A Knitted Heart of Passionfruit-Rose

Cute, hm? Not quite my usual style, but very sweet. Passionfruit-rose soap in a knitted heart for Valentine’s Day.

I’m thinking we can probably put together some kind of Valentine’s Day treat package, but quantities will be very limited — I can maybe do 15 of them? I’m thinking these kinds of things:

– knitted clothing item shortbread, with cardamom, rose, and vanilla (1)
– vanilla-rose iced sugar cookies (2)
– passionfruit, lime & honey marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate (4)
– passionfruit gummy bears (clear rectangular box of maybe a dozen gummies)
– dragonfruit chocolates (white chocolate, citrus, and white pepper (box of 5)
– Sri Lankan cashew milk toffee (5 pieces)
– passionfruit-rose knitted heart soap
– passionfruit-rose bath salts

– knitted vanilla candle

Pick 3: $15 + shipping
Pick 5: $22 + shipping

Pick 7: $30 + shipping

No shipping for local porch pick-up?

And then the option to add on cookbooks, tea towels, gift cards, etc. Comment here if you’d like to be tagged in…

Chock-Full

The last of the December treat boxes have gone out, at the top Interstellar level, and I have to say, it’s pretty impressive how much I can jam into a large Priority Mail box. Chock-full! I couldn’t fit it all into one photo — there’s a sweets layer, and a bath layer, and a textiles (infinity scarves, tea towels) & stationery (greeting cards) layer. I hope the recipients are delighted. 🙂 The next boxes go out in March — theme: Unicorn Garden.

I’m limiting the number of these I offer, because I want to be sure not to exceed my capacity, so there’s only 2 subscriptions left at this level currently.. Reminder that if you sign up at any of my Patreon levels for a year (what a great gift!), you get 4 quarterly shipments sent to you, AND 10% off for the annual subscription. 🙂

Gifts for the Serendib House Crew

As I finish up the holiday gifting, I got to put together some gift packages for my staff too. Some version of this will be going out to the Serendib House crew: Stephanie Bailey, Emmanuel Henderson, Darius Vinesar, Cara Bogehegn.

I couldn’t do a quarter of what I do without their help, so thank you to everyone who’s ordered from us this year, and helped me keep employing them, even during a pandemic. They alleviate a lot of stress for me in a variety of ways, and multiply my efforts enormously.

(We really need to take a staff photo sometime, folks!)

The Joys of Shopping Hyper-Local

One of the fun parts of shopping hyper-local is that someone can place an order for a signed hardcover cookbook + 8 oz. of curry powder, drop you an e-mail asking if they could possibly pick it up today, because they want to gift it to someone tomorrow, and you can say yes, certainly, give me an hour to finish grinding the latest batch of curry powder, and then it’ll be on the porch, waiting for you. 🙂 Hope the recipient enjoys!

Milky Way

Shipping out the “Milky Way” Patreon treat boxes today, $20 / month, shipped quarterly, so I was aiming for $60 value. Honestly, I think this is more like $100 value or a bit more, if you were buying these items separately, but I want my Patrons to be blown away. I think the recipients will be happy. 🙂

These include (roughly left to right):

– a Serendib Home tea towel (this recipient picked “Plaid-ish,” part of the Chess Battle collection)
– 8 oz. curry powder
– an assortment 5 dragon greeting cards (drawn by me and Kavi)
– mini bookmarks (I think I did two sets of 5 flower and 5 food)
– a large bar of knitted dark chocolate with cranberry
– two medium bars of Dragonfruit Nebulae chocolate (dragonfruit, citrus, white pepper) — one of the recipients doesn’t like white chocolate, but I included these in hers anyway because they really don’t taste like white chocolate, which can be a little sickly sweet on its own — these are Kavi’s favorite chocolate bar, and she’s a little annoyed with me that I’ve posted the recipe and didn’t keep it secret to pass down to her, oh well, sorry kiddo, your mom is good at sharing and terrible at keeping secrets…)
– an little confection assortment with cayenne chocolates, milk toffee, blood orange toffee and a little more Dragonfruit Nebulae chocolate (nice for gifting on if you are feeling like this is a lot of sweets for you…)
– spiced hot chocolate mix (with dark chocolate Callebaut chips and mini marshmallows to mix in)
– homemade marshmallows: strawberry-rose, mulled apple cider, dragonfruit/passionfruit
– two big pieces of cashew milk toffee
– two little jars of candy-coated fennel seeds in holiday colors
– crystallized blood orange shortbread
– a few cardamom-rose knitted shortbread cookies
– a few chocolate-cayenne gingerbread dragon egg cookies
– two pieces of Sri Lankan love cake
– two iced rose-pistachio dragon cookies
– one test tube of jasmine & rose black tea
– one yarn ball candle

– five different soaps: knitted mitten (pomegranate-vanilla), knitted tree (fir), ice dragon crystal (sweet orange & naiouli), dragon’s blood egg soap (rosewood, clove, and cinnamon), dragonheart knitted soap (pettigrain and cassia cinnamon)

Whew. Kavi said, as she watched me pick them up, “That’s a lot!” Yes, yes it is.

