Monthly Archives: April 2011


I’m a big fan of history….all kinds, but especially social history.  On my way to the Post Office today to drop off a couple of packages, I got to thinking about the history of our post office.  It’s one of my favorite places because its an very old building and charming in a thousand different ways. I love the smell of the place…and the wide stairs out front, the big wooden window and the gold-leafed numbers on the PO Boxes, the farm mural and the display cases.  {the bats flying over the roof in the summer is not included in that thousand!

It makes me wonder about all of the correspondence that has tranversed those doors.  Bills, packages, love letters, Dear John letters, business and personal…    I once heard a local tell that year’s ago a man received a package, an old trunk, with just his name and the town “Beresford” written on it.  My, but things have changed.  I wouldn’t trade my email, but something about receiving a physical letter in the mail is deeply satisfactory; or a package wrapped in brown kraft paper and tied up with string. 

Makes me want to bundle my soap orders that way…although it is no longer the accepted practice with Priority Mail, etc. 


One of the things that I inherited from my great-grandma is something that I have had and loved for a long time.  It is ball of twine about the size of a basketball . Twine that she saved for years from packages that she would receive in the mail.  I love it because it was hers, I love it because it’s awesome, and it makes me feel just a little bit closer to her knowing that I come by my frugality quite honestly.


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New PRODUCT: Aromatic Room & Linen Sprays

They’re ready!  Our new line of Aromatic Room & Linen Sprays are here just in time for Spring.  Blow out the dust, crank open the windows and freshen up your home with these all natural aromatic sprays made with essential oils. 

I've over the Moon!

Super excited to introduce this new line of room/linen sprays.  Three fragrances: Lavender Mist, Citrus Splash & Fresh Pine.

Aromatic Room Sprays!

Lavender Mist Aromatic Room & Linen Spray

A soothing blend of lavender and rosemary essential oils. Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Rosemary is wonderful for clearing the mind and mental awareness, It helps with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. This blend is perfect for nighttime peaceful rest.

Spray mist the air, on your sheets & towels, spritz laundry before tossing in the dryer. Use to freshen pet beds, lockers & cars, or simply anywhere you’d like a refresing scent.

Essential oils are the pure essense of the plant, unlike synthetic fragrance oils which are less expensive and do not have the therapeutic value that botanical oils have. Chemical reproductions contain fragrance oils (also known as phthalates) which have been chemically produced in a lab. Eventually long term exposure may cause allergies and other health problems.

Our Aromatic Sprays are:

Earth & Skin Friendly.

Not tested on Animals.


No Synthetic Fragrance. Phthalate Free

Pure All Natural Formula

Paraben Free

4 fluid ounces

See our site for descriptions of Fresh Pine & Citrus Splash!

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Spring Bliss

Never have I been so glad to see Spring as this year….ok, I say that EVERY year, but seriously, winter’s brutal and relentless oppressive nature makes me beg for sunshine and flowers. 

I did hear the cardinals singing to me this a.m. – love to see the brilliant red in the trees and hear their song, always makes me smile….uplifts me.   And the squirrels have been bouncing around – rip roaring up and down the big trees in our yard.

Took my pup Bandit on a long walk yesterday and he smiled and wagged his tail the whole time.  These are the little things that help to shake off winter and launch into a busy spring.  I’m dreaming of greenhouses, farmer’s markets, bright flowers, baseball, and of course junking.  And I love a good road trip – windows down, sunroof open, tunes a blasting…. ahhhhhh.

A switch must have been flipped a few weeks ago, and things are starting to pop. Lots of invitations to different shows & events have been arriving in my email, facebook and on my desk.  I added a tab on our website to let everyone know where we’ll be.

We’ve also added a chat window on our website.  Look for the orange window on the lower right and click to chat.  Love to chat with customers online and answer any questions I can.  I’m logged on unless I’m making soap, running errands or at a show, etc.  If  I’m offline, you can still click and leave a message.  😉

Here is a listing of the upcoming year so far….

  • Saturday, April 9 – Craft Show Hills, Minnesota  Hills-Beaver Creek High School, 9 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16 – Vermillion Farmer’s Market, 10 – 1, Vermillion, SD
  • Thursday, April 21 – Vendor Day, Sanford Hospital Vermillion, 10 – 1:30, Vermillion, SD
  • Saturday, June 4 – 2nd Annual JunkFest at the Nest, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    48077 265th Street, Brandon, SD
  • Saturday, June 18 – Beresford Wheels & Squeels, Beresford, SD
  • Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10, Brookings Arts Festival, Brookings, SD
  • Friday, Oct. 7 thru Sunday, Oct. 9, Autumn Festival, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, Green Living Health Expo, Expo Building, Sioux Falls
  • Friday, Nov. 11 – Sat. Nov. 12, Sioux Empire Arts & Crafts, Expo Building, Sioux Falls

If any of you know of any other venues that you would like us to be, please let us know.  You may email me at:

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Thanks so much for your patronage!  Wishing you a joyous SprINg!


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