Welcome to From Goats To Soaps

Welcome to From Goats To Soaps, Crafting Creations On The Farm,
the official blog for Les Belles Bouclettes!
We’d like to take this our first post, as an opportunity to introduce our blog and tell you a little about Les Belles Bouclettes, because it is the beginning of the story.
farmFerme Bonne Mine is the farm on which many of our creations are crafted , and it is located in beautiful eastern Ontario Canada.  In addition to Isabelle and her family, a happy herd of angora goats and their llama guardians live on it, and they are the foundations of Les Belles Bouclettes, where this blog was first conceived. But then everything about Les Belles Bouclettes begins with these fun loving, happy angora goats and their gorgeous mohair fleeces.  From their fleeces come the locks (from which Les yarnsBelles Bouclettes got its name, beautiful locks), rovings and  yarn. While selling the fibre was the original plan it quickly began to expand. First the idea of doing something extra, a way in which to use our fabulous goat’s milk was discussed, and soon there was a line of goat’s milk soap made especially for Les Belles Bouclettes.  (And when the soap became part of Les Belles Bouclettes’ story so did I, Grey Dove.)  And then, there were all these fabulous fibres, just sitting there while they waited for their new homes, and we couldn’t resist playing with them.  (Beg pardon, that is of course crafting and creating with them!)  From felting our goat’s milk soap, to “painting” with floral ovals goat's milk soapsrovings, and knitting the yarn into soap sacks and baby garments the mohair is a constant source of pleasure and creative inspiration.  Many of our other product lines are spin-offs from the mohair based products, or compliment existing product lines. 
We enjoy the processes involved in all aspects of our creations, from shearing the goats and sorting the fleeces, to wrapping the soap made with their milk and felting it in their mohair rovings; and we want to share all of it, with you!  From the rhythms and seasonal aspects of farm life and the way they impact our products, to  daily life working with the animals and the fibre.  From our goats latest adventures, to the newest creation we are trying our hand at, and all the topics in between.  Most of all we look forward to having this time and space to interact with you, the people who share our love for and interest in these natural materials and the variety of wonderful things we can craft using them. 
So Welcome to the farm, we are glad you stopped in!  Traditionally crafting was done in groups and had social aspects as well as practical and creative ones.  So please join us whenever you can in our cyber farm kitchen, and feel free to comment, share your thoughts and ask us questions.  We want this to be a conversation and we will be happy to discuss topics via the comments sections or even plan posts around topics that you raise or ask about.
To get things started our first few posts will be in-depths discussions of some of the ingredients we use in our bath and body care products, and some of the products we have made using our fibre.  We have video clips of the spring shearing to share with you, and wanted to post photos and tell you more about the sorting involved in choosing and preparing (skirting) the best fleeces for carding and spinning. 
Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to seeing you again soon, and often!

