Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Psychic Fair

In addition to our soap making adventures, we also host classes & events for the Walker Valley Metaphysical Society out in The Soap Barn. Join us this Sunday for some Metaphysical Merriment!

Don't miss this latest installment of the Walker Valley Metaphysical Meet Up's Psychic Fair!!

Did you know that the veil between the world grows thinner the closer we get to October 31st? This is a perfect time to join in the Psychic Fair Festivities! Come on by to have a reading or take one of our great workshops or just have some tea and cookies and enjoy the company of great people!

We have a number of readers (Renee, Chandra and Jean) coming directly from their appearances at the New York Renaissance Fair!

The Intuitives available for the day will be:

Renee D'Amoiselle - Renee utilizes a combination of Tarot and Oracle cards as well as a touch of psychometry with crystals to divine your future and give you some insightful direction. Renee's empathic abilities make her a very compassionate diviner. She has guided many through the grief of loss of a loved one and can help you to make more empowered decisions about life's difficult situations. Appointments beginning at 12:45 until 5pm.

Our Tea Leaf reader, Chandra (from the first fair back in March!) will be returning! Chandra Concepcion, our "Gypsy Bone Goddess" is a very experienced and wise reader. Her tea leaf readings can produce very surprising results. Chandra is also a medium, so for those of you who would be interested in messages from the spirit world, Chandra is a great choice. Reserve Early!
Readings from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm

And a new reader to our group- Jean Lari - Jean will be doing "Junk Readings" !! This form of divination is unique, fun, accurate and - well.. kinda mind blowing! Jean uses a bag filled with ordinary small items; buttons, game pieces, little plastic and wooden toys, seashells... you name it! The items are scattered on a table and Jean divines for you from the patterns and configurations of the items. This form of divination includes an opportunity to symbolically discard and be cleansed of any negative issues that come up in the reading. This is a magical working that can be very powerful and effective! Jean will be reading from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm. I have a feeling these will be very popular to book your spot now!

Also back by popular demand is our lovely Palm Reader, Maree! Maree's palm readings are extremely accurate character studies that can give you powerful insights about yourself and your direction. Her kind, compassionate and fun manner make this reading a joy from beginning to end. Book soon to find out what all those many lines and bumps on the palm of your hand mean!

Maree will be reading from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm.

Bill Wiand will be reading for us again! Bill from Wiand Wellness, one of our sponsors, is a noted and popular local psychic. He will use a combination of Tarot, as well as his own psychic style of "reading a person" (aura, surrounding spirits, etc. ) to give you a very powerful and fun reading. Bill is very well known in this area - so book your time slot quickly! Bill will be reading from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm - and then again from 2:15 pm until 5:00 pm.

All readings will be $30.00 (Reduced Price!) - the time frame will depend on the individual person - but generally last about 20 minutes....

(readings are for entertainment purposes only)

Class schedule!

12:00 noon to 12:30 - Opening Meditation with Renee! This is a tradition now. We will come together to set our group mind for the day. This is a lovely relaxing way to start your Sunday. All meditators are welcome - from absolute beginners to experienced yogis! As my good friend says... it's good to be "Oooommmmm!" --- This workshop is FREE!

12:45 to 2:00 - Past Life Regression with Bill and Sue Wiand! - This guided journey was wildly popular when we held it for a separate meetup and we expect it to fill up fast. Bill and Sue will guide us through a relaxing and revealing meditation where we will have the opportunity to discover some information about our past lives! It's fun, extremely informative and you will leave feeling rested and rejuvinated! $20.00 Donation

2:15 to 3:15 - Universal Energy Healings with Angel! - Angel is a gifted healer, utilizing the white light energy of the universe and the chakra system to address all issues from physical to emotional to spiritual. Angel will give demonstrations and discuss her methods and give you some insights as to how you might use this energy to do self healings! This powerful energy has to be felt to be believed. Sign up today! $20.00 donation

3:30 - 4:30 - Totem Animals with Obila Bao (Chuck Finfrock)! What is a Totem Animal? What about a Power Animal? Find these answers and more! There will be a discussion of the totemetic connections to the chakras via the totem pole as well as magickal and healing uses for your totems. Obila Bao will then lead you on a guided meditation pathworking to discover your personal totem!

Do Not miss this opportunity! $20.00 donation

Call Renee at (845) 649-0787 to book your appointments for Readings and Classes! They will fill up fast so call today!!

See you there!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Trick or Treat!!

