Saturday, September 3, 2011

Susan's Birthday Hop PINK and PURPLE

Good Morning 
Susan's Birthday Hop
Welcome to Susan's Anything goes Festive Birthday Bash Blog Hop to celebrate Susan E. Bermudez's birthday with anything goes to celebrate her birthday whether it be a card, favor, banner, or that something special. Hope you enjoy our hop while you check  the following blogs as we celebrate Susan's birthday with our usual creativity and craftiness!!! So, please stop by and make sure to wish Susan a very Happy Birthday along with some bloggy love!!

Grand Prizes with Sponsors:
1. Karber Digital Images ( will offer blog candy to a random commenter of the blog hop :)
2. Jen's Digi Designs - $15 gift card for liking her Face Book page and commenting on Susan's page with a winner being chosen randomly :)

Also, please, be sure to stop by Staci McD's site ( as there will be a $20 gift card to Designs on Cloud 9 to one commenter on her blog.

Some of the blogs may be offering candy so be sure to leave your comments along the way and don't forget to give bloggy love!

I was so honored to be included in this birthday hop, as I love birthdays, especially other people's.  hahaha.  Seriously, I love to make fun or practical gifts.  I like to add a special touch to the gift wrapping and decorate it up.  For today I wanted to share a super quick and easy, easy gift giving idea.

To start I make up a batch of bath salts in a big container so I always have some on hand for a special gift or when a soothing bath is calling me.  The mixture consists of epson salt, sea salt, powdered milk, oatmeal and baking soda.  The mixture is very relaxing and leaves my skin baby soft.  Now when I am ready to make up a bottle, I will add a fragrance depending on the person I am giving it to, this one has lavender in it.  I measure out how much of the bath salt I need to fill a bottle and then add 3 - 6 drops of fragrance oils.  If I want to "color" the bath salts, I will add a few drops of food coloring, not too much, to the bath salts in a baggie and smoosh it in.  Make sure you let the mixture completely dry before pouring into your bottle or else you will get clumps and it's not pretty.  Don't ask how I know this...

Now remember I used to work in a casino and we gave wine to our patrons in these cute little wine bottles.  The size of the bottle is approximately 1 glass full.  I collected a bunch and I mean a bunch of these bottles and could open my own glass bottle store with them (can we say hoarder?)...but they are very handy for this type of gift and recycling is always a good thing.  So anyway first wash your bottle thoroughly and make sure the bottle is COMPLETELY dry before adding your bathsalts.  Then decorate your bottle as you wish...I used a cute pink, purple and various other colored paper from my stash and therefore I do not know where it came from.  It has a bit of glitz and glimmer to it because birthdays are sparkly.

I cut the butterfly using an SVG simple shape on my
E-craft.  There are three layers of tulle that I hand-
cut and added beaded pins for the body.  I added
a few rhinestones to glam it up.
I've recently learned how to make my own "nesties"
with my cuddle bug and chipboard and love this new technique.
If you would like to know how to make them, 
leave me a comment and I might make a video tutorial.
I made a smaller butterfly just like the larger one and adhered it to
the tag and attached it with some ribbon.  
The sentiment is from the Coffee/Tea set at

I hope you've enjoyed my gift for Susan and celebrating her birthday with me.  I am going to do a giveaway of a bottle of bath salts to one lucky winner.  Tell me what your favorite color is and if you could have anything for your birthday, what that wish might be.  I will be doing the drawing on Monday so you have all weekend to tell your friends to come and join me in celebrating Susan's birthday.
Here is the line up for day 1 of the celebration and remember tomorrow is another round of great blogs.

1. Lynne:
2. Amber:
3. Angie:
4. Becky:
6. Brenda:  YOU ARE HERE
7. Christel: YOUR NEXT STOP
8. Cindy:
9. Deborah:
10. Erin:
11. Gina:
12. Kari:
13. Staci:

We have divided this hop into two (2) days with different blogs for you to visit each day. Make sure to visit all!
this is tomorrow's lineup


  1. OOOhhh Susan will love this, I would love this..hint hint...I don't blame you for collecting those bottles - they are great! Love your project.

    I love lavender and purple is my favorit color.
    If I could have ANYTHING for my would have to be a diamond - haven't had one of those in 12 years


  2. Darling. Who wouldn't love getting such a pretty gift. Love it

  3. Brenda this is a great gift idea and oh so adorable. Yes I want to know how you make your very own nesties so please share your idea. Blessings to you.

  4. WOW is all I can say. Oh I could say, "Video... video..." . I definitely want to see it. I love this gift idea and you incorporated another on of my favorite things- butterflies!! Fantastic project and thanks for sharing in my special birthday weekend.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

    PS- I clicked the follow button so hope it sticks.

