Like Pie? Like Art? Like Fairs?… how about gifts?

The weather forecast is glorious and we hope to see you there! This is a 2 part post… check the second half for a preview of our new Holiday Product line! You can click on the images to see them larger.

mug gift sets
This is a preview of our NEW READY TO GO GIFT SETS.
One more theme will be coming…but here is 3 out of 4!It’s a “pick and pay” easy peasy gift solution.There will be 4 themes:
3 are ready and will be available this weekend!

  • Jolie with a “Love to you” mug set.
  • Ron with a Garden mug set.
  • Vaboom with a Desk mug Set.
  • The 4th and final one is a DOG set- stay tuned!

♥ Jolie: Our Herbalist who creates, makes, produces, and shares her products of Herbs and natural oils for both Beauty and medical remedies. Her image is featured on her set, and the mug holds:
Delightful Body products made from all organic materials made by Garden Gate Herbals right here in Franklin MA : Lip Balm to pamper your fall and winter lips- either Lavender or Wintergreen / Comfrey Salve – for reliving minor rashes, insect bites wounds – like those paper cuts from gift wrapping! Rosehip or Lavender Glycerite: Rosehips are high in Vit. C and tasty too! Both are Calming for all ages. (Take a few drops on your tong or right down the hatch!) …Topping off  this set is 3 bookmarks,  a flower and gift box adornment.

♥ Ron: Our Master Garden and Climate change guy: His mug contains 3 packs of Burpee Garden seeds that all have long shelf lives-have fun and plant inside now or you can wait. They all have a small Garden Sick/Marker with a butterfly attached for Garden Dreaming all winter long! They too have a Body product, made by another woman who’s business is called: Aromatherapy for the 2 legged & the 4 legged,  this time so local it’s down the street! Enclosed is a Garden Lavender Salve  for soothing and calming yourself as needed! …Topping off  this set is 3 bookmarks and a gift box adornment.

♥ Vaboom: She is the Keeper of New Words, kindness and Eco words are her thing and she is champion of the Desk Set Gift. Her mug holds: 3 Bic Pens, 3 fun Pencils, 1 Ruler, 1 fun chunky roundish Pretty Pen, and a bottle of Mental Clarity  Spray. This spray helps keep the “muddle” at bay! This one is also by Aromatherapy for the 2 legged and 4 legged and is essential oils – you spray this very yummy warm and comforting spray in your “personal area” and you indeed feel better and “clearer in the head!” Amazing!! ..Topping off  this set is 3 bookmarks and a gift box adornment.

All are wrapped and ready to go! All include a small according folded pamphlet with a story about Collaboration, Community, woman helping woman in business and in life, and why that Botanical is champion of that gift set. Each package has a cushion on the base of eco friendly shredded paper, a clear bag, a ribbon and even a GIFT TAG… but you may still want to purchase a special Botanical Beauty Card as well!






Fall is here!


Gordy w/Pumpkins and Leaves

These leaves were right outside my door… the pumpkins are all over the place now… I am thinking about a pumpkin soup and you? If you have a great pumpkin, or any fall, soup recipe, or any other great pumpkin recipe, please share it/post it in comments on the bottom of the page. Thanks!


Haven’t tried it, but this sounds pretty good to me!

Apple Pumpkin Soup Recipe

★ ★ ★ ★ 4 star rating on the web….“Relish autumn’s color and flavors right in your bowl with this creamy, golden soup from Spearville, Kansas field editor Pat Habiger. Just blend the ingredients and chill overnight. “For a treat, serve in hollowed-out small pumpkins,” suggests Pat.
12 Servings / Prep: 50 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups canned pumpkin
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each ground Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a large saucepan, saute apples and onion in butter for 3-5 minutes
or until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually whisk in
broth. Stir in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and
ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25
minutes. Cool slightly.
In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Pour
into a bowl; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, transfer soup to a large saucepan. Cook over
medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the apple juice, cream, salt  and pepper; heat through. Yield: 12 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 100 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 389 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
© Taste of Home 2012

Hounds and Sounds Music Fest

We can’t make this one but these are great folks. Please show your support, have fun, and help the dogs! Now that’s a WINNING combination!

Hounds Sounds

1st Annual Hounds & Sounds Music Fest!
To Benefit Dog Orphans Humane Society 

Come on down and dance your paws off at the one and only rock off

3 Bands to Rock Out to including:
Alan & the Alligators, Joe’s Equipment & Kenny Law & the Law Man Band

*Sam Adams Beer Tasting!* *Great Food*
*Many New Vendors* *Horseshoes* *Volleyball*

WHEN: Sunday September 30, 2012

12:00 PM- 6:00 PM

WHERE: Scandinavian Athletic Club (SAC)
438 Lake Street –  Shrewsbury, MA

Rain Or Shine 

How to get started? 

Support Dog Orphans by raising one hundred dollars or more with your canine. Ask Friends, Family and co-workers to make a pledge. You can win free admission, free lunch, free event T-shirts & more!
Pledge sheets are available 
here or contact us at
 508-476-1855 and we will be happy to mail them to you.
Bring your pledge sheets, family, canine, and total donations starting at 12:00 noon and enjoy a fun filled day!
Admission without pledges:
$20.00 dollars per adult
$10.00 dollars for children 10 and under free

As promised…my Zentanlge experience…

organic pattern♥♥♥ I LOVED IT!  ♥♥♥

Not really knowing what to expect, but never the less very excited to be attending, I went to my first Zentangle workshop yesterday. Well, all I can say is,  it really is what they say, One stroke at a time! Very meditative, very therapeutic, very relaxing and very fun!  It took my brain in a similar way as when I am doing any artwork I really enjoy, like creating a BOTANICAL BEAUTIE!  I was thrilled to have a real live pen in my hand and be sitting just about any where. I was also thrilled that I could see creating these marvelous pattern drawings on an iPad too if I felt so inclined.

Another wonderful aspect of all this is that it is a great equalizer in many ways. 

  • our group of 7 ranged from age 9 – to a grandmother…- EVERYONES looked GREAT!
  • your cares are forgotten about as your brain works on patterns, light and dark, spacial relationships and creativity  – all whilst you barely notice all that is going on!
  • we had lovely calm music which was delight to yet another art sense!
  • it really does seem like a stress buster – I came home very relaxed and happy!
  • no rules, no mistakes, its all about the process!
  • how can complain when all this leads to a fun little piece of original ART!
Now, look for parts/bits and pieces to show up with “the gang” on the Botanicals soon!
 Below are the class mosaics from all out first and second Zentangle experiences.  (click on image for a larger view)
second mosaic
I took snap shots with my phone of our works of art… can you pick out the 9 and 11 year olds? I can barely pick out my own! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
It’s easy fun, give it a try! Try iy – I think you just may love it too.