Friday, July 1, 2011
Contrary to people with a bee allergy, bees are a vital part of our environment. They are one of the biggest means that pollinate plants and help continue the reproductive cycle of life. Without them, we might not have enough plant matter at the lower levels of the food chain, effecting the upper levels~ us!
This article in the Guardian suggests some great ideas for encouraging and living a peaceful coexistence with bees, but it *does not* include buying a variety of items made from bees, other than honey. Beeswax is a non toxic, vastly renewable material that does not add to the use of more petroleum. There is a gigantic array of goods available, such as crayons, candles, furniture polish and all the great body products Julie Diers, our Artist of the Month makes. Purchasing these products supports these artisans, and encourages the art of bee keeping and thus is beneficial to our environment.
One thing I personally love about Julie's products is the thought and energy she puts into the packaging and merchandising of her items. The first time I met her, I was very impressed at the display she created. I truly felt like I was in a mini spa boutique. That luxurious feeling continues when you bring the goods home...
Read on to find out more about how you can bee beautiful and eco friendly at the same time!
Q~How did you get started?
A~Once i realized what was missing from my life was creating....as I had given it up slowly over time: stopped cooking, sewing, painting, designing....my martha-ness was dying off. My true ability is making things beautiful.....I am detail oriented, oh SURE, some say OCD....I say perfectionist – tomato tomotoe~~!
Once I started up again, my satisfaction with life improved...I was using my creative juices again. I found ME again. After that, bath & body just kind of found
ME....as it was destiny. I now do what I love and love what I do. Life is good. I am where I bee-long~~!
Q~ Do you have any special training or education?
A~None....is that wrong? I just google a lot and beg for secret recipes from those that DO know what they are doing. I have had some epic fails....but, from them I have learned.
Q~ Do you have a favorite material, medium or substrate you love to work with?
A~Lavender....beautiful, balancing, healing lavender.
Q~Why do you continue?
A~I am in it for the money. BIG money. That and to take Burt's Bees DOWN.
Q~What is your greatest success story?
A~My greatest success story is the BEE....it is all mine....it is all me. It is my life's passion. It has grown in leaps & bounds in a short 2 years...that I think is a huge success in & of itself.
Q~What is one of your greatest failures?
A~Ummm...that would be what is known as the “bubble bath debacle”~~! FAIL.
Q~Where do you get your inspiration?
A~From nature....I surround myself with it....from the beautiful place that I live, which is an 1800's cottage on a horse farm in the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, to incorporating it into all that I create: using fresh botanicals, pure essential oils, fruit & nut oils & butters....nature's ingredients are what make the BEE the best BEE.
Q~Why do you make/create what you do?
A~It is what keeps me alive & well. Happy. Balanced...well, that may be pushing it a weeee bit. (=
Q~Where is your favorite place to sell? Or Favorite show?
A~My favorite place has to be the Goodstone Inn & Estate. Divine establishment that I can happily call the newest client of the BEE.
Q~What is one thing you love about your business?
A~That I can work at it 24/7 and not get sick of it. That I can live, eat & breathe it and still want more. I love that it makes people HAPPY....that I can teach them the benefits of lavender and the beautiful natural ingredients I use in my products. These are meant to pamper, soothe, heal and protect their skin and restore, relax and renew their mind, body and spirit.
Q~What is one thing you loathe?
A~hummm....I loathe the elements that take a toll on ME and my products at outdoor shows~~! But, as a starving artist....you do what you must, and until I grow into a big bee...I must~~!
Q~What is your dream about your art?
A~My dream is to do well enough at it to comfortably make a living doing it....and that along the way I can continue to teach others what I know to be true of the benefits of lavender and of good skin care regimens... preferably mine....buzzzz~~!
Q~ If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
A~To stop TIME so I can catch UP. I need to list to organize my to do lists~~!
Q~Where are you based?
A~The beautiful area of Millwood, Virginia
Q~Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
A~On a lavender farm in Washington State. Pure bliss.
Q~What would you be doing if not this?
A~THIS is my life and I could not begin to imagine doing anything else. Unless it was being a multi-millionaire and living LARGE.
Q~What is next?
A~Becoming a self-made multi-millionaire and living LARGE.
Q~ Glass half full or half empty?
A~Depends on my hormonal out-of-balanceness....could change within any given second. Right now it is pretty full....but give me a minute or two. What IS life without drama~??
Q~What is your favorite question to ask people?
A~My favorite q= “that is enough about me, what do YOU think about me”~?? still cracks me up.
Q~ What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen sparrow?
A~Quote fail? i think you mean swallow...and that depends if it is an
african or european swallow~~!! come on jen....quoting monty python
incorrectly is sacrilegious~~OR you tried to pull a fast one on the
Queen Bee~~! Tisk tisk.
**AUTHOR'S NOTE** Julie is RIGHT! It was more of a misspell than a misquote, but *no one* has seemed to have caught it and *told me* before. Kudos to Julie! She's one smart bee!
You can meet her in person this coming Sunday, July 3rd in Annapolis, MD at the First Sunday Arts Festival.
You can find more shows and products on the following sites:
Bee happy and have a great 4th of July! ~Jen