Crafts Fair number two

September 30, 2008

I have booked a second holiday crafts fair! This one is happening Saturday, November 1st at St. James Presbyterian Church on 14th across from Lowell Elementary.  Details to come.

Upcoming Crafts Fair

September 24, 2008

I’m stoked! Just heard from the jury chair — I got in the upcoming CWM Holiday Bazaar! It’s Saturday, November 8th in Bellingham. Details forthcoming. Ah-cha-cha!

Searching for a fall scent

September 19, 2008

Every year I’ve lived here in the northwest, there has been one definitive day that says fall has arrived. Today is the day. It’s grey and dripping out, after many glorious days of late summer sun. Every so often driving along, a vine maple pops out among the green, proudly wearing shades of orange and red. At this time of year too, my nose seeks the warmth of rich gourd scents and spice, rather than light florals and summer fruits. So, I’m hunting for a new scent that says autumn.

Autumn on Ellis Street (last year)

Autumn on Ellis Street last year

Realm-eth by mail

September 18, 2008

I’ve been asked how you can buy my Realms products. You can email me at terrykaye(at)fastmail.fm and if you’d like to preview any of the scents beforehand, just send me your mailing address and I’ll pop a swatch in the mail.

* All 8oz. lotions, shower gels and foaming hand soaps are $10 each.

* The 4oz. room sprays are also $10 each, but are probably the best buy in the line. You only need one spritz and it lasts for hours.

* All the mini shower gels and lotions are $3.50 each.

If you order 4 items to make up a gift basket, I’ll give you the organza covered basket free of charge. And of course, all shipping is extra.

Please place Christmas orders by December 1st.

Realms Gift Baskets -- smaller square baskets in foreground

Realms Gift Baskets -- smaller square baskets in foreground

Gift baskets for the Holidays

September 17, 2008

I’m putting together gift baskets for the upcoming crafts fair season. There are two sizes. The smaller square basket holds 4 lotions or shower gels in the mini-size only. The larger oval basket can be filled with all of the Realms products, including foaming hand soap and room spray. At least two of the items need to be the large 8 oz. size in order to hold the basket’s shape. I’m really pleased at how well the translucent organza wrap works.

Realms Bath & Body Line Gift Baskets
Realms Bath & Body Line Gift Baskets

The last time I flew down to see my family, I packed my bag full of Realms gifties for my mom and sister. Even though everything was wrapped in wrapping paper and ribbon, security made me check my bag ’cause everything was the full 8 oz. size. So when I got home, I was compelled to create travel size lotions and shower gels. Hence, the birth of the mini. They have since been tested through airport security and passed with flying colors, plus the lotions don’t take up much room in a purse and have with a sturdy, leak-proof top.

Realms mini lotions and shower gels

Realms mini lotions and shower gels

Realms shower gels, lotion and room spray

Realms shower gels, lotion and room spray

I’ve always been in love with scents. Ever since I was a little girl and my best friend’s mom let us harvest the petals from her roses to make “perfume,” the fascination has grown. Now, the window ledge in the shower is full of shower gels and the cupboard full of lotions, most all of which are my own making.  I created Realms Bath and Body Line a couple years ago. I started with shower gels and lotions, then added crystal potpourri, and this year added room spray and foaming hand soap. I have these scents so far, but add more all the time. Zangezur is my latest; I just put it in the line-up last week.  It makes a luscious shower gel and hand soap.

Avalon
Ripe apples from the orchard

Hanalei
Island pear and coconut

Luxor
Honeyed citrus

Ojai
Sweet blackberries blended with southwestern sage

Coquille
Bright, sweet cranberry melded with an earthy musk

Zaria
Sensuous ambergris

Provence
Lavender fields forever

Kai
Crisp, fresh morning after a hard rain

Idyllwild
Romantic lavender, rose, violet and musk

Gaea
Sweet scented spring waters

Fukushu
Chinese kumquat, bursting with citrus

NaPali
Mountain jasmine at the source of rivers

Veracruz
Sweet vanilla orchid

Mrr
A complex blend of black myrrh, amber and lavender

Jaffna
Sri Lankan sandalwood

Shambhala
Nag Champa straight out of the Summer of Love

Zangezur
Armenian apricot and freesia

Now in beta, thanks to my beaming, beautiful daughter-in-law, Mindy who’s expecting in January — NaPali Satin & Silk Lotion for Moms-to-be, with a healthy dose of Vitamin E oil for elasticity to prevent stretch marks. Give me a few about 4 months and I’ll let you know how it works.