Hello my friends! I do hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! I know that sometimes this season is very difficult for many, and I am thinking especially this year of several friends and loved ones who spent this holiday without a loved one, and I want you to know that I have been praying for you all! May God be your All Sufficient One and may the greatness of His Gift give you joy in spite of sorrow, hope in spite of pain!
I enjoyed much treasured time with my family, for which I am always thankful! However, before we left town, I did play a little with some fabulous new stamps to be released by Our Daily Bread designs on Jan. 1. I have a friend and neighbor who has a birthday just around the corner and I wanted to give a hand made gift along with some other things I'll tuck in. These bottles give you a peek at two sets coming your way soon... Lavender (used on both bottles), and Joy in a Jar (the frame on the larger bottle). Both were stamped with Memento, colored with Copics and Colored Pencils, and cut with the ODBD Custom Antique Labels and Border dies. I aged the labels just a bit with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used burlap and lace to wrap around the bottles, and I tied a simple bow around the neck of each bottle with lavender seam binding. On the larger bottle I added a charm and beads, and on the smaller, I added a heart from Websters Pages.
What's inside you might ask? Well, the smaller bottle has lavender scented Epson Salt! I had found a recipe on Pinterest on making my own, and intended to make my own, but then I went to CVS to buy plain Epsom Salt and lookie what I found! Already done! Let me just say... this stuff is wonderful!!!
If you just want to make your own, or you can't find this product near where you live, you can find a recipe for Lavender Bath Salts HERE. You can find SEVERAL recipes for making Lavender Water for multiple purposes HERE.
EDITED TO ADD: The bottles were from Hobby Lobby.
I hope this has made you just a little curious about what is being released Jan 1 and that you'll be back to see the full release then!
Thanks so much for stopping by! My next gift recipient will be chosen very soon... so please be sure if you stop by frequently, to leave me comments so I know you're here!!! This is not advertised... I just decide to select one person from my regular commenters to bless with a little bundle of love from me to you! I will contact the winner via email (if you have your email listed on your blog or your public profile) or a blog comment if you have a blog. If a winner does not have a blog or email address listed in their profile, or if their profile is not public, I will announce the winner's name here on my blog and you can contact me! God has blessed me with so much... and I want to pass a little along to you!