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The Great Labor Day Honey Harvest + 4 Easy Ways to Help the Bees!

Over Labor Day, we spent the weekend at my husband, Ken’s family farm in Manchester, Iowa harvesting honey from my father-in-law’s bee hives. Every year it’s a collective effort gathering the hive frames, using heat to open up the wax honeycomb, spinning the honey from the frames, and bottling it up.

Being this close to the harvesting process, has given me such an appreciation for the honey bees. Their social hierarchy, the work they do pollinating flowers, and collecting nectar & turning it into honeycomb is just all around fascinating. And I was surprised to find over the years, that unlike wasps, the bees are actually incredibly gentle and unlikely to sting. My husband, Ken, even got a bee in his bee suit one year and wasn’t stung!

Bees make it possible for us to enjoy a variety of foods as they help with the reproduction of upwards of 75% of flowering plants and crops. Unfortunately, our honey bee numbers were down this year at the farm, and it’s part of a larger trend due to a combination of stress factors including loss of habitat, parasites and diseases, and pesticide exposure. Without the bees many of our crops and flowers would no longer be available.

Here a few things you can do to help the bees!

  • Plant native wildflowers for bees, a strategy that has been shown to reverse the decline of wild pollinators and improve the health of honey bees. The ultimate goal is to provide flowering plants from April to September. Some bee-friendly Minnesota native plants include sunflowers, oregano and clover. See a full list compiled by the U of M Bee Squad.
  • Avoid using pesticides, especially insecticides.
  • Create homes for bees, such as brush piles and bumble bee boxes.
  • Spread the word to bring more awareness to the health of our bees!

Learn More:

University of MN Bee Lab

The Xerces Society

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon Gift Bow (Video!)

 

I'm sharing the secret to making poufy ribbon gift bows for gifts, and it's easier than you think!

In case you guys are wrapping up gifts this week, I wanted to share this fancy, but deceptively easy bow trick I picked up as a 16-year-old while working at a candy shop making gift baskets around the Holidays. (My second job ever!) I still remember the day I learned this. It was such an a-ha! moment, and I thought to myself ‘OHHHH so that’s how they do it! Weird thoughts for a teenager? Probably.  What can I say though except: different strokes. Continue Reading →

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My First Skillshare Class: Build a Brass Wall Sconce

Take my new class on "How to Build a Brass Wall Sconce" through Skillshare! The first 25 peeps enroll for FREE!

Good morning! I’m excited to announce that I’ve launched my first DIY class on Skillshare! A major goal of mine this Summer & Fall was to start creating DIY video content, in addition to my standard photo tutorials, as an another way to share home DIY knowledge. So here I am today with my first class: DIY Lighting: How to Build a Brass Wall Sconce! It’s a quick 10-minute class that walks you through the basics of building brass tube lighting for less than 1/2 the cost of name brand retailers and also includes the EXACT source links for where to find all the materials.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of building lighting, I’d love if you’d hop over to my class, enroll, and help me gain some traction as a new teacher on Skillshare! The best part is that the class is FREE for the first 25 peeps to sign up!!

My goal is to fill those 25 FREE spots by next Thursday. No worries if you can’t take the class right away, just enroll now and watch later!

Here’s the FREE enrollment link:  http://skl.sh/2cYixrV

Thank you so much for your support, and I hope you enjoy the class!

Take my new class on "How to Build a Brass Wall Sconce" through Skillshare! The first 25 peeps enroll for FREE!

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