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Sneak Peek: Twilight Dance: Recipes for Bath and Body
Every family has its holiday traditions. In our family it was traditional to converge over forty strong on our Grandma’s house—the original pioneer school house in the valley—and exchange handmade gifts. You can imagine the chaos of four generations crammed into that tiny living room, balancing plates while the little ones passed around trays of cookies and tins of fudge.
These are the moments beautiful memories are made of.
Eventually some of us drifted away for school, for work, for adventure. But for that one night of the year we would return. Afterall, family was everything. However, a well-traveled tin of stale truffles—not so well received. And frankly, many of us were getting to an age where sweets weren’t so sweet on the body anymore.
That is how Rustling Sage Bath and Body began. A sensuous treat that left the waistline in peace—and conveniently addressed my family’s sensitive skin issues at the same time. I never meant to turn it into a business. I was a novelist with two babies to chase after. My plate was already insufficiently large to hold it all.
Then one afternoon, I brought some of my products into The Artfull Garden as a thank you gift to their artist/jewelry maker, Kelly Nicodemus-Miller. She pounced. “We totally need a soap and lotion section in the shop!” To which I wisely said, “Heck, no!”
Somehow between Kelly and Kay Mattson, the lovely owner of The Artfull Garden (the details remain blurry to this day!), I found myself the proud owner of Rustling Sage LLC with my very own section of the shop and an extensive product list. I had caught the entrepreneurial bug in a big way. Those were fun, inspiring, grueling days—designing packaging, developing new products, promoting the business…all while caring for two tiny ones and managing a publishing calendar.
It couldn’t last forever.
If the stars are properly aligned, every micro-business hits a point where you either have to invest fully and take it to the next level, scale it way back, or close it down completely. And though it broke my heart, I knew what my answer had to be.
In my soul I was a writer and a mother.
There simply was not room for three obsessions in my life…there never had been.
So, though I chose to turn my life back in the direction of my novels and my family, I would leave my beautiful customers with these recipes. (Three years later, I still get emails requesting products.) Are these recipes difficult? I would put some of them at bowl-of-cereal level, while others are definitely at gourmet-apple-pie level. I’ve yet to meet a recipe that worked absolutely perfectly the first time—but with a little practice, you’ll get it.
And when you are done, you will have crafted something by your own hand that brings a bit of peace and beauty into the world.
And that’s worth a little work, isn’t it?