Wise Weeds Botanicals

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter gardening experiment

Wishing everyone a happy New Year. Winter storms may blow, but we can keep warm not only by turning up the heat, but by stretching, walking, shoveling snow (a little at a time, please, to avoid overexertion.)

One of my delights this year has been an indoor gardening experiment. This year I am privileged to have an attached 3-season room that we are working hard to make a four-season room. 

Last year we were rather spoiled by the warmer-than-average Winter weather. This year's subzero temperatures (before wind chill is factored in) has presented challenges because of the limitations of electric heaters and the way the electric works in our "sun" room. Blessedly, the old kerosene heater gifted to us works, and works well.

So, not only have the three different types of Kale continued to grow, but also French & Italian mesclun salads, Arugala, Swiss Chard AND jalepeno peppers and tomatoes. Green onions and green garlic, rosemary and sage are also doing well.

BTW, this picture was taken in November 2013, There's lots more kale than meets the eye in this photo. ~Catherine

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Central Illinois Holiday Shopping in the Champaign Urbana Area

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Psychic & Health Fair in Central Illinois' Champaign Urbana area

Looking to get a look into your future? Or insight into a current situation in your life? Need a bit of relaxation and a break from everyday stress? Then stop by the Psychic & Health Fair at Beads N Botanicals in downtown Urbana, IL this Saturday, October 19, from 10am to 5pm.

Several readers and healers will be at this fair including the following people: 

  • Amber, who uses crystal stones like other people use tarot cards. 
  • Beads N Botanicals owner Catherine will be offering tarot/psychic readings.
  • Jackie Owen will once again be offering insightful tarot readings. 
  • Karen Gottlieb, an experienced intuitive/medium, will help people connect to their higher self, spiritual guides, and departed loved ones. 
  • Marlita will be at the fair working with Reiki healing energy, chakra balancing and relaxing foot reflexology. 

Cost: $20 per 15-minute reading. Longer sessions available at additional cost.

For further information and updates, please go here 

Next Fair: Nov 23

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Numen: The Nature of Plants

Numen: The Nature of Plants
A film by Terrence Youk & Ann Armbrecht

Even the trailer for this documentary film shows beautiful cinematography. Thinking about arranging for a screening of the film at Beads N Botanicals. 

Numen: The Healing Power of Plants

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

New Additions to Urbana, IL Bead Trunk Show

  Updates to Bead Trunk Show in downtown Urbana

Not only do we have seed beads available for this trunk show, but also a nice selection of strands of semi-precious gemstones (Ibril stopped by on Tuesday with LOTS of beautiful beads, so we have them displayed for sale in the classroom as well)

Fridays, October 4th, we will stay open until 7pm to allow later shopping.

PLEASE NOTE: NO DISCOUNTS allowed on show beads.

Stop by
Friday, October 4th @4pm to 7pm
Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm
Sunday, October 6th from 12noon to 5pm

If you've never participated in a bead trunk show, the concept is pretty simple. Think of a traveling bead show where you can find all sorts of treasures, but for a limited time. When the show is finished, we return whatever beads remain back to Cha Cha.

This enables us to offer you a much larger selection of beads. In the Champaign-Urbana area, you will not find a larger, more complete, or fantastic selection of seed beads than you will find at this show. We hope you will enjoy ChaCha Beads as much as we do.
Seed Bead Trunk Show in downtown Urbana

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Basic Earring Design - Simple loops & wire wraps

Learn how to make simple loops, wrapped loops & dangles -- techniques that can be used in a wide variety of jewelry designs. Learning these techniques is an absolute necessity for those just learning how to make jewelry, because these techniques are used to create not only earrings, but also charms, pendants, and/or links in a bracelet. Learn how in just 1 hour.

Level: Beginner

Class Fee: $15 Including all materials. (You can also purchase specialty beads a
nd/or sterling silver ear wires for use in this class.)

Tuesday, October 15th , DAYTIME LUNCH CLASS: 11:30 am
Thursday, October 24th , 6pm
Tuesday, November 5th , DAYTIME LUNCH CLASS: 11:30 am
Thursday, November 7th, 6pm
Tuesday, November 19th , DAYTIME LUNCH CLASS: 11:30 am
Please note our class policy: Pre-registration with payment 
of class fee is required. Class fees are non-refundable and 
non-transferable to other classes, unless we cancel the class.
If more people sign up for a class than we have room, 
we will start a waiting list.

117 North Broadway Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

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Creating a Necklace: Basic Stringing

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Learn how to design beaded necklaces. A great class for learning how to restring vintage or heirloom pieces. Learn appropriate stringing materials and how to properly attach clasps, as well as different necklace lengths and clasps.

The necklace pictured was designed and made by one of our talented students in a previous class.

Level: Beginner
Class Fee: $25. Includes all materials for one single-strand necklace, using beading wire and a base metal clasp.
Thursday, October 10th , 6pm
Thursday, November 14th , 6pm
Thursday, December 12th , 6pm

Please note our class policy: Pre-registration with payment 
of class fee is required. Class fees are non-refundable and 
non-transferable to other classes, unless we cancel the class.
If more people sign up for a class than we have room, 
we will start a waiting list.

117 North Broadway Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Cleaning House: The Ins & Outs of Smudging & Clearing

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Smudging has been used for centuries to rid area of negative energy or spirits. It involves burning certain dried herbs to form a smoke bath that cleanses and purifies people, objects and homes. This workshop will detail how to cleanse and bless your home and/or workspace, whether you are just moving in, or freshening it up.

You will also learn about how often and when it is appropriate to cleanse and clear your apartment, house or workplace.

Class takes place Saturday, October 12th
4pm to 5pm
Cost: $15
Location: Beads N Botanicals

117 N Broadway Aveue
Urbana, IL 61801
Class is also being offered on Saturday, November 9 @4pm

117 North Broadway Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

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