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This shop girl is yearning for a season change. Love, love, living in an area where the seasons transform and change. When you live in the Midwest, all bets are off when it comes to the forecast. Fall, glorious fall,... Continue reading
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Hats, gloves, evening bags, t-shirts, short boot, tall boots, camisoles, belts, and my mostly white wardrobe. All neatly stashed in bins or in view. Jeans, skinny ones, and flares, favorite's and weekend warriors. The final and last project in the... Continue reading
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The bedroom transformation is blooming! I'm slowly going through my 1921 closet's cleansing, and fastidiously picking items that continue to speak to me. If they don't they're out of here! There's a certain satisfying and complete feeling I'm having as... Continue reading
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Happy August! Can you believe it's here? So fast, racing by, like a blink of the eye. That's how time works. Next thing I know, I'll be eighty! I wonder if I can still lift fifty pounds of soap oil's... Continue reading
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There's a whirlybird of ideas floating around during this prelude to autumn. I have little notes scattered here and there. Ideas pop up, or I'll see something that catches my eye. Catching one's eye, or in this case, my brown... Continue reading
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Every now and then, in between making soap and sundries I drift towards home thoughts. Since I make twenty thousand bars of soap annually and over one-hundred other things the luxury of tidying up at home sometimes sits quietly in... Continue reading
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So you think it's too early, do ya? We don't! It's hot, and if you look closely you can see my pumpkin face? Okay, my nose is scrunched up and I'm in total discomfort from this extreme heat. The thought... Continue reading
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I picked up these vintage shoes last fall at an antique sale. Just happens, they fit my feet! They're pretty comfortable to wear, but not near as comfy as shoes made today. They fit really narrow. I just like looking... Continue reading
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Aromatic spices, and herbs filled the soap studio today. The season's always arrive early at Bittersweet. Our soap requires a lengthy four to six weeks curing time, so most of the time I'm working on seasonal sweets for the shop.... Continue reading
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Love, love, love the bachelor buttons, zinnia, Cosmo's, alyssum, and brown eyed Susan's blooming in the garden! It's summer time and the living is easy... I purchases some over sized rocking chairs for the shop porch. It's a joy when... Continue reading
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Regardless of your political preference, if you're an American, you stand tall and proud and celebrate your freedom on Independence Day. For most, and myself include, I've always resided in the land of the free, but for those who haven't,... Continue reading
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I'm absolutely thrilled when a new soap is sitting on my desk freshly wrapped, and a customer picks up a bar and describes the scent in a clear and precise way. Using words like, mysterious and smoky, perfume, but mild.... Continue reading
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I'm giving the shop porch a makeover! New rockers look fantastic and they fit perfectly on the big old porch. I have a few other ideas up my sleeve. A checkerboard table comes to mind. When I was a young... Continue reading
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We welcomed the first day of summer with a musical bouquet of artists. Our big old shop porch makes a great stage. I can't begin to convey how happy this beautiful day of music makes me feel. It's nothing short... Continue reading
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The Mercantile sale was a huge success! I can safely say that past sales didn't hold a candle to the Merc sale. Thankful. I still have a few items left, but I'm contacting the Veterans association to come and pick... Continue reading
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Just absolutely thrilled with the way cedar fence planks transform a space. Not to mention they're inexpensive and aromatic. I started getting ready for Friday's sale, and while doing that, Lennis went to the shop and added cedar inlay around... Continue reading
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Summer grabs acres of inspiration and gently preserves it under its wings. While cutting a new summer soap, and as I held the bar to my nose, instantly, I knew it should be named Moon Flower. Oh how I love... Continue reading
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We're putting together an assortment of gift boxes. We'll have a lavender box, a rose box, peppermint, and a baby box, at least for now. More to come. How about a Natural Home Keeping Box? How about a Spa Box?... Continue reading
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It's June! The month is reserved for summer concerts in the park, ball games, hot dogs, and festivals. I love June! Pulling out some past designs only to realize how some materials never die. Burlap, Twill, Linen, and Ticking, for... Continue reading
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Oh how it's so very nice to bake a pie from scratch. It's Memorial weekend, and that means we're going to grill and bake, and take a few days off from Bittersweet. I feel like it's the calm before the... Continue reading
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I love to incorporate nature into our home. When gazing upon the dried hydrangea or turtle shell, my feelings lean towards those of gratitude. Gentle reminders of favorite summers past and walks through the Missouri woods. Those tender nature feelings... Continue reading
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I got all my sisters and me, but in this case, my dad, uncle, and brother. My Uncle Richard is in town from Seattle. I haven't seen him since Patrick was a baby, so it's been awhile. We're going to... Continue reading
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I believe in less is more, and that the best inspiration usually comes from simple things. Case in point...Those bright and pale pink peonies. Peonies, Peonies, it was love at first site! I picked up that little vase for just... Continue reading
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The humble peony, spectacular in its natural beauty. Not only is it a beautiful flower, it carries a magnificent perfume. I dug up several of these many years ago at an old farm and planted them around a rock garden.... Continue reading