There’s one more level above this, “Interstellar.” I just need to make a few more items for it… 🙂

Join now to get the “Unicorn Garden” treat box in March… link here.

Thank You Gifts

Finished up the knitting-themed treat boxes (employee thank you gifts) and sent them off. They include:

– Rose & cedar soap (rose scent)
– Knit mitten soap (pomegranate & vanilla)
– Candy-coated fennel seeds
– Sri Lankan pistachio & cashew love cake (2 pieces)
– Sri Lankan gilded cashew milk toffee
– Dragonfruit chocolate bar (white chocolate with dragonfruit, citrus & white pepper)
– Knit dark chocolate bar with dried cranberry
– Pomegranate and cayenne chocolate (2 pieces)
– Cardamom & rose shortbread cookie (with sheepies)
– Jasmine & rose black tea in test tube (caffeinated)
– Thank you postcard (that they can mail)

– two little flower bookmarks

🙂

Composing the Dragon Box

This was nice to put together — someone contacted me and asked about treat boxes for their employees; I put together 7 dragon-themed boxes and 4 knitting-themed boxes for them. I can’t scale up to doing this kind of thing in bulk (not without hiring a lot more staff), but doing a few orders like this is fine, and it’s fun composing the boxes.

This is what goes in the dragon box (I couldn’t figure out how to photograph it so you could actually see everything):

– Ice dragon soap (sweet orange & niaouli)

– Bronze dragon soap (cedar leather)

– Blood orange taffy (4 pieces)

– Sri Lankan pistachio & cashew love cake (2 pieces)

– Dragonfruit chocolate bar (white chocolate with dragonfruit, citrus & white pepper)

– Pomegranate and cayenne chocolate (2 pieces)

– Sri Lankan gilded cashew milk toffee

– Chocolate-gingerbread with a touch of cayenne gilded dragon egg

– thank you card (also a postcard they can mail)

– two little food bookmarks

Not Completely Off-Base

Sometimes you have an idea, and you get all excited, like — oh my gosh, wouldn’t it be great to have a pumpkin curry tea towel to sell along with the Sri Lankan cookbook!!!

So you design it and Kavi draws you a pumpkin, and you get it printed, and you sew it up, and all the while, you’re wondering if anyone will actually think it’s as cool as you do. Cool enough that they’ll want to actually spend real money on one for a gift, along with a cookbook and maybe some curry powder?

And then yes, someone actually orders it. Whew.

I am not going to get rich off pumpkin curry tea towels, but it’s still rather nice to know I’m not completely off-base with the concept. 🙂

Higher Tiers of Help

About a month ago, we added some higher tiers to the Patreon subscription boxes that go out once a quarter. If you’re stumped on what to get someone as a gift, maybe a Serendib House 2021 subscription box might be nice? 10% off for annual subscriptions!

We’re happy to customize the boxes to work with people’s allergies (although keep in mind that we do use nuts and gluten in the kitchen, so trace particulates may be present for those extremely sensitive; we don’t use peanuts at all, though). We can also accommodate scent sensitivities, either by skipping body & bath products entirely and substituting in other items, or by sending unscented versions.

The base level (“Earth”) is $10 / month (which works out to $30 / box). This is what’s going in the next level up (“Sol System”), $15 / month ($45 / box):

– eight servings South Asian-style spiced hot chocolate mix, with marshmallows
– one test tube jasmine & rose black tea
– two pistachio-rose dragon iced sugar cookies
– one cardamom-rose knitted textiles shortbread
– two chocolate-cayenne gingerbread dragon eggs
– one candied blood orange shortbread
– three kinds of homemade marshmallows (rose & strawberry, passionfruit & dragonfruit, mulled apple cider)
– a set of five confections (two pomegranate & cayenne dark chocolate, dragonfruit, citrus, and white pepper white chocolate, blood orange taffy, silver-gilt milk toffee
– one little jar of candy-coated fennel seeds
– one dragonheart soap (pettigrain & cassia cinnamon)
– one dragon’s blood egg soap (rosewood, clove, & cinnamon)
– one jasmine soap (not on theme, but I had some extra, so)
– one yarn ball candle (amber & cedar leather)
– two little bookmarks (not pictured)

– and a silver star, just for fun

These are shipping out today! The theme for the winter box was Dragons Knitting; the spring box will be Unicorns in the Garden.

Link to Patreon here. Quantities are very limited, as they kind of take over my life for two weeks, and that’s about all I can spare, time-wise. 🙂

What’s great about these boxes (and Patreon generally) is they give me a nice reliable income stream, small but steady, that helps me make sure I can make payroll for my part-time staff, Stephanie Bailey, Darius Vinesar, and Emmanuel Henderson, without whom none of this would be possible!