Times are a’changing at Quarteracre!

All the best laid plans! We had a 3 year plan for what we wanted to do here but they have just become 3 month plans as Roger quit his job today, he finishes at the end of next week. No, he didn’t get the job he went for but he sorely needed to because he has had well and truly enough of his present one. I could go into the ins-and-outs but no need or desire to.

So our three year plan was 1) Wendy wants to make her soaps and stuff and sell them – she is on plan for this. 2) Within 3 – 6 months have the property set up for private precious pup boarding – we can have 3 at a time but only want two. 3) We ideally would like to earn an income from funked up junk but never get time to actually settle to this – the plan was for Roger to go down to part-time work in a year or so to help achieve this and hopefully open a cottage shop in 3 years at our home. Well…….!

Roger will be unemployed next week and I will continue to work part time, he will advertise to get contact work locally, just part-time AND h-o-p-e-f-u-l-l-y between us we can earn enough to pay the bills 🙂 We have food and are pretty skilled at living on little! Roger is well known in the area for his ability to kill gorse which I hate because it’s spraying chemical all day but it’s needed here, it’s the right season and we are hoping he can get enough odd farm work to get us through. He could go out and look for full time work but we have decided maybe we should just back ourselves and have confidence our plans will work for us. I shall keep you posted! lol I know it seems crazy in today’s climate but at the end of the day we want to make our place work for us and be our own bosses…that’s what we want.

A website will be set up for us and off we go, into the wide open… and unknown!

This is what I have been doing recently and what our home is starting to look like 🙂

Dandelions, kowhai flowers picked for infusing and forget-me-nots for pressing for packaging

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There are always petals drying in the front window and jars of somethings sitting in the sunlight

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Pansies and forget- me- nots being pressed into a jeweelery making book but how pretty the picture turned out!

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A corner of the hall I just spied

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Trialing Lotion Bars made with beeswax and the Camelia petal infused oil

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Soap, Rose-hip soap and Rosemary, Lavender and Sweet Orange Shampoo Bars

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Mark 11 trial of Rose and Frankincense Moisturiser which is gorgeous 🙂 (Excuse photo quality)IMG_3983

So, within a month or so I hope to be up and running. I have so many ideas I am nearly popping with brilliance lol. But for a girl who actually just likes making these things quietly enjoying her own company and hates being “out there” this is a brave move, one which involves much courage and confidence and feels rather scary, So WISH ME LUCK PLEASE!!!! lol

Rose and Calendula Hand Cream, Coconut Milk and Rose Moisturiser

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Today is my birthday 🙂 MY 54th 😦

I have not bought any skin care products for 4 months, (and had run out then) and while I know the old saying “Beauty comes from within” this 54 year old girl is needing more than whatever magic lies within! So, for my birthday I purchased a bottle each of rosewater and glycerine, both for less than $10.00. I searched the net to find recipes using what else I had at home and found this hand cream on frugalgranola.com. I used this recipe and added 1 tablespoon of dried rosehips. I poured enough to fill the two jars I had and left the rest in the blender.

Healing Rose Hand Cream

1 1/2 cups coconut oil
1 cup rose water or distilled water
3 TBS grated beeswax
1/4 cup cup dried calendula blossoms
1/4 cup dried rose petals

1. Place the coconut oil in a small heavy sauce pot. Gently melt on low heat, add the rose petals and calendula blossoms. Cook on low heat for a half and hour.

2. Strain the oil blend to remove the flowers.

3. Wipe out your sauce pot to remove any of the flowers. Put the oil back in the pot along with the bee’s wax. Heat on low until the wax has melted.

4. Pour the oil into a blender and allow to cool to room temperature.

5. Blend the oil on high until it forms a vortex. Slowly pour the water into the blender. Continue to blend on high until emulsified.

6. Pour into a glass jars to store, it makes about 2 1/2 cups. You will notice that the lotion will thicken after a few hours. It should stay shelf stable for at least six months. If it is above 80 inside or if you want to save it for longer than six month store in the refrigerator.

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Rosewater & Coconut Milk Face Moisturiser:

With the remaining, (about a third) and please note I have edited this from my original posting as the first set too thick…. I added about 4 tablespoons of glycerine, 4 tablespoons of coconut milk, another 1/4 cup of rosewater, 50 mls of almond oil and blended on high speed until well emulsified and starting to thicken.

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My packaging isn’t very flash, but doesn’t really need to be. But, it’s really very nice, just what I was wanting and has retained the rose scent. I have no idea of the storage life of this but other recipes use similar and don’t mention problems with it keeping.