True Vine Herbs

I am incredibly proud to be part of the Etsy’s NaturalKids Team. This is a group of folks who are absolutely dedicated to creating beautiful things from natural materials to inspire children to play and use their minds. You can view the NaturalKids Team by typing ‘NaturalKids’ into Etsy’s search function. Here is an example of their work on display at the Treasury right now.

NaturalKids Team prepares for Valentine's Day

NaturalKids Team prepares for Valentine's Day

Etsy, how I love thee.  An audience who appreciates handmade!

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After a long vacation, I’m creating again, in a new space.  It feels so strange to break out my familiar materials and be in this huge kitchen, with new countertops.  I’m almost nervous to make soap.  Isn’t that strange?  I have teas to blend today.  The Red Raspberry Blend of course, and then a luscious Orange & Jasmine Green tea.  It’s divine and I’m not fond of Green Tea, but this one, well, this one is downright lovely.

My computer room is the favorite nook of the house.  It’s in the back and I can hide here in the very earliest hours of the morning before the kids are awake.  I have my racks back here… Shelves and shelves of herbs and usually drying soap.  My soap shelves are very nearly empty.  They’re staring at me… Taunting me to make more soap.  I’ve been a bit lazy since the move and just wanting to feel very settled in.  I don’t have that feeling yet.  Everything doesn’t have its’ own place yet.  But, despite that, I’m breaking out my molds, cutters, and oils this morning.  Perhaps I’ll have something lovely to show you next week.  For now, I’ll leave you with my newly (and lightly) stocked Etsy!

Who we are, what we’re about… In pictures.

True Vine has had a bit of an evolution from the time it was created until now.  I began soaping going on three years ago, but have been interested in herbs for far longer.  I began dabbling in 2001, when I began taking red raspberry leaf during my pregnancy with Elizabeth and it’s grown over the years.  When I began soaping, I just wanted to find an outlet for using herbs and essential oils.  I wanted to make something good, something healthy, to nurture my family.

It grew beyond my expectations and it became a bit overwhelming.  We had many choices to make…  To see how successful it could be, or to scale it back a bit to manageable proportions.

In the end we found what we truly wanted we knew all along.  True Vine, from John 15, means staying grounded in God and what He would want for us.  I see True Vine as a ministry to other families, wanted to raise their little ones with healthy products.  We’ve scaled back so that it’s success would not be at the expense of our family’s well-being. 

In the end, we’ve found that we are all happy when I am a wife and mother first and foremost.  And in my spare time, while walking WITH my children, I’m able to create a few great products, especially for mamas and little ones… Naturally.

Free of parabens, free of fragrance oils, sulfates, and striving hard to utilize organic and natural materials, we create these items for our families and for families like ours.


Red Raspberry Leaf Herbal Blend

Red Raspberry Leaf Herbal Blend

Owner and creative director of True Vine Herbs, I’m also the mama of eight, yes, eight little folk.  My husband and I have been happily married for almost thirteen years.  True Vine is the very necessary outpouring of creative energy.   The name is based on the book of John, chapter 15 and defines my goals as a mother. 

We have been homeschooling for eight years and we’ve recently moved to a farm in the Midwest.  Our children are thoroughly enjoying their new found freedom… 

We school with a classically eclectic style and a Charlotte Mason twist. 😉  Essentially, it’s a hodge podge of what I like and what I can tolerate, with a firm belief in lots of outdoor time, short lessons, and a plethora of truly great books.   All children need hours of fresh air and plenty of food for the imagination…

 I’ve been asked where these toys came from!

The playsilks were dyed by Lori at Beneath the Rowan Tree.  Playsilks truly inspire children to use their imagination and ours are played with constantly.  Every child should have some!  And Lori makes the most beautiful ones.  But I’m biased.  We love Lori.  Where’s the heart icon? I actually asked Lori to make these for ME as I wanted them as the backdrop for photos.  But I felt SO greedy, hoarding them to myself.  The kids would have drooled all over them.  They pretend the green one is grass, the brown is dirt, et cetera.  And the colors aren’t just solid.  They are a beautiful blend, just like in nature.  I can’t tell you how vibrant the colors are and pictures just DON’T do them justice.

The waldorf doll in the picture is made by Barbara from Aunt Boo’s Babies.  Barbara and I both belong to the NaturalKids Etsy team and I can only say she makes the most beautiful waldorf dolls I’ve ever seen.  She also does customs.  This is the third doll we’ve had done by her and her work is lovely and my girls love her dolls.

The play food was crocheted by Jessica of Crochet Fun Time.  I know, lots of people make wool food.  However, the detail on these are fabulous.  The pink grapefruit has pith, pink flesh, an orange/yellow rind.  The avocado pit is actually 3D.  The radishes are made of a yarn that is this lovely pink/red variegated blend… The veggies and fruits have leaves, and they are just fantastic.  A lot of thought, creativity, and love went into these and I just can’t thank her enough.

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