Friday, August 9, 2013

Happy Friday, Folks...

Maybe you've seen this already, but I just discovered it today, and thought it was downright magical.  I'm definitely not a fan of Coke products, but I do applaud the company for this little video compilation they put together.  If nothing else, it will momentarily restore your faith in human kind.  have a look...
My husband, the former Marine, says that having discipline means "doing the right thing, even when no one is watching."  Yay World for doing the right thing (when lots of people were watching, but you didn't know that at the time, so it's like no one was).

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New House Progress, and a Happy Anniversary...

Last week Hubby and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary.  Since we're neck deep in home remodeling, both our time and funds were pretty limited for this year's celebration.  So, we got creative, and had hands-down the best date we've ever had.  We blew up toilets!  Yup, we're from Vermont, and that was what seemed like a fun idea at the time.  We weren't wrong.

The new house has 2 full baths, and one half bath, for a total of 3 pretty gross fixtures that we chose to replace with new, CLEAN ones.  You can read this post on our half bath, if you want the gory details.  So we decided to try out hubby's new shotgun.  It was a blast (pun intended).  And you know what they say... "the couple that blows shit up together, stays together."

So, as far as the rest of the (actually productive, but not quite as fun) projects go, here's where we're at...
~My Dad came over and helped me make a mess.  We tore out the old hearth, because it wasn't intended for the kind of heat produced by a wood stove, and we'll be replacing it with a properly heat-resistant one.
~He also helped me start putting stuff back together by getting us started on the hardwood flooring.
    Getting started in The Kid's room, upstairs hallway, and some more of The Kid's room that I got done yesterday afternoon.
~New washer and dryer delivered the other day.  They're gorgeous, but pretty much all for show right now.  Until we get our water softener installed, there they sit, just looking pretty.
~Master bathroom pretty much done (for now).  Those peel-and-stick tiles, really only live up to half of their name.  The "peel" part works beautifully, but their "stick" function is pretty darned pathetic.  So our someday project will be to put down real tile.  But for now, these are going to have to do.  Much brighter in there though with the walls and vanity painted, and the 1987 hardware replaced.
~The painting really never seems to end, but, BUT!!!!  I just bought myself a paint sprayer!  It should be arriving on my doorstep within the week, and I'll let you know how it goes.
~And we've started bringing carloads of stuff each time we go up there to work.  So hopefully the move won't be quite so horrid when it comes time to do the actual moving day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Inspiration Board, and new fragrance announcements...

Helping to inspire this season's new fragrances was this little collection of photos (below), along with countless others you can check out here.  They're all about simplicity, being rustic-yet-soft, salt-of-the-Earth hard work, and finding time to chill (preferably on the water).

New fragrances this season are:
~Farmhouse Garden:  Wildflowers, Roses, Earth, & Dewy Garden Greens.  ~North Shore:  Island-y blend inspired by Oahu's legendary surf mecca.  ~Porter Springs:  Spring Water, Bamboo, Freesia Blooms, Apricot, Ginger & Amber.  And "Glow," and "Indian Summer" will also be back as seasonal fragrances.
As I mentioned in this post a couple weeks ago, I've been doing some major editing of my product line.  At first I was terrified to cut so many products from my line, but once I did, it was SUCH a load off.  It was pretty darned glorious to be able to just focus on making a few really swell products.  Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I make pretty freaking amazing lotion.  I also love that people smile when they smell the perfumes I've concocted.  Those are the products that I'm wildly passionate about making, and those are the products that I'm going to continue to build my company off of.  I like that this season's line is simple, and built on a rock solid base of customer favorites, as well as being things that are favorites of mine to make.  I'm feeling really good about where things are now, and where they're headed from here...

Products that will be offered in this season's line are:
~Hand & Body Moisturizer, ~Perfume Oils, ~Solid Perfume, ~Linen Refresher, ~Lip Balm, ~Knuckle Balm, ~Gardener's Balm, & ~Facial Cleansing Oil.

Perfume Oils will also be taking on a more customer-friendly form.  They will be bottled to order, and available in every fragrance I offer, whether it usually be for a lotion, Linen Refresher, or currently offered perfume.  Yay!  I can't wait for you guys to check it all out.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by,