Giveaway :: Beehive Alchemy

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


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We talk a lot here at the BSP about doing what you love, loving what you do. What better way to bring this idea to life than by showcasing artisans who live it, breath it? This month’s journey through the theme of “Community” is a chance for us to connect with those artists that exemplify this lifestyle. The can inspire the rest of us to live as authentically as possible and to find our passion and follow our dreams.

Petra Ahnert from Beehive Alchemy exemplifies living one’s passion in a way that is truly organic. Ahnert’s line of soaps, butters, botanical scents, and scrubs are made by hand and with all natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Beehive Alchemy is a product of passion – both hers and her beekeeper boyfriend’s. The marriage of their two passions created a product that brings to life the idea that loving what you do begets a true reward.

Beehive Alchemy is giving away one limited edition set of Winter Moon Artisan soap, Vernale Shea Butter Body Bliss, and a botanical perfume. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, March 18th. *Contest open to US residents only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Beehive Alchemy and tell us: How much does your “passion” translate into the way in which you make a living?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, March 25th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Rosie says:

    I make fabric flowers and give them away to teens and disadvantaged women. I like to wrap them and give them something special. I know people often give to food banks and clothing they need, but it is fun to give something pretty they can wear as a headband or a pin. I love to see how their eyes light up!  I like to wear them myself, and you can’t help but feel good when you have a little flower in your hair or pinned to your blazer!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I have a passion for making my family happy and well rounded. I am a stay at home mom and some of my favorite things to do (knitting, baking, sewing) directly benefit myself first and my family next. The feeling I get when I make something and then give it one of my boys is what makes me tick. It’s not a typical “way to make a living” as you say but it makes my livelihood even more rewarding.

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    Sue F says:

    My passion is my creativity. It is wonderful to be able to get paid for something you love, I have been designing and furnishing  offices and schools for over 25 years and each project gives me a new challenge  for me to be creative using colors, fabrics, flooring and paint colors 

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    Sharon says:

    My passion is thrifting and restoration, knowing the potential value and market of things, and then making a profit on them.

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    Nikki says:

    I have a passion for making things pretty and pleasing to the senses, I always have.  My paid work right now is in a fashion consignment store where I get to arrange the clothes, make up outfits, create displays, design advertisements, and help shoppers find flattering pieces for their wardrobes–I love it!  I get paid to make things pretty and I have a lot of freedom in how the store is run so organizing it and helping the consignment system run smoothly also fulfills my need to have things orderly and running smoothly.  I feel blessed, even though it is not a high paying job, to earn income and appreciation for doing things I love to do!

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    Courtney J says:

    My passion is art and making art…I’m an art teacher, so I get to practice my “passion” by teaching it to others, and helping my students develop their own passion (not necessarily in art).

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    I love my side job of creating art. It is in no way my job, but it’s my passion. 🙂

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    Amie A says:

    I use my creativity to help others, to the best of my ability.  I make house blessing kits, with candles, smudge sticks, magickal oils and handmade incense.  I have to create with purpose, always keeping a person and their situation in mind.  

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    Randi Cook says:

    My passion is my photography.  Just a hobby for the moment but hopefully like your soap making, one day it can become more!

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    Trisha says:

    My passions and my job are at opposing ends of my life, but my job gives me the time and means to pursue them. 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my passion is writing, and i do it every day for work! 

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    Samantha S says:

    That’s a question I’ve been pondering lately–I’m an academic-in-training, and so I study what I love, read about anything that interests me, and get to talk about it with students and colleagues. Although at the moment I’m making rent more than making a living, I am lucky to be in a field where I have the freedom to follow what interests me and engage in stimulating conversations every day.

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    megan says:

    I am obsessed with travel and culture. The choice for a career was made clear to me when I was in college – anthropology. I’ve since traveled to 13 countries (4 specifically for work). I will never be rich in money but I’ll be rich in so much more. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    Great question!  This is one that I’m working on RIGHT now.  My passion is being a kind person (seriously!) and helping others think about kindness.  I’m a teacher, so that’s a good fit.  I’m a mother, so that’s another good fit.  But still, I’ve hungered to do more.  So!  I’ve started to work on publishing some of my writing towards that end.  I’m becoming an advocate and it makes my heart soar.  My whole life I’ve wanted to be an encourager and I’ve just continued to work to find places that passion blooms.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My passions is to help others and that is why I work in the healthcare field.  I continue this at home by taking care of my husband and children.  

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    Angie says:

    One of my passions is baking, and I always try to bake for friends and family when I can.

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    KHBride says:

    I’m currently in grad school so I make my living by learning in many ways, which is something I’m incredibly passionate about. I’m in school to get my PhD in clinical psych. I love doing therapy and am incredibly passionate about what I do. 

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    Sparrow says:

    I love the serendipity of your story. I got a masters in comparative literature, which I loved but worried i would not be able to translate into work. We’ll, while my husband was in law school, random job after random job fell into my lap that I could do from home while my kids were sleeping. I did freelance writing and editing, writing tutoring, and research. I’m still shocked and grateful I was able to help support my family during a tight financial time. I believe you do what you love and life will use your talents in surprising ways.

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    Renee A. says:

    My true passion is no other than taking care of my husband, 3 girls and soon to be baby boy on the way. While I don’t have a business or job, I try to best to save money by making things at home as much as possible…it saves us money and saves the environment and my kids prefer it better than store bought stuff. I love making toiletries and baking goodies for my family….nothing could ever make me happier!

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    Kate B says:

    Last year I left an unsatisfying job to work as a freelance graphic designer, so I definitely followed my passion. Though I’d been doing graphic work for each of my previous positions as part of my duties, I was still mostly an admin for those companies, so getting to design for a living is a dream come true!

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    cindy says:

    My passion is getting stuff done! I love being in a job that is fast-paced with a lot of moving parts and I get a lot of satisfaction out of keeping it all moving and on-track and love cultivating the relationships I have with those I work with. I spend too much time at work to not enjoy the company i keep!

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    Jessica says:

    100%. I’m passionate about science and I’m currently on a grant which funds my classes, research, and pays my salary. I LOVE going to ‘work’ (is it really work if you’re excited to go everyday, stay late, and come in willingly on weekends?)

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    Emily S. says:

    My passion is writing, which I am sometimes able to use in my profession, but more often is a way for me to unwind and exercise my creativity in my free time.