Sunday, July 26, 2015

Look How Far We've Come

Photo Credit:  Google

Yesterday as we were at our farmer’s market we had the chance to meet some new people. One of our old friends came up to our booth with his son. His wife used to run the market we sell at. Caron and I couldn’t believe how tall his son was as he was a wee little lad all those years ago. Today he was twelve. We got to talking about the old days and he commented that the market had changed. While talking to him and after he left I realized just how much the landscape of the market had changed. I can tell you from memory where certain vendors used to sell.   Customers have changed as well, new vendors have come in and it’s a whole different market.  When I came home later that day I was working on labels and came across an old soap label and also realized how much we’ve grown as a business.

Caron and I so appreciate all the local support we’ve received over the years and couldn’t do what we do without you our customers.  Our local mayor dreams the way we do, that stores in our downtown area would continue to support local artisans and not rely on importing so much. Not that there is anything wrong with imports, but it would be nice to see something from the city we live in.  We are in a high tourist area and I would think someone visiting would want to take something home from an artist in our city.   Whenever I travel I always like to pick up something from that city to bring home to remind me of that place.

We can’t forget to thank our customers outside of Victoria, they're the reason we’ve been able to continue to do what we love.

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 Hi, I'm Michelle the artist, visionary, creator and designer of Two Blooms Design Studio. I moved from a big city to Vancouver Island and fell in love with the west coast. My world is surrounded by beautiful scents, on trend design and endless possibilities.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Look Ahead

Mount Douglas Park in Victoria, BC Photo Credit:  Caron Somers

Look Ahead


This post was published on our blog late last night by the other bloom Caron.

My friend sent me an email tonight, she’d been suddenly let go from a job she loved and one that she’d been good at.  I felt so bad for her.

And then I looked at the date and I remembered.

This time last year,  I too had been let go from a job I loved.  It was a family run business, had worked there for 6 years and been a part of the company for 13.  Called into the new bosses office one afternoon and let go.  No severance pay and no farewell cake with all the staff either, I never got to even say good bye.  I walked out to the parking lot, called home and sobbed.  Last summer was a blur of crying.  I cried clear to Christmas.

In January I tried to convince myself I was over it all but I hadn’t counted on feeling shunned.  How no one bothered to call to see how I was, no one checked to see if I was ok.  February – June still crying and thinking I’d never get over this.  This would be my undoing and I’d never amount to anything ever again.

I can’t say there was one clear moment when the sun began to shine and birds started chirping again.  But it happened.  And I didn’t even realize it, until my family mentioned that I didn’t cry anymore.  The answer was to have people in my life that loved me regardless, that pushed me to see that there was life after getting fired.  That I had value and I would heal.  And I did.  So much so, that I walked into a gathering where my old boss was and I didn’t even flinch.  I sat down, enjoyed the program, hugged a few people and walked away.  The pain had gone, the sting had subsided and I had not only forgiven the players, but moved on.  And if you had told me this time last year, I would never have believed you.  But I guess that’s what faith is, just putting one foot in front of the other and looking ahead.

About Caron:  Caron is one of the blooms of Two Blooms Design Studio Est. 2002. She is the dreamer, production manager and the social media wannabe. Caron is married to the word adventure and she will never stop dreaming.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Must Have For Fall

 Must Have For Fall

Each purse is hand sewn and fully lined with a repurposed vintage fabric.  Zipper with pull with your choice of a hand stamp, embroidery or pattern.  Embroidered initials can be ordered (up to 5 letters).  Can be used as a make up bag, throw into your purse with your phone, keys and lip balm or just about anything else.  Lovely bridesmaid gift, thank you or a gift just for you.

These come in various sizes and colours.  Each one is unique in size and style.

Jean Pocket Style (red/white lining) Available here. 

Bottom Middle Photo


Size 4.6” W at the widest part going down to 4.75” W at the bottom 5.18” H

Comes with a guest size (51 g) Organic West Coast Trail Soap, Shine Organic Solid Perfume in slider tin (0.25 oz) and Fusion Organic Lip Balm tube (Lemongrass/Lavender 0.15g) Black Tassle on Zipper

Jean Pocket Style with smaller Bike (blue/white) check lining Available Here

Top Row Left Photo

Size 4.9” W x 5.25” H

Comes with a guest size (51 g) Organic Bliss Soap, Bliss Organic Solid Perfume slider tin (0.25 oz) and Roses in Bloom Organic Beeswax Lip Balm (0.15 g) Blue Tassle on Zipper

Tree Style Purse (blue/white lining) Available Here

Top Row Middle Photo


Size 5.9” W x 4.5” H

Comes with a guest size (51 g) Organic West Coast Trail Soap, Shine Organic Solid Perfume in slider tin (0.25 oz) and Fusion Organic Lip Balm tube (Lemongrass/Lavender 0.15g) Blue and White Zipper Tassle

Rectangle Bike Style (white/blue square lining) Available Here

Bottom Row Right Photo

6.25" W x 4.5" H

Great for the gents:  Comes with Single Malt Organic Beard Oil (0.15 oz). Can sub for Nerola or Amber Organic Nourish Oil. Leave note when ordering. Organic On the Coast Fragrance Free Lip Balm. Blue Ribbon Zipper Tassle

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Hi, I'm Michelle the artist, visionary, creator and designer of Two Blooms Design Studio. I moved from a big city to Vancouver Island and fell in love with the west coast. My world is surrounded by beautiful scents, on trend design and endless possibilities.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What is the Dealeo with Colourants?

