Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Potpourri Ponderings

Dear Friends,

We are gearing up for our summer tours here, and that means making a few batches of potpourri. I love this task; it is so satisfying to all of the senses. The mixes of dried flowers have such wonderful hand-feel, the scents are uplifting, and the sight of a finished row of potpourri bags makes me smile.

Tasha's potpourri starts with wild-crafted herbs and flowers that are free from pesticides, dyes, and preservatives. They hold their color and scent amazingly well. Since it happened to be a sunny day, I set up production on the picnic table (that Seth Tudor made) in front of the Rookery. With a giant Canton china bowl, and glass measuring cups, the rose petals, lavender, lemon peel, cinnamon sticks, and hibsicus flowers got mixed into our four potpourri scents: Citrus Spice, Golden Flowers, Lavender, and Garden Rose. We then add pure essential oils to help the scent last in your home. I kept thinking of dear Tasha, using nature's gifts to craft something to share. I think she would be pleased that I used the giant Canton bowl on the picnic table like she used to.

The Rookery smelled soooooo good when I brought all the labeled paper bags inside. But poor Jenna came in from the garden and started sneezing---she's allergic to the cinnamon sticks! Can you imagine? For the finishing touch, we set out tiny Canton bowls with samples so visitors can see and smell each variety. What a great day's work!

We now have these in stock online. It's just one of life's little pleasures that Tasha always loved. Which scent is your favorite? Do you have a new suggestion for us? Let me know!

Greetings from Vermont on a sunny potpourri-making day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sophia Turns One!

Dear Friends,

I hope you remember our shipping department extroirdinaire, Christina, had her baby a year ago. We were all so excited, and have gotten to know our sweet Sophia over the past year. You've probably heard her laughing or shrieking in the background when you call--she's lucky to be able to come to work with her mom!

We held a small lunch party for Sophia's first birthday. Christina's turkey-spinach meatloaf, rolls, and salad filled us all up but we had to save room for dessert. Winslow baked a vanilla cake with marshmallow frosting, and it was so high that it didn't fit under the dome of the cake plate!

Christina made a ribbon banner that she is going to add to each year. She asked all of us for colorful ribbon scraps (Jenna brought in a big bag!) and strung them together, with a flower made from Sophia's birth announcement in the center. It's going to be used every year, with new ribbons and photos added. Isn't that a great idea? I just don't know where she finds the time for such endeavors, though!

Sophia and her daddy blew out the candle on the impressive cake, and then she dug into her cake and ice cream with abandon. She loved it! But when she tried to put the entire scoop of ice cream in her mouth at once, she had such a surprised look on her face at how cold it was!

We love having Christina and Sophia here in the office, and thank you for your continued support of our family business. It is wonderful to be able to be family-friendly.

Best wishes to you and yours for the month of May!