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Oct 1, 2022

Like many folks, I've been watching the news with morbid dread. I have always been nervous around big storms, but this one has been horrific.

Living in Texas, tornadoes and extremely large hail is always a threat. A tornado, particularly, comes without warning and leaves devastation in the wake...

But nothing like this. The swath of a tornado may be a few miles wide or long. The devastation of Ian is counties.  Right now, I'm thinking of those whose lives have been upturned…

Sep 1, 2022

Okay, this just won't work. Just won't. It has been....NINE MONTHS, since my last post.

seriously, I have no excuse...except...well (thinking of one, now...).


okay, I got nothing. Except a new promise to do better at keeping in touch.

Not sure how many folks read this, but I hope people do. Of course, I write what I write to let you know a bit more about me and my process. Putting more 'human' in the 'handmade' as it were.


So, what has been…

Dec 29, 2021

It is, of course, a few days ahead of the New Year's celebrations. But, feeling a bit reflective this morning.

Not sure how 2021 was for you & your family, but for mine...I'm glad it is nearly in the past. We had health issues (mostly me), job woes, car issues and a wreck (no one hurt) and similar. It seemed, for a few months, that we were constantly on a 'one step forward, and two steps back' theme.

Of course, life does that from time to time. It isn't personal, even if…

Dec 1, 2021

For those of us in retail land, it is crunch time. More shoppers (more orders!) and just more of everything...except time. As always, this time of year, I'm shipping daily (and I always batch a lot ahead so that I have stock for immediate ship). I can tell that some are heeding the advice to shop early! Thank YOU!

This year has been pretty crazy around here. A lot of new products (Bubble Wash, Spa Bath Salts and soon to be listed, Beard Oil). 2022 will also see some new…

Nov 13, 2021

In Texas, where I am, it often seems that summer stretches just a bit too long.

I mean, we've had 80+ temps on Thanksgiving. Rainstorms dropping buckets on Halloween. And other completely unkind weather events at other days & times. Personally, I could love a land where fall lingers for a time, not for a few hours.

That's one of the reasons why I often update the front page of my site with a fall image in September! Sure, other parts of the US are likely already enjoying…

Nov 4, 2021

And, by Salty Serenade, I mean...bath salts! Spa Bath salts, to be exact. The very same Epsom + Sea Salt blend that I used to sell in my gift shop. Truly wonderful for an end of day relaxing soak. Epsom salts are, by themselves, absolutely amazing in the bath, but mixed with natural sea salts AND wonderful fragrance, is even better.

I had planned to reintroduce the Reed Diffusers before Christmas. But those will be held until after the first of the year. I'm still trying to…