Sunday, December 28, 2008

Psychic & Health Fair in Champaign Urbana on January 24, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Psychic & Health Fair
Location: Beads N Botanicals,
117 North Broadway, Urbana. IL 61801

Come and Join Us!

Psychics, Tarot Readers, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
$20 per session. Register at the door.
For more information call 217-365-9355

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bogart's closes its doors - News

Bogart's closes its doors - News

I was surfing the web and found this old news article at the Daily Illini. Thought it was interesting because many people say we're about as close as it gets to the old Bogart's. Although we do NOT offer piercing services, Beads N Botanicals does offer body jewelry, as well as more than a couple of hundred types of hand-dipped incense that we make right in Urbana, handblended oils, handmade candles, jewelry, crystals and more.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Beads N Botanicals Joins Art HooHa 2008 In Urbana, IL

Beads N Botanicals is excited to participate in this year's 6th Annual ArtHooHa.

In addition to all of our own wonderful handmade jewelry, candles, soaps, incense and oils, we are proud to feature an exhibit of photographs by local photographer, Tara Allen.

Her images include black & white and color photographs of nature, motorcycles and more. This image is her Black & White Rain Bell.

Not only will you be able to view this talented photographer's works, you can also purchase them.

We also welcome the artistry of Marlitta who works with beads, feathers, wood and antlers to create unique smudge feathers, smudge fans, feather ties, dream catchers and other nature-inspired craftwork.

The Art HooHa was created as an opportunity for people in the community to buy locally made artwork to give (or keep!) during the holidays. Come check out the studios, the artwork, and meet the artists in a relaxed atmosphere, have a cookie, browse, shop, move on to the next spot. It's easy!Art HooHa 2008 will feature art and fine crafts for show and sale by local artists who have joined to schedule open studios, home shows, and special gallery hours on the same weekend. Like last year,each artist is contributing to a fund that will go to Arts Education in Champaign-Urbana. (Each location will have a donation jar available for anyone who like to chip in as well.) The money will be donated to Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation to be used toward an arts-related grant.

Art HooHa is an unofficial celebration of our creative community and an opportunity to support artists while you find unique gifts for your holiday list (or for yourself). We hope you enjoy our little event and its relaxed atmosphere where you can check out both the goods and the studios, nibble on some cheese, shop for presents and have fun. Bring your friends.

ArtHooHa 2008!
8 locations in Urbana
Friday Night, December 5th (6:00 - 9:00)

Saturday, December 6th (11:00 - 6:00)
Maps and more info at

Hooey Batiks Open House

905 S Lynn Street, Urbana
Jill Miller / Hooey Batiks - Batiked clothing, pillows, scarves
Deborah Fell - Art quilts, hand-dyed clothing, fiber items, silk scarves and mini art pieces
Georgia Morgan - Polymer clay jewelry
Wild Wimmin Craft Collective - desktop and pocket shrines, assemblage art, non-traditional wreaths, jewelry and other beaded/bejeweled baubles & whimsies

Firefly Jewels Open House
712 S Maple Street, Urbana
• Athan Chilton/Firefly Jewels - Glass beads, jewelry, leatherwork
• Julie Watkins/Garnets and Glass - Beaded jewelry

• Melinda Willis - Hand carved ceramic beads, small vessels

Dragonfly Press
*Saturday only*

2108 S Vine Street, Urbana
(217) 367-8931

Rosalind Faiman Weinberg - Painting, Drawing, Printmaking
Glasslake Studio
2908 E Main St reet, Urbana

Barrie Bredemeier - Hand blown glass
(Glasslake Studio web site)

Griggs Street Potters
(Gallery and Studio)
305 West Griggs Street, Urbana
Charlene Anchor
• Betsey Cronan
• Reni Franciscono

Beads N Botanicals
Open Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
117 North Broadway Ave
(217) 365-9355

Tara Allen's photography
• Handmade jewelry, perfume oil blends, candles, soaps, beading supplies, incense and more.
• Classes and Workshops available

Butterfly Beads
1104 E Washington Street, Urbana
(217) 344-2323 (BEAD)

• Classes and Workshops available
(see Butterly Beads on Etsy)

Heartland Gallery
112 West Main Street, Urbana
(217) 337-4767
• Featuring art and fine crafts from the Celtic lands, traditional Indian and Latin American folk art from Kalarte Gallery and the work of over 35 local artists.
(Heartland Gallery web site)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Note on Nov. 19 Earring Class

Just a note: our Wednesday evening, November 19 Basic Wire Working: How to Make Earrings class is closed. If you want to take the class, please preregister and pay for the Saturday, Dec. 13 class.

