Positivity – It’s beginning to look like December.

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North of here there is 18″ of snow and winter for sure…South of here it is no doubt warm and sunny…Either way, there is no uncertainty that this is “The Holiday Season.” There is a very loud hum, almost a world vibration, of messages, products, sounds, scents, and traditions. A never ending fascinating topic to me is the world of advertising and how it plays upon all our senses and how it communicates messages. Communications must have two parts. A sender and a receiver. We, the consumers, are clearly the receivers. The senders, the advertisers, seem to think we are like sponges, waiting for a new liquid to absorb. The messages are so strong, and relentless, that most of us can’t help but soak some in!

The first thought was to find the origin of the word communication.

communication (n.) late 14c., from Old French comunicacion (14c., Modern French communication), from Latin communicationem (nominative communicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of communicare “to share, divide out; communicate, impart, inform; join, unite, participate in,” literally “to make common,” from communis (see common (adj.))” http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=communication

If we use the above, then, the advertisers create their message to share, to impart upon us, and invite us to participate in the fantasy/reality of their products. Fair enough-that’s their job, and many do it extremely well. As the receivers I would like to think we could be a bit more discriminating, but it gets tougher with the constant bombardments. The bottom line of all the holidays, despite your “given” religion, is a good one. A message of unity, peace, and joy. The candles and lights do indeed brighten up our minds and hearts. The greens are pleasant scents in closed up tight winter homes. Giving to others is encouraged. Advertisers want us to buy, but the bigger message of generosity, and sharing is a good one. The IDEAL is a good message. The world the advertisers are creating is not real, but the underpinnings of those symbols, the signs, the traditions in their purist form, those are good things. Maybe that’s why the advertisers can “get away with it” so blatantly? They know, we all know, what matters are the underpinnings.

The above Botanical Beauties are Vaboom and Julia. Vaboom (left) is the keeper of words. Her favorite words are ones of kindness. She offers you kindness. To the right is Julia. She is the community healthy food chef and baker. Food is an easy way to share, often bringing people together. Food is nourishment for the body, and sometimes the soul. Food goes with the art of communication; i.e., discussion. For those of us up here in the colder parts, a hot beverage is always a welcome treat. When it involves chocolate, it’s a extra delight! Julia has two mugs of hot cocoa to share. You can add whatever you would like to yours! … These two Botanicals join me in my personal communication to you. It is simple. I hope this message finds you with health, happiness, joy, and peace in your lives. May kindness rule, may whatever is causing you trouble find its way to your past, and may your future be bright….Add more kindness, add more hot chocolate, and with a little magic you will be guided through the winds of December. Hang on tight, sometimes it’s a bit blustery and gusty!

Winter Solstice, 12-21-12, and the Last weekend of The Market!

The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. To our southern hemisphere friends hope you are happy to see the  “summer solstice!”  It is the winter solstice only in the northern hemisphere.Either way-Hurrah for the Solstice and the beginning of LONGER DAYS again!!!

The countdown to the apocalypse is on.Well sort of, we woke up and the world is still here, the world did not end as the Mayans feared it would….however, we are in some rough and turbulent times. The Fiscal Cliff- one would think that the left, right and middle could get it together and truly do what is best for the majority, the country and the land. I understand Politics are exactly that “Politics” but to what cost? Today our US legislators left for vacation – I really understand how they could do that. It is an embarrassment.

Since the world seems to be going on, and the weather is looking fine for tomorrow  – how about joining us for your last chance or those last minuet gifts!

Come and down and see us at The LAST (until next year) Providence Holiday Market! Local Arts, Local Goats fromThe Reynolds Barn – Yes, that means fresh wonderful goat milk soap and scrub! Reyonals Farm GoeatDelicious Local granola from Providence Granola which means  a twist of helping folks out as well as yum… Fraggles and Friggles is Local Jewelry to bedazzle, Beautiful Local Wreaths/Greens from Robin Hollow Farm made into beautiful holiday greenery gifts and home decor…and of course Local US – The Botanical Beauties and Beasties.  We still have some fabulous Note pads, beautiful Mini Art (cards) a few Wine glasses  of our “Marvelous Easy Peasy Ready to go Mug Gift ” sets: 4 Themes-1) Beauty 2) Words 3) Dog and 4)  Garden. All have amazing beautiful organic products inside them! Here’s a quick run down: ALL  are Dishwasher/Microwave safe 15 oz.  mugs/ have 3 bookmarks/have a gift tag already on them for you/ have a card telling about the Botanical on one side and about community and working together  on the other side and a bell to jingle as you give the gift! In addition to that each amazing beautiful LOCAL organic/all natural  products  that go with the theme. Beauty has skin care, Words has a metal Clarity spray, Dogs have salves for paws and drops for calm and room spray for you and Garden has a most beautiful lavender salve, a luscious cuticle and/or lip butter and a Quartz!

