What comes easy to city folk, is harder to obtain to those living off-grid. Today we ran out of AA batteries for our radio. It is our only electronic device for entertainment besides cell phones without streaming internet. We always purchase bulk battery packs monthly and prices went up, while searching for bargains, time ran out and now an extra trip to town will be required. These needs become critical when it comes to lighting, water, firewood and even jewelry glue. Having extra basic needs hand is must for us living in the woods. Consider your daily comforts today and what you have on hand to enjoy them day in, day out just in case your local sources disappeared.
When we started Henna’s Happy Hemp, we had no idea how fast our business would grow, the fans and the friends we have made, nor the demand for arts of animal fur and parts. With this new direction, we will be exploring leather works, silversmithing, flint knapping and native American jewelry. We also plan to become an experience for our customers to step back in time to the fur trading era of mountain men. We hope you’ll stay with us for this new direction.
We started displaying our jewelry at local fairs and festivals back in March. It really helped us get our feet wet and grow our fan base. These days we are more focused on custom designs and national sales for authentic animal parts accessories. It’s fun to do craft booths, but we dont do it for the money.
Beds are overrated. Ha ha ha. My son stole needle nose piers from my toolbox and decided to stab our air mattress. The instant panic to cut a patch took over, but all three of us wound up butts on the floor and snuggled like we were in a massive hot dog bun. So, off we go to town an hour away to get another bed. This one lasted the longest, one month and one day.
My craftsmanship of everything I do shows my pride in my work. I have no insecurity about my quality or how well it’s made because I take the time, the patience, and the right products to make every piece of art worthy of my name. This is something my father taught me. He said, “If you’re going to put your name on it, the craftsmanship needs to be worthy of pride”. I take my business very seriously and get emotional when my work doesn’t seem right. I usually start over and go slower and try again to correct the errors I was unhappy with the first time. Most jewelers just keep going and work to hide the error. At Henna’s Happy Hemp Jewelry, we wont even giveaway our products with mistakes. We disassemble them and start fresh. That’s what makes us confident you will fall in love with our creations, whether it’s from our store or custom made just for you. Be Bold, Be You.
Handmade Jewelry is an art. Spending hours sorting, designing, and assembling unique works of wearables, takes dedication, patience and passion. When you purchase our handmade items, remember the labor that goes into every aspect from the hand selection of beads to the handwriting of our tags. We love what we do and it shows.
Living in the woods always gives me peace, even on my phone. There is no internet and no service for calls or texting. It allows me to focus on reading, writing and my family. It can also be a huge frustration trying to run a business without it. I have to keep lists of to-do items for online research for days that I go to town. I am thankful my customers understand and are patient. Oh the life.
Scout Drake has been bringing me baby greenbriar, known as bullbriar. Daddy made a salad with a bunch of them and buttermilk dressing. Drake knows which ones to pick. Do you know any 2 yr olds that can find a wild edible in the forest? Mine does. Thanks to his dad, the soon to be superstar survival instructor.
With temperatures topping 100°, we aren't able to do anything without heat exhaustion. I design, pre-clip and bag beads for future assembly first thing before heat pushes me out of Cabin. Then it’s outside until bedtime. Drake catches caterpillars and points out butterflies all day. We just sit in the shade waiting for sunset to cook supper. Its a non-productive summer here in the woods where chickens are the only ones that run in the sun.
Never did I think I would have to wait for the weather to cool off to enjoy my hobby of jewelry making. Since we use a special fray prohibitor and knot glue, we have to wait for the temperature of the glue to be below 80°. So, these days of summer have halted production and I am at a loss for what to do during downtime. I have decided to do more research for new and inventive ways to design jewelry. Ha ha! Cant wait to share pics!