Weekly Wrap Up (Week of May 14th-May 20th)

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I got married!

Well, a LOT has happened since last week. This past Wednesday I got married! It was a super simple affair that took place in around 60 seconds in my living room, but it all also happened rather quickly. Rick, my new husband, was at one point my ex-fiance. But life sometimes pulls you in crazy directions for a reason and within a week we’d made the decision to get married. We mostly told everyone after the event, but we are planning a wedding reception a month or two down the road so friends and family can come celebrate. I’m super stoked though and crazy happy.

Outdoor patio dining furniture from Target! I love this new outdoor dining space!

My marriage came with stepkids who are pretty frickin’ awesome. Thursday Hannah (who’s 11) and Isaac (who’s 13) helped me pull together this awesome outdoor dining space for us to enjoy as a new family. (I bought the entire set at Target.)

Hannah painting a paper mache unicorn with materials from Target!

And today Hannah painted a kick ass paper mache unicorn from Target’s Kid Made Modern line. (There’s also a third, Abbie, who’s currently planning for college, but we only have every other weekend.)

Rose Gold Bar Cart

I also got my hands on a bar cart – finally! – that I’d been lusting after forever. It finally went on sale and once I bought it it promptly sold out. I splurged a little on a set of matching copper martini glasses and rose flowers also from Target and a really nice Prince of Scots Professional Serie Boston Style Cocktail Shaker Set from Amazon. I still have to dig through Pinterest for some ideas on styling a bar cart though. Currently the bottom shelf is completely empty.

Large Flower Temporary Tattoo from Siideways

Currently I’m crushing on this gorgeous large flower temporary tattoo from Siideways.

Pineapple Mango Unicorn Horn Bath Fizzie from Golden Sapphire Boutique

And these Pineapple Mango Unicorn Horn Bath Fizzies from Golden Sapphire Boutique. (You can also follow Golden Sapphire Boutique on Instagram so you don’t miss out on any of her awesome creations.)

DIY Unicorn Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess Blog

If you have time to squeeze in yet another new DIY project on an upcoming weekend, A Pumpkin & A Princess blog has a new tutorial on how to make your own unicorn horn bath bombs. You just need to grab these ice pop molds from Amazon then check out the list of materials and the recipe here.

I’m looking forward to sharing lots of new bath and body recipes with you all this coming week! Also, if you’d like a chance to see your bath & body creations featured on my next weekly wrap up post, simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts when you share them!

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DIY Homemade Valentine’s Day Book Gift Idea + Artterro DIY Bookmaking Kit Giveaway