For stringing classes, I will allow more than six people, but I prefer to be able to give folks a bit more attention with the wire working classes. The Dec. 13 will be our last scheduled earring class for 2008. Of course, we will be offering it once again in 2009, after the holidays.

We still have plenty of room in our upcoming bracelet and necklace design classes. But please, preregister AT LEAST two days before any of our beading and craft classes so I can make sure there is class space AND materials on hand to work with.

Remember, we provide all materials in our class fees. All classes are held at our shop at 117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801. Phone: 217-365-9355.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Beads N Botanicals In Urbana

Ribbon cutting at Beads N Botanicals(Pictured l to r, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing,
Beads N Botanicals Owner Catherine Novak and Ethel Womble)

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing officiated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new shop in downtown Urbana, Beads N Botanicals, at 117 N Broadway Ave.

Monday, November 3, 2008

News-Gazette article about Beads N Botanicals

Don't let the headline fool you! The article gives us a nice mention about our new location in Urbana, Il 61801

Store moves to Urbana

Beads N Botanicals, which sells scented products and beading supplies, has moved from Hoopeston to downtown Urbana.

Now at 117 N. Broadway Ave., the shop also offers classes and consultations with owner Catherine Novak.

Novak also operates Wise Weeds Botanicals, a handmade oils and incenses retail/wholesale business she has had for 16 years.

Novak first opened her store in Hoopeston three years ago. She decided to relocate to Urbana, she said, because she has lots of potential customers there who know her through the tarot card readings she does in the area.

Her new Urbana store sells crystals, beads, semiprecious stones, crystal stones and clusters, medicinal and culinary herbs, handmade jewelry, tarot cards, teas, incense, hand-blended oils, books, candles, custom-blended perfumes and bath products.

Classes focus on jewelry-making, beading, aromatherapy, medicinal herbs and personal development.

Novak said she is available for consultation about herbs, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, Reiki (a Japanese relaxation technique) and tarot readings.

For the complete
article check here.

Urbana Farmers Market Gets Ready to Heat Up

Tarot Readings by Phone

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Dance of the Harvest, Halloween, Samhain, Dia de Muertos

If you live in the city, you may not appreciate the change of seasons as much as those of us who live outside an urban area.

While I've always enjoyed the change of seasons (as a gardener, even in the city I paid attention to their passing), I especially notice them nowadays.

On my drive from Hoopeston, IL to my shop in Urbana this morning, I saw one of the huge harvesters just pouring down a shower of golden corn into a trailer. A glorious sight that brought home to me what all the acres of corn and soybeans are about.

Mind you, I tend to favor smaller, organic gardens and the concept of organic farms. Nonetheless, there is beauty in seeing the dance of the harvest on such a grand scale. Yet to produce this harvest, corn, soybean and other plants must die.

Halloween, Samhain, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), All Souls, are all holidays that, in their own way, celebrate the concept of harvest. The seed of the grain harvested this Autumn will not only feed people, cattle or fuel cars, it will give us future harvests when planted. Even in the death of the corn (or wheat) is found life. These holidays, which celebrate the dead, also acknowledge the living and our connection to the circle of life and death.

Many blessings to you and yours during this harvest season.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Beads N Botanicals Class Schedule for Fall/Winter 2008 in Urbana, IL

BEADS N BOTANICALS Fall/Winter 2008 Classes in Urbana, IL

Please feel free to pass this information on to whomever you think might find it of interest. Please remember I am also offering tarot readings, herbal consultations, hypnotherapy for relaxation, behavior modification and past life regression, as well as Reiki energy heali

P.S. We will also be hosting a reflexologist, a Medium and other psychic readers by appointment.

