Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. Before we know it, we will be rushing around for last minute gifts. I have been working on my holiday soaps. I have one of my favorites for Show and Tell Monday. I love the simplicity of this soap. The big bow is so appealling to me. I usually make this in Candy Cane fragrance with the red bow or in Bayberry with a green bow. One of the things I like about this soap (and all my soaps) is that it is perfect as a little supplement to a gift cetificate. A gift certificate can be exactly what someone wants, but I still like to add a little something that can be unwrapped. This one still looks wrapped even after opening it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
So many people love this time of year and I am one of them. I love the cool crisp weather, the lovely colors of Fall, and Halloween.
Today, I am showing my latest soap creation. These leaf soaps are dusted with a bit of gold mica and scented with a fragrance called Indian Summer. It is a wonderful fall fragrance reminiscent of an afternoon walk down a country lane. Apples, woodsy, and a little spice make it a fragrance that both men and women enjoy.
It is packaged in a rustic oval box, embellished with golden highlights along the side. On the lid, there is a silhouette of a group of trees embossed in gold.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The photo on the right shows my Brazil Baggio Platinum Decaf with the SBS Favorite Blends Sampler. I also received two biscotti as a treat for ordering. On the left is my selection of favorite blends. Notice the stirrer. Notice that the biscotti are missing. I ate them. Photography builds up an appetite.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
1 I love jazz. As a teenager I was so passionate about it. In a time when Elvis Presley was everyone's idol, my idol was Max Roach, a drummer. My dream was to have a son who played the drums. My idol is now Thelonious Monk, but I do have a son who plays the drums.
2 My all time favorite thing to eat is ice cream, especially Ben and Jerry's. However, I can still remember Edy's White Out. I had it once and searched and searched only to discover it was a limited flavor. I even wrote to them and asked them to bring it back.
3 It has only been 5 years since I have been able to travel. I have been to Nice and Paris alone and to Rome with a school trip. The only place I would return to in a heartbeat is Nice. I always thought it would be Paris.
4 I was raised to believe that girls should get married and have families and stay at home and live happily (or unhappily) married ever after. It did not work for me. I was divorced with 2 babies 3 months and 15 months old. I raised my sons alone and have lived alone for so long, I don't know how I would behave if I had a husband. Not at all what I thought would happen, but I am happy with my life.
5 My son, the drummer, followed in my footsteps and became a teacher, even though I warned him not to do it. He is a brilliant teacher who gets measurable results, and he loves it. I am so glad he did not listen to me. My other son is handicapped; he has a big heart and is a history buff.
6 I was born in Philadelphia, but moved to New York almost 25 years ago. I love where I live in the Bronx. Even though I live in apartment, I have a back yard. It is so peaceful and quiet. One of my friends from Manhattan said living here it was like living in the country. I love it.
7 I published 2 books and am working on a third.
So now I must tag some people. I have chosen
Theresa of Cottage Violets
Cathy of Treasured Heirlooms
Silena of The Enchanted Valley Boutique
Susan of The Dutch Rose
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
September 19, 20, 2008
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Saturday, August 2, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Today is my first day of retirement. I don't think it has sunk in yet. I may not feel the full impact until September when everyone else returns to work while I merely yawn and roll over. Someone, peel me a grape. Please. Thanks ever so.
It has been a very busy week, but I am happy to say much of it has been in the form of celebration. One very special celebration took place yesterday morning. But first a little background. For a number of years I did a fund raiser for the school library; it was called the Library Cafe. As with all things, it came to an end. There are a number of reasons why I had to end it, but we all missed it. Well, yesterday morning, when I walked into the library for the last time as a full-time employee, my colleagues had set up the Library Cafe. In addition to coffee, there was a buffet with cakes, muffins, Danish, bagels, croissants, and many other items. It was such a delightful and heartwarming surprise. Many of my colleagues and friends drifted in and out all morning. We sat and reminisced about "the old days" and other wonderful memories...and a few not so good memories that we can now laugh about. It was a perfect last day.
I was stunned by the gifts I received. My house looks like a flower shop. As you all know, my pictures leave a lot to be desired. But now I will have time to improve that skill. I will start tomorrow...or maybe next week.
Here are some of the gifts I received. The pendant is actually a beautiful cushion cut green stone and the earrings have crystals in the center. The watch is also really beautiful. I love the interchangeable straps. Note to my Pink Friends: one of them is PINK. The gift certificate is for my very favorite restaurant. That was given to me by my younger friends. We had a lovely party last Friday at a Mexican restaurant and later adjourned to a friend's nearby apartment. That was also a memorable event and lots of fun. I even forgot that I was old enough to be everyone's mother.
