A Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

[embed]http://instagram.com/p/vzvWAhP-5Q/?modal=true[/embed]I feel that these days I begin every blog post with an apology for not having written in a hot minute. This post will continue that tradition. I'm sorry. It's been since August. I've missed you too. First things first for my regular customers: Sweet Tea Apothecary will be having a Cyber Monday sale. It will be the last sale of the year so it's a great time to stock up. You can get 30% off all bottles of perfume with code TDAY14 on Monday December 1. This offer applies to all bottles (not samples, solids, or candles). Secondly, on Cyber Monday I will also be debuting a SUPER limited number of solid perfume compacts seen in the lead picture. I only have five ovals and four round so it's first come first serve. Unlike the ones I used to sell these are just compacts for your purse or vanity, not jewelry. The last thing you should know is that when STA returns from a scheduled close from December 15-January 5...Victoria, Clara, and Maynard will no longer be in stock. This is to make room for new perfumes and colognes. You'll still be able to order them but they will probably become a seasonal fixture in the Spring and Summer and will no longer be included in sample packs.

Onward to the gift guide!

This has been the year of Craft Shows for me. I participated in a bunch in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Here are some of my favorite vendors that I bought from, worked with, or talked to.

Jewelry

I traded perfume for this beautiful necklace by Heron and Lamb.

Glass cluster ring by Urban Revisions

I have a black lace necklace like the one above by Topiary Designs. I love her, she is my show buddy.

Ladies

 

Red Prairie Press, handmade clothes. I have this print in a t-shirt. Love her sweaters and pocket dresses too.

Men

Treat yourself to fine leather goods by Hammer & Hyde my booth mate at Renegade NYC.

Baby

Love this food print by Katie Copeland Illustration.

Lord and Little makes adorable toys, pillows, etc for babies. They don't have a lot up in their shop right now but check out the adorable Christmas decorations in their other storefront Haus and Home.

Baby girl about lost her mind when I presented this bear made by Finkelsteins.

Home

My uncle loved these little planters by Concrete Geometric. The ones I got had gold paint along the edges.

DIY terrarium kit by makerskit.

Food

I love pickles. ESPECIALLY THESE ONES. They also have cauliflower, green beans, beets, onions, carrots. So yum. These are also show buddies, very nice people. Buy some Pernicious Pickles.

T-We Tea is both delicious and hilariously named.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! Thank you as always for being wonderful and supportive. I'm so happy to have met a lot of you over the course of my travels. See you in 2015!!

29! Discount! I Love Exclamation Points!!!

I turn 29 today (well in a few hours as of this writing, I didn't want to stay up til midnight). 28 was a great year for me - Sweet Tea Apothecary exploded thanks to Dead Writers, I regained my passion for writing and have been working on some great projects, and I had a little baby who is already cooler than I am (she has baby sunglasses and baby Toms shoes). As I did last year, I'm offering a discount corresponding with my age, 29% off; I think we can both agree that it will be in our best interests if I live to be 100 ;)

UPDATE:Etsy runs on Eastern time so please use my website link if you would like to take advantage.

Anyway, 29% off whatever you want now til April 25th. You can visit my website, or my Etsy shop, whatever you prefer. Just enter code STA29 at checkout. Just a heads up that any orders placed between now and Sunday, April 27 will not start shipping until Tuesday, April 29. (Yours may be after Tuesday depending on the number of orders placed and what place you are in line.) Why? Oh well that's because I get to go home to LA and be happy and warm in the sun and see all my friends and family and and and....THIS WEEKEND IS BABY FREE. I get to be a person for 3 whole days!!! I probably don't have enough time to go to Disneyland, but I might just do it BECAUSE I CAN.

Thank you all, truly, for being enthusiastic, supportive customers. I'm always working on things to improve my products because you all inspire me. I APPRECIATE YOU. I'm going to lay off the caps lock key now. G'nite.

PS. If anything you want says sold out, just comment here, on FB, or email me and I'll fix it for you. Sometimes when I have sales my quantities get maxed out and it takes forever to bulk re-do them. Also, if you're in Australia or somewhere else that's already in the future and you have trouble, let me know. You get a discount too!

So hey, I did a podcast

Kimberly Wilson, a very lovely lady, interviewed me for a podcast on her blog Tranquility du Jour. We talk about tea, historical fiction, and of course, perfume. It was a new experience for me and a lot of fun. I was insanely nervous because I actually was 30 minutes late for the podcast because I can't read apparently and messed up East Coast vs. West Coast time and then I was afraid the baby would wake up and yada yada yada here you go. Even if you don't want to listen, there are some links to books I recommended to her so definitely check those out. I apologize profusely for the horrible, horrible vocal fry. I lived in Los Angeles for the majority of my life ok? I know I do it, but I can't stop. It is my great shame.

My babies are going off to college

IMG_20140121_203249Well, not really. But there is a really prestigious organization giving out awards for independent perfumers. I'm sending my little beauties off into the world to be judged. Hopefully I'll be a finalist but even if not, I'm really proud that I've grown confident enough to even believe that my stuff is worthy of something like this. I was telling someone recently that I've never published any writing (other than my old music reviews) because I was too afraid people wouldn't like it or think it's good enough. I do that every day with my perfumes and sometimes I don't hear what I want to hear, but overall it's been positive. Here's to hoping something good comes of it all! **Dharma Bum & Lenore. They had to be perfumes launched last year and Dead Writers is from 2012. At first I was worried because DW is so popular...but I'm going to be honest, Dharma Bum runs circles around DW. It's 1000x more awesome.**

The Half Off Sale Hath Commenced

As promised all my perfumes are on sale for half off before I start using new bottles and labels (for all the writers and unisex options). There's a few solid perfumes left and about 18 bottles of 5ml Dead Writers. Also of note, all the bottles of Thoreau are the only ones available forevermore (you've been EAP'd). This is all happening in my Etsy shop as opposed to my regular website because it's easier to set up a sale on Etsy. Sample options will return to Etsy when the sale is over, however you can still get samples at sweetteaapothecary.com Anywho, if you've been waiting for price drops, now's the time! Etsy Sale

Off to LA!

