In case you weren't aware, I love Turkish Baths. If you're curious about this love affair, read about that here. Or, if you want to read about it from Alan's point of view, check out A New Year's Naked Surprise.
Nothing can really compare to the bliss of having someone else pamper you, but when we found a beach littered with natural pumice stone, an idea began to form.
For our friends and family that would love a Hamam trip, but who probably wont ever make it to Turkey, I could send a little Hamam love their way.
Materials: Pumice stones, traditional Hamam towels, and olive oil soap.
Traditional Hamam Towels
To craft this up a bit more, I figured I could boutique style wrap the soap. For that I used parchment paper, scissors, tape, and a Real Simple magazine. (I don't have access to craft papers here. Luckily this has just forced me to be more resourceful. I use magazines and calenders for all sorts of paper crafts that I would have normally purchased paper for.)
Olive Oil Soap... smells just like the hamam.
Wrap the soaps with parchment paper just like you would wrap a present.
Rip out pages with fun colour patterns and few words.
Tear the papers (long ways) in about 2 inch strips. (You could cut the paper of course, but my scrap-book-ey friend Sonya has recently turned me on to the art of paper tearing. (Exactly as it sounds). I used the table edge to keep it somewhat straight.
Wrap around and tape.
I'm particularly obsessed with this nail polish one.
Also, I've made it a goal to take nice pictures. You know... ones that don't have a messy room in the background, or my shadow in the foreground. I like this one.
I wanted the pumice stones to be hang-able, because I hate all of the things that gather at the bottom of my shower. Besides, nothing says "Clean your feet with me!" like something that has been sitting in a puddle of water on the floor of the shower. Yuck.
Luckily, pumice stone is ridiculously easy to drive a hole through. All it took was a hammer, a screw driver and a few whacks. (See I am tool-y!)
Add some twine, and good to go!
One Hamam Care Package ready to spread some comfort.