Not to long ago, I had a HalleluYah bag made for myself made of Kente cloth and blue jeans (both cotton). This time, I bought a black cotton tote and just ironed on the letters. It looks wavy in the picture because of the breeze outside but the letters are straight. It looks better in person, the letters are sparkling or glittering gold. I’m thinking of making a pastel color like pink or blue next time with white letters.
Here’s another view. This shot looks better. This is better than a $300 Michael Kors handbag. This tote bag is priceless.
This is my olive oil soap this morning. I shaved the other side down some. It had bumpy imperfections on the other side, I think because my hand stayed in one position as I poured it. Before commercial soap, no one cared so much on how it looked, so long as it worked. Homemade soap just looks different from the store’s version. This batch has no dye nor fragrance but that may change in the future. This soap has a light green, creamy beige-y appearance. Olive oil is very moisturizing.
This is my first batch of lye soap! Sorry the room is so dark and the blinds were open as much as possible. I have 9.5 square bars here. The half bar I will probably use for samples. I didn’t like that it puddled in the middle but if it is still there after 6 months of curing then I will shave it off with a blade. Working with lye is every bit of dangerous as they say. I worked under a hood but the fumes still got to me and I was coughing. I even had on a nose-mouth guard. Next time, I will mix it outside. I need to get more supplies before I can make the next batch. My mom said her great aunt use to make it outside from wood ash. Her aunt lived on a farm. I bet she had all kinds of tips but she is not living anymore. Oh yeah, the soap is olive oil soap.
I blogged back on June 7, 2013 about this kente cloth that I have. Well my HalleluYah kente cloth bag is finished!!! I am so happy. It turned out just as I described it to my family member who is a talented seamstress on how I wanted it to look. It’s not kente cloth from Ghana but it is 100% cotton and the blue jean fabric of course is 100% cotton. I chose jean fabric to make the bag more durable and last for years to come.
Outside the bag with a kente pocket.
The inside of the bag. She surprised me with pockets inside too.
Do you know that artisans are called by Yah? Moses said to the children of Ysrayl, see Yah has called by name Bezalyl the son of Uriyah the son of Hur of the tribe of Yahudah. And He has filled him with the Spirit of Yah in wisdom and understanding in knowledge and all manner of workmanship to design artistic works to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting jewels and setting in carving wood and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. And He has put in his heart the ability to teach in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker in blue, purple and scarlet thread and fine linen and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works. Exodus 35:30-35.
All the women who were gifted artisans spun yarn with their hands and brought what they had spun of blue, purple and scarlet and fine linen. And all the women whose hearts stirred with wisdom spun yarn of goat’s hair. Exodus 35:25-26.
My Aunt Barbara asked for a crotched baby blanket for my cousin Mahogany who is having a boy this month. It is baby blue and expresso brown.
This is the fabric for a fleece blanket to go along with the crocheted blanket. South Carolina is cold in the winter. My mom is sewing this blanket.
This is the fabric for the diaper bag. It has blue dots that match the crotched blanket perfectly. My camera doesn’t pick up color as well as I like. It’s a cheap camera, lol. My mom is sewing this bag.
I made this soap some time in 2009 and forgot about it until last week. It was the last batch that I made. I playfully called it ‘man soap’ because I used a men’s fragrance to perfume it. I gave some away to my Dad, Dad’s friend and Nephew. Well, finding this soap in my supplies makes me want to start making soap again. Last night I was looking in my soap making books and even ordered some books from the library. I really want to make olive oil soap (castille soap) next. *The camera date is wrong, I took this pic this morning.