Thursday, March 17, 2011 | By: Mary Wright

Tutorial: How to Make Castille Soap in 13 Steps

I was reading the Frugal Kiwi's blog, and found a recipe for making Castille soap.  Well, having been a person who has wanted to make soap for a long time, I read through her instructions, but was intrigued by a link to instructions that has as step 2 to get chocolate and peanut butter.  So after reading the Soap Chix's blog, I am still laughing, especially all of the singing she does to her soap.  I am wondering if by the end of the batches, her voice is gone.  But the pictures look lovely...and makes me want to consider making some.


In those rare "gee, I actually have some time moments, that I never seem to have, because I am so ADD, I keep doing 5 million things. of these days.  Especially with inspiration from people like the Frugal Kiwi and Soap Chix.

Contest: Sterling Silver Earrings

Oh my...aren't these gorgeous?

I had to show these off here, because they are gorgeous!  And if you want to enter the contest, here's the link:  Frugal Kiwi

Joke of the Day: Which Way

Loved this joke:

Trying to Take It With You

A stingy old lawyer who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness was determined to prove wrong the saying, "You can't take it with you." After much thought and consideration, the old ambulance-chaser finally figured out how to take at least some of his money with him when he died.

He instructed his wife to go to the bank and withdraw enough money to fill two pillowcases. He then directed her to take the bags of money to the attic and leave them directly above his bed. His plan was that when he passed away, he would reach out and grab the bags on his way to heaven.

Several weeks after the funeral, the deceased lawyer's wife had gone up in the attic to clean. Coming upon the two forgotten pillowcases stuffed with cash she exclaimed, "Oh, that darned old fool, I knew he should have had me put the money in the basement."

Cheap Babysitter?

Oh, this is soooo cute!  Shows that sometimes a cat can be smarter than a human.  Or the parents realized the cost advantage of a cat for a babysitter.  I have seen them do this for a *long* time, and the cat always has that "okay, just *one* more time* look.

Drooooooools: Beads that I *love*

Okay, normally I don't look lately, because I haven't been creating, and don't have the money to buy.  I also have been in pain, not having much time to create, and keep my website up (well...I do, I get too much ADD going on, and it takes me a while to get started, so I never have the time, by the time I am ready to start, it's time for bed.  *sighs*)

But Szarka posts some beautiful beads.  She's on my facebook, so it's hard not to see her items.  She has shown a LOT lately, that would have been in my price range, if I were purchasing lately (right now, I usually can only afford about $5-10/strand...except the one time I put in an order for $300, where each strand was about $45 each...and I am STILL kicking myself for that one...bad timing, and I'm not up to that level.  But I just *had* to have the herkimer diamonds...*laughs*)

Okay, so this is the one that caught my eye today:

Aren't those beautiful Ruby in Zooisite?  Some amazing detail, and gorgeous!

So I will drool for a while, til I get back into the creative mood.  By then, Szarka will be through her 1300 lbs of beads, and I will not see anything I like then...or can afford.

Anyway, if you like beads, and want to see more, check her new products here:  Magpie Gemstones