And one of my very favorites was from Carolyn. There is a little story to this one. I will share it with you. One day Carolyn offered me a slice of her home-made lemon pound cake. Oh my goodness! It was lemon heaven in my mouth. So her gift to me was a copy of the recipe with some of the ingredients packed in a bundt cake pan. And a giant Retirement coffee mug. Just perfect for our morning coffee chats.
Oh dear, Buddha's belly is sticking out. I did mention that I was going to start working on the photography thing, didn't I? In a month or two.
Well now, you know two things must happen. First, I will post Carolyn's pound cake recipe.
Second, it's once again time for a giveawy. It's not just a giveawy... it's a RETIREMENT GIVEAWAY. So because retirement means no work for me, my giveaway means no work for you! No quiz, no questions. All you have to do is leave a comment. The fragrance of this month's gift is appropriately, Strawberries and Champagne. Winner will be announced July 3.
Now for Carolyn's Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
1/2 pound of sweet butter
1/2 pound or cream cheese (8 oz.)
2 cups sugar
2 cups Presto Cake Flour
2 Tablespoons of lemon extract
Beat butter, sugar, cream cheese, egg yolks, and lemon extract together. Add flour, beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Beat egg whites for two minutes at high speed. Fold into batter. Bake in a greased 10-inch tube pan. for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity,design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
I am so happy to present this award to all of you lovely ladies. I think you are extremely talented and so deserving of this award!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Today I received a custom painted pillow from Janet of www.Janetscreativepillows.com Janet is as talented as she is lovely. She creates lots of pillows, including custom painted pillows. This was painted from a photograph I sent to Janet. As you can see, she did a great job. She also has great prices. Roscoe's family, including my grand daughter, who calls him her brother, will be wildly delighted when they see this. And I am not exaggerating about the wild part; they really are a wild bunch, but you just gotta love them. And I do. Thank you, Janet. Once again you have made Grandma look like a brilliant gift giver. This was supposed to be saved for Christmas. but one day DIL plied Grandma with a rum punch. What can I say, I spilled the beans.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thanks everyone for participating in this month's giveaway. Check back at the end of the month for the next one.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The name of my blog has been changed. I decided to return to the original name of my business: Savon Marie. This was the name I used for about ten years. I changed it thinking I needed or wanted to have the feeling of a store. Your Bath Boutique seemed apporopriate, but it never seemed quite right. I have decided to simplify a lot of things in my life, and my business is one of them. I can assure you that the only thing that is changing is the title. The products will remain the same. In fact, simplifying is allowing me to do what I have been doing even better. So I am working on a few new formulas for lotions and potions.
To celebrate, I am having a giveaway. June 1 happens to be Marilyn Monroe's birthday. So anyone who leaves a comment will be eligible for a gift of Body Wash and Hand Cream in a fragrance named for Marilyn; it's Marilyn's Marvelous Melons. Add a piece of information about Marilyn, and if you win, I will add a bonus of Lotion Spray. The winner's name will be drawn on Friday, June 6.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here is my latest soap creation. For some reason, I could not post here, so they are on the right. They are made of glycerin soap with aloe and foaming bath whip. The cupcakes are Strawberry and the frosting is Vanilla Cream. I am waiting for packaging which looks like a cupcake. I am still working on the name. Today they are Bath Cakes; I was thinking of Soap Cakes or Tub Cakes. Any suggestions?
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Today has been quiet but productive. I did a little soap making, gardening, and reading. I have also been thinking about my C List which will be completed and posted soon. One of the first things I wrote on my list was chocolate. It was beat only by coffee, which I happened to be drinking at the time. Chocolate is such a heavenly treat, and now it is even considered healthy. An ounce of dark anti-oxident rich chocolate is actually good for you. A pint of Ben and Jerry's triple chocolate whatever would not be a good substitute. But we already know that, don't we.
By the way, if you are looking for a sinfully delicious treat, try Oooh Fudge, pictured above. Carol of Clutterbug Studio makes the best fudge from scratch. It truly is a bit of Chocolate Heaven. One taste, and you will be hooked. As you can see, it is also beautifully packaged; it comes with its own serving spoon and it's all tied up in a pretty pink ribbon. Try some of Carol's own homemade fudge today. Taste the love!
The Chocolate Oracle
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Hello Everyone,Welcome to my new blog . And I really mean new. This is all so new to me, but I am sure I will soon be up to speed. I knew it was time to create a blog when I started feeling that I was missing too much fun. I plan to share ideas, favorite things, and information. I love making soaps and toiletries, so you can be sure to see some ideas and tips related to bath and body care. I have so many favorite things; I hope to share them with you in fun ways. Enjoy your visit.