with the season of giving upon us, and a swap party (the fourth I've hosted since last October- I'm hooked!) coming up in just a few days, there has been a lot of making around here this past week. add in a papa with a (very) part-time gig at a new butcher/local dairy shop started up by farmer friends of ours and therefore a surplus of past-date milk coming home with him, and there was some ricotta cheese making, as well.
my aloe plant was relieved of many babies in an effort to get together a take-home party favor for the swap- it looks pretty happy now, with lots more room to spread and gather the precious little sunlight streaming through the dining room windows.
there was some simultaneous herbal 'vapor rub' salve and elderberry syrup making, with the grinch keeping watch. good grinch. he just needs more love you know.
and then this morning, peppermint & lavender lip balm. retro lady grater helps out for all my non-food grating needs. neatly pouring the (quickly hardening) liquid oil and beeswax mixture from the pyrex container into the teeny tiny openings of the lip balm tubes is, apparently, something I need a little practice with.
and for now, that's a wrap. more granola coming up soon along with some more work on the felted play mat.
the listening has been, almost exclusively, Pandora holiday stations. Phil Spector, She & Him, Ella Fitzgerald. that's how I roll now that the tree is up and it's all cheer and sparkle around here.
*playing along with Dawn today.