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Mar 20, 2013

Catching Up, Cards, Soap and Crochet!

Hi there!

Today is the first day of Spring! I celebrated by walking around the park--and got pelted with little ice balls three quarters of the way around; got soaking wet and then had to put my jeans in the dryer as soon as I got home...even my socks were sopping wet! The good news? I walked around the park--and it's Spring! Lol.

I seldom get around to doing that as I love to stay at home and create. However, I've decided I need to get out more and take care of myself a little better. So I'm happy I did that and I actually enjoyed getting caught in a hail storm! It was fun and refreshing (well, except for the iceballs in the face part) especially since I was with my bestie! 

Anyway, to get back to the creating part, here's what I've been up to lately:
It was my girlfriends birthday, so I made her this card. We went out for lunch to Sr. Froggy's, it's always good. Then we went out for our very wet and eventful walk! :)

Yesterday I got busy and made some soap. My sister is going to Holland and I promised my Aunt I would send some soap along with her. Here it is in the mold...I went a little overboard! Lol...
Here are the cut bars. It's scented with Mango and Champagne. I called it Mango Mountain.
I also made this loaf of soap:
Here it is all cut up...the picture is a bit washed out, but you get the idea. Tutti the Frutti.
And, last but not least, my last loaf was this Seabreeze one, more of a guy scent. This one is actually kind of special because I topped it with Ancient Canadian Glacier Sea Salt. So good for the skin!
Plus, I've been crocheting some more. These adorable baby booties are all 0-3 months.
Side view...
The Lion Booties are a "Two Girls Patterns" pattern from Etsy. 
These little sweethearts are the Crocodile Booties. They are found at "Bonita's Patterns" on Etsy. Both these Etsy shops offer discounts if you buy more than one pattern. I'm not promoting them, just giving credit where credit is due. 

Well, I'm going to watch American Idol tonight while I'm doing something else....it's good background noise. Plus, I might just take a nice hot soak in the tub with a bath bomb...seems like the thing to do after being caught in a storm!

Have a good week! 


  1. Wow you've been busy! Love the card and the soaps (I have so much fun when I make soap), but I ADORE those multi color booties!!! I haven't crocheted in years but they are enough to make me think about taking it up again. WOWZA! Hugs,
    CDAC DT Member
    A Look Through My Eyes

  2. You've been busy! Looks like you have been having fun!

  3. Your soaps look luscious! Those booties are darling, I just don't have an opportunity to knit them for anyone, although maybe donating them might work.

  4. Wow! Gorgeous card, and the soaps are fantastical! You should have a shop! Love love love those booties!!!!

  5. The first day of Spring and it was snowing here this morning. But the crocuses and daffodils are starting to bloom as a sign of the coming Spring. You have been busy Carmen. Love all the kinds of soap you made. The booties are so cute. Specially the booties with all the colours (rainbow booties) Best wishes, Wies

  6. Wow what a multi talented lady, all your creations are fabulous.

  7. I wish I had smellanet! those soaps looks sooooo yummy!! And the little booties are just adorable!

    Thamsk for sharing your crafting with us!

    D :)


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