Gearing Up for TOMATO TIME!

While things have been a little silent on the blogging front here, I’ve been busy behind the scenes making new products and scheduling events for the next year (check out my EVENTS page for a running list of upcoming shows). Some of my new products will include linen sprays, GRANOLA (vegan), and body powders. But that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to tell you that I finally narrowed down the tomato plants I hope to offer in a few months.

I started my pepper seeds about a week ago and plan to start my tomato seeds sometime in February. I just need to check back at my notes from last year to see when I started them as the timing worked out well. Since pepper seeds tend to be a little finicky for me, I won’t advertise them until I know that I have a good supply to sell.

Choosing my tomatoes for this year was difficult. I have a tomato obsession and want to try them all. But with two seasons of selling tomato plants under my belt, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in what people around here tend to purchase. So I tried to find a good balance between what I like and what I think will do well at market.

Here are my picks:

Amos Coli Tomato – A plum tomato that is a great tomato for paste/sauces and fresh eating. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Brad’s Atomic Grape Tomato – I didn’t go crazy with the cherry tomatoes this year but when I spotted these beauties, I figured that I would try them out. I love their funky colors and think they would be gorgeous in a salad. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Crrole Original Variety – a heirloom tomato that dates back to late 1700’s! // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Blue Beauty Tomato – a great slicing tomato with a gorgeous color! // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Black Vernissage Tomato – Baker Creek Seeds sent it to me as a free sample in 2015 and I have been growing it since. It’s a gorgeous tomato and the plants are PROLIFIC. It is amazing the amount of tomatoes that are produced from these vines. They do spoil quickly once picked so I tend to toss these right into a pot to use for canning.  // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

Yellow Pear Tomato – The Yellow Pear Tomato, to me, is an old standby. The small yellow fruits are great looking in a salad and are delicious to eat plucked from the vine on a warm summer day. One of my favorite cherry tomatoes. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

 

St. Pierre Tomato – Great for canning or fresh eating, these look like what I always envision a tomato should look like. // photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

To view what other great seeds Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers, please visit their website.

Etsy Update

I added a few new wax melts to the Etsy shop, one is in honor of Valentine’s Day – the other 3 are in honor of the new X-Files miniseries coming out soon! I’ll have a couple of other scents coming out for that shortly (namely ‘Scully’ and ‘Mulder’). I’ve also been working in my studio today on some things for my booth at the indoor Edenton Farmer’s Market this weekend (as long as the weather holds out).

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Alien Abduction – Alien Abduction is cedar infused with smoky patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver, then topped with Eastern spices and a trace of white musk. After being abducted and plopped into the middle of the forest, you’ll need something soothing afterward, so I finished this wax melt off with a touch of black tea.
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Love Potion No. 9 – Love Potion No. 9 is a perky blend of Japanese grapefruit, mandarin, Georgia peach, purple plums, Valencia grapes, and soft rose petals with a base note of Nubian musk. A delightfully fruity scent reminiscent of a first love.
But because love can always carry a bite, I added a touch of darkness – leather, smooth frankincense and edgy woods round out this wax melt.
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Roswell – Roswell is a rich, heady blend of mandarin leaf, orange blossom, floral notes, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, finished with myrrh and lavender.
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The Lone Gunmen – The Lone Gunmen is a masculine blend of black pepper, cardamom and clove with a touch of sweet mandarin. Rich leather, smooth frankincense and edgy woods help to round out this scent.

 

Last Minute Show + New Etsy Product

Great news! I was able to work my way into a last minute holiday show. If you are out and about tomorrow to support Small Business Saturday, shop local and come see me at the Albemarle School Home for the Holidays Vendor Sale from 9-3. Admission is $2, or free for students/those over 60 years of age.

I’ve also listed one of my holiday gift sets on Etsy. Check out my Herbal Holiday Gift Set!

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Looking for a great holiday gift for the special people in your life that won’t break the bank? Or maybe you deserve a little pampering of your own during this busy holiday season. Either way – my Holiday Herbal Gift Set is for you!

This gift set contains some of my favorite products and best-selling items.

It includes:

· 1 – 3 oz. jar of Peppermint Foot Cream (great for tired feet after standing on them all day) – shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, coconut oil, beeswax, essential oils

· 1 – 3 oz. jar of Herbal Foot Soak – sodium bicarbonate, sea salt, colloidal oatmeal, lavender, chamomile, marshmallow root, rose petals

· 1 – 2 oz. tin of my best-selling Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve (perfect for dry winter hands) – beeswax, olive oil, sweet almond oil, kukui nut oil, coconut oil, calendula, lavender, essential oils.

· 1 – Snowball bath fizz (peppermint scented) – sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, arrow root powder, avocado oil, jojoba oil, essential oil, witch hazel, mica

I even can send it directly to your recipient if you prefer, just provide me with their address and a special message to them (optional) for the to/from when you check out.

In order to receive it by Christmas, please order no later than December 16th.

All of my products are handmade and none are tested on animals.

Inventory List for White Oak School Gift Show

Here is what I will be bringing tomorrow for the White Oak School Arts & Craft Holiday Gift Show. Stop by and see me!

Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve (my #1 seller & fav. product!)
Herbal Skin Salve (full of oils and skin-friendly herbs)
Relaxing Muscle Salve
Irritated Lip Salve (perfect for these cold winter days)
Chai Bath Soak
Herbal Foot Soak (soothing w/ lavender, chamomile, & marshmallow root)
Chocolate Cupcake Fizzing Bath Powder
Elf Sweat Wax Melt
Reindeer Poo Wax Melt
Warm Flannel Wax Melt

And I will also have two fun gift sets available:

Gift Set #1 will include: my Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve, Herbal Foot Soak, Peppermint Foot Cream, and a Snowball Bath Fizz (peppermint scented)

Gift Set #2 will include: a Gingerbread Lotion Bar (with nourishing butters and oils), Chocolate Cupcake Fizzing Bath Powder, and a Snowball Bath Fizz

Wax Melts

I’ve been busy tonight! I made three different wax melts that will only be available at my upcoming show on November 21. If I have any left, they may become available in my Etsy shop, but I’m hoping to sell out!

Reindeer Poo begins with top notes of apples and pears; followed by middle notes of eucalyptus, pine, and geranium; and well-balanced with base notes of vanilla, cedarwood, and patchouli.
Reindeer Poo begins with top notes of apples and pears; followed by middle notes of eucalyptus, pine, and geranium; and well-balanced with base notes of vanilla, cedarwood, and patchouli.
This one is my favorite and with the mica, I think it will look amazing when melted. Warm Flannel - The simple citrus accord of bergamot and orange mingle with a sweet nutmeg crème atop a vanilla orchid accord. Notes of cedar, patchouli and creamy sandalwood blended with a balsamic ambery background round out this warm, sophisticated scent.
This one is my favorite and with the mica, I think it will look amazing when melted. Warm Flannel – The simple citrus accord of bergamot and orange mingle with a sweet nutmeg crème atop a vanilla orchid accord. Notes of cedar, patchouli and creamy sandalwood blended with a balsamic ambery background round out this warm, sophisticated scent.
Elf sweat fragrance is a bubbly, magical blend of candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup, with effervescent spicy soda pop bubbles to provide a unique, magical top note.
Elf sweat fragrance is a bubbly, magical blend of candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup, with effervescent spicy soda pop bubbles to provide a unique, magical top note.