I think I’ve posted this before, but the very best tip I ever got from watching Tipical Mary Ellen was this:
Save the tube from inside a roll of wrapping paper. Cut a slit in each end. As you take lights off a tree, slip one end of the string in the top slit, then wrap the lights around the tube. Slip the plug in the bottom slit. They’ll be tready to unroll without tangles the next year.
So, I took the autumn leaves and the string of orange lights off my door-side tree. It looks like a Christmas tree, again, and the string of lights made a great light saber!
My front door went from this:
I’ve been in the basement off and on all day pouring some soaps for Christmas:
I don’t consider myself to be a soap maker. I don’t render lard and add lye like Granny Clampett (though I do sound a bit like her and will probably look like her in 20 years or so, my granny did.) I guess I am a soap molder and mold maker? I make melt-and-pour glycerin soaps and love it!
It reminds me of dyeing Easter eggs, except it smells GOOD! And, if you spill it, well wash it up, it’s soap for crying out loud!
The gold bars are my favorites for Christmas giving. I add just a couple of drops of “gold” liquid color to melted, clear, melt-and-pour soap, followed by 1/4-1/2 tsp. gold mica powder. I love how it looks in the measuring cup as you swirl it around to distribute the powder!
I add “Frankensence and Myrrh” fragrance oil from Bramble Berry
, about 1 ml per bar. I pour my melted soap in my gemstone molds and spritz them with rubbing alcohol. That makes all the bubbles come to the top. If I have any left over, I fill the little blue molds (another story) and make little soap beads!
Because I pour in the basement where it’s cool, I don’t have to refrigerate my soaps to harden them. (They sweat when you do that, and you have to wait for them to dry before you polish and package them.) After a few hours, they’re ready to pop out of the mold and be prepared for giving!
Between the fragrance oil and the gold mica, you have all the gifts for the Baby Jesus, wrapped up in one bar!