Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable,excellent or praiseworthy...think about such things." Phil. 4:8

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Decorative Soap Tutorial

This is a craft project I've been doing with the kids (my "Little Green Apples") on Wednesday evenings at church.  It will be a Mother's Day gift so we have been very secretive!!!  What fun we are having and some of these children are sooo creative.  My kids range from 4 years old to 12 years old so usually we try to partner a younger with an older kid.
Anyway, today I'm doing my first tutorial so please be supportive! And I would love any constructive criticism ...offered in a kind and caring manner, of course! lol!
Decorative Soap Tutorial
Supply List
Decorative tissue paper (enough for 2 layers to wrap the soap)
Soap  (I found boxes of milled french soap on sale at Ross for $1.49 bx/4 but any soap will do)
Small Flowers (Vintage like velvet forget-me-nots. roses, pansies etc.are gorgeous but with the kids I mainly Snipped from some of my silk flowers)
Small Leaves
Beads, Charms, old Jewelry,  mini banner (optional), etc.
Glitter - optional
Glue (with the tissue I used tacky glue because the tissue is too fragile for hot glue. I do use hot glue to add the embellishments.)
When wrapping the soap I double the tissue paper because it is very transparent.  Soap can be wrapped several different ways.  It can be wrapped like a gift.  If you leave you paper large enough it could be "pleated" and drawn to the middle of the backside...this works well on ovals and rounds.                                                                                  

I like to tie a ribbon to secure the glued ends as well as for decorative reasons.

I like to add glitter to some of the silk flowers and leaves... sometimes I use a spray adhesive and other times I use a tacky glue and spread it with my finger or a small paint brush and then sprinkle on the glitter

This is where the creativity comes in... play around with your arrangement before actually gluing anything unless you are experienced with floral arranging or just have a great eye for proportion and balance etc.

Adding a  meaningful charm, small rhinestone earring, bead, buttons 
or stickpin will enhance and personalize your little soaps
These look really adorable in a guest bath. They also make really nice little hostess gifts or party favors and can be made by theme, style, holiday or season.  HAVE FUN!!!

Well, I hope you liked my tutorial.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

 Today I will be joining:
Beverly at  http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/ for Pink Saturday
Cindy at http://romantichome.blogspot.com/ for Show and Tell Friday
Donna http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/ for Saturday Night Special
 Elyse at  http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/ for Six Sisters Blog Party

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Farmhouse Apron Giveaway!!!

Rebecca from The Gathering Place is having a give-away!    She is offering a shabby and chic farmhouse apron made with Rachell Ashwell's pink rose fabric.  TuTu Cute!!!

Anyone who has ever visited her blog or shop sees how talented she is... everything is perfect!
Be sure to stop in and enter for a chance to win!

I am working on my first tutorial and hope to share it Friday or Saturday!! Please stop back in... and comment!
Blessings, L

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring ... Beautiful Spring Morns...

Well, I dug out some of my china and, after changing my mind umpteen times, decided to go with this lone cup.  My cat knocked a tub of cups and saucers down the basement steps thus a single cup ...no saucer. This is a sweet tea cup  called "Springmorn". It is fine bone china made in England by Bell  #4649 7.

I won this teacup on e-bay.  When I first discovered e-bay I went kind of nuts until it sunk in that the shipping turned a great deal into a regular deal.... and although I always seem to be a member of the Full Price Club  it just wasn't as much fun!

The photo display includes some adorable Fitz and Floyd  my daughter got me years ago for my b-day.  There is the sweet duckling creamer and decorated egg sugar bowl and the salt and pepper.  She also got me the tea pot to match ... I'll share it another time.

I am pretty frustrated right now.... I bought a tripod, actually this is my second, and the little screw thingy to connect my camera seems to be stripped... this is the type of pictures I am getting ...

I'm going to see what can be done, but in the mean time taking photos is a real trial!!!  The camera just sits there and wobbles or falls off completely!

 Blessings to you and yours, L

Today I will also be joining the following parties:

Table Top Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru  Life
TeaCup Tuesday with Terrie at Artful Affirmations
TeaCup Tuesday  with Martha at Martha's Favorites
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
A Return to Loveliness with Kathy at A Delightsome Life
Tuesday Cuppa Tea with Ruth at Antiques and Tea Cups

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Happy, Happy Spring!

I live in Colorado and due to the altitude and volatile weather ... It will be the end of May before I can safely do any planting.  Since I just moved to this house in September I'll have a lot to do.  Due to finances I will do it in stages. Some of my favorites that I will be planting this year include: 
Sweet Woodruff and Forget-me-not's (I love to mix these)
Sweet Woodruff
Old Fashion Bleeding Heart 
Roses (ballerina is my favorite... I left a gorgeous one behind in the move)
Soap wort
I can hardly wait...I plan to landscape in the back off of my porch, creating a patio area where I can use my out door furniture.

This was my Mom's favorite.  I always plant it as a tribute to her.

The art below is from one of my favorite artists Jessie Wilcox Smith. Typically she is a children's illustrator. I have collected her art (copies) for years and still keep discovering new pieces.

This print reminds me of me and my daughter, Cori when she was small.

"Mary, Mary........with silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids in a row"

"Watering the hollyhocks"

Well I'm hoping I can discipline myself to start blogging regularly again. I've really missed you all! I'd love to hear from you all!

Blessings, L