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Meet the Artists

The Treehouse.
The Treehouse.

It’s that wonderful time of year when The Treehouse has it’s semi-bi-annual Meet the Artists Reception and Preview. Now is the time. Today is the freakin’ day people. Let’s do this! From 6 pm to 8 pm at 5 North Front Street in New Paltz, you can enjoy some snacks and beverages with the artists that make The Treehouse so darn eclectic and awesome. Come visit me. I would love to talk to you about what I do and answer any of your questions. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll have a great time doing it.

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The last reception was a hoot! I got to meet so many wonderful people and I can’t wait to do it again!

Also, this Saturday is the last outdoor Saugerties Farmers Market of the season. If you hear some disembodied whimpering right now, don’t worry, that’s just me crying. The indoor winter market will start up at the end of October but sadly, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it. We shall see. In any case, please make an extra effort to come see me this Saturday if you need to purchase anything before the holidays. I will have more $2.00 soaps and $4.00 Halloween soaps, plus $1.00 soapy sticks. Concentrated liquid soaps are also back in stock: Lavender & Tea Tree, Lemongrass & Tea Tree and Sweet Orange & Tea Tree–8 ounces for $8.00. These liquid soaps can be diluted and used for dish washing, body washing, hair washing, dog washing, laundry washing, washing out someone’s dirty mouth…pretty much any washing need you may have. Plus, dilute a little bit in water, add some vinegar and lemon juice, and you have a fantastic household cleaner. And behold the awesomeness that is the $6.00, 2.25 ounce deodorant made with beeswax; neem oil; lemongrass, sweet orange and tea tree essential oils; olive oil infused with herbs; and shea & cocoa butter. This is some seriously good stuff here–it’s like a salve on steroids–and I will have it available. It can be used as a lotion, as a solid perfume (because it smells fantastic!) or a deodorant. And if none of this sounds even remotely appealing, remember, I don’t just sell soaps in my booth. Heck no! I also sell bags, table runners, tea cozies, and jewelry so there’s lots of shopping to be had.

IMG_20130907_134315As always, I will be available via Etsy (and I’m working on adding a store to this site) but my vending schedule is still being worked out. If you know of any events that you think I’d like to attend, please let me know. I want to do as many shows as possible this season. Ling Ling is getting her scarves ready to sell (she outsold me last week…jerk!) so we’ll be able to divide and conquer the craft show circut.

Essential Oil Deodorant & Solid Perfume Bar: infused herbs, beeswax, neem oil, butters, tea tree, lemongrass, sweet orange, salve, body bar

Energy Healing

Ting…ting…the earth is humming.

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No, this is not an odd set of barbecue tools or fetish equipment! Get your mind out of the gutter.

Okay, from what I gather (and I’m completely oversimplifying here), the earth makes a vibratory tone as it makes its 365 day trip around the sun. That’s where the sound Om comes from. More simply put, Om is the sound of our big mutha earth hustling her way around that hot, sweaty ball of flame. It’s the vibration of our planet and it’s 136.10 Hz to be exact. That’s a wild and wonderous concept to me.  Damn near mind-blowing! Chanting Om has been shown to have a very soothing and grounding effect on the body. The reason is because our bodies are susceptible to and strongly influenced by such tones and their vibrations. This influence is most felt in our seven chakras–our energy portals–and even our chakras emit a certain frequency. Just think about it, our bodies are singing, just like the earth. It’s definitely poetic when you let yourself give in to the whimsy of it all. Well, I recently let go of a few pinched pennies and invested in a set of tuning forks specifically attuned to our chakras and the Om earth-tone. My rationality was that they were a business investment because I knew they would enhance my reiki sessions. I was first introduced to tuning forks by my reiki teacher and I found them to be the best part of the entire session (okay, it’s a tie with the reiki massage). And although I’m itching to use them on others, to be quite honest, both Petunia and I have been enjoying them every day. Petunia completely freezes when I use them on her, like she’s in a trance, and she gets this glassy-eyed, far off look about her. Like she’s dreaming of a never-ending pasta bowl. They sound and feel fantastic. Heck, business investment or not, these are worth it.

