Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Tute Results

These were done some time ago - when I was on my wild tutorial binge. I love the results though and have been wearing them a lot. I have to make some more because I think other people will like them too.

These were from Ann Rickett's Tutorial, She gives you a good starting point - and one of the bracelet beads is an exact copy, but then, using the techniques, I branched off and created my own.

First the bracelet:
I strung it with leather spacers and ivory colored beads. The counter-weight bead is a topaz tiger bead.

More recently, I sat down and made this focal. I wired it up and wear it on a ball chain.

I think the bottom part of this bead reminds me of Monarch butterfly wings, so there's another direction to take it!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Second Sundays - Herbal Adventures with the Twisted Sisters

We've been talking about it for a long time, and now we're ready to do it... classes here on the farm, Frog Hollow Evergreens, in Manheim, PA.

Second Sundays with The Twisted Sisters

Each Herbal Adventure day will begin at 11:30 AM and will include:

~ A short weed walk where we will identify the plants of the season.
~ An herbal craft or two
~ A culinary creation
~ A medicinal preparation
~ A talk/discussion of a pertinent herbal subject
~ A light herbal supper
We will finish up around 6:30 PM and participants will leave with samples of everything we've made and a booklet put together specifically for that day with recipes and instructions to make it easier to continue at home.

Beginning with the August 9, 2009 Adventure:
Limit 8 fellow adventurers.
Cost $75
pre-registration and payment required. Click here to register and pay.

We'll start the day around 11:30 AM, with a short weed walk,
and then return to discuss what we found and talk about foraging while having a snack and tea (most likely the tea will be from the walk).

We will be making herbal vinegars,
distill some mint,
create some neck coolers, and then finally make up some passionflower tincture
before sitting and relaxing together over a light herbal supper. Tomatoes and basil are expected to star in that menu!

Around 6:30 PM, you will leave with a bottle of herb vinegar, some passion flower tincture, a neck cooler and a booklet with instructions and recipes for everything we did today.

After the winter holidays here at Frog Hollow Christmas Tree Farm we'll switch to Second Saturdays, but until then it is Second Sundays. Join us!

You an see all our Second Sunday plans and keep up with all the latest announcements on our new blog Twisted Sisters Herbs

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Market on the 4th

It was July 4th at Mount Joy Farmers Market. Flags lined the streets of our small town, and at Market, one of our vendors set up a little vignette to celebrate!There were even red, white and blue potato varieties. Supposedly they hold their color and it was very tempting to try making potato salad with them, but knowing our family we stuck to the tried and true!I walked around market part of the way through the day and when I got home and downloaded the pictures I took, I was thrilled and amazed by the beauty that surrounds us every week.

You can tell the pride that goes into growing or producing the products by the way they are displayed.
CORN - Seems a little early for local, but....
Wonderfully displayed root veggies
And more
Tomatoes - again, very early this year. All the rain really slowed the crop.
More and more variety every week.

Not local, but... yum! Melons
And some of the delicious baked goods offerred.
Some of the herb and flower plants you can find every week!
And, of course, a sunflower to finish off the day!