Today marks my very first official giveaway here as Hullabaloo Homestead! I am so honored to bring you that giveaway from a super talented crafty and inspirational family. Taryn and Jeff and little Bracken head up two sweet etsy shops, Wooly Moss Roots and Mystic Orb, of which both are filled to the brim with homemade goodness! Wooly Moss Roots offers wooden buttons, wooly delights, and herbal goodness. You can visit Taryn and Jeff, get shop updates, and read about some of their adventures in living life sustainably and homesteading on the Wooly Moss Roots blog. In Taryn’s words,
“We offer high-quality, handmade wooden buttons for knitters, sewers, and crafters, in a wide variety of reclaimed woods. We go above and beyond with our buttons, to bring you works of art to make your handmades even more special. We blend our love of gardening and herbs to bring you natural body care products (like salves and tooth powder), seeds, and more. And we delight in creating wool things for you to enjoy, from purses and pouches to cowls and wool creatures.”
Welcome Taryn and Jeff!
Tell us a bit about you and your family.
Taryn: Hello! My name is Taryn. I live on a small mountain homestead with my husband Jeff and our one year old son Bracken (will be two in October) in the Oregon Coastal Range. We are self employed and chose this path so that we could spend our days together as a family and to pursue our homesteading passions. We love gardening and are all happiest when we’re out there working on a project together. We sell our wood-working, wool-working, and herb-makings at a nearby art market and online on our Wooly Moss Roots shop and our Mystic Orb shop.
Tell us a bit about your shops and the passions that drive them.
Taryn: We started out with our Mystic Orb shop, selling natural wooden jewelry and wood creations for the home and garden. Jeff is the wood carver. I do the handwriting on many of our garden signs and inspirational magnets, then he carves them. He is so creative and I love seeing what he comes up with next. Each day he emerges from his workshop with something different, from an intricately carved spoon, a box, a journal, to a carved tree necklace. I love the excitement on his face over every piece of wood he chooses.
After we started making handmade wooden buttons and herbal salves with organic herbs from our garden, we felt inspired to open a second Etsy shop. That’s how our Wooly Moss Roots shop began. We loved making buttons and were delighted by the feedback we got about them. We started making natural body care products for ourselves because we learned how toxic many mainstream products were and we wanted healthy alternatives. Other people started showing an interest in the healthy products we were making for our family and that inspired us to keep adding more herbal products to our shop to share with the world. (And we have ideas for so many more to make.) We also have wool creations in our shop, we both love to felt and I love to knit.
We absolutely love making things by hand and our businesses give us a wonderful opportunity to share those things with others.
What do you find works best in balancing home, life, work, and family?
Taryn: Good question. Each day and season has it’s own rhythm. Our work requires time indoors, working in the shop and working on the computer. We love what we do and could keep going and going (and going!), but we need to balance our indoor time with outdoor time. We eat our meals together, making a point to relax during mealtimes, and also take regular “breathers” throughout the day to walk around our garden. (We also love gardening and could spend all our time out there!) We always have a lot going on, our life is very full because we have so many interests and passions. Home, life, work, and family are all very blended for us, very intertwined. This morning Bracken and I took a walk around the garden and then harvested a basket of St. John’s Wort, which we’ll use in our Magical Healing Salve. And then all three of us organized wood in Jeff’s workshop. I tied buttons on cards during Bracken’s nap and Jeff carved.
When it’s time to make dinner each night, we finally say “okay, we’re done working for the day” and then we spend our evenings being present with each other before bedtime.
Do you have a favorite item in one of your shops that you enjoy creating most?
Taryn: We really love making it all. I go through spurts where I have certain areas I love to work in most. Lately it’s been wool. I just can’t get enough felting and have been making lots of felted pouches, bags, and purses. I asked Jeff this question and he replied “I don’t have a particular favorite item to make. What I like is the surprise I get when a new inspiration comes. Every one is different. I like new things happening, when Spirit moves the creation.”
What words of wisdom from your experience can you offer others that support your way of life and living more sustainably?
Taryn: Most importantly, do what you love! Take steps towards your dreams every day, even if they seem like small ones at the time. Eventually, with each step, you’ll be surrounding yourself and creating your life with things that bring you joy.
Also, be brave in diving in to learning new things, even if you feel intimidated. Doing is the only way we really learn and the act of creating is what satisfies us all.
I’ve learned a lot from Jeff about living simply and the power of creativity. There were times we wanted to do something around the place, but didn’t have the money to do it. My mind would think “Well, I guess we’ll have to save up then.” But Jeff had another approach. Jeff’s imagination would go wild, he loved the challenge and things always came together in the most amazing ways. (It’s how we built a greenhouse for $5, a woodshed for $25, and a goat house for free.) We’ve also appreciated bartering. Not only is it wonderful to share gifts, but it deepens connections with community and those around us. Watching Jeff’s “can do” attitude in action, I took to heart “bloom where you are planted” and to make the most of what you have.
Simplifying our life and “living on less” has deepened our gratitude for each and every thing in our life. If we wait to be happy till everything is just how we want it, we’ll never be happy. So each day we do our best to build our dreams with what we have, right here, right now. And to take pleasure in the simple things- birds singing, the scent of a blooming flower, good food…
I guess what I’m trying to say is to start today. Why wait? If you dream of having a garden, but don’t have the space… why not put some potted herbs in the windowsill? If you dream of a flock of sheep someday (like we do)… why not get some wool to play with? Anything is possible. (Even a $5 greenhouse.)
Taryn and Jeff are super generously offering TWO lucky winners $30 gift certificates good to either of their etsy shops! They are also offering FREE SHIPPING to everyone (US orders only) on their orders, good for both shops, from now until this Wednesday, July 11th. Just make sure to use the
coupon code: HULLABALOO HOMESTEAD
at check out! This giveaway IS OPEN worldwide!
To enter simply leave a comment below! COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED
For a second entry hop on over to Wooly Moss Roots or Mystic Orb and take a look around. Come back and leave another comment letting us know of something that catches your eye over in one of the shops!
For a third entry hit “like” button for the Wooly Moss Roots facebook page.
**Please make sure to enter each entry separately in it’s own comment below.**
This giveaway will close FRIDAY morning 8am EST. The winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced in this post shortly after.
Thank you so much to Taryn and Jeff for all of your generosity and inspiration. You are both such kind and talented folks! And another side note, if anyone knows of a local yarn shop nearby to them who might be interested in stocking some of these amazing wooden buttons, the Wooly Moss Roots blog has a pretty awesome incentive going on.
And our winners ARE:
Helena who says, “What an inspiring interview! Why not just break away from the grind of todays city living, and just be, and do just great, actually probably better mentally? I’m so very impressed. Thank you”
Megan who says, “I love the Carved Celtic Knot Button in Antique Ivory”