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ARTISAN: a person who makes products by hand in limited quantity

ARTISAN: a person who makes products by hand in limited quantity, often using traditional methods

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FEATURED PERFUMERY POSTS

I ran an artisan perfumery called Sonoma Scent Studio for 14 years. I closed the business in 2018 and later sold it to a new owner. I kept a blog that documented my experiences as a perfumer and artisan business owner. The Perfumery and Olfaction categories on this blog contain the posts about those general topics, and the Sonoma Scent Studio category archives the posts that are about my business journey.

SONOMA FINDS: ART, GARDEN, & MORE

I have lived in Sonoma County since 2004. This category covers some of the local art and garden discoveries I have made that might be of interest to my readers. We have a thriving artisan community here, with regular visiting hours via Sonoma County’s Art Trails.

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IN MY GARDEN

I have a small cottage garden here in Sonoma County, and I have posted images from the garden over the years. Between mineral-heavy well water and drought-prone California weather, the garden has some challenges. Perennial grasses do well, as do California natives. I indulge in some roses and other non-natives that tolerate our climate, soil, and water conditions.