    Various Colourants

What is the Dealeo with Colourants?

 

All Photos Shown are via Google Images

Another topic with so many views out there. So I’ll explain briefly the various colourants and what we use in our products.

There are FD & C colourants usually indicated on the label by D&C Red 7 or sometimes just Red 7 etc.  These are cosmetic dyes that are synthetic and there is much controversy surrounding these.  In the USA these are certified by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that controls the specifications and use for all food, drug, and cosmetic colors.  In Canada this falls under Health Canada. Most makers use the approved varieties of these colours.  The most controversial of these colours is the Red Dye 40. Remember a lot of these dyes are found in the foods we eat.

FD&C Dye Colourants







The next group of colourants are the Oxides and Ultramarines. These are commonly used in makeup and mineral makeup.  They are bright colours.  The majority of sellers use cosmetic grade. This type is skin safe.  They can be found in raw form but they are not safe due to lead and heavy metals.  In order for them to be skin safe  these colours are synthetic and created in labs.  These are usually labelled oxides, ultramarines or CI77289

 Oxides and Ultramarines

Micas are commonly used in soaps and beauty products. These exist in raw form as well but again contain harmful metals. They are produced in a lab as well in order for them to be skin safe.  Most of these contain FD&C dyes and these are not considered natural but there are exceptions out there that only contain tin oxide and titanium dioxide and these are considered natural along with labeling of just mica.

 Mica Colourants

The last group of colourants are those that many classify as natural. Natural is a very difficult term because it can mean so many things. The FDA looks at colourants as those that need certification and those that don’t.  These colourants are usually Clays, Seaweed Extract, Indigo, Charcoal, Annatto, Paprika, Alkanet Root, Rattanjot and the list goes on.  These are usually labelled like they sound except for Kaolin which is a clay and a few others.

 Natural Colourants

The only place we use these colourants is in our soaps and nail polish. Half of our soaps fall into the last group of colourants that are considered natural and half  fall into the mica oxides and ultramarines category. Why you ask? We love the natural colourants but they tend to be more muted and can fade over time. We love colour so half of our soaps are made with more vibrant stable colours that don’t fade.  Keep in mind colourants usually make up about 1% of a soap recipe and sometimes less,  and soap is a wash off product.

There isn’t a right or wrong here but you have to decide which type of colour you prefer or if it even matters at all.

Are colourants important to you? Let us know.

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About Michelle
Michelle is one of the blooms and founder of Two Blooms Design Studio Est. 2002. She is in charge of production, designing all of our labels in house, photography, customer service, alchemist behind all of our scent blends, designer, creator and pretty much whatever else needs to be done.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Zucchini Zoodles Raw Recipe

Zucchini Zoodles Raw Recipe

Photo Credit:  empoweredsustenance.com


There was a time in our lives when we decided that a myriad of health issues could be solved with a raw, vegan diet.  So in typical fashion, we embraced the lifestyle wholeheartedly and did this for 18 months straight!

We went online, purchased raw vegan recipe books and became experts on the best blenders (we have a Vitamix and highly recommend this brand) and dehydrators (we own a Excalibur and recommend this brand).  The lifestyle did what it promised, health issues dissolved, fat melted away and we became raw foodies, even travelling to Maui for 3 weeks and continuing with the raw food plan.

We even assembled our own recipe book with tried and true favorites including the zucchini zoodles that we’d make for a fast treat.  We bought an inexpensive spiralizer and its still with us.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 zucchini
  • Your favorite dressing.
Peel your zucchini and chop into 3 inch rounds.  We don’t like having our noodle being 18 inches long, so we came up with cutting the zucchini midway (half the circumference).  This allows short curls but you can do whatever you like.  Go through each of the zucchini rounds and spiralize them.  Here’s where you can get creative, throw in some peas, chopped carrots, corn nibblets, anything in your fridge, celery, marinated artichoke hearts, the sky is the limit.  If you have some cold cooked chicken throw that into the salad, tomatoes…anything goes, the goal is to get more raw veggies into your diet.
You can use your favorite dressing and you’re ready to go.  Or you can make your own creamy dressing.  We usually threw a handful of soaked cashew nuts in the blender (we love our Vitamix), add some lemon juice or vinegar, basil leaves, hot sauce and some water to thin it out.  Dress your zucchini zoodles and enjoy a fresh new way to enjoy salad.  

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About Caron
Caron is one of the blooms of Two Blooms Design Studio Est. 2002.  She is the dreamer, production manager and the social media wannabe.  Caron is married to the word adventure and she will never stop dreaming.