Friday, April 30, 2010

Mother's Day Challenge and Giveaway!!!!

This challenge is *all about the Moms*.

Mothers Day is May 9th and Anhoki challenged the SAFEteam to come up with the wackiest, sweetest, most heartwarming, full of life, love and laughter item(s) you can think of. She said "I want you to stop at nothing when you show the moms of the world just how special they are to you. And there's a trick. The colors you use *MUST* be *red* and *purple*. HUH!?!?!?! We are paying tribute to Mom by using the colors of The *Red Hat Society*"

The following is what we came up with!!

Vote for your favorite by leaving your pick in the comments below to be entered into a contest to win one of the winning product! What could be easier!?

All You Need Is Love By Anhoki

The SAFETeam's current Mothers Day challenge was to design an item using the colors of the Red Hat Society. Purple and red... EASY!

The Red Hat Society.....
"began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next."

The soap I created is called
All You Need Is Love.
"There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy."

Written by Paul McCartney in 1967 the song, in my opinion, describes The Red Hat Society to a T.. Our soap is an oil blend of olive, coconut, palm and canola. It offers the colors red and purple and a beautiful scent blend. Think Philosophy's Amazing Grace and Victoria Secret's Love Spell.....AWESOME together. Paul McCartney's song and the Red Hat Society seem to go hand in hand. Love, friendship and good times. What could be better? Happy Mothers Day.

Mother's Day Polka Dot Soap by Amelia's Soap Co

Moms love something feminine for their special day … and the fragrance of this soap is just that! It’s warm and sweet and comforting …. just like a mom!!

Made in bright colors and iridescent swirls to get an extra pop, she will think of you every time she uses it. It’s a BIG bar at almost 6 ounces too.

And I thought you might want to read the poem that goes with it (written by Helen Steiner Rice)

No other love
Than mother love
Could do the things
Required of
The one to whom
God gives the keeping
Of His wee lambs,
Awake or sleeping.

Sugared Plums By Gourmet Soaps

Whenever I think of Mom and comfort, I think of baked goods. My Mother is an awesome cook, and loves to try new things. For her, family is everything, and there isn't anything she wouldn't do for family. So here's the next best thing to a cake with a sugar plum's a soap cake that smells of yummy sugared plums with bright yellow calendula flowers to grace it's red hat. This soap is lightly scented, because my mom has unbelievably bad allergies, and I want her to enjoy this soap as well. I love you Mommy!

Patchouli Rose by KB Shimmer

WARNING: Enjoying life over 50, picking flowers from other's gardens, maybe sipping some brandy, and wearing red hats and purple clothes, The Red Hat Society loves life! The society born from a poem and a gift of a red hat is strong with chapters all over the world. This Mother's Day, the SAFE TEAM thought to honor a group of women that we have grown to love with a challenge to create a product inspired by the Red Hat Society.

The fresh scent of roses, the sweet scent of lavender essential oil accent the deep purple and red swirls of the soap. Accented by Dark Patchouli essential oil, and loaded with olive oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, this bar will be loved by women of all ages! My ode to the society, I hope soap does the group proud!

The Ultimate Pamper Package by Pacific Paradise

This Mother's Day Gift Set is bursting with the Ultimate Pamper Package. The red crate was handmade by my Dad. It is full of wonderfully luxurious bath & body treats. Three bars of soap start the box off, with my most popular Lavender Purple Swirl with Shea butter and Cocoa butter, Island Kiss with Shea butter, and Fresh Mango enriched with Mango butter & Kukui Nut Oil. The Fresh Mango Soap is stamped with a cellini blue mica dolphin and comes in a light blue organza bag embossed with Sparkle Green Palm Trees. The bag is great for jewelry after you pull out the soap. The box includes a Clay Mask Set with Aloe Vera, 3 Lavender Rose Potpourri, Mineral Bath Salts scented with Ocean Fragrance in a printed bag with a handcrafted (again, my Dad) redwood scoop & organza bow.

Now this would be the perfect gift if only it came with a redeemable coupon for someone to vacuum the house, clean the toilets & do laundry while Mom is in the tub!!!

Lavender-Filled Sleep Mask By Urban Eden

Dear Mom,

I know there were a few times I caused you to lose sleep. Okay, there were lots of times. You nursed me through colic and scarlet fever, you bore the brunt of my adolescence, you empathized when I cried over inappropriate men, and you came to my rescue when I ran flat out of money.

And those are only the things I can say over the internet. :)

Maybe for once I can help you sleep better?

This hand-embroidered, hand-painted and hand-appliqued cotton sleep mask is lightly filled with a mixture of flax seed and lavender. The back is the softest purple silk imaginable.
One size fits just about every mom.

Mother's Baby by The Skin You're In

Motherhood begins with babies, babies of any kind from the human kind to fur babies. Motherhood isn't just an event in a woman's life, it's also a state of mind. Motherhood is nurturing, caring, loving, honoring, cuddling, embarrassing displays of affection and sometimes even tough love to teach a lesson

Here is a special poem for the "mother" in all of us.

Before I was myself you made me, me
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears.
Before I was myself you made me, me

With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

Relinquishing your powers gradually
To let me shape myself among my peers.
Before I was myself you made me, me,

And being good and wise, you gracefully
As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears
Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.

