Thursday, August 19, 2010

For A Good Cause

This is a picture of the Carson Valley from Kingsbury Grade, Hwy 207. Can you see my house? It's there on the left.

I love living in Nevada. I love the seasons, you know, winter and road work. Just kidding. I love the sun shining 337 days a year, the snow falling, the incredible sunsets,

the mountains, the wide open spaces, cattle being herded across a highway from one pasture to another, kids in rodeo, Lake Tahoe, and lets not forget, the wild horses that roam our valley.

Here in Gardnerville if you want to eat the produce from your garden, you had better put a fence around it. Horses run free in the BLM lands all around the Carson Valley. They are magnificent creatures, strong and proud. With our unpredictable weather and many drought years they sometimes need our help. That is where many of the organizations to promote and save our wild horses come in. I am doing a craft show sponsored by the Wild Horse And Burro Organization. I am a member of the Made In Nevada Program and we were offered spaces at the show. Made In Nevada is a nonprofit marketing cooperative consisting of small and large businesses throughout the state. They call Nevada home and through their efforts, contribute to the economic well-being of Nevadans in communities across the state.

The show is called the National Wild Horse Center WESTERN STATES WILD HORSE AND BURRO EXPO. It is held at the
Reno Livestock Events Center.
August 20-22, 2010
1350 N. Wells Ave 1721 Reno, NV 89512

From their web site
The Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo has these objectives:

1. To promote the successful adoption of wild horses (mustangs) and burros who have been gathered from public lands:
A. To educate the public about wild horses and burros through entertainment, showcasing their many fine qualities
B. To improve the success rate of adoptions, by providing educational opportunities with top trainers
C. To provide an opportunity for Federal, State, and Local governmental organizations, as well as for private rescue groups, to offer their wild horses and burros for adoption to the public

2. To raise public appreciation for wild horses and burros - both in the wild and in captivity and/or domestication

3. To promote public acceptance and appreciation for Mustangs and Burros as breeds with strong merits

4. To provide a Showcase for successful owners, trainers, and adopters of formerly wild Mustangs and Burros

5. To provide a venue for people who love wild horses and burros to come together for fun, education, entertainment, sharing, and friendly competition

6. To raise funds to help support wild horse and burro rescue, advocacy, and preservation projects

7. To provide an educational and informational forum for non-profits and other groups who work in horse welfare, nature conservation, and other areas relating to wild horses and burros and the Adoption program.

I set up my table

and then stopped to watch a couple of gals in the arena. I walked down and asked if I could take a few pictures and got to talking. What else is new? The girls work at the Nevada B Ranch, owned by Steven Bourne. With the help of Sheri Avis, executive director, they have turned the ranch into a haven for horses that need a place to recuperate from starvation, illness, injuries or abandonment. The Nevada B Mustang Sanctuary has taken in 47 horses. I meet Kelly Lyon and Courtney Kemp.

Lets see if I can get this right. Kelly Lyon, a teacher with a degree in biology, trains horses and is chairman of the board of the Nevada Mustang Sanctuary. She is here with Kobe. He has only been ridden 35 or so times. He seemed very well mannered to me. Kelly was showing him the signs along the rail and letting him get used to the noises and size of the arena.

This is Courtney Kemp. She is a certified horse trainer with an extensive background in the handling of Mustang horses. She holds the secretary of the board position at the sanctuary. She is riding Sassy. Sassy only has 30 rides under her belt and she seemed very well behaved to me, too. They are from the Dann Shoshone Family that had their home taken away. The horses had gone to several places and ended up at the Nevada B Ranch.

I also stopped to talk to a few other people that were setting up at the show.

Horses for the Spirit from Reno, NV, is a charity dedicated to offering Equine Assisted Learning programs to youth in Washoe County. They teach positive life and social skills to primarily kids at risk of failing in traditional settings, but it is their dream and goal to serve all children in the community. Graduates of their programs have increased their skills in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, managing behavior and more.

The Center for Adaptive Riding specializes in lesson planning for individuals with physical, emotional, developmental or learning challenges. Adults or children diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disability or Multiple Sclerosis can enjoy the out of doors while working with the horses, volunteers, staff and other riders. Brain neuropathways are activated and stimulated while the students brush, feed, lead or ride the horses, helping with balance and body awareness. They are located in Washoe Valley, Nevada.

