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It all started with The Crainery (read below :) and now our little family has grown so much! We started with goats and soap and then our little bundle of joy came along and The Crainery was put on hold while our son took center stage. Now he is the most darling toddler and I am thankful everyday for his smiling face and adorable laughter. Our lives are forever changed and so have our hobbies! My husband is now amazing me everyday with his skill in forging beautiful creations from red hot steel! Who knew that the ringing sound of his hammer from the shop would bring a smile to my face? So Two Hammers Forge was created. A big hammer for my husband and a little one for junior. And who knew that my dabbling in a jewelry company would lead me to designing displays? I do still love the creativity that the bubble bars gave me and would love to return to that, but it may be a while. So we thought that we would combine our hobbies…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 9
  • Joined September 28, 2011

Favorite materials

Goat Milk, Shea Butter, Glitter, Coconut Sugar, Black Amber Fragrance Oil

About

It all started with The Crainery (read below :) and now our little family has grown so much! We started with goats and soap and then our little bundle of joy came along and The Crainery was put on hold while our son took center stage. Now he is the most darling toddler and I am thankful everyday for his smiling face and adorable laughter. Our lives are forever changed and so have our hobbies! My husband is now amazing me everyday with his skill in forging beautiful creations from red hot steel! Who knew that the ringing sound of his hammer from the shop would bring a smile to my face? So Two Hammers Forge was created. A big hammer for my husband and a little one for junior. And who knew that my dabbling in a jewelry company would lead me to designing displays? I do still love the creativity that the bubble bars gave me and would love to return to that, but it may be a while. So we thought that we would combine our hobbies into one shop to share with the world to start with and go slow back into the wonderful world of Etsy. So please take a look and enjoy! We also love to hear from our visitors and are always open to special requests :)

We hope your life's are filled with as much love and laughter as ours!


How the Crainery Began:
In August of 2010 my husband and I bought our first home in Ramona, CA. We chose Ramona for the peace of the community and the opportunity to own a little land of our own. We love the tranquility we've found and the gorgeous sunsets every night. That led to the name of our farm - Sunset View Farm.

On our lovely lot we started our homegrown adventures with chickens. We raised a dozen chicks and built them a custom coop with a solar panel running a little light for them. Now they are running free and happy around our fenced lot and return to lay us delicious eggs every day!

Then my handy husband built me two raised garden boxes where we grow tomatos, peppers, eggplant and squash. It's so rewarding to grow your own food!

A couple of months ago my husband tried goat's milk and decided he loved it. That was the start of our investigation into raising goats. After looking online and attending the Ramona Country Fair I fell in love with the Nigerian Dwarf goats. My husband was a little more practical and decided on Alpines for their milk production levels. We found a lovely Nigerian Dwarf kid named Tori and an Nubian/Nigerian Dwarf kid named Sunny at Lindy Haven here in Ramona (Thanks Linda!!). We just couldn't leave a beautiful Nubian kid named Sara Ann - so we took home three babies! But babies don't give milk, they need it. . . So my husband found 2 Alpines in milk at Oak Royal SMR in Valley Center, CA. Now we have a herd of five fun, frolicking goats. The Alpines, Swirly and Molly, give us plenty of milk so we have had fun experimenting with cheese, yogurt and soap.

I became completely enthralled with the goat milk soap! It's incredibly moisturizing and completely natural so I feel great using it, giving it as gifts and now selling it to you. My favorite part is designing the color/fragrance/design combinations. And the first couple of moments out of the mold when you can see for the first time how your creation came out.

I use a mix of oils that lend special qualities to my soaps, natural oxide colorants, high quality fragrance oils and essential oils. Not to mention a host of natural exfoliants and a little glitter goes a long way. All of my batches are small and unique and made in my very own kitchen.

I hope you will be as pleased as I am with your soap. I have so much fun making them and I am delighted to share them with you! I'm always interested in trying new combinations, so email me if you have a special request, I'd love to hear from you.

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