Haus Dispatch

Views From the Haus - 04 April 19 2013, 0 Comments

Good morning everyone!

It's been a minute since I've done one of these ;) Right now it's raining and it's also my birthday! So I'm taking the day off to enjoy the rain and eventually some burritos and beer, followed by cake and ice cream! 27 was great, but I plan on making 28 kick ass!

I thought I'd share with you what's been going on in Instagram land...


A neighbors cat, keeping a sharp eye on me while I walked to the gym one day.


Simple delicious noms! I like my bananas nice and spotty too, is that weird?


Ok, this thing... IS AWESOME. It's, indescribably delicious. It's a cashew and coconut cream based treat with tons of pure vanilla flavor and these chunks of cocoabutter and cacao that just melt in your mouth. They're expensive, so I don't buy them often, but they're worth it.


Moss carpets everywhere this time of year. 


I can never make enough of these buggers! I need elves.


My hair has faded from this brightness. It's almost pinkish up front now, my hair always fades more in the front. I think it's due to running my fingers through it and it coming into contact with water and cleansers on a daily basis. My goal? Lavenderish locks and a tan this summer. Oh, how I love the sun.


The first of many maneki neko bits that will be in our reception room. They're symbols of luck and beckon in good business. 


Reading a lot about fairies these day.


Lots of soap production last week and even more next week. As a matter of fact, that's all I plan on doing next week. Soap, soap, soap. I plan on getting all of general catalog restocked along with summer soaps done too. So excited to soap up White Blueberry! I think it'll be awesome.

That's all I've got for now. I have a huge backlog of Instagram photos I want to share. I may break it up into themes, I have so many flower and custom perfume pictures.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Views from the Haus - 03 February 07 2013, 3 Comments

 Hi everyone! Just got back from a walk/run using my C25K app, it was a tough one, (and I feel like a total wuss) but I did it! I think I came down with a little bug yesterday. I was feeling like death last night when I went to bed, but I felt much better this morning. 

On to pictures...

Winter blooms. I don't know what sort of flowering bush this is. It's one of the things I adore about the Pacific Northwest... it may be winter, but it's still green and there are some flowers to be found.

This was last summer at the Portland Rose Gardens. You should definitely go if you're in the area. I think seeing those beautiful little purple flowers had me lusting for warmth. As much as I enjoy wearing lots of layers in fall and winter, I am a spring/summer girl at heart. This particular rose was just stunning though, and had a rich lemony scent to it. 

My little Toki boy. He gets so grumpy and needy during the winter. He loves to spend time out on our wooden deck, but will refuse to go out if it's even the slightest bit damp, or windy. It's hard explaining to him that I don't control the weather and I can't make it stop raining.

 My new Pony Brown planner! I have a bit of an obsession with Korean stationary. At any rate, it's ridiculously adorable and I love using it. 

Unfortunately, I can not recommend this. It was quite brassy and metallic in flavor. I haven't yet found a good peach cider, but I'm always willing to try 'em.


This I can recommend! It's really lovely. The flavors are subtle, but oh-so delicious. It's the kind of tea you constantly inhale as you sip. And who can say no to an adorable tin like that? I certainly couldn't.


I adore this ring. I've had it for well over 3 years now and the blue flash of moonstone never fails to mesmerize me. I picked it up from Lyndsay, over at Idle Hands Designs. Go check her out!

This was tasty! It was a spicy tasting lavender and quite good.

A very rare moment on Tri-Met, a totally empty MAX. It was very nice while it lasted.

Shortly after we signed the lease for the new Haus Headquarters! I've waited for this moment since our little business began, and I can't tell you how exciting it is to have finally reached this moment.


Seafoam green nails with a coat of Essie As Gold As it Gets, on top. I really love doing a pastel color with the gold flecked coat on top, it looks all magical like.


That's it for this week! I imagine next week will be rife with pictures of us moving into the space. I can't wait! It's really weird, but I am actually looking forward to having a little commute to work (2.5 mile walk. Mmm, exercise!), and packing lunches. Anyhow, I'm off to make lots of soap. 

