I want to share some .....a lot...... of wonderful goodies I picked up on a shopping excursion.
Wow, there's a little too much here to try and tell you about them all.
I'll try with a few close-ups.
Ok, here are my Swarovski purchases. I LOVE the multi-pack because I might only want one or two colors for earrings and much as I love beads; I don't want twenty beads in one shade of green. I did buy some plain green flower-shaped beads. (I know and I just said no buying one color) What can I say? This is my shade and I am weak. In the back I bought (again one color) blue drops. I haven't quite figured out what to do with these, but when I do I'll let you know. I think this will involve some wire-works.
Gorgeous spacers. Silver, of course.
Again, spacers! These are those spacer cups I told you about. I was running low so I stocked up in gunmetal, silver and gold.
More shinies. These are supposed to be spacers (I'm pretty sure) so I'm trying to figure out how to use them. I bought multi-color in silver and gunmetal. The gold are just clear crystals.
Well, I'm off to read (review will follow!). I hope you have a wonderful day!
Oh, before I forget; have you gone shopping lately (or not-so-lately)? Any fun things to share?
I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish that all the fathers out there had a wonderful day!
We took in a show and then went out to eat and we're watching Deadliest Catch to end a loverly ( I know I spelled "loverly"..... it's Brianne speak) day!
This is the simple card I made for my papier (that's one of my nicknames for him). It's a simple quote, but it really covers it all. My dad and I bicker, argue, fight and stew in silence. We disagree and try not to say "I told you so" and we annoy each other to no end. But I will always love my dad, even when I'm angry or irritated. He is the one and only dad I have and I love him to bits and pieces.
Ok, so I've technically got some beady creations to post. Only problem: I don't really know what they are. Let me explain.
When I was making these I had cell phone charms in mind (so obviously this was before the smart phone craze) and now I don't know what to do with them. Help!
Ok, so as you can see these are from pretty and shiny Swarovski with a nice addition of some gold metal (I try, but silver and I are besties).
Do you like the color combos? Don't remember how I picked them; usually I'm not so hot at picking colors that go well together (unless they're already grouped for me! Then I can totally pick an awesome color group)
I might actually end up taking some of these apart (can you see the crooked, twisted wire? My early days). Well, do you guys have any ideas for these? Should I scrap them and repurpose, recreate, restyle? RE ply (get it, "re".....right, my dorkness is showing). Just let me know what y'all think.
I have something very fun and exciting to share (for me at least). I have a new hobby! Soap and Lotion Making! Here's Soaps and Lotion-A History (I'll try to be brief).
Last year my mom and I went to a class on Cold-Process Soap Making with Marie and her daughter Alyssa. Marie and Alyssa are wonderful, awesome, funny, great all around (can you tell I like them).
So, back to class; my mom and I thought this would be fun and we're into the idea of making our own products and I'm a fan of no animal testing. Long story short (it was like a three hour class) we had fun, but we weren't too wild about cold process. So, how is this a new hobby?!
Well, my friends, we then took Marie and Alyssa's soy candle class, lotion class, quick Christmas gifts class, glycerin soaps class, lotions class again (and introduced a friend to these wonderful ladies) and then we took a Spa Boot camp, and finally we took their spa class. Needless to say we were hooked on the classes, the products and our wonderful instructors-turned-friends.
So now, here we are, practically a year later. I still love ALL of the products we made and this summer my mom and I are going to be doing some serious creating (to prep for some future ideas and dreams). And because I see this as becoming another big hobby, I figured I'd share it with you all!
To kick it off, I have some Glycerin, or Melt-and-Pour, soap.
Rainbow Melt-and-pour. Don't you love this soap?! I kind of don't want to tell you how to make it; once you find out how easy it is, you won't be as impressed. :-) JK.
Argh, I can't turn this photo. I'm still operating on a very basic version of windows (I can't crop, or brighten pics, so sad). This is the basic soap. This is supposed to be green, but because the soap base was white, the color could only get so dark.
This is glycerin soap with oatmeal to exfoliate. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure I'll love it.
This is a double pour. It's hard to see because the green layer is super light. The flowers are the green layer and obviously there is a light blue layer. Aside from the double layers, it's plain soap.
Loofah soap bar! I LOVE how the green color came out here. The green is a bit stronger because this soap base was clear.
Here's a better shot of the loofah.
This is by far my most favorite soap of the class! I'm making this picture larger because I want you guys to be able to see the shimmer in the color. This is a double color. What we did was pour two colors into the mold, from either end, at the same time. It looks like a twinkly night sky. I know I have to use the soap (don't save it for nice!) but I'll be sad to see the colors go.
More info and individual posts will come later, but until then: Have you ever tried making your own soap? Are you interested in trying?
Ok, I've got another wonderful book for you!
I read this book after I read Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells. Actually, I read all of her books in quick succession; I LOVE her writing style and her characters!
Today's Addison Allen novel is my favorite: The Sugar Queen.
When I first read this book, I couldn't quite figure out why I loved it so much and then it hit me. I related to Josey. I didn't relate to her relationship with her mom (my mom and I are quite close) but I did relate to her insecurity, her slight chubbiness (I very much dislike exercise!) and related love of junk food/sweets. I relate to her desire to travel and her fears and hesitations about travelling. I don't know; I just clicked with Josey and ever since I've loved re-re-reading this book. Even though I've read it at least three times now, I still get excited, nervous, worried and happy in all the same spots. No matter how many times I read it, it's like reading it for the very first time. That, my friends, is a good book indeed!