Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fabulous Finds...

Now that Christmas is over and the recipients have opened their gifts, I can brag about them here without worry that they will read it ;-)

I try either to make all our Christmas gifts or buy them handmade. This year, three great finds were from etsy...I could have done so much more damage but I restrained myself.

Bliss candles, 2 pack in a holiday box. I ordered spearmint/eucalyptus and white tea & ginger. Both were fabulous and very professionally labeled. I love the rustic lids. My sister-in-law was impressed.
Brainscan organic fair trade coffee, Small World Blend...this smelled divine but I have yet to be invited to my friends house for a cup of java...hmmm, he may just be keeping this all to himself!

Arm warmers from Bows by Jess for my 12 year old daughter. These were originally designed as baby leg warmers but they can also be used as arm warmers. My daughter loved them. She has her own style and was excited knowing she'll be the only one is school with these!

A big thanks to all the fabulous etsy sellers...what would I do without you!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holidays and soap...

Every year I get my children a new Hallmark ornament, so when they leave the nest, their first Christmas tree won't be bald. I love, too, how the ornaments, over the years, genuinely reflect their interests that year. I mean, how does one child go from loving Rainbow Brite to zombies??? Here are this years ornaments.

The leg lamp from A Christmas Story for my 18 year old. How great is that lamp???

A mini version of our own chocolate lab for my animal-loving 12 year old

A "Where the Wild Things Are" ornament for my 6 year old, a favorite book of ours and one I've read to him since birth.

On a soapy note, two new soaps are on the curing rack.

Wishing, inspired by Half Magic by Edward Eager. This was the winner of the "Favorite Children's Book" challenge. A blend of vanilla and cinnamon and a hint of magic.

Dust Bowl, inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This was the winner of the "Banned Books" challenge and a personal favorite of mine. A blend of camellia flowers, amber, honey, spearmint and a smidge of Dustbowl Days dirt. Very intriguing.

I've redesigned the Latherati labels and am excited to launch them the first of the year. I'm working on some new book scents and am gearing up to post a new challenge sometime in January. 2010 is going to be a fantastic year. I wish you all the happiest of days this coming year.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Food & Christmas gifts...

There is a new restaurant in town that has the best shrimp and crab bisque. Since my budget doesn't always allow me to be so indulgent, I figured I'd better learn to make it myself. I used my favorite recipe website, allrecipes.com, and tweaked this recipe until I made, what I think, is a satisfyingly similar bisque to the Delta Lake Inn. Here is the recipe with my own additions (based on the very helpful comments/suggestions from others who have ventured to make this their own).

Ingredients:
  • 6 tablespoons butter (I used only 4)
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 3 cups cooked lobster meat, shredded (I used shrimp and crab)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup light cream (I used half & half)
I also added a can of tomato paste, a smidgen of white wine and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Directions
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and celery salt until well blended. Gradually stir in the milk so that no lumps form, and then stir in the chicken stock. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the soup begins to thicken. Add the onion and lobster; season with paprika. Cook and stir for 10 more minutes. Stir in the cream, heat through and serve.

Enjoy!
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I finished the photo blocks from this post and thought you might like to see the finished product. These will be going to the grandparents. What do you think?
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And one business note...I'm excited to give you a sneak peak of my newly designed labels. I wanted them to have that aged look but still look modern. I think I achieved it. :-)
Oh and for all of those like me with no photoshop skills whatsoever, these were done in Word. Not bad, eh?


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tis the Season...

for snow...
taken through my dining room window, staying cozy warm, as snow blankets the world

for snow covered bushes...
see that one fall leaf stuck in the branches?

for twinkle lights on the staircase...

and the mantle...

to make Christmas gifts...
I'll post another pic when they are done but here are the instructions for making these photo blocks (great gifts for grandparents!):

Need:
wood blocks (I got mine at Michaels)
ModPodge
pretty papers
pics of your kids (or your dog, cat, what have you)
paint

Directions:
Paint all the edges (I used a plum-brown color); when dry, sand for a distressed look.
Cut pretty paper and pics to fit on each side; ModPodge those suckers down.
Coat with ModPodge.

Done.

