October 2011 Newsletter

Greetings Dear Purrfumery Friends!

I hope you are enjoying the magic of fall and the way the seasons transform and delight our world! The kitties and I have been watching in wonder as the fall colors arrive to the Purrfumery Garden. The persimmons are starting to turn their lovely shade of orange and the pomegranates are tempting us, but they aren't quite ready. Just a little longer… The trees are starting to drop their leaves and the blossoms are turning brittle. The bees are buzzing away – we've just finished harvesting our last honey of the season! Yum! I'm getting the beeswax ready for our crème perfumes right now! Of course, fall means cutting and clearing. Gary and I cut back our hydrangeas and brought baskets full of dried blooms inside to hang from the beams in our kitchen. When I walk through the kitchen in the morning to get my tea and honey I feel like I'm in a French country cottage! It's beautiful!


Share Your Fall Creations & Win the Gift of Scent

This is one of my favorite times of year – it reminds me of my days in the flower business when I collected leaves, branches and dried blossoms for wreaths I would make and sell. This is the time of year when many of us move our crafts indoors and use the dried treasures we find to create wreaths, gifts and seasonal decor. I would love to see your fall creations, my dear Purrfumery friends! Through Thanksgiving (November 24 this year), please send me a picture of a handmade fall creation and tell me what materials you used to create it. I will look at each and every one and award the maker of the one I love best a bottle of Honey perfume! I will also feature pictures of your fall creations in my next newsletter. Put on your crafting hats and have some fun!

The Purrfumery Stars in a Movie

This summer, filmmakers arrived at our home, unloading oodles of gear, cords and lights. Our home and the Purrfumery were used as sets in a movie – I can't tell you the name just yet, but I will as soon as I can! I got to meet Gena Rowlands, one of my favorite actresses, and experience the incredible process of making a movie. Like many marvelous and wonderful stories, this movie has a kitty in the middle! Stay tuned for updates!

... and the Purrfumery Makes the News!

I was delighted to have Meredith May from the San Francisco Chronicle visit in August for a story about the health benefits of products made from beeswax. Thank you, Meredith! It was so nice to meet you. Maddie McGarvey was also here and took some lovely photos. Thanks, Maddie! Meredith writes about our favorite pollinators (the bees) for the Home and Garden section of the San Francisco Chronicle. Check the Chronicle for more of her stories.

Whistle While You Work


The kitties and I have been spending our days in my magical Purrfumery, blending and pouring lockets, perfumes, and bath salts to stock the shelves. I've also whipped up a new batch of Frostings – it's fall and they're back! I am sad to report that I am very low on the gardenia I use for my Tuberose Gardenia Frosting, and I will not be getting any more of this amazing natural material. This will be my last batch of Tuberose Gardenia Frosting so if you love it, don't delay! On the other hand, I have many beautiful locket designs to choose from. These little treasures hang on a velvet cord and make gorgeous gifts and stocking stuffers. I have four designs on the Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery website but I recently received several new and vintage designs that will only be available at the Purrfumery. Why don't you stop by and see them for yourself? Try a spritz of this and that while you're here! Give me a call at 510-528-8040 or send me an email at laurie@purrfumery.com and let me know when you'd like to visit. Until next time… Peace, love, purrfume, and kitty cats, ~XOXO, Laurie