Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Craft Fair

The Spring Fox Hospital Auxiliary Craft Fair is this weekend Saturday April 4th from 9-5 and Sunday April 5th from 9-3. It's at the Foxcare Center on Rt 7 just outside of Oneonta,NY. There will be many new crafters, raffles, and door prizes. I will have many new products and scents! Hope to see you there! -Gail-

Sunday, March 29, 2009

How to Burn a Jar Candle Properly

Have you ever bought a candle and ended up disappointed because it only melted in the middle of the jar? Why is all that wax clinging to the sides of the jar and not melting? "It must be a crappy candle" you think to yourself. Well, it could be your burning technique!
While burning a jar candle seems quite straight forward, light a match, put it to the wick and you're done, there is a simple trick to getting the most out of any jar candle.
Wax has a "memory." This memory is formed the very first time you burn the candle and can not be changed. So, if you light that fragrant creation, let it burn for just a little while and snuff it out when only a small puddle of wax has formed you will never get it to melt out to the sides of the jar! The next time you light your candle, you will notice the wax puddle won't extend past the diameter of the original wax puddle- disappointing!
The trick to getting the most life out of any candle is to be sure the first time you burn it it is lit long enough to get a puddle of melted wax out to the sides of the jar. This insures a clean burn down to the bottom of the jar.
If you would like a very fragrant, clean burning soy wax candle visit my Etsy shop to see my complete line of long lasting candles!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Herbs de Provence is a classic blend of herbs that includes lavender. It's my go-to seasoning for many dishes. My husband has to watch his salt intake so I use other seasonings, especially this blend, with a rather heavy hand to boost flavor without the sodium. The end product is actually tastier and has more complexity than when I used to use salt. The proportions can be changed to suit your own taste and if you don't care for a particular herb's flavor, just leave it out!

Herbs de Provence
  • 3 tablespoons of basil
  • 3 tablespoons of rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of lavender
  • 1 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 tablespoon of marjoram
Mix all herbs and store in an airtight container. Crush slightly between your fingers before adding to your dish. This will release all the beautiful flavors. This blend is good on chicken and fish. Shake with equal parts of balsalmic vinegar and olive oil for a simple salad dressing or marinade. Add a pinch to canned soup to give more flavor. The uses are only limited by your imagination! Enjoy!
- Gail -

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Indie Spotting

I was very excited to find my Laurel Burch jungle print catnip cushion on the front page of Indie Spotting! There's a link on the the side bar if you would like to see it.


Lavender is one of the most useful herbs I know. It can be used in cosmetics, for first aide, to help change your mood, for cooking, for cleaning and just because it smells good!
Today I'll show you how useful a bottle of simple lavender essential oil is and follow up in the upcoming week with recipes and formulas you can make to incorporate this wonderful herb into your daily life. AVOID LAVENDER DURING THE FIRST TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY OR IF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IS EXTREMELY LOW. Be sure to purchase pure essential oil and not fragrance oil. The fragrance oils are synthetic and don't have the same properties as the real thing.

1.ZAP A ZIT- a drop of lavender essential oil on a pimple will dry it up in no time! Lavender is anti bacterial.

2.MINOR BURNS- apply ice cold compresses for 10 minutes, then immediately apply a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area. Seek medical attention for serious burns!

3.MINOR SCRAPES-bathe the area with 2 cups of warm water that you have added 5 drops of lavender essential oil to. This treatment is especially good for pets as they tend to lick their wounds and the lavender oil won't hurt them if they do. This is for MINOR wounds. As with burns, seek medical attention for anything serious or deep.

4.SLEEP AIDE- Mix one half teaspoon of lavender essential oil with 4 tablespoons of good vodka. (No, we aren't going to drink this one!) Pour into a 4 ounce bottle with a spritzer bottle and top off with water to fill the bottle. To use, shake well then lightly spritz your sheets and pillow. Lavender helps you relax.The vodka helps the water evaporate faster and the lavender oil to disperse through the water. Sweet dreams!

