Saturday, June 28, 2008

Spabox and More

Whooo, it's been some time since I've updated my blog. One reason, well, Mercury retrograde. This is a very Santa Fe "excuse"--and it goes something like this: When Mercury is in retrograde, the lore goes, mechanical, technical stuff just goes all wrong. Normally I ignore this and think nothing of it. But here is what happened to me, and now I am a true believer.

1) I decided to clean my beautiful, 1-year-old, just-paid-off Macbook. I lovingly did so, and thereafter three or four different keys on the keyboard stopped working. Stopped working. That's like a $200 repair job now. But my keyboard is really really clean.

2) Turned on the toaster oven, and all the lights in our house suddenly dimmed. Then they came back up again. Then they dimmed again. And so on. Called the electric company. No, of course it wasn't happening on their end. So now we are renting a Ditch-witch, digging a new trench and laying an entirely new electrical line (250 ft) from the pole to our house. Yeehaw.

3) Well, I'm going to be a single woman again. This is hard, but actually good news, as my husband and I go off to fully pursue our life and dreams while still staying a family with our sweet and perfect children.
Oh and it was a full moon, and the solstice. . .

Ok, back to soap stuff.

One of the great things to come out of the great publicity from the Localflavor article is several wonderful women-run businesses around New Mexico are going to be carrying my products.

The first one is Spabox Organic Apothecary, owned by Cherilyn Swenson. Those of you out in cyberspace can experience her lovely gift-oriented, luxurious store through her website,, or if you're lucky enough to live in Santa Fe, visit her cozy little boutique downtown at at 211 Galisteo St. See the photos for a glimpse of her shop.

Gaia Garments in Corrales, NM is in the process of placing their first order with me. Founders Pamela Bauer and Darci Knobel have just opened this organic/sustainable clothing and shoe store and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve never been to Corrales, so this may be my motivation to go!

In the meantime, the bees are making honey, and the goats are always hungry.
I was comparing beekeeping notes with my nextdoor neighbor who has a hive as well, and he agreed that the bees seem much calmer this season than last. Maybe they’re looking forward to having presumptive-President Obama at the helm, looking out for their interests with some serious action on alternative energy and environmental protections. . .

Till next time. . .