FESTIVAL OF WORDS #5 – Write Tribe – Day 2

Last month, before I disappeared from social media lest my head explode from all of the negative bullshit going on online, I had written a post featuring my friend Dawn, the soap maker. You can read the post here, and you can read all about Dawn and her phenomenal craftsmanship over at her site, ‘Paisley Soap Works’ where, interestingly enough, you may also purchase her exquisite products.
And I do mean exquisite.
Shortly after my post about Dawn, I received a little card in my mailbox from the postman stating that I had a package to pick up. Of course, the postman has the handwriting of a serial killer so I had no idea who the package was from. I hadn’t ordered anything so I’m always a bit fearful that one of my fans ex-husband has sent me something that may or may not be ticking, and may or may not explode upon opening.
At the post office, I hand my orange lit’l card to the handsome guy behind the counter.
PO Guy – (With a great, big, cheery smile) “Are you Mimi?” 

Me“That’s me.” (No great, big, cheery smile. It’s too fucking early in the morning for great, big, cheery smiles.)

PO Guy – (Still smiling.) “Oh, we’ve all been waiting for you and now we’re all going to be a little sad.” 
Creepy. I’m not even at the counter five minutes and I’m thinking this whole visit has been ripped from the pages of the ‘Twilight Zone’ and I’m ready to stroll. Curiosity, however, gets the better of me and I wait for whatever comes next. You have to know I was half expecting confetti to start falling from the ceiling because this guy was acting like such a flippin’ weirdo.

Me – (Clearly confused and slightly irritated.) “Um, am I like the millionth customer to walk through the door or something? Cuz, I gotta’ be honest here. You’re kinda’ weirdin’ me out. Why have you all been waiting for me and why will you all, whoever “you all” is, be sad?”

PO Guy“Just a moment.” (Seriously thought the guy was going to dance his way to the back room and come out holding my package with jazz hands. Think Jack on “Will & Grace.”)  He disappears to the back of the post office and returns with my package and 3 co-workers in tow. – Not kidding folks. –
“Here you are.” – He glides the box under his nose and gently places it in my hands. IMMEDIATELY without looking at the return label I know who it’s from and I know why they were all waiting for me and why they’d be sad when this wondrous lit’l box left their back room.I kid you not folks. The smell coming from the box was like someone brought in a million bouquets of flowers mixed with the smells of one of those amazing lit’l new age shops that you might pop into for some essential oils or a deck of Taro cards, OR, some sensational, handcrafted soaps! Everyone at the post office was just absolutely gushing.
These are the treasures Dawn so generously sent to me.
The big box in the middle is a bar of the “Dragon’s Blood,” absolutely divine.. I have all of these in a basket in my bathroom and two steps into my front door, this is what you smell. It’s amazing. The soaps are amazing. Oh, and that bottle of lotion? That’s called, “Spiced Pumpkin” and it smells JUST LIKE a homemade pumpkin pie! Not kidding. I’m super picky about two fragrances, lavender, and anything pumpkin because NOBODY gets those two scents right when they’re making their lotions or oils or candles. Guess what? Dawn does.
I really can’t say enough about these soaps, lotions, and oils. What I can say is, if you’re looking for a quality product true to it’s advertising, reasonably priced, and you’re looking for something that smells and feels absolutely heavenly, ‘Paisley Soap Works” is where you want to make your purchase.
Again, you can order your handcrafted deliciousness at Dawn’s website, ‘Paisley Soap Works‘ or contact her via her ‘Paisley Soap Works’ Facebook page. And if you haven’t gone over and shown her a lit’l love by hitting the “like button” please do. We should all support our local craftsman and artisans. They’re a dying breed and we need to let them know we appreciate them.
Mimi’s quote for the day –

23 thoughts on “FESTIVAL OF WORDS #5 – Write Tribe – Day 2

  1. S. J. Qualls says:

    That brings back fond memories of my soapin’ days, before the scents got to me. Everyone loved my soaps, but they put them in drawers and closets etc for the smell. I felt bad that they didn’t actually use it and feel how wonderful it was to use. Please, please, use this lady’s soaps, and then thank her profusely! You will be so glad you did. Dawn seems to know what she’s doing and it would be a shame not to slip it into your bath and truly enjoy the luxury of a well made soap.

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    • Angel Stew & Devil's Brew says:

      Oh I am most definitely using EVERYTHING S.J.! It was difficult for me to give up a couple of them for my son and his girl to use but I did and we all just love it. I think what makes it even more special is knowing the time and true caring that went into making everything, and knowing her personally. She’s just a wonderful person.🙂


  2. Angel Stew & Devil's Brew says:

    I KNOW C.P!! It’s a wonder I had 4 kids without someone wanting to whisk me away in their spaceship! I swear sometimes I think I have a neon sign that pops outta’ the middle of my forehead that says, “All weirdos please talk to me.” Ugh. They look normal.. As do most nut jobs.

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  3. Gilly says:

    How lovely to get such a gorgeous gift! The post office scenario made me smile. I would love to make soap but the authorities here make it really difficult for anyone to produce handmade soap to sell – there are a gazillion hoops to jump through and EU regulations to obey. It’s good for buyers because you know your face won’t fall off because someone used plutonium in the soap recipe but it’s annoying for makers who can’t get going because they don’t have enough money to bribe the health and safety people into ignoring the plutonium in your soap.

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    • Angel Stew & Devil's Brew says:

      Oh I was so happy when I went down to the post office and picked these up Gilly! The car smelled amazing after my trip home too!🙂 Those are some crazy regulations over there. Holy smokes. That’s quite limiting for your craftsmen and artisans. Boo on them.😦

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      • Gilly says:

        We aren’t a bad bunch but we do spend an awful lots of time standing in queues being polite. It really threw me when I went to live in Toronto and got on my first Canadian bus. The ‘queue’ that I thought I had been in suddenly turned into a crowd all jostling to get on the bus. Tut tut, that’s not how we do things in MY village!😉


  4. meenamenon says:

    There was a time when I vouched to myself that I would try as many soaps as I could! i would lug along bars of soap for wherver I would visit😀

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  5. JerseyLil says:

    Wow, that was some experience at the Post Office!🙂 It was wonderful of Dawn to send you the package of her products, so cool! I love handcrafted soaps, I’m checking out her site.

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