I've been a hobby beekeeper for about two years now. But this is my first year for harvesting honey. The first year you leave all the honey for your bees so they can make it through the cold winter months ahead. By the second year hopefully your bees have been busy little things, so there will be enough honey for you both.
My girls (bees) did good this year.
Last weekend we harvested this years honey...
Honey supers full of honey ready to be uncapped...
Uncapping the comb with the heat knife, so the honey will flow when placed in the spinner.
Placing the frames in the extractor and start spinning...
and spinning some more.
Look at all that pretty golden goodness.
Now I'm looking forward to designing some fun labels for the bottles!
As I'm getting ready for a couple upcoming shows, I wanted something for my table...something charming, something that would be fun and go with my name, Garden Path Beads.
Kurt came up with an idea and offered to make it for me.
I still can not believe he took this scrap metal...
And made this sweet garden gate for me...
Complete with a couple of my lampwork bees...
It's perfect! Just PERFECT!
I've been busy over these last few months getting ready for some fun events!
Here is a list of the happenings for the next few weeks...
Saturday, Sept. 17th
The Bead Soup is reviled (here on my blog)
This event is where you get matched up with a partner and you send each other beads and then you make something from the goodies they send you. This year my partner was Wendy who sent me an amazing Peruvian Amazonite focal bead! Fun Fun Fun
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2011
I'll be selling here- (loose beads only)
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA BEAD SOCIETY
Ramada University Hotel
324 E. Shaw Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 24th 2011
I'll be selling here- (Halloween goodies only, sorry no loose beads)
HALLOWEEN & VINE
Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Saturday, Oct. 15th, 2011
I'll be selling here- (lots of fun goodies, maybe a few loose beads too)
212 S. Elk Lane
Santa Ana, CA
If you are in the area, I hope you'll stop by and say hi!
Did you know it takes about 556 worker bees to gather 1-pound of honey from about 2-million flowers.
Can you tell what I've been thinking about lately? Yep...harvesting my honey!
Soon, very soon.
It's going to be a busy week here...
My sister, Pam and her husband are flying in to go hike Half Dome (like we did last year)
We'll take some time and celebrate Pam and Kurt's birthday (both were last week)
Plus, I'll be spending every extra minute in the studio (I have a couple upcoming shows)
My name is Maria and I live in California (smack dab in the middle) with my husband, Kurt & my chihuahua, Miss Molly. We have one son,Anthonywho graduated from college with a degree in Molecular Biology (so proud) My passion is melting glass and making little works of art (lampwork beads) you can wear. Beekeeping is my newest hobby and so much fun! This blog is my little place in space to share some of the happenings in my life, my studio...
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