I also saw a very cool vendor booth, Nancy's Horse Blanket Laundry and Repair. Stop by and see everyone if you are going to the show!

I will be taking more pictures tomorrow, so come on back!

This is the way I set up my soaps this time. Do you like it? I always wrap the soap before a show and then you can't see how cool they look, so.... I thought I would leave one unwrapped.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I Confess, I Am A Scent-A-Holic

I have always loved scents. This is Chai fresh out of the pot. I think the nose and how it works is a fascinating thing. When I first ventured into the soap making addiction I scented with a few Essential Oils.

Ok, maybe more than a few Essential Oils.

I joined a few soap making forums. I sold soap in a few craft shows. Everywhere I looked people were talking about scents. On the forums fragrance oil suppliers were advertising the latest popular fragrances. At my craft shows at least one person would come up to me and ask "Do you have ****** scent." I have very little will power. I had to try this blend, then this blend.....Before I knew it I was carrying over 70 different scents of soaps.

The past few years I have been trying to cut back and just carry the best sellers, and my personal favorites.It has been a hard job, but I am down to only 40 different scents.

My biggest problem now is what do you do with all the bottles?

I have great suppliers that ship with great care. Scent Oils are best kept in dark glass to protect them from the light and other elements. I have enough dark bottles to transfer any oils I get in larger containers. Does anyone need any 2, 4, 8, and 16ounce bottles?

Ummm, yum, Kauai Ginger Blossom.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Lucky Day

17 years ago on a Friday the 13th I was blessed with a dear daughter. I had been trying to have a child for 10 years and as I approached 40 I was starting to panic big time. I had 2 miscarriages and my dreams for having a big family never seemed farther away. I never stopped praying and in the early hours my dreams came true and I delivered a baby girl.

My mom always told me "You will never know how much I love you until you have a daughter of your own." And boy, was she right.

I loved you the minute I knew I was pregnant. I loved you the minute you were born. Then I saw your face and fell in love some more. You were only a minute old but I knew I would die for you & to this day I still would.

Happy Birthday my sweet, sweet daughter.

I am going to make her some of these cookies from Tartelette. Yummy.

Other things that happened this day were:

1966 The Beatles
Unhappy with John Lennon's comments comparing the Beatles to Jesus, radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas organizes a Beatles Bonfire. Later that night, the station was struck by lightning. The station manager was knocked unconscious and the station had to temporarily shut down due to damaged equipment.

1965 Jefferson Airplane makes their first professional appearance, at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.

1961 Berlin Wall
East German Communists begin building a wall through the city to prevent the flow of people seeking the freedoms of the West.

1930 National Beet Grower's Association is incorporated.

1898 Spanish-American War
Fighting ends when the Philippines surrender to Admiral George Dewey.

1782 First Welsh immigrants to America arrive in Pennsylvania. They were Quakers and settled near Philadelphia. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

1587 First American Indian converted to Protestantism is baptized into the Church of England.

1959 Danny Bonaduce American actor, radio deejay. TV: The Partridge Family (Danny).

1951 Dan Fogelberg American singer. Music: Longer (1979, #2) and Leader of the Band (1982).

1930 Don Ho d. 2007 (Donald Tai Loy Ho), Hawaiian singer. Music: Tiny Bubbles (1966, #8). TV: The Don Ho Show (1976-77).

1929 Pat Harrington Jr American Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Jack Paar Show (Guido Panzini) and One Day at a Time (handyman Dwayne Schneider).

1926 Fidel Castro Cuban president. He was so opposed to capitalism that after conquering Cuba he ordered the destruction of all Monopoly games on the island.

1921 Neville Brand d. 1992 actor. TV: Laredo (Ranger Reese Bennett) and The Untouchables (Al Capone).

1919 Rex Humbard d. 2007 American televangelist, founder of the Cathedral of Tomorrow (1952). He was the first televangelist to have a nationally-broadcast TV show (1952). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

1899 Sir Alfred Hitchcock d. 1980 British Oscar-winning director, "The Master of Suspense." Film: Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960, with its famous shower scene). TV: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-62). Quote: "Television has brought murder back into the home - where it belongs."

