Bit of Friday Babbling

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Good Morning everyone, it’s Liza, the Owner of The Wandering Path. I see that snow is falling in droves in the Northeast and it is chilly here in the South. I hope everyone is having a good end to their week. ‘

I almost posted a photo of the “kitchen pile” of beeswax, carrier oils, etc…but went with another nature photo as I went outside this morning. I have found if I feel “chilled” in the house, I take a step outside and sure enough, the inside feels downright cozy.

I have finally got a wind/rain tarp up at the Flea Market table stall but I was unable to get the expansion table & stand I wanted for this coming weekend. I know I still have time to drive a bit further to go and try again but I try to rest as much as possible on Friday’s as the alarm begins at 4 am for the Flea Market. I didn’t realize until I started doing this “in person” how tiring it can be. So props to all who have taken this business route.

I have been trying to change the point of views lately on “what” is at the Flea Markets. I have met many business owners at the one I set up at. The expenses of owning a brick & mortar have forced many to try smaller outlets. I chose the route first because I wanted to keep my costs down and hearing their stories of being forced out by increased rents and expenses made me happy at my decision to go a bit smaller & slower.

I am certainly hoping that more people continue to start supporting smaller & local based businesses as I know that I enjoy getting to know my customers, their needs & requests. I like being able to get in what my customers (and now many have become friends) need to enhance their outlook on life vice just being a “this is only what I got”.

I think things are more of a community that way…where merchants “care” about their customers instead of just the bottom line. Okay, enough of my Friday babbling; stay warm & enjoy your end of the week.

Blessed Be, Brightest Blessings. With a raised coffee mug –Liza M.

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Mid-November Surprise

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Good Morning everyone, it’s Liza, the Owner of The Wandering Path. As I woke this morning there was a chill in the air and I stood at my back door and spied something special in the yard. The grass is fading as Winter approaches but there was a patch of beautiful reds & oranges that greeted my eyes. I wanted to share the view with you. So I put on some fuzzy slippers and went outside and here is one of the photos I have taken as well as some words I put together. I hope you enjoy them. Soon I’ll have to be dressed and out the door for another weekend at the Flea Market. Wish me luck and enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to venture outside to allow the still blooming colors of fall to greet your eyes.

Blessed Be, Brightest Blessings. With a raised coffee mug –Liza M.

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Experimentation (Bunsen & Beaker Time) has begun!

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Good Morning everyone, it’s Liza, the Owner of The Wandering Path. I finally got some affordable jars & the supplies to begin the experimentation into creating some natural based hand/body lotion/creams. The description will become more defined as I begin the experimentation using different essential oils and creating a base to put them in (oh yeah I’m starting with the shortest list first ha!). If things go well, I’ll put them out this coming weekend at the Flea Market.  They will be made of natural ingredients so most will expire 3 months after being made as there are no extended preservatives but I am going to sell in about 3 oz amount (got 4 oz jars). If some do want me to ship them some, I’ll try to post the date when they are made (on FB &Twitter) so people can ask me to ship them out immediately for them so they don’t lose too much “use” time. 

I know the first batch I want to try is Vanilla Hazelnut primary as since I got that essential oil in…I’ve really wanted some lotion to help spread the smell even more. The other ones I think I’ll make during this first test round is either a Peach Mango or Ambrosia for a fruity one and then a Peppermint/Eucalyptus to allow for one that is not only good smelling but also healing to your skin; they are both antibacterial, antiseptic in nature and I’d rather use that then the “gel” stuff that tends to dry out my skin while sanitizing. Not to mention both of the natural treatment oils I plan to use are also good for sore muscles and such (aching feet anyone?). 

Okay wish me luck, and yes, I’m sure my volunteer staff are just waiting to watch me do an “oops”; oh yeah they gather about to “watch” me and give encouragement or the “dude summins’ burning/smells bad!”.

Blessed Be, Brightest Blessings. With a raised coffee mug –Liza M.

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Beauty of Natural Growth

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Good Morning all you WordPressers, it’s Liza, the Owner of The Wandering Path. This Morning I went outside and began to “trim” some of the plants (weeds my neighbors call them) that line the fence and some of them when bunched together made a beautiful Autumn centerpiece so I thought I’d show you a few of them.

I do understand why people do like their lawns trimmed, the bushes sculpted, and trees cut but I admit I am one of those that rather enjoy watching things, even weeds, grow tall and then trim them to use in natural bouquets as they have their own rare beauty and I didn’t have to spend anything but a bit of time.

Don’t get me wrong, I do trim my trees when they need it for their health and cut my grass if it gets entirely too tall, but this time of year the grass doesn’t really grow but the weeds do and I like to take advantage of that when I can. I hope you enjoy the photos & words I put together this morning. So perhaps next time you see a neighbors lawn a bit “messy” you could perhaps appreciate it and see the uses for those “weeds” to trim the tables this time of year. 

Blessed Be, Brightest Blessings. With a raised coffee mug –Liza M.

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