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DIY Bookmaking Kit - Homemade Valentine's Day Book DIY
I first discovered the collection of DIY Art Kits from Artterro back in April on Kanelstrand blog and fell in love with their eco-friendly bookmaking kit. Artterro was kind enough to offer me a bookmaking kit at no cost to review and I gladly accepted. This weekend my son, Cody, and I made homemade Valentine’s Day books using the kit. Not only did we have fun learning how to make our own handmade books, but we also learned some really cool things about the company itself.
DIY Bookmaking Kit from Artterro - Eco-friendly and Sustainable Art Kits
The Artterro Bookmaking Kit contains enough materials for making four small, handmade books and includes everything you need to make the books minus the scissors and glue. These kits include all natural and recycled materials, are made in the USA, use minimal and reusable packaging – the box can be turned into a frame for your artwork! – and they are assembled and shipped from Goodwill Industries in Milwaukee, WI. Following is how Cody and I used our kit to create handmade Valentine’s Day books filled with love quotes.
DIY Book Making Kit Materials - All Natural and Recycled Materials are Used in Artterro's Eco-friendly Art Kits
First we separated out the materials into small dishes so we could keep track of them. No sense in having beads and sequins flying everywhere. The decorative papers were so pretty I wanted to use them all!
How to Make A Handmade Book for Valentine's Day
We started by choosing the papers for the inside of the book and then a cover page. We used square pages we cut from the larger pages for the inside pages of our books and a larger sheet for the cover. Then we used the needles included in the kit to sew embroidery thread through the pages to hold the book together. Cody used the extra length from the thread to add some beads to his book that dangled from the bottom. He glued sequins and beads to the cover of his book.
Using Natural Beads to Decorate a Homemade Book
Unlike Cody, I strung beads along the spine of my homemade Valentine’s Day book.
How to Make a Homemade Valentine's Day Book to Gift to Someone You Love
I also used different sheets of decorative papers that I cut to my liking for the cover of my book and glued them to the cover. And I used decorative pages on the interior of my book and glued smaller squares of solid colored papers to these so I could write on them.
Writing Love Quotes Inside a DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Book
Once my book was completely assembled, I googled love quotes online and wrote these quotes on each page of my handmade book.
Writing heart and love inspired phrases inside a handmade book is a great Valentine's Day gift idea!
Cody, on the other hand, chose to wrote down his own love inspired thoughts and phrases.
DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Quote Book - Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea
Once we finished filling out books with words, they were complete and ready for gift giving to someone special!
So, why choose Artterro? Artterro is all about creativity! They design their eco art kits to offer an engaging experience with fresh fun projects and artist quality materials. They inspire and delight as you design beautiful jewelry, fanciful bubble wands, sophisticated storybooks and more. Helping people tap into their creativity with fun, affordable projects is at the core of Artterro’s mission, as is their commitment to sustainability.
Forrest Espinoza and Jennifer Conn of Madison, WI, are the two artists and mothers behind the scenes at Artterro. They founded Artterro because they believe everyone is born creative. Sometimes the pace of our modern lives keeps us from making time for art – and that’s where Artterro comes in! Their goal with every kit is to make them fun, easy and affordable for people to create art with family and friends.
If you’d like to purchase this bookmaking kit – or any other kit – from Artterro, use coupon code: SOAP20 through February 14th, 2013 and receive 20% off your purchase. You can also enter to win an Artterro Bookmaking Kit by entering via Rafflecopter below. This contest is open to USA residents through January 31st, 2013.

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Aqua Kitchen Craft Projects

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There’s just something about blue that I love. When I had my own house before the divorce, I made over every room in the place. The kitchen was probably the toughest. My ex-husband and I laid tile over the existing countertops, we painted all of the cabinets and gave them new hardware, we eventually had to replace all of the appliances and the sink, and my ex put down a laminate tile floor.
I also painted over the absolutely horrid wood paneling with a pale, pale lavender paint that was so light it almost looked white. The theme, however, was that retro 50s robin’s egg blue and a dark brown. I even painted the ceiling the same color as the pale blue kitchen cabinets. And I purchased retro 50s atomic dinner plates to go above the cabinet space.

While I no longer have my lovely kitchen, I haven’t lost my taste for retro shades of blue. One of those shades being aqua. So when I ran across this lovely aqua and red themed kitchen (above) featured on Kitchenisms, I was in heaven. (I highly encourage you to visit Kitchenisms in order to view photos of every inch of this marvelous kitchen.) But even the most perfect, colorful kitchen needs a few personal touches. So if you’re thinking of repainting your cooking space, consider the following craft projects to add a handmade touch. They’re not just pretty to look at, but functional too!

This bunting tea towel from A Scrappy Project adds just the perfect touch. Make several and keep them in daily use. It’s pretty enough to leave out for quick hand drying and clean ups and has beautiful aqua patterned fabrics for the bunting that make it a perfect match for an aqua themed kitchen!
Every kitchen needs a clock! I particularly love this diy clock from Landee see, Landee do. Not only is it painted aqua – of course you can make it any color you like – but it’s personalized with photos of family members. Since the kitchen is not traditionally a place you would see family photographs, I think this unique concept makes it extra special. Now, every time you glance at the clock to check the time, you’re reminded of those you love! (Or that you’re late picking up the kids from school. Wink.)
What about you? What are your favorite colors for kitchens and what color is your kitchen now?