Hi Tina- got my package, and I forgot just how wonderful your soaps are. I immediately placed the hemp’’ mint in the shower and the lavender, on the sink but not before washing my face in this wonderful aroma and texture. I have a happy face and my skin is singing, well it would be if it could. Thanks for making a great product. Lesson learned, do not attempt other soaps, when one has a sure good thing- so glad you make such a great product.
Today I celebrate, as I do every day, my wonderful life and the honor I feel being a mother to my amazing children and daughter to Eva, the best mother ever. Have a great day!
I just finished up one of the busiest weekends of the Faerie Made business year … Herb Fest & Big Love always heralds in our season of go go go and I’m done done done … heh. Ack.
I got through Sunday and a huge torrential downfall which meant that unfortunately Big Love was cancelled. *sad* I really hope that Asheville City’s powers that be will work with the organizers to put Big Love on at a later date. This is an important show for our region. It’s LOCAL ASHEVILLE LOVE! We’re local and proud of it … show some love. Let’s do it!
I adore the folks who put on the Big Love. They really are about supporting artists and the local edge of crafty and creative and awesomeness which is my life and my community.
I knew it was going to rain, and storm and be gross, but did I care? YES! Was I going to show up? YES!
It’s about supporting each other.
I’m in a quandary as to what to do … I live my life in a way so I can be happy. Happiness for me is different now than it was a decade ago.
My happiness is based on having a bit of flexibility in my life and the opportunity to surround myself with good people. It’s a bit of doing with out in order to be in a healthy good environment.
It’s to live a bit more simply so I don’t have to get up every day and be full of dread and angst. I do with out some material things so I can try to not be too stressed because I had the career and the stress. (also had a steady paycheck heh)
Back in my 20s I was super broke. Poor single mama with 2 little boys. I was a college student subsisting on student loans and grants, but I was there for my sons after school and weekends AND every summer. I really scrimped to get by. I was pretty broke then. I had fun though. I had flexibility of time and energy for my kids.
Then I graduated and financially life was a bit easier. BUT my work life was so stressful and eventually I ended up where I dreaded my work week. I cried. I didn’t want to get off the couch.
When I made the decision to work from home it was so I didn’t have to dread my day. So I could be there for my kids and for ME, my SOUL. I made the conscious decision to do without for this. I guess you could say I live simply. Sometimes a bit too simply … as I’d like a bit more creature comforts like a new roof over my head LITERALLY (currently saving my pennies) and some more flowers for my yard. Oh and a tomato plant.
I left my “past life” over a decade ago and opted to do with out a lot of “things” so I could be happy in a different way.
Material things don’t always make one happy … well, some material things do: food, shelter, a good book to read, roses, yes roses. I need roses … but I don’t need a fancy car. I need a practical one for my needs. Which is why I am now the proud mama to a 2004 Toyota 4Runner named Brienne.
it gives me room to shlep market products and poodles. Yes, I need poodles and room in truck for a kidlet or two.
I purchased a year pass to the Biltmore Estate so we can go and walk around and have picnics and pretend to be royalty.
Anyway … my quandary. Do I sacrifice half a day a week in an environment which makes me feel icky? Where I am dreading it? Brings back flashbacks of my past life. I make money. But is it worth it?
So … I’m thinking and pondering and giving a bit of my energy to coming to a conclusion.
So this weekend has been a busy one with my 3 day Asheville Spring Herb Festival and then on Sunday our Asheville Big Love Fest.
Well Mother Nature can sometimes suck.
We were looking at 1 inch of rain, flash flooding and strong winds. And yes, I had the car loaded to be there!
Just received an email from the folks at the BIg Love Festkvsl.
After consulting with city and safety officials as well as meteorologists and seasoned event organizers, we have determined that our best course of action is to cancel tomorrow’s Big Love Festival. We had planned to hold the event rain or shine, but have decided to cancel based on reports of potentially dangerous weather. In addition to the likely torrential rain and potential for flooding, there is the even greater danger of probable heavy winds, which are a serious safety concern for outdoor events with tents that may become airborne.
