Sweat Equity for My Treasures

I may have been quiet this past month on the TBS Blog, but I certainly have not been idle! So many new products to introduce, so many new events coming up! First and foremost I am excited to announce that I have been accepted into the juried Vista Strawberry Festival http://www.vistastrawberryfest.com/ as a craft vendor. And not only into the main fair, this year the Vista Chamber of Commerce has decided to try adding a quieter area dedicated to wine tasting and a select number of artisanal crafters, and I have been asked to be one of them! This new area, the Wine, Artisan and Acoustic Court is meant to be a more intimate setting for people to relax, enjoy wine tastings from La Fleur’s Winery and Twin Oaks Valley Winery. This area is free and open to all festival attendees regardless of age, but they will be checking ID’s for age as you enter. On top of this the Vista Chamber of Commerce has provided me with 100 discounted wine tickets. At the festival these tickets will be $7 each and can be redeemed for a 4-oz sample of wine. You can get them from me for $5 each. I only have 100 of them, so email me right away if you would like to order some. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this event, and hope to see some of you there! If you can make it to the festival mention that you follow this blog and get 10% of any Treasures By Sandra Purchase. #vista #california #socal #sandiego #sandiegoliving  #sandiegoevents #strawberryfestival  #family #familyfun #californialiving #sd 

I have so many new products that I am excited to introduce! I have been busy doing research and experimenting with my recipes and have four new health and wellness products to unveil this month. They will be making their debut this weekend and I am very excited! I will do in-depth posts on the evolution of these recipes and why I have decided to tackle them, but for now I will just give a brief introduction,

Pain Relief Balm. This heavenly balm starts with an olive oil base. I add various herbs all known for their pain relieving properties to the oil to infuse into a strong herbal mix, then the herbs are strained out and the oil is added to beeswax and essential oils to make a wonderful feeling and moisturizing balm. I sprained my index finger a few weeks ago and it is still giving me grief. This recipe has been tested and modified repeatedly until I found the maximum relief, and I am very happy with the results.

Healing Salve. This salve is based on olive oil infused with comfrey leaf – traditionally known as ‘knit bone’ for it’s healing properties. I have left this recipe unscented, however I can accommodate custom requests for adding essential oils, if requested. Comfrey leaf has been used for centuries to promote healing of broken bones, sprains, strains, and skin irritations like poison oak or allergic dermatitis. The chemical components of the comfrey plant promote cell generation to speed the healing process.

Chest Rub. I have been making this chest rub for my kids since they are babies. They were born with environmental allergies and every spring have a hard time with sinus issues. This chest rub recipe has been made as a more environmentally friendly version of the vapo-rub many of us grew up with! Eucalyptus, lavender and other essential oils combine to help open up the airways and sinuses to help with comfort and breathing. My boys like this so much they still ask for it most nights and they are 9 and 7 now.

Laundry Whip. This is my newest creation, and I am loving it! My recipe takes common, concentrated laundry soap bars and mixes them with borax and washing soda to provide an amazing detergent with a very light, refreshing scent. This detergent gets all stains out, and my laundry comes out the softest I have ever felt it – even softer than when I used commercial fabric softeners! This is a super-concentrated formula that has to be tried to be believed. And the best part is that one tablespoon per load of laundry is all that is needed. It dissolves well in hot, warm, and cold water and because the soap bar has already been mixed into solution it rinses right out without leaving residue in your clothes fibers (hence the softness I mentioned). I have been using this soap exclusively for several weeks now and can honestly say that I will never buy laundry detergent again!

This is just a brief update on my happenings for the past month. I will be writing more later to provide additional details to the new products. For now though, I hope to see folks this Sunday in Vista for some wine tasking and product sampling fun!


The Adventure Begins

Welcome! If you are reading this I give you fair warning that this is my very first attempt at a blog. The purpose of this site is to document my journey on a major life change, which I will describe in further detail below. I will be writing about my vision, purpose, goals, achievements and failures. I must admit that it is a bit nerve-wracking to be putting all of this out in a public forum, but nothing gets accomplished without an element of risk, right?

A little bit about myself: I am a middle-aged woman with two boys , 9 and 6, a husband, a dog, and a cat. I have a master’s degree in archaeology, and work full-time as a consultant archaeologist. More than full-time, actually, which is one of the reasons I am embarking on this journey. Well, that and there is small chance I may be having a midlife crisis (half-joking!).

Archaeology is really my first love. Not in the sense that I love it more than my wonderful family, but in the sense that I found archaeology before I met the man who would become my husband. I tailored my entire life around this semi-nomadic profession, and committed myself to if fully. Archaeology will always be a part of my life, no matter where the rest of my life takes me.

But here is the rub – I currently work two jobs. One was full time until a few months ago. I work for an international engineering and design firm, and was happy as a clam in this job for years. Then things changed abruptly and work really slowed down. I was demoted to part time status. This is a problem for a family of four living in California! I was very fortunate in that I immediately began picking up other work with a very small local company. My new boss is amazing, I love the work I am doing there, while the first job has become a soul-crushing experience. And the result of having two part-time jobs is that I am working far more than 40 hours per week. This is not sustainable. For my health, my sanity, and for my family. Unfortunately, the new job is a very small company, and cannot yet have me on full time – though this is the ultimate goal.

My goal: to start my own home-crafting business to replace the income I would lose by quitting Job #1, while allowing me to keep working for Job #2. Is this plausible? I have no idea. I have some great role models within my circle of friends who have home-based businesses and blogs, so I know it is possible. The question is: do I have what it takes? I guess we will find out.

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