Body/Mind/Spirit Classes Fall/Winter 2008
Held at Beads N Botanicals
117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Please pre-register and pay for all jewelry making and craft classes
at least two days in advance of the actual class.

Wednesday, October 29
Basic Wire Working: How to Make Earrngs: A great starter class! You’ll make two pairs of earrings. Cost: $15, materials included. … 6 p.m. Please Note: This class is a pre-requisite for our Wire-Wrapping Pendants class.

Meditation for Relaxation Cost: $5. Calm your mind and let go of stress, easily & effortlessly. 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, November 5
Basic Stringing: Necklace Design: Want to learn how to put together a necklace, but not sure how to begin? Or, how to end it? Cost: $18, materials included. … 6 p.m.

Crystal Healing… Cost: $5… … 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 6
Introduction to Aromatherapy: Learn about aromatherapy--its historical and modern development. Discover the therapeutic uses of essential oils for healing, and why they work. Gain confidence in your own abilities to evaluate, purchase and blend essential oils.

Cost: $10… 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 8
Basic Wire Working: How to Make Earrings. Cost: $15, 1 hour, materials included … 11 a.m.

Making Solid Perfumes: Solid perfumes are spill proof and make great gifts, especially when they are made in nifty little containers
. Learn how easily basic solid perfumes can be made, for personal use and for gift giving…Cost: $18, materials included.…1 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12
Basic Stringing: Bracelet Design: Want to learn how to put together a bracelet, but not sure how to begin? Or, how to end it? $15, 1 hour, materials included. …6 p.m.

Basics of Psychic Protection Cost: $5…7:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 13
Building Immunity Herbally: Find out about alternative approaches to building immunity. Learn how to fight colds
and flus. Includes information not only about appropriate herbs but also essential oils and other natural aids. Cost: $10…6 p.m.

Saturday, November 15
Basic Stringing: Necklace Design: Want to learn how to put together a necklace, but not sure how to begin? Or, how to end it? Cost: $18, 1 hour, materials included. …11 a.m.

Making Dream Pillows: Get a good night’s sleep by using herbs and oils to enhance sleep and dreaming…Cost: $10…1 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19
Basic Wire Working: How to Make Earrings. A great starter class! You’ll make two pairs of earrings.Cost: $15, 1 hour, materials included. … 6 p.m. Please Note: This class is a pre-requisite for our Wire-Wrapping Pendants class.

Tapping into Your Intuition … Cost: $5…7:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
Overcoming Stress Herbally: Find out about alternative approaches to overcoming stress. Distinguish between types of stress: resulting from overwork, physical injury or emotional upset. Includes information not only about appropriate herbs but also essential oils and other natural aids.… Cost: $10…6 p.m.

Saturday, November 22
Holiday Home Fragrancing Techniques
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: free

Wednesday, December 3
Basic Bracelet Design … Cost: $15, 1 hour, materials included… 6 p.m.

Meditation for RelaxationCalm your mind and let go of stress, easily and effortlessly. Cost: $5… 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 4
Secrets of Herbal Teas & Tinctures: Tasty and healthy brews. The differences between a cup of tea, medicinal teas and herbal tinctures. How to prepare a medicinal herb tea. Cost: $10…6 p.m.

Saturday, December 6
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Stop by for hot cider and holiday goodies.

Spicing up the Holidays: Mulling Spices for flavoring hot seasonal drinks …
11 a.m.,1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Cost: free

Wednesday, December 10
Basic Stringing: Necklace Design: Want to learn how to put together a necklace, but not sure how to begin? Or, how to end it? Cost: $18, materials included. … 6 p.m.

How to Work with Pendulums... Cost: $5…7:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 11
Introduction to Chinese Medicinals: This class highlights the differences between Chinese and Western descriptions of body systems. Learn about some commonly used Chinese herbs. Find out about the concept of Yin/Yang as it relates to health. Discover how easy it is to incorporate Chinese herbs into your everyday diet.

Cost: $10…6 p.m.