  5. OMG, I love this girlfriend! It's so pretty. HOpe you have a great Labor Day weekend! Love ya!

  6. Love this so much, just reading your description I could hear the bath calling me, lol. Very beautiful! My favorite color is purple and I would wish for a brand new Cricut Imagine. I am a follower. and thanks for the chance, I would love to win your bath salts.
    Eva :0)
    I have a giveaway on my blog right now

  7. I am so loving this...especially those butterflies. I would love to know how you make your nesties so pretty please post a how to video. I love the smell of lavender and my favorite color would be a pale's just so girly and I'm a girly girl. If I could have anything for my birthday I would love a gift card to shop anywhere my heart desires for craft supplies. Hope you and yours have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

  8. Such a cute idea...

  9. I love your bath salts gift!! Purple is my favorte color and if I could have anything for my birthday it would either be a gift card for scrapbook supplies or a pedicure!!!

    Glad to be in this hop with you!!

  10. What an awesome gift!!! I'm sure Sue will enjoy it!!!

    As for me, my favorite color is burgundy, and for my birthday - I would love it if my mom was still alive and could make her fabulous Spanish arroz con pollo.

  11. Wonderful --- I love it and would love to have you for my birthday blog in January (Lynne's Mad Hatter 60th Birthday Tea Party) if you aren't already signed up!!!!!! Next, tutorial please!!!
    Now, what I would like for my birthday is a scoreboard to make more box cards plus make it easier!!! My favorite color is red....Thanks for sharing and being part of the blog hop! Most definitely now a follower!
    Her Craftiness

  12. New follower. I love blue and pink. My bday wish is to spend a beach day with my hubby and kids. Love the bath salts with the decorative bottle.

  13. Love it!! Thanks for sharing. My favorite color is Purple....and some days it is green...can't make up my mind!! lol My birthday wish would be to get to spend one more day with my Grandparents and for them to get to meet my grandchildren! What a wonderful birthday that would be!

  14. Love the gift, I make bath salts too, but never thought of adding the oatmeal and other things, I bet that makes them so luxurious. Thanks for sharing it is absolutely beautiful.
    If I could have anything for my birthday I am not sure what I would want because I am so blessed already, I have a great family and now I have super bloggie friends to share with and learn from, what more could anyone ask for.

    God Bless

  15. What a Great way to recycle!!! The Bath Salts look Great in the Bottle. It's so pretty. Would Love to see how you make your own Nesties. My two favorite colors are Purple and Green and the thing that I would want most for my Birthday is Gift Cards and Money so that I can go get (LOTS) of Crafty Stuff. I am a follower of yours.:0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  16. Awesome idea and great gift.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  17. Wonderful project idea!

    My favorite color is RED - any shade will do! And I would take a trip with Hubby and all my favorite friends to Ireland.


  18. I want to learn how to do the nesties. : ) My favorite color is red and I have no idea what I want for my birthday next year. If something new and electronic comes out, I'll want that. I'm a computer nerd like my hubby. Thanks for sharing your wonderful craft.

  19. What a clever idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment!
    My favorite color is green and for my birthday I would love to travel around the world!

  20. Oh and I forgot to say, yes please do share how you made your own nesties!!

  21. Awesome gift. I know Susan is going to love it. Your decorations are too cute. My favorite color is purple. If I could have anything for my birthday it would be to travel to Alaska on a cruise. I'm so glad to be in the hop with you. Hugs to you and TFS!!!

    Blog Hop Sister

  22. What an awesome gift. I have never tried making bath salts. I like blue, pink and purple--so you can surprise me with any of those colors.
    Katsews at gmail dot com

  23. What a perfect gift! Susan will love it. TFS. I'm a follower. My favorite color is pink. My wish for this birthday is to have gift certificates to Joanns so I can get some organizational pieces for my craft room and my Cricut. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win such a great gift.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  24. What a great idea to use tulle! I never thought of that!
    BobbisTreasure at

  25. Wow, wow, wow!! I LOVE it!! :) The butterflies are AWESOME, and who wouldn't want to see a tutorial for your version of the nestabilities (I was trying to think of a faux name for them, but it just sounded like fakeabilities, and that didn't sound very nice!! LOL!!)... Maybe faux-nesties? hahaha.

    Okay -- My favorite color is giraffe. No, that's not right... My favorite color is ORANGE (with pink), and since you were talking about lavender, right now, what I really really really want (besides world peace or a visit from you) are some lavender cookies!! YUM!! :)

    Have a GREAT day, and thanks for sharing your talent in the HOP!! :)

    Amy :) at

  26. what a super gift idea, This is very sweet! a gift for a queen.Thanks for sharing my friend~ Have a scrappy day!

  27. Love your gift and those butterflies are sweet. Since my BD was Tis past Sat I had the best time Spent with my daughter and grandkids and my sister. spen afew hours doing d\some real serious shopping at Joanne's and Michael's! My fav colors are fall colors.
    Big Blog Hugs! *Janet*

  28. What a great gift!!!! So pretty pink and colorful. I love handmade gifts like this. The sea salts will be great this fall with all the dry air!

  29. What lovely gifts. I love the pink.
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com


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