You can stack them or line them up; switch the blocks around for new pics, etc. I have a set I made for myself last year sitting on my bookshelf.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Big Label Re-Design Sale...

I'm redesigning the Latherati labels so you have a chance at big savings...buy three, get one FREE! So, head on over to the shop and take a look around, k?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Welcome to the Library


I'd been wanting to make this soap for a long time now. I'm calling it "library" as all the chunks are from previous batches (I hate waste!). A bookshelf full of soap chunks in an unscented base, it's an explosion of scents...but not overpowering. Will be ready in about 3 weeks :-)

Monday, November 9, 2009

A very nice review

A big thanks to Jen for the kind words she had to say about Latherati. Check out the review HERE.

Monday, November 2, 2009

a little Halloween Challenge

Hope everyone had a ghostly Halloween. I love Halloween and this year, I got to dress up for a party. I had such a grand time with grand people. So, I thought I'd offer up a little challenge for my followers only...Here is a pic of me with a fierce looking Joker. Can you guess who I was for Halloween? Be the first to leave a comment on this post with the correct answer and you will win a bar of Latherati handmade soap! Have fun!



In other Latherati news, Bobbie, at the Girl Indie Blog put fingers to keyboard and wrote up a fantastic review of Latherati products. Check it out HERE

There is also a giveaway hosted at her blog so be sure to enter :-) Thanks Bobbie!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The theme of the October Latherati challenge was "Banned Books". The winning book and one of my all-time favorites was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I am in love with this story.

Set in the 1930’s in Alabama, the story is narrated by curious Scout Finch and follows the lives of her and her brother, Jem, over the course of three years during the Great Depression.

Raised by a lawyer father, Atticus, who is patient, tolerant and sensitive and their black maid, Calpurnia, Scout and Jem live a carefree life of exploring the neighborhood and innocently learning valuable life lessons amid a complex and diverse world. Attempts to lure out the mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley, learning about racial prejudices and the meaning of courage and dignity are just a few of the topics touched upon in this book.

Fully developed characters, rich with distinct personalities, lead you through some of life’s toughest lessons and you come to the end with a sense of wonder, empathy and inspiration.

It’s a shame this book was ever on a banned books list (along with a great many other fantastic books) and I hope for those of you who haven’t read this book, you head straight to your local library or favorite bookshop and pick it up. You won’t regret it.

As for the scent of this book? My olfactories are giving me:

amber, milk, camellia flowers, just a wee bit of doublemint gum (how can I forget that loving gift from Boo??) and the slightest hint of Dustbowl Days dirt.

Just an FYI: Did you know that the Alabama State Flower is the Japanese Camellia? Well, it is.

Your thoughts?

As for the next Latherati challenge, be prepared for a little twist. I've got a great idea brewing and it will take some "audience participation" but I promise it will be fun and the prize will be great! I'll finalize my plan this week and post it the first week of November. Ooh, I can hardly wait ;-)

Queen Bee in the mold

Soap talk: A new batch of Queen Bee is in the mold tonight, filling the house with that warm, rich scent that makes me want to curl up with a good book (or course) and cup of tea, spiked with...what else? honey.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book Endz

Can't decide which bar of Latherati soap to try first? Try Book Endz, a sampling of five different bars of soap!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Challenge - WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

{drum roll please} The winner of the Banned Books Challenge is....Mia!!! and the winning title is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee...which really is no surprise as it was suggested a total of 13 times :-)

So, I will be reading this soon (I have read it before but this time I'll be reading it with scents in mind ;-), write up a review & make a batch of soap.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I'm already working on the next challenge idea so don't forget to check the Latherati blog often!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October Challenge - Banned Books - CONTEST IS CLOSED

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Are you ready for the next CHALLENGE ??!!!
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This month's theme is Banned Books

Last week, we celebrated Banned Books week (Sept. 26 - Oct. 3). Banned Books week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom of reading and the importance of the First Amendment. In honor of this, the Latherati October challenge is all about banned books. You can visit this website and/or this website to peruse a list of banned books.

Here we go:

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post naming one of your favorite books from a banned books list. Include the title and author.

Winner will be chosen by random number and will be notified by email (don't forget to include it!). I will read the book, write up a review that will be posted here and make a batch of soap inspired by that book.