Saturday, December 13
Basic Wire Working: How to Make Earrings …. (See Description listed above)… Cost: $15, materials included.11 a.
Basic Bracelet Design … Cost: $15, materials included…1 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scent of the Week: Crackling Firewood

Told a friend last weekend that I just got a "Crackling Firewood" oil in and she went gagga. For anyone who has ever attended a festival with a great Sirius Rising or Starwood, when you can't make it one year (or, in my case, several years), the scent of flaming wood can be rather nostagic.

Never mind that wood burning fireplaces can be so romantic, anyway!

The special at Beads N Botanicals this week (well....we're extending it through next Saturday November 1st because I'm just kicking it off) is....CRACKLING FIREWOOD incense sticks and Reed Diffuser Oils. Here at the shop (brick-and-mortar) it will be discounted.

We'll be featuring a new scent each week
Scent of the Week:Crackling Firewood

Special Discount

Incense Sticks

$2.50 per pack

Reed Diffuser Oil

$4.00/ounce $7.50/two ounces $11.50/four ounces

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Beads N Botanicals Takes Urbana by Storm!

Okay, maybe that headline is a little bit of an exaggeration ;*)

Just been sooo busy that I forgot to post our new address and contact information here at the blog. Silly me.

Beads N Botanicals
117 N Broadway Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Business Hours:
Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed-Fridays: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And by appointment

Got the best phone call this morning from a customer in North Carolina. Lisa called me up all excited about the sample of Black Amber Musk I had sent her. (She'd ordered African Musk from my webstore).

Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Lisa'd been living in North Carolina for about nine years. She'd found that finding the scents she loved so much was much harder down there than up in New York. So she'd googled "African Musk" and decided to try mine, scent unsmelled. And was delighted when she received her order the other day.

Then...she smelled the Black Amber Musk....."It's killing me," she said. "Killing" in this instance being a good thing! LOL She was also delighted to find out I had a "killer China Rain" and wonderful patchouli oil.

Asking if I made this into an incense....I told her, "not yet, because it's new, but sure can." So, she ordered oils and incense...and then found out I can also add scent to unscented body wash, hand creme and shampoo, as well as make glycerin bar soaps.....So, that's on her list for the next order.

Lisa's enthusiasm was just what I needed this morning. She reminded me of what I've always said about my business...we're boutique, NOT Walmart. You can get almost anything you want here ("'cepting Alice"....for Arlo Guthrie fans who get the reference from "Alice's Restaurant.")

Friday, August 1, 2008

Resurrection Plant Rose of Jericho Dinosaur Plant

This plant pictured above is in a teacup. It's a very small plant compared to most of the plants I have (although the smaller ones would be great for doll houses, in my opinion!)

Resurrection Plant or Rose of Jericho

Selaginella pilifera also known as the Resurrection flower, is a desert plant growing in the sands of Egypt, Arabia, Syria and Mexico. For long periods, these 'roses' live in desert regions, growing and reproducing as any other plant until the environment no longer supports an adequate existence. When this time comes, the flowers and leaves are dead and fallen, they lose moisture and the drying branches curl inwards, forming a round ball.They retract their roots from the soil and allow the desert winds to carry them across the desert, until one day they arrive in a damp place where they can continue to grow and spread.

The ball then expands again, opens flat on the ground and deposits its seeds, which germinate. Once watered, the dried-up looking young plants soon begin to bud. You could say they feel their way through this process,
as they don't necessarily remain in the first place they stop, but feel into the nature of the place to see if it is adequate to enhance growth. There they may stay, and grow, or indeed they may move again many times.

This amazing little resurrection plant is often sold as a novelty due its incredible ability to turn from a dry ball to a lush looking plant ove night when placed in a dish of water. These plants have used this ability to survive since prehistoric times.Therefore another common name given to them is "the dinosaur plant." Great for show and tell, too, as every kid is amazed at watching one of these wonders of nature unfold and seemingly come to life again.

You can buy a plant at Resurrection Plants for Sale

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Garden Full Speed Ahead!

This year's garden incorporates vegetables, flowers, herbs in mixed plantings. Delightful to the eyes and senses, mixed plantings also work well for beneficial insects. While you might think we lived in the country from this picture, we actually live in the middle of town. In the far back of the picture is a stand of wild lettuce, burdock, yellow dock and thistle. Wild lettuce can be calming as part of a tea. Burdock is used both as a vegetable (the root), and medicinal herb (root and seeds). Yellow dock is used for food and as an herb. Thistle (all kinds) are supportive of liver function.