 Have a fantastic Thursday everyone!

Views from the Haus - 02 January 31 2013, 4 Comments

It's morning here. Overcast, but no rain! It had been raining straight for about three days, I'm very grateful for the break.

On to pictures...

A lovely custom blend. Sandalwood and Orange Blossom has to be one of my most favorite fragrance pairs.

I got this adorable bento box for Christmas. Now that we're going to be moving into a new workspace that requires a small commute, I have every excuse to pack myself lunches with this little guy! Super excited. I've been pouring over this site for bento ideas.

Oh Butterbombs! They sold out almost instantly. I had to make double batches for you fiends ;) Top is Sea Salt Brownie and bottom is A Simple Rose.

Snack time.

I feel very blessed to live close to a long trail network. It had once been a railroad track. The forests around it are protected and you'll find adorable houses nestled in along the trail. There's also quite a few ancient volcanic cinder cones that are now forested buttes that hug the area we live in.

Moar Butterbombs! I can't make enough of 'em.

A tiny robins egg blue espresso cup :3 I wanted to buy it, but I have no use for it. Ikea is about two MAX transfers away from my house (about a 40 minute ride) and it's pretty nice if you want to wander around aimlessly looking at furniture and lights... And spoting the inevitable couples having arguments over what to buy, hah.

Marshland out by the airport. When you ride the MAX out that way (it's near Ikea), occasionally you'll get a hawk, or a small falcon fly next to the speeding train. It's always a special and fascinating sight.

World Market! It's always a fun place to find interesting snacks and do-dads. We ran in there after we had finished up at City Hall getting our commercial business license, which we were totally approved for that day! Also, I love my Spiewak jacket. I've been living in the damp Willamette valley for almost 5 years and I didn't get an actual winter rain coat until late last year!

Bento Plus, my new favorite place to get some noms. They're a bit tucked away and I didn't even know they existed until just recently. It's run by an adorable older Japanese couple, and I love how cozy they've made the place.

Alright, that's all I got for this week. Tomorrow we sign the lease for our new space! I'm so, so excited. This means we'll be able to keep better stock, make MORE stock of products and just run more efficiently.More on that soon! I hope to snap lots of pictures of the space when we get our keys tomorrow. Now, I'm off to make butters and scrubs. Have a wonderful Thursday everyone :)

Views from the Haus - 01 January 24 2013, 10 Comments

Playing around with a new feature here, a weekly Instagram photo roundup! Ever since I got my smartphone I've been an Instagram fiend. It's incredibly convenient to snap pictures of my daily doings, I figured I'd let the blog have a little of the action too.

Tree stump fungus. It was growing along the entrance to my local trail.

We had some epic fog last week. It came in fast and blanketed the area... Sometimes you'll find thick spots of mist, looking like spirits amongst the trees.

Absinthe soap! Looking mighty fine, if I do say so myself.

A rare clear skied day. We paid for it by it being bitterly cold!

My current hair battle. I want white! The filter tones down the yellows I have up front. I've been washing out the purple with violet toning shampoos, they're slowly doing the trick. If my ends make you curious at all, it's old henna from when my hair was much shorter. I bleached over it (only do this if you've used PURE henna!) when I began to dye my hair purple and it has remained a dark wine red ever since.

Some lovely custom perfumes going to their homes. I really love doing the Perfume, Made for You! It's always excited getting to see people express their desires in scent form.

Train ride home from a busy day of errands and grocery shopping.

This probably sounds a little pathetic, but this was the first time that I had successfully curled my hair, ever. Haha. I was so proud of myself. I have spent most of my life being a bit of a tomboy. Now at 27, I think I'm finally growing out of it... just a little bit. ;)

On my walk just this morning, along Johnson creek. It was incredibly foggy out.


There's lots of scrubs to made and work to get done, so I'm off.  Oh, and if you'd like to follow me on Instagram, click here. Have a fantastic Thursday!