Our recent posts

Bows and Bubbles, Our New Cowl pattern! - Les Belles Bouclettes is proud to present Nataliya‘s latest Creation! Designed using Only one skein of Pauline, our DK weight yarn, we’d like you to meet Bows And Bubbles Cowl!!! Nataliya describes the cowl as being a “Simple yet beautifully textured cowl. Twisted ribbing adds a nice texture while creating a warm halo.” The cowl…
This Saturday We’ll Be At: …The Chesterville Spin-In!! - This Saturday, February 2nd, we’ll be in Chesterville at their 20th Spin-In, a place where spinners, weavers, knitters and crafters get together to share their love of fibre. It is open to the public (general admission is $5 per person) from 9am to 4pm. It is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 167 Queen…
January,…What’s new on the farm? - At the beginning of January, as you can see we still had just a little snow in our fields. Then we had some freezing rain. The reflection of the sun in the ice is really magical: it looks like the trees are filled with diamonds. And last weekend it was extremely cold. See the picture…
Wheels On Fire: our first craft show of the year!! - This Saturday, January 19th, we’ll have a table at the second annual Spin-In Wheels on Fire (Les Rouets de Feu) in Gatineau (QC). This event is open to the public (general admission is $5 per person) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at La Cabane En Bois Rond, 331 Boulevard de la…
Merry Christmas!, And Holiday News! - From All of us at Les Belles Bouclettes to All of you our wonderful readers, followers and customers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May 2019 be healthy, prosprous and filled with happiness for You All!!! During this past year we have enjoyed sharing some moments of our life…
This Sunday, we’ll be at… Marché de la Découverte in Orléans (ON) - Join Us At Our Last Christmas Craft Show! It’s all happening Sunday, December 16th from 9am to 4pm. You can find us at: Complex Récréatif Bob MacQuarrie 1490 Youville Drive, Orléans, ON Stop by and checkout our new knitting kit, Whisper Cowl!!! On our table you’ll find beautiful yarns, craft kits, wonderful gifts to give and to make! There…
Our New Whisper Cowl Pattern, And Gifts For You!!! - Les Belles Bouclettes is proud to present Nataliya‘s latest pattern, designed with our own gorgeous Butterfly Kisses Lace Weight Yarn!!! “Whisper Cowl will keep you warm when needed and give a beautiful touch to any outfit while you barely notice it is even there.” This is how Nataliya the fabulous designer of this latest creation…
This Saturday, we’ll be at… Marché de Noël Les Cèdres - It’s all happening Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 5pm. This event will be held at 145 rue Valade, Les Cèdres (QC). On our table you’ll find beautiful yarns, craft kits, wonderful gifts to give and to make! There is truly something for everyone!       Two Gifts in One Les Belles Bouclettes is proud to support Forests Ontario, a…
This Saturday, we’ll be at… The Fisher Park Christmas Craft Fair! - It’s all happening Saturday, December 1st from 9am to 3pm. This event will be held at Fisher Park School (in the gymnasiums),250 Holland Ave., Ottawa, north of the Queensway overpass. On our table you’ll find beautiful yarns, craft kits, wonderful gifts to give and to make! There is truly something for everyone! Two Gifts in…
November,…What’s new on the farm? - We can say that winter arrived earlier than expected. At the beginning of the month, the goats were still grazing the little bit of grass left in the pastures.  One morning we even had the chance to see a beautiful rainbow! Then the cold weather arrived slowly with hard frosts (minus 10°C). And mid-November brought…

6 thoughts on “Welcome to From Goats To Soaps

  1. What a wonderful blog! I enjoyed reading all about your wonderful farm. And may I say that your products are absolutely fabulous. My skin has improved since I started using your goat’s milk soap. My friends say that I’m “glowing”. I’m so delighted with this product!

    We are planning projects for the autumn and of course we will be buying our wool from Les Belles Bouclettes.

    I’m going to share your site with all my friends.

    Thanks again!

    Gibbi

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    • Thank you for dropping in Gibbi!,
      And thank you for the compliments and positive reviews! We love to hear that our customers are enjoying our products. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any suggestions.

      We look forward to you visiting on FromGoats To Soaps again and hope you’ll stop in and chat often.

      Grey Dove!

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    • Dear Jude,
      Delighted you enjoyed visiting our blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. We hope you will be a frequent visitor. We look forward to chatting with you and sharing the interesting posts we have planned!

      Yours sincerely,
      Grey Dove

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  2. Congratulations on your beautiful site! I’m so happy to see that you now have an online store. I saw the farm when it was featured on Regional Contact and I had the pleasure to purchase many of your products. You have a reputation for excellence and it is well deserved

    I always look forward to your news letter and I’m absolutely delighted with the gift ideas and projects I find on your site.

    Rest assured that I will be a frequent visitor.

    Many thanks,

    Helen Marie

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    • Dear Helen Marie,
      So pleased to hear you are enjoying our online boutique and our blog. Hearing from long time customers is always a special treat!

      Also, thank you for the compliments on the television segment. It was filmed many years ago before Les Belles Bouclettes came to be (that is there weren’t any angora goats here at the time), but that was definitely Isabelle’s farm featured on the programme. We’ve expanded and changed so much since then!

      We’re delighted you like our products and hope you will keep visiting all our sites. And our comments sections, your thoughts and suggestions are Always welcome.

      Yours sincerely,
      Grey Dove

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