The Prize: The winner will receive THREE bars of Latherati handmade soap (one from that batch & two others of their choosing)

The Rules: Suggest as many books as you like

To earn Extra Chances:
1) Blog about this CHALLENGE with a link to this post, then post link here
2) Become a Follower of the Latherati blog

Challenge ends October 11, 2009, 9:00 pm eastern time. Winner will be announced October 12, 2009.

Ready, set, CHALLENGE me!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Playing Catch Up...


I realize I've been neglecting my poor blog...my only excuse is "overwhelmingness". Yes, it's a new word and the definition is:

overwhelmingness: n. the feeling of life having been completely flipped over on its head and being overcome by a need to hide under the covers with a bowl of ice cream and wait it out.

No, really, it isn't that bad...just a little stressful with all the changes here at my house. But, moving beyond my pity party...

I am getting ready for an awesome show in Syracuse, NY, called Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market. It's scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 10-6pm. Here's a link for more info: http://www.saltcitycraftmart.com


Remember my last challenge? It was the Children's Book Challenge. Well, the winning book was titled "Half Magic" written by Edward Eager. It's a great book but it's leaving me stumped for a scent! Now, I like to think I have this gift and that I can read any book and just know what it should smell like. Perhaps children's books work a little differently. They aren't always filled with those subtle nuances of "scent" the way adult literature is. So, if any of you have read the book, send me your suggestions. I'm eager to work on this one and I'm sure the winner of the challenge would appreciate getting her soap!

I'll be posting a new challenge soon!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Finally...


The long anticipated Golden Ticket soap, inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Rich, smooth chocolate scented soap made with cocoa butter and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Chocoholics beware: you won't want to get out of the shower ;-)


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Me, M.I.A.

You may have noticed that I've been M.I.A. lately. Well, I have my reasons and I thought I would let you in on a little of my personal life...

I've been a work at home mom for 10 years. In my previous life, I was a legal assistant and have my paralegal certificate. I put that all aside while I traveled with my Army husband and raised my kids. We were lucky to live in some grand places like Heidelberg, Germany (where my second daughter was born), Monterey, California (where my first daughter was born) and Savannah, Georgia. I won't mention North Dakota ;-)

While all this traveling/raising kids was going on, my marriage was disintegrating. So, 19 years later, my husband and I are at the point of divorce. Ooh, the D word. It brings pity upon you. But I neither want nor need pity. It's been a long time coming and it is a good thing...really.

But, along with the big D, it means that, while I love my little soap business, it's not enough to support me (although I have dreams of hitting it big, like all other soapers)...SO, I'm back to work. Yup, I'm putting my legal assistant skills back into action and am now working for a wonderful law firm. I feel very lucky and blessed to have found such a perfect job for me despite the economy.

So, that is my official excuse as to why I've not been around to keep you up to date with the happenings at Latherati. Once I get settled into a routine, I will find the time to put as much effort into my business as I can. Please bear with me ;-)...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back from Vacay :-)

Well, I'm back from vacation. It's always nice to come home to your own bed, your own stuff, isn't it? I had a wonderful time in Ohio visiting my best friend and her girls. I brought my camera with the best intention of taking lots of pics but of course, I took none! We were just having too much fun to stop for a Kodak moment.

We visited the Science Center in Columbus and hit the pool a couple of times. It's much hotter there than central NY so I didn't need the jeans and sweater I thought I might need. My best friend and I treated ourselves to a relaxing massage and a nice lunch out without the kids.

So, now it's back to the grindstone but like I said, I'm glad to be back.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Dashwood is curing...

Dashwood? or should it be Barton Cottage? I just can't decide. Anyway, the Sense & Sensibility soap is curing nicely. It's a delicate rose scent with green ivy notes.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jane Austen fans...

It's a soapmaking day! Yay, my favorite kind of day :-) I'll be making my third Jane Austen soap, Sense & Sensibility - a sweet rose & ivy blend.

For all you Austen fans, I'll be making up gift boxes of the three books I have so far {Emma, Pride & Prejudice & Sense & Sensibility}. Each box will have a bar of each Austen soap.



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Finally!

