Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seaside Herb Society Fair This Saturday in Ormond Beach April 2nd

It's that time of year again. The Seaside Herb Society Annual Fair is this Saturday from 10-3 in the usual place at the corner of North Beach street and Granada. Come early to get your pick of the best plants! There will be free speakers and a yummy herbal lunch. As usual, please put your order in with me in advance for this event if you know what soaps and shampoo bars you want to stock up on. I bring a limited amount of soap and shampoo bars to protect my inventory from the heat. All those making pre-orders will receive a free gift with their order. My up to date inventory can be found here at

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Herbal & Soap Classes with Aquarian Bath in Daytona Beach and St. Augustine

April 9th 2011 at Saturday 10-2 Herbal Medicine Making: Tinctures, and Syrups
Location: Maggies Herb Farm 11400 County Road 13, St. Augustine, FL call to register 904.829.0722 Learn the basic methods for herbal home medicine making for your family. This is a hands on class in which you gather herbs from the farm for making tinctures and a Thyme cough syrup. We will focus on methods for making preparations, properties, of herbs used during the class including Motherwort, Yarrow, Skullcap, Holy Basil and more. Fee $35. bring a sack lunch. A hands on workshop.

April 23rd, 2011 Bath & Body Easter Basket Workshop at Hobby Lobby in Daytona Beach 1-4 pm $20 In this workshop we will make a bath & body Easter Basket. You will make:
~ Aromatherapy Bath Salts
~ a Chocolate Easter Egg Lotion Bar made with Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter
~ 1 Chocolate lips balm
~ 1 Aromatherapy lip balm
Register online or call 310-919-0220

May 14th 2011 Soap Making For Sensitive and Problem Skin Types Saturday time 10:00
AM-2:00 PM Location: Maggies Herb Farm 11400 County Road 13, St. Augustine, FL call to
register 904.829.0722 Learn to make soap from scratch using the cold process method and the specialized hot process method for sea salt spa soaps. We focus on hypoallergenic formulations for those with sensitive skin and those well loved by persons with multiple problems, including acne. Specialty herbal additives for problem skin types in formulations will be discussed. Bring lunch, safety glasses and gloves, and a small cardboard box. Fee $35

May 21st 2011 Milled Soap Making for Sensitive and Problem Skin Types in Daytona Beach
at the Hobby Lobby 1-4:30 $30In this class we will be using the gentlest type of natural soap base: Castile soap which is made with 100% olive oil in the oil phase. You will take home two types of soap for sensitive and problem skin types as well as recipes for natural and gentle milled soaps. You will also learn about various natural additives for natural soap making including essential oils, clays, herbal powders and more. The soaps that we create in class will be chosen from a range of natural ingredients and will be determined by consensus among attendees. Register Online or call 310 919 0220

Gaia's Gifts: April Giveaway: Artemis Elixir Tea and 20% off

My friend Darcey is having a tea giveaway contest on her blog. You can enter and check it out here. : )

Gaia's Gifts: April Giveaway: Artemis Elixir Tea and 20% off: "Its time to announce the April Giveaway!  I'll draw a name on April 15 2011!  You've got a good two weeks!  Spread the word! ..."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Seeds Free with Purchase

Spring planting is well underway here in Central Florida. I had most of my seeds planted by the beginning of March including Holy Basils, Musk Melon, Amaranth, Tomato, Black Eyed Peas, Squash, and Pumpkin. The latest garden adventure was a pineapple planting frenzy. We found some live pineapple tops discarded for compost and decided to plant them at Lions Share Community Garden. Here is part of the row.

The sweet pea spiral is coming along. No flowers yet, but we are watching closely:

For most of the US and Canada you still have plenty of time to get your Spring Garden on. I would love to help you out with that. When you make any purchase from my Aquarian Bath Etsy shop, just request a free seed pack in the comments section at check out. I currently have Musk melon, Thai Basil, Dotted Horsemint, Candlebush, and Luffa seeds in stock.

Since it is Spring planting time if you mention this blog post at check out you may request up to 3 seed packs for free with purchase instead of the usual 1 free seed pack with purchase.

Be sure to check out all my fun new Spring items like this sweet Honey Bunny Castile Soap on a Rope while you are seed shopping.

This blog post is a part of the Unique Women in Business Networking Group's Spring Blog Hop. You can visit the other Spring blog posts by other ladies who participated this month by following these links:

Audrey Fetterhoff

Monday, March 21, 2011

Florida Wildflower Festival in DeLand March 26th

This year I'm excited to be attending the Florida Wildflower Festival. I won't be vending this year, but maybe next year. I have heard great things about it. My friends Dora from Maggie's Herb Farm and Melanie from Almost Ancient Pots will be at this event as vendors. I'm planning to attend the Bee Keeping workshop and there will be many other workshops also. Click on the flyer for a larger view.

Recipient of the Florida Secretary of State's Award for Outstanding Special Event
March 26, 2011 9:00am-4:00pm
West Indiana Ave., Downtown DeLand
Free Parking and Admission

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Winter Chamomile Harvest is Winding Down

The winter harvest season is winding down here in Central Florida. We've had a steady supply of brocolli, lettuce, calendula, and collards. My favorite plant of the Winter season though was this beautiful Chamomile plant. I've been picking flower buds twice a week over the last few weeks. Moira and Tessa both like to help pick the delicate yellow and white flowers. I'm looking forward to doing something special with these dried and drying buds. Maybe I will make a lavender chamomile salve. I made those a few years back and they were really wonderful and smelled strongly of chamomile flowers.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Microscopy Photos from the Daytona Homeschool Social Group

Moira and her homeschool friends meet at the Daytona City Island library the second Tuesday of the month at 10 am. The kids in the group are about age 4-7 years. The parents in the group and I have been taking turns giving presentations to the kids. This month Scott and I gave a presentation on the history of the light microscope and the kids brought samples in for us to check out under our digital light microscope. My favorite was the first picture above. Look closely, you can find a spider habitat in this piece of drift wood that one of the kids brought in.

Another of my favorites was this rose leaf. The variety of this rose is "Don Juan."

Here is a part of a blossom from my orange tree. The blossoms smell so good. Just a few blooms left out there now.

If you are homeschooling in the Daytona area and have a child age 4-7 and you would like to participate please join us. Next month will be a creative writing class, and we are ready to add other parent led activities to our schedule.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Spiral

Originally uploaded by sundialer

This is the new spiral I've been working on at the Chile's Academy garden in Daytona Beach. So far if it is planted with Lemongrass, Eggplant, Tomato, Green peppers, Zuchinni, Oregano, Rosemary, various basils, Amaranth, Yarrow, Artichoke and beans. Can't wait to see it grow up.