|California Living: The Magazine of Western Homes & Gardens - November, 1947|
Nothing quite says "California House & Gardens" or "Western" like
a living fashion plate at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
So you thought soap carving was a pastime relegated to inmates at your local correctional facility with the end result being a "shank" or a faux handgun? Tut, tut. According to one Ms. Lilliace M. Mitchell, "Soap's A Lot of Fun," and soap carving is the ideal activity "for your next party." Interested? Read on.
|Don't fret over that empty knick-knack shelf! |
For a dollar's worth of Ivory and an evening's worth of fun, you can fill that shelf
with handmade beauty! Don't forget to coat each carving with clear, nail lacquer.
|"Here is an example of what you may be able to accomplish after a sufficient amount of practice."|
I'm glad we're not setting the "bar" too high, but I think we should leave the carving of nude,
bathing figures to the inmates.
I will be bold and issue a preemptive "You're welcome," for supplying you with the smash hit of your next smart dinner party or apres-theatre soiree. I can just imagine the looks of astonishment you will receive when you afford each guest his or her own bar of Lifebuoy or Lux and the "stray nails," "discarded manicure implements," and "pen points no longer used for writing." Certainly, neither you nor your party will soon be forgotten!
|Giving "Clean as a whistle" a whole new meaning!|
Ah, yes, but how clean is a whistle?
|I am not immune to the thrill of soap carving! I grabbed a|
cake of Lever 2000 Fresh Aloe and carved a fully-functional
soap whistle. Perfect for the times when one slips and falls
in the shower.
Indeed, soap IS a lot of fun! Happy Carving!
|BONUS: A timely, cartoon featured in the article.|