We’ve had the weathermen doing a slow, painful dance around the forecasts all week while they try to figure out this cold front headed our way that carried the promise of snow into the southern states starting this weekend only to get to Friday and watch them begin the backstep. We’re now into Saturday night and there’s no longer the threat of winter weather in North Carolina as much as there was around Thursday of last week, as the boundary has moved further south into South Carolina. My sympathies to all of the Sandlappers out there.
Anyone who knows me well knows I despise winter weather. This incompatibility has only grown over the years – my age has increased while counterbalanced against my decrease in tolerance. This has actually become a physical problem now, too. Every cold morning brings migraines. Not much productivity follow migraines as they don’t play well together. So it’s taught me to follow that adage that goes something like ‘make hay while the sun shines’. And I do. I cram as much as possible into one day that’s good so that ‘bad day’ that is inevitable can be spent trying to move without nausea or pain. I say this not to seek sympathy but rather to explain why there are many times when I go silent. Those silences are either because I’m avoiding the brightly lit computer screen or I’m extremely busy taking care of business. We all know I’d much rather be making something!
The need to create lively, new & fresh looks for my products is the goal for this year. With that goal there was a need for some new colours, new molds and new fragrances. I’ve finally ordered some tall skinny molds! That was as exciting for me as the fragrances and colours! I’m easy to please like that. Still, the colours for this year are some new ones to extend the shades for colours we have already, some darker, some lighter hues of one now in stock. The fragrances are new ones for us as well as we work with local suppliers for our boozy bar ingredients.
Speaking of…..I was competely thrilled to find out there is a meadery in town here! Had no idea! The name, Honeygirl Meadery, offers several delish sounding meads and they sell at the Farmer’s Market all year round. You KNOW I’ll be visiting their booth in a couple of weeks! I’m all shopped out for right now but will definitely stop by to pick up the flavours I mentioned in a private message in Facebook. Pop into their page in Facebook and read about them to see if there’s something there for you. They do ship, so if you aren’t local, you can order online if your state allows ordering across state lines & online. Spoiler alert – I have my eye on their Lavender Mead and the Hibiscus Lemonthyme. What’s about you? Take and look at their listing and tell me if you like what you see. Which ones speak to you? Look for those two in future batches this year.
We’ve picked out some amazing scents from Nurture Soaps and Nature’s Garden that we are very excited to get our greedy little fingers around soon. Some of them are really interesting names, so we’ll see what they’re like. They’re intriguing to say the least. We’ve ordered some new flavours for our lip balms so there will be a longer list of selections to choose from very soon. The new fragrances are also going to be used in our cream soap and sugar scrubs that use our cream soap as a portion of the base. The other portion is our mad-from-scratch liquid soap. We do NOT use premade bases. Like my grandmother used to say – “You don’t know where it’s been!” , so using my own as the base keeps control and provenance in my hands. The cream soap is a long process to complete, taking months to be finished and properly done, so a new batch is needed sooner rather than later and I’ve considered using some of our new meads in that, too. It’s been on my mind since the last batch, frankly, so we’ll see what is used.
We currently have a Black Raspberry Nectar Mead and a Watermelon Nectar Mead from Redstone Meadery which is in Colorado. (I bought these before I knew about Honeygirl.) Doesn’t that Watermelon Mead sound delicious? I’ve actually tried a taste test of it and yes indeed it IS delish! We have Redstone’s Sunshine Mead on order which is an Apricot Mead for a future batch as well and some Angry Orchard Hard Cider for an apple soap, too.
So you can see that our Boozy Bars selection is really growing by leaps this year and we hope everyone will find one they are dying to try because they’re really fantastic in the lather department and the new fragrances are ones we are very excited to offer! Keep following for the production of these new batches and products. Thanks for following and reading along!