All posts by Malaveth Morningrise

Clay Soap

I added 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay per pound and some hydrated chrome green colorant. I used olive, coconut, palm, avocado, shea and castor oil as well as adding a teaspoon of salt for hardness and sugar to increase lather.

I added the colorant just after I added the lye water, before I started stick blending. Not that it really matters with hot process soap, you always sort of get a splotchy sort of finish due to the texture of the cooked soap, I rather like how it looks.

I find if I don’t water discount my hot process soaps they distort out of shape as they cure. I also find it takes even longer for my hot process soaps to cure. Most people are under the assumption that hot process soap is faster but if you want to cure it fully all of my hot process soaps actually take longer when I track their cure by weight.

Water Propagation

This is ‘Marble Queen’ Pothos and ‘Mona Lavender’ Plectranthus. I have propagated and given away several Mona Lavender’s. After flowering the plant grows crazily for a while so I cut off the run away branches.

I sort of waited till the last minute to finally put these in dirt, the leaves were starting to yellow it had been in water with plenty of roots for several weeks too long. overall these were in water for several months though they had developed their first roots in a matter of days.

My next propagation attempts involve even more Mona Lavender and some leaves that got knocked off the plant so they may be too damaged to start, who knows.

Baking Bread

For me bread is not so much about the recipe, I can find great bread recipes all over the place, it’s more about having the time and patience to try and do it right. I sometimes fail terribly at the patience part.

Pumpkin Cardamom Spice Challah

Basic White Bread

First time with this recipe and I hadn’t baked bread in a long while. In the end it was a great tasting bread it was a bit dense and had a great crust. I don’t care for dense bread so I cut the loaf into thick slices and let them dry out overnight. I made a coconut milk French toast with them the next morning.

Hand Written Journals

For all of my hobbies and projects I keep notes in matching Journals. I started this habit when I was about 15 so I have been writing journals for over 20 years. I have kept most of them, these are my crafting journals from the past five years. I leave blank pages at the beginning or end to write an index when I am done. I often reuse the recipes over and over as the years go by. It takes me about a year and half to completely fill one.

Winter Indoor Houseplant Update

Propagation of Marble Queen Pothos and Mona Lavender because they are growing so much.

Plant fails:

Both of my cannabis plants did not make it, but they are weeds and grow like them. Complete drama queens that don’t make good houseplants, I didn’t try much before I gave up on them honestly.

Calathia Lancifolia, I don’t know.. I gave it distilled water, I have a humidifyer, I gave it more light, I gave it less light. It just hates the weather.

Jade Plant…. The great watering accident of 2019.

Plant Success:

Asparagus Fern!

This thing is getting no natural light and just light from the grow light and it has put out a dozen new fronds, each bigger than the last.

Silver Squill Plant is growing in all directions at once.

My Steinbeck Succulents have grown a good amount of roots., they are currently healthy and getting established in the dirt.

Winter Jungle: