A day in the country

So this was my view for most of Sunday…

For the most part, my work days are split between my disaster of a desk, my far-too-small kitchen, & The Pit (my badly-lit basement). But sometimes all that effort pays off, & I get to spend a day sitting in the shade, talking soap & watching horse trials.

This past Sunday was the 15th annual Horse Show that my son’s school helps coordinate. We have the incredible fortune to be able to send C to a private school across town, & each year a certain local family opens their farm to riders from the surrounding counties to come & compete. It’s a gorgeous setting in the southern part of the county, tucked in among rolling green hills & wooded enclaves.

We set up along the grass overlooking one of the main rings. It was a brilliantly clear, hot day, & I was more than thankful not to be in full dressage gear – dress shirts & tightly buttoned blazers, high boots & velvet riding helmets were the norm, coupled with red faces & sweaty hair. I was treated to a constant parade of horses being led to & fro, & nice chats with the other vendors. I certainly didn’t break the bank in sales (none of us did, it seems), but it was worth the day just to slow down & enjoy the encroaching summer.

 

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About Hayley

I'm a trained pastry chef, DIY queen & mother with my heart in west England, my soul in Chicago, & my feet in south-central PA. Paintbox Soapworks was born out of my love for handicraft, beautiful fragrances & clean hands. I play around with colors & scents & soothe my insomnia by dreaming up new ideas. I pull heavily from music (Waits, White Stripes, Wilco), books (Tolkien, the avalanche of children's books in C's room) & my own fertile imagination.
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3 Responses to A day in the country

  1. I love the soap on a stick for testing purposes. It sounds and looks like a lovely day.

    • Hayley says:

      They worked really well for the whole festival season – stayed clean, easily identifiable, & everyone came over to the booth wanting to know what they were. I had a gaggle of teenage girls wanting to buy them! Soap lollipops – who knew?

  2. What a lovely day to sell soaps! Your presentation looks fabulous and I love the handwritten signs.

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