And speaking of Petunia Fish…

DSCF2706My hairy little Florence Nightingale has been taking care of my sick, sorry ass for almost a week. Oh what would I do without her? I don’t even want to ponder such a question. I’ve had the yuckiest sinus infection…and it’s not even winter yet. I don’t stand a chance when cold and flu season kicks into high gear. Neti pot = best friend! However, none of this sickly silliness will keep me away from my beloved Saugerties Farmers Market this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. One of the best people you’ll ever meet in the whole wide world will be doing a chef demo and I will be lovingly heckling him from the sidelines. Awe!

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Joe Aiello of Mangia Bene Farm (he’s the one on the right in the picture, shown with an enthusiastic customer) will demonstrate a surprise garlic dish. Yum!

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A ripe weekend ahead

This weekend = me, you, and some large, tasty, juicy, ripe, delicious, scrumtrulecent tomatoes. Maybe we could wear matching tomato costumeTomato costumes and lose ourselves in the moment? Perhaps do some juggling? Let’s do it! I know you want to. The Saugerties Farmers Market is hosting their annual tomato taste-off. Awesome prizes will be given for the tastiest and heaviest. I can’t wait to see some of my beloved vendors get down and dirty trying to win this competition. Seriously, I can see Joe from Mangia Bene throwing down! Gosh, I envy that panel of judges. I want to win so bad but sadly I haven’t grown a single tomato this year. Next year, I’ll be a contender. Regardless, come visit me under my tent. I know I was sick last week so I promise to be there no matter what tragedies may befall me betwixt now and Saturday. Yup, I said betwixt. And I probably should refrain from tempting fate by talking tragedy. Oh well, tempt I shall. See you Saturday then? From 10 am to 2 pm. Oooh, I also have coupons for my coaching and reiki services to give away. $25/hour session. Not too shabby.

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More market action to be had.

I will be at the Saugerties Farmers Market tomorrow for your shopping pleasure, from 10 am to 2 pm. My usual sales will be in full effect. In the meantime, enjoy some photos from last week’s Farm Animal Day. What a blast! The event was not short on humorously incongruous moments. For example, there was a petting zoo filled with wholesome families and then there was a hula hooping station right next to it that was blaring 50 Cent, Baby Got Back, rave music and other inappropriate tunes. It was perfectly delighful! The only downside was the chickens squished together in a cage. This I am not a fan of at all. One chicken in one cage, maybe, but not ten chickens in one cage. Me and some other vendors were making plans to free them but we were afraid we’d be banned from the market. So let me say this now for the record, if I see such foolishness next year, I’m putting on a disguise and springing them. Done deal.

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Happenings this Weekend

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This Saturday, I will once again be at the Saugerties Farmers Market from 10 am to 2 pm so please stop on by. I’d be honored to see your beautiful, smiling mug. The sales are as follows: $1.00 soapy sticks, $2.00 bars of One Delicious Buzz and Benjamin Button, $4.00 glycerin soaps and $5.00 salves. And let me just take this opportunity to express how much I enjoy meeting and hanging out with my fellow vendors. Last week I was happily sandwiched between Grey Mouse Farm and Shoving Leopard Farm and we had way more fun than should be allowed. At the end of the market I gifted Marina from Shoving Leopard one of my salves because some of her garden weeds had done a number on her arms. In turn, she ended up giving me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers and a huge hug. I was so touched that I walked away almost in tears. What she didn’t realize was that I had been eyeing her beautiful flowers for the entire market. Early on I pondered buying a bouquet but decided that I couldn’t afford such a splurge on myself. So for the rest of the day I dreamed about someday receiving such a nice a gift and how they would brighten up my new apartment and how someday I hope that I can make enough money to enjoy fresh flowers all the time…the daydreaming goes on and on.  And voila, the world listened! Thank you! Thank you! She was even nice enough to snap the above photos of my booth without giving me a hard time for making such an odd request. Ahh…the world is full of wonderful people and the farmers market has many of them!