Mug Gift Sets

Last Saturday to enjoy us @The Providence Holiday Market

The Saturday Providence weather forecast 38°/26° a touch of breeze and not much of a chance for rain!

Reyonals Farm Goeat

For those last minuet gifts- come and down and see us! Local Arts, Local Goats from The Reynolds Barn – Yes, that means fresh wonderful goat milk soap and scrub! Delicious local granola from Providence Granola which means  a twist of helping folks out as well as yum… Fraggles and Friggles is Jewelry to bedazzle, Local Beautiful Wreaths from Robin Hollow Farm along with all sorts of Local Fresh Greens made into beautiful holday greenery gifts and home decor…and of course- US – The Botanical Beauties and Beasties.  We still have some of our “Marvelous Easy Peasty Ready to go Mug Gift ” sets: 4 Themes-1) Beauty 2) Words 3) Dog and 4)  Garden. All have amazing beautiful organic products inside them! Here’s a quick run down: ALL  are Dishwasher/Microwave safe 15 oz.  mugs/ have 3 bookmarks/have a gift tag already on them for you/ have a card telling about the Botanical on one side and about community and working together  on the other side and a bell to jingle as you give the gift! In addition to that- 

Beauty: The image is Jolie- out Local Herbalist of beauty remedies/all natural all organic Face Toner, Amazing Bee Balm Sauve, and a beautiful Lip balm.
Words: The image of Vaboom- Keeper of new words, kindness and ecology are her favorites Inside the mug are 3 fancy pencils, 3 BIC pens, a ruler, a fancy bulbous pen,  and the organic is “Clarity” – a spray for head fog! How great is that!!!!
DOG – The image is Wellie- Created to honor  Therapy Dogs .  Inside: A doggie kerchief, Calming drops- place on dog or kerchief, a wonderful salve for doggie paws, and since its winter and closed rooms and dogs..a room odor spray!
Garden: On the mug is featured Ron La Fluer ( Our Master Gardner) Inside:3 packs of long shelf life sees (Burbee)/A dream sick for Gardner planing, an amazing lavender salve and a butter for you lips or cuticle/ and gift from me to the purchaser of a very special piece of Quarts to help energize your garden.

Mug Gift Sets

AND never to be forgotten, The FABULOUS SANTA AND MRS CLAUS!

 

Saturday 12/15 – a full market day!

Providence Holiday Market
The weather outside is to be winter delightful! Crisp and clean – no snow, no sleet that’s all for Sunday!  Come on down,  join the holiday cheer and fun! Help support Local arts, Local farms and Local entertainers. The Providence Holiday Market.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting throughout the afternoon starting at 12:00
Wheeler School Choir, aka, The Eighteen Wheelers, will be singing around 2pm

  • Peter Zuerner and his beautiful hand-made wooden cutting boards
  • Robin Hollow Farm – beautiful Greens and  Floral delights
  •  Fraggles and Friggles- wonderful things to dazzle yourself with
  • Seven Acre Toys- safe imaginative toys for the little ones
  • The Reynolds Farm- beautiful Goat Milk soap and scrub
  • The Providence Granola Project – Yum with a great cause too!
  • Jewelry from the Heart Old into New bedazzling wearable art.
  • Oh, and of course US ! The Botanical Beauties & Beasties! – Amazing creations to enrich your day! Art with a message and a story. We are beginning to sell out of some items… so scurry on down for the best selection of the “Easy Peasy Ready to Go, marvelous Mug set” , note pads and holiday cards! Special request still accepted, we just may be able “to deliver” before christmas – ask me!

Find us at the corner of Westminster and Union.

Weather may be frightful…We’ll see….

Tomorrow ( Saturday 12/8) – May be a tad soggy in the morning but the afternoon is looking good! Planing on giving it a try if the weather cooperates.  Come down and see us at The Providence Holiday Market  11 (weather permitting) to 4pm.

A great day/place to bring your family Downtown and visit us at the Providence Holiday Market. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be roaming the area beginning at 12:00. The Ladies of the Rolling Pin will be dancing at 12:30. And Princess Rapunzel will be visiting the market all afternoon. Bring the kids and come on out. Bring your Camera and have some fun. If any one takes an amazing photo at the Market/of the Market (ahem, I am the judge) you will get a prize from The Botanical Beauties and Beasties! 

