Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Sale

Just a quickie post to let you all in on a little sale at the Latherati shop. Enter coupon code: HAPPY2011 at checkout and save 11% on your entire purchase. Good until midnight January 4, 2011.

Wishing you the very merriest, happy New Year to all my family and friends (real-life and cyber ;-)

Be sure to check back soon for the upcoming Valentine Challenge. I have something very special in the works.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A new obsession & an upcoming Challenge!

My new obsession...Treasuries! I can't stop making them. Here's one I made for the New Year. 2011 is the year of the rabbit with trends being...the color honeysuckle, fashion trends of cat eye glasses, kitten heels, clogs, tassels, fringe, lingerie as outdoor wear, etc. Feel free to leave comments. Who knows, perhaps it'll make it to the coveted Front Page of etsy :-)


As you know, Valentine's Day is coming up. I'll be reading Valentine: A Love Story by Chet Raymo to inspire a new Limited Edition fragrance for this holiday full of love and romance. Challenge details coming soon ;-)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Indie Garage Sale Recap

The IGS (Indie Garage Sale) is the closest show I do to home. Makes it super convenient, especially because it's a two-day show. Saw many familiar faces and met some new artsy/craftsy friends. Pics were taken with my Blackberry (darn if I can ever remember to bring my real camera!) Day No. One/Daughter No. One - Don't tell her but she'll be getting this mustache pillow for Christmas :-)
Day No. Two/Daughter No. Two - She HAD to have this Panda hat.

My friend from Amaranth Press was my neighbor. :-)

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a weakness for all things "leaves". Beautiful pottery from AdkGirl

InterStellar Love Craft jewelry is simply stunning.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NYC and BUST

The Latherati Booth at Bust

I spent last weekend selling Latherati goodies at the Bust Magazine Craftacular. What a wonderful experience. Not only did my trusty friend, Lori, and I take in the sights and eat our way through the city on Saturday, we were among the most talented of artists/crafters I've ever seen on Sunday.

a book quote (of course!) at the New York City Library

Lori is one of those friends who can find humor in getting lost in NYC by my following all the pretty twinkle lights (away from our destination), empathy for aching, blistered feet and a cheerful reminder that good friends are as rare as they come. She is one of those and I can never thank her enough for a fantastic weekend.

me and Amy Sedaris

One highlight of the show was meeting Amy Sedaris who was there signing her book, Simple Times, Crafts for Poor People. If you haven't read it, you should, as you will find yourself laughing out loud with her quick wit and snarky language. Of course, I couldn't read her book and NOT make a fragrance inspired by it! I presented her with a little gift of "Twinkles" at the show which had an uncommonly crazy blend of 15 different notes. Did she like it? I don't know but it's her book to a T.

So, the crazy weekend is over and I'm back to my normal routine of a life. NYC is great in small doses but to come back to my cozy apartment, my children and my work was what I looked forward to. I can relax a bit and enjoy the holidays in my twinkle lit living room with a roaring fire and a cup of cocoa.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blood of the Rose and Better World Books

I finished up the author promos for Kate Pearce's new novel, Blood of the Rose. They are on their way to her publisher to help market the new book. I must tell you, I really enjoy these little collaborations with an author to make the perfect scent for a newly written book. And to pack them up and send them on their way is a little bittersweet. I get attached to the little boxes of soap and tiny perfumes. They are so sweet :-)
Exciting news here at the Latherati studio. I've been looking for a literacy program to help and after much research, I partnered with Better World Books. It's a fantastic program that not only supports literacy programs worldwide but they offer a home for gently used books so they don't end up in a landfill. They collect used books through various programs, sell them and use the proceeds to help support various literacy programs. I'm very happy to be working with them.
It's been a crazy holiday season (and it isn't over yet!) but I'm going to take a few moments this evening to have a hot cup of tea and chat with my daughter while snuggled under cozy blankets in our twinkle-light lit living room. Aaahhh.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BLACK FRIDAY Customer Appreciation Sale

I want you all to know how much I appreciate your business. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. To show my appreciation, I'm offering a Black Friday special to my blog readers.

