Hummingbirds and Old English..back to school!

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Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right? 😀

We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912.  Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it!  The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.

I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!!  So here are a couple for you!  I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.

 

 

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Rankin Lake & Turtles..

So the family’s been trying to be more spontaneous; especially myself and my son. We love to plan things out before we do them– I’m talking at least a couple weeks in advance!

When I saw a Rankin Lake in Gastonia North Carolina and I realize it’s just a few miles from us, we decided let’s go check it out even though it’s pretty hot outside it was almost noon .

What a beautiful place and felt very safe! There was even a ranger who explained everything to me about the paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and a beautiful trail, very clean one mile .6 around the beautiful lake. Turtles and fish everywhere!  People looked healthy jogging or paddling canoes. Our type of place. We plan to go often! 🙂

 It’s always nice when you find a place close by you never always have to travel far to enjoy life.

Soap Revamped!

This year I haven’t added any new soaps to my line, not including my temporary summer soap, Bora Bora.  However, I have noticed my Charcoal Aloe soap, with skin loving activated bamboo charcoal, is a low seller. It has a few die-hard fans though; and there is no way I wanted to dismiss a soap with charcoal ! !

Bamboo charcoal: Make pores smaller and cleaner, Take care of oily skin, Deep clean your skin, Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations,  Rid your hair and skin of toxins. Yes, try this in your hair!  (from Best Health magazine)

I gave the soap a new look (no more green-it always looked odd to me) and ADDED HEMP OIL.

Some hemp oil benefits – Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer: Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Also, known to help against varicose veins and psoriasis. Great for luscious hair!

13502574_1025092007587396_984157333479945158_oNew name: Activated Charcoal & Hemp soap.  Same wonderful, fresh scent!  Smells a bit like Irish Spring soap to me.  **I’ll add photo once I get my Gmail working correctly!!**  Here it is!! ^^^

Homeschooin’ & Winter

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Taliesin had the best time here! So did the adults!

 

I had stopped posting blogs as I was (still am) very busy with homeschooling Taliesin..but I decided to start up again! Woot!

It’s soooo cold here in southern NC..trying to keep warm. We were in Florida with the in-laws last week..Lego Land! Warm and lovely, but I do NOT miss the heavy traffic! Orlando that must be all year I would predict.

I want to say, the Lego Hotel there was AMAZING. We all didn’t want to leave…so fun!  Please bring your kids there before they grow up! Everything was a blast!

So, I will write more, I just wanted to say hi. 🙂

 

Tomatoes and Summer Fun

blog pic3Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days!  Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂

North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write this..so my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much.  I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush! 🙂

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Can you see the cucumbers? Kinda like, Where’s Waldo..

I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells  (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough?  😦  a spray took care of this thankfully!!  We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.

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As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies.  Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !

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Lip balm lip balm lip balm….

My Shea Butter lip butter balm flavors have changed over the years due to flavors becoming obsolete or just not a favorite. I started this business making only lip balms as I LOVE a GOOD lip balm–I keep one in my car, purse, bedside and pocket!

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I love my newest flavor: Isle of Apples, named after the Isle of Avalon.  King Author, Morgana..love them all!  This lip balm has a green tart apple flavor that is far from boring, I’m really happy with it!

Another flavor is Herbal Tea, which includes essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, and a hint of eucalyptus. My friend who had a cold sore said it cleared right up after using this lip balm. I was actually trying to duplicate Burt’s Bees and did a pretty good job, though mine is not as minty strong; people just didn’t seem to like it.

Wild Cherry Blossom is a yummy black cherry flavor that is my personal favorite!

Lemongrass is a fav for many, just simple lemongrass essential oil added.

Strawberry Fields has been out since the beginning, as Herbal Tea. A flavor/smell like a sweet strawberry pie!

Sunshine Orange lip balm I really like, like fresh OJ in the morning, refreshing! Reminds me of the sweet tangelo juice in Florida!

Raspberry Ice is made special for a lovely local author who lives near me. Series is called Charity Moon. Here is the link to buy this book:  http://www.amazon.com/Charity-Moon-ebook/dp/B007TXFIC6/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334414818&sr=1-3

Banana-rama.  I stopped making this one for a while, then after popular demand, brought it back. A nice tropical flavor that reminds me of a banana daiquiri. 🙂

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Thyme for cough syrup & the holidays

My son and I have had a cold for what seems like forever now. Taliesin has had a cough for a week and I have found this thyme recipe that does help.  Simmer a small handful of dried thyme (larger handful for fresh) in a cup of water, simmer for a half hour at least, strain, then stir in a quarter cup of honey into the ‘tea’- give or take a tablespoon. Store in fridge about a month.  Honey is wonderful for the throat anyway, so this really soothed us! A friend named Tammy spoke of Colloidal silver.  I am reading up on it!

holiday soaps 2014It is not too later to order some great soaps for stocking stuffers!

