An Introduction to the A Forager's Home Shop

Autumn Forage Wreath.

Autumn Forage Wreath.

With the shop opening in the next few days, I wanted to do an introduction to some of the items that will be for sale, and why I made the decision to start selling them.  Everything here is either gathered, thrifted, or vintage.  Every item is either made by myself, or in some cases by someone I trust who fits with the ethos of what I am trying to do here.  So far I have an emphasis on home decor and jewelry items, but I am looking to expand in a few more directions in the future.

Pearly White Button Earrings.

Pearly White Button Earrings.

I have always been a maker of things.  If you have been reading my blog for a while now you will have seen me post about a few different DIY type projects.  I also have a passion for reusing items, and finding new things to make out of what might have been discarded.  Over the past few years foraging has become a passion for me, and that includes the things I have gathered to decorate my home.  

Sterling Silver Spoon Ring made for the A Forager's Home Shop by jeweller Katelyn Lane.

Sterling Silver Spoon Ring made for the A Forager's Home Shop by jeweller Katelyn Lane.

Every time I make something, people always tell me "Oh, you should sell that"!  I usually politely nod, and move the conversation along to some other topic.  I've often thought about opening some sort of shop, but I needed it to be something consistent with the other things I already do.  I also didn't want to get boxed in too specific of a corner, or make things so broad that the lack of direction became overwhelming.  I feel that by focusing on found items - whether foraged or reclaimed - that keeps the goal specific, but the definition of what that looks like remains broad.  This way I can be free to make whatever I like, and however many I like, and shift directions as I need or want to.  

Extra Large Golden Pinecone Garland.

Extra Large Golden Pinecone Garland.

Everything I do here will be limited run by definition.  There is only so much that can be ethically harvested in the wild, and only so much of something to be found in a second hand store.  I like the possibilities this opens up.  There is a lot of scope for me to be creative, which I thrive on.

Russian Olive Wreath.

Russian Olive Wreath.

I am excited to see where this takes me.  I am already blown away by the support I have received, and the kind comments that have come my way.  I love making beautiful things, and I can't wait to share them with you all.