It's always amazing to me how slowly a garden seems to take shape, and then it's like it is on a race track, speeding forward with incredible growth. First pictured above is the catmint/echinacea patch in early Spring. The next picture was taken about a week ago in July. The spiked purple flowers to the right are a Russian Sage plant that I thought I was going to kill last year, as I kept accidentally digging up the little start. Now established, it will probably keep up with the cat mint and start to spread next year.

While I do not welcome the green cabbage worms on my red cabbage plants, my son and I celebrate seeing the yellow swallowtail butterfly caterpillars (and others) on my dill plants. The U
mbelliferal family seems to appeal best to them. And our echinacea sp. patch, along with flowering catmip, flowering Russian sage, flowering oregano, garden sage and (somewhere in the mix) lavender appeal to many beneficial insects.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spirit of Monticello Grand Opening Party

Just a short note to let you know I will be reading cards (five minute readings) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Spirit of Monticello shop in Monticello, Il on Friday evening, July 18.

It's a very nice shop with funky & fun t-shirts, shoes, jewelry, hats, soaps and lots of other stuff. Marie opened the shop a couple of months ago but this is the party to celebrate its opening.

The shop is on the square in downtown Monticello, on a corner. Call them at 217-762-7747.
Whether or not you can make it down on Friday evening, swing by and check them out even if it's when I'm not there. The party continues on Saturday (but I won't be there to say "hi").

Botanicals from Wise Weeds

Deciphering Destiny at The Buzz

In the news, again.
What fun!

A week and a half ago, Bruce Harrington showed up at Carmon's, the restaurant in downtown Champaign where I do tarot readings on Tuesday evenings.

I enjoyed our interview. The article presents the basics very straightforwardly...One note, though, the printed version (and today's online version, although it will eventually be corrected) mixed up one thing...I do ten-minute readings for $15 at Carmon's.

Deciphering destiny
Tarot card readings offer insight to life’s unanswerable questions
4:00 am Jul 17 - by Bruce Harrington – buzz Writer

If you’re tired of relying on your daily horoscope, and your fortune cookies just aren’t cutting it, a one-on-one with a professional tarot card reader might be the answer to discovering your destiny.

Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Catherine Novak of Beads N Botanicals in Hoopeston, Ill., can be found at Carmon’s, 415 N. Neil St. Novak, a professional Tarot Card reader, uses the cards and her intuition to give people insight into their lives.

For the complete
article check here.

Deciphering Destiny

Tarot Readings by Phone

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The $10,000 per month Psychic

By the way, I am NOT Laura Day, but I am for hire! Seriously.
Watch the video. I like that she won't do parlor tricks!

Many people don't understand that intuitive counseling is not a precise science. It's unlikely that any psychic is going to peg events, trends, occurrences one hundred percent. There are too many variables.

On the other hand, listening to one's intuition can definitely move the odds in one's favor.


The $10,000-a-Month Psychic

When business people need a crystal ball, they turn to consultant Laura Day, the 'intuitionist.'
Tony Dokoupil
Updated: 1:29 PM ET Jun 21, 2008

When Seagate Technology, the $11 billion-a-year maker of hard drives for the Playstation 3 and Microsoft Xbox, went searching for a consultant to run one of its management workshops in the fall of 2006, it bypassed the usual list of Silicon Valley gurus. Instead, Seagate's executive director of software engineering, Gabriel Lawson, invited Laura Day—a stylish New Yorker with no tech experience—to train his Colorado-based team. "She was amazing," Lawson tells NEWSWEEK, recalling Day's quick insights into the poor coordination between the company's research and marketing teams. "Anybody who can afford her will get 100 times their money's worth." What exactly is Day's expertise? While she likes to downplay it as mere "intuition," her clients prefer another explanation: she's a psychic.

Day's feel for the unknown has become a hot commodity among certain high-profile business people...

For the complete
article check here.

