SWI is Full and Jamisen is Mobile

We made the most of our Memorial Day. While hiking to Clayton Beach, Chris and I told Jamisen all about Memorial Day (and if the link I gave you yesterday didn’t have you tearing up enough, this is an even better narrative about the emotional costs of war). Jamisen listened quietly and seemed to appreciate the gravity of the message. After all the talking, he was delighted to be let down to crawl around the beach. It was his first experience wit the sand and he went for it – crawling all over and generally showing a fiercely independent streak.


This video is the story of my life right now:

There is lots of hobbly walking in our home. Guiding Jamisen around is rather fun though; it’s pretty entertaining to see where he’s going to go next. Jamisen has also mastered the fine art of stair climbing. Thank goodness for the baby gate!

On a business note, our Soap Weekend Intensive is officially FULL! We are taking names for the waiting list. If you want to be on the waiting list, email us at SWI (at) Brambleberry (dot) com. We have a lot of fun stuff in the works for the blog this week – a new Aloha Molds promotion, a new SoapyLove kit release, a summer Bug Be Gone blend and project tutorial (that is, if I can get a couple more successful testing nights – the last few nights have been seriously lacking on blood sucking mosquito) and our Bramble Berry Newsletter (with exclusive projects and discounts not seen elsewhere) is coming out this week. Finally, we’ve switched up our Free Sample Project – it’s Violet Lotion (using a pre-made lotion base) with a free label template. You can see the project + the blends here.

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  1. Dee Dee says

    I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE the fact that you allow Jamisen to play outside and get DIRTY!! I see so many parents who simply won’t allow their children to explore, make messes and get dirty (aka connect and learn) and it makes me so sad. Just wanted to let you know…you’re awesome!!

    • Anne-Marie says

      We love to play in the dirt – and Jamisen is always excited to get outside. He’s super active and curious and with all the rain in the PNW, he’s going to start getting used puddles too! =)

      It’s interesting – I think that a lot of learning and growth for children happens when the parents AREN’T around (at summer camp, for example) – so we deliberately try to set up mini experiences for Jamisen to explore safely within safe confines. Most of those explorations DO happen outside coincidentally!

      Thanks for the positive reinforcement. =)

  2. says

    While life has been too busy for me to comment regularly on your blog posts, you know know as soon as you put Jamisen’s photo here, I’m going to be over to coo and ooh and aah. :) Love that cutie-pie! “Fiercely independent”, eh? I wonder where he got that from? LOL!

    • Anne-Marie says

      He’s got a stubborn streak for sure! I’m really happy because the flip side is that will make him tenacious in life – if it continues, he won’t quit and will keep trying with everything. I’m excited about that prospect in a son – especially as he starts school =)

    • Anne-Marie says

      30 inches at his baby check today! Supposedly, he’s tall and thin for a baby. Tall would be great because his Dad and I are not tall people!

  3. Evaldo says


    Posso imaginar o quanto vcs estão felizes ao ver o Jamisen começando nos seus primeiros passos. É uma fase muito gostosa de ver e viver. Tenho dois filhos já crescidos e sinto saudades do tempo em que eles começaram à andar por si próprios. Temos que aproveitar o máximo das fases do crescimento, pois elas não voltarão mais senão, se tiver outros filhos. Compartilho a felicidade de vc e do Chris. Realmente é gratificante demais para nós pais acompanhar essa fase maravilhosa.
    Saúde e Felicidade a todos!

    Evaldo Costa

  4. Heather says

    I love mobile babies! That was some of the most fun we’ve had. Of course, I love watching my little guy run now. He reminds me of a hobbit with a huge head and tiny little legs. Congrats!

    • Anne-Marie says

      Oh my aching back! We spent the evening “walking” around the yard and playing in the mud. I know it’s going to get worse before it gets better (back pain) =)

  5. Nickie says

    Jamisen is sooooo CUTE! He’s growing-up so fast too :( I remember reading some your posts abt being pregnant, the post that you were @ the hospital, & the 1st pictures posted of the lil bramblebaby (awwwww…). Where did all that time go??? Cherish these little years! :)


    • Anne-Marie says

      It’s gone absolutely so fast – I cannot believe that it’s been over a year already! The days just zip by.

    • Anne-Marie says

      People constantly mistake him for a girl because of his long tendrils of hair. I just can’t quite cut his hair in the back yet though… =)

  6. says

    Lovely outing!

    I have a question about the violet fragrance proportion in the example lotion. It says 25 ml of fragrance to 2oz of lotion base. Is that correct or should it be 2.5ml of fragrance?

    Copied from site Tools and Ingredients:

    * 2 oz. Lotion Base
    * 25 mL Violet fragrance
    * 2 drops Diluted Easter Purple LabColor
    * Zip top plastic baggie

    Thank you.

    • says

      It is missing a “.” it should be .25 mL. The good news is, it was correct in the instruction part of the How-To. So hopefully no one made a ‘lotion perfume’ :) Thanks for pointing that out!

      • says

        Thank you.

        I did go to your fragrance calculator and found this. So now I’m confused.

        Fragrance Recommendations for

        Lilac Fragrance Oil in 2.00 ounces Lotion

        Scent Ounces wt. Grams Teaspoons Tablespoons Milliliters
        Subtle 0.01 0.28 0 0 0.30
        Arrow 0.03 0.85 0 0 0.89
        Strong 0.04 1.13 0

        • says

          Hi Pam!

          On the fragrance calculator we give a range from subtle scent to strong scent, and that is why you have three different usage rates.

          We tend to like our lotion scented a little on the light side, but you can go anywhere from .25 mL to 1.18 mL, depending on how strong you want your lotion to smell!
          -Becky with Bramble Berry