What is in a name?
Just a name by itself sometimes does not give enough information. Especially with soap names. There are so many different “notes” that blend together to make a particular fragrance. So you can become familiar with Sweet Tweet Soaps offerings I have made a page describing our fragrance offerings. What is your favorite scent?
Lavender - The familiar lavender fragrance, pleasant and sweet. Lavender Goat Milk - The lavender scent but with goat milk which is rich in vitamins and nutrients important to healthy skin. The cream that is present in goats milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of this soap. Lilac - Strong and sweet floral. Smells like true lilacs in bloom. This scent has a soothing effect. Sweet Pea - A delightful fragrance of sweet pea flowers, violets, and light sun ripened berries. A BBW type. Sage & Lemongrass - A strong lemongrass/ citrus fragrance with subtle sage notes. Eucalyptus Leaf - A nice, fresh, green eucalyptus scent. This beautiful fragrance is much more complex and delicate than the medicine. Cotton Pickin’- This scent will put you in mind of fresh laundry hanging out to dry in a light summer breeze. Winter Wonderland- aka: Enchanted Forest - An exhilarating fragrance. Let your imagination take over while you indulge in the wonder that includes warm notes of cinnamon, clove, vanilla musk, and mulberry. Hints of cassia root, eucalyptus, amber, fir balsam, pine, and cedar are included in this refreshing blend that will brighten your spirits. Holiday Sparkle - An enchanting blend of spruce, apple cider, cranberries, and plum form the top layer of this jovial scent. Grapefruit, mandarin, cinnamon, and clove notes intertwine to rejuvenate the holiday spirit in all of us, as the light essence of vanilla beans and musk provide a delicate finish. Sugar Plum Berries - Sugar plums, holiday berries, and a tough of spruce lightly coated with sugar. This fragrance captures the beauty of the holidays. Love Spell - This is a very romantic scent, mixing light fruit, citrus, and florals. This is a Victoria’s Secret type. Afternoon in Paris - An intriguingly romantic scent that captures the essence of Paris. Top Notes include tart cranberries, strawberries, citrus zest, and a splash of white grapefruit. Middle notes include lavender, blueberry, creamy heliotrope, and chamomile. Bottom notes include sugar, whipped cream, warm amber and red berries. Nag Champa - Nag Champa is an Indian aroma commonly found in the form of incense, but can also be used in other products such as soaps, candles, and massage oils. Our Nag Champa is an exotic bouquet of sandalwood, champa flowers, violet and clove delicately blended with sensual amber, ylang ylang, patchouli and musk. Many people believe that Nag Champa stimulates spirituality and meditation. A calming fragrance. Cranberry Citrus - A blend of tart cranberries, juicy red grapefruit, tangy tangerine, sweet orange, and lemon-lime. A delightful fragrance. Nice for the holidays or as a refreshing spa scent!
Sweet Tweet Soaps @ The Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw, GA
Excerpt from Big Shanty Festival website
“The festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with today’s fun filled activities. Over 70,000 attendees will enjoy the more than 250 booths with arts & crafts, food vendors, merchants, and live entertainment.
This year’s event offers great entertainment on two stages and a variety of foods to please everyone’s palate. The Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday at 9:30am. The parade features floats, high school bands, marchers, and over 1,000 youngsters representing every sport association in the area. The Parade will start at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10am to 6pm
Parade is on Saturday at 9:30am
Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm
Downtown Kennesaw near the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Kennesaw, Ga 30144
This fun filled event is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association. For more information, call (770) 423-1330.”
Every week at my school we have a new theme. Last week our theme was Kings, Queens, and Knights. The students had a lot of fun. We drew castles, we made King and Queen Puppets on a stick, and we talked about knights, and jousting, and … dragons!
The students really liked the dragons. We happened to have a guest come in to do a craft with the students. She read a story about Dragons, and then did a sock puppet dragon craft with the kids. It was super easy and the kids enjoyed it immensely so I thought I would share it with you.
Items you will need include:
Socks, wiggly eyes, shoelace, foam in assorted colors (for dragons wings and tongue), and beads.
The instructions can be (and in my case) have been modified for age level and ability of the child.
