If you're a Bittersweet blog reader you already know how I love and collect vintage scales. The one in this picture is the granddaddy of all to me. I found it while browsing an antique store with my aunt Vivian. Firstly, having my aunt with me that day was a joy and secondly, the scale itself on top of the story the vendor shared with me about the scale. He said it was from an old time New York grocery store. I use the scale to measure salt. It's quite heavy and solid so I love that it's being used and sticking in one place.
Coral what I refer to as Peter Max admiration soap. Are you familiar with Peter Max? When I was a child my parents had some of his work in our home. I was in awe over it. I still love it. It's very much 60's, 70's.The vibrant colors and unique art are recognizable for sure.
The soap is Lemon Grass & Grapefruit and it's the most popular soap at the apothecary shoppe currently, well second to this one anyway.
I just made a beer soap and added barley and coco nibs, beer too of course, and a chocolate wheat dark ale from our local brewery. I purchased the beer back in mid summer and had opened the big brown bottle thinking the carbonation would be long gone by now. Not the case, surprisingly. Since carbonation and sodium hydroxide are enemy's and they react quite hostile when in the same room, I boiled the beer for about 20 minutes as to remove the carbonation. No bombs at this soap makers studio!
Final result after removing the carb, pleased as pudding.
A fresh batch of soap boxes are at the hand made shop. Do you know the story behind the boxes? It evokes joyful happy thoughts when a creation is wrapped with sweet memories. Wouldn't you agree? Here's an active link to the HGTV show if you're interested in seeing how I make the boxes.
It's heavy manufacturing time at Bittersweet. January, February is my spring. As I type this and gaze out the kitchen window, my mind wanders past the current brown landscape and gray sky and it enters a Peter Max world. Even with my fondness for neutral ecrue and sand colored linen, in the back drop a lining of colorful botanical prints peek from around the corners.
Enjoy caring and sharing winter days.
Jill 00 (two hugs are better than one)