Sunday, November 30, 2008

Deck the Halls...

...with Twin Birch Foaming Hand Wash. This is the easiest yummiest way to bring the Holiday Spirit home! I love these foamers everyday, but especially around the holidays! I know I've hit the mark with yummy scents because all of our guests have been walking around my house sniffing their hands! :) (I should have taken a picture!) You could be sniffing your hands, too! Just stop by Twin Birch on Etsy and click up some yummy holiday fun!

My favorite four are~
UNDER THE MISTLETOE~ Christmas Tree Bliss
FROSTY GRAPEFRUIT~citrus tang with a hint of juniper & sweet
PEPPERMINT PARTY~the best kind of fresh not~too~sweet peppermint
CRANBERRY CHEER~sweet, tart & spicy... love it!

If you love 2 of one or 3 of the other, just let me know and I'll pack your special box with lots of love! Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Feeling the Love Giveaway ~ Energize!

Happy Black Friday, y'all! Hope your Thanksgivings were full of love and great food!!

Congrats to mother of 4~ Heidi from Soapaholics Anonymous and to Joanna from Product Body & the Soap Bar! You are hard working~industrious~inspiring women!! Here comes some Energy to carry you along! You girls were picked at random by my niece! The gift sets come with lots of Vermont Love!! Go visit Heidi & Joanna~ you'll love them... promise!

Visit Twin Birch for your own Energy & other goodies! I'm offering free shipping on all product orders over $75 & (as always) a free goodie will be included with your order no matter what! xoxo

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks for All Of You & Where's the Giveaway?

Whew! These are some crazy days! I know I still haven't announced the Feeling the Love Friday Giveaway from last week~ Let's make tardiness fun and have TWO winners this Friday! Stop in early~ and leave me a comment today~ so you can take advantage of my slip up! ;)

Have you all ever seen Plymouth Rock? Well~ here's a picture. It's arguably the most important rock in the New World. Is it huge? Nope. It's kind of small. But if you stop and think about how stark it is, you might imagine what it was like for the Pilgrims when they landed~ not so easy.
I get a little crabby when my bathroom floor is too cold. Can you imagine the first winter here? Yikes. I'm thankful for heat!

And... I'm thankful for all of you fun, sweet, lovely bloggers. Although most of us have never met, each of you make my life better with your sweet messages and fun thoughts. Thank you for all of the love that you send up here! I'm wishing you all a wonderful, full & rich Thanksgiving!~ much love!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Last Batch Before Christmas

It blows me away how quickly this time of year flies by! Case in point~ It's too late to make another batch of CP for the holidays. Mmmmm~ makes me consider HP as a choice. Given that my soap needs 4~5 weeks to cure, I'm all done. Time to think about Valentine's Day and Spring. :)

Here's the last batch for the Holidays. If you're a peppermint person (and I am!) this one is for you! It's called Candy Cane, but it's the best kind of fresh, crisp peppermint scent. There's nothing sticky about it! I'll post it on TWIN BIRCH at ETSY next week, but if you'd like to pre~order, leave me a comment and I'll get it to you. Woot!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let's Just Get Along

I cracked up when I looked outside and saw Max hanging out with the chickens. He was having a nice moment in the sun and didn't mind a bit when they came by to do a little pecking. The only time he causes trouble with our ten hens is when we collect the eggs. Apparently he loves the raw egg more than Rocky Balboa. He tries to get them from our hands so he can make off with a snack.
That's life with Max.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Feel the Love Friday Giveaway in a Perfect Way

Happy Weekend, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a fun, easy Saturday. We are going to watch a Dartmouth Football game this afternoon. They are playing Brown. Is a little rainy but I'm hoping for a miracle clearing of the skies. That would be perfect.

Speaking of perfect, I am head over heels for Perfect Pumpkin. It's a great seasonal fragrance! I'm not huge on the sweet scents, so this is just right for me. It has a little spice and there's something about it that keeps is from being icky sweet. It also has that fresh pumpkin~in~a~good~way thing about it. I made up little gift sets with a lotion, body wash and little butterfly pouf. They've done super well at the craft fairs and I thought it would be a great give away item.Congrats to Michele at Soapy Elephant. She wins a little set to enjoy~hope she does! Michele~ send me your addy at twinbirch(at)verizon(dot)net and I'll get it out within the week! Y'all ;) should check our Michele's blog and her etsy shop. She makes some really pretty soap at Soapy Elephant and.. does she make the pretty jewelry at Girl Lavender, too?! So talented!

