Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rain,The Farmer's Market and the Mystery of the Mouse!

I haven't written since our first trip to the Farmer's Market. Our first experience was very positive. Tim was able to sell his coffee and people were very interested in locally roasted coffee. It was great fun. I was also able to sell some of my soap and candles. It was a very nice day.


The paperwork never came together but I'm hoping the person will be able to meet on Monday so that this Tuesday I can sell baked goods at the Farmer's Market. We went last Friday as it was drizzling. We checked the weather map before we left and both thought the showers would subside. We were wrong! We got to the market and set up. People immediately were buying coffee and we thought we were in for a great day. Within minutes it began to pour. I quickly packed my things away in a large plastic tote. I slid the tables in a bit and moved some of the coffee to protect it from the rain. When Tim returned from some errands, it rained even harder. By a bit after 11 we decided to call it a day. The rain got worse and worse and we were worried about the labels on the coffee as they began to curl from the excess moisture. This week it looks like the weather will be better. One can only hope!



Well, the first time we went to the market I noticed mouse droppings in my car. I have searched the entire thing for this mouse. Today, I was going through the bath teas and saw some herbs in the bottom of the basket. Then, in the bottom of the tote there were, you guessed it, mouse droppings! Now I ask you, how does a little mouse get into a huge, sealed plastic tote, chew a bath tea, eat a pressed flower off the top of a candle and another one off of a soap box, and get out and away? This is just crazy!! The night before the market my new bath teas came in. I worked like crazy to make them for the market on Friday. There was no mouse then and there's no mouse now. Anyway, I'm showing some of the new bath teas that have escaped this mysterious, masterful mouse.









I'm very excited about these new bath teas. They are fun to make and they are nice to use. They also make a wonderful sachet. I plan to make more and include a new larger size as well.




We had guests at the B&B as well. Here's a picture of the breakfast table and the wonderful cinnamon french toast that we make here at North Fork B&B.




Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Off to the Famer's Market

Well, today I'm off to the Farmer's Market. We'll see how it goes. Tomorrow I will finally be getting the paper work in order so that I can market my bread. I'm very excited about that! So I'll be selling my sourdough bread at the market as well. I'm hoping they have taken care of checking into the coffee. We should be selling that today as well. Let's just hope the rain holds off!

The garden is doing well. The corn is pretty tall now and the rows that were eaten by the birds are even filling in better than I thought they would. Yesterday I had to free a bird from the deer fencing. I'm not sure I like that fencing. One bird got caught in it before but I didn't get there soon enough. I'll be back to talk about the Farmer's Market. Still working on the gift shop website. There just never seems to be enough time!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Busy, busy time at the B&B and the gift shop



This is a fabulous sunflower field in Maryland. I had to take pictures of this! Quite beautiful.



After taking some time off and doing a little bit of traveling we're back at it full swing. The coffee business has been pretty busy these days with lots of deliveries. Coffee can be purchased from the website. I'm not sure why people aren't using it. I wish they would or let me know if there's a reason they don't. http://www.stlawrencevalleyroasters.com/ the best coffee ever!


So, getting back to the travel. En route to a family reunion, we checked out a dried flower farm where we purchased a wide array of fabulous dried flowers that will be available in the gift shop. The Wheat Wreath pictured above, is just one of the many different types of wreaths and swags we will have in our gift shop.
We stopped in Lancaster and Intercourse,PA where we found many great ideas for the both the B&B and the gift shop which I'm currently working on implementing.

We're finally linked with Bed and Breakfast.com and their blog site. We are on facebook as well. The linking thing there is a bit more complicated. I'm still in the process of figuring that out.
I hope to have some pictures of the garden and the flowers very soon so check back often.




Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rain, Rain and more Rain!






Seems that the past few days have been nothing but rain. I keep trying to work only to be rained on some more. Tonight it is finally clear and the sun is out. It seems like forever since we've seen the sun. In the midst of the rain, I created some pretty cool candles. I like them and I hope my customers will too. Here's what they look like.





The one on the left is a pillar done with pressed flowers. The 2 above are pressed flowers on the lid of the candle tin. The one on the left (candle tin) is Fresh Brewed Coffee. The one to the right is Lily of the Valley. The pillar is unscented. Just some of what went on in the rain. There was also the bout with the tiller which is now in the garage caked in mud. Oh well. I'm taking a break for a few days and then I'll be back at it. Sometimes it's good to rest. I don't do that very well, resting that is. I need to now though so I am. This morning was really busy with coffee again. If you want to try the best coffee you've ever had in your life, try my husband's coffee. You can buy it off of his website if you'd like. http://www.stlawrencevalleyroasters.com He has flavored coffees too for those of you that prefer them or just like them once in a while for something different. It is worth checking out for sure. Well that's it for now. Time to begin that break I was talking about. Hope you enjoy looking at these candles.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pressed Flowers

Totally enjoyed Rock for the River last night! Awesome show with incredibly talented musicians. It's always fun to go to Clayton.

Today will be spent putting together orders to be shipped tomorrow morning. I'm very excited that I've sold pressed flower soap and candles with pressed flowers on the cover! I'll be creating all day today and hopefully working in the garden. Guest preparation for the B&B too. So it's off to work....website stuff too and more bread! It'll be busy for sure and great fun!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Purses and Pressed Flowers....




All of the goals that were set for the gift shop were attained on Thursday. We've had nothing but rain, rain and more rain! The garden needs attention and hopefully that will happen today. The big news is that the gift shop is all set for customers. The check out counter is finished enough. Today I'd like to put the trim on the sides. The purses and beautiful cards are all on display. I'll be making more soap today as I've sold out of my shea butter vanilla lavender. I still have goat's milk vanilla lavender. It's very exciting because it's my own scent creation and people just love it! I'm putting some pictures of the purses here so you can see them. The gift shop website is still under construction and I hope to have it finished soon.


As you can see, the inside has pockets and a key holder. They are very well made with an inner lining and magnetic button to close at the top. The straps are just the right length to go over the shoulder or be held in your hand. The colors are just perfect for summer! All of these will be shown in detail on the gift shop website http://www.northforkgifts.com/ It's still a work in progress so please be patient. If these interest you please email me at northforkbandb@hughes.net and I'll be happy to process your payment and send you the purse of your choice.

The pressed flowers are coming along. It took most of the day yesterday to categorize them. If and when it ever stops raining, I'll be pressing more. They look really nice on the covers of the tin travel candles. I'm hoping to get some of the 4oz. candles ready for sale. Time to work on the website. Tonight is Rock The River! Always a lot of fun! Since I'm up so early this morning, I've decided to finally take the time to visit my friend's blog. She is also my sister-in-law. She does the most incredible work with fiber of all kinds. Her patience amazes me. Her work is amazing. I highly recommend checking out both her blog and her product. You can find her blog at dyeingtospin.blogspot.com