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In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!


Friday, April 22, 2011

IT'S EARTH DAY / GABY'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP!!!


Hello everyone, and welcome to the hop!  Thank you for joining me, and for a list of all the crafty participants you'll be visiting along the way please refer to the list on my sidebar located under the same label as above.  By clicking on the blog name you will be directly linked to that particular blog.

Before getting started, I'd like to wish a very special happy earth day/happy birthday to the host of this hop, Gaby.  Gaby, here's hoping your day is filled with all the merriment and wonderment you deserve!

As a special treat for joining us in this hop, Gaby is offering some special treats by her sponsors: Peachy Keen Stamps, Market Street Stamps, and Kich n' Bleus Digital Stamps.  She also has her own special goodie box she'll be offering -- you won't want to miss this, so make sure you don't miss her!!!

Now on to my project:

My project is more than likely entirely different than you expected; although it's totally in keeping with Earth Day as it's economical, recycable, pretty much all natural, and made with easy to find household items.

Okay, so I did recycle the bottle and made a matching tag; however, it's what's in the bottle that is actually my project for today, not the bottle or tag.  So what is it?  It's one of my own "secret" recipes for a rich and really creamy liquid hand/body soap I'll be sharing with you!  I think you'll like it, and it's easy!

This soap is economical in that it makes lots of  liquid soap!  Probably enough to fill about eight  8 oz. bottles or four to five 16 oz. bottles, maybe a bit more, so it'll last a long time and at a fraction of the cost of store-bought liquid soaps.  It's recycable because you can also substitue and use leftover scraps of soap you'd normally toss in the trash, but for this recipe I'm using a glycerin soap bar.  Oh, and it's great for gift giving!  Here are the ingredients you'll need:

(NOTE:  all utensils, pan, and bottles should be clean and sterilized before using)
  • 7 cups distilled or cool boiled water (if using boiled water, it is important it be completely cooled)
  • 1 level tblsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tblsp. liquid glycerin (can be found in most grocery stores, drug stores, or health food stores)
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid Vitamin E oil (can be found in most drug stores or health food stores)
  • 3/4 bar clear unscented glycerin soap (can also be found in most drug stores or health food stores)
  • Metal pan large enough to hold 7 - 8 cups liquid comfortably
  • Optional:  A few drops of desired essential/fragrance oil or a few drops of your favorite perfume
Let's make the soap:
  1. Combine 3 cups water and the sugar into large pan; on medium high heat, bring ingredients to a boil
  2. Reduce heat to low and add 3/4 bar of glycerine soap (soap should be cute into cubes)
  3. Once soap has thoroughly melted, remove pan from heat
  4. Add liquid glycerin, Vitamin E oil, and salt; beat vigorously (I used a hand beater) for 1/2 minute
  5. Cover with towel and let sit to cool completely (it is important to allow mixture to cool completely(about 2 hours)
  6. Once this mixture has cooled it will be very-very thick.  At this point, start adding distilled or cool boiled water to the mixture, one cupful at a time, stirring slowly and only until soap is of a regular liquid soap consistency, but do not add so much water as to make soap too thin!  This soap will thicken slightly more over a couple of hours, so if after 2 hours soap is too thick add a bit more water until it is again the consistency of store bought soap.
  7. Optional:  If desired, you can now add your favorite scented oil or perfume to your smell preference
NOTE:  THIS IS A VERY RICH AND THICK SOAP, SO REPEAT STEP UNTIL YOU GET TO AND MAINTAIN THE PROPER CONSISTENCY!

Now your soap is ready to pour into and store in a large container, or pretty bottles to use or give as gifts!!!  And, let me say, before you add a scent, test smell the natural scent of this soap; it has it's own natural, pleasant smell -- you may not want an added scent at all!  And..., instead of using glycerin soap, experiment by substituting leftover scraps of soap you would typically throw away -- now how's that for recycling?!!!  However, of course, you''ll also be adding the "not so natural" additives and preservatives in the scrap soap.  So what... have fun with it!

