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Apiary Made creates handmade lifestyle, health and skincare products that are derived from, and celebrate, the beautiful and health yielding produce of the beehive. 

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Caring for your beeswax wraps: HOW TO

Celeste Faltyn

By following some simple guidelines, beeswax wraps are very easy to care for. Truly anyone can take care of them, they don't need much- less is more when it comes to washing them. At Apiary MAde We design the wraps to be durable and easy to use for the whole household.

Even if you are new to them, don't fear... just treat them as your best, heat-sensitive friends and you'll get along just fine!

Washing

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Use cold water to wash. This is the most important factor in caring for your beeswax wrap. Simply run a cold tap and use your fingers or a very soft cloth to clean the wrap. Alternatively, fill a small amount of water into a shallow bowl and wash the wrap in the bowl. Apply some detergent (of the most natural kind you have available) if you've used the wrap with something very sticky for instance.

Beeswax wraps are naturally antibacterial, so there's no need to use a lot of detergent or be too aggressive when washing. Just wash to the extent that's required to remove any debris. When using the wraps with fresh produce, a very quick rinse may be all that's necessary. 

Drying

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Dry naturally by hanging your wrap or pegging it on an indoor line, or by placing the wrap on your dish rack. Don't use any heat to speed up the process- they dry quick on their own- but you can pat them down with a tea towel if you would like to use them again immediately. 

Storage

When not in use, place in a drawer away from direct sunlight. Rolling a few up and placing them on an easy to reach shelf or in a jar (away from direct sunlight) is a good way to trigger your memory to use them too. Also ensure whatever space you are storing them is not over a heating duct. 

Other tips

Remember not to use the wraps over hot dishes and food, wait until everything has cooled before wrapping. 

Most importantly- enjoy using them! Hopefully they will make your kitchen and home look and feel great. If you are having any issues or have questions please contact us info@apiarymade.com.au

Inspiration series: meet Pip Compton

Celeste Faltyn

Pip Compton has been an integral part of Apiary Made. Her wonderful illustrations and graphic design work has inspired us and evolved our branding since the very beginnings. We asked her some questions about her work, ethos and lifestyle.... 

 

Hi Pip! To start off, can you tell us how you first got into graphic design and illustration? When did this journey begin? 

Hello! Thank you for ‘having me’… 

I have early memories of my love affair with art and nature. I was happiest with a pencil or paintbrush in hand. I grew up in a small country town in Southern Victoria surrounded by green rolling hills, and beauty as far as the eye could see. I had three siblings and my parents would often take us on bike rides through the countryside or long walks on the beach. I’d collect ‘treasure’, filling my pockets to return home and lay them out as specimens or subject matter to draw. We had a beautiful garden with loads of feathered and furry friends. I would often sit in the garden and draw… flowers and fronds, plant poses, ruffled feathers on my busy birds. These are my memories and lessons learnt. Fresh air, observation and appreciation.

I was drawn to capturing some of the beauty on paper, or trying to. I loved art at school, couldn’t get enough of it. I studied Biology at university initially, among other things. I would spend many carefully considered hours dissecting plants then illustrating and labelling their parts. The typography in old Biology text books intrigued me.   

After spending time travelling over seas and seeing beautiful parts of our world, I returned home inspired and driven to create a career for myself I was passionate about. I knew it had to be in the field of art or design. I landed in graphic design and was thrilled. Highly motivated and a sponge for information.

Your aesthetic is very earthy yet minimal, tonal and refined… how long did it take you to find your aesthetic? What inspires it?

The details of our natural world have definitely inspired my work. I think it’s important to slow down and ‘look further’. We each have a different viewpoint and I believe that’s where originality comes from. Trusting your intuition and being aware of how something makes you feel. I can get very excited about detail: raw edges, tonal variations, delicate textures, subtle hues. I believe we continue to learn and evolve our own personal ‘style’. As a graphic designer my work is driven by a brief. Every client is different and so is each project.

What does a normal day in the life of Pip Compton look like?

I start the day with my children, getting them ready for school… trying not to get caught up in the rush. I aim for some healthy and inspiring conversation, always music, often dancing. 

