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Reading your post is eye opening. We are also moving, although not as soon as you because we are buying a new house (yet to be built), but our housing market here is ridiculously good also - there are people buying homes in our development sight unseen for a great price. My husband thinks we should sell early, since it is a sellers market, but our house won't be ready until late fall and we obviously have to live somewhere. That means packing and moving twice, I don't know if I can do that! Anyway, where in the country do you live Alioop? We live in South Florida on the Treasure Coast.
We used AirBnB places (many will rent monthly at a reasonable rate for several months at a time) while our house was being finished because our other house sold faster than expected. Good and bad, huh? The dog was so confused. It was a bit of a hot mess because, while I limited each hobby to what would fit in a single 18g tote, I insisted on bringing two of those hobbies - oh and all my cooking spices. My husband is so freaking nice.
 

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Most of mine have come from Target: sturdy, reinforced 1-piece silicone that can't come apart and has with no creases for batter to hide in. Stiff enough to get into corners, but flexible enough to scrape well. $5 each.
And when I'm cooking or baking, I find myself bemoaning the terrible quality/quantity of the kitchen spatulas, because I'm not good at remembering life things while I'm thinking soap things. 🤪
I got some like this from Walmart and I have never been able to find them again because I wanted another set..
 

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I got to cut my 4th batch today. It's milk and honey FO, with about a third coloured with gold mica and I attempted an in the pot swirl, but once again I used the SB slightly too much, so the uncoloured batter was quite thick. I'm still quite pleased to have some visual interest within the bar at least.

I have enough of the same FO to try again soon. I think I'll use a yellow mica since the gold reads more like caramel to me in the swirls. This time I'll aim to be more patient, and just keep stirring instead of thinking "I'll just give it a very quick pulse with the stick blender..."

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I LOVE the gold on top, so very cool.
 

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Chickens are really all the rage right now. So glad you found them a home. Sometimes when I'm stressed out at work I just look at random pictures of chickens in sweaters. Its so cute.
We have had them for years, before it was a fad. We just love the fresh eggs, and they are so fun to watch with their quirky personalities. I will miss them a LOT.
 

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One of my next soapy purchases will probably be a water distiller machine
There's such a thing? This would be a benefit to hubby (beer brewing) and myself! I'm always running out of water (and my goodness, lotion making uses up a lot of water!). Do you have one specifically that you're looking at?

Anyone else get a hard fat that arrives in a big bag that’s stuffed into a box?
Yep, that's how most Soapers Choice oils come. I masterbatch my oils, so when my box comes I (almost immediately) portion out my hard oils into ziploc gallon bags - the ones with the extra pleats (I forgot what they're called, maybe "stand and fill"?) work better for getting more in a bag - then I carefully smoosh the bag as flat as I can to get out the air and for stacking in my freezer. I label every bag with the date, what and how much is in it, and each bag has a number. The bag number helps me keep track of how close I am to being out - for example, my tallow block I get 16 bags. I label my bags 1-16, then make sure I stack the bags in the freezer so that 1 is on top and 16 is on the bottom. When I get to bag 12-14, I know it's time to order more. I should also note that we have a large deep freeze that my family doesn't entirely utilize for food, so I have claimed half for storing some of my bulk oils.

My soapy stuff has been avoiding soapy stuff this week. Although I did commit myself Tuesday night to finishing the flower embeds that I have been working on forever, and making some feather embeds. I did dishes today and I masterbatched a bucket of vegan oils.
 

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There's such a thing? This would be a benefit to hubby (beer brewing) and myself! I'm always running out of water (and my goodness, lotion making uses up a lot of water!). Do you have one specifically that you're looking at?
What I want and what I can afford are not the same. ;) They have a large model that is about $1500, and countertop models for $100. I'll probably want something a little sturdier that is all stainless, like this one.
 

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There's such a thing?
Yes, we have a full house reverse osmosis that was very expensive to install, but rather inexpensive to maintain - we have to buy salt for it about every 2 months (total cost is $30 for 5 of those big salt bricks from the feed store)

We also have an under-the-sink reverse osmosis unit. Was not that expensive, but the filters are, but we only change the filters every 9-12 months depending on use.
I should state, this is in my lab sink and the water I use for soaping, lotions, and other b&b products and have never had a problem with it.

Our under the sink is similar to this one - APEC Water Systems Essence Premium Quality 5-Stage Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System-ROES-50 - The Home Depot
but I've had it for over 9 years, so I'm sure not the same model.
 

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What I want and what I can afford are not the same.
You and me both! [funny story... my 13 yo daughter is obsessed with looking at houses on Zillow... houses in the range of 78 MILLION dollars... clearly she has this problem too...] I do appreciate the link! It's something to look into, might be worth the investment for me, but not so sure about hubby if it only kicks out a gallon every 5.5 hours. He would need to plan brewing in advance.