To adorn my soap bottle, I inserted several large silk leaves on the inside; for the cork topper and below the lip rim I used bead ribbon, and added a bow with a rhinestone (to pick up the rhinestones on the bead ribbon); the embossing on the bottom of the bottle I swiped with gold Stickles.  The earth embellishment on the top of the tag I made from UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) using a mold, the tag itself is was priinted out on my computer including the picture of the earth on the bottom that I found on the internet.  But the ironic surprise for me was that my hubby on an off-chance offered me the bottle before deciding to throw it away.  I took it not knowing what use I'd have for it until now.  And it just happens to be green?!!!  How appropriate for this project was that?!!!

Of course, along the blog hop trail, you'll find other goodies being offered by hop participants; however, you'll need to see their rules for winning their blog candies.  As for my candy package, everyone is welcome to participate; to be eligible just leave me a comment on today's hop.  I will announce my winner, which will be selected by Random.org., on Monday, April 25.  Here's the blog candy:

Well, I hope you like my project, and your next stop on the hop will be Daily Grace Creations.  She's all ready for you, so go on ahead and stop by.  Have fun and good luck on winning the goody packages being offerred!

I'll be seeing you!

116 comments:

Tracey said...

I love this idea.......I can't wait to try it. I'll be printing the ingrediants out. TFL

Besthobbyeva said...

Oh Audrey, this is gorgeous! I love it. The bottle and tag are so beautiful. Thanks so much for the recipe for the soap. Who would have thought going on a card making blog we would get a soap recipe? That is so awesome.

I hope is is going well!

Laurie

ramonafl4 said...

Thanks for the recepie- I will have to try it for mother's day for my mom

The Scrapbooking Queen said...

Wow what alot of work but so worth it for saving our world ... thanks for sharing your talent
The Scrapbooking Queen

Kingston's Kreations said...

What a cool blog hop! I am excited to try your soap recipe. I used to make my own laundry soap a long time ago and I kind of miss that so I was excited to see your post. I am off to follow your blog hop. Have a great Easter!
Hugs,
Wendy

Celeste said...

thank you so much for the i8nstructions... Such wonderful projects.
Celeste

jessica said...

WOW!! What a GREAT project..excellent tutorial and all around amazing idea. TFS
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
eschfamily@yahoo.com

Josie0602 said...

Thanks for the soap tutorial! I would love to try this out!!
Tracy
jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

Idle Hands said...

Thanks for sharing your hand soap recipe! I enjoy making glycerin soaps, so this is right up my alley. I like to use the Cricut to embellish handmade soap boxes.

Madonna
http://handmadehobbies.blogspot.com

sweetlilscrapper said...

wow.. neat idea!!

lovemypaper said...

Very nice project! tfs

Tanya said...

WOW!!! You did an AMAZING job!!! I totally LOVE your tutorial included!! I'm a new follower and would love for you to visit me when you have time.

Hugs,
Tanya
freddylswillima@windstream.net

mforquer said...

Gorgeous project Audrey! So happy to be in a blog hop with you girly - I love all of your fabulous projects!! Sorry I haven't been around much to say it!!! Have a fabulous Earth Day!
hugs,
M

Maria said...

Love your project. Very creative. I love it
Thanks for sharing

stampinlara said...

wow, what a great project!!! The bottle and tag are GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog too.

stampinlara at yahoo dot com

Tanya said...

Love your bottle and tag! Thanks for including the recipe and instructions!! :)

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

JustYolie said...

What a fabulous green project! Thank you for sharing the soap recipe.

Lucinda said...

What a neat project thanks for sharing all the details.
cindalu78@yahoo.com

craftaholic said...

Awesome Project and Thanks for the soap Recipe! I will try it out!! TFS!!! I am a new follower and try and swing by my blog sometime and see what I have been up to!!

ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com
http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
Rexann♥

Diane said...

What a great thing to make for earth day. I think I will try it

Debbie - Olivia's Nana said...

Really nice! Very creative

Debbie @ http://bugginattheseams.blogspot.com/

Brenda said...

What a great project! Thank you for sharing the directions.

HappyScrapper64@bex.net

Susan said...

Aren't you clever!! Thank you soooo much!! such a terrific addition on this blog hop! This is such fun!
SusanJ in Atlanta

shersl84bed said...

I love how you use items that are already at home. Can't beat that.


Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

silvia said...

LOVE your tag!! LOVE your recipe even more~I can't wait to make some!! TFS!!! Happy Earth Day!!

mamawcindy said...

