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November, December & January Recap

Updated: Mar 30

Oops.


We sure started strong with the September Recap and the October Recap. Now here we are with so much to catch up on; November, December, January. Let's get right into it, because things have been busy!


 

November


Beeswax

I needed to stock up on supplies, first of which was beeswax - a key ingredient in making beeswax wraps. Especially because there's only one other ingredient that goes onto the cotton. I headed to the Seaport Farmers' Market to grab some more beeswax from Cosman & Whidden. I love this market. I love walking in and feeling a farmers' market. It smells like a market, it sounds like a market, it feels like a market. I think each farmers' market has its own soul, its own life, and the Seaport Market's feel is so special.


When I started Hive to Home, I purchased $5 blocks of beeswax. Through people choosing reusable options like beeswax wraps I now purchase 2L jugs of beeswax. Buying a few at a time means 10-20 lbs of beeswax. In the beginning, I was thankful to make small changes. I chose very deliberately to only purchase local beeswax, it's a key pillar of Hive to Home. $5 of local beeswax is an example of small changes. I'm so thankful that because of people's support, my change continues to grow. The impact I'm able to make by choosing local beeswax continues to grow through support like yours. I want to say that both impacts are import. Both impacts are needed. Small changes, and changes that continue to grow.


Fabric

Next, I needed to stock up on fabric. Again, another key ingredient when there's only three ingredients. Thanks to the amazing support of people choosing reusable wraps over single use items, Hive to Home was able to make its largest fabric purchase ever: the length of TWO football fields. Did I have to wash and dry all of it in one night? No. Did I? Yes. Why am I like that? As always, the fabric was washed in soap nuts. It took me two months to iron all the fabric.


Clean Foundation

In November I was approached by The Clean Foundation to produce 130 sets beeswax wraps. We decided on sets of Mixed Beeswax Wrap Set - 12” Round, 10”x10” Square, 6” Round. . These sets offer variety with round and square wraps; combining the three most popular sizes. They're a great choice to get started! I find this picture of the completed order significant. I hear people saying 'I'm just one person, what impact can I have?' , 'what difference can this ___ have?'. When I look at this picture, I hear 'I'm just one person, what impact can I have?' echoed 130 times. When we make small changes, together they become big changes. Each beeswax wrap will replace single use items, and will be reused many (many) times, multiplied by each person who receives a set. The changes we make are important.

I love doing large orders and was able to produce this order start to finish in 11 days. The sets featured fun patterns, neutrals, and my personal favourite, the green leaves.



Hive to Home Now in Riverbed Wellness

Exciting news! You can now find Hive to Home beeswax wraps in Riverbed Wellness in Fall River, Nova Scotia. I attended their opening and it's such a lovely spot! Great people, so many services, and so many plants.



More Beeswax

And just like that I needed more beeswax. It's too bad you can't smell this picture because the beeswax smells so good. I find that different batches have different scents, but they're always sweet.



 

December


Luminate

Rejoice, Luminate Restock! I love visiting Luminate Wellness. I always find something new there. What more can I say? Hopefully you check it out.


In stock they have:

Round sets, each set has

1 x 12" Round

1 x 10" Round

1x 6" Round

for a total of three round wraps.


Square sets, each set has

1 x 13"x13" Square

1 x 10x10'" Square

1 x 7"x7" Square

for a total of three square wraps.




Lockview Presentation

Oh! This was exciting.


I was asked to speak (virtually) to students in a class about sustainable development at Lockview high School. I plan to pull the conversation out and blog about it later, because the conversation we had held a lot of value. It was really fun to chat about Hive to Home, choosing local, the environment, and more. Here is a time lapse.



 

January


Finished off Fabric

A lot of great things happened over the holidays but perhaps the best of all? I FINISHED IRONING THE FABRIC. The length of two football fields. Done. Ironed and folded and ready to be turned into beeswax wraps!


Darling Inkwell

Another local favourite, Inkwell Boutique, needed a restock of wraps. The shop is sweet, and the staff are sweeter. The shop is full of such interesting wares. Check it out.

PS - Inkwell has an excellent selection of beeswax wraps. Visit this link to check out the selection.



Selby's Selby's Selby's

Selby's is a busy spot in Cole Harbour, yet the staff make each person feel like the most important person there. What a talent. Upstairs - everything is delicious. Downstairs - everything is adorable. AND the plants. Don't get me started on the plants. Selby's is fully stocked with the following beeswax wraps:

Round sets, each set has

1 x 12" Round

1 x 10" Round

1x 6" Round

for a total of three round wraps.


Square sets, each set has

1 x 13"x13" Square

1 x 10x10'" Square

1 x 7"x7" Square

for a total of three square wraps.



 

Personal

With the year turning over, I decided to make a vision board. I'm not big on New Years resolutions. Instead I wanted to visualize my goals. Inspired by Go Clean Co, I put a few pictures together on my phone's Lock Screen. Some of those goals were:

  • read 40 books (four years ago I might have read one book a year)

  • spend 1000 hours outside - learn more here

  • get backyard chickens

  • get comfortable being uncomfortable

  • put my phone down and do anything else

  • eatery fruit, drink my water, grow, love myself, mind my own business, base my actions on love, spend time alone, trust my intuition.

Of these I'm really excited to get backyard chickens. It's been a dream of mine for a long time. My first dream come true was vermicomposting. Next up, chickens. I'm going to name them after Michael Scott's nicknames from The Office.

a red Tudor chicken coop with white framing and a grey roof looks like a mini barn


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