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.