I walk everyday before work, my mind and body need it and crave it. The breathing is essential and the movement is invigorating. I then enjoy a huge nutritious and delicious breakfast… in the garden - if it’s not the middle of winter. My parents always did this and I love it. 

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I work from a home studio and I collaborate with many passionate people. Each day is a blend of working by myself and liaising with clients and suppliers. I love quiet space for the creative process. Liaising with clients and suppliers includes site visits, press checks, sourcing packaging, signage requirements, talking paper, binding and finishes. Whilst I live in Melbourne I have quite a few regional clients so visiting the farm, the winery or the coast for a meeting is just part of the job.

After school its a juggle of work, soccer schedules, basketball runs, appointments and all the standard parenting stuff. The evening involves homework, dinner and yoga or Body Balance. The kids bedtime routines usually involve stories and massage [yes still massaging my 13 year old son, and he says ‘I can tell when you’re rushing it mum’]. I try and get to bed at a reasonable hour and I like to put together a plan for the next day, some reading and some meditation.

Tell us about one or two of your favourite projects that you’ve worked on over your career.

Working with like minded people can be very rewarding. One example is Tamsin Carvan of Tamsin’s Table. We love nothing more than talking ‘shop’, but drift regularly into inspiring tales and dream up moments of magic and workshops of wonder. We talk openly and honestly about life and love and the challenges of small business. We laugh a lot and some how get the job done in the end. 

There’s a certain amount of trust from clients. They let me into their world. I listen a lot and run with my intuition. I gather, process and curate ideas to come up with the ‘essence’ of who they are. It is my responsibility to interpret a clients needs and produce a successful and meaningful response that resonates with them and their audience.

Celeste and Apiary Made have trusted my instinct from the start, allowing my creativity to drive the way. A beautiful brand has emerged and continues to grow and evolve.

I see you’ve been involved in some exciting events and workshops recently, do you have any more coming up?

I initially trained as a teacher and I love the opportunity a workshop presents. Gathering people who share an interest and creating a space for them to pause life and indulge in themselves and the practice. Participants frequently find the reward is more often in the process than the outcome. I encourage them to drop expectations and find joy in the creating. 

Tamsin and I are talking workshops. They will most likely be held in the amazing new space, soon to open at The Borough Department Store

I have another exciting side project which will be revealed sometime later in the year or early next year. Absolutely bursting with excitement over it. Feel free to join my mailing community for updates at pipcompton.com.au

 How can people see your work?  

I prefer to fly under the radar most of the time. I don’t follow any strict rules with social media and my online portfolio is pretty much my instagramfeed. It happens organically and that’s the way I like it for the moment. 

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Winter energy remedy- porridge with pollen

Celeste Faltyn

Fresh Winter mornings have us craving something warm and nourishing... below is a delicious recipe for a traditional bowl of porridge with the added health benefits of bee pollen.

Bee pollen is amazing for keeping your energy levels up and giving you that boost you need throughout the day: high in antioxidants and good fatty acids as well as an amazing source of protein, this is nature's superfood. 

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Ingredients (for two) 
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
Teaspoon of oil

Toppings:
Organic wildflower bee pollen
1 banana
Cinnamon
 Honey

Method: 
To a saucepan on medium heat, add 1 cup of oats, 1 cup water and 1 cup milk. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce heat and let oats simmer for around five minutes. While oats are simmering, slice a banana in half lengthways. Add a little oil to a pan and place banana in pan. Let banana caramelise in pan for two minutes, flipping once. Bring both oats and banana off heat. Pour oats into bowls, layer on banana and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and bee pollen along with a generous drizzle of honey. Yum! 

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Our Apiary Made bee pollen is organic and sourced ethically from happy bees only when there is a surplus to the requirements of the hive. The apiaries themselves are located in a pristine environment with an abundance of food for the bees. Available on our shop page. 

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Not a fan of banana or just want something different? You could also try a delicious combination of sliced apple, cinnamon and yoghurt as toppings with your oats and pollen. 

May 20- celebrate World Bee Day

Celeste Faltyn

The United Nations General Assembly declared May 20 World Bee Day. 

