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Meet the Girls – Rebekah

It’s time for our second installment of meet the girls and our chosen girl is Rebekah. She is one of our senior does and her mom was Twilight (one of our first 3 girls). Rebekah is a chamoisee pattern with white and has some of the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen on a goat.

She is our current herd queen and likes to rule over everyone except her best bud, Tinkerbell. While she may not have quite as many antics as Tinkerbell, Rebekah has always been a character here at Wyldewood. If she thinks you have food or treats, she will be all in your space. If she thinks you might be considering catching her for something, then you will never get near her. In her younger days, we called her the Matrix goat. She was known to run along the wall in the barn and jump over the wall of the stalls to get away from you. Luckily, she has settled down quite a bit in her older years.

Rebekah’s other talent is teaching all of our dogs that they don’t want to go in the goat when we are working on things. Rebekah and her mother have made sure all of our dogs give the goats a very wide berth. She is usually the first to put any livestock guardian puppies in their place as well. She gets along great with our senior Great Pyrenees, Sam. He loves to be near the girls, but doesn’t get in their space so Rebekah tolerates him more than any other dog that has ever lived at Wyldewood.

Rebekah

We are hoping for some beautiful babies from Rebekah this spring and I am hoping for at least one girl that I can keep. I would love to have another girl with her beautiful blue eyes so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

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Upcoming events for Wyldewood Soap Works

Christmas Soaping with Wyldewood

We are getting close to Christmas so there are not many more events on the calendar for us. Check out the links below for our last three events of the season. As always if you are not able to catch us out and about, you can always order online or message us.

Saturday, December 7th – Holiday Mart in Trenton, TN at the First Baptist Church. It is from 9am – 3pm and will have lots of great vendors set up.

Saturday, December 14th – Christmas on Main in Tiptonville, TN at the Tiptonville Main Street Center from 10am – 2pm.

Sunday, December 15th – Christmas Soaping with Wyldewood Soap Works will be at All Things Pie and More in Newbern from 1pm – 5pm. All Things Pie and More will have special treats and so will we! Free soap samples and I’m also planning on some other goodies.

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How to Make your Handmade Soap Last Longer

You’ve invested in some wonderful hand made soap, but how do you get the most out of that investment? We’ve compiled some of our favorite methods to help extend the life of your new bar of soap.

  1. Keep soap dry between uses. Your new bar is made from real soap and lots of skin loving oils. Since it is not made with detergents and extra hardeners, it will break down and dissolve if left in standing water. Investing in a good soap dish will allow that extra moisture to drain away. This lets your bar dry thoroughly between uses and will help extend the life of your soap. Check out the wooden soap dishes that we now carry. We also offer a premium wooden soap dish as well.Triangular Dish
  2. Save your scraps! If you are like me, you are not fond of using the tiny slivers at the end of your soap bar, but we do not want to waste any wonderful soap. My favorite solution is to use a soap saver bag. Simply drop in your soap scraps and tighten the drawstring. To use, wet the bag and use like a scrubby. I love the mild exfoliation from the bag too. Soap Saver
  3. Diluting your soap. I will admit that this is not a method that I use. I am a fan of bar soap all the way, but many people enjoy diluting their bar soaps. To do this, you just need to grate your bar of soap. Add approximately one ounce of grated soap to 1 cup of filtered water and leave overnight. The next day, stir until everything is well blended. To use, simply dip your washcloth into the mixture. Personally, I would recommend not letting this mixture sit around more than a few days unless you choose to add some kind of preservative.

So feel free to try any or all of the above ideas to help keep your soap investment lasting as long as possible.

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Meet the Girls – Tinkerbell

I thought it would be fun to introduce a few of the girls here at Wyldewood Soap Works and Farm. One of our older ladies, Tinkerbell, is up first.

Tink is one of our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. She is a buckskin pattern with minimal white and beautiful blue eyes. Her best friend is one of our other senior does, Rebekah. You will learn more about Rebekah in our next “Meet the Girls” blog post.

Around the farm, Tinkerbell is one of our herd queens. She likes to be the boss of everyone and is one of the reasons we have to make everyone spread out at feeding time. Most of our girls are happy to share a single feeding trough, but not Tinkerbell. She thinks she deserves an entire one to herself!