Black Friday Only (Nov. 26, 2010, 12 am to 11:59 pm EST). Take 10% off your entire Latherati purchase. Just use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Limited to stock on hand...so get there early :-)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Art of Soap and more excitement

The book cover - I have swirl envy ;-)

I was absolutely giddy to be a featured artist in the new soap book The Art of Soap. Debbie Chialtas of Soapylove put the book together and it's just fantastic. Full of ideas, inspiration and love. I am proud to be a part of it.

one of Latherati's pages

Not only did Erin Pikor do all the gorgeous photography, she is also the amazing soaper behind Naiad Soap Arts

Another proud moment...Latherati was accepted as a vendor at the Bust Magazine Craftacular in New York City on December 12th. So, I've been a soapmaking mad-woman, making sure I have all my ducks in a row.

Blood of the Rose roll-on perfume

On the Latherati Promo news front...I am just finishing up author promos for Kate Pearce's second book in the Tudor Vampire Chronicles, Blood of the Rose. We went with the same scent as the first book (Kiss of the Rose) but changed the label color to a rich, dark teal. Stunning.

I loved the look of this freshly cut batch of soap for Blood of the Rose :-)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Getting ready for MayDay

It's MayDay time again :-) Tomorrow is the second MayDay Underground show in Rochester, NY. So, today will be spent on some last minute re-stocking (why do I always wait 'til the last minute??) and packing up the truck. There will be a luau theme and I'm wondering if it's too cold for a grass skirt and coconut bra...uh, yea, probably. What am I saying? Even if it were 100 degrees, you wouldn't find me donned in such a get-up!

Wanted to share a couple of finds with you. I'm addicted to buying old, unusual books and you can often find me scanning the bookshelves at any thrift store I happen to find. A word to the wise...if we are ever on a road trip and I spot a thrift store, grab the dashboard and hold on for dear life because I WILL be stopping :-)

A Textbook of Filing, 1920 & The Secretary's Handbook, 1929

How copies used to be made

a Visible Index

If you ever have the need to reserve a spot on a steamship...

...or address a Baroness :-)

In Latherati product news, I'm working on some gift sets, most notably some Jane Austen sets. I'll have a box-set of all six fragrances...working on the labels today. Also, some baskets filled with soap, lotion, etc. They'll be perfect for gift-giving.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mixed bag :-)

Check out the video my 13 year old daughter made at the
Salt City Market in Syracuse. She did a great job!

On the Latherati Promo end, I made up these postcards with little
solid perfume samples attached to send to a writers conference.


I've been working like a madwoman trying to restock for some upcoming shows. I'll be at the MayDay Underground Show in Rochester, NY on November 6, 2010 and I'm having a Home Show in December. We're calling it a SIP 'n SNIFF as we will have lots of wine and food and shopping :-)

TARA handmade soap was made yesterday, QUEEN BEE is on the agenda today.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Salt City Market Pics & Review

Had an awesome time at the Salt City Market in Syracuse, NY! Saw some familiar faces and met some new ones. The talent was beyond amazing. Plus, local musicians set the tone with a cool indie vibe and local food stuff was on hand when my stomach started growling. My daughter is working on the video and I'll post that later this week. For now, here are pics - most are clickable so be sure to check out these fantastic artists. Enjoy :-)

KassondraAmada by Kassy Shoemaker

I traded some lip balm for one of these cool zipper bracelets!

Amy Fancher – Viva Sweet Love

Second Seed by Nancy Topolski

Vicki Hartman Ceramics

Round Rabbit by Nancy Schindler

INK+WIT by Tara Hogan

Luckalilly Ceramic Studios by Caroline Hayward

My friend, Marisa Krol (on the right) and her partner in crime,
Sharon Jeter - Inter-Stellar Love Craft

a very cool Salt City logo done in duct tape!

This guy rocks a mean harmonica

Friday, October 22, 2010

Heading to the Salt City Market!