For love inspires learning naturally:

The mind assents to what the heart reveres.
And so it was through love you made me, me
By slowly stepping back to set me free.

(copyright by Nicolas Gordon)

Flower Garden Cold Process Soap by Posh Wash Soap

Mother's Day is a very special time of the year, when we get to honor the wonderful woman who gave us life, and guided us through our childhood, and on into adulthood. My soap was made to honor Mothers, and was inspired by the Red Hat Society, which is a wonderful organization of women. Below is an explanation of how the society originated.

While visiting a friend in Tucson several years ago, Sue Ellen Cooper, founder of the Red Hat Society, impulsively bought a bright red fedora at a thrift shop, for no other reason than that it was cheap and, she thought, quite dashing. A year or two later she read the poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, which depicts an older woman in purple clothing with a red hat. Sue Ellen felt an immediate kinship with Ms. Joseph. She decided that her birthday gift to her dear friend, Linda Murphy, would be a vintage red hat and a copy of the poem. She has always enjoyed whimsical decorating ideas, so she thought the hat would look nice hanging on a hook next to the framed poem. Linda got so much enjoyment out of the hat and the poem that Sue Ellen gave the same gift to another friend, then another, then another. The Red Hat Society was born.

Reign of Violets Soap by SwanMountainSoaps

We at Swan Mountain Soaps ascribe to the viewpoint that nothing is more completely awesome than motherhood. With 5 swanlets in our own brood, we anticipate Mothers' Day with joy and exhaustion, knowing full well that there will be chocolate, sweet gifts made from scratch by little hands, and yet still more messes to clean up.

At the end of the day, however, at least on this day, there will be an hour of blissful solitude, preferably in the bathtub with a glass of wine, a good Jane Austen and the door locked.

Such a momentus occasion requires a very special bar of soap. And so, we set out to create a Very Special Soap just for Mothers' Day. We found inspiration in the Red Hat Society.

If you're not familiar with the group, it is simply "a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan." Now that's just cool. You can check out the group here:

Our Reign of Violets soap was created in the trademark Red Hat colors of Purple and Red. We added a swirl of white in honor of the white hairs that can be found on the finest of mothers, and rose petals on top honoring the love that only a Mother can show. Its fragrance is that of a field of sweet violets, because nothing is sweeter than a mother's kiss.


Don't forget...we also have a scavenger hunt going on! Stop by and play

Good Luck to everyone!

Happy Mother's Day


Gourmet Soaps said...

Beautiful soaps everyone! I ♥ Safeteam!

Wehaf said...

Mother's baby, by The Skin you're in looks especially lovely, but it was a tough choice!

urchiken at gmail dot com

FloyKnop said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................

Christine-Posh Wash Soap said...

Good job everyone! My favorite has to be "All You Need Is Love", It's beautiful!

Tricia ~~ Handmade Whimzy said...

My favorite is Reign of Violets Soap by SwanMountainSoaps

It was a very hard choice as I had about 4 favs.

PacificParadiseSoap said...

Oh, they all look so lovely!

honeyddesigns said...

Yum! They all look so beautiful but I especially love the Sugared Plums! What a great giveaway! Thanks!

va said...

i like the lavender filled sleep mask by urban eden

tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

is your giveaway open to everyone

Ann said...

All of the entries are awesome! My favorite though is by Pacific Paradise! I love her soap too!

In My Blue Room said...

I love Pacific Paradise! Hope I win!!!

Karen said...
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Karen said...

Well apparently I had a really hard time choosing because right after I posted I changed my mind. I decided I like the The Ultimate Pamper Package by Pacific Paradise because it is what I would be most likely to get for my mom

trainmom said...

I love the Ultimate Pamper Package with the handmade basket.

trainmom at aol dot com

aubepine said...

What lovely soaps! My fave is the package by Pacific Paradise :).

runlikeagirl said...

All the entries are fantastic & beautiful, my vote goes to Reign of Violets by SwanMountainSoaps.

Liz D said...

I've always wanted to their soaps. My vote is for The Ultimate Pamper Package by Pacific Paradise

Flowering Tree Botanicals said...

Without question, I have to go with Patchouli Rose. I have been an admirer of KB's shop and products for a very, very long time. Would love to try that!

layla at floweringtreebotanicals dot com

linda said...

man, these are all so yummy, but my vote is for Pacific Paradise Ultimate.

- Marybeth I. said...

The Ultimate Pamper Package by Pacific Paradise

the intent to have some help cleaning the toilet gets my vote.

misaacmom at gmail dot com

BPR Designs said...

tough choice! I think I have to go with Reign of Violets from Swan Mountain Soaps!

ML said...

These are all incredible, wow, what talent.
But my very favorite is the lavendar-filled Sleep Mask by urbaneden, so very unique.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

I love the lavendar-filled Sleep Mask by urbaneden!

Terry Drosdak said...

All the soaps are lovely, but if I have to pick one, I'm going with Swan's Reign of Violets!

Tricia said...

I love the sugared plum. They all look great though!

Randi Lyn A. said...

I love Anhoki's soap, followed closely by Swan's. Lovely stuff everyone!!

Bubble Tub Soaps said...

They are all gorgeous but I love Swan's the colors are beautiful :o)