Friday, October 17, 2014

Peppered Poppies

A mysterious blend of pomegranate, orange and cherry blossoms topped with a dash of spicy cinnamon, cardamom and cocoa...

In remembrance of my Grandad, Mark Carlin, who bravely risked his life and lost his brothers in WW2. He never discussed those days with us...the few stories we know were relayed through our parents many years ago. What I do know for sure, is that he was an awesome man who loved his family dearly.

I spent my early childhood in Scotland, where I have precious memories of wearing bright red poppies every November in remembrance for those who lost their lives at war. 

Despite the political controversy the poppy symbol has generated in recent years, it's still something I hold dear to my heart. Something that reminds me of sacrifice, bravery, compassion and my sweet Grandad Mark.


  1. The colors are beautiful Zahida! We wear poppies in November too here in Canada! :)

  2. I love your story behind these. Poppies are worn here in Australia on Anzac Day as well as Remembrance Day and they're a highly significant symbol to me, also.

  3. I love poppies. You captured the spirit and grace of the poppy! These are beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much! You've been coming up with some very impressive soaps yourself lately!!! Awesome!

  4. Your soap is absolutely breath taking!


  5. A lovely story , I love knowing what inspired such lovely Art! Beautiful

  6. Just beautiful, Zahida. Your swirls are always so lovely, and I see angel wings in some of these. What a touching tribute.

  7. Hello there, I am new to the Handmade in Florida blog community. I just wanted to say WOW. All of your soaps are beautifully done. You have a great eye for colours. This is super beautiful - it reminds me of a Bird of Paradise for some reason. I think its the way the white is kind of feathered a little at the bottom. Too stunning. I lived in Australia and Scotland and always wore a poppy - I still do although here in France they don't wear them as much. The fields around our house are filled with them so that's ok. Keep wearing them I say - lest we forget. :) Have a great soapy day. x