Author: Moss of the Woods Botanical Jewelry

This week’s shop update is now live over at www.mossofthewoods.com!

Plenty of lights this week including All-Heal, Moroccan Toadflax, black Cornflower, and more!

Hey folks! I’m gonna have a fairly small update tomorrow with mostly just a whole bunch of lights, including Honeywort, black Cornflower, All-Heal,, Snakeroot, and Moroccan Toadflax, as well as an All-Heal crystalline necklace, a small Bittersweet Nightshade triangular prism necklace, and a black Cornflower pendulum.

All of these will be available tomorrow, Sunday March 29th at 1:30pm EST!

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I just wanted to give people a little update on me and the shop right now. I feel like all I did recently was be visibly panicked by the world and then disappear for a week.

Things have been tough, things have been scary. I have elderly family members who are stranded outside of the continental US, I have members of my household losing jobs, my sales are understandably down, etc, and my future looks increasingly uncertain. I don’t want to go too much into every grievance as I know there are no shortages of those in the world right now.

I’m coping in the one way I know how, with the only thing I have power over: to make art. Selfishly, I’ve become obsessed with trying to create new pieces that bring comfort and calm to people in these trying times – in my simplistic way of thinking – to combat the atmosphere of existential malaise. This has taken the form of an obsession with lamps and lights, but seeing as it is a difficult project, I’ve only settled on a single design so far.

I’ve busied myself on starting a huge lot of new projects, including a new type of desk light, new electroform pieces, a resized version of the grave moss ring, the large moon, several varieties of small, electroformed crescent moon ring, a couple earring ideas, etc.

Also, as an update to Herbstalk – an event I briefly mentioned being accepted to only right before all of this happened and the future of that event looked very uncertain – the event is still scheduled to happen in early June but unless the Massachusetts ban on gatherings is cleared before then, which I suspect it will not, it is supposedly to be rescheduled.

Still, I am gunning for all of these new projects to be done around early June and, if the event winds up cancelled, I will release them all then. That’s the plan right now – it might change, as so many things are these days.

Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) – Prism Light

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Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

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Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

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All I can do is try to make more art, better art, work harder, work as hard as I can to make the best art I’ve ever made in the hopes of compensating for this hardship. I’m so scared, but all it’s done is harden my resolve to do the one thing within my power – make art, and hopefully in doing, add some small amount of joy to the world.

I spent all last night making a giant google doc of every single idea I’ve had floating around in my head for a while, trying to pare down my designs, and today I’m going to spend the entire day just starting like 15 new projects and getting to work on them as fast as I can.

In the meantime, if you’re financially able, please please, please support artists out there, we’re all feeling like this. I have a bunch of cool Nightshade pieces still in my shop from Sunday if you’re interested in browsing:

Click here for my shop (thank you so much for your support)

That dress turned out lovely!! I really like the dimension you put into the leaves especially!

Thank you so much! I’m not a super great hand embroiderer but I at least know how to do a fishbone stitch, which whips up some nice leaves.

Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

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Stuck in the house means new dress! With literally one day left of winter, I finished this Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) dress that I started embroidering in January.

Coupled with my trusty old Yarrow statement piece necklace – and also featuring one of the first new leaves on my beloved Wormwood plants in my Wormwood garden I took these next to!