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GlobeIn – Bathe
I’ve subscribed to GlobeIn and thought you might enjoy it as well! It’s a monthly subscription to food and lifestyle products from around the world. I thought I’d give it a try since I can cancel it at anytime. They source these products from remote artisans and farmers. There are several different theme boxes to choose from and plenty of items just in case you want to add extras to your monthly box. This month my box was a surprise! The Bathe Box contained a Hand woven 100% cotton pestemal bath towels from Turkey, small soft hand towel from Izmir Turkey, Lemongrass Citrus African Black Soap from Togo, Silk Face Scrub from Bursa, Turkey and it was all packaged up in a hand made palm leaf basket from Mexico.
Each of the towels are very well made. I’m thinking the Turkish bath towel will be good for travel or camping. It’s light and would dry faster than a normal towel. In a pinch it can also be used as a wrap if the weather is chilly or the airplane too cool.
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Homemade Hard Soap by Pam
Homemade Hard Soap
Hard Soap (Castile) – Only 3 Ingredients
Olive Oil, Water & Lye
Cured 1 Year (for hardness)
Just like Nanna would have made way back then!
Recreated from researching recipes found in old newspaper clippings, magazines and handwritten recipes found tucked away in old recipe books.
Most times I make and use the soaps myself. This little gift box of soaps is for a silent auction this weekend at an event I’ll be attending. I’ve also dabbled some with other types of soaps. Soaps made from lye are not like the soaps bought in stores. Since these contain lye they have been curing for quite a while. The longer they cure the better they are when used! Have you ever bought soaps that seemed “wet” or “soft”? Those are very young soaps that still contain a lot of water and haven’t quite cured yet. Cured soaps will last longer and not “melt” in the shower. I’m not sure when I’ll make my next batch of soaps but as soon as summer is here watch out! (For safety reasons I make the soaps outside so that the lye fumes don’t accidentally overwhelm!) Who knows, maybe I’ll find a large kettle and start making soap out in the yard over a fire!
A few months back I found two quilt tops at a local thrift store. For the pair it was less than $5 so right off I was seeing a quilting project in my future. Now to do some research and pick up the rest of the supplies. It’s time to honor a project that some ones mother, aunt, or grandmother started and finish this quilt!
Quilt size: 60″ x 81″
Material: Feed Sack Cloth