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How Beekeeping Can Energize and Inspire your Artisan Craft with Maureen Russell

Is there a secret formula to increase your energy so you can do everything you want to do in a day? I know it’s true for me that I have so many interests and hobbies that I want to do it all, but ultimately still have to balance it with real life, working and daily responsibilities. When I talk to people about working on their craft, they are generally excited about their passions, but are not regularly engaged in pursuing them. What’s getting in the way? People feel challenged when it comes to justifying spending time on hobbies.  A common thing I hear is “I have no time” or “I have no energy” to work on my craft.

I wonder is that really true? I can understand when people who work full time jobs and raise a family feel pressed for time, but what is unique about the people who are managing to do both? What makes them unique? Today I talk with a multi-talented artisan, Maureen Russell. She engages in several hobbies including gardening, specifically pollinator gardening, beekeeping and making soaps, lotions and scrubs.  She does all of this while working full time in the pharmaceutical industry. Wonder Woman you say? How about passionately infused with creative energy. We chat about what it’s like to feel driven by your interests and compelled to make beautiful things inspired by nature.

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Show Notes



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Books & Resources Mentioned in the Show:



“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping”  by Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer

“The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum

“Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell

“The Practical Beekeeper Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush

“Butterflies through Binoculars” by Jeffrey Glassberg, Marc C. Minno, John V Calhoun

“Everglades Wildflowers”  by Roger Hammer

“Florida Gardener’s Guide”  by Tom MacCubbin, Georgia B. Tasker

Best Garden Color for Florida Florida Gardening Series Volume 2 by Pamela Crawford

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida: A Companion for Gardeners

What to Make this Week

Organic Sunscreen

IMG_6171Quick  recipe:

1 cup avocado oil, ½ coconut oil, ½ beeswax pastilles, 10 drops lemongrass essential oil (optional) and 4 tablespoons of zinc oxide ( i purchased on eBay)

. Melt all the ingredients in a double boiler and store in a mason jar. SPF equivalent is roughly 30. FYI, my fair skinned husband wore it on a 3 hour bike ride in early spring without any burning. 

Alternatively, if you aren’t able to procure any zinc oxide, you could use this same recipe to make a luxurious moisturizing body lotion instead.


Have you ever considered keeping bees for a hobby? What about soap making? What about gardening?

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