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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Green Thursday!

The flower garden is in full construction mode!  Not too much to update at the moment.  We do have two new residence to the flower garden.  

A little toad, I named him Toady The Toad.  Toady The Toad blends in nicely to the fresh soil and emerging seedlings.

And Inch the Worm has also decided to live in the garden.  He was quite busy, and could not stop for any questions or photos.

They are both a bit camera shy; so I could not get any good photos of them.  Hopefully they will enjoy the flower that are about to pop out.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Green Thursday

Going Green....  It almost feels cliche at this point.  I hear it all the time, and I kinda roll my eyes a bit....and trail off into other thoughts. But I had a moment the other day...I do want to live a more "green" lifestyle!  In fact, I kinda already am in many ways!  As many of you know, I have started to sell all natural local beeswax candles and honey, as well as rent out reusable vintage pieces for weddings and events.  I love nature, recycling (much to my husband's joye), thrifting, all things vintage, and sticking it to corporations (I promise not to get all political...pinky one exception is bees because they help make all our products).  
Over the past few years, I have slowly been working toward this "green" lifestyle without even realizing it.  I have started to make my own cleaning products.  Began gardening to save money and eat healthy.  I love the local farmers market and totally prefer their milk to any organic in the store.  I love nature and even got a biology degree as a result.  I want this reflection to shine into my products, throughout our company, and into your lives.  I am committed to having all my products to be as natural as possible.  So with this weekly blog post...I hope to inspire you.  

The biggest drawbacks or fears to living more natural:
1) expense
2) not sure where to start
3) not sure you have the skills
4) what do you mean my paraffin candle is not natural?
5) my cleaning product gives me headaches...but that means it is better than some plant
6) expense

I know...I get it!  Right there with you.  So let's dig in...literally.  One of the easiest things you can do is start a flower garden.  Before we had a yard, my home was filled with flower pots.  Now we rent places with yard space and landlords who love a garden.  

Total Budget: $20 (I think that is reasonable for 3 flower beds)

Dirt     3 bags for $10
Wood     found it laying around 
Seeds    7 packs for $1 each
Shovel  already own, we did pay $10 for it new

So let me introduce you to the flower beds...I started digging in one before remembering to take a photo, but we are just doing Before shots.

Flower Bed #1

Flower Bed #2

Flower Bed #3
I have only started the process, but will keep you posted on the changes!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Monday Update!

It feels like there is so much going on right now, I just want to have a place where I can update you on everything in a weekly summary.  This way you can see us grow!  And get rejuvenated for the week to come!  (I am getting excited just writing this!)

Let me start with last week.  I finished burn testing all the new Natural Honey Collection Candles.  One of the most asked questions is, how long will each candle burn.  I have listened, and have ordered cute little stickers to attach for all the various burn times.  I think the little stickers will make it easier for everyone to be able to determine which candle best fits their needs.  They should arrive soon and I will post photos so you can see how amazing they are!

Friday last week, I looked down and found a four leaf clover.  Of course I had to take a photo!

After taking the appropriate measures to photograph my new four-leaf-friend and press him in a book, I turned the computer on only to find that we were a featured on Rustic Wedding Chic in their Best Rustic Wedding Favors on Etsy.   I could hardly believe our adorable Honey Bears were there!  I love all the amazing wedding photos, ideas, and artists they feature, so of course, I was overwhelmed with complete joy a sense of undeserved honor.  Maybe my little friend brought me some good luck?

This week I have been busy pricing out tables and tents for our next show at the Main Street Festival in Franklin, Tennessee April 28 & 29.  I am SO excited!  I can hardly wait, but there is so much to do and make in the mean time that it will be here before I know it.

I also took some photos of all the new items to be listed, but have been too busy finishing our wedding thank you cards to edit or post them.  It is such a relief to have them all written, stamped, addressed, and ready for the mail.  Kinda funny that the price of one stamp now could have mailed all these letter when this postal scale was new.  Now to really focus on getting the shop updated!

This weekend while getting ready for a garden I found this little guy nestled between two four-leaf-clovers!  Yep!  An even rarer FIVE LEAF CLOVER.  

After googling what a five leaf clover means I found this:
1 leaf = Love
2 leaf = Hope
3 leaf = Faith
4 leaf = Luck
5 leaf = Wealth
6 leaf = Fame
The most leaf clover found is held at 21, but it is by a guy who works with genetically breeding he kinda has an upper hand.  There is supposedly an unconfirmed 27 leaf that was grown on his "clover farm!" facts!  Have you found a four leaf clover yet?