My home state is 152 years old today. Happy birthday, Kansas!
Ad astera per aspera – “To the stars, through difficulty” – is our state motto. When I was growing up and we would have Kansas Day things in elementary school, that was just another factlet to recite; a bit of blazoning on the state seal with its bison and so forth that we would color and hang on the walls. These days, I don’t think about the words of it all that much anymore, but it’s a pretty great way to approach the world nonetheless: Bad things will happen; the route from here to the goal will probably not be free of pitfalls and detours, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth the trip.
Foam on the Range, founded here in our own home on the range, is one wild and crazy journey so far. I used to think I knew where it was going, but then I realized I’ve never been there before, and all I can do is try not to fall down more often than I can get up from along the way. But I’m pretty sure when I get there, there will be stars.
No, I haven’t fallen off the planet, though you could certainly be forgiven for having assumed otherwise. It’s been a long and crazy couple of months around here since my last post, but for the most part good. We had a fantastic Christmas season (thanks to all of you!), and then took the first couple of weeks of 2013 mostly off to rest up.
There are a lot of new things in the works around here. We have new soap packaging:
New SunSoap/Shampoo Bar packaging
I’m very pleased with how this looks and think it will be a tremendous improvement in protecting the soap on shelves or in shipment. And the window means you can still see (and sniff!) the soaps in their boxes, too.
I have been tinkering with blending nail polish colors lately, and while it may be some time before I’m ready to sell them online for assorted tedious technical reasons, it shouldn’t be too much longer before they make an appearance for in-person sales – and I’m working on a way to put together a make-your-own-colors-party option, too, which should be a lot of fun.
We’re still trying to pin down what shows we want to attend this year, though we will be starting the year’s show season at Bluebird Arthouse February 9 – just in time for Valentine’s Day! We’ll be returning to many of our favorite shows this year and are planning to do a few new and different ones, too.
Well, that brings things more or less up to date, or at least hits some of the highlights. Further updates should hopefully not be so long in coming!