Jack Bartosz quote

I haven’t mentioned Jack for a few months.  Of course I still think of him often.  Sometimes its with an ache of sadness and other times a word or song emerges out of nowhere, carrying a memory or his wisdom.  And, boy was he wise.  Jack’s limitless positive philosophy about cherishing every moment is imprinted on my heart.  He showed us it is possible to live honestly and happily despite the obstacles in our path.  We all miss his wonder and enthusiasm.  Grateful that Jack’s lovely mom sent me a photo of baby Tommy, Jack’s baby brother for this project.


Original photo on left, credit: Amy Bruss, Thistle & Muse

I printed Tommy’s photo on transparent paper (think overhead transparency).  In the middle frame, the translucent photo reflects the light via this backless frame.  In the far right, I embedded the transparent photo to create Tommy soap!


Are you planning a baby shower?  Need to gift for a new mom?  Just want to honor your photos in a clever way?  This is a simple DIY!

The supplies include:  clear glycerin soap (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $6 since its original $10 purchase was reduced with my 40% off coupon), a clean recycled glass jar (I used a Ragu jar) and soap molds (also available at Hobby Lobby or perhaps a cupcake pan would work).

soap collage

I started with one cube for the first layer, melting the cube for about 15 seconds in the microwave.  Watch carefully to determine the cook time in your microwave.  Careful as the glass jar might be hot when you remove it.  I added a tiny bit of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue fragerance to the melted soap.  I quickly poured the first layer and allowed it to “set” for a few minutes before adding the transparent photo.


Next, I melted another cube and poured it onto the photo creating the top layer of soap.  Each mold needs about an hour to cool.  Once set, turn upside down and apply pressure until the soap pops out. Wrap in plastic wrap for storage.

Let me introduce my next model, an adorable friend of Tommy’s.

mariread collage

Photo credit: Thistle & Muse photographer, Amy Bruss.


I printed her photos on transparent paper.


This one is still in the mold so you can see what the mold looks like: flexible plastic.

This one is still in the mold so you can see that the mold is constructed of flexible plastic.

Another twist, submerge a tiny toy inside the bar of soap.