RAW Applesauce with Essential Oils

This one is for the whole family! So very good and healthy. No cooking involved!raw-applesauce

Please make sure that you use only high quality oils which are meant for internal use. Such as doTERRA or Young Living.

Amazon Handmade vs. Etsy

I have been thinking a long time if I should become a Seller on Amazon.

I decided against it for obvious and many reasons. I read a lot of reviews and I really did not want to compete with China products. Nothing against products from China but they have their place in life but I’m mostly supporting small businesses myself. So it didn’t seem right to sell on Amazon for years.

Now Amazon has created Amazon Handmade (for other Designers interested in Amazon Handmade click here) and one has to apply in order to get accepted. So I tried and I got in. Their interface, as a seller and buyer, is still lacking a lot of beauty. Their intro was surely nice but once I got in I dealt with a funky interface.

Etsy is really easy to navigate for both sides, I find. Yet as an online seller we have to try different online venues. So I will be trying this for a while and see how it works. I’ll let you know. You can find my shop here now: Petal & Stem Amazon Handmade.

I have also created a new website through Etsy’s “Pattern” option. My own website with my own domain name. Pattern powered by Etsy  allows you to create your on domain website: e.g. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetalandStemDesigns versus http://www.petalandstem.com/. It does cost money of course. $15/ month.

I, for myself, have decided that there is no “versus” but just an “and”.

I would love to hear what other Designers think of Amazone Handmade and/ or any other platforms available other than Etsy.

Cheers ~ Katrin

Portugal. 2 adults. 2 children. 3 cats. 2 dogs. 8 chickens. No p — A Nossa Quinta

This is just another day in Portugal.

It’s more of a Photo read than a blog write up. Max, my son, took the pictures. This is how we truly feel. At times. Maybe.

Homemade Coconut Shampoo

The shampoo…I keep on trying new recipes and refine old ones. I added some Rosemary to this recipe. Smells beautiful in the combination with Wild Orange.

Depending on your hair length (mine is shoulder length) I take a good full tablespoon of my homemade shampoo and start at the ends massaging my way up to the scalp. I let it sit for 1-2 minutes before I rinse it all out. You can stop here or rinse it with Apple Cider Vinegar which adds some shine to your hair.

Please remember that every change (away from chemicals to 100% natural products) will take some time for your body and hair to “get used” to. I encourage you to give it a couple of weeks to have some beautiful results.


I would keep mine regridgerated in warmer climates. I usually make a weekly batch.