The cute name is because Vivian Baer is the artist behind BaerDen Primitives, and when we say artist, we mean Holy Wow! Vivian has been making BaerDen Primitives products since 2008. In 2015, she started doing open air events, festivals and farmers markets full time to make up the finances her lost when her husband became ill and lost his job.
And y’all, her goods are so delectable that in less than 3 years she is about halfway to replacing his income. Living the dream, my friends.
What makes BaerDen Primitives so special, you ask?
So. many. things.
Vivian is inspired by nature, the color, smells, touch (soft, gritty, fuzzy). She says, “It’s kind of a sensory issue with me. I am allergic to most commercial soaps, candles, and perfumes and my husband’s illness is end stage lung disease so I had to re-batch and reformulate everything. As a former trauma nurse, I always strive to put my clients’ needs to consideration first and foremost.”
That means all this yummy good stuff is made with the best ingredients and materials with your best interests at heart.
Baer Den Primitives Products
Vivan’s creations are as varied as her taste in music. She can customize a blanket for a sensory special needs toddler to prevent a meltdown at bed time. She can do the same thing on a larger scale for a veteran suffering from PTSD after being deployed 6 times to a war zone. She can even just make some organic bath soak or shave soap for mother’s/father’s day. And we’re not making this up… She makes shoe polish using bees wax. She loves that the only restriction to her creativity is physical space (much of it likely taken up by all that fabric she orders because she MAY need it in the future. You do not want to see her credit card bill after a spree).
And the music? Check out her 3 favorite songs: “Good Good Father” by Casting Crowns, Mozart’s Symphonie No.40 in G Minor, and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.” This is one interesting and eclectic lady.
Vivian is very careful with everything she creates, especially her Sensory Products. In her words, “My business and my custom orders have taught me patience and attempting perfection with every piece, as someone really does need what I create, and it has to withstand day to day life and a possible meltdown.”
Her husband may not always agree that she’s careful. In 2010, she was cooking goat’s milk with coffee oil and grounds in her soap Crockpot. At the same time she was sanitizing her workspace with 90% isopropyl alcohol. Her husband came through the garage door and hollered, “What the hell did you kill in here? A skunk?”
Mr. Baer, an over the road truck driver at the time, knew that smell well. Vivan was mortified that he wasn’t happy with the coffee smell. He convinced her to go outside and come back in…
“Oh dear Jesus, he was right! Black coffee and isopropyl alcohol smell just like skunk spray, and it took 3 days to get that combo custom smell out of my house.”
She promises none of her products will smell like skunk at the Market.
Baer Den Primitives’ products include everything from weighted therapy blankets to quilts to crocheted items to bath and body products and candles. We don’t know how you’ll ever leave her booth.
Vivian is looking forward to making new friends and introducing new customers to family favorite Silly Syd the Sensory Snake at Backroads Market on October 7.
See you there!