I'm off to LA tomorrow to participate in my first Renegade Craft Fair! I'm pretty nervous as it's the largest I've participated in... and I'm following it up with the same show in San Francisco the week after because I'm crazy.

It's been a joy making perfumes for you and talking to you on here, Facebook, and via email. I hope you have an amazing holiday... and maybe I'll see some of you over the next two weeks?!

Later.

Renegade Los Angeles - Dec. 14 & 15; Booth 148 Renegade San Francisco - Dec. 21 & 22; Booth 241

Holiday Schedule!

This holiday season I am participating in three craft fairs, two of which are out of state. That said, this year I'll be closing up shop while I am away. If you are interested in perfumed Christmas shopping, please note the dates below. If you are an international customer try to get your order in by mid-November to ensure your parcel gets to you on time.

Shop Closures:

November 27 - December 1

December 11- January 5

 

Find me in person:

November 28/29 - EtsyRain Handmade Holiday Show Seattle

December 14/15 - Renegade Craft Winter Market Los Angeles

December 21/22 - Renegade Craft Winter Market San Francisco

If you experience package loss or damage, please let me know no later than December 10 so I can get a replacement to you in time for Christmas! After that date I will be unable to send you a new package until I return in January, sorry in advance for the inconvenience.

Thank you all for being such amazing customers! I hope you have a great holiday season, whatever you celebrate!

Smell Dead Writers & All My Other Perfumes This Holiday!

As many of you know, I've been moving at a snail's pace since my baby was born in May. Well I'm happy to announce that I've been feeling much better and have more energy so I'm going to be ramping up production again AND hitting the craft show circuit this winter! For any fans in Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, save yourself a step and stop by Sweet Tea Apothecary's booth to check out all my perfumes in person. I will be at the following shows selling perfumes and ready to chat:

Seattle EtsyRain - November 29 & 30

Renegade Los Angeles - December 14 & 15

Renegade San Francisco - December 21 & 22

I will try to make Renegade Brooklyn next summer for any East Coast fans out there. If you know of a good craft fair in your city, drop me a line. I'm always looking for new opportunities.

BookRiot is Causing a Riot in My Shop!!

dead writers perfume cologne oil 10 mlAs an Etsy shop owner, it's always fun when you wake up in the morning to hundreds of new views to your shop that you don't normally receive. Your jaw drops to the floor and you double check the numbers several times (after rubbing your eyes of course) to make sure that this is really happening. Yesterday (and continuing today!) was such a day for me. I was fortunate enough to have the picture of a bottle of Dead Writers on the front page of Bookriot.com which in turn linked to a blog post speculating what different scents famous authors throughout history would have worn. It was brilliant! And actually something that I'm working on for the spring. So thank you so much to BookRiot for giving me such a nice shout out and a bump in business.

Here is the blog post and below are some of the writerly suggestions:

"Edgar Allan Poe: Poppies, absinthe, sandalwood, and mold

Flannery O’Connor: Church incense, soap, vanilla, ginger

Jack Kerouac: Cigarettes, cheap beer, unwashed youth, patchouli, car leather

the Bronte Sisters: Heather, sea air, vetiver, primrose, black tea"

The Veil Has Lifted...Happy Halloween!

Someone up there loves me because my ongoing mystery illness has been subsiding this last week just in time for my favorite holiday. I didn't make any plans in the event that I still feel terrible, health in this case is more symbolic. But the last two days I've actually been eating and leaving the house for 3-4 hours at a time WITHOUT INCIDENT!

I digress. Back to Halloween. First off, it's my brother's birthday which irritates me that he got world's coolest birthday. He doesn't love dead things the way I do. Secondly, since I love history and haven't written about history in a while, here's an ultra-mini history of Halloween.

My Celtic ancestors were seriously amazing. They were crazy and I love them for it. They had this festival called Samhain (I'm pretty sure Wiccans still call Halloween that) (why do I know so much about this stuff?). They believed that the veil between this world and the next thinned and allowed the free passage of spirits to roam the earth. The Celts would light bonfires and wear masks to ward off any nasty ghosts that may be about. And people were totally fine with this arrangement until, like everything else, the Catholics had to come appropriate Samhain for themselves. I'm Catholic, I can say these things. Anyway, Pope Gregory III was all like, the Celts are having way too much fun we want in. So he decreed that November 1 would be All Saints Day which as we all know has morphed into something awesome called Dia de Los Muertos. All Saints Day appropriated the Celtic Samhain traditions. The night before All Saints Day was called All Hallows' Eve which you already knew because you watched Hocus Pocus everyday as a child. Just me? Everything has to be a fight between good and evil with these religious types so All Hallows' Eve, which over time became known as Halloween, was the more sinister of the days. From there, someone had the utter brilliance of incorporating pumpkins and candy. Halloween.

There's probably more to the story, but I told you, ultra-mini today. Sales have been down due to the hurricane on the East Coast (seriously, hope you guys are ok and are able to get out and vote next week!!), but I thought it fitting that I woke up to the sale of three bottles of Dead Writers perfume. Halloween.