Mary

Feb 212012
 

towel animal

When most people hear the word “towels”, they bring to mind the soft rectangular squares of fabric used for drying off after a bath or shower. For those with creative minds, however, bath towels and hand towels can provide a rich crafting ground for fun and gift-worthy projects. As an added bonus, most towel craft projects can be unwound or unwoven to serve their more familiar purpose after the owner is done displaying them.

Towel Origami

An art form that’s gained popularity on cruise ships worldwide, delighted patrons have embraced this unusual craft on dry land as well. In addition to photo-filled books for sale that instruct novices how to make swans, turtles and more out of their towels, video sharing social sites also offer free videos for the curious. Towel origami is a great way for those interested in the traditional paper style of origami to get some experience without risking papercuts.

Boo Boo Bunnies

This super-easy craft project only requires a washcloth, rubber band, and some adhesive details like googly eyes and a pom pom. Simply roll the washcloth into a long tube, curve into a U, fold the U in half lengthwise and secure at this second fold with the rubber band. The result will be a small O shape at the bottom, a head-like bump at the front, and two tails that resemble ears above the head. Glue the eyes and nose at the appropriate places and you have a boo boo bunny! If a child is injured, an ice cube can be placed in the center of the O to enable easy handling and application to the injured area.

Bleach Art

This project works best with darker colored towels or mats and a large stencil of your desired shape. Using a clean, dry towel, place flat on an area that won’t be affected by discoloring, such as a driveway or front lawn. Fill a cheap spray bottle with laundry bleach (be sure to mark the bottle as poison for safety’s sake). Placing the stencil on the towel or mat and either securing with painter’s tape or a gloved hand, gently spray the bleach at the void area from a distance of about a foot. This will discolor the towel into a lighter hue in the shape of the stencil. For added style, spray around the edges of the stencil to make a unique frame effect. Let the towel dry completely, then wash alone to “set” the design.

Oct 162011
 

Bathtub Addition Towels

The idea of soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is a thought that appeals to many. In addition to the benefit of solitude and quiet in a bathtub, the warm water stimulates the body’s blood flow, an effect that has the well-known result of reducing tensions both physical and mental. While bathers that are truly tired and stressed out find it easy to “check out” and relax, others may find a bath rather boring! The remedy? A selection of fun and interesting bathtub additions that can turn any relaxing soak into one that’s stimulating for all the senses.

Bath Bombs

Sometimes called fizzies, tablets, or bathballs, bath bombs are spheres of baking soda, colors, scented oils, flower petals, and other fun ingredients that fizz when added to the bathwater. The water and baking soda react to one another, providing a science-fair-like stream of bubbles that feel good on sore backs and feet. The oils and other additives float in the tub, coloring the water fun hues like blue or rose, and in some cases even shedding sparkling glitter along the way. Bath bomb addicts recommend sliding large bombs or ones with a lot of “confetti” into a knotted hosiery sock before tossing it in the bath, thereby keeping any stray pieces in an easy-to-toss container.

Bubble Bath

This familiar favorite of kids everywhere is one that moms and dads are calling their own these days. With the development of solid “bubble bars” that can be crumbled under running water, luxurious scents like chocolate, lavender and orange blossom are quickly gaining popularity over youthful “bubble gum” type scents. People of all ages love a big tub of bubbles, after all!

Bath Salts

As much a staple of the high-end bath experience as turkish bathrobes, bathers are enjoying this spa ritual at home on their own time. Made from actual salt crystals blended with essential oils and occasionally herbs, bath salts help open the pores for true relaxation. When using salts, be sure to put the crystals in while the bath is filling up, otherwise you may end up sitting on an uncomfortable patch of gravel.

Whether using one addition or several, these fun and enjoyable products can turn any regular bath into an experience you’ll be anxious to repeat. Happy bathing!

Sep 262011
 

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Most people bathe several times a week, considering it a hygienic necessity and automatic part of their day to day lives. The act of community bathing, which functioned as a social network in the age before computers, has become sadly neglected in the fast pace of the modern world. Where once friendships, business deals, and gossip were exchanged over a relaxing soak from Rome to Russia, today’s bather is more apt to multi-task alone with everything from televisions to radios being installed in shower walls. Next time you’re considering a leisurely bath, why not bring your partner in to relax with you, or pick up the phone to chat with a friend? It’s easy to devote the time and attention needed for good conversation without the distractions of folding laundry, cooking, or other chores. Take a forced time out, brew up a bubble bath, and enjoy the results of a more rewarding connection!

