Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Fresh

Hello, my friends!

Aaaaahhhh…the storms have ended, it’s in the mid-70’s today…I really do believe that Spring has come at last!

The smells outside are intoxicating today…the heady scent of spring blooms and freshly-mown grass…warm breezes blowing through the new, bright green leaves on the trees…just perfect for hanging some fresh, clean laundry out to dry…

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Just a fun little card made this morning in honor of this Springtime day…

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I’ve long loved this sweet little image found in Crafty Secrets’ “Little Dolls” Images & Journal Notes booklet…unfortunately, it got mixed up in a pile of papers and crumbled up a bit before it was put onto cardstock…so, we’re just going to say it looks more aged and vintage, okay?

I felt like playing with paper a bit this morning, so I drew some little dolly clothes freehand on  pretty patterned paper…

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… hung them on a little clothesline with some miniature wooden clothespins…

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…placed it all on a fun pennant-shaped chipboard piece I had…

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…Springtime Fresh…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Now let’s head into the…

I’ve found something that makes our laundry smell springtime fresh even on the yuckiest days…

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Have you ever thought of making your very own laundry soap?  Well, Maryjane of The Beehive Cottage has, and she has the most wonderful recipe available for you to try…here’s where you’ll find it:

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{Oh, my goodness!  You wouldn’t believe all the wonderful things you’ll find at Maryjane’s place!  Delicious recipes, loads of fabulous ideas…she even has her own adorable vintage trailer that she uses for parties—what fun!}

I’ve been using it for almost a month now, and I couldn’t be happier with it!  Just look at this yummy stuff…

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…soft, white soapy powder mixed with grated bars of pink soap…perfectly perfect! 

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Just look at this…

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…isn’t that pretty?!

The scent is heavenly…just like a beautiful spring morning—try it yourself, and see!  My daughters are really enjoying using it, too…not bad, huh?!

And I just can’t tell you how satisfying it feels to make it yourself…every time I scoop it into my washing machine I smile…

I hope your day is beautiful today…whatever the weather.  And if spring is still a ways away where you are, try bringing it into your laundry room…you won’t regret it!

See you soon with something new…

Julie