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The Weathered & Rusty Market 2014

05 October, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

     Today is our last day at The Weathered & Rusty Market. Despite the 'lip balmy' temperatures, rain and wind we have had a lot of fun and met some great folks the past couple of days. We saw old friends and made new ones. We met returning customers who were given great soap as gifts and came back for more.
     It was fun making gift boxes with my daughters, Tia and Zoe. We honored our rescue dog “Lulah” on a couple boxes we donated to the silent auction for Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota. It felt really good to help raise some money for this important work in our community. Because we had recently lost our dog we wanted to do a little something extra for the cause and donated 10% of our profits from our sales Friday to Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota.
     We have had the best vendor neighbors at the Weathered & Rusty Market selling beautifully handmade products. I have been admiring their work and wish I could buy something from all of them. Zoe and I will highlight some of their amazing work on Instagram and Facebook this morning. If you haven't made it out to the Olmsted County fairgrounds yet, we hope to see you today!

Fresh Ink 2014

27 July, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

     While enjoying a lovely birthday manicure with Tia and Zoe, Aspen from Autonomy Tattoo called me to come in early for my appointment. I got there as soon as I could (without ruining my freshly polished ‘as green on the runway’ fingernails) for my tattoo from the gifted artist Brian Grover. He added some white sandalwood flowers (they are actually a grey blue, a lovely longer lasting, and I believe less painful, color) and juniper berries to my lower right arm. Brian beautifully framed the first tattoo he did for me 5 years ago, the tribute to my father, the tattoo that started this tradition. It was five years ago that I talked to him about completing a sleeve on a budget. Brian has been great to work with, and he's confident that we can meet my goal of finishing this project by my 50th. I completely trust his artistic vision and I can't wait to see what he does next. He must include some more juniper berries I love the way they look, the colors and textures are amazing! It is another beautiful piece of art from Mr. Grover. I am all ready anticipating the next one.

     Once again I am pampering my art investment with The Great Soap Company’s Hiker bar. This tattoo left me very swollen and a little bruised but it seems to be healing nicely. The slippery hiker bar feels great on my tender skin. I put a rubber glove on to wash the fresh ink every 2-3 hours pat it dry with a paper towel and apply a thin even layer of aquafour. It is important to me to take good care of my new art work and I believe in our natural product to do an excellent job of keeping it clean. My new tattoo inspired me to update our inventory at Autonomy Tattoo and body piercing, you can now pick up some of our latest and Greatest products there! Autonomy is conveniently located between Taco Bell and DQ on Broadway in Rochester.

     We are busy finding new ingredients to use in our products and we're cooking up a beer soap and some holiday favorites for you this fall. As always we are looking to keep it local so you might find Jon and me around town sampling, beers, ales and stouts. You will certainly find us at the rusty iron ranch festival on September 12 & 13th and we are working on lining up shows every month through the end of the year! Find dates and locations right here and on Facebook Instagram and Pinterest!