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I love learning and sharing.............Darlene
March 17, 2020
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to everyone!!
Alot has happened since I last wrote but most importantly the current health crisis that we are in with the Coronavirus. This is not a political post but a thoughtful and prayerful one.
We American's are a tough bunch! We've come through many a crisis and have always been resilent and resolved as a country. Although it will be tough over the next weeks and possibly longer I know we will come out of this a stronger nation, a stronger community.
Stay safe and remember to WASH, WASH, WASH THOSE HANDS AND THEN WASH SOME MORE!!
February 25, 2020
Say it isn't so...............has it really been 7 months since I posted on this page. Needless to say this new journey has been a whirlwind, I've met so many new friends and followers.
The Fall Craft Show season was crazy busy and happy to say depleted my inventory. As soon as the holidays were over I have been working feverously to add new products, I'm continuing to update and revise the website and what's really exciting is that truME Collection is now co-located in 3 retail shops where you can purchase directly my handmade item.
We are not co-located in "Antiques Only"-antiques and gift shop located in Turnersville, NJ and "The Creative Cupboard" in West Kittanning, PA. You'll find my "FlaxBags" at the "The Homestead Bath House" located in Dawson PA.
The Spring Craft Show season begins at Washington Township HS, March 7th. Additional information
June 4, 2019
It's been a little over a week since the Collingswood event.....................it was great (check out my FB pics). This was a big success, I met lots of new folks and a few stopped by and mentioned that they found out about May Fair because of information I posted. That was so uplifting since most of the time I don't know if anyone actually reads the post.
Well, I've decided that I'm going to take the summer off from attending any events and focus on adding new items to the inventory in preparation for the Fall and Winter shows.
You'll also notice that I'll be adding information regarding all the ingredients and materials used for our products on our product information page. I do lots of research and want to share everything. An informative customer is a satisified customer.
May 13, 2019
Ok, so my goal was to post at least evey couple of weeks well that didn't happen.................where is time going, seems like it's going at warp speed. In reality time doesn't change only the busyness in our lives.
April was dedictated to shows and production. You'll be seeing new bath and body products listed over the coming weeks. When I create something new the first thing to is get customer feedback, that is where the shows come into play.
Many of my followers attend the local craft shows where they'll sample new items and provide important feedback necessary to improve truME product line.
I'll be sending out email notifications announcing our new products. To receive these announcments just sign up for our mailing list.
Till next time.....................enjoy each day for we are not guaranteed another.
March 29, 2019
It's been 8 days since my last post, not too bad considering it took me 3 weeks to post the last time. So today I'm going to write about natural soaps.
Did you know that to make soap, every soap requires sodium hydroxide more commonly known as lye?
Sodium hydroxide is very corrosive. It is generally used as a solid or a 50% solution. Other common names include caustic soda and lye. Sodium hydroxide is used to manufacture soaps, rayon, paper, explosives, dyestuffs, and petroleum products.
When sodium hydroxide beads or flakes are mixed with a liquid, a lye solution is created. This solution, when mixed with fats and oils, will cause a chemical reaction called saponification. Lye is a caustic substance that must be handled with great care. You should see me when I'm making soap, my hubby says I look like a mad scientist. (hmm maybe I'll post of a pic, but not today)
So, with that said how can any soap be considered natural and free of chemicals???? Well, when the chemical reaction called saponification occurs and when the process is completed there is no lye remaining in the soap. For the process to be complete and the soap soap is safe to use it must cure for 4-6 weeks. The result of saponification is beautiful handmade soap.
Therefore, there is no lye in soap................and that's no lie.
Till next time..................
March 17, 2019
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!
I cannot believe it's been 3 weeks + since my last post which also was my first post. Although I had promised myself that I would say HEY and share information weekly, it just seems that time is flying by at warp speed. Getting ready for the 2019 Craft Fairs is crazy but I'm loving every minute of it.
So today's "Did You Know"................Did you know that Citric Acid is used in many things (and consume) including Bath Bombs (NO WE DO NOT CONSUME BATH BOMBS)?
So what exactly is Citric Acid?
Citric acid is a weak organic acid that has the chemical formula C6 H8 O7. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits. In biochemistry, it is an intermediate in the citric acid cycle, which occurs in the metabolism of all aerobic organisms. More than a million tons of citric acid are manufactured every year. Wikipedia
It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic (sour) taste to foods and soft drinks. In biochemistry, it is important as an intermediate in the citric acid cycle and therefore occurs in the metabolism of almost all living things. It also serves as an environmentally benign cleaning agent and acts as an antioxidant.
Citric acid exists in a variety of fruits and vegetables, but it is most concentrated in lemons and limes, where it can comprise as much as 8 percent of the dry weight of the fruit.
February 24, 2019
Hi there out there in cyberland...............Many of you have been asking when I was going to begin posting so here you go. It's important to me to share as much information regarding our line of TM handmade gifts and products. As I was preparing for the first of the 2019 Craft Fair season with our natural soy candles I thought information regarding the use of soy was just about as good as any place to start.
I'm sure many of you know that soy candles are better than most commercial candles but "Did You Know" why???? There are many benefits to choosing soy............................
Whenever possible, we do our best to purchase and repurpose unique containers as well as offer candles in containers that you the customer can repurpose thus another way we try to protect and save our environment.
Till next time,