I love your bottle and Tag. You did an awesome job. TFS I'm a new follower. :0)
cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

Tambo said...

very pretty! thanks for the directions. I am going to try this. I have a whole bunch of bottles to use to (for another project,leftovers)

scrappingjoy said...

Wow, I'm glad I hopped over to your blog this holiday weekend. I've always wanted a homemade soap recipe and this looks like the ONE. Thanks .. Your project looks great. Love the blog candy too. Have a blessed Easter.

Misty said...

Totally LOVE it! I make soy candle products & air fresheners with my homemade paper. I wanted to move into soap, but was downsized out of my job, so spending has come to a screeching halt.
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

What a wonderful project not only is it pleasing to the eye but the body as well! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Holly said...

What a great idea! You are so talented! I would never think of making my own soap!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Holly said...

I left a comment so I hope I dont repost but I dont see it. This is such a wonderful idea! I would never think to make my own soap! Love IT!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Carol said...

WOW fabulous project! thank you for the how-to! TFD

Cricut Couple said...

Oh Audrey! Gorgeous project as always! Love everything about it! Thanks so much for hopping with us today and Happy Earth Day! Bobby & Jill

Debbie said...

I copied the recipe thanks
upnurse at aol dot com

Jean said...

I am going to have to try this. The bottle and tag look beautiful!

Got2BCrafting said...

This is a wonderful project! Thank you so much for the great instructions too... it would be awesome to be able to use up those last pieces of soap that I always throw away!! :)
Lori
got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

Kelly Massman said...

Very cool project! Thanks for the instructions and for sharing!

Dawnll said...

How exciting Audrey!
I remember you making so many gifts this past holiday.
I am so honored you would share your recipe with us.
I can almost smell it already
blessings Dawn ll

Lori Apgar said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe with us Audrey!! You have so many talents!! I even love the tag and bottle you put your lotion in!!

So glad to be in this hop with you!!

Brenda said...

I love, love, love this idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have about 100 little wine bottles and think I will make some gifts this weekend. You ROCK recycled!!!
Hugs
Brenda

Jenn said...

Wow, both the bottle and tag look stunning! Thanks for sharing your secret soap recipe!
Jenn
www.craftyfulgardens.blogspot.com

joydee1963 said...

Thats a great project!Love it! new follower! joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Scrappin Crafter said...

Very creative project! I will have to give this a try! TFS!
Jenni
Scrappincrafter@hotmail.com

Kate said...

What a super idea to make your own soap! This is such a lovely gift idea, too! Your presentation is fabulous as well, Audrey!

mitch1066 said...

OK,how did i not find your blog before....i luv hops..i always find someone new thats a great crafter and inspiration:)

mitch1066(at)gmail.com

Amy Z said...

Thanks for the soap lesson! Cool!

the 2 Pink Ladies said...

Thanks for the soap recipe! I love making gifts for my friends and family. This one will unique and different. Thanks for sharing.
Hazel
hdhall6002 at sbcglobal dot net

Lisa said...

WOW Audrey, you are so creative and talented. Beautiful bottle. By the way, tell your husband Congratulations on his new Beauty (his car) that is so special.

Jamie said...

Wow you went all out in being Earth friendly! Thanks for the recipe. I will actually try this. I thought that was clever using your "own" soap and also making a cute tag. TFS!

GabyCreates.com said...

Hi Audrey!! What a beautiful tag and bottle!! (I just bought UTEE and you just reminded me to use it!)... I have to really give your soap recipe a try, Thank you so much for sharing your secret recipe!!
What a beautiful gift set! and it's green!
Thank you so much for being part of my celebration and for being my friend!! Hugs, Gaby

Dalis said...

omg... those are some fancy soaps!!!! awesome!

-- dalis
alidalis AT comcast DOT net

MLiss3 said...

How cool. What a neat idea. I always like to see how to make something besides apper related, although I do like the presentation!
M'Liss
trepanierm at comcast dot net

Geri said...

Wow!! Such a great idea!!!! It's so Martha Stewart like!!! Very nice!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

My Crafting Time said...

Awesome tag and bottle. Thanks for being earth conscious and making your project out of recycled items. Thanks for the blog hop and a chance to win.

stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
http://www.mycraftingtime.com

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, this is creative..I will have to try it out. TFS!
Sherrie K

Jazmin said...

The tag and bottle are gorgeous... and making your own soap is a great idea.