ETA: thanks for chiming in J - I forgot that you had a system too!
 

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There's such a thing? This would be a benefit to hubby (beer brewing) and myself! I'm always running out of water (and my goodness, lotion making uses up a lot of water!). Do you have one specifically that you're looking at?


Yep, that's how most Soapers Choice oils come. I masterbatch my oils, so when my box comes I (almost immediately) portion out my hard oils into ziploc gallon bags - the ones with the extra pleats (I forgot what they're called, maybe "stand and fill"?) work better for getting more in a bag - then I carefully smoosh the bag as flat as I can to get out the air and for stacking in my freezer. I label every bag with the date, what and how much is in it, and each bag has a number. The bag number helps me keep track of how close I am to being out - for example, my tallow block I get 16 bags. I label my bags 1-16, then make sure I stack the bags in the freezer so that 1 is on top and 16 is on the bottom. When I get to bag 12-14, I know it's time to order more. I should also note that we have a large deep freeze that my family doesn't entirely utilize for food, so I have claimed half for storing some of my bulk oils.

My soapy stuff has been avoiding soapy stuff this week. Although I did commit myself Tuesday night to finishing the flower embeds that I have been working on forever, and making some feather embeds. I did dishes today and I masterbatched a bucket of vegan oils.
When you say “master batch” do you mean you put a blend of oils in the ziplock with the hard fats?
Thanks for the sorting, bagging, and freezing tip! I have a deep freeze too. And sadly there’s a lot of room in it. But my soap shop is pretty chilly, and I go through it fast.
 

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When you say “master batch” do you mean you put a blend of oils in the ziplock with the hard fats
Nope, just the single oil - my master batches are too big to get all the oils in a bag. I portion out all of my hard oils separately, then when I need them I can grab and dump into one big pot. Also helps me know if I have enough oils to masterbatch - I can track the liquid oils pretty good by sight, but the hard oils always been to catch me by surprise.
 

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I get lard in a 50 lb “bag in a box“ but it doesn’t melt as I keep it in an unheated back porch room during the cold months. I bring it inside and squirrel it in a corner in the house with air conditioning during the few months that it’s hot. I have a large plastic paint bucket with lid from Home Depot that I fill from the bag so I only have to grab that when I want to soap and not the whole huge box. I just refill the bucket from the box as it gets low.
At first glance, I thought you were saying that when you brought it in from the porch there was a squirrel in it. 😂
 

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@linne1gi we are in Idaho. Due to lower housing costs, low regulation, and low cost of living (not to mention beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation), people are moving into this state like crazy. Lots of Californian are cashing out and migrating here to escape the taxes. They are bringing lots of cash, and that drives the prices up so fast.

It's sad, because wages here haven't caught up, and many folks who have lived here for a long time can no longer afford to buy anything. I'm very thankful we bought when we did.
 
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Thanks!

The tin is the handiest thing ever, it's an adjustable bread loaf tin. I got mine at Lakelands, but this seems to be the same one: 12x4 inch Multisize Cake and Bread Tin.
That’s such a good idea. It makes me think that I could make slotted wood pieces to fit together to provide support for some of my silicone molds that want to bow. All I need are side pieces, and if I could take them apart they would be easy to store flat.
 

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Thank you, it's a simple mica drizzle, randomly swirled as the soap was setting up fast!
you're lucky, anytime I try to do a "random" anything it ends in tears and disaster! There are a few soapers who just have these ideas on the fly and they can make them work, the woman from TeaMarie Soapworks comes to mind "oh, I'll just randomly put these soap dots here and there" and she ends up with a gorgeous soap. Meanwhile I try the same thing and its an unmitigated disaster!:beatinghead:
 

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you're lucky, anytime I try to do a "random" anything it ends in tears and disaster! There are a few soapers who just have these ideas on the fly and they can make them work, the woman from TeaMarie Soapworks comes to mind "oh, I'll just randomly put these soap dots here and there" and she ends up with a gorgeous soap. Meanwhile I try the same thing and its an unmitigated disaster!:beatinghead:
If I remember correctly, Terri from TreeMarie Soapworks happens to be/have been an art major. She's talented, knowledgeable in art composition, and very detail-oriented. I love her instructional videos on different techniques, but I fully expect my results to vary!
 

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If I remember correctly, Terri from TreeMarie Soapworks happens to be/have been an art major. She's talented, knowledgeable in art composition, and very detail-oriented. I love her instructional videos on different techniques, but I fully expect my results to vary!
Thank you, that makes me feel a little better. I'm also going to try to change my mindset to "my results varied" from "OMG, WHAT THE &*!$ IS THIS?!?!?!?!???"
 
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