber Available for Spinning/Felting Arts and Crafts

I have several bags of English Angora Fleece currently available. It's super soft and comes in a variety of grades...

Grooming White: This fiber comes from grooming my Red Eyed White English Angora with a slicker brush and a detangle comb. There are lots of long (3-4 inch) fibers and may contain some felted tangles and cut grooming pieces. This fiber should be carded prior to spinning to remove any unwanted bits. Rabbits are naturally very clean but this is raw fiber and may contain hay or other impurities. Each lot is as pictured. $10 per oz


Grooming Faun:This fiber comes from grooming my Faun Colored English Angora with a slicker brush and a detangle comb. If you prefer pulled Angora fiber this is where you will find it. There are lots of long (3-4 inch) fibers and may contain some felted tangles and cut grooming pieces. This fiber should be carded prior to spinning to remove any unwanted bits. Rabbits are naturally very clean but this is raw fiber and may contain hay or other impurities. Each lot is as pictured. $10 per oz


Full Fleece Baby: This is a groomed whole baby rabbit fleece with a minimum of 4 inch fiber. It is cut fleece and fairly free of felts or impurities. Premium Quality Fiber. This fiber comes from the first cutting my Angoras receive. Comes in White and Coloured (Faun, Blue,Black, Chocolate). Baby Angora Fleece is the softest fiber an angora produces and only available once per rabbit. $20


Full Fleece Mature Adult:This is a groomed whole adult rabbit fleece with a minimum of 4 inch fiber. It is cut fleece and fairly free of felts or impurities. Premium Quality Fiber. This raw fiber English Angora fleece is a cut whole adult bunny fleece. Comes in White and Coloured (Faun, Blue,Black, Chocolate) available once every 4 months (approx) per rabbit. $15

Available now...

White Baby Angora Fleece
Faun Baby Angora Fleece
White Grooming Angora (mixed adult and baby fiber)
Faun Grooming Angora (adult fiber only)

Please email me at jenspice1@yahoo.ca if you are interested in my Raw English Angora Fiber

These fibers come from my pet bunnies who spend more time in the house than the hutches...




Fawn- Won 2nd Place at the Saanich Fair 2014



Roz- Won best of breed at the VIRBA 2014 Spring Show









Doctor-Won Best of Opposite at VIRBA Spring Show


Blue Berry (Blue English Angora Doe)-TBA

William



Valentine 

None of these bunnies are for sale just their fiber.

We do have English Angora white REW bucks available now as pets. We don't sell does (females) to pet owners. Males are more calm and make better pets. You must fill out an application to adopt one of our English Angora Rabbit babies. $150