My Solstice, and Frankincense & Myrrh have really sold well this year!  *Thank you so much for a wonderful year* ❤

Great karma comes immediately in so many seen and unseen ways when you buy from local, small owned business!

On Thanksgiving my step-mom and dad come down for a fun feast: Turkey, sweet potato casserole, roasted rosemary potatoes, apple coleslaw, rolls and broccoli casserole. YUM! Of course, the traditional spinach dip too, and nuts galore.

For the December holidays it is just us; hubby and son- nice and quiet…opening gifts by the fire and burning the Yule log for a bright new year…and a non-traditional dinner of homemade bread, lasagna and salad-served on a formal dining table with pine tree plates. 🙂

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Zulu found his way to the top of the shed..

***HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!***  luv, the Faerykissnaturals family    ❤ Teressa

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How cool is this! A little fluff and cutouts from Christmas cards to make captured (and unharmed!) fairies!

Asheville and Deodorant

Yummy goodies!
Yummy goodies!

Noelle from Bayberrywoods Candles and myself had a blast at the Organicfest in beautiful Asheville, NC. Our tents were near a large, spouting fountain..I mean really, a lovely city!  I’ve been here before, but only then for fun!  Yet this was just as fun! The people were so nice, happy, and I made record sales! All my deodorants sold out and I brought so many!   Thank you so much, Asheville, for your warm reception.

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My first and most memorable customer of the day! He wanted to use his new deodorant right then and there! LOL!

DIY liquid soap

Making liquid soap
Making liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the time in my life to bother with two types of soap (no time!), but I have made liquid soap with my bar soap which is working out nicely for us!

Try this: 

Using a grater on a smaller side, shred your bar of soap (use homemade soap for nice, homemade liquid!). Bring to a boil on the stove with 6 cups of water then turn to low for about a half hour. Keep watch on it, mine boils over sometimes! Cleans the stove nicely though!  Stir frequently with a whisk. Turn off the heat and let rest and cool. Pour into soap dispensers.  I did this today with my Beeswax Honey soap and have done it in the past with my Lavender soap. Scent keeps nicely! Water and oils naturally separate, so every so often (twice a week at least) you need to shake it up in the dispenser. Will immediately become a nice consistency, and will thicken over time.

 I really love doing this as I don’t need to be dependent on the grocery store.  You can also pour into a plastic shampoo type bottle and use as a body wash in the shower..but I save my bar soaps for that. Recipe will fill at least two dispensers and I keep leftovers in a glass jar for future use. You could make this and give as a gift in a mason jar with a bow. Pretty and sincere! Make sure you use homemade soap for a true all-natural gift.

Click here for making a mason glass jar soap dispenser. I think it adds some down home whimsy whether you live in a mansion or a shack. 🙂  As you can see below I don’t have one of that type at the moment.  Ciao for now!

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Homemade soap keeps that natural glycerin! No soap cleans like homemade.

2013 was a wonderful year for my family and Faerykissnaturals in Gaston County, North Carolina!  This is my new site where you are still able to buy from my Etsy store!  I make handcrafted CP (homemade, no short cuts) soaps, solid Shea butter lotions, lip Shea butter balms, herbal salves too since 2007.

I really have fun doing it! I got my certification at the Fort Lauderdale Natural Health College in Skin Care (esthetician) in 2002.  I also have an Associates in Applied Science

The Shea butter and avocado oil bring out a wonderful creaminess.
Who doesn’t love a pretty, handmade soap for Valentines? I have a sensual Rose and more, check it out!

 

Butterfly Garden Soap

My soaps are large, creamy, sudsy, and reasonably priced! I ship all over the world and sell in many shops in my area around Gaston County, NC:  Organic Marketplace, The Schiele Museum, Mattie Maes, Things Remembered, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Lowes Foods in Gaston County, Charlotte Landings Gifts (at the airport), Piccolo Antiques in Belmont,  Running with Scissors hair salon, Angels Upscale Consignments in Bessemer City and Church’s Spa. 

Paleo Turtle Soap! Tea Tree  Goat's Milk.
Paleo Turtle Soap! Tea Tree Goat’s MIlk

I’ll keep you updated on special events and fairs I’ll be vending at in 2014!  You can ♥ my page.  Also friend me at Faerykissnaturals Soaps, as that page is more seen. Fun, wonderful people there! 

Me!
Me!