5.MONSTER UNDER THE BED OR IN THE CLOSET-YIKES!- Use the same formula as the sleep aide to make a very effective "monster" repellent. If your child can't sleep because she's afraid there's a monster under the bed, take out your "Monster Repellent" and generously spritz the area it's hiding in! Make a colorful label for the bottle declaring it to be 100% percent effective. The lavender will help your child (and the "Monster") relax and fall asleep.

If I were to recommend one essential oil to have on hand it would definitely be lavender. It's a natural antibiotic, antiseptic and antidepressant which promotes wound healing, scares off monsters and smells great!

There are many good books out there on essential oils and aromatherapy. Do your research before using an oil you are unfamiliar with, and stop using it if it causes an unwanted reaction, (everyone is different!) and please seek medical attention for any allergic reaction.

Thanks for visiting! Gail

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bumble Bees and Tulips

I couldn't resist this sweet fabric when I saw it! It has "Spring" written all over it,from the tulips to the bumble bees to the blue birds. I'm not sure what it will become yet. Most of the time I just buy the fabrics them let them whisper their wishes to me. I'll let you know what this one whispers! Gail

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Ripple Effect of the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump

Why don't you just go jump in a lake! No, really! That's what over two hundred people in my little community did on a very cold Saturday in February. It was the 14th Annual Polar Bear Jump at Goodyear Lake in upstate New York.

The ripples aren't just from the belly flops. This bone chilling, heart warming event began quite modestly with 11 jumpers who wanted to do something to help a sick little girl. Brenda and Jamie Waters had been to a Polar Bear jump on the St Lawrence the year before and thought, why can't we do that here? Ripple #1! Everyone had a great time at the first event and word spread.

Every year since then, it has gotten larger and they are now helping out more and more families. The spirit is still very hometown, and all the money raised still goes to help others out. Young and old and even entire families get involved.

Others in the community have seen the good that can be done when we all come together and have been inspired to start raising funds for causes near and dear to them. It's that ripple effect at work! There is no way to tell how many people, participants as well as recipients, have been positively affected by Brenda and Jamie's thought "Why can't we do that here?"

So, if you have ever thought, "What a wonderful idea! We should do something like that." just do it!

For more information please visit their website at http://pbjump.com/index.html where you can find out more about the event and recipients like the little bit of sunshine in the above picture. They lost their site right before the event and are under construction, but there are some great photos there guaranteed to make you shiver!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Thought

When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kindness. - author unknown

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lavender Bath Bags

This is a simple project that kids (old and young) love to do! The bath bags can be used in the shower or tub and they make great gifts .
You will need the following ingredients:

lavender buds
muslin bags

Start by coarsely grinding about 2 cups of oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Don't make it too fine. (See picture)
Add about 1/4 cup of the oatmeal to each muslin bag. Then put in 2-3 tablespoons of lavender buds for fragrance and relaxation.
Tie a secure knot close to the bag then tie the ends of the strings together so your bath bag can be hung from a faucet as the tub is filling.
You can also use these in the shower as you would a washcloth.
To give as a gift, package in a ziplock bag and label with the instructions for using.
To order the materials for this project visit my shop at lavendermim.com. You'll find muslin bags ,lavender and kits including the ziplock bags in the RAW MATERIALS AND OILS section.

Monday, March 2, 2009


This recipe was given to me by a friend many years ago. The flavor of the lavender is just right, not overwhelming. Eating these cookies is like bringing all the essence of lavender to your entire being! Use real ingredients for the best results. Margarine just doesn't cut it here!

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon of finely chopped lavender flowers
(make sure they are pesticide free!)

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. (kind of an odd concept for fat and sugar, don't you think?) Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Drop by 1/2 teaspoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F for 8- 10 minutes. Cool slightly on pan before removing to rack to finish cooling.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Check out these fantastic faeries from dzfantasy! She has a great inner life and a generous spirit.

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Man in the Moon Herbs


My name is Gail and I'm totally new to blogging, in case you couldn't tell! My plan is to make this blog a source for information on all things herbal.

I go by the broad definition of herb. An herb is a useful plant. It can be used as food, medicine, to alter your mood ( as in aromatherapy), or to please the eye and soul.

Look for my first post on lavender by the end of the week. It is one of the most versatile herbs I know!

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