Monday, December 13, 2010

A Winter Day in December



What a Wonderful Winter Day!!
Cleaned the shop, with a nice
warm fire burning inside the shop!!
Reminds me of January !!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Annual Open House





A Big Thank You to all of you
that joined us for our Open House
weekend. Fun was had by all!!!
We sold out of decorated wreaths,
but we still have greens & holly
for your holiday table & home.
Enjoy the pictures!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Open House



I have been busy, making Christmas wreaths &
swags for our Annual Open House this Friday
December 3rd, & Saturday December 4th.
If you live locally, its a great time to visit us
at our shop & farm!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Shop Porch



Just finished decorating the front porch
of shop. Our Greens for sale will be
available the second weekend in November!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas Arrangements






Just making some arrangements up, to
decorate the shop porch. I love this
time of year and going foraging in
the woods for berries, greens and
pinecones.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sneak Peak of Sale Area !!



Been working on our Sale Area in the
Greenhouse....lots of great deals on
old pots..... we have been really cleaning
house...Some great buys to Check out!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Making Chickweed/Plantain Salve



Just making our Chickweed/Plantain Salve
this morning.  Organic extra virgin olive oil
infused with calendula, plantain, & chickweed.
What a healing natural salve!!!
Wildcrafted Chickweed Plantain Salve

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fresh Orange Marmalade Potpourri !!



Our Orange Marmalade Potpourri is done curing
and ready to purchase. We have been selling this
very natural smelling potpourri for 15 years. It is
definitely our best-selling potpourri, because it
blends with any decor and has such a pleasant aroma.
A must!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Herbal Soaps


 

I wish you all could smell the wonderful scents
of our herbal soaps. We are preparing for our
up-coming season. Shop early on-line for the
best selection (they should be cured mid-October).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lots of Soap...Curing in the Loft!!


Lots of Hand-Crafted, Herbal Soap Curing in the Loft!
Soap is made and curing in the drying rack
in the loft of the shop. We make cold-process soap
and it needs 6 to 8 weeks to cure and mellow.
We have many customers that buy from us for
their soap needs. Most customers are looking for
for an all natural gentle soap.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Granite Bowl Arrangement

Found this old granite bowl at the flea market today!!


 


                                                                                                                                                 










Monday, August 16, 2010

Last Bouquets of Summer!!!

Just enjoying the last bouquets of the season!!!

We have been very busy making candles and
picking the last flowers to dry in our shop.
We hope everyone is taking a few moments
out of each day to enjoy summers' bounty
and the simple pleasures of the season.
(like evening walks, picking fresh flowers
and watching the sun set).
God's Blessing to you!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lavender Harvest!!


It's that time again!! The Lavender is plentiful and
wonderfully scented!! It will used in our best selling
Herbal Soaps, Salves, Bath Salts and Potpouuri.
We are excited about producing some great
products with this awesome 2010  Harvest!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Field of Chamomile

Our field of Chamomile is perfect for harvesting!!
We have been harvesting yellow yarrow also!!
Lavender is just about ready!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer is finally on its way!!!

We have been busy planting our herb/kitchen garden,
our potpourri garden and our healing
production garden this past week.
We thank the Lord for all the rain we just had,
things were very dry.


                                       

                                                       

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Finds from the Attic !!

Been cleaning up the shop and the shop's attic during
all the rain we have been having, found some great
things. Check them out !! at www.CountryCottagePrimitives.com

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sheep Shearing Day at the Farm

What a beautiful day for shearing our Icelandic Sheep!!
Icelandic Sheep are sheared twice a year.
Their Fall fleece is much fuller than their
Spring fleece. They are all so happy to get
that wool off before the warm weather sets in.

We are shipping all their beautiful fleece to a fiber mill
to have turned into yarn.  See our web site for available
100% Icelandic Wool Yarn.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lavender Collection

We have been working on our Lavender Collection.
Bath Salts, Natural Potpourri, Salves, Soy Candles
and Soy Tarts are in the works. We also will
be adding a creamy Goat Milk Lavender Lotion to
this collection this May (stay tuned). We are
so excited about this collection. Lavender is so
calming and relaxing, we all need a little more
of that in our lives.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rosemary Pruning





When we use to open our Greenhouse in the Spring, the
number one question we would be asked is how to prune
rosemary. As you can tell from the above picture. 
The rosemary on the left was prune last winter the 
one on the right was not pruned.  As you can see pruning
makes the plant much more bushier and healthy looking, plus it
gives you wonderful clippings of rosemary to use
in cooking, bath products and potpourri.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Old Antique Potting Cupboard

Turned this old antique into a potting cupboard. It 
works great for storing extra pots. While cleaning
out our greenhouse we found some cute garden 
picks and some miniature wheelbarrows and
watering cans. Check them out on our web-site

Saturday, March 27, 2010

German Chamomile

Chamomile is a mild, soothing and calming herb,
with small, sweet-smelling, daisy-like flowers.
Make yourself a cup of chamomile tea (from
the dried flowers) for its many therapeutic
properties including nervous digestion, insomnia
and as a wash for minor wounds.
Its scent gives pleasure to both the mind and
body either as a tea or for use in bath herbs.
Chamomile is quite easy to grow from seed,
it germinates quite readily (as seen in the above
picture). At our farm, we grow German
Chamomile 'Bodegold' which is know for
its large blossoms and high yielding plants.
This season include this herb for your garden!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Promise of Spring !!!

Pansies and Violas are the first flowers that can be planted
in the Spring. Both flowers are edible and can be added
to salads for color and flavor. The flowers of both plants
can be dried, pressed and added to spring potpourris.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Violas!!!