At the Holiday Market this week….Providence Granola, Fraggles and Friggles, Botanical Beauties and Beasties, Reynolds Barn, WIllywaw, Light Forge Studio, Jewelry from the Heart, Robin Hollow Farm, and Accounting for Taste

Bravo Wood Fired pizza will be feeding us this week. The Ladies of the Rolling Pin will be dancing at 12:30. Princess Rapunzel will be visiting the market and Santa and Mrs Claus will be out as well. It’s a great day to bring the family downtown. Hope to see you there.

Carolers and BBB3
Image from last market with The Very Merry Dickens Carolers on November 24. Each week holds NEW fun!!!!    Come on down –  see what we have in store for you THIS WEEK!

 

Bellingham MA, Octoberfest

Thinking about Halloween – maybe Thanksgiving and even Xmas? We will have our booth set up and ready to help you with your “holiday” shopping – Gift card sets, Holiday cards, Mini Arts cards, and the all new, “The Easy Peasy,  Ready To GOMarvelous Mug” gift set!

We will be there and you? Whole Foods Market Bellingham MA.
Where can you go in Bellingham and ride a camel for only $2.00 these days???
Where can you go in Bellingham and find Pumpkins for all kids to pick and paint for FREE?
Sunday; 12-4 Harvest Fest 2012
Harvest Fest 2012..that’s where!
Bellingham Harvest Fest 2012

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.

Pies
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!

 

 

 

 

 

the rain stopped, the sun was shining, and a wonderful time was had by all!

Saturday we were part of the Polyarts Festivel in Hopkinton MA- what a lovely show.

A special thanks to my “earth elves” June, Deb and Deb…the world is a much better place for me becuase of friends like you!

If you missed it I would recommend marking your calendar for next years show. There are truly lovely artisans and many items to be enjoyed!

Our Booth at Polyarts
… our booth last Saturday at Polyarts.

How you can have fun this Saturday!

38th Annual Hopkinton
Polyarts Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Hopkinton Town Common
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

You can come on over, up or down, and join us in Hopkinton this Saturday. It is suppose to be another stellar sunny weather day, and with over 75 fabulous vendors it promises you a GREAT day! Last year we attended and shopped- because we  had such a great time this year we are proud to be an artisan vendor! 

Hopkinton Polyarts

Polyarts began in 1974 as a demonstration of various arts and crafts to showcase the talents of the local community. Since then it has grown into a day long event with many professional craftspeople, performing artists and community groups participating throughout the day. Polyarts is free to attend and is a family-friendly day with something for everyone, be it food, music, crafts or other entertainment.

The Polyarts committee is very excited to offer a $1000.00 scholarship to two deserving Hopkinton high school students. This scholarship is offered to students who will be pursuing the arts (art, dance, photography, creative writing, music, drama, etc).

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Polyarts-Hopkinton/410492610560 

http://www.hcam.tv/polyarts/index.htm

TODAY and next Monday…and then BIG DAY ON SATURDAY!

It’s a glorious day outside, wander by if you can! Local artisans, farmers, and even free Reiki and Massage! Music plays, and you can get “backyard dinner” for Whole Foods brings out the grill!  Oh, and naturally, you can say Hi to us and buy some Mini Art, or other surprises!

I know its incredible that is FALL already, well not by the equinox yet, but by back to school, the leaves are showing some signs, and after all, it is September.  Since some folks are phenomenally organized, I am NOT one of them I am sorry to report, you all know that the Holidays are a coming… Ready or not, the Beasties have donned their holiday gear and have come on out again on a special line of Holiday Cards which will start to peak out TODAY! Come on down and see them this afternoon (9/10) or next week (9/17) at The Whole Foods Farmers Market.  Alas, Never Fear, Whole Foods Market Bellingham has an October Fest on Oct 28, which we rare delighted to be part of! Mark your calendars for a fantastic event!

And while we are mentioning about marking your calendars…

SATURDAY – the always very lovely Hopkington Poly Arts Festival is on! We will be there along with 69 other vendors strutting our stuff! Look for a special posting in the next day or so all about it! When:  Saturday, September 15, 2012 Hopkinton Town, Hopkington MA. Polyarts is free to attend and is a family friendly day with something for everyone, be it food, music, crafts or other entertainment.

Whole Foods Door
Today and next Monday, and the WF Bellingham Farmers Market Sidewalks will be folded up, rolled up, and tucked away!

Only 2 more left!

TWO more chances for this one! Local artisans, farmers and even free Reiki and Massage! Music plays and you can get “backyard dinner” for Whole Foods brings out the grill! Oh, and naturally, you can say hi to us and purchase some Mini Art, or more!

Alas, Never Fear, Whole Foods Market Bellingham has an October Festwhich we rare delighted to be part of!

October 28- so mark your calendars for a fantastic event!