Happy Halloween everybody! This week I put together a Chrissannthemum gift basket and some goody bags for the Veggie Conquest Halloween party in NYC last night. Veggie Conquest is like Iron Chef except all the dishes made are vegan. I attended my first VC event in August and it was amazing, the event sold out 10 minutes after tickets went on sale. As always it was a lot of fun putting together the goodies and this time I remembered to take photos before wrapping them up.
Hope everyone had a spooky Halloween!
Long live in spirit Cassius who passed on recently. He was a friend to Maddy and as you will see below, had excellent taste in herbs and teas. He is terribly missed by his dad Larry who brought him everywhere a dog could go. We wish you peace in your rest Cassius, we will miss your gentile nature and rest assured will be here to help your dad through. <3
Spent my evening listening to the Islander game and Halloweeing the shop's window...or as some might call it...watching Chriss revert to 5 years old.
On Monday night October 4th I attended a fundraiser for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages (banhdc.org) in NYC and was delighted to help out by donating a Chrissannthemum gift basket and also serving as raffle girl!
This is the basket created and oh how much fun it was, I love love love making gift baskets! Goodies included were Organic Chai & Lemon Ginger teas, White Sage Incense, custom blends made by yours truly; Chillax (Lemon Balm, Oatstraw, Chamomile) tea, Organic Olive Oil Herb blend, Salt Scrub blend, Organic Clay Mask blend, and Organic Soothing Noggin' Oil, and some shop and beyond shop goodies such as Sweet Squash Flower Shea Butter Soap, a re-usable fabric grocery bag, and a horse calendar. Recycled glass and paper materials were used as containers. Of course I realized it might have been better to photograph the basket contents AFTER I had already wrapped it all up! My mom Marilyn also donated one of her Fall craft pumpkins, thanks mom!
Dimitria was the winner of the gift basket and yesterday she sent a beautiful email that brought me to tears. It's easy in this economy (beyond just being new to proprietorship) to get caught up in keeping focus on the bottom line of owning a business but experiences like this confirm that if I keep doing (ha and for you Ron, keep being!) what I love and believe in, the bottom line will draw itself and support the shop's evolution.