Sunday, May 27, 2012

cosmic mint

I received this floss and fabric as a freebie from my most recent order at JacksonFabricArts (thanks!). don't you think the fabric has a cosmic 'feel' to it? And the floss, it's just so cool and minty. Soooooooo, as you know, I've been learning to embroider. All stitches are new to me. This is a cretan stitch and it's great for leaves. Now, this isn't great embroidery, but I'm practicing and this fabric and floss were perfect together.


cosmic mint

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

ruffled!

This is for my mother on her birthday. I love the big ruffle and she'll be happy with the earthy browns.

I left a fringe. I have fringes on my bath towels and love them, so why not on a tea towel?

tea towel and contrasting ruffle natural fringe

strawberry lavender sachet

This was a great way to use up quite a bit of my small linen scraps. I'm giving these as a part of birthday and Mother's Day gifts. Lavender is always welcome by my friends and family. :)

I added a few french knots to some of them. I guess I just ran out of steam after a while.

cute little strawberries strawberry sachets strawberry sachet up close orangey

Friday, May 04, 2012

soap just for fun

I used to make soap professionally, but realized I was made for bigger and better things! (just kidding)

Now it's just when we need/want more soap or for requests by friends/family, just because I can or if I have a fantastic idea.

I am enjoying the lack of consistency. I can do what I want when I want. My lavender soap doesn't have to look the same from batch to batch. For example, this time it's a very dark gray with a marbling of pale gray.

The various scents for this session were Lavender, Rosemary Lemongrass, Basil Citrus, Ginger Bergamot, Ambrosia, Tea Tree Eucalyptus and Peppermint Ice. This is my standard 41% olive oil recipe. My personal belief is that without olive oil, it's just another old bar of soap. :) Of course, your mileage may vary. This is a sudsy soap with a rich cream lather as opposed to big fluffy bubbles (which are lovely, too). Olive oil provides a nice 'slip', so it's great for shaving. 100% olive oil soap can be slimy, but the addition of the palm kernel and coconut oils give a harder, sudsier soap with no slimy feel.

I use botanical colorants. They are more fun to use. There are often surprises and they do oxidize over time. A lovely pale green olive leaf colorant will eventually fade to a soft beige. I like that. Change is something I embrace. I also use clay colorants, these do not fade and they give such a great substantial feel to the lather.

pale putty colors pale and dark two favorites warm greens and oranges queued and fading mix up

wow, i don't blog for a while and now i can't stop typing