This year's Con Kasterborous was a mix of the familiar and a lot of firsts for us here at Contented Comfort. Chris and I saw a lot of familiar faces during set up the Friday night before and all throughout the weekend for me, and Sunday for him. Of course, everything was brand new for Allie since this was her very first year attending anything but set up.
For those who do not know, Allie came on as my apprentice back in December. She's a bit young, true, but she has a real passion for the types of fandoms we make items for, at least those she's allowed to watch or read. And she has both an artistic eye and a nose for perfumery. So she has been studying different aspects of the business around her school schedule for the past seven months.
The last of this year's villain and antihero lineup was inspired by the latest incarnation of The Master from Doctor Who, otherwise known as Missy.
Rounding out our Supernatural inspired soaps is the last of the big three, Crowley, lending inspiration to King Fergus.
Black Butler fans know exactly good of a butler Sebastian Michaelis can be, but he doesn't work cheap! Oh no, in order to hire the "man" one must make a Faustian deal.
Such is the inspiration behind this new variety.
Here's another fragrance inspired by an often requested villain turned antihero, Loki from Marvel.
The design is comprised of our goat milk and glycerin varieties colored using mineral oxide powders and features Loki's iconic green, black, and gold color scheme.
Today's fragrance is inspired by Crona from Soul Eater.
It is also the first design and fragrance made with the help of our newest member, Allie.
Today's new fragrances were inspired by Gotham's best known villainous power couple, The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Mr. J's design was inspired by Joker's famous purple suit, green hair, and killer smile. The fragrance is a complex blend of mahogany, teak, cedar, oak, tobacco blossom, mandarin, caramel, rich vanilla, honey, coconut milk, rose, and cotton.
Fans of Stranger Things know Eleven, also known as El, isn't really a villain despite what she might think of herself. But she doesn't quite fit the role of a hero either, really more of an antihero slash scared little girl.
She's also the inspiration behind TELekinetic.
The first of this year's new fragrances took a bit of a throwback to a classic anime for its inspiration, the villain turned antihero, Lord Sesshomaru from Inuyasha.
It's the time of year here at Contented Comfort where we look over everything we're doing and find ways to make improvements to our product lines, marketing, and efficiency. As I've mentioned previously, knits, crochet items, and other fabric based items are a focus for 2018. However, there is only so much the three of us can get done.
Chris works full time, really only helping out with conventions and a bit of the prep work for different projects here and there. Allie's main focus is school, and her role with the store is rather small as she's learning the ropes. In addition to making everything in stock, as of now, I've been doing all of the marketing, bookkeeping, networking, and the like for the store. However, I've also been homeschooling both children, keeping house, and working the odd job here and there. Time's at a premium as it is, and we're trying to add new products.
As much as I have enjoyed writing the blog here, it takes up a lot of time without much return. Between the time it takes to test, adjust, and retest recipes, DIY projects, and tutorials, the blog here takes up several hours to a couple days a month. We've determined that time would be better used developing and making new products for the store. So this will be the last post.
From this point forward, store updates and fragrance introductions will be handled exclusively on our social media accounts. So if you want to keep up with them, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The blog as it is now will remain in place, so you will be able to go back to any of the recipes, DIYs, and tutorials already published.
Amanda is the artisan behind all the products made and sold by Contented Comfort.