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Back to Work

Vacations are great. But being back is pretty great, too! We were in California for a couple of weeks: visiting friends and family, sleeping through an earthquake, visiting favorite places like the Tilden Park Steam Trains. We ride the trains every time we visit. The trees smelled so good! The…

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Lemon Eucalyptus

When I look out my office window, this is what I see almost every time: I know, it’s fuzzy. But do you see the deer? Wearing jewelry? These are a few of the 200 or so deer in my neighborhood. Unlike┬áthe deer where I used to live (out in the…

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Fabulous Festival! And Vashti, A New Scent

The Temple Beth-El Chanukah Festival was a roaring success, as usual. It’s my favorite every year: hot latkes, apple fritters, free lunch for vendors, and fabulous live klezmer music. Not to mention a whole bunch of very talented local craftspeople, like Gary Rith, Tom Roach, Leslie Ehrlich, Tal Cohen, and…

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Que Bella!

Honey bees collect resins from plants, add their own enzymes, and use the result–called propolis–as an anti-bacterial caulking in their hives. Propolis is used in salves, tonics, and soaps for this very reason, including Avital’s Liquid Hand & Body soap. Doesn’t it make sense to use it in a deodorant,…

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Splits, Lip Balm, Piping Bags, Soap

Spring is a busy time. I made splits to make up for some of the winter losses, using queens I bought from BeeWeaver in Texas. Last year, I tried “walk away” splits–splitting a hive in two, and making sure both sides had eggs, so that wherever the queen ended up,…

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Liquid Soap

If you’re looking for a liquid soap that’s all natural, look no further! Avital’s Liquid Hand & Body soap is now available at GreenStar in the bulk section. You fill your own container, and get premium, handmade liquid soap at a bargain price! GreenStar carries Unscented and Rosemary-Mint. The soap…

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More Soap, Pumpkin Fest, Twitter, & Pinterest

I’m still working on Fall and holiday soaps and balms. Here’s a lovely lavender, made with a split vertical mold. The green side was colored with alkanet root: I really like that swirl! I’m also making Fiddler’s Sticks–lotion bars in a 1 oz eco tube. Eco Tubes are great: they’re…

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The People’s Market

As I build up this beekeeping business, I think about outlets for my products: stores that will carry them, seasonal fairs around Christmas and Hanukkah, and so on. A lot of people ask about mail order, or an Etsy store. There is a reason I don’t do mail order (yet,…

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Spring Hive Check

Today I went out to the Lansing, NY farm where I started 5 colonies of bees last spring. Twenty feet before I reached the hives, I heard the familiar buzz, and spotted bees sipping water out of muddy tire tracks. A good sign! One colony swarmed in September, and, predictably,…