Lightning 2015 Sum Up

2015 was a big year with lots of changes. Here it is in short.

Forest Things sold out beloved vintage camper and moved from Charlottesville, VA to Atlanta, GA.

Forest Things Camper with its new owner.

Saying goodbye to the farmhouse in Charlottesville, VA.

 

We moved into our first studio space in The Goat Farm Arts Center . 

 

Started vending at the Decatur Farmers Markets in Atlanta on Wednesdays.

We harvested lots of herbs such as Wild Rose, Elderflower, St. John's Wort, Jewelweed, and Mints.

Attended several spring craft fairs with ICE Atlanta and Indie South Fair in Athens, GA.

Traveled to Austin Texas for the Renegade Craft fair.

Participated in several pop-up shows at local boutiques like American Threads, and Squash Blossom.

Stopped offering bottled oils, lotion bars, and vinegar toners. Committed to our focus on wild harvested plants and making products only with wild plant infusions, like our salves and lip balms. Also offered a new salve that is now our most popular Elderflower + Cardamom.

Got married & went to Chile.

Traveled back up to the Renegade Craft Fair in NYC and Sugarloaf in Maryland, outside of DC.

Moved into a new studio at The Goat Farm Arts Center & got new sinks!

Finished strong with more Indie South Fair Events and the Grant Park Farmers Market.

How a Forest Thing might do a wedding and travel!

Forest Things brain child got married at the end of September. At a summer camp on a drippy weekend, surrounded by their family, friends, and dogs. Afterwards, there was a trip to Chile. The north was spent in the Atacama Desert exploring desserts, salt flats, and volcanoes, the south was spent hiking in Patagonia.  We've attached some photos in this post below of Chile, and also some photos taken by The Livelys of the wedding. Enjoy!


CAMP TON-A-WANDAH WEDDING // HENDERSONVILLE, NC


CHILE // ATACAMA DESERT // ECOCAMP PATAGONIA // VALPARAISO

CACTUS WOOD, A TRADITIONAL BUILDING MATERIAL IN THE ANTIPLANO.

PINK PEPPER TREES IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Chilean Palo Verde tree. Intoxicating aroma with fruit used to make the sweet syrup of  chañar arrope.

Salt flats with salt lakes... we floated in these and came out with a white coating of salt

Llarte is an endangered green plant in the Atacama. One of the most fascinating plants I have met. It grows extremely slow, some of these larger patches of llarte are over 3,000 years old. It produces a thick resin that the mining industry once harvested extensively because it is highly combustible. They used it to blast and mine in the region for copper. The plant is now protected.

Glacier melt spring that mingled with boiling hot geysers dumping into the canyon. It made it the perfect temperature for a dip.

Sunset dresses up the desert into a palette of colors

Rica Rica (translates to yummy yummy) is a fragrant dessert herbs used extensively for medicinal purposes but also is used in pisco sours.

Forest Things sunflow lip balm was a MUST HAVE. Approved for success in the driest desert on earth.

Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park.

Last day hike up to the towers, in Torres del Paine National Park.

Valparaiso, Chile


A Summer Harvest

This summer and late summer was a prolific, beautiful season! Filled with lush greens, rich foliage, and bright blooms! Some of the plants we were able to harvest and stock this season are following:

Agrimony

Black Alder

Elderberries

Elderflower

Goldenrod

Ground Ivy

Pine needles

Pine resin

Plantain

Jewelweed

Lobelia

Mugwort

Rose hips

Rose petals

Rose of sharon

Self-heal

St. John's Wort

Violet leaf

Walnut hulls

Walnut leaves

Wild carrot seed

Yarrow