The $10,000-a-Month Psychic

Tarot Readings by Phone

Friday, May 2, 2008

MRSA is not the only bacterium resistant to antibiotics

Just yesterday I attended a teleconference by David Winston on the subject
of MRSA and Bacterial MDR and how certain herbs and essential oils may be the
solution to the growing problem of infections resistant to antibiotics.
According to the CDC, hospital-associated infections affect nearly 2 million patients
and contribute to nearly 100,000 deaths each year.

I’ll talk more about information that David shared in future blogs as well as some of my experiences in working with clients and customers.

In the meantime, I thought the following article was particularly timely.

A bad germ gets worse
C. diff’ rivals MRSA as the next deadly bacteria
threat, experts say

By JoNel Aleccia, Health

Amy Warren had never heard of the germ that made her so miserable.

In January 2005, weeks after giving birth to her daughter, the Ohio
mother of two knew only that she was in pain, suffering cramping so
severe she felt like she was still in labor. Then came the diarrhea,
uncontrollable bouts up to 50 times a day, which left Warren
weak and raw and stranded in her Maineville home.

"I was so sick; I thought I had colon cancer and was dying," Warren recalled.

Three tests failed to detect the source of her intestinal trouble. A fourth, however, confirmed Warren as part of a toxic trend: She was among growing numbers of people sickened by an
especially virulent form of the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile, known as C.

Doctors told Warren she’d contracted the NAP1 type of the bacteria, a mutated version that
produces roughly 20 times the toxins responsible for illnesses ranging from
simple diarrhea to blood poisoning — and death.

For the complete
article check here.

Bad Germ Getting Worse

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Closing of Danville's Hobby Lobby Silver Lining for Hoopeston Businesses

I was looking around for some other info and found this article online.

Apparently our local weekly paper is posting more articles on line
nowadays, which is great.

This article is about Danville's Hobby Lobby closing and how Hoopeston
has a lot of shops that can fill the gap.

The upcoming closing of Danville's Hobby Lobby craft and home décor store has local crafters in a panic. However, local businesses in Hoopeston are stepping up to fill the gap.

Beads N Botanical's owner, Catherine Novak, says, "I've been hearing that a lot of people are very upset about Hobby Lobby's closing. Most of them haven't realized that several Hoopeston businesses carry the crafting and home décor items that they need."

"For instance, at my shop, we offer a nice selection of charms, seed beads, semi-precious stones, sterling silver beads, sterling silver wire supplies, Swarovski  crystals, jewelry, herbs, herbal products, handmade incense, more than 200 fragrance and essential oils, reed diffusers, origami and other crafting supplies. Plus, I will always special order items not in stock."

Novak adds, "Anyone looking to learn how to make jewelry can take one of our basic classes in making earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or wire wrapped pendants."

While Novak teaches many of the classes herself, an upcoming class on making dream catchers, on Saturday, March 29, will be taught by Woodland's Marlita, also known as Rainbow Buffalo.

BTW, I was the one who submitted this article, although the Chronicle staff included information on corporately held stores, not just the small businesses that I had listed. Just the Facts printed
this article, but only keeps up links for a week.

News Article

Not sure if any other newspapers put this out.

Monday, February 25, 2008

NEW!!!! Tarot Readings at Carmon's in Champaign

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Tarot Readings at Carmon's in downtown Champaign, IL

I'm excited to share with you that I will now be doing readings in downtown Champaign, just a few blocks from the Amtrak/Greyhound bus station and in the center of a lot cute shops, restaurants and theatre. You can read the details down below.--Catherine

Stop by Carmon's, a casual, fun bar and French cafe,

on Tuesday nights, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for tarot readings by Catherine Novak of Beads N Botanicals. Catherine has read cards for many years. Bring your questions about love, life, career,

health and business and see what insights she can give you.

Ten-minute readings run $15. Sign up at the bar for a look at what your future may bring.



415 North Neil St

Champaign, IL


Carmon's is a French bistro with

great food and drinks, including the mysterious and formerly forbidden

liquor, Absinthe.

Catherine Novak has served as an

adjunct faculty member for Northampton Community College, Bethlehem,

Pa., been a featured speaker at Barnes & Noble; and spoken about

medicinal herbs on the Health Nuts NJ radio show. She appeared on the

Judy Lewis show: Psychic World. Most recently she and her son appeared

on ABC's Sunrise This Morning out of Champaign, IL.

