Labels, Soaps, and the Fourth Night of Chanukah Giveaway

>> Monday, December 14, 2009

In case you haven't read the comments on some of the previous posts, I want to share the lovely story an Anonymous poster left here:

My grandmother was a big time sewer, knitter, and crocheter, and she made things for her children, grandchildren, and who knows who else. Everything she made, she sewed a small label on the back that said "Made Especially for You by [her name]." When some family came to visit me in October, people I've knitted and/or crocheted hats and scarves for (between the two of them, they have at least 2 scarves and 6 hats made by me), as a hostess gift, they gave me 40 labels that said "Made Especially for You by [my name]." My grandmother died when I was 11. When I opened up the gift, I was so overcome with emotion that I couldn't even speak to thank them. I make items for my family all the time, so I'm really excited to have these tags.

Since so many crafters (especially those who do needlework of some sort) read your blog, I thought it would be nice to share this idea. Looking at a quilt will forever remind the recipient who made it for him/her; putting a label on it will ramp up the level sentimentality even more, I think. I have no idea where to find such labels or where to get them custom-made, but probably a good internet search engine could help with that.
What a sweet and thoughtful gift! It's so wonderful that your guests came up with a gift so perfect for you. I try to label the quilts I make, but I would love to get some of those labels to put on smaller items like scarves and bags that I generally don't label. Indeed, some internet searching is in order. Thank you so much the reminder!

Speaking of labels, some of my friends have been in the soap business for about 4 years now and have molds that label their soap for them. How cool!

In their own words, Mark and Anna described their soaps as Hand-milled by others, but crafted from glycerin base and the finest of the earth's ingredients by Le Petit Éléphant. LPE Soaps are soft, creamy, and gentle, and can be made to order. Each soap is between 4 and 6oz, and has wonky marks and bubbles that we find endearing and add to their handmade charm.

Even more cool, they're generously donating tonight's giveaway -- 2 bars of handmade soap of your choice from their shop, Le Petit Elephant.

Head over to their shop and then come back here and tell me about your favorites from their shop. Suggesting a new flavor of soap will net you a second entry. I'll select the winner randomly tomorrow night.


SewCalGal December 14, 2009 at 7:37 PM  

I love their lavendar soap.

Future soap scent: Tuberose would be my favorite!


Erin December 14, 2009 at 7:39 PM  

Hi there - I've just recently discovered the joys of all-natural soaps, so your link is timely as I stock up. :) The lavender vanilla sounds wonderful. Two soap flavors I've always enjoyed are avocado and green tea - both have a wonderful aroma.

Thanks for the giveaway!

hands_of_gold December 14, 2009 at 8:06 PM  

thanks for both of you for the giveaway! Any scent would be wonderful . . .I guess my favorite would be the olive oil glycerin or lavender vanilla -
Happy Hanukkah!

Torie December 14, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

you've finally convinced me to post something. I think the honey chamomile sounds good. I'd suggest a peppermint-y soap.

Lora December 14, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

the Gardenia goat's milk soap sounds heavenly. i carried gardenia's in my wedding bouquet nine years ago, and that scent always brings me back to my wedding day! :)
i'd love to see a soap with a Chai Vanilla Latte scent (my favorite tea!)
Thanks for the chance to win,
Happy Hanukkah!

elaine December 15, 2009 at 12:29 AM  

Lovely soaps -I would choose Gardenia Goats Milk Soap and Olive Oli Glycerin Soap.

Elaine R

elaine December 15, 2009 at 12:32 AM  

2nd Entry- How about a rose scented soap?

Elaine R

Tricia December 15, 2009 at 7:28 AM  

My favorite would probably be the lavender vanilla. sounds delicious!

Tricia December 15, 2009 at 7:28 AM  

My suggestion for a new soap: something with ginger. Ginger smells so yummy!

Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 7:35 AM  

The lemongrass verbena goat's milk soap sounds so nice! A new suggestion- I got some spearmint soap from the farmer's market this summer. It was so refreshing!

Erin December 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

The lavender vanilla soap sounds amazing! I would love to see callendula soap as a new flavor. It has such a light, earthy scent. Thank you so much and Happy Hanukkah!

Cristin December 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

I love this idea! The gardenia goat milk would have to be my favorite.

For a new idea - something holiday/ wintery-esk. But that's as far as my imagination will take me.

Happy Chanukah!

Leah December 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM  


My mother got me some name tags for my knitting a couple of years ago... has a pretty wide selection!

Carla December 15, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

Definitely the Sweet Vanilla Mint. I can smell it now!
Anything with vanilla is wonderful too. :o)
Thanks for the giveaway!

GS December 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM  

I LOVE LPE soaps!! My absolute favorite is the Olive Oil Glycerin; feels so luxurious! I personally would love something like lemon spearmint... but of course, that means I'd have to really restrain myself from not doing a little nibbling along with my lathering.

Btw, Ronit, great reminder that labels are an important part of a handmade gift. I've been completely derelict in that regard so far, usually because my handmade gifts are usually hurriedly finished 10 minutes before they need to go into the mail :) But making a bunch ahead of time is a great idea! And a great new way to use my new embroidery-capable sewing machine (heart!)

Glad to have found your blog :)

mwrobertson December 15, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

Thanks so much to Ronit for featuring our soaps on Two Hippos for her giveaway, it's an honor! And thanks to all of the commenters for your interest in LPE and your soap recommendations! We have a great time making our soap -- and an even better time sending it out to people around the world!

Happy holidays and happy crafting to everyone.

Mark & Anna
Le Petit Elephant

Anya December 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM  

The gardenia goat's milk soap must smell wonderful. Thanks for the chance!

Vicki ♥ December 15, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

I love all soaps that are made like this. I especially like the sound of this one.. Gardenia Goat's Milk Soap and imagine it to make your skin feel wonderful. Hugs

Margaret December 16, 2009 at 12:20 AM  

I think the lemongrass verbena sounds awesome. And to answer the question from your anonymous poster (on personalized tags to sew into handmade items): I get mine online Herrschners I love them, and they make terrific gifts for serious crafters.

Kylie Larsson December 17, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

I think the Sweet Vanilla Mint sounds yummy! As for a new scent suggestion, I'd like to see something Berry, maybe Strawberry :)

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