Spring Schedule of Events

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April 9 – Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market 10-5 at The Historic Roebling Machine Shop Clinton Ave Trenton, NJ

April 23- Clover Market  10-5 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave Bryn Mawr, Pa

April 29- Welcome to Walnut Street Fair 10-2 Walnut Street Montclair, NJ

May 13- Asbury Park Spring Bazaar  12-5 Asbury Park Convention Hall Asbury Park, NJ

June 18 – Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show  9-4 Beach Ave Ocean Grove, NJ

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First show of the year!

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We are so excited to be invited back to the Asbury Park Bazaar Valentine’s market, Can’t buy me love ! We will be in the Convention hall on Sunday, February 12, 12-6. We look forward to seeing you!

 

We offer personalized romantic wood burnings of trees with a heart and your initials “carved” into it. You can order them on our Etsy site beforehand so they will be ready for you to pick up at the Valentine’s Bazaar. Use code CANTBUYMELOVE at Etsy checkout to avoid shipping charges if you are attending. Orders must be placed buy February 8 in order to have them ready for you to pick up at the February 12 market.

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Where do the sachets fit in?

 

Before there was an official Forage Workshop, I dabbled in lots of different mediums in art and in crafts. I started making sachets filled with balsam mainly for myself, I LOVE the smell of balsam, and to give as holiday gifts. The eye pillows were a soon second for exactly the same reason. I soon found that I had more than I needed, but I wanted to make even more, it was such a satisfying process! So I went downtown and talked to a local shop owner who suggested I put them in the towns seasonal holiday boutique. I put in a bunch of balsam sachets and some catnip toys as well. (another creation I had started making mostly for my own cat, Moose) Both items sold very well! I even had my balsam sachets featured in a blog! It was such a gratifying experience! I was hooked.

I kept at it, returning the following holiday season to sell in a local shop and to be a “featured maker”. The following  year I was laid off from the full time job I had held for 12 years. I felt free to try out all of the things I had always wanted to do, including making things to sell at local craft shows and markets. Forage was officially born! My focus of course was, and still is, wood burning, but I have never left behind the spark that started it all, my sweet smelling sachets.

 

Soothing scents of lavender and chamomile

 

return of the light

Let me start by saying I am a summer baby, long days, green leaves and hot temperatures is when I am in my element for sure. Winter doesn’t suit me, a colorless cold, dark world just sends me hibernating with the bears. My brain and production levels slow down as soon as it’s dark, which makes the Christmas crazy time a real push for me. (Which may have been how I was susceptible to this nasty cold I still can’t shake) Even though most of winter still looms ahead, the solstice brings me peace of mind. The Christmas rush is over, and best of all, the light is coming! I have this app I like to look at after the solstice, called Daylight. It tells you the sunrise and sunset times for every day and every location. I love to watch the hours extend and the pie chart go back into balance.

Recently, I was working on a new version of my “Happy Solstice”ornament for myself. I am a big fan of ravens and I decided to include one in the branches of the tree.  Looking at it, I wondered if indeed the raven was connected to the solstice and curious as to what prompted me to include him. I started looking for stories about the two, and lo and behold it turns out that the Raven brings back the light. Check out this story I read on imaginativeworlds.com.FullSizeRender (3)

HOW RAVEN STOLE THE SUN
Once upon a time, a mean old chief hoarded the only light in the world. He did not want to share it. Raven decided that he could no longer tolerate this after growing tired of flying in the dark. He turned himself into a cedar leaf and fell into the chief’s dwelling.

Raven, as the cedar leaf, fluttered into a drink that the chief’s daughter was drinking. She unwittingly swallowed raven down with a gulp of her drink. She immediately became pregnant and gave birth. Her baby had hair as black as a raven’s, dark glowing eyes, and an awfully short temper. If the baby was bored, it would shriek. The chief ordered that the baby was to receive anything it wanted. One gift the baby got was a bag of shining stars. It liked the stars very much, until it accidentally threw them up through the smoke hole in the ceiling. The stars then scattered across the sky.

The baby grew bored yet again. It gave out more violent shrieks. It finally received a bag containing the Moon, and played with it happily. It remained pacified with the Moon until the Moon bounced out of the dwelling through the smoke hole.

The baby was angrier than it had ever been. Everyone searched desperately for anything to occupy the screaming child. All the gifts it received were rejected, as it pointed to the bag with the sun in it. The household finally gave the baby what it wanted, but did it reluctantly. But instead of opening the bag, the baby turned back into Raven, who flew through the smoke hole with the bag of light in his beak.. This was how Raven stole the Sun. Raven spread the light of the Sun throughout the world.

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Happy Solstice everybody! Rejoice in the return of the light.

healing

So this is my busiest holiday season ever! I’m so grateful for the overwhelming response that some of my new designs have gotten, as well as the remaining popularity of some of my old favorites. But the busyness has taken it’s toll on me and I seemed to have picked up a nasty bug. Lucky for me, I rarely get sick, but this cold took both me and the hubs out in the same week!

There is only so much that rose hips, nyquil, and netflix marathons can do to make you better (though they all have their roles, for sure) . I would have liked to go to yoga, but I skipped class for the better health of my fellow yogis, and for fear that all those down dogs and forward folds might have me drowning in my own snot. (that visual too much? I’m sorry)

Today, I had no choice but to run a few errands after being homebound for almost a week. I took the opportunity to go to the place that always heals me, the woods. I couldn’t make it too far mind you, no 3 mile hike for me today, so I took a very quick path to a somewhat secluded bench and just lay down and stared at the wind in the trees. I felt like I could finally breathe again.  Time and time again I go to the forest to feel better. Most of the time it’s to calm a busy mind, but on the occasion when I get a cold it seems to certainly help me physically as well.

I am hoping to get all caught up this weekend on all my orders while hubs is manning the booth at Gingerbread Wonderland. Then I will open up the Etsy shop again for some ready to ship items. Thanks to you for helping make Forage Workshop a success this year, and thanks to my friends the trees for helping me feel better, again and again.