Fixed email subscriptions, and new post in honor of spring!


I wanted to let you know that I just added a new sign-up box on The Artisan Insider blog for email subscriptions because I realized that the original sign-up only worked for RSS feeds and not for email subscriptions. I am so sorry that the glitch frustrated some people who tried to sign up! It is fixed now so you can get an email subscription to new blog posts; just look for the email sign-up box in the upper right of the sidebar on any page, where it says, “SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE NEW POSTS VIA EMAIL.” You can unsubscribe at any time.

I have a new post in honor of spring today on The Artisan Insider blog: a pictorial visit to the beautiful gardens at Ferrari-Carano Estate Winery in Dry Creek Valley, which we visited last Friday, March 15. We saw tulips (pictured above), daffodils, camellias, star magnolia, Bradford Pear trees, Pieris japonica, azalea, and hellebore in bloom. The gardens cover five acres. Hope you’ll enjoy a peek.

Last week I posted a spring update from my garden, and the previous week I posted pics of the Sonoma mustard  bloom. Next up, a post on trademarks, and more artist stories coming in the future.

New Blog: The Artisan Insider

I wanted to post an update and announce the transition of this blog, Perfume in Progress, to a new blog called The Artisan Insider. I have transferred all of the old posts from Perfume in Progress over to the new blog and will continue my blogging there. This older blog will remain here for a while, but I will eventually remove it since everything has been moved to the new blog. I tried to better organize all the posts and categories to make information easier to locate for readers with differing interests.


The new blog has a fresh new format and will take on a broader purpose now that I have closed Sonoma Scent Studio. The Artisan Insider will feature artisan and indie businesses of all kinds (local here in Sonoma County and non-local) and will also explore topics of interest to small business owners such as hiring employees and finding product liability insurance.

Today I have posted a new entry on The Artisan Insider, an interview with jewelry artist Natalie Gentilo (you might know her from our perfume community). I hope you’ll enjoy reading her story and viewing photos of her gorgeous work! Below is a photo of Natalie with some intricate hand-painted floral earrings that she created. She hand paints beautiful designs, many nature-inspired, at very small scale.


Quick update on SSS: I continue to receive emails every week from people who hope to buy more bottles of SSS scents. When I first closed, I was talking with several parties and really thought that I would have a solution for SSS to carry on. The scents always sold very well from my own website and someone could step in to get things going again. Although a number of people have expressed interest in acquiring SSS, I have not had a workable offer yet. There are still people who are interested, but I am not sure whether a successor will take over and apologize for the uncertainty. I will continue to update about SSS on The Artisan Insider whenever I have news on that topic.

Meantime, I’m getting the new blog underway (more posts coming), and I would also enjoy doing some freelance work for artisans who need help creating images and copy for websites and packaging. When I first started SSS, I would have loved to have found a lower-priced alternative to expensive graphic artists for small design projects, and I hope I can help fill that need. For example, I love creating website slideshows, product hang cards, business cards, brochures, flyers, and box designs. I’m almost ready to start taking on a few projects if there is interest.

For those who are subscribed to Perfume In Progress, I hope you’ll subscribe to The Artisan Insider; you can find a FeedBurner link here. Many thanks!