Jazzy
MsPoet2Be@gmail.com
www.JazzysCards.Blogspot.com

All Honey Creations said...

What a nice idea!! And easy too! I've got several soap recipes and this one seams to be so easy. I may have to try this. Pam

pat said...

Wonderful idea! thanks for passing it along.

Corrine said...

Great project!! Thanks for the recipe~ Corrine http://celebratingordinarymoments.blogspot.com/

Kaitlin said...

Great project!

Kaitlin
angel1694@comcast.net
http://cupcakesandcards.blogspot.com/

Debc06 said...

Great gift. Love the tutorial that you gave us. TFS.
Debbie
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com

Peggy said...

Audrey, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. So glad to be part of the blog hop.

Peggy T.
timmermanp@bellsouth.net

Scrappin Time Gal said...

Thank you for sharing your "secret" soap recipe. I guess it is no longer a secret. I think I will give this a go.....I will print it out and see if I can make it look as nice as yours. Thank you for a chance at your blog candy.

AnnCarolW@aol.com

mish said...

Great project and boy you do get a lot in the end! Love the Tag and bottle!
Michelle
You can find me at ScrapbookingSOS.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Cool! Thanks for the recipe! You are so creative and clever!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Sarah Magill-Straisfeld said...

Beautiful project, and thanks for sharing the soap recipe. I can't wait to try it.
Sarah
www.sarahprocrastinating.blogspot.com

theduchess&thediva said...

Aubrey I love this gift and idea! Thanks for the recipe as well. I am going to try and make it myself. It is also nice to see someone close to home. I am in Kankakee. Thanks for sharing!

Felicia

Anna said...

Love this idea. Thank you for sharing.
I am a new follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [23 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Very nice project. I am a new follower; your blog is lovely!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

BunnyFreak said...

Wow. Making your own liquid soap. Cool.

Deborah said...

what a neat project....thanks for sharing......

Cathy said...

I love your blog, your projects and your blog candy. thanks for sharing. Happy Easter:)
mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

Nadia's World said...

This is a great gift Audrey! Thanks for the recipe/directions!!!

TFS!!

Nicole T.
niclax13@gmail.com

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh I am so happy that you were able to take time to play alone with the blog.. you have been so busy... I so hope things are better for you my friend... I wish I could play along with you.. Everett and i didn't get home from Napa till almost 7pm.. Aunt Eloise seemed a little confused today, bless her heart, I so wish I lived closer so I could see her more often. :-( AND would make it easier, by the time we get home i am so wore out. lol.. that's what happens when you get old... AND of course I so love your project, you never cease to amaze me. Praying that things get better for you soon.. love Sandy

Glitter Fantasies said...

I am not sure what I enjoyed more about what you made for this hop or the soap! But I have always wanted to make my own soap, but I am so sensitive to most soaps.
Feel free to drop by my blog anytime..it's not my work - rather a compilation of tutorials, ideas and techniques.
Jackie
jmpresearch@gmail.com

Glitter Fantasies said...

Forgot to mention, you can see my 2 babies that are Shih Tzus on my page about me.

Jackie
jmpresearch@gmail.com

thekolbes said...

What an awesome idea. I can't wait to make this soap. Thanks so much for sharing.
Trish
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

ScrappinAnn said...

Your project is wonderful! Isn't it great when the hubby remembers to offer you things like that before tossing them?!
Thanks for the recipe too. I have always wanted to try making my own soap for gifts..... hmmmmm....gears are turning now!
I am a follower too.
Ann
Scrappin Ann at gmail dot com
www.annlenth.blogspot.com

Kris said...

Wow thanks for all the information! What a superb unique idea! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

patti said...

I always enjoy your blog and projects!! Thanks for the blog candt! pjseagers at hotmail dot com

Kay Miracle said...

What a project, you are awesome. TFS
Kay
kay.miracle@yahoo.com

Stacey said...

Thanks for the recipe for the soap!! I make my own laundry soap, so I am super excited to start making my own hand soap!!!
Stacey
Stayce71Z@hotmail.com

Brenna said...

that is an amazing gift!! wow, I will defiantely be trying to make this soon!! thanks for the chance to win!
Brenna
rbanderson@live.ca

Theresa said...

