Jennifer, a very creative soap maker, has recently made a bunch of alkanet experiments to see how alkanet affects soap colors. Her experiments are not only interesting to follow, they're also extremely informative. I admire her scientific spirit and her patience!
Meanwhile, I'm still a victim of alkanet's unpredictable nature. This herbal root offers such a bright and luscious red color, but after you add lye to the oil, the color turns either gray, purple, blue, or sometimes black. Tricky!
I'm not as patient as Jennifer, so I just take whatever I get, and this time, I got dark purple. While I love this color, I know it'll fade in time, and there's no guarantee that I can reproduce the same shade again. Maybe this is why alkanet is so fascinating to play with. You never know what you'll get next time!
Hubby and I just spent about a week on Prince Edward Island. They call themselves the Gentle Island for a reason! We enjoyed our trip by visiting various beautiful beaches, sampling fresh and succulent oysters, devouring the world-famous Cows ice cream, and taking in the picturesque scenery.
Everything looks beautiful there, even the wild flowers there look so much better than the ones we have here in the city!
If you know Anne of Green Gables, you'll know PEI is known to be the land of Anne. But Hubby had made it clear that there'd be no "Anne stuff" for our trip, we managed to stay away from the main tourist attractions.
It was a very relaxing and enjoyable trip, and I'm already dreaming of going back to PEI again!