We love these little violas!!! The greenhouse is blooming!!
Anytime you are having a bad day, simply whisper a prayer
and marvel at God's beautiful design of a viola (johnny jump-up)
and your sure to feel better. What a wonderful sunny day here
in Michigan. Bee Skeps are selling fast. Shop early !!!
Germinated Morning Glories today!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Scented Geraniums

We potted up our rooted cuttings of scented geraniums today.
We have always loved growing scented geraniums. They
are available with so many different and unique leaf shapes.
Some good uses of scented geraniums can be found in a
little booklet we carry from the International Herb Assoc. IHA
entitled: "Scented Geraniums (Herb of the Year 2006)".
We dry the leaves for their fragrance, scents like rose, lemon,
and spice. They enhance our blends of potpourri and bath herbs.
They are very easy to grow and make nice houseplants,
which can add a pleasant aroma to your home. We
encourage you to try a scented geranium this season.
(Most herb farms/greenhouses carry them).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What's sprouting in the Greenhouse


With all the wonderful sunshine, seeds are definitely
sprouting in the greenhouse. This flat of the herb
lemon balm will be used in making our herbal salves
this summer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bee Skeps Back in Stock!!!

Just getting ready for Spring!!! Every Herb Garden
deserves a Bee Skep. We have carried these vine
bee skeps for 15 years.  We just re-stocked our
inventory.  They go fast so order early.
And keep thinking Spring !!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cold Therapy Bags (Recipe)

Today we created some Cold-Therapy Bags.
We would like to share this recipe with
you to try at your home. These bags are
great to tuck in a pillow at night to help
relieve congestion from a cold. Or toss
the whole bag directly into your bath
whenever you feel run down or need an instant
pick me up.
 There are 5 main ingredients in this recipe.
(As you can see from the above picture).
Use equal parts of crush spearmint,
peppermint, coltsfoot, comfrey and
eucalyptus. Blend all ingredients well.
Take this mixture and fill plain muslin
bags. Add a few drops of eucalyptus
and peppermint essential oils into each bag.
I like smelling these bags throughout the day
for instant clarity and focus. You can
also tuck them throughout your house
to aid in freshening the air within your
home. Both Eucalyptus and Peppermint
essential oils are antiseptic, refreshing and
uplifting. If you don't have time to make
your own, we will be adding this product
soon to our website. Stay tuned.
Blessings

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Colonial Kitchen - Apothecary Jar Candles

Today we completed our last product in our
Colonial Kitchen Collection.
These are our Apothecary Jar Candles.
They come in 3 sizes, 10 oz., 16 oz. and 26 oz.
and are available with 2 different lid
styles, a plain black lid or a glass lid
with a wire holder. We love the smell
of these candles...a blend of oranges & clove.
These candles make a house warm and cozy.
We found that if the wicks are trimmed
regularly to 1/4", the candles last
longer and burn better.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Patchouli Body Balm

Just made a batch of the Patchouli Salve (Body Balm).
This salve compliments our Patchouli Soap very well.
We use a Patchouli oil from India titled "Reserve Select"
This patchouli is considered the best in the world today
because of its very high content of patchouli alcohol content.
We also sell the patchouli oil in 1/4 ounce bottles that
can be used in unscented lotions and oils.
Patchouli oil is good for many uses such as bacterial &
fungal infections, insect repellent, dermatitis, and
stress-related emotional disorders, just to name few.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lavender Herbal Soap with our pure Lavender essential oil


Our Lavender Soap is just freshly cured. We have
been making this soap for over 14 years. This soap
continues to be our # 1 Best Selling Soap.
It is very mild and agrees with most skin types.
We make this soap with our field grown Lavender flowers
hand stirred in each small batch and with pure
Lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has
excellent antiseptic
qualities and is very mild
to the skin. It is also known for its cell regeneration

properties which is valued by mature skin types.
Our Lavender Soap is

now re-stocked at our on-line store.

Herbal Hand Salve Back in Stock !!!

Just finished making a fresh batch of our Herbal Hand Salve.
It is made primarily of Organic Olive Oil infused with our field
grown calendula blossoms that we hand picked this past
growing season. It also contains Organic Jojoba Oil infused
with our field grown lavender,local beeswax and essential
oil of lavender rounds off this salve. Please see complete
description and the uses of this salve on our site.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Country Cottage's Rose Collection


What a wonderful day to put together our "Rose Collection".
We made a sample batch of this cold-processed soap
this past Christmas Season at our Shop
and sold out of it, after just a few weeks.
We promised to have it available
on-line as soon as we could get it together.
We made a full batch about
a month ago and it has been curing ever since.
Today we labeled the soap and will be adding it
to our web- site. It is made with all natural oils,
powdered rose petals and a special blend of
essential oils that smell heavenly. If you
like the scent of rose,
this one is a great one to try.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Beautiful Winter Day!!

A wonderful winter day!!!
The shop is pretty quiet this time of year.
We are busy taking inventory and
preparing for taxes for the year end.
We are still busy in our workshop making candles
and soaps for our on-line shop. However, it is a great
time for quiet reflection, rest
and of course planning what seeds
to start in the greenhouse.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

We have been busy expanding our Colonial Kitchen Collection. This collection was designed with the idea of how our colonial ancestors would have scented their homesteads back in early times.
Available in:

Potpourri , Candles, Room Sprays,
Refresher oils , and Soap.

*Primary Scent: Orange-Clove

This scent is one of our most popular in our Primitive Shop.
A classic kitchen fragrance. A great scent anytime of the year.
Please check out our new products at www.CountryCottagePrimitives.com