Now one of the most significant days of the year in our opinion, World Bee Day was put forward by Slovenia and passed by all EU member states in an attempt to raise awareness about the uncertain future of these amazing pollinators.

You may wonder why bees caught the attention of world powers... Well, the survival of bees is fundamental to food security. Pollinators are directly behind staples such as potatoes, apples, coffee, pepper, pumpkins, and tomatoes to name a few. With rising populations, food production is becoming an urgent problem and we depend on pollinators to help us produce the amount of food we need to survive. 

Pollinators however, especially bees, have suffered much including colony collapse and an overall decline by around three- quarters in Europe over the past 30 years, with scientists citing the use of pesticides as a major factor. This has raised the alarm bells of not only beekeepers, but farmers around the world, and now global powers. 

Dejan Židan – head of the World Bee Day project and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, quoted, "we must do more than just talk – we must undertake concrete activities to increase care for bees and promote the development of beekeeping – everywhere, including in developing countries."   

This World Bee Day, you yourself can do more for these amazing little creatures by planting for bees in your own backyard, reaching out to your local beekeeping community for education, and supporting bee organisations around the world.

Here are some organisations (and countries!) doing great things for bees.
  
EU: In late April, the EU made the decision to ban some of the most harmful insecticides to pollinators from being used in fields, this should come into force by the end of 2018.

Slovenia: A country who loves bees and considers beekeeping equal to other forms of agriculture, there are around 90,000 beekeepers within a population of only two million.

Save the Bees Australia: Now a social enterprise, Save the Bees Australia focuses on saving swarms of bees and re-housing them safely, so as to stop them being harmed by forms of pest control.

Rooftop Bees Melbourne: Rooftop Bees is an organisation bringing beekeeping to the urban population. Their goal is to bring bees back into the city of Melbourne!   

At Apiary Made we thank the bees daily for their contribution and strive to protect and cherish these amazing creatures. It is at the heart of everything we do. We can however, always learn more about bees and do more for them in our everyday practises... this World Bee Day is a wonderful reminder of this and an opportunity for further celebration.  

Behind the scenes...summertime honey harvest

Celeste Faltyn

At Apiary Made, honey harvest is a very special time for us, both personally, and as a small business wanting to share the wonders of the beehive with the world.

Before any harvesting, we wait until the bees are ready to impart us with their divine product. This is when there is a surplus of honey to the needs of the hive. Waiting means we never quite know when our next batch of honey will come, but ensures we have happy bees all year round.

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On Celeste’s latest expedition to the hives, located in a remote and tranquil area of Victoria, she found the honey frames were over 80 percent filled and capped. This is the ideal time to take the frames for honey extraction as the bees have dehydrated the honey down to 18% water, and so our honey harvest began. 

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We do the entire process manually: uncapping the frames by slicing off the wax caps the bees seal the honey cells with, which allows the honey to ooze out and then placing the frames in the extractor to spin. A lot of elbow grease goes into spinning the extractor to loosen the honey from the frames and then twice straining the honey to filter impurities. We then decanter it into bottles, ready to be enjoyed by our customers (and us too!). Our honey is not heated; thus a little more effort goes into straining a thicker product, but this means the honey stays pure and honest, exactly as the bees made it.

 

Our first batch of honey poured into new bottles as a delicate, clear, liquid gold. Our second batch however surprised us with a much darker tone, almost a tangerine orange. The difference in colour comes from the type of flowers the bees feed upon, which can change drastically season to season but also day to day. Our honey is ‘wildflower honey’, or ‘local flora’, which means the bees are free to roam near, far and wide, feasting on all the Yarra Valley can offer them. No batch of Apiary Made honey will ever be quite the same in taste, colour or nutrition profile...in the same way wine changes from year to year, our natural honey is always unique. 

Perhaps most exciting this season is that we sent out a sample of jelly bush honey to be tested for its medicinal properties. Jelly bush flower seasonally, so timing-wise our last batch of honey is very likely to have properties of jelly bush. For Celeste, this moment has been a long time coming and we all wait in anticipation to see if we have some glorious jelly bush honey on our hands.

 Apiary Made freshly bottled honey  

Apiary Made freshly bottled honey  

Thank-you bees for supplying us once again with an abundance of goodness.