This is a serious blow to us as we know it is to our vendors, who have also been planning and preparing for a big day. However, it seems that even following the rosiest predictions, tomorrow holds little promise of allowing for the successful event we had all hoped for. While we have few details now, we are working with the city to hopefully reschedule for a date later this summer, and we will make every effort to make sure our vendors and partners are glad to have been a part of Big Love.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to the city, for being a great help and advisor throughout this process, and our apologies to those who like us are disappointed by this outcome.
Regretfully and with love,
Justin, Franzi and Brandy
So … I will be ther at the rescheduled date. I promise!
And tomorrow, come see me at the final day of the Asheville Spring Herb Festival at the WNC Farmers Market. I will be there rain or shine!
So kidlet is finishing up her first year in homeschool.
Part of our homeschool curriculum is to write. My daughter has always loved writing and as a result I’d like to nurture it.
So, I’ve let her start a blog. She and I worked on the concept of keeping the address of the blog short and simple because one thing I’ve learned is that long web addresses makes me not want to go visit.
I also am working with her on keeping it a bit private and not too personal. I really don’t need creepy creepersons knowing her stuff so I’m helping with editing and keeping too much personal information out. Yes, she can talk about our critters, goodness knows I do. She can talk about our adventures, goodness knows I do. She can talk about a lot of things … and I want her to learn how to write, how to edit and what to share.
So, we discussed that.
I also wanted her to have main input since it is her blog but offer asssistance. So, after discussion here is my daughter’s blog address:
I’m hoping this will help encourage her to write write write … and I hope folks will consider helping her out by reading her blog posts and comment.
Markets started, wholesale orders are coming in, retail orders arecoming in … I’m soaping and trying to keep up with production of body care …
2013 … Oh my! You are keeping me on my toes …
So we’re back in the tailgate market saddle again! It’s April … and we’re cooking up a bunch of soaps and body care for you.
We will be back weekly at the Asheville City Market on S. Charlotte Street from 8-1 and every other week at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-12 on the campus of UNC-Asheville starting April 13 (that is this Saturday).
We are setting up for 2 weekday markets too! Our neighborhood West Asheville Tailgate Market from 3:30-6:30 starting tomorrow *gasp* in the parking lot by Suntrust Bank on Haywood Road and our newest market (but one that’s been around a while) on Wednesdays … the French Broad Co-op Tailgate Market from 2-6 (now that I’m homeschooling we can make it there yahoo!)
Where else can you find us? Well, the first Weekend in May (May 3-5) we are setting up at the most excellent Spring Herb Festival located at the WNC Farmer’s Market. We are setting up in our regular spot … Booth 55 by the Basil King! Then Sunday May 5th you can also find us at the Big Love Fest!
More coming soon! We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed for The Big Crafty, Mountain Heritage Day and hopeful that LAAF will happen this year!
I am an advocate of feeding our furbabies the best diet we can afford and being a poor little single parent homeschoolin’ soapmakin’ critter lovin’ mama I get not having moola.
A year ago I stopped offering my dogs kibbles after getting sick and tired of the pet food recalls and reading of deaths and illnesses and etc happening.
I started out cooking for my dogs, then I switched to a raw meat based diet with minimal vegetation offerings. During this time, I also switched my cat over to a raw diet (with no vegetation).
I am a huge advocate for this way of feeding my furkids. I also have to crunch numbers on keeping it affordable and so I get it that it’s not the cheapest, but it’s doable on a budget. I purchase in bulk and store in a freezer dedicated to my 6 dogs and my cat. I work hard to provide all their nutritional needs and it’s a bit more time consuming than just dumping some kibble in a bowl and calling it a day … but it’s worth it. money well spent and saved on vet bills.
Dr. Karen Becker offers some common sense info.
I wanted to share this. THis is the first in a series on raw feeding your pet.