La Cucaracha!! How much fun would this be in the office restroom??
Candy Corn, Witches Brew, and Black Licorice for your favorite Little Goblins!
Retro layered Spooky Spider Web Soap with Goat Milk, Shea Butter, and a touch of Magic!
Our Black Jack Pumpkin Soap smells good enough to eat in Maple Cream!
Good Clean Fun for all your favorite Ghosts & Goblins
But like all Halloween Magic, they're only available for a short time.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Tall Tale

Once upon a time, in the shadow of the Shawangunks, there dwelled some honeybees with an unusual sense of humor. Honeybees are generally orderly & methodical in all they do.
Late one night, these pollinating pranksters decided to go from the pumpkin blossoms to the blue hubbard squash blossoms just to see what would happen.
BLUMPKIN appears to be the result. We wont know for sure until this blue beauty has outlived his usefullness as a fall decoration, EXACTLY what he is: but Im sure he'll taste great!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Doing the Basket Hokey Pokey!!

We just got a big new shipment of African Market Baskets!
They come flattened and we have to do 'the dip & roll" to shape them into what you
see here! If you've purchased a basket that had gotten dirty or the shape has gone 'wonky',
here's the fix!
Immerse the basket for 15-20 seconds in plain water.
(Try not to wet the leather as you rehydrate the grass fibers.)
Turn it on its side on your counter or picnic table and roll it.
Flatten the bottom and let air dry!
Now YOU"RE doing the Basket 'Hokey Pokey'!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010


I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July, doing the things that they like best! Family gatherings, the great outdoors, fireworks, parades: It dosent get any better than this!!

But this also marks the half way point of the year. How can 2010 be half over already??
What have you done for the first 6 months of this new year? What are your goals for the next 6 months? I plan on spending some time on this one. What do you hope to accomplish before years end?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Walk Way Over the Hudson

What a treasure we have right here in the Hudson Valley!
The longest pedestrian walkway in the world soars 280 feet above the Hudson River and is a brilliant example of re-purposing an existing structure. A 100 plus year old railroad bridge , damaged by fire in 1974, has been made into a 'linear park' for walking, roller blading, and bike riding. The views are phenomenal!!
My daughter asked me if I thought this is what the birds see when they fly?
I think shes got it EXACTLY right!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

During my absence...

Spring is such a busy time of year, Ive been absent from my own blog for a month and a half! The herb spiral is a good indication of exactly how long Ive been gone...

Happy Fathers Day

Every Dad is special to their kids, and mine is no exception! We spent a pleasent time talking about fishing & all the time he and I spent in his boat as I was growing up. Those are some of the nicest memories of my childhood. Many of the things I learned from him and are still a big part of my life. Thanks Dad, for all you taught me!

To all Dads everywhere: Happy Fathers Day!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hudson Valley Etsy Team on Youtube!

Thanks to Luda from Woolsolution, for putting together this great collection of goodies from The Hudson Valley Etsy Team!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

For You....

" A Mother understands what a child does not say" Unknown

Wishing you all a Wonderful Mother's day !

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Herb Spiral

Now dosent this look like more fun than housework?

This herb spiral is about 6 and a half feet around, yet provides 20 feet of growing space. The lower part of the spiral rows are filled with half cooked compost, some fluffy straw & topped of with well rotted horse & goat manure. Once it settles, herbs get planted about every 12 inches.

Its essentially a glorified compost pile-flower pot herb garden . Once this is planted, we'll mulch around the edges to keep the lawn from trying to invade.
What did you make today??

Monday, April 19, 2010

A little water music...

When my children were small, we spent alot of time wandering the woods & streams. Always drawn to water, my daughter described the sound of the brook as it made its way over the rocks, as " Water Music"
As each of my three children came along , they all heard and appreciated the Water Music.
Calming, constant yet ever changing we would walk along or sit beside and appreciate this concert provided for us by Mother Nature.
When they grew older, they took themselves to the woods. Needing time to think or be alone, they'd come back calmer for having listened .
I headed up the mountain alone yesterday looking for quiet & the need to reconnect with myself.
It's still there. It never left. Giving its beautiful calming concert to anyone who happens by.

May you always be able to hear the Water Music...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tarot Roundtable with Renee

Whether you've been reading Tarot for years or whether you simply have a curiosity about it, please join us for this event.

Bring your cards, if you have them. I will bring an extra deck or two. Those of you who have extra deck and might be willing to share for the evening, please bring those too.