Yay! Latherati will be at the Salt City Market tomorrow in Syracuse, NY. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and follow your nose to the Latherati booth. Awesome art, crafts and live music. Can you think of anything better to do on a Saturday???

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'll Be Yours for Christmas by Samantha Hunter

Latherati promos for "I'll be Yours for Christmas"

A new project that's been kept under wraps here at Latherati...Latherati Promos - custom scented promo size Latherati products for writers and their new book releases! I'm very excited about this project.
full-size bars of handmade soap

The promos for "I'll be Yours for Christmas" by Samantha Hunter were especially rewarding to make as Sam is a personal friend (well, ok, we have yet to meet in person but I can just tell via our online friendship that she is my type of gal :-). Sam writes for Harlequin Blaze and this steamy story takes place in Ithaca, New York, home to many great vineyards and wineries. The main character, Abby, owns a winery and her hero, Reese, is back in town recuperating after an accident. You'll have to get the book to read more about their seductive and impassioned romance!
10 gram promo size solid perfumes

The scent for "I'll be Yours for Christmas" starts off with a soft red wine followed by woods & pine trees, rounded out by subtle holiday spices. I used red and green layers for a festive feel and couldn't be happier with the result. Stay up to date with Sam's work at www.samanthahunter.com

.5 oz. promo size handmade soap

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Perfect Body Cream

Latherati Body Cream

My test batch of body cream went out to testers and the reviews are in. While the majority of testers liked the formula just the way it was, a couple of them thought it was a bit too greasy. I tend to agree. So, after a bit of tweaking, I believe I have hit upon the perfect body cream formula!

A bit heavier than my body lotion, this cream is perfect for winter-dry skin or just those rough spots, like elbows and knees. It is chock full of rich mango and shea butters, along with moisturizing avocado oil, jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil and glycerin. It is so rich and creamy and absorbs quickly into your skin.


Not only do I love the result, I luxuriate in the entire process of making cream. It borders on true meditation. I put on the new Adele cd and get to work...a little dancing happens with the song "Tired" and some pondering goes on in my head with the song "Make you feel my Love", a song written by Bob Dylan and my new favorite.

Every thing seems right in the world when I work and when products like this come together in the most perfect way, I am at peace. I won't mention the times when I've spattered raw soap in my eye (I know, safety goggles!) or colors are off or fragrance blends have to go back to the drawing board...but such is life. I believe we learn more from our mistakes than our successes.

But I digress...

The first few batches of cream were packaged in clear 4 oz. jars with black lids but I switched over to the amber jars with silver lids. I think it fits the "Latherati" aesthetic better :-)

I'll be listing the new body cream throughout the week at a Promo price of $6.00 per 4 oz. jar. They will retail for $8.00 after October 31. Grab 'em now for the holidays and I'll be throwing in a coupon for Latherati savings in November!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Delicious Autumn! soaps made and a new cream

Finally, I've made both batches of the winning Delicious Autumn! books.


Secrets ~ inspired by The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ~ a blend of jasmine, orange blossom, ginger, lemon and rich, hot cocoa. The florals hit you first, followed by smooth, hot chocolate and tangy ginger and lemon.


Sugar Bones ~ inspired by The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury ~ carved pumpkins, candy corn, sweet, smoky tobacco, Autumn woods, moss, a twist of lemon and vetiver

Also in the works is a new cream, just in time for winter-dry skin. This cream is heavier than my lotion and comes in a 4 oz. jar. Loaded with creamy shea butter and heavier oils like olive and avocado oils blended with jojoba oil and a bit of cyclomethicone to cut down the greasiness factor.

I'm looking for a few testers to get a real opinion of this cream. The first five people to send me their address (latherati@yahoo.com) will receive a FREE full size jar of cream in Sinister to test. I only ask that you give me your honest opinion. I'd like to have this perfected in a couple of weeks.

On a last note, the Christmas season is fast approaching and you know what that means? A new Latherati Challenge! I'm hoping to post it next week so keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to let me know your favorite Christmas-themed books. If I choose yours, you'll receive Latherati goodies inspired by that book!