Thank you so much for sharing this how to. I always wondered how people made their own soap, so very cool.
TFS
Theresa
tmdettloff@gmail.com

Maria said...

Great project! Thanks for the recipe.

Sandi Cl~ said...

Just wrote a very long post that went to blogger heaven .. I lost your blog on my "following" .. never have seen that happen. Have a great weekend!

Simply AJ said...

Thanks for sharing your project... what a nice gift to give or receive!! AJ
queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com
http://queenofmynest(dot)blogspot(dot)com

Lisa R. said...

Great gift idea! Boy you're busy! thanks for sharing the recipe's! Happy earth day. Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful project!! What a great gift!!! Can't wait to try out the recipe!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!!

scrappingwithstephanie@gmail.com
scrappingwithstephanie.blogspot.com

HockeyScrap said...

What a great idea, and love that the instructions for making are so clear. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
dbonczek@comcast.net
http://pawstoscrap.blogspot.com/

The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

What a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I love hand made soap and creams.
Blessings!
RecipeScrapperATsbcgobalDOTnet

CathyinMN said...

Thanks so much for the soap recipe! You decorated the bottle and card so elegantly, too.
tcsobotka at charter dot net

Susan said...

Hi Audrey!

First off I must say I really enjoyed your blog today and I'm a new follower. I'm also a Chicago girl however, I have been living in Minnesota since 2004. Needless to say we are still Bears fans! I really appreciate how you thought outside the box on this project. It seems we drink handsoap in my house and I will be giving this a try. I also like how you dressed up the bottle, very creative. Thank you for sharing this and I do hope you'll stop over at my blog sometime and say hi! Take care and have a very Happy Easter!

Susan
http://cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

Thunderbirdlindy said...

Thanks for the recipe, I love stuff like this. Love how you packaged the soap too.

Autumn said...

Love love LOVE that you did something a little different for the hop!! It's earth-friendly and unique! TFS!

autumnwillis925 at gmail dot com

kathlee said...

What a FANTASTIC project!! New follower.
TFS!
Kathie
Kathlee154atgmaildotcom
http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

Amy E said...

AWESOME project! Thanks for sharing you super special soap recipe with us!!

amyis300(at)hotmail(dot)com

Paula Puckett said...

Super idea! This would be a great gift! I'm gonna try this project and put together a couple spa baskets for the sisters. They'll love it! Thank you for the great recipe!

jpuckett13Woh.rr.com

MsJay said...

Love this project. I must give it a try and to find a nice bottle as pretty as yours. TFS

Love That Bug said...

Hey sweetie,
I am not here for the hop, but I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Easter
Hugs,
Stacy

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow... this is awesome! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I am home resting and feeling better by the hour. Have a blessed Easter!

Annette said...

Thank you for the instructions and sharing your gift. Smiles to you, Annette
amfahuna@gmail.com

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Wow,I would love to try this one day. I have so many projects I need to complete right now...and guess what, my back gave out on me today. At least I made it through preparing and cleaning up at our annual Church Easter Egg Hunt today! Hope you are doing well.

Happy Easter to you and your family!!! Hugs!

liz at liz's paper loft said...

what a fabulous idea and so pretty too!
liz :o)

Amyscats said...

I've given handmade Christmas gifts to co-workers for almost 30 years - and this looks to be the next new idea! TFS!!
Amyscats
amylfahnestock at gmail dot com

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

The tag and bottle are awesome. I will have to try your recipe for hand soap.
Kathy
Katsew at gmail dotcom

LouAnn said...

Great idea. Thanks for the directions.

McVic said...

Thanks! I might have to try this!
kacee
mcvicwif@Yahoo.com

Mary said...

Hi Audrey. With the holidays I can't believe I missed this. THE famous soap recipe? Can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, Mary M

shari said...

Awesome project Audrey! I love how you do things that are different then anyone else I follow. Shari (cricutrookie)

Jo said...

What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing your soap recipe with us.

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Happy Earth Day and great way to recycle. Love that you dressed up a bottle. Fabulous! :)

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow, how fun is this!!!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!!! I've really enjoyed reading every one of them!

Hugs, my family-friends!

kathlee said...

Hello Audrey!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments! It is so wonderful to have you as a follower! I am flattered! Can't wait to see more projects! Don't be a stranger...visit soon!
Hugs,
Kathie