This weekend I am hosting a giveaway from Jeff and Taryn of Wooly Moss Roots. I have enjoyed getting to know them at Taryn’s blog, also called Wooly Moss Roots, and have some of their beautiful buttons tucked in a drawer waiting for the perfect knitting project. I know firsthand how gorgeous their work is and am so pleased to be introducing you all to to them today. I asked Taryn to share a bit about her family and their business with you:
We are The Wilson Family- Jeff, Taryn and Bracken. We live on a small homestead in the Oregon Coastal Range. Our days are dedicated to each other, our family business, and homesteading pursuits. Our family business began shortly after Jeff and I met. Jeff had spent much of his life “putting his dreams on hold” and having every job under the sun to make ends meet. When we met, he had two jobs, was working long hours (starting at 2 am) and was still struggling to pay the bills. He was sleep deprived and didn’t have enough hours left after his jobs to work on the homestead, which was where his heart was. I was new to homesteading and I was hooked. So we took a leap of faith, saying “why not?” quit all the outside jobs and started our business. (Plus, we were crazy about each other and wanted to spend all our time together, so having our own business was great for that too.)
We started selling at the local art market and opened our first online shop, Mystic Orb, selling natural wooden jewelry and wood creations for the home. We grew a garden, raised milk goats, and had eggs from our chickens. We were great at “living on less” and even when it was a challenge to pay the bills, we were always well fed.
We started branching out in our business. Jeff created some wood buttons and we were happily surprised by how much people loved them, so we started making more. As our items started expanding even more, we decided to open a second online shop, Wooly Moss Roots. We’ve been busy filling it with lots of handmade things- wooden buttons, wooly delights, and herbal goodness- ever since. We love working with wood, wool, and herbs.
We offer wooden buttons to make your handmades, that you pour so much time and energy into, even more special. We love to create handmade wooden buttons for knitters, sewers, crafters and creative people of all kinds! We’re happy to create custom sets for your projects.
To create our buttons, we start by selecting the most beautiful woods, which are almost always reclaimed and usually local as well. Then we slice them and each button goes through a long shaping and sanding process (at least four sanding and two polishing stages.) Then they are drilled, oiled with a natural finish, and polished on the buffing wheel. Finally we arrange them in families on a card. Each one lovingly handmade from start to finish. We pour a lot of energy into every button, treating each as an individual work of art.
We offer herbal goodness to nurture your body and spirit. We love having an outlet for sharing our passion for health and nutrition with the world and we feel really good about offering healthy alternatives to conventional body care products. We have herbal salves made with organic herbs from our garden (some in handmade wood boxes), organic herb seeds and plants, tooth powder (a healthy alternative to toothpaste), and natural perfumes made with pure essential oils. We’re happy to have a place to share the bounty of our homestead and are dreaming up many more products to offer soon.
We offer wooly creations to delight your imagination. You’ll find a few wool goods interspersed throughout the many buttons and herbals. Our wool creations are quite eclectic; from cowls, purses, and drawer sachets, to wooly creatures and dolls.
We truly love what we do and we feel so grateful when we can share it with others and bring them joy. Our motto is “Feeding The Joy… naturally.” Jeff says “Everything we make is a gift for someone and what could be better than that?” We work really hard and it’s all worth it.
For the giveaway we are giving away 6 items to 6 winners:
-3 Sets of Buttons (pictured above)
(1 carved tree button in reclaimed buckthorn wood. 1 set of 4 buttons in reclaimed western red cedar. 1 set of 6 buttons in reclaimed sassafras wood.)
-1 Magical Healing Salve
-1 Peppermint Tooth Powder
-1 Peppermint Lip Balm
In addition, we would like to give out two coupon codes:
Code: SMALLTHINGS20 will give 20% off and will be good from Saturday the 14th to Monday night the 16th.
Code: SMALLTHINGS15 will give 15% off and will be good for one week from Saturday the 14th to Saturday the 21st.
For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. International entries are welcome. Comments will be closed and winners chosen on Monday, April 16th.
The winners are:
Suzette “What beautiful buttons, especially the tree button! I really hope I win.”
Hinterland Mama “I absolutely loved reading about Jeff and Taryn (Bracken is such a beautiful name). I love their passion, love, ideals. Everything. This giveaway is wonderful. Full of gifts. Truly.I am off to spread the word. I have several friends I know will love what these guys are about too, and their beautiful creations. Thank you for introducing them, Ginny ღ
jackie “The buttons are beautiful! and as a knitter they would look beautiful on a handcrafted article, but i especially love the herbal products! Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!”
Pamela “Those buttons are breath-taking! I have a hand-knit baby sweater that has been waiting for the perfect set of buttons…I think that I just found them!”
Teresa “Wow, these buttons are gorgeous!”
Kimber “ I just love Jeff and Taryn’s creations..hoping to try their tooth powder soon too!
Thank you Jeff and Taryn!”