I could say that I wish that I hadn’t closed my shop on Main Street. The Garden Fairy Apothecary was a quaint and charming shop that stood proud for three years before I decided to move the whole thing to the mini-farm we had seven miles away. At the same time a gal in Elbert who had a large antique shop found herself praying for a new place due to needing to move immediately. Her shop could not look cuter inside our old store. And I cannot regret because that was all part of the journey.
Folks continued to find me alright and I happily farmed and grew herbs and made medicines. The landlords couldn’t afford the house anymore and it belongs to the bank now. We had to move and that was when we made the dreadful error of moving to the last place. People couldn’t find me anymore and I grew weary of just sending mail ordered medicines. I sold the company to my friend, whom I live with presently, and she and her friend love mail order and those that want their old medicines that are the same all of the time order regularly.
When we lost everything and had to leave that place I wondered if I was done. Done farming, done teaching, done with herbs. I gave the stack of my notes that I have kept for the past seven years, recipes, ideas, formulations, to a friend of mine. (She recently gave them back!) Left with re-piecing one’s life there is only room to think of what is very most important. It is interesting to see what comes forth.
I figured I wasn’t needed anymore. I had students opening apothecaries all over the state and many still ordered from Garden Fairy. When in the dark, the glimmers of reality are bright. Not everyone can do what I do. In fact, herbalism is not just something I do, it is a part of who I am. I AM an herbalist, a medicine keeper, and I needed that reality to reignite what I do.
People were/are still asking for medicines and I wanted to create a new apothecary that reflected knowledge that I didn’t have when I first started. I wanted medicines that could be taken by most anyone. Something that could be blended for each individual that walks in the door. Something potent and effective and safe and beautiful. Apple cider vinegar and honey extracts brew jovially in the sun. Dozens of herbs waiting to be placed in jars for teas and fomentations. Salve ideas, creams, decorations dance through my mind.
It would have been nice to have a shop on the same property as the home but perhaps a shop among other shops works better for people to find it. A place where people know where they can come, even if I have to move, the shop itself will stay put.
So, I have some calls out and am looking for the place. My mom and dad are going to help out. My daughter’s boyfriend’s dog is a natural model for the logo. Doug will complete the logo this week on photoshop but his sweet face works great for now. The name chosen and confirmed.
I woke up at dawn of the new moon, met the sun, prayed, did ceremony, and began to create.
Our new website: http://WhiteWolfHerbs.com
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