We will cover a brief, general overview and history of Tarot and open the table to discussion and questions. We will fit in some workshop time as well for a little hands on practice.

It'll be fun to learn from each other! This will be a $5.00 per person event. Bring a light snack to share, if you'd like to!

In honor of Earth Day & Arbor Day, the proceeds from this gathering will be donated to the National Arbor Day Foundation.

For more info or to RSVP please click on our Meetup link.

1846 House Soaps provides a venue for The Walker Valley Metaphysical Society.

Theres always something new happening in the barn...

Why use Goat Milk Soap??

I'm frequently asked: "Why use Goat Milk soap?"
" What are the benefits? The science? How does it work?"

From ancient times to modern, goats milk has been recognized as a natural and effective skin moisturizer and rejuvenater.

The Science: Goat Milk contains capric, caprylic, and caproic acids and naturally occurring triglycerides. When used in soap this results in a lower pH level than most commercially prepared soaps. This pH is much closer to the normal pH of healthy hair & skin and helps protect our skin from negative environmental factors.

Our skin has an 'acid mantle' ( a protective shield) produced by the oils glands that ensures that the pH balance is maintained. When an alkaline substance comes into contact with the skin, the balance is lost. After showering have you ever felt like you skin is dry, tight, uncomfortable? The acid mantle of the skin has becomes neutralized. Oil glands react by secreting excess sebum to try and restore the balance. This can result in black heads or pimples with the surrounding skin becoming dry and damaged.

So, why use goat milk soap?
Vitamin A & D and the cream in goat milk make a wonderfully MOISTURIZING soap.

Free of chemical additives & preservatives, goat milk soap reduces the risk of irritation or allergic reactions and is ideal for SENSITIVE SKIN.

The proteins in Goat Milk kill acne causing bacteria making it an ideal choice for teens or those with ACNE prone skin.

The alpha-hydroxy acids in goat milk help slough off dead skin cells and NATURALLY EXFOLIATES giving skin a smoother appearance.

Dermatologists frequently recommend goat milks soap for their patients with ECZEMA & PSORIASIS to reduce the itching and red patches that accompany these skin problems.

So there you have it. Pure, simple and good for your skin. Basic IS better! We have a large variety of goat milk soaps @ www.1846housesoaps.etsy.com. Whether you prefer unscented, essential oils, herbs, or fragrance you'll probably find one that's just right for you.

If you have a serious skin condition, please consult with a licensed health care provider. We are in no way attempting to treat or diagnose any skin condition.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

"Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. "
Charles M. Crowe

Wishing you a Joyous Easter!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

" Share Your Journey"

April 2, 2010 7pm Lets Gather 'round the fire!

We want to hear YOUR Story! Do you love to chat with like-mind individuals? Wouldn't you like to hear how others in your community came to their current understandings, intuitive talents, spiritualities? Here's your chance!
Come to the Soap Barn for an informal gathering and round table discussion group. Each of you will be given the opportunity to introduce yourself and tell us all a little bit about how you got here. What makes you a seeker? What are your specific interests? Share about your spiritual path if you like. We're anxious to get to know our members and to find out how we can best serve your interests. Plus it's just FUN to hear everyone's stories! Admission will be $5 per person. We'll have tea and coffee. Bring a light snack to share, if you'd like! Can't wait to meet you all!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Instant Spring

On the heels of a very heavy snowfall a few weeks ago, came 5 days of 60-70 degree lovelies that produced a much needed "Instant Spring". Here in the valley, Daffodils & Crocus are everywhere heralding the changing of the seasons. It may snow again before winter releases us, but this week was a much needed tonic for this winter weary soul.
Happy Spring to all!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Mouse Who Came to Tea

We had a lovely gathering for " Meet the Mystics" at The Soap Barn last Saturday. We all enjoyed cheese & crackers, biscotti, tea & wine. It was warm & cozy by the fire and conversation was lively.

Mr Bill, our Wizard in residence quietly asked me if I had a container to catch the mouse.
Sitting daintily next to the cookie plate was a field mouse nicely eating a chocolate chip biscotti as tho she was an invited guest! Rather than being horrified, my guests commented on her confidence and manners! ( After all, she only ate HER cookie & we WERE in a barn)

She was quickly captured and taken outside . Our gentle wizard made sure she was away from the barn and sheltered from the rain while she finished her treat. A lovely time was had by ALL!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Insect Repellent" formerly known" as Buzz Off

We have recently been informed by the lawyers for S.C.Johnson & Son, Inc. that they own the name "bugzoff" and "bugoff", and all variations thereof: and have respectfully asked us to cease using it. We have complied and NOW have to come up with a new name for our product.

