HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
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My sister and I were brought up in one of those Scottish-American households where there was no such thing as “idle hands.” We were, for a time, four generations under one roof. The elder two generations were Old World, old school, hard-working and thrifty (that’s the polite word) farming folk. Collectively, a family of doers. Makers. People who didn’t sit still very well. Our mother made almost all her own clothing. She waxed the kitchen cabinets every Thursday. My dad built our TV set.
There were no “idle minds” either – because we Fitzells have always been voracious readers and not-too-shabby writers, either. I only play at writing – my sister and brother-in-law are retired Miami high school English teachers. That’s hardcore. Fitzells don’t just have bookshelves in our homes. We have libraries.
That being said, I really don’t have too much spare time, as I try to fill every waking minute away from my full-time job with happy, fulfilling activities. The main thing I do: make a mess in my kitchen with lip balms, body creams and soaps.
Making is the evil bed fellow of selling. It starts out innocently enough – you sell off some of the stuff you’ve made so you can buy stuff with which you can make more stuff. Then you have a business, and name it Lee’s Bees! I love selling things at craft shows and farmers’ markets. I get to hang out in the fresh air, talk to all kinds of cool people, and yes, make money. It’s not all honey and roses. Sometimes it means I get soaked in a thunderstorm, and once I almost got frostbite, but being outdoors is better than anything.
Lee’s Bees is also on Etsy.com. Running an Etsy shop requires commitment. My advice to anyone considering opening an Etsy shop is this: Love what you make. Love it more than all else (family excluded). Because if you don’t you will start to hate it, since Etsy requires constant grooming and trimming, posting and favoriting. Photos must be taken, cropped, corrected for color. It occupies large chunks of time to realize success of any measure. I think it’s worth it for me. You can visit my shop at www.LeesBeesNJ.Etsy.com – send me your questions. Send me your orders!
Lee’s Bees takes up the bulk of my time. I love every minute of it. Sometimes what I do is just assembly work – fill a tube, fill another tube, fill another, another, another… but it’s mine. It’s for me. I’m my boss. It’s a sweet and delicious, honey-flavored mouthful of American Dream Pie.