True, this website has been mostly about gardening, and in the beginning, all about garlic. Perhaps that focus and specialization created a market advantage.
But then I realized it did not truly reflect who I am. We are all many things, after all. But without creativity, who would we be? And what about that self-sufficiency homesteading spirit where we make useful stuff and learn to make do? Where we put away for winter and put our hearts into making our homes. Where we take satisfaction in creating with our own two hands something beautiful, healing, and nourishing … something that connects through the giving. That, too, is part of the equation of “in praise of useful plants and things handmade…”
There are many ways to plant a seed and help something grow.
Things Handmade: I don’t consider myself an artist, per se – but more of a craftsperson – a maker of a little of everything, some of which is artistic.
I’ve been playing with plant dyes, making bags and toys, mixing up lotions & potions, dabbling in mixed media, making willow sculptures… my husband, Jeff, makes the beehives and other wooden items – like boats and kitchen cabinets (!).
I am happy to take custom orders and trades. Most things are made individually, not in large batches. I prefer the personality of one-of-a-kind items.
The craft economy is a fickle beast. I do not sell on Amazon Handmade or Etsy. The best way to order is to simply contact me.
As always, inspiration is free!
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Solexx Greenhouse Kits & Materials: Not something I make, obviously, but something that can definitely be used to make things! Barbolian Fields is an authorized dealer of SolexxTM products. Best stuff ever for greenhouses and cold frames! Check it out! Contact me to purchase!
Willow-works (like, whoa!)
Herbs: Medicinal, Culinary, & Dye Plants (technically, not handmade – but you can make things from them – so I list the link here)
Recipes from the Garden: Food, Herbs, Gifts of Food & Herbs, Ideas, and Inspiration
Soaps, Salves, Beeswax, Lotions & Potions
Jump Juice (the ultimate plant starter; made from willows) – usually available in the spring – or get willows and make your own!
Upcycled Stuff (things we need from things we don’t)
Other Assorted Handcrafts (an eclectic mix)
This list will always be evolving.