Thursday, May 21, 2015

Simple Pleasures...


Time spent with family is always a pleasure... My brother, Jeff, and his wife, Brenda, have been in East Texas the past couple of weeks.  We spent one whole day in Gladewater, the self-proclaimed Antique Capital of East Texas, gathering supplies for this simple project.


We searched high and low for the "perfect" little soap dishes... and scented soaps...


I was excited to find this Hoenig of California Pottery apple from the 1950s for one of my dishes.


Brenda and I made simple crochet wash cloths from cotton yarns...  pattern here.  I tried several and this one was the one I liked best (for my tension and the way I crochet) ... so far.  I didn't do the edging (put it in and took it out... I just like the VERY simple look of this cloth).


These soaps were particular favorites because of their packaging as well as their scents... Green Leaf Market.


Each one has a scripture printed on the side...

These soap dish sets were such fun projects to gather and make with Brenda.  Simple pleasures...

We have so enjoyed their visit!!!

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 
Matthew 11:28


LOVE these Rolling Retirees!!


Until you come again.... love and hugs dear brother and sis-in-law!!  Thank you so much for rolling through with us!! 

blessings ~ tanna

39 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

Tanna, what a sweet and glorious project! You two ladies are so clever, I just love the soap, the adorable wash cloths and how precious to have scriptures on the wrap, awesome!

Have a good day!
Nancy

La Table De Nana said...

IWANTOCROCHETSOMUCH:)

Sweet sweet..
what luxury their accomodations!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow they really have a big trailer. We are rolling but not retirees :-) Would love to find those antique shops. We will be back in Texas later this year, but I know it's a BIG state!

Lynne said...

Love your project . . . crochet cloths and the pottery apple soap dish is perfect. Loved it.

I am always on a mission for fresh new soaps. Washing my hands with a bar of soap is much preferred by me. I just may try some crochet cloths. The crochet may treat my hands more tenderly than knitting. I don't have my usual dexterity since my accident . . .

I must go look up this pottery, so wonderful . . .
Hoenig of California Pottery . . .

If you send me your address I will send you some of my favorite soaps and sizes . . .
Love, Lynne

podso said...

Sweet project! I think this is the pattern we use. Or similar. As always your color choice is wonderful. And what fun to have such special visitors--coming in such classy style!

Laurie said...

Love them, Tanna. The colors are gorgeous and the simplicity of the cloths are just right. Glad you enjoyed your visit with your family. Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

From the Kitchen said...

I very much agree how wonderful it is to spend time with family. And, I love your project. Perfect little gifts for those you love.

Best,
Bonnie

TexWisGirl said...

what an AWESOME rig they have! yay for them! and yay for you for getting to spend some time with them. :)

Mereknits said...

My goodness they travel in style! I have six of those little green apple plates and the white apple container and green lid that goes with them. They were a gift to me from my friend, they were her MIL's.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Amy at love made my home said...

How wonderful!! xx

steph said...

and now you have some lovely little gifts in the ready!! simple pleasures, indeed!

Dewena said...

That's one of my favorite verses, one I count on often. Your blue pottery apple dish is a darling find! So many apple dishes from the 50s but I've never seen a blue one. How perfect it is with your crocheted washcloth and the soap you chose!

And a nice time with family to top it off, a sweet simple pleasure indeed!

Gillian Olson said...

Really great little gift, love the colours you chose. I have recently visited family and echo your thoughts on how precious those times are.

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prideinphotos.com said...

Oh you lucky girl! To have family to come and visit in this beautiful RV!! Those soaps with scriptures on them....darling!

Wanda said...

What a darling project, and the apple soap dish is adorable. What a nice RV camper.

Sending hugs.

Shug said...

Happy that you had this time together...the older I get, the more I cherish sweet family times. Great job that you two did in putting this all together. Love the colors and the soap with the scripture on the side..makes for a wonderful gift. Enjoy your Holiday weekend....

Nancy Chan said...

Wow! Luxurious trailer for accommodation! What a great way to travel. Tanna, I love your projects, your crochets, soap dish and scented soap and scriptures too.

Nonna Rose said...

I adore that soap dish! Glad you had fun with your family.

Amanda said...

What a sweet little project! So wish I could have shopped the antique malls with you - sans the boys. Haha! Counting down the days until our visit!!!! Love you so big! XOXO

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Pretty apple dish! Pretty colors chosen for the washcloths, too. Your brother and SIL visiting was a special and they have a nice trailer for traveling!
Have a lovely weekend!

handmade by amalia said...

A sweet project and a happy post. Loved it.
Amalia
xo

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Tanna, I read that you met one of my favorite bloggers, Shug... That is SO neat. I hope to meet both of you someday.

Gorgeous soap dish sets.. What a wonderful project and glad you put a scripture in each other. NEAT.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

karen said...

love the cloths the soaps and the dishes, so pretty and a lovely craft! Glad you were able to be with them.

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Love your project. I will have to make some, so fun!!!

Linda said...

Love these cloths! Such pretty colours...
Hope you had a great visit with your brother and SIL!
Have a great week....
How is the rain in your area?
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, It is so good to be with family and make memories. The time spent is always precious and not quite long enough.
The soap dish and wash clothes are very nice.
Blessings dear, xo Catherine
p.s. I hope you are safe and sound with all the terrible weather I see going on in Texas. Please stay safe. xo

Tricia Buice said...

The soap dish project is lovely! How nice you had a nice long visit with family. The best of times!

Andi G said...

What a lovely visit and wonderful treats!
I am inspired by your beautiful washcloths. Now, I need to go make some. Thank you for the link to the pattern.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

The yarn colors are so pretty and I love the dishcloths and the whole gift set. Just lovely. Glad you enjoyed time with your bro and SIL. I've read about flooding in TX. How are things where you are? Best wishes, Tammy

Betsy Brock said...

What a nice time you had with their visit! I love your project....that came together very nicely with the colors, scents and the overall look! I love it!

Judy S. said...

Sounds like you had a great visit! A handknit washcloth/dishcloth with handmade soap is my favorite hostess gift, but adding a soap dish is a wonderful idea. Your apple once is adorable.

Handmade in Israel said...

Love the colours... and love how much fun you have had gathering together all these items!

Kerin said...

Rolling retirees..... **smile*** I love that!!
Such a blessing to have some family visit with you, and you gals got a great project in too!!
Neat soaps... love the added scripture.
As always... love your handicrafts projects too.

Hope you have a nice day.
~K.

Christine said...

Love the colors
Love the cloths
Love the soap

So simple, yet so fantastic!

Nonna Rose said...

Missing your posts; hope you are doing well!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, Just stopping by to say "hello" and visit. I hope all is well. xo Catherine

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a great project and you know I'm in full agreement with you when it comes to visiting family and friends. I'm missing you posts. I hope all is well and you are just taking a much needed vacation.
Hugs and blessings...Mary

Tricia Buice said...

I just hate it when you disappear and we don't hear from you :( Hope you are well and that you know how much you are missed!

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