Catherine is available for individual

herbal and health consultations, hypnotherapy for behavior

modification, relaxation and pain management, Reiki energy balancing

and classes at her office at Beads N Botanicals, and can be reached at

at 217-283-6380 or

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dreamcatcher Workshop

Let’s Make A Dream Catcher…..

Marlita (Rainbow Buffalo) will lead us in this workshop.

You will use your vision, energy and creativity to make
your own dream catcher and decorate it the way you desire, while learning the history and application of this sacred medicine.

All materials will be provided.
However, if you have special beads, feathers, animal hide or hair with which you wish to decorate your dream catcher, bring them.

If you choose to gather willow or grapevine from Nature, gather it in a Sacred Way.
Address and give thanks to each direction - The Creator, Mother Earth, the East, the South, the West and the North. Give a tobacco and Cornmeal offering to the plant,
and now you can cut your branch.

There will be an optional Pipe Ceremony before the workshop. (starting at 12 noon) It is traditional to gift the Pipe Carrier with tobacco, sweetgrass, cornmeal, beads or some token of thanks and respect wrapped in red cloth. (money is unacceptable)

DATE: Saturday, March 29, 2008
TIME: 1p.m. (12 noon for the pipe ceremony)
COST: Adult: $65.
Child accompanied by an adult $15.
Elder: (65 yrs +) $45.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call:
Beads N Botanicals to R.S.V.P.
and pre-register with payment at 217-283-6380,

Class starts at 1 p.m. at Beads N Botanicals, 227 S. Market St., Hoopeston, IL 60942

Store owner, Catherine Novak, has served as an adjunct faculty member for Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa., been a featured speaker at Barnes & Noble; and spoken about medicinal herbs on the Health Nuts NJ radio show. She appeared on the Judy Lewis show: Psychic World. Most recently she and her son appeared on ABC's Sunrise This Morning out of Champaign, IL.

Catherine is available for individual herbal and health consultations, hypnotherapy for behavior modification, relaxation and pain management, Reiki energy balancing, tarot readings and classes at her office at Beads N Botanicals, and can be reached at at 217-283-6380 or

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Wire Wrapped Tourmaline Pendants

Wire Wrapped Black Tourmaline Crystal Pendants

I love working with healing crystals and find that making them into beautiful jewelry gives people an opportunity to not only benefit from the crystal's healing energies, but also from the beauty of the artisan-crafted piece itself.

Like many artisans, I go through phases of making one style of jewelry and then move on to another. I did this with my Flower Garden bracelet series (which I may feature in a future blog) and have also done this with the creation of a series of Chakra Crystal bracelets and Crystal bracelets featuring clear quartz and other semiprecious stones, such as Turquoise, Amethyst, Fluorite, Moonstone, Tigers Eye and others.

Right now I am in the middle of a wire wrapping frenzy!

I got in a new shipment of rough Black Tourmaline specimens, some of which are terminated, and others are slices which make wonderful pendants.

These wire wrapped tourmaline pendants have been very popular. I haven’t even had a chance to photograph some before they flew out of the shop.

Some of their popularity has to do with the beauty of the pendants themselves. It probably doesn’t hurt that Black Tourmaline has a reputation for being a protective talisman against negativity.

As you’ll see, copper wire makes a beautiful contrast to the stark, dark black of the tourmalines.

I hope to have some of these pendants listed in my webstore for sale shortly.

Black Tourmaline

Taken from Wikipedia: A complex silicate of boron and aluminum, whose composition varies widely because of substitutions. Black (schorl), blue (indicolite), pink and red (rubellite), brown (dravite), green, multicolored, rarely white; vitreous; streak white. Hexagonal, usually short to long prismatic crystals that commonly have a rounded triangular cross section, striated lengthwise; also radiating, columnar, compact. Tourmaline is harder than apatite and further distinguished from apatite and beryl by striations. Tourmaline forms in igneous and metamorphic rocks and veins. It occurs with lepidolite, microcline, and spodumene in granite pegmatites and others.
Tourmaline is widely used as a semiprecious gemstone.

