Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jewelweed SOAP (aka Anti-Poison Ivy SOAP)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Peppermint Orange Lip Balm

I was running low (aka scrapping the last bit out of the last tube with my pinkie) on Lip Balm and decided to make a batch and thought I'd share my recipe (if you can call it that) with ya'll.

You can really use any combination of oils you'd like but you want to keep your oil to beeswax ratio to 3:1.  I chose Grapeseed Oil.  I know it is excellent for chapped lips and has lots of antioxidants.  Read this to find out more. I also chose to infuse my Grapeseed oil with some dried peppermint and dried orange peel.  I simply put the dried peppermint and dried orange peel in a sterile glass jar and topped with oil.  It sat on my kitchen counter for a few weeks and every AM I gave it a shake.  I'd open it and smell occasionally and when it smelled delicious I strained the dried herbs out and was left with my infused oil.  Here is my really basic recipe:

1 oz beeswax pellets (melted in microwave)
3 oz infused Grapeseed Oil
a few drops of Vitamin E (I thought about using ROE, but thought it might cancel out my infused scent)

That is it....pour the oil into the melted beeswax...return to microwave for a few seconds to re-melt and pour into Lip Balm tubes.  This recipe filled approximately 20 tubes with a bit left over.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I love being a vendor at the Farmer's Market

(I set up my display pretty quick so I sat down and wrote a blog post about my day at Market)

My fifth week (June 15th) at market and I'm in my permanent space (A-26).  The last four weeks I've been closer to the middle in A-16 so I was a bit skeptical and not sure what to expect this morning setting up.  I was thinking I'd be tucked way off at the end not near the action, but the vendors near me are a plenty and have some really great looking displays.  There is the pesticide free Asparagus guy that I've been watching have a loong line at his booth for weeks and the Kettle Korn guy and someone selling really pretty jewelry.  I'm really digging her display too...very detailed and artistic.  The weather seems like it is really going to cooperate which is excellent.  It was such a pretty drive to market this AM with the low laying clouds and mist...It looked spectacular.  I set up really quickly too so I had a few minutes to walk around and check things out.  It is 10 til 8am and people are already milling about.  Should be a lot of fun!  I overheard one of the board members mention that they have the most vendors that they ever had.  Man, that Kettle Korn smells good!

There was a film crew...Fringe Benefits...who are doing an independent travel show about the Laurel Highlands.  They were set up directly in front of me practicing and filming and introduction to the Ligonier Country Market.

Setting up in the AM....lots of misty fog

Others still setting up

One of the rows of the Market

Another row

The Bluegrass musicians in the special feature tent

Lots of people enjoying the day

The film crew in front of my tent