Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Everyone! October and November are always a busy time for small business. I’m gearing up for the gift-giving season, and many of you start buying lotions, balms, and butters again as the weather dries out your skin. It’s a double-whammy for small makers like me, but also our best…


Bee Inspired… To Take Care of Yourself

I snapped a selfie a few days ago while I was working. The light was a combination of ultra-bright fluorescents and natural sunlight. For someone with my fair (read pasty!) skin and no makeup, this can be a not-great look. But… The snap turned out fine. I rarely post selfies, and…


Baking Bread

On a whim, I bought a bread machine. Here’s the deal: on my way into Mama Goose, I pass through Mimi’s Attic.  And I always check things out in Mimi’s Attic, because I might find something useful for soap making (like a spare food processor, or a salad shooter, both…


Knitting, Etc. Has Closed

Knitting, Etc. in the Triphammer Marketplace closed this month. This is a loss for me personally, but also for Ithaca. Hickory Lee’s store was the place to go if you wanted to learn to knit, or needed expertise to get you through a project. Hickory carried the nicest yarns–gorgeous wools,…


Good Morning!

Blueberries, kale, chia seeds, ginger, water. I figure whatever the rest of the day throws at me (and we’re having a snow day, so that could be a lot!), my nutrition won’t suffer. 


Handmade Beauty Box II

As you regular readers no doubt remember, I was lucky enough to win a free, 3-month subscription to Handmade Beauty Box. A few weeks ago, I received HBB II in the mail and as soon as Avital came home from school, that box was in motion. Do you not love…


Avital’s (and Lesli) in The News

Mary Ford of the Ithaca College newspaper, The Ithacan, came to interview me last week. Yes, me! Apparently, I’ve led a more interesting life than I thought. I spent about a decade in Russian studies, moved on to a career in computers, then abandoned it all for motherhood and eventually,…


Kids! I Need Your Input!

Avital has always helped me in the bee yard. When she was a toddler, I let her stand next to hives, and when she turned 5, I bought her a bee suit. The suit is still a bit big, and some of the tasks are over-sized for her, too. But…


Great Timing!

Remember way back when I said I’d (w00t!) won a contest? Bramble Berry was holding a contest to launch their new subscription service, Handmade Beauty Box. Each month, subscribers get a surprise in the mail: a kit to make their own soap, balm, lotion, nail polish, mineral makeup… I entered with the…


Gratitude for The Season

Knitting, Etc. in the Triphammer Marketplace in Ithaca was the first retail store to carry my balms. It was amazing to have my things in an actual store where people bought them, and liked them, and came back for more (that coming back for more part was really key…). People even sought…