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Deals Galore Tomorrow

946901_10151406535556058_2063893226_nYou can find me at the Saugerties Farmers Market tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm. This will be my first market since I’ve returned from the wild west. Yay! It’s good to be back. I’m dying to make some room in my tiny new apartment so salves will be marked down (from $8.50 to now $5.00–worth every penny!) and some of my soaps will be as well.  Benjamin Button and One Delicious Buzz will be $2.50/bar so get them while they last. Soapy Sticks will be $1.50. Plus, I have a lot of new jewelry to sell. And if I get the chance, I may set up my clothes rack and sell some sewn items too…you just never know. I hope to see you there!

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I’m Back!

As of this Monday, I will be back in the Hudson Valley and ready to rock! That means my Etsy shop(s) will be reopening soon, I will be off hiatus with the HV Etsy Team, and I will be back at the Saugerties Farmers Market every Saturday starting August 10th. So mark your calendars because good times are afoot! In the meantime, enjoy these photos that the uber-talented Nancy from Draped in Jewelry took at our last event in Fishkill. Also, if you weren’t aware that I even left you for two months…well I did. Check out my other blog to see what I was up to.

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A rainy market in my trunk

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imageWell the first Saugerties Farmers market was interesting, to say the least. Due to high winds we had to forgo tents but it was also cold and raining. None of this makes for a busy and fun market. Yet, with a little ingenuity, we made it happen and people came out to support us. Those with water/wind delicate items chose to vend from their trunks. I must say, my dirty trunk cleans up nicely in a pinch! I might just do this all the time–it’s so simple! Although it wasn’t the ideal first start, I met new people, reunited with old friends, and sold way more than I expected so I can’t complain.

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The Saugerties Farmers Market opens this Saturday!

The Saugerties Farmers Market is back! Please join me and the rest of the awesome vendors for a gorgeous day full of yummy food and great music. Sweet Pea’s will be selling a wide variety of soaps, plus deodorant, shampoo, cleaning sprays and jewelry! And maybe some bug repellent–providing I can stop time long enough to make it.

Opening Day for the 2013 Summer Season of the Saugerties Farmers Market will be May 25th, 10 AM to 2 PM at 119 Main Street Saugerties, NY 12477. We will be offering Fresh and Local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, flowers, cheeses, breads and on-site dining. The Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting will be a 10 AM with local dignitaries attending. Music will be provided throughout the day by Passero, with a Chef’s demonstration, at 11 AM, presented by Jimmy Tamayo. Art Lab Children’s Art Space project- Glossy Paper Flowers.
For additional information call: 917-453-2082

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This weekend

happy hYou hopefully will be able to find me at the Saugerties Farmers Market this Sunday (December 16th) from noon to 4 pm at the Saugerties Senior Center (207 Market Street). The house is going to be so jammed packed with vendors that they even ran out of tables for all of them. This is one market you won’t want to miss! They have several new vendors, a holiday wreath giveaway, and delicious prepared foods. This will be the last time you can find me pedaling my wares before the holidays so get it while the getting is good. I’m in the throws of a two month long illness that landed me in emergency care yesterday so don’t expect me to be fully functional on Sunday. But by all means, please stop by and hand me a hanky, I will be eternally grateful. As of right now I am planning on attending the market but there is a slight chance that I may not be well enough to go. Let’s stay positive and hope for the best though. If I’m not there, please know that I sincerely wanted to be. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to be powering down a bit for the next few months so I can focus on other endeavors so now is definitely the time to get the bath and body care products you need. If for some reason you can’t make it to the market this Sunday, don’t worry, you can still find Sweet Pea’s at Edelweiss in Kingston and at the Treehouse in New Paltz and I will try to make it to the monthly winter markets in Saugerties. Have a great holiday!