Meet the Owner
Located in the quaint little town of Deerfield, Twisted Hollow Homestead got its start with owner, Kayla Corona made the decision to leave the busy New York life, and return to her roots at home in New Hampshire.
Kayla grew up in the town of Raymond, NH. With dreams of seeing the world, she left her small town life for New York, where she met her husband, a Navy sailor. They made their way to Hawaii, where her husband was stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam. There she and her husband welcomed their first of their three children. Their family returned to New York to settle in the beautiful Hudson Valley where Kayla established her first business, a candle and soap company called Bird's Creations. But when the pandemic hit, hardship struck, and she was forced to close her business. Missing the simplicity and tired of the fast-paced lifestyle of New York, she and her husband decided to move back to New Hampshire. Though it was not easy, they eventually purchased a 7.5+ acre home in the town of Deerfield, surrounded by friends and family. With a chance to restart, Kayla opened Twisted Hollow Homestead in 2022, naming it after the land they live on and its winding pathways through dense woods.
With more than a decade of experience in making candles, soaps, and other bath and body products, Kayla has earned Advanced level certification through the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild. She has a vast knowledge of the science behind soap and candle making and formulating her own recipes for skincare products. She has studied the difference between natural and synthetic waxes, and how they produce staggeringly different candles. She has studied in the different properties of oils, fats, and other ingredients used in creating soap and cosmetic products and how infusing different herbs applies new attributes to the finished product.
Kayla is an Associate Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. She has over 1000 hours of herbal study and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Herbalist. She is well versed in the use of herbs and essential oils and has earned Advanced Level certification along with Master Formulary certification through the Herbal Academy. Kayla has also earned certification from Cornell University's Plant Based Medicine program. This in-depth knowledge of herbs she uses to carefully craft her many herbal products and delicious tea blends.
Self-trained in home food preservation, canning, and fermentation, Kayla is experienced in waterbath and pressure canning. Her goal is to reinvigorate the need for traditional home food preservation and inspire others to learn how to do it for themselves. From a young age, she has been making jams and jellies, and after moving home began selling her delicious creations. While currently limited to only selling select jams in person, she is working towards State approval for selling all of her recipes online as well. An enthusiast of traditional skills, Kayla loves knitting and crochet and even crocheted her own wedding dress. She is self-taught recently learned the art of dying her own yarns. She loves to create beautiful hand-dyed merino yarns in interesting color patterns.
When not in her workshop, Kayla can be found hiking, gardening, or training with her two German Shepherds in Nosework, Schutzhund, and Competition Obedience.