Buzzworthy: Beeswax, Bushel Baskets, and Lizzy Albright a beekeeper, so I really like the sound of this catchphrase and as I thought about writing this blog the phrase's definition "news, interesting in a way that deserves widespread talk or attention" seemed perfectly fitting.

Today, was the launch of two of my very own, brand new seasonal products...Beeswax thread conditioner and Beeswax wraps. Trust me, it was a long road to workout all of the details. But in the end...I am extremely proud of my given gifts, hard work and accomplishments...from beekeeping, to creative thinking, to making a product or two actually happen. Most of you may already know me, but for those who don't, beekeeping is a fairly new hobby and a passion of mine. We have been keeping bees for almost 4 seasons now and I am constantly reminded by my mentor's words..."to be a good beekeeping advice, it does take about 5 years." This summer was the first time that I actually harvested the honey without a fire drill and it was the first time I did the harvesting on my own. It was an amazing experience and is one, that I sort of had doubts would actually happen, but it did! Here's some great photos from my honey harvest this season...

So my thoughts as I uncovered this hive...all by myself...eek! that's a lot of bees! heck yeah...a lot of bees! I hope they don't get angry at me!

This is a frame taken out of our supers...a super hive frame is from a super box basically means honey collection that is supposed to be for us. We our course, did not touch their honey stores in the bottom two hive boxes or brood chambers. The bees need these honey stores for the long New England winter that lies ahead. Seriously, OMG! just look at this beautiful frame single frame of honey and soon did I figure out...a by product...wax cappings.

My husband and I worked one morning solely on extracting the honey. This was a sight that I will never get tired of watching.

I would carefully scrap the wax cappings and then would help my husband... load 2 frames at a time. We would manually spin the frames, slinging the golden sweet smelling honey to the sides of the extractor which would eventually collect in the bottom.

We set up a clean work area and then cranked the handle of the extractor until the honey flowed. Doesn't this sound so dang cool?

Then I washed and prepared the jars to fill with the gold.

Here's what the end result looked like. I believe, in total... it was 49, 8 oz jars this year. We harvested in mid-August (late for most beekeepers I'm sure). We have almost given out all of our honey to family and friends. And this is exactly what we wanted when we got into this hobby.

Now, here's an interesting little side bar...this is the honeycomb scrapings from this season. The bees cap their honey cells with a wax capping. This is what I was gently scraping away in the earlier above photo. We typically filter, strain and end up with a clean wax, which normally, I would let my daughter experiment with and turn into lip balm... but this season, I claimed the wax cappings. So sorry sweetie!

I thought to myself...why don't I make something for people who sew and quilt...and the idea of a thread conditioner was born. Of course, I did my homework and drew up some artwork and then digitized it. I was not 100% happy with it on the first go around...strictly speaking about my I redrew a second design and this time I was pleased.

Next up...was not an easy create a jig and to figure out precisely how to cut and laser engrave my tiny tin lids. Because of course...I couldn't just use a sticker...good grief that's so not me!

Once I had a jig to hold my lids in place...well, in my opinion, I was home free! Yeah, right? Next step, was difficult to say the least, to precisely line up the artwork and aluminium caps to be held in place by my jig. Whoa! surprising, three long days with tech support!

A few more days of practice and then success! And oh boy! don't these look professional!