Once Upon A Thyme………

There was a collection of natural skin care products created especially for little Princes and Princesses with delicate skin.  Once Upon A Thyme soap and lotion are paraben and fragrance free, to cleanse and moisturize safely, naturally, and happily ever after.  Essential oils in Sweet Air Room Spray pleasantly freshen air after changing the highness’s royal diaper.

Once Upon a Thyme Set includes:

4 ounce natural unscented baby lotion

3.5 ounce fragrance free Soothing Soap

2 ounce travel size Sweet Air Room Fresh spray

Cotton diaper/burp cloth with embroidered crown

Baby gift cards and keep sake gift box with attached ribbon

Let us know what you think of our brand new baby set, or find it here for purchase at our Etsy store.

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Lotion in a Mason jar

November 17, 2009

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If you appreciate the vintage or shabby chic look, you would enjoy having this lotion dispenser in your kitchen or bathroom.   This  square mason jar holds a full 8 ounces of our natural, nourishing, moisturizing lotion.  A great Holiday gift idea for anyone that appreciates natural beauty products.

We will have this available in Apricot Mango, Honeydew Lavender, Berry Almond and Unscented.  Check our Etsy store here to purchase.

Let us know what you think of the look of this container.

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A new bath creation we came up with is a fun, versatile sugar scrub in cubes.  This product can be used in the shower as a sugar scrub, or a pampering bath treat by dissolving sugar scrub cubes under the faucet while filling the tub.  As a tub lover myself, I’ve tested each scent in a long, relaxing soak, and emerged each time with silky soft skin and a better attitude.  Maybe we should call it Sugar Scrub Cube Therapy!

Made with baking soda, sugar, glycerin soap, and mango butter to cleanse and pamper you naturally, and scented in ambrosial scents such as Orange Sorbet, Berry Almond, and Warm Vanilla Sugar.

You can find these listed in our Etsy store here, or call us to place a phone order at 320-286-5384.

New look

October 20, 2009

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We think our new logo makes our labels look even better!  What do you think?

33 Barefoot Lane logo

October 3, 2009

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We are excited to have finalized the conception of our 33 Barefoot Lane logo.  We think it is simple, catchy, and classy.  And it seems to speak, “I’m a place, not just a name”, which is exactly what we were hoping to achieve.

33 Barefoot Lane is the name that now incorporates our farm and businesses together; one name, many endeavors.  And there REALLY is a lane; it’s the old cow lane that the cows used to walk down to get to the far pasture.  And it goes without saying that the kids also had to walk the lane, to bring the cows home for the evening milking. Often barefoot, through the mud, thistles, cow piles, and wire – you name it, they stepped on it.  While the cows have been gone for fifteen years, the lane and the memories remain.

And the 33……. when we counted all the Niemela’s (including in-laws) that have lived on this farm since Grandpa Charlie and Grandma Sophie settled here in 1916, we came up with 31; then we added in a couple of cousins that lived here for the summers during their childhood – and that gave us 33.  Thirty three family members over four generations have called this farm home, and in their honor our farm will be known as 33 Barefoot Lane.

Tell us what you think of the logo designed by Sarah Shattuck of Four Seasons Design Company.

33 Barefoot Lane

July 14, 2009

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Welcome to 33 Barefoot Lane, the new name of our farm, soap business, and this blog!  We have been working on restructuring our businesses, and many new changes are happening.  What will stay the same is the content of our blog – sharing posts about our family farm, gardening, recipes, and more.  Stay tuned!

After being featured in the Customer Spotlight with OnlineLabels.com for our product labeling, we have been contacted by many small businesses asking us to share how we have achieved the look of ‘professional’ labels.

When I was researching printers, I found the Canon Pixma iP4300 to be highly rated and reasonably priced, less than $100.00. It prints in resolutions of up to 9600 x 2400 dpi, printing in microscopic picoliters for exceptional detail.  It also has five ink tanks, which helps keep the cost down as you only have to replace individual ink tanks when they run out, and offers borderless printing, which allows me to print labels right to the edge.

It took me some time experimenting with the settings to get my labels crisp and sharp, and this is what I have found works the best for the white glossy labels, and the clear matte labels that we get from OnlineLabels. These settings will NOT work for clear glossy labels, and I do not know about the plain white non-gloss labels.

When printing labels with the Canon Pixma iP4300 printer:

Under Main Setting Tab, for Media Type choose Photo Paper Pro

For Printer Quality choose Custom, then click Set, in the box that opens up click Diffusion and slide the number bar to #1, then click Okay to save setting.

For Color Intensity I choose Manual, then click Set, under Brightness I choose Dark in the drop down box, then Okay to save the setting.  Normal or Manual setting will work also, I prefer to have the most colorful label I can print.

On Effects Setting Tab, I check Image Optimizer for sharpest printing results.

For borderless printing, click the Page Set Up Tab, in Page Layout check the Borderless Printing box, then under Amount of Extension, slide the bar all the way to the right.