Friday, November 30, 2012

Good News!

Lots of great news for Little Tree!  We have been accepted into the Saturday morning Southside Farmers' Market on Everhart just past Holly!!!  Yahoo!  Now you can come see us weekly at 2 locations and monthly at ArtWalk!

Speaking of ArtWalk - tonight is ArtWalk!  I know it is still November, but this is actually the December ArtWalk.  Come on out and support local business by buying some holiday items at the many talented craftspeople's booths.  We will be on Peoples Street with our Apothecary products.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 26, 2012


Well, I certainly did not think it would take this long to get back to the blog!   Lots of family stuff for the holidays and now it is harvest time!

I have tons of tomatoes and green beans and greens of all kinds.  The lettuces are especially lovely.  I recently found out that if you wait 3 days to eat "fresh" picked lettuce the bitter taste goes away.  It is caused by a hormone that needs those days to dissipate in the leaves.  Now we have absolutely lovely table greens!

I also have new pumpkin butter body whip and lotion and am finishing up some Thyme-Mint-Chamomile Scrub.  I loved making up the Pumpkin Pie Spice, Candy Cane, and Holiday Yummies body products.

Check out my new page - I am posting recipes, links, and other resources!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lots of NEW stuff!  My table is absolutely covered in home remedies, bath bombs, creams, body butters, scrubs, hair treatments and lip balms.

Some are soothing to help you recover from the weather or the holiday rush and some are energizing and brightening to help you look and feel your best this time of the year.
Come see me at the Downtown Farmers' Market tonight.  Hours have been changed to 4:30 to 6:30.  

I will also have red and green tomatoes, an assortment of herbs, some cucumbers, green beans, and assorted peppers.

We would love to see you there!

And DON"T FORGET! Saturday is the Southside Farmers' Market Craft Fair.  We will have all of our products available and you can order more for gifts and such!  The Market is on Everhart just past Holly Road.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Southside Farmers' Market Craft Fair

Yay!  The Southside Farmers' Market Craft Fair is this weekend from 9-3.  There will be 50 vendors and Little Tree will be there will all new products and remedies from our Apothecary line.  We are even upgrading our packaging a bit to make it easy to give our products as gifts.  And if you like something, talk to use about sizes, bulk pricing, and delivery options to make your holiday gift giving easy!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whoo!  It has been a while since I posted anything and there is a ton to share.  Look for a lot of posts in the next few days as I catch up and give you a peek at the coming weeks.

First, I am heartbroken over the loss of our flock.  It only takes a moment . . . but we were able to get 12 new babies so off we go on another chicken raising adventure.  We have 4 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Barred Rocks, and - new this time - 4 Black Australorps.

Now, the garden is under attack - again - I have had to spray (sigh) and though it is organic, I feel like I lost some integrity there.  I have lost almost all the napa, spinach, lettuce, and collards to caterpillars and flea beetles.  The tomatoes, however, are taking the garden OVER!  They are enormous and are pulling their cages out of the ground.  I am definitely investing in the giant galvanized cages in February!  I cannot wait for these guys to be ready to eat!

As far as Yggdrasil Creations is going, we are discontinuing jewelry except for leather and bead bracelets to concentrate on the apothecary - lotions and potions galore.  More about that tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chicken Tractor and a Harvest!

This weekend my wonderful sons and husband built the chicken coop/tractor.  Here is a pic of the youngest hanging out with the chickens.

This tractor will allow the girls to hang out, catch bugs, fertilize and till (scratch) in different parts of the yard.  I have great hopes for a lower flea issue!

The garden is starting to produce - so far we have a ton of peppers and green beans as well as Swiss chard and turnip greens.

There were some issues with flea beetles, caterpillars, and white flies, but I am hopeful that the crops will recover.

I will be at the Wednesday market with all my scrubs plus lip balm and veggies.  We will also be selling our crafts at the Dia de los Muertos Street Festival on November 2nd, downtown on Starr Street. It is a super event and a very special part of the culture here in South Texas.  I hope to see a lot of traffic for our usual scrubs, products, and some very special crafts - Day of the Dead Flower Pots!

November 17th we will be participating in the Arts and Crafts Fall Fair at the Southside Farmers' Market.  Come on out and get some fresh veggies, updates on the chickens, and really lovely body products and crafts!

Friday, October 19, 2012

So today I am working on jewelry and products for the upcoming holiday markets.  I was supposed to go to the hardware store for supplies to build a chicken tractor, but the truck keys left with my husband!  Ahh, Friday.  We have to get the girls some more outdoor time and keep them safe at the same time - we need a chicken tractor.  It's really just a small, movable pen that keeps the girls contained and safe from predators.  Meanwhile they are scratching (tilling) and eating bugs (organic pest control) and pooping (fertilizer) - Voila! chicken tractor.  I will post pics as soon as we get them in!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adventures with Chickens

Wow!  Have we been busy.  I rolled out some new products that passed our testing:  Hair Mask for Light or Dark Hair and an AMAZING Chocolate Mint lip balm - yum!  But what really kept us hopping was the chickens!  They are about a third or more fledged and love to practice flying.  Some of our little ones are trying to escape the fish tank/brooder!

So far the chickens are named: Spaz (he is a VERY different chicken!), Zeke, Happy Feet 1 and 2, Beaker, Spike, Stripe, Goldie, Ginger, Marmalade, and Big Bird.  So far Spaz has tried jumping out 3 times!  All of the girls love to go outside.  Sunday they found (with Dad's help ;)) some yummy grub worms and earthworms.  They had a great time practicing to be big girls - scratching, exploring, and playing "Chicken Keep Away" with the treasures they found.  I will be posting a video in the next day or so.  It is HILARIOUS!

I am so happy that for the Downtown Farmers' Market I have produce:  Swiss chard, basil, peppermint, cilantro, parsley, serranos  cucumbers, and sage!  There are a lot of  tomatoes of all kinds on the vine and lots of spinach, turnip and collard greens, green beans, and lettuces coming in.  Most should be ready for next market.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Making lip balm :(

I tried the various lip gloss recipes this morning and it just won't work.  I refuse to use Vaseline because of the "all natural" issue.  I tried it anyway, just for me, and mixing drink mix in made a grainy and unpleasant texture.

I am going to stick to the balm recipe that I make and just add color and fragrance/flavor.  Soon I will have the next batches ready to go, so look for them at my table!

All natural is the key.  All of my botanicals are all natural and many are organic.  This morning I am soaking herbs for toners and finishing some new products I have finally finished testing.  Look for Gardener's Hand Scrub, lip scrub, chamomile eye and skin calming mist, and hair masks.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Whew! Here we go . . .

Wow!  It has been really crazy getting this site set-up!  Apparently websites are not part of my talent tree.

Be patient with me as I get this thing going and check back often for more stuff on the site!