Here is the Challenge!! Suggest an alternative name for our insect repellent products. If your suggestion is used then we will give you a $25 gift certificate to be used on our website or in our shop! (If more than one of you VERY creative folks suggests the same name, then we will give the credit to the first person who suggests it).

I have been trying for months to come up with a name that suggests swarms of insects fleeing in mortal terror, and have come up with...nada. So put on your thinking caps and please submit your suggestio
n by April 15th.

It Smells Like Spring

What a bright clear day we had. With temperatures in the low 50's you can see the snow mountains getting smaller by the day! While we have a glorious crop of mud, the air smells like SPRING!

I took a walk about the yard and gardens today. If you concentrate very hard & squint, this is what you see! However, when your vision clears and you look down, the center photo tells the true tale. But I know Spring is on the way, cause I CAN SMELL IT!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Meet the Mystics RESCHEDULED

RESCHEDULED: Meet The Mystics
Psychic Fair & Open House
March 13th from noon till 5
For more info or to schedule your reading

Monday, March 1, 2010

A little snow...

For all that the Southern States & sections of NY ( NYC. & LI) have had lots of snow this season, we havent had much up here in "our neck of the woods"
The back to back storms last week & into the weekend gave us all a "wake up call" about the power & fury of Mother Nature!
All the things that worry us became unimportant as we shifted into : Stay Warm, Stay Dry, and whats on the pantry shelves that we can eat? ( And how do we move 2 feet of snow)
We melted snow in canning pots to have enough water for the animals to drink.
No one complained about what was served for meals.
Everyone worked together to shovel out livestock, cars, and narrow paths to take us where we had to go.
Layers became our new fashion statement.
We huddled together in a nest of quilts and told stories till it was time to go to bed.
Neighbors helped neighbors with shovels, snowblowers, front end loaders and whatever they had.
And without the distractions of TV, internet, phone, and the endless list of "have to do's", we all worked together to stay safe. I was almost sorry when the power came back on.
I hope everyone stayed safe & warm!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pennings Winter Farm Market

No Need to wait for the summer farmers market season to begin! Pennings Indoor Winter Farmers Market in Warwick New York is open every Saturday & Sunday from 11-4. Enjoy locally grown produce & specialty items from local producers. Eat & Buy locally year round!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Off to New Hampshire

I'm headed up to the North Country for a few days to spiffy up the house. My tenents left me rather unexpectedly and I have to clean, redo floors, and get everything ready for the real estate agent to show to perspective renters.

As much as this trip was unexpected, I'm looking forward to spending a few days away. I'll have the rest of the" New Hampshire Mystery" for you all soon!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Meet the Mystics at The Soap Barn

Meet the Mystics
at 1846 House Soaps & Handmade Gallery
3697 Rt 52 in Walker Valley
Saturday February 27th
Open House! Noon – 5pm
Come join us for refreshments, great discussions and
metaphysical merriment!

FREE “Mini-Readings” 12:00 to 12:30 –
(and surprise intervals throughout the day!)
Bill Wiand –Intuitive/ Dowsing/ Tarot
Renée D’Amoiselle –Tarot/ Custom Meditations
Chandra Concepcion - Medium/ Tarot/ Tea Leaves
(30 minute consultations ~ your choice!~ $40.00)

(Readings are for entertainment purposes only.)

Workshop Schedule
(suggested donations of $5 to $10 per class)

12:30 – 1:00 - Healing Light Meditation with Renée D’Amoiselle

1:15 – 2:15 - Color Therapy/Chakra Workshop with Bill and Sue Wiand

2:30 to 3:15 - Introduction to Scrying with Renée D’Amoiselle -

3:15 – 4:15 - Dowsing /Pendulum Workshop with Bill and Sue Wiand

~ Directions ~ Reserve your reading time/workshop with Renée
Call (845) 649-0787 or Join our Meetup Group at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Skating Party at The Town Park!

The Town of Shawangunk is sponsoring an Old Fashioned Ice Skating Party!
Bring your skates to Verkeerderkill Park on January 22nd from 6-8pm
and join the fun.
There will be music & refreshments & everyone is welcome.
Call 895-3363 for more information
One more reason it's ALWAYS ' a beautiful day in the country...'

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