Metaphysical Properties:

Can be used to enhance psychic protection.

Clears oneself and one's surroundings of negativity and disharmony.
Good for releasing negative thinking, anxiety, anger and low self-esteem.
Protect's one's energy field from psychic attachments, entities and energetic debris.
Grounding and calming influence.
Deflects and repels negative energy, especially psychic attack.
Protects against microwaves, radiation, "spells," and ill-wishing.
Grounds spiritual energy, increases physical vitality.
Defends against debilitating disease, strengthens immune system.
Treats dyslexia and arthritis.

According to Melody's book, Love is in the Earth,
some of the properties found in Black Tourmaline (Schorl) are:
Can be used to both repel and protect against negativity.
It acts to protect one from being victimized by the negative energy of another.
It has also been used as an energy deflector, being an excellent stone
for those with potential for exposure to excessive amounts of radiation.
Also used to activate grounding between the first chakra and the earth.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Aromatherapy: help or hype?

The monthly magazine, Central Illinois Health Magazine, just published an article on aromatherapy in its February 2008 issue. The article: “Aromatherapy: help or hype?” by Kelsey C. Blackwell, takes a close look at whether or not aromatherapy can help people become healthier.

Although the article is credited to Blackwell, Greta Hale, the magazine’s editor, is the person who interviewed me in December 2007. Considering the skeptical tone of the article (which, overall, was very balanced in its presentation), I am very pleased with how I was identified and quoted (although I’ve actually been studying and teaching for more than 15 years, rather than the 12 years noted in the article.)

Normally I would just include a link to the article, but unfortunately the magazine is not web-friendly right now. The following quoted material is from p. 33

Catherine Novak also knows the value of essential oils. She owns Beads and Botanicals in Hoopeston and the online business Wise [Please note: this should be C.N.] …She believes aromatherapy is a useful and non-threatening tool to complement traditional medical treatments.

“What I see a lot coming into the shop are people who have already seen a doctor and they’re looking for more relief, she said.

Novak sells custom blends and essential oils. One blend, named banish pain oil, contains essential oils mixed in with another oil infused with St. John’s wort. Her customers have found that it works to relieve arthritis and chronic muscle pain and even helps with pain from carpel tunnel, Novak said.

The article also included information on some of the types of aromatherapy blends I offer clients and customers, including my Banish Pain and Clear Air formulas.

I found it sad that one of the scientists quoted in another section of the text said that peppermint oil was not effective for headaches or migraines. I say sad because I’ve seen where a little bit of peppermint oil mixed into a carrier oil has given relief to headache/migraine sufferers.

Still, all in all, this is a great article with a lot of information.

Central Illinois Health Magazine is published by the News-Gazette in Champaign, IL

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Body/Mind/Spirit Wednesday Night Classes

The Crystals Used for Healing class last Wednesday was a lot of fun, with some interesting experiences shared by the class members.

This coming week's class, "How to Work with Pendulums" should also prove to be enlightening and delightful.

Our Wednesday night classes start at 6:30 p.m., here at Beads N Botanicals in Hoopeston, IL 217-283-6380. $5.00 per person and PLEASE show up at least 10 minutes before to make sure we don't lock you out.

February 6, 2008, will be our "Basics of Psychic Protection."
February 13, "The Healing Power of Love."
Feb. 20, "A Meditation for Relaxation."
Feb. 27, "Tapping into Your Intuition."

See you!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Happy New Year, Back Here in the MidWest

Well, made it back to the MidWest after being away the week between Christmas and New Year's. Actually made it back Dec. 30, so we were NOT on the road when all the snow hit.

Even with all the flooding this week, it was hopping at The Office last night, when I did readings there. Barely walked in the door and had several readings with folks. Then it was quiet for a while. Then I got slammed and had to stay late. Got out of there close to 11 p.m. just as the band really got cranking. If I weren't driving a bit, I probably would have stayed to hang out and listen.

It was fun to be back at The Office after being away for three weeks with all the holiday actitivies. Even without the University being in full session yet, Urbana's kickin'

On another note, we've got a Seven Chakras class here tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. (here in Hoopeston at Beads N Botanicals) and next week another Meditation for Relaxation class. Hope to see ya!