- First pick out a sock that you like.
- Pick out a color of foam for the wings, and a color of foam for the flames. If you have the child draw out one wing you can fold the foam in half when you cut it to get 2 wings that are the same. They may decorate the wing if they wish. (*Note: Magic marker does not adhere to the foam very well, it ended up all over the kids hands.) The sample the teacher brought had a nice sparkly line of paint highlighting areas of the wings. Also you can draw and cut out two colors for the flames or just one.
- Next take your shoelace and tie a knot in one end. String about 10 beads on the shoelace. This is for the dragon’s tale. You can have more or less if you wish.
- And that’s it. Adult help is needed for the next part as it involves a hot glue gun.
- Have the adult put the sock on their hand.
- 2 eyes get glued on at the end of the sock. Just above the toe seam. Now twist hand. The heel side should be up and you glue the flames just about where you fingers meet your palm.
- Flip hand back over and wings go on each side a bit above your wrist.
- Next flip your hand over to attach the tail. A few inches above the wings (about 3-4) push the hard plastic part of the shoelace though the sock. Carefully make a knot on the end (on the inside). This keeps the tail from slipping off.
- And voila… You have a dragon. ROAR….
I hope you and your family enjoy making this project as much as my class did.
Twisty Stitches Cold Pressed Soap Store Now Open!!!
Everyone uses soap!
Soap is refreshing and there are many types of soap. Some have great lather. Others moisturize the skin and make it feel soft and smooth. Our Twisty Stitches Gourmet Soap is made one batch at a time by hand using simple oils such as castor, olive, coconut, palm and almond oil.
Different oils add different qualities to your cold pressed soap. Each of the oils that we use will determine the hardness or softness of your soap, how well it lathers, and even how mild the finished soap will be. For example, palm oil will add hardness to the soap but if used alone the soap will be brittle with little lather. That’s why we add other oils such as coconut oil, olive and castor oil. These oils have good lather and help make a soap that is not too hard and not too soft (soft soap would simply melt away in water).
Twisty Stitches cures each batch of soap for 4-6 weeks. Although using cold pressed soap immediately is okay, curing the soap will allow some of the water in the soap to evaporate which will help harden the soap so it lasts longer when exposed to water in your bath or shower. We will not ship the soap until it has cured for a minimum of 4 weeks. This may delay your shipment if you order more bars than we have available. We will contact you to let you know of the delay and allow you to choose another bar if you wish.
NOTE: If you are ordering more than 3 bars of the same soap, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make sure we have enough to fill your order.
If you are interested in purchasing our soaps in bulk, please contact us directly at email@example.com. Our soaps are perfect for massage therapists looking to add additional products to their services. We also offer votive candles that can be scented to match the soaps and sold together in gift baskets.
Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market
All of our soaps and candles can be purchased from Twisty Stitches at the weekly Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 7am to 1pm. You can also find a number of other vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables also at the farmer’s market.
As a teacher there are many reasons to use puppets both inside and outside of the classroom. Some of these include attracting and capturing the attention of children. They help stimulate the imagination. Puppets are an excellent teaching method as they are both visual and interactive.
I decided that it would be fun to create Old MacDonald’s farm out of finger puppets, and in honor of my friend Anna “Hillbilly” VonWart, I decided that a goat would be first.
I started with a sketch.
I cut out the sketch and traced onto the felt.
I cut out some of the basic shapes that made up the goats face out of contrasting felt. I used dark blue for the stripe down the forehead, the nose area, and the beard.
Next I cut out the goats horns from a golden color.
I used some extra colors (maroon) for the nostril area.
Then I began to stitch around the beard, nose, and stripe on the goats head. Also up along the sides.
To make the eyes I used 4 ply thickness of embroidery floss, made a knot and then sewed over to the left, over to the right and continued until the eye was as large as wanted it to be. Tied off.
I continued up and around the goat, inserting the horns, and continued down the other side.
All in all he turned out quite well.
My next animals will include sheep, chickens, and cows. Hopefully I will soon have a menagerie of animals (sheep finger puppet, goat finger puppet, chicken finger puppet, cow finger puppet) for my students to enjoy.