My nephew ran off and eloped! I wish it was quite the scandal like Lady Sybil and the chauffeur on Downton Abbey, but (sadly)-we were quite happy for him and his beautiful fiancé, Lindsay. We all got together the day before Father's Day for a pool party and BBQ at my sister's house to celebrate their union, and bring our new New Yorker family member into the fold Texas style!
Aren't they just the most adorable couple??
She is a natural weight loss diva, and you can find her at www.lindsayshack.com
A stencil that I cut away from the alphabet sheet.
And some Armor Etch.
And then I used stencil adhesive to attach my stencil to the jar. Since it's round, it needed a little extra help on the corners with tape. I waited a little while to make sure the little parts of the swirls weren't going to lift, and everything was firmly in place.
I've never done this before, and they say to practice on an old piece of glass, but who has time for that? I said a little prayer and dove right in. I used a small paint brush to put it on.
You can see a tiny dot on the left hand swirl of the H, where it didn't take. I just put a tiny dot of Armor Etch on there and waited another 5 minutes, and it took just fine.
And here we are! I added the soap and a little instruction card, along with some ribbon along the bottom.
My soap is a compilation of several recipes I've found online. I know there are a million of them and regular blog readers are probably soaped out, but I'm doing this mainly for my family and friends that love it, so they can make their own.
I hate making soap. It's one of those tedious jobs that takes time out of my day and makes me crabby. It doesn't help that I give it away by the mason jar-full as gifts. This time I got smart. I decided to make a snotload-and I recruited my husband to help. He decided somewhere in the middle that he hates it more than me...but that the payoff is worth it. After all, this will take the plane engine grease right out of his pants.
This is what I use:
2 boxes of Borax
2 big boxes of Baking Soda
2 boxes of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
4 bars of Ivory Soap
3 bars of Fels Naptha
1 large container of Dirty Jobs Heavy Duty Stain Remover (A lot of people use Oxy Clean, and I have nothing against Oxy Clean...I'm just in love with Mike Rowe.)
Insert really bad picture.
I didn't get the bar soaps in this pic because I was already microwaving them.
But for my brother, this is what Fels Naptha looks like:
I microwave the Ivory Soap for 1:20, and yes, it does this.
The one thing I hate worse than making soap is grating it. So, I microwave the Fels Naptha, too..for 1:50. It will look like this. WARNING-THIS IS HOT! Mark is impatient and burned his fingers more than once. Take it out with a spatula, let it sit for a few minutes to cool, then tear it into a few pieces. Let those cool before you handle them. If they are gooey in the middle, let the goo part cool then microwave that again.
When Fels Naptha is cool, it will crumble when you do this. Also move the ivory soap between your hands this way, and it will turn to dust.
Layer all of your box ingredients in the bucket with your bar soap crumbles so it's easier to mix. Have one incredibly nosy dog help you.
We had our 'Ghost' moment. Eat your heart out, Demi Moore.
Since we couldn't get to the bottom of the bucket to mix, Mark came up with this ingenious idea. He added a grout mixing tool attachment to the end of a drill, made a hole in the lid, and voila!
After getting a nose full of soap dust we decided that maybe next time, we will do this outside. I was blowing bubbles in the shower later! This makes about 3 gallons, which if my estimation is correct...and I don't give any more out (unlikely)...using 1-2 Tbs per load, we should have soap until the year 2025.
Haha! Maybe not that long, but it will be awhile before I have to make it again...which is a good thing.
Y'all come back soon!