When taking a quick shower in the morning, don’t be afraid to indulge. Just because you only have a few minutes to spare before work or school doesn’t mean that washing up should be anything less than enjoyable. Supplement your shower with some relaxing music, light a few scented candles, or try out some special shower-specific fizzy tablets. These scented tabs are placed on the floor of the shower, slowly dissolving as water droplets fall, releasing essential oil blends intended to do anything from waking up the user to clearing their lungs if they’re under the weather. Other accessories, such as a mounted foot scrubber or textured loofah, can join your shower routine to slough off dead skin and leave you looking radiant and refreshed almost instantly.

When stepping out of your bath or shower, don’t reach for that same tired old towel with the rough surface. Treat yourself to a soft Egyptian cotton towel or a turkish bathrobe to dry off in supreme comfort. A great investment in your well-being, these luxury bath items keep you warm and dry as you continue with your grooming rituals and feel sensational as well. Pick up a cotton mat for outside the shower and you can take your time to dry off in indulgent softness after every soak or rinse.

With very little effort, you can turn your ordinary bathroom into a special spa just for you! A few unique and affordable additions can turn the simple act of bathing into an experience that will have you smiling all day long.

Aug 132011
 

Bathtub Addition Towels

The idea of soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is a thought that appeals to many. In addition to the benefit of solitude and quiet in a bathtub, the warm water stimulates the body’s blood flow, an effect that has the well-known result of reducing tensions both physical and mental. While bathers that are truly tired and stressed out find it easy to “check out” and relax, others may find a bath rather boring! The remedy? A selection of fun and interesting bathtub additions that can turn any relaxing soak into one that’s stimulating for all the senses.

Bath Bombs

Sometimes called fizzies, tablets, or bathballs, bath bombs are spheres of baking soda, colors, scented oils, flower petals, and other fun ingredients that fizz when added to the bathwater. The water and baking soda react to one another, providing a science-fair-like stream of bubbles that feel good on sore backs and feet. The oils and other additives float in the tub, coloring the water fun hues like blue or rose, and in some cases even shedding sparkling glitter along the way. Bath bomb addicts recommend sliding large bombs or ones with a lot of “confetti” into a knotted hosiery sock before tossing it in the bath, thereby keeping any stray pieces in an easy-to-toss container.

Bubble Bath

This familiar favorite of kids everywhere is one that moms and dads are calling their own these days. With the development of solid “bubble bars” that can be crumbled under running water, luxurious scents like chocolate, lavender and orange blossom are quickly gaining popularity over youthful “bubble gum” type scents. People of all ages love a big tub of bubbles, after all!

Bath Salts

As much a staple of the high-end bath experience as Turkish bathrobes, bathers are enjoying this spa ritual at home on their own time. Made from actual salt crystals blended with essential oils and occasionally herbs, bath salts help open the pores for true relaxation. When using salts, be sure to put the crystals in while the bath is filling up, otherwise you may end up sitting on an uncomfortable patch of gravel.

Whether using one addition or several, these fun and enjoyable products can turn any regular bath into an experience you’ll be anxious to repeat. Happy bathing!

Jun 092011
 

Kids Velour Bathrobe

Once upon a time, bathrobes were serious garments that were more at home in luxury spas, hotels and resorts than in actual homes. Often very plush and luxurious, robes were almost certainly something reserved for adults, while kids had to make do with wrapping themselves in character towels when the time came for drying off post-bath. These days, things have definitely changed, with bathrobes joining the ranks of bath time fun for kids in a variety of super-creative colors and styles.

Where mom and dad might be more comfortable in white terrycloth, junior is bound to opt out in favor of a bright green “dino” style robe, complete with a flip-up hood and soft sewn “spikes” to complete the look. His sister will dance with delight when she wraps herself up in a princess robe, which can feature popular movie characters and even an embroidered flower or crown that is the pinnacle of style for the under-ten set. A great incentive for tots who dislike the tub to hop in, kids bathrobes are showing up in major department stores everywhere and thankful parents are having a much easier time keeping their kids clean.

Strangely enough, the best time of year to look for these kids robes may be in the summer, not the winter. Why? Many of them masquerade as “bathing suit coverups”, but function perfectly as bath robes too, as both are typically made of absorbent terrycloth. Kids bathrobes, of course, may also be used as bathing suit coverups, with hooded models providing an excellent escape from the glaring sun for sensitive younger eyes at the beach or pool.

Even when bath time or swimming activities are nowhere in sight, these colorful kids robes are a fun addition to dress up play, enabling a child to “transform” into anything from a mermaid to a ninja master, depending on the style mom and dad select for them. A creative dress up “toy”, a safe sun shelter, and a truly interesting towel all in the same product? Perhaps magic isn’t limited to the imaginations of the youngsters wearing these uniquely designed kids robes!