Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Make a pennant (or bunting) style banner...

I'm getting ready for some upcoming craft shows and needed a banner. After pricing some on the net, I decided to try my hand at making my own. Here's how I made mine. Perhaps it will inspire you to make your own unique banner. :-)

What you need:

large letters printed in your business font on plain paper
black construction paper
pages from a book (you can use decorative, scrapbook paper or what have you)
clear Contac (tm) paper
paper cutter
double folded quilt binding
glue stick
sharp blade (exacto knife, etc.)

Getting started

Trim construction paper and pages to the size you want; layer them and tack with glue stick.

I printed each letter separately in the largest font I could fit on one page; I then placed this over the construction paper and traced (hard!) to leave an outline.

Use your Exacto knife to cut out your letters; tack onto your layered papers.

Cut Contac paper to fit; encase each banner letter in same.

Place each page between the binding; using a sewing machine, on a zig zag stitch, sew your letters onto binding. I spaced mine about an inch apart and used 3 yards of binding.

Ta-Da! Easy! Hope it helps someone.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

More books 2 soap...

Four more fragrances are being blended in the Latherati studio, soon to be turned into yummy soap, lotion, perfume and more :-)

Avarice, inspired by Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - cedarwood, raspberry, patchouli, a hint of black pepper and the dark green of a dense forest

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - orange marmalade, sweet cake, tea and a touch of molasses (no name yet!)

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy - vanilla, delicate rose, warm honey and nag champa (no name yet!)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - tangy and warm ginger blended with sweet lemon (no name yet!)

I'm currently reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Waiting to be read after that is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. A new challenge will be coming up sometime in March.

If anyone has an opinion of what I might name the three un-named soaps above, leave a comment. You just might be treated to a little surprise from Latherati ;-)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Jane Austen Collection

I've had numerous requests for a collection of my Jane Austen soaps. So, I put together a gift box of three bars of Latherati soap, all inspired by Jane Austen. This trio includes soaps inspired by Emma, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility.

I will also be offering a Bronte Sisters Collection soon, once I read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and make a soap inspired by it, as well as re-read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. My Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) soap is in the blending room, still being tweaked until I arrive at the perfect scent.

Another collection will be Thomas Hardy soaps. Dairymaid is already in the shop (inspired by Tess of the D'Urbervilles), I'm almost finished reading Jude the Obscure and then I'll read ??? Maybe that will be my next me decide on a third Thomas Hardy book.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Look! a new Latherati Banner...and new soap

What do you think of the new banner and avatar? I LOVE it. Since I redesigned my labels, I wanted a more cohesive look and I'm so pleased with this one. I, once again, asked Barbie of Enchanted Memories, to make a new banner and avatar. She's amazingly patient to work with and will keep working at it until you get exactly what you want.

New on the curing rack...Tara, inspired by Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This has been in the works for a long time as I kept tweaking the scent...but finally, I hit the right blend...plantation cotton, lemon balm, a hint of spearmint and lovely southern magnolias. It's subtle and clean and fresh. Will be ready in four weeks :-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ethereal is curing...

Ethereal came out exactly as I'd hoped. This always makes me happy. The scent is light and airy but with a bit of depth, a nice balance of lightness and heaviness. Stunning. Will be ready in 4 weeks :-)

Also, a new soap is brewing in the Latherati studio...the February Challenge winner, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I read it in two is the kind of book you can't put down. The style and structure of Ms. Bronte's writing is, I believe, way ahead of her time...a tragic, romantic tale told to us by the housekeeper, Nelly Dean, after the fact, so all is based on her recollections, going from past to present and back again. I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone. It's a shame Ms. Bronte did not live to make more remarkable books like Wuthering Heights.

Now, I could use your help in picking a name for the Wuthering Heights-inspired soap. It'll be a dark scent, something smoky perhaps with green notes and a touch of blackberry. I'm leaning towards something like:

* Vengeance
* Obsession

Something along those lines. Any ideas?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In the Mold and on the Curing Rack...

New batches of Barton Cottage ...

and Orchard are curing...

and a batch of Ethereal, inspired by
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, is in the mold. The scent is an amazing blend of light and airy orange blossoms and jasmine with bottom notes of musk, cedarwood and amber. Divine!

On a happy note that made my morning...Latherati's Longbourn handmade soap was featured in a favorite treasury to date as it is all about Jane Austen.
This makes me happy :-)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

WINNER of the February Challenge is...

miss ibiscus !!! I used, a number generator to pick the winner.

The winning book is Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte!

Congrats Miss Ibiscus :-)

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

On the Curing Rack and In The Shop

Made up a new batch of Prairie yesterday and it's curing nicely.
New batches of Barton Cottage and Orchard are on the agenda today.

Restocked at Latherati...Roll-On Perfumes

as well as some Lip Lusters, with their newly redesigned labels.

The scent for The Unbearable Lightness of Being is still being tweaked, although I did come up with a name...Ethereal...what do you think? So far, I'm blending orange blossom, jasmine, musk and a nice wood note.

Monday, February 1, 2010

February 2010 Challenge - LOVE - CLOSED

The theme for this month's's all you need.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I'm in the mood to read something romantic, a real love story...classic romance, mind you, not your mass market Harlequin(tm) (no offense intended, it's just not my bag).

Just leave a comment with your favorite romantic novel, including author. I'll use a random number generator to choose the winning book. Winner will be notified by email (so be sure to leave it in your comment!)

Winner will receive one bar of Latherati Soap Foundry handmade soap, inspired by the winning book AND another bar of their choice.

Challenge ends February 6, 2010, 9pm, EST.