Monday, June 25, 2012

Sponsored Giveaway: Twysted Thystle


At the risk of sounding a bit geeky, I am really excited about hosting my first giveaway, all the more because I am hosting it for someone I actually have met in person.

Deborah, owner/foundress/alchemist of Twysted Thystle lived only a few miles away from me here in Tennessee, having moved here from Colorado.  She and her family were trying to start a farm where they could raise and market their organic produce and livestock.  Unfortunately, things were not panning out for them, and they ended up returning to Colorado.  I was not happy about their move; Deb was someone I enjoyed talking to about homebirth, homeschooling and homesteading (we're both homebodies--can you tell?) and Una had enjoyed her daughters' company.


 Anyway, it worked out well for Deb and her family; she teamed up with Heather, the artist who does her wonderful labels, and is concocting wonderful things for her shop, Twysted Thystle, and has plans to do much more.   But I think I'll let her and Heather tell you about themselves:

Deborah:


I first started my love affair with herbs in 1996. My oldest daughter had been sick with repeated ear infections and after months of driving back and forth to the doctors office and refilling stronger and stronger antibiotics, the pharmacist scared me. He asked me who the antibiotics were for, and I pointed to my frail sickly baby and he told me that they were adult doses!! I walked out of the pharmacy empty handed and went directly to the library to see if there was another way. I checked out every book that they had on natural healing and natural health. Within a few days, I went down to the natural health food store (my first trip ever) and bought a bottle of Mullein and Garlic Ear Oil and some Echinacea tincture. My life changed that day.


I have been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001, and have been studying the herbal arts for over 15 years. I ran my own natural products business, Whispering Earth, in Colorado for over 7 years where we specialized in making non-gmo soywax true aromatherapy candles. At the end of those 7 years, we decided we needed an adventurous change and we moved across the country to grow our own food, raise animals and maybe grow our family. We lived on an organic farm in TN for 3 years. We raised dairy goats, free-range chickens, heritage turkeys, ducks, guinea hens, a few pigs, a handful of sheep, and a few huge organic gardens!! During our time in TN, I started making and selling my own custom blended herbal teas and fell in love with the practice. I also fell in love with growing medicinal herbs and wildcrafting on our 27 acres of woods, and realized the true value in using the whole of plants. 


Heather:


I have been drawing since I was a wee toddler. At that point, it was mostly on walls. As I got older, it was mostly on my homework. I currently live in the fabulous central valley of California. I grew up in Southern California, went to college, got married, had 2 children and decided to move to Colorado. After 10 years and 4 more kids, we made it back home. Phew. What can I say? We are beach bums. In the year 2000 when we moved to CO, we were unaware that the Pacific Ocean really doesn’t touch that state. Now we know.

I entered college as a Biology major, struggling between Botany and Marine Biology. I exited college with a BA in Sociology. I started Peacework Designs in 2008 and have flip-flopped between beads and markers. Deborah caught me in a marker stage. I am having a completely fabulous time drawing toads who meditate and plants that heal. I sometimes blog at www.peaceworkdesigns.org and am hoping to put more artwork up over there. 


A note about the art: Everything is hand-drawn, hand-doodled, hand colored, and/or hand-painted. I am not a fan of this digital age. It may have it's advantages, but computer-generated art is not one of them. I prefer the human look, personally. So, things may be a bit off-center, shapes may be a bit awkward, letters may be a bit wonky. Such is life. Real life isn't digitally colored. And neither are herbs. And you may quote me. Hee. Hee.


Both women, I might add, are mothers of six children and homeschool.




I'm really happy with the products of theirs I have tried.  I've always loved herbal teas, but I have to say that these combinations are quite wonderful, and the packaging is not only lovely, but environmentally friendly.  I was delighted to find that each of the teas came with a reusable muslin tea bag and instructions for brewing a perfect cup on the back of the bag.  I also tried one of their body oils, the Vanilla Sunrise.  The olive oil base was detectable for perhaps an hour, but did dissipate, and left a lovely vanilla-citrus scent that I could still smell five hours later, I kid you not.  I love putting it on and having all the kids ask, "What smells so good?"

Now for the giveaway:  Deb is offering a full-sized package of her Love Your Mother tea (pictured above) and a jar of Happy Hippy Bare Feet foot balm (below).  




Here are all the ways you can win:

1) Leave a comment below, and if you would like, visit Twysted Thystle and tell me what product interests you most, or what you would like to see that isn't there yet.

2) Become a follower of Patch O' Dirt Farm, or if you already are, let me know it!


3) Like Twysted Thystle on Facebook.


4) Favorite Twysted Thystle's Etsy shop.


5) Mention this giveaway on your own blog and link to it here.


Make sure you leave me a separate comment for each of the above things you do.  And thank you for helping to spread the word and support small businesses like Twysted Thystle!


Comments for this giveaway will be open all week, closing Sunday evening at around 8pm, central time.
Good luck!  

39 comments:

  1. The Vanilla Sunrise Body Oil looks lovely as I love both vanilla and citrus scents!

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  2. What gorgeous products ~ they sound and look wonderful! I'd love to try The Milky Way x

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  3. I shared about the giveaway on my fb page ~ https://www.facebook.com/Happywhimsicalhearts

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  4. I would love to win that foot balm!

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  5. Oh my goodness what a fun giveaway! Your packaging is absolutely amazing. The beach baby oil sounds incredible, I need to try it for my girls.

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  6. I "like" Twysted Thystle on facebook too.

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  7. I am now a google follower :)

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  8. Well, like I said in my email, I would love to win the foot balm, so enter me please! +JMJ+

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  9. I follow Patch O' Dirt! (and love it!)

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  10. I would love to try their FrostByte tea.

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  11. What a lovely giveaway and great shop! Thanks for the chance!!

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  12. I think it is really important for small businesses to support each other like this. I think the Make Love Not War oil (vanilla and patchouli) sounds great. I would like to see soaps made with these essential oils.

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  13. Ohhh...these products sound lovely, and we just returned home from a visit to Colorado. I love essential oils and my family loves tea! Hope I win.haha.

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  14. I love patchouli, so the make love, not war body oil sounds delightful!

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  15. All their products some divine! I love the sound of the foot balm. I often have sore feet and know they would benefit from some luscious smelling balm. I'm not sure if you have this giveaway open for international entries, but if so, count me in! Jacinta

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  16. I already follow your blog. Jacinta

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  17. I follow your blog and enjoy it!

    Julie

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  18. I visited the facebook page and "liked" it. The packaging is beautiful!
    Julie

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  19. My toesie's need the foot balm

    Julie

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  20. i love it all nadja and am off to do all those things as i love this company already! and i've not even tried anything yet, but i just know!
    love the products, all, and LOVE the uncomputerized art work. SO lovely. thank you for offering this giveaway (crossing fingers here!)

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  21. i am now your newest follower! hmm, thought i was, i think that's ravelry. does that count too? hee hee

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  22. but i don't have f.b. but if i did, i would like them. :)

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  23. Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. I am currently suffering from a broken big toe so the Happy Hippy Bare Feet foot balm definitely has my interest.

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  24. I follow Patch O' Dirt Farm via GFC - Cindy

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  25. I like Twysted Thystle on Facebook - Cindy A.

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  26. I added Twysted Thystle's to my Etsy favorites - Hellcat Vintage

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  27. I added the giveaway to my sidebar.

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  28. I'm definitely a barefooter whenever I can be, and I think this is the only place I've seen that has a balm designed for that - what a great idea!

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