1897 Detlev Wulf Bronk d. 1975 American scientist, educator, "Father of Biophysics." He served as president of Johns Hopkins University (1949-53).

1895 Bert Lahr d. 1967 (Irving Lahrheim), American actor. Film: The Wizard of Oz (1939, the Cowardly Lion).

1888 John Logie Baird d. 1946 Scottish inventor, "Father of the Television." He gave the first demonstration of true TV in London (1926) and later patented a 3-D TV system (1944).

1860 Annie Oakley d. 1926 (Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee), American western performer, member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

1818 Lucy Stone d. 1893 American woman's rights activist, abolitionist. She and her husband founded Woman's Journal (1870). She allowed her New Jersey property to be sold for non-payment of taxes, asserting that she was being taxed without representation.

1814 Anders Jonas Ångström d. 1874 Swedish physicist, for whom the angstrom (a unit of length equal to 10-10 meters) is named. He showed that hydrogen is present in the Sun's atmosphere (1862).

1655 Johann Christoph Denner d. 1707 German woodwind instrument maker, credited with inventing the clarinet.

1422 William Caxton d. 1491 the first English printer (1475).
From the website ThisDay Trivia

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Drumroll Please!

I have been waiting patiently and checking my mail box ever since Lynn from Lynn's Lovelies let me know she mailed my package. Lynn makes beautiful hand made crocheted items and I knew as soon as I saw a hat and bootie set that I had to have it for Baby Mia. I meet Lynn through Link Referral. This is a site that lets your blog or web site review and be reviewed. It helps with your rankings and drives traffic to your site. I loved Lynn's shop and told her that. We started talking about how much we liked the other's products and.....a trade was born. Rats, she wrapped them so good I have to wait for Mia to see them! Wow, there is even rose petals in the package, smells so good! That is a very nice touch, I don't have to hunt around for wrapping paper and ribbon, it is already done! She even put in a hand made card for me. Thank you Lynn, I did have a blast! In her Etsy Shop Lynn makes and sells a variety of crocheted lovelies for babies, preemies, dolls, and ladies. She also makes crocheted roses, flower and leaf motifs that can be be used in your crafting, scrap booking or sewing projects. Lavender is one of her favorite flowers and she makes Pretty Lavender filled sachets, pincushions, and small pillows that can be custom made in the colors and size you desire. She also has hats, pins, scarves, neck warmers, ornaments and keepsakes. Oh no Daddy, I am tired! Do these make my feet look big? I need a new photographer, Daddy, help! Can I go back to sleep now? Now Mia is already 2 months old but she was born a premmie so is still a newborn, just larger. Lynn had to adapt her pattern to fit Mia as she is over 10 pounds now! We live in the high desert near Lake Tahoe and the summer times can get a bit hot so I asked Lynn to make the baby set big enough to fit Mia this fall and winter. Thank you so much Lynn, trading with you was a blast! To see the soaps I sent Lynn, check out her blog!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Something I Do In My Spare Time

I have always read blogs. I love blogs. I guess I am a voyeur, I like reading about other peoples lives. So when I saw that Anhoki (a soap maker I greatly admire for her beautiful soaps and all the help she gives to fellow soap makers) had her site on a "link referral" site I had to check it out. This is a picture of Anhoki's Animadikaci, an awesome beer bar.

Link Referral is a site where I review other sites and they review mine. It has brought a lot of traffic to my blog and I like the creative criticisms and atta-a-boys I have received. I reviewed an Etsy site, which is all hand made items, the other day and boy was I impressed. Lynn of Lynns Lovelies makes the cutest baby items

and when I saw one that was everything Mama Beth would want for Baby Mia, I had to tell Lynn in my review how wonderful it was and how I would love to buy one for my little girl, but being on such a tight budget I could not. And.....Lynn answered me and said how much she loved handmade soap and maybe we could work a deal. So.....I am waiting for my package in the mail, and I have Lynn's package all ready to ship.

So....if you would like some reviews on your web site or blog, go to and join up. And if you need some beautiful hand made crocheted lovelies for babies, preemies, dolls, ladies and keepsake gifts, go visit Lynn here or her blog here. And if you would like to try some fabulous soap, other than mine, visit Anhoki here.

When I get my package in the mail, after I give it to baby Mia I will show you all!

And yes, I love using other people's soaps!