I am Rochelle (Ro, please), owner of Found Treasures and Artful Creations and Simply Made By Ro.
I am a stay-at-home wife of a hard working hubby and mommy of an energetic autistic boy!
I have been involved in the farmer's market "industry" since I was a child while living in rural Wisconsin. My parents and grandpa were beekeepers and had a business selling our honey and beeswax back in the late 1970s-1980s. Life was much simpler then! We had chickens, a vegetable garden, canned, traded eggs and honey for raw milk, jams and meat.
Fast forward now a "few" decades...
I decided after getting out of the Air Force that I would go to college. I earned my science degree and went into the medical field. I have worked in the medical field in the areas of sports medicine (specifically working for the professional football, basketball and baseball teams locally) as well as laboratory and medical research for the past 20+ years.
Then I became a wife and mommy and…well… priorities changed.
I decided after years of working in the "rat race" that I would stay home and raise our son. At age 2 we found out that he was autistic. My priorities changed yet again to become an advocate for him and to advise other families on how to do the same.
Through the challenges of parenting a special needs child I have discovered that certain smells and synthetic or artificial ingredients can trigger undesired responses. We found that aromatherapy, essential oils and getting back to the basics HELPED!
So here we are now! I started Found Treasures and Artful Creations, SimplyMadeByRo.com to promote natural products and satisfy my repurposing furniture and crafting addiction. I guess that simpler way of life I grew up with...a time when you knew where your food and products came from…was pulling at my soul. We need to start decreasing our dependency on synthetics and chemicals. This is a BETTER way and I want to help with that “movement". I feel that by creating eco-friendly natural soaps, bath and body luxuries…I can do that! Using the best available ingredients for example, from my garden and knowing WHERE they came from and able to pronounce them is HOW!
By the way, I still feed my repurposing, up cycling and crafting addiction from time to time as you can see on the FaceBook feed.