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

Etsy Mini

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