Tinkerbell is also known for hitting anything and everything. Luckily, that doesn’t include people! If you are outside and hear someone hitting the barn, it’s Tinkerbell. Sounds like someone is hitting the fence? It’s Tinkerbell. Stall board broken in the barn? It was Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell
TInkerbell, one of our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

To learn more about Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, check out the Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat Association.

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Ingredient Spotlight – Glycerin

I’m sure we’ve all heard of glycerin soap or you’ve seen the clear soaps at your local store, but do you know what makes it such a good ingredient for body care products? It is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. So when you use a lotion or a soap that contains glycerin, it helps attract moisture from the air to your skin. We love to use a little bit in some of our products. You can also find it in our soaps. One of the great things about hand made soap is that glycerin is a natural by product of the saponification process. The chemical reaction that makes soap also creates glycerin as one of the by-products. It remains in the bars of soap. This is just one of the reasons that hand made soaps are beneficial for your skin.

To check out some of our soaps, go here.

To see some of our lotions, go here.

Glycerin Soap pouring into molds
Close-up image of woman pouring soap mixture into plastic form

On a side note, have you ever had someone tell you that their soap is 100% pure glycerin? It probably contains some, but pure glycerin is a thick, clear fluid. A bar of soap may contain the pure ingredient, but would have other ingredients too.

If you would like to learn more, please check out this blog from the Soap Queen.

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It’s been too long –

It’s been way too long since I posted any new blog posts so I thought it would be fun to share some fun spring pictures. All the baby goats are here and running around like crazy. Flowers are blooming and pollen is everywhere. I love this time of the year when my grandmother’s azalea bushes are blooming. The colors are spectacular and pictures really don’t do them justice.

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Happy Holidays!!

We have one more event left for the 2017 holiday season.  Come out next weekend to the Old Hickory Mall in Jackson, TN and get your holiday shopping wrapped up.  We will be at the Rockin’ Around the Christmas Shoppe Holiday Mart.  The Shoppe will be set up in the “pop up shop” next to Victoria’s Secret inside the mall.

Wyldewood Soap Works will be there with our award winning goat milk soaps as well as lotions, lip balms, bath bombs, bath salts, and bath accessories.  We will have premade gift sets available or can custom design a gift set however you would like.  Get some goat milk soap for yourself and for all the people on your shopping list.  Soap and lip balm sets make great stocking stuffers!

The Shoppe starts Thursday evening with a “Shoppe Sneak Peek” from 6pm – 9pm.  We will be set up Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Old Hickory Mall hours.

Stop by to see the local vendors and their assortment of unique, handmade items.  Come on out and have a rockin’ good time while getting your Christmas shopping done.

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Christmas at Central plus Soup, Stew, Chili and Bake Sale

Come join us November 11th for our annual Christmas at Central craft fair!

We will be at the Spring Hill Fire Department as usual, but this year we are adding a Soup, Stew, Chili and Bake Sale to benefit our very own Station 1.

If you would like to volunteer or like to donate anything, please contact me through Facebook.

Vendors will be updated as we add more, but so far, we have Katie Holder, Carla Green from Southern Grace Designs, Farm House Barkery and Wyldewood Soap Works.

Come out and get started on some Christmas shopping, enjoy some soup, chili, or stew and pick up a treat to take home.

We’d love to have you join us!

Check out some pictures from past years.

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Coming Events

Wondering where to find us this fall?  We have quite a few events already on the schedule and will be adding more as we confirm.  Fall and Holiday soaps are ready, so if you want to stock up and are not able to meet us at an event, feel free to order online or just drop us an email and we can get you fixed up.

September 30th:  Main Street Fall Festival

September 29th – October 1st:  Reelfoot Arts and Crafts

October 21st: Fall Folklore Jamboree

November 18th:  Long Heights Arts and Crafts

December 2nd: Holiday Mart

December 2nd – 3rd:  White Squirrel Christmas Shop

 

 

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September 2017 Soap Challenge Club

I love learning new things so I joined the September 2017 Soap Challenge Club. This month’s challenge was making 3D Shower Jelly Soap. I had never had the chance to try gelatin art or play with jelly soap before.  I ordered my gelatin art tools and some jelly soap base and set off to watch loads of videos on YouTube about gelatin art.  The videos make it look so easy but I can promise it does not start off that way!  Check out the pictures below to see what I created.