I did it! I perfected my sugar scrub recipe and ooohhh, let me tell you, it is divine! A fluffy, light as air, whipped blend of shea butter and nourishing oils, sugar and scent...it's heaven in a jar.


This pic shows the scrub (scented with chocolate) in a 6 oz. jar that will be available soon in the etsy shop, a 3 oz. jar for my soon-to-be-offered bride's maid baskets (or gift baskets in general) and a 1.5 oz. jar for the B&B's.

Today, I also made the Beguile lip balm, an alluring blend of lavender & spearmint. I'll be working on the labels for these products and more today and hope to get them listed tomorrow.


On a side note, I wanted to show you a pic of my "deck". Prior to sending my kids to school this coming September, we were a homeschooling family. My son loves to play Yu-Gi-Oh but decided to make his own cards. This brought a variety of skills into "play". Designing the cards, drawing, writing, cutting, addition & subtraction. Now that's what I call fun learning.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

I've got a Golden Ticket

Yes, I do! I made scrumdidilyumptious chocolate soap, inspired by {what else?} Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.


Rich, chocolate smelling cocoa butter and chocolate fragrance oil almost makes me want to drool. A little sprinkling of cocoa powder on top and we are set for a cocoa-licious time ;-) {note: due to the fragrance oil in this soap, the bars will eventually turn a dark rich brown, just like a chocolate bar...mmmm}

This is the second batch of soap inspired by a children's book and you remember what that means? My 11 year old daughter/apprentice helped with this one. She'll also help design the label and packaging.

Friday, July 24, 2009

New product! Dry Oil Spray

I've been working on a dry oil spray. It's a lovely blend of fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, cyclomethicone and fragrance. Very moisturizing but not greasy, it leaves a dry silky feel. Love it! I have a few fragrances listed at the Latherati etsy shop.


On a personal note, my 6 year old son lost his first tooth. He was so excited and the tooth fairy was very generous in giving him a whole dollar!




Thursday, July 23, 2009

WINNER ANNOUNCED! July Soap Challenge

We have a winner!

We used random.org to pick a number between 1 and 122 and came up with number 28, a book titled "Half Magic" by Edward Eager, suggested by Wehaf.

This challenge had 106 book titles suggested! Plus, 16 extra entries. There were quite a few duplicates, like "The Giving Tree", "Alice in Wonderland", "The Secret Garden (we just made this soap!), and "Charlotte's Web"...all great classics.

Some suggestions were already on our list to make {James and the Giant Peach and Alice in Wonderland}.

I read reviews for many of the suggested books and you bet I'll be picking them up at the library to read. They may end up as soap as well.

Thanks to all who participated. It makes me feel good to know that so many children's books are so beloved to you all.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sugar Scrub Testing

Aaah, sugar scrubs...there's nothing better than a good scrub to get rid of all that dead skin and moisturize all at the same time.


I made up this batch this morning but already, I need to tweak it. I need to whip the heck out of the mango butter and oils and up the ewax. I scented the test batch with Beguile, my favorite scent so far.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New in the Latherati Shop!

Roll-on Perfumes

Want your favorite book-inspired fragrance to linger a little longer? Dab Latherati's new roll-on perfumes at all your pulse points. Today, I listed:

Longbourn, inspired by Pride & Prejudice
{Sweet honeysuckle with green leafy grass notes smoothly blended with zesty lemon and herbal undertones}

Beguile, inspired by The Other Boleyn Girl (the first Challenge winning book!)
{herbaceous rosemary, soothing lavender and a hint of spearmint}

Beguile soap is on the curing rack and will be listed in the shop shortly.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Banner!!!


Latherati has a new banner. What do you think? I wanted something
fresh and I think it's perfect. I'm a happy soaper ;-)

Scent Blending


Aack! I'm out of castor oil so until it comes in, no soapmaking for me. In the meantime, I'm blending some new scents. So far, I'm blending:

Celebration, inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald {champagne and strawberries with a bit of sugar}

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence (what to name it??) {patchouli, woods & orchid}

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (I'm thinking "Scarlett" as a follower suggested) {lemon balm, magnolia, cotton and a hint of spearmint}

I just read "Marrying Mozart" by Stephanie Cowell. Great book. Smells to me like {lavender, linden blossom and a touch of ginger}

Now, I'm reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith - haven't come up with a scent yet but it's a great read!