Get your own sets at Twin Birch on Etsy. They are a great value~ and come in fun fragrances!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Table for 20

Thanksgiving is at our house this year. We'll have about 20 people. Grandparents, cousins, aunties & uncles. It's one of my favorite days and I LOVE having everyone come here! I'm just now starting to plan the menu. I'm feeling slightly adventurous this year and would love to hear about which side dishes you all love. It's so fun to check out how our menus are impacted by where we live, how we grew up... Please share!!!

Meanwhile, look at the adorable apron I found on etsy! Don't you all want one? I found this cutie store this morning. The shop features really cute aprons. She has adorable Mommy & me setts and this cute autumn frock ;) You can buy it at jnsweeny

Friday, November 7, 2008

Feel the Love Friday Giving Away in a Peaceful Way

I'm heading out to other craft show this weekend. Boy, the holidays sure are crazy, aren't they??
In that vein, I thought that this weeks giveaway should offer a little Peace to life. This bar is just the ticket. It smells sooo yummy. Clean, fresh~ kind of like a crisp winter day. You can get your very own at Twin Birch at Etsy.

Unless you are Pajama Mama, then I'm sending it to you for free!! Send me your addy, girlie!!
I can't wait to ship it! And go see her blog. She's adorable!

Happy Weekend! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ding dong!

Well, I've fallen in love! I can't spend enough time watching our 10 little hens as they wander about our yard and have their little chicken day. There is even a little Comet hen who thinks she's my pet. She runs to me a-clucking & a-chatting every time I go out to feed them, etc. Love it!

Last week we had our first snowy day. Here are a couple of peeks at some of the snow we had last year. Here & here (I didn't handle it well) So, all of my 10 hens decided that they'd rather be in than out. This is the sight I saw when I went out to do a little errand running. I'd be ok with it, except for the poo. Chickens are good for lots of poo. Not so charming.

Monday, November 3, 2008

November 4th

In my past life, I was a girl who wanted to be a political journalist. I'm not that happy to discuss politics with friends & family. That can get too icky. But I LOVE the whole process of electing our leaders and representatives. I think it's the greatest, most interesting thing to listen to candidates' ideas & philosophies as well as the public's reaction to them. We are so fortunate to debate & discuss the matters that are important to us and then shut out the world while we cast our VERY OWN vote for the person we believe in most. It's extraordinary, really.

So, I'll keep my vote a secret. I'm sure all of you will be marching off to cast your vote tomorrow, too. I hope you feel as lucky as I do. And then it will be November 5th. I'll be happily making soap and being a mom, in a brand new chapter of American History. Cool.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Fun in the 'Hood

Here are a couple of pix from our Halloween Escapades this year. The trick or treating was capped off with a little party at our friend's house. I'm going out on a limb by posting the back side shot of the lederhosen. Please note that no names are mentioned as we are committed to protecting the identity of this well respected pediatrician in our hometown of Randolph, Vermont.

Cora was Cutie Devil Girl. Ella was Sleeping Beauty. Peter was Tom Brady's bodyguard and Austen was Injured Tom Brady. I was a Witch(quite a stretch) and Gerry was Randy Moss with a creepy mask. It was a blast. Oh, and do notice our friends dressed as Betty & Barney Rubble along with Sarah Palin. Aren't they adorable? ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Feel the Love Friday Hops Aboard the Holiday Express

I hope you all had a fab Halloween! We had a blast. I'll have to post about that this week. I have a picture of a great friend in lederhosen, but he won't let me blog about him... I have to apply a little pressure. It will be worth it, though. He has great knees. hee hee!

Congratulations to Teresa R of Life, Homesteading & Everything. She's an adorable mom who home~schools here sweetie kids and muses about everything from fine lit. to chickens. She's also a great handcrafted soap customer. Who doesn't love that? Go over to her blog. You'll love her, too! So, Teresa.... Here's the giveaway gift.

It's my Holiday Trio of Artisan Soap... a cute little package of my three holiday favs~ perfect pumpkin, cranberry cheer & vermont spruce. It's all dressed up and ready to give. Or keep. I love all three of these soaps. Hopefully you will too!

You can grab one from etsy. They are great for hostess gifts during the Holiday Party Season or for Stockings & Hanukkah treats. Congrats to you, Teresa & thanks for being such a great, sweet friend! I have your addy, so I'll get it out to you this week!