Friday, September 21, 2012

Get your happy on!

That's the tag line for the Puyallup Fair this year.  The show has been a whirlwind and I can hardly catch my breath.

But this is the final weekend, so if you were meaning to get over there, time is running out. There's the new Body exhibit, the Rainforest exhibit, and lots more beer/wine gardens if you need that to get through the day too.  So much to do.  Earthquake burgers, Krusty Pups, scones, elephant ears - so much to eat too.

10am to 11pm today and tomorrow,  closes at 10pm Sunday.  You can even buy your ticket online, print it at home, and bring it to the gate without waiting in line.

So go!  Get your happy on already!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


A collection of starlings is called a "murmuration."  And if you've never seen one before it's awesome and breath-taking.  I've only seen small ones.  But these two girls, out canoeing, caught the most amazing video  - you have to see it.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Autumn 2012 Newsletter

Just popping in to post the latest newsletter which is just winging it's way to email and snail mail boxes everywhere - with links to take you right to the products that are available now!


Dear Friends,
As the days get cooler, and the mornings and evenings abruptly get darker, we realize in a flash our carefree, lazy days of summer have vanished.  In its place, on little tiptoes, autumn has snuck in and begun to decorate for the party.
What was once a bevy of overflowing flower beds are now wondrous seed pods, grassy tassels and bulbous bulb-lets.  Pinks and greens are now browns and golds.  Leaves on the trees are just beginning to color around their edges, waiting for the first nippy nights of frost to unleash their glorious riot of reds and oranges, burgundies and yellows.

Autumn has so many riches of its own that it’s often the favorite season of all.  Bringing us great beauty and a quiet calm, there are infinite ways to enjoy fall’s own unique gifs.  Outdoors we crunch through leaves, race through the pumpkin patch or corn maze, snuggle under woolen blankets in the bumpy hayride.  Indoors we return to the warm comforts of home, with rainy afternoons spent reading in front of the fire, mugs of warm cider and cinnamon cookies at our side.

"It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance.  The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tendered kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple and scarlet."

-   Washington Irving

Pull out your sweaters and warm socks, the fall fete is
upon us!

Autumn’s cool, crisp air crystallizes our senses.  The whisper of wind and the crunch of dead leaves shoo us back indoors to the warm delights of home – soups stewing, goodies baking and fireplaces crackling.  This year’s Autumn Harvest soaps highlight our favorite fruits and spices, taking the best of the season and celebrating the bounty.  ($4.25 each or 4 bars for $16.00)

Honey Bee:  Fresh honey is the special ingredient in this soap, gently soothing and calming skin while adding extra moisture.  Scented with warm beeswax, sweet honey, and pretty orange blossoms, it’s soft and comforting.

Sandalwood Rose:  Earthy, woodsy sandalwood, a pinch of cinnamon spice and pretty rose petals make a sophisticated and enchanting blend in a pretty ivory colored bar.  This scent is found in a few high-end boutique bath products, and for good reason – it’s gorgeous.

Clove Orange:  Making orange pomanders is a favorite craft project for the holidays – winter oranges studded with cloves and tucked into bowls around the house.  This soap is scented with sweet orange oil blended with spicy cloves and a pinch of cinnamon stick  Lighter and fresher than our Breakfast Soap, it’s the perfect fragrance for fall. (100% natural soap)

I’ve also made a couple of fall favorite soaps from last year’s menu to honor customer requests: 

Sugar Pumpkin: This is the ever-popular pumpkin soap.  Scented with creamy pumpkin, vanilla, a sprinkling of spice, and warm brown sugar, it’s sweet and cinnamon-y.   Sugar pumpkin is the quintessential fall fragrance, sure to mark the start of the season.

Cranberry Harvest:   Tart, juicy cranberries and zesty orange peel, loaded with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and pepperberry. This is a soft red bar - brightly fruity with a nice compliment of traditional spice. 

It’s not too early to start spritzing a little festive spicy holiday spirit around the house!  Holiday Spice is our most requested seasonal spray, every year since the very beginning - oranges, cranberries, spices and greens all blended together for the perfect scent of magic and delight.   Cinnamon spice and harvest fruit pair well with our fall soaps and set the mood in your cozy home.  (4 oz bottle - $ 6.00)


The next few months are chock full of craft shows, fairs and festivals too.  I’ll be doing what I can to bring the goodies to your neck of the woods.  See the enclosed calendar or log onto the website to get more details on the “Show Schedule” page

As always, I sincerely appreciate your loyal business throughout the year, and wish you a brilliant and abundant harvest season!

Monday, September 03, 2012

The Sea

"I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came."  - John F. Kennedy

Happy Labor Day!  It's a perfect day to troll the beach for treasures, chase waves, breathe the salt air, squish toes in the sand and just relish the last bits of summer.