I decided to try something new - making soap! I followed Martha Stewart's directions and I purchased some soap and peppermint oil. It DID NOT GO AS PLANNED!
I decided I wanted the soap to be red and white, but I could only get the soap colored pink because it was white to begin with...so pink and white striped sounded just as good to me. I melted the soap in the microwave (only once did it boil over and make a mess on the microwave tray!
I used a bread pan and as I layered each layer of white and pink, I "scored" the hardened layer as the directions stated - THIS MUST BE WHERE THE MISTAKES BEGAN!
As I popped the set soap out of the pan, I was quite pleased with the results
(OH, JUST WAIT!)
I sliced the soap into bars...and guess what happened.....
Apparently I didn't SCORE each layer well enough:
VERY DISAPPOINTING, YES, VERY DISAPPOINTING.....
So, I threw all of the pieces into a ziploc bag and I will deal with this in the spring when I attempt to make pink bunny soap!
I don't have a defined dining room in my home, it only has 2 walls. The antique dining table that is centered in this area does not have chairs around it, giving the illusion of more space. I just bring in chairs when using the room to dine!
Friends came for Sunday dinner and the menu was simple:
Garden Salad, Stuffed Shells and Garlic Bread.
I was excited to use my new Pottery Barn tablecloth and Waverly napkin rings with the napkins I bought in the Caribbean a few years ago:
The dishes are from Marshall's:
The flatware is Spode:
And here are the Lenox stemware I got over 31 years ago as a wedding present:
Sharing with Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch
I bought this burlap rice bag at the flea market a few months ago and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.
One thing I did was make a pillow. Because burlap needs some stability when you are sewing with it, I cut out 2 pieces of muslin to match the piece I cut from the burlap. I sewed all 3 pieces together with the burlap sandwiched in between the muslin. The corners are clipped so that there is no bulk in the corners when turned right-side-out:
An opening was left in the bottom center. Never leave an opening anywhere else, this way the hand sewn seam will be on the bottom of the pillow as it is displayed and not noticeable.
I love the description on this bag:
I then topstitched it to help keep it in shape:
So here is is! And I would like to give it away!!
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Next week I will be giving away 4 Christmas stockings I made from the rest of this bag!!