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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Like Sands Through The Plexi Glass

My friend T arrives today. I have been spending the past few days preparing a few things for her visit. One thing that she loves to do is relax in our Roman tub. I thought a container of bath salts would make for a happy invitation.
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I purchased a carton of Epson salt in the pharmacy department of Wal Mart. The shatterproof plexi glass containers were found in the food storage section of the store. I already had the essential oil (purchased at a health food store) and food coloring on hand. I began with a few drops of each added to the salt and mixed well. A little goes a long way.
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At first I thought I would create just one color. But I thought it might be pretty to create three separate colors that matched the palette of our front bathroom. The beach theme brought to mind the sand creations of the ‘70’s that T and I often admired at the carnival when we were children. (Remember those?) I filled the second container with seashells and used the top of the lid as an impromptu soap dish. This gift was created for under $10.00. Imagine how cute this idea would be in Valentine shades!
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I will be spending the next few days enjoying my friend. Our plans include seeing Mary Poppins at the ASU Gammage Theater, taking a morning hike up a breathtaking mountain, and celebrating her birthday at the Mardi Gras festivities at Westgate.
We’ll be the crazy women in kooky hats and feather boa’s. Hope to see you there.
Laura

44 comments :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a thoughtful welcoming gift. The bath salts are just gorgeous and such a lovely presentation with the shells. Sounds like you guys have wonderful things lined up for a lot of fun. Enjoy. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, what a special gift for your sweet guest! Your bath salts looks so pretty and I'm so impressed you made this yourself. It's gorgeous and the seashells just finish it off!
Have a wonderful time with your friend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about your email account. Isn't it just nerve wracking. I was so upset that someone would do such a thing. I am sorry you had this sad experience too. Hugs, Marty

Janet said...

That's super cute and a very thoughtful gift! Enjoy your visit with your friend!

Connie said...

I love the layers of bath salts and the spoon tied on top with ribbon. Very spa-like indeed.

MarySue said...

I think you will inspire all who read to be a more thoughtful friend. Enjoy your fun times.

Jingle said...

That looks so pretty! What a great thing to do for a special guest!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You are a wonderful hostess..Have a wonderful time with your friend & a beautiful weekend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great idea, Laura! I love the three colors together and the addition of the "scoop" tied to the top. Enjoy your visit with your friend!

Karen said...

Love your idea of the bath salts. Y'all have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Lorrie said...

Enjoy being with your friend. And your gift is fabulous. I'm sure she will thoroughly enjoy soaking herself!

Liz said...

A beautiful vignette!
~Liz

fairfieldhouse said...

Ohhh, I wish I were Tracy this weekend! What a lucky woman to have such a sweet friend to share this journey with! This is a beautiful project. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy each other's company. If I were closer I'd be there with you adorned in an outrageous hat and boa!

- Deborah

Love the Decor! said...

Have a great time. love the bath salt idea!! what a fun welcome gift!!

Destination Seaborn said...

Aww, that looks so pretty and refreshing! I love the bath salts and the shells! Very Nice! Have a great weekend! Lisa

Mimi said...

HI Laura!!!!
Oh I hope to run into you tonight!!!!
How fun!!!
I love that Tiffany Blue shades!!!
Yes, I can imagine Red's and Pinks!!!
How sweet of you!!!
Hugs,
jamie

Carrie said...

Beautiful gift!!! Sounds like you are going to have fun with your friend... LIVE IT UP!!!

Willow said...

They are so lovely. Now that would be something I would love to have in my bath.

Willow

DarcyLee said...

What a creative idea for bath salts. I know several women in my life that would love to receive a gift like that. Thanks once again for the inspiration.

GWENDOLYN said...

What a sweet hostess you are.. I am sure your friend will love the bath salts you made her.
Blessings!
Gwen

Veronica said...

What a great gift for your friend. Sounds like you guys are going to have a lot of fun.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

omygosh!!! that is just pure genius!! love it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

SPLENDEROSA said...

What a wonderful idea. Sometimes, we must be reminded of chic things to do at home...and you just did this. xx's Marsha

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love the bath salts. What a cute gift. I want to try making some too. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

Camille said...

Your blog is lovely ~ I found you while blog hopping the other night. I've returned for a quick visit and see that you've created something beautiful! How loved your friend will feel when she sees what you have done for her. Enjoy you visit! Good friends are a treasure ~ have fun together!

Blessings,
Camille

Maija said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Enjoy your time with your friend!!

Linda said...

Ooooh, how pretty!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love,
Linda

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful way to welcome your friend.

I'm definately going to give it a try. I never thought of using food coloring on Epsom Salts.

- The Tablescaper

Carmie - the Single Nester said...

I love the colored Epsom salt. What a great idea.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoy your time with your friend. Love the pretty bath salts and container of shells together. I have a question about the bath salts? Does the food coloring not stain the skin?
Have a great weekend.
Glenda

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

What a great idea I love this !!
I will borrow your idea !!
Have a great weekend.
Diane

erin said...

bath salts are a great idea! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment! i love your name! nice to meet you........
happy valentines day!
erin

Melissa Miller said...

It's a very pretty vignette Laura. You have a very beautiful home and lovely blog.

~Blessings, ~Melissa

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's a great gift idea! Love it!

Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday and Valentine's Day, too!

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Muse said...

it is the smallest of things...that speak volumes...

i am sure your guest will find that their stay is one, which will be memorable...and treasured.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I have purchased the Epson salts to use as a base for pillar candles in a glass container and used the rest to color as bath salts, but I've never thought to made varying shades. Great idea, and you have presented it in such an attractive way.

Joyce said...

Thanks for peaking in at my blog today. Isn't it fun to make gifts for visitors to welcome them into your home for some fun and some R&R. I think the idea of using the multi colors looks so pretty. Now your post on making a banner is such a wonderful idea. When I turned 16 (many moons ago) my Mom and Aunts sewed these and hung them up in the backyard on the clothes line and they looked so pretty. They also made all my friends who came to the party little triangle head scarfs which were all the rage back in the 60s. Thanks for rekindling my memories of family and friends by posting your garland photos. Happy Valentine's day.
Joyce

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a lovely way to welcome your guest. I remember making bath salts for Mother's Day gifts in school. Thanks for reminding me of sweetd days past.

Tammy518 said...

What a great way to welcome your guest. I keep meaning to make my own bath salts and your post may have just pushed me over the edge.

daylily777 said...

Very beautiful & such a sweet thoughtful thing to do for your friend . I wish you both an enjoyable time together . Happy Valentine's Day !
Blessings,
~Myrna

merilyn lee said...

I love your idea of the bath salts!
It looks so inviting and relaxing.
I love sea shells too and have a large apothacary jar full of them
by my oval tub. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
Happy Hearts Day!
Marilyn

Natasha said...

This is such a beautiful idea. What a wonderful host you are.

I would love to know what you thought of Mary Poppins. Hope you have a wonderful time.

Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving such a lovely comment-I truly appreciate it.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

starsfault said...

Hi Laura ~ I've done this with epsom salts before and really enjoyed. Best way to take a long bath and so good for the skin, soothing to the senses.

Thanks for sharing this!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

jenjen said...

How wonderful Laura! I love that - what a sweet and thoughtful thing to do for your guest!

Thanks for linking this idea up!

XOXO
Jen