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Blossom & Matchmaker

On the curing rack:
Matchmaker, inspired by Emma by Jane Austen

{ripe strawberries, orchid and a touch of plum}

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New in the shop:


Blossom Lip Luster (soap coming soon!), inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
{rose}


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Just for laughs

I've been so busy with non-Latherati stuff, I haven't made anything in days...so I thought I'd post something fun for a few laughs.

Try this: On a Google search, type the words "unfortunately, {insert name here}" and see what comes up. Here are a few choice phrases that came up for "unfortunately, Julie"...

" Unfortunately, Julie was recently informed that most of the cats had been poisoned over a period of a few days."

"Unfortunately, Julie lost her role when it was discovered that she had posed for Playboy magazine."

Unfortunately, Julie was unable to resist her first love and slept with Hart. ..."

Unfortunately Julie had to work and couldn't get the night off so the rest of them celebrated it instead"

Unfortunately Julie is no longer with us and this, along with the sale of some older cows, upset the social order"

Unfortunately, Julie is a completely repulsive, unappealing and vulgar human being."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Busy Tuesday

Kids baseball and swimming, short break for lunch, then the drive to pick up my oldest from college orientation.

I probably won't get a lot of soaping done today but if I find some time, I plan on making:

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory soap (what to name it???)
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Lip Lusters for Blossom & Beguile
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experiment with dry body oil recipes

Here's a pic of Beguile freshly cut. I love the color!




Monday, July 13, 2009

Now available...wedding favor soaps

Look what's new at the Latherati Soap Foundry!


Darling little 1 ounce guest size bars of wedding favor soaps. I had been wanting to offer small bars as favors and when I found these cute little white boxes, I knew I had to make up some samples.
Find them in the new Storybook Wedding section.
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I also submitted these to the Martha Stewart wedding contest. Check it out and rate my soap!

On the curing rack:


Blossom - inspired by The Secret Garden
{a soft floral with a leafy green base}

In the mold:

Beguile - inspired by The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
{rosemary, lavender and a hint of spearmint}

In the garden:


Look! Our first zucchini! It was cradled like a baby until we cut it up and grilled it for dinner ;-)



Sunday, July 12, 2009

July FREE soap challenge!!! CONTEST CLOSED


This contest is closed and the winner announced July 23, 2009.

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Are you ready for the next CHALLENGE ??!!!
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This month's theme is Children's books
{my 11 yr. old apprentice daughter will be helping with this one!}

Here we go:

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite book from childhood or a book you now read to your children. (include the author too!). Now, I probably can't get much from a simple board book, etc. so try to remember a favorite children's book that maybe taught you something about yourself or changed your perception of the world or just pleased you to no end.

Winner will be chosen by random number and will be notified by email (don't forget to include it!). {My apprentice} and I will read the book, write up a review that will be posted here and make a batch of soap (and a lip luster!) inspired by that book.

The Prize: The winner will receive two FREE bars (one from that batch & another of their choosing) plus a FREE lip luster.

The Rules: Suggest as many books as you like
(if you're like me, you have more than one favorite ;-)

To earn Extra Chances:
1) Blog about this CHALLENGE with a link to this post, then post link here
2) Become a Follower of the Latherati blog

Challenge ends July 22, 2009, 9:00 pm eastern time.

Ready, set, CHALLENGE me!!!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Oops...

Here's what happens when you wait too long to cut a batch of salt bars...oops...guess these will be for our personal use here at my house ;-)


Salt/Spa bars should be cut as soon as they are set up, approximately 2 hours or so after pouring into the mold...remember that.

Garage sales...I love them. Here are my favorite finds from yesterday.

And old chippy paint antique mirror. For a dollar! and see that little blue glass thing? Do you know what that is?


