Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve and making more Melt and Pour Soap and Lip Balm.

 Rose scented heart shaped soaps and two flavors of lip balm:  Butterscotch and Black Cherry!  A wonderful way to celebrate the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012...with homemade cosmetics, good music, and a cozy house full of love.  Happy New Year to all!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Melt and Pour Soap! Such an easy and fun project! A wonderful day in the kitchen soap lab!

Honey Almond Biscotti Bar
Olive Oil White Ginger Tea Bar
Relaxing Goat's Milk Bar
Bayberry Hemp Bar
Olive Oil Oak Leaves and Twigs Bar...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Henry Homeyer: The Gardening Guy! He introduced me to my favorite gardening tool, The CobraHead Weeder and Garden Cultivator! Thank you, Henry! Click on this title to check out his great website!

Here I am and a very happy camper, indeed, last May, during planting weekend! Why so happy?  THE COBRA is an amazing tool that made my job so much easier, planting 3,000 annual 'plugs'!

Henry Homeyer is a life-long organic gardener who has lived in Cornish Flat, NH since 1970 (except for his time in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and country director).

He writes a weekly gardening column that appears in 12 newspapers around New England, and has written for the New York Times, The Boston Globe and other newspapers. He was the Vermont/New Hampshire associate editor for People, Places and Plants magazine for 10 years (until it went out of business).

He is a regular monthly commentator on Vermont Public Radio and is a UNH master Gardener. Henry teaches Sustainable Gardening at Granite State College.

I have a lot to thank Henry for...especially for introducing me to the COBRAHEAD gardening tool!!!!!  Seriously!  Who knew this tool would be so incredibly helpful!  It's hard to imagine that such a small headed tool could do so much!  It's my favorite weeding far!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Handwritten Thank You Note and handwritten notes, in general..."As part of the continuing series "Assignment America," Steve Hartman takes a lesson in the lost art of handwritten thank you notes."

I just received two very touching handwritten notes in the mail this afternoon that have stopped me in my tracks.  One was a Thank You note and the other was a note from someone who was sending her 'Free Will Donation' for the cup of tea she had at the Tea House last summer!  It is now December 15th!  What a BEAUTIFUL act of human kindness!

Here's the note I received:
"Sorry in getting this to you so late!  When visiting The Song Garden in late summer, I had left my purse in the car and it was too hard to climb back up the hill to the Tea House.  (Enclosed:  a check for $2).  We enjoyed our visit and were enthralled with the Tea House.  We will be back in the summer!"

These notes are very precious and in this day and age, very rare to receive.  We are all so busy with our lives and our technology that we don't take the time to hand write notes to people who have done special things for us or who have touched our lives in some beautiful way.  Here's a great video about hand written Thank You notes and why they are so important.  Something to keep in mind during this holiday season.  And to connect this blog entry to The Song Garden and plant crafts........try making your own PRESSED FLOWER note cards for the many Thank You Notes you will surely be writing in 2012 due to your new New Year's Resolution!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Relief from the dreaded Empty Nest Syndrome...I've got one word, well, maybe two words: CRAFTS and GARDENING

Honestly, any kind  of hobby will do to banish the blues of the empty nest.  For me, there are definitely a few things that keep my blues music, my gardens (and the dreaming all winter of the garden to come), and my crafts.  Last year I discovered the absolute joys of making my own lip balm!  ( for WONDERFUL "Lip Solutions Base".  Check it out.  So EASY!!!).  This year I have discovered the absolute joys of making my own soap!!! ( M and P (Melt and Pour) soap bases!!!  So EASY!)
There is something so therapeutic about the fragrances, the flavors, the melting of the lip balm and soap bases, the whole process from start to finish of creating the products....and then the joy of giving it to family and friends and bringing them such delight, or the joy of SELLING your products at a local crafts fair, farmers market, or church bazaar.  Next time you're feeling the blues...think CRAFTS.  (And we didn't even discuss KNITTING!  Wow!  I guess I need to get out the yarn now!  Talk about a really therapeutic hobby!). Remember, we are all in this Empty Nest thing together.  It's not easy, but knowing you're not the only one having to reinvent your life without the kids...makes it easier to take.  : )

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mt. Ascutney Photos: November 23-December 8th, 2011

The Cornish/Windsor Covered Bridge (the longest covered bridge in the U.S.) and this view of Mt. Ascutney are located just 10 min. from The Song Garden.

Tuesday, November 23, 2011, 1:37 pm

                                                               Thursday, November 24th, 7:13 am

                                               Friday, November 25th, 10:43 am.
Saturday, November 26th, 12:13 pm.

Sunday, November 27th, 12:51 pm.

Monday, November 28th, 2:21 pm

Tuesday, November 29th, 3:23 pm.

Wednesday, November 30th, 7:37 am.

Thursday, December 1st, 3:48 pm.

Friday, December 2nd, 8:26 am.

Saturday, December 3rd, 3:59 pm.

Sunday, December 4th, 9:50 am

Monday, December 5th, 9:15 am.

Tuesday, December 6th, 11:32 am.

Thursday, December 8th, 8:05 am. "We're so lucky. . .(to be alive)."