I don't know the official name for it but basically, it's an eye washer. Say you get something in your eye, you put water in this, hold it up to your eye and tip your head back. It rinses your eye. We had one when I was growing up and we used ours quite a bit. I don't know what ever happened to ours but I'm delighted to have found another one!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tiger Lillies & La Mar

The New York State flower is the rose...but why? When there is an abundance of gorgeous tiger lillies growing all about us? I'm not fortunate to have any in my yard but I do get to enjoy my neighbors. When I'm sitting on my porch swing, my view is of her garden and right now, the tiger lillies are perfect! Lovely, just lovely...they make me happy :-)


On a soaping note, La Mar is in the mold! Inspired by Old Man & the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, I decided to make this batch a salt bar (or spa bar). The fragrance is reminiscent of salty ocean waves with spicy undertones and a hint of musk. I made this a dark, ocean-y blue and I think the peaks look just like waves. Ready in about 4 weeks. A little recipe help for those interested in making spa bars. You add 1 lb. of salt for every lb. of oil in your batch. Add it at trace, after you've added your color and fragrance. Also, you want to have at least 80% coconut oil and then you can add the other 20% with oils like avocado, castor, rice bran, sweet almond, etc. Be sure to run your recipe through a lye calculator like this one.



Off to do a little yard work and tend to my garden.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wednesday Book Club - Gone with the Wind

Gather round and have a book discussion with me! I'm reading Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. First, my thoughts...then, feel free to leave comments or answer my book club questions...we'll go from there :-)
I'd been wanting to read this book for a long time but the sheer size of the book put me off for awhile. It's a big book! But, I love it, oh how I love it.

Do you want to hear a little confession of mine regarding Gone with the Wind? Ok, here it is...the only visual I ever got when this book was mentioned was the Carol Burnett skit when she comes down the staircase wearing curtains, rod & all! If you want a good chuckle, check out this YouTube video. (there are two parts) Too funny!

OK, back to the book....it's set in Georgia during the Civil War. It's the story of Scarlett O'Hara. She is the belle of society and lives on her father's (a hot-blooded Irishman, a temperament similar to Scarlett's) plantation, created from nothing and won by a bet. Everything is wonderful in Scarlett's life, save for her love of Ashley Wilkes. He will be marrying Melanie and there were words exchanged (and vases thrown) between the two, all witnessed by Rhett Butler, a bit of a scoundrel.

Scarlett decides to marry Charles Wilkes, Melanie's brother. Then, the war breaks out and ruins everything lovely in Scarlett's life. Facing reality for the first time, Scarlett is forced to take matters into her own hands.

...to be continued.

Now, some questions and your thoughts...

1. How does Scarlett differ from the other girls of her time?
2. What are your opinions about Rhett Butler?

Feel free to comment on any part of the book, what you learned from it, your opinion about the Civil War, etc. and thank you for joining in the Latherati Book Club!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In the Scent Blending Room + a little contest?

My long anticipated supplies came in yesterday and I'll be a soapin' fool this week.

MAKING THIS WEEK:

La Mar, inspired by Old Man & the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
{salty ocean air + a man...I mean musk ;-) }

Blossom, inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
{flowers, flowers, flowers}

IN THE SCENT BLENDING ROOM: pssst...here's where the CONTEST comes in!

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Emma by Jane Austen
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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
{this is the winning book from my first challenge!}
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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
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These don't have names yet...Leave a comment on this post suggesting a name for any of the 4 books named above. If I use that name, you'll get a FREE lip luster PLUS a sample of my new body oil spray (coming soon!)...here's a hint: I prefer one-word names.

Rules: You must be a Latherati blog follower. Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you! No end date on this contest.

Good luck!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Strawberries & Carousels & Rats, oh my

A few visuals of our spare time hobbies...

the fruits of our labor...yummy strawberries

my little man (and me) riding on a restored 1909 carousel

Lucy & Luna hangin' in the apple tree

On a Latherati note...I'm working on a new sugar scrub (lots of rich, skin-loving oils, soothing butters...mmm), a body oil spray (a light moisturizing oil) and a roll-on perfume (convenient roller ball bottle with your favorite Latherati scent). They are going to be divine!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

On the curing rack...

Isle of Skye, inspired by To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
Scented with a fresh, salty ocean fragrance mingled with sweet pears; blue swirls and topped with sea salt. Smells very fresh and light. This will be cured and in the shop in 4 weeks.