Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Newest Shop

I am SO excited :) My newest shop is now up and running. I am very happy to be working with Clothpadshop.com. Here's the link to the new shop:
http://us.clothpadshop.com/store_about/49
There is also a link in the side bar :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Going, Going, Gone..

14 orders shipped out today :) It was a busy weekend, but hopefully everyone is happy with the turn around time. I am trying to get my ship time down to one week. It's a challenge, but I think doable.

Update with cloth diapers. I have the patterns ready. I am making cloth diapers that you use with a cover. I think they are the easiest to use. I may sell the covers & AIO's later on, but right now, just the cloth diapers with your choice of snaps, velcro, or no fasteners at all. I am ordering the supplies now, so they should be for sale sometime in September.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Today, a slight delay

Well, today I had my eyes dialated for the first time. I can't see anything. I can barely see to type this, so if there are mistakes, I apologize. I am taking a night off from sewing, but will make up for it this weekend. I apologize if your order is slightly delayed for the circumstance. I will have everything caught up for Monday's pick up.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cloth Diapers, Coming SOON!

My venture to make and sell cloth diapers is getting closer. I have finally drafted a pattern that works well to fit the shape of my little girl. I am now testing materials & absorbency. I think I am going to sell them as a basic AIO diaper with an added diaper doubler set. This way you can customize to your little one's needs. They would have PUL in them as the waterproof membrane. I can also make them with no PUL but you would have to use a diaper cover.

If anyone is interested in doing a product trial for me, please let me know. I would like to get a few road tested before I actually list them for sale.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I'm finished nursing, now what do I do with these pads??

Okay, so you spent however long with a little one nursing. Now you are left with these nursing pads you probably have used everyday. They still should be in perfectly usable condition, but now you don't have a need. Well, I have come up with ways to keep using your nursing pads long after you have finished breast feeding.

Idea 1:
You can use them as cotton rounds to apply toner & remove make-up. They are larger than the ones I specifically make for this, but work well. I use my old nursing pads for this and they are working just fine. (I tried both the normal & the leak proof)

Idea 2:
Your little one will like playing memory games soon. You can use them on the floor to play any combination of memory since they all have the same backing and are in pairs. My son loves playing this game. The great thing is if the kids are playing with them and a younger sibling starts chewing on them, the game isn't ruined. Also, they don't hurt to step on them & you can throw them in the washing machine if they get gross.

Idea 3:
Blotting cloths. Yes ladies, we can save so many trees by using blotting cloths instead of T.P. when we just need to blot. If you already use cloth menstrual pads, these are a breeze. There isn't any special instructions, just wash with normal laundry since they just have minimal urine on them. One study I read said you could reduce toilet paper usage by up to ninety percent by using blotting cloths.

Idea 4:
Coasters. You picked cute patterns you like to look at, why not use them as coasters and keep enjoying them. Plus, you can laugh when people ask you where you got such cute coasters.

Idea 5:
Donate them to a women's shelter. New moms with limited means would love to have these items to use with their new little ones, but don't have the means to attain them. Sharing them will hopefully encourage women to breast feed their new ones.

These are just a few ideas I have come up with. If you have any ideas, please share them with me.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, 10 Steps I'm taking towards being Green

I know I make things to help reduce waste and help live life a little bit more respectful of the planet. I am also trying to take steps to be as Eco-friendly as possible with business practices.

Step 1: Use the heat wave here in Ohio to my advantage. I am currently hanging all of my fabrics out to dry in the warm sun. They are drying super fast & I am not using the dryer. (Helps keep the house cooler + no energy wasted)

Step 2: I am washing multiple yards of fabric together. Instead of doing each fabric in a separate load, I wash all fabrics for the business together in fewer loads. (Using less water & energy)

Step 3: I do not include a copy of the invoice in the package when shipped. Most people just throw this away anyways. (reduced paper consumption by half)

Step 4: I use tissue paper to wrap my items so that it can by recycled upon arrival.

Step 5: I use fabric scraps down to 3" & I sell all scrap batting in bulk for others to use. (Less trash)

Step 6: I buy in bulk to reduce trips to the store or deliveries to my house. (less fuel consumption)

Step 7: No trash bags!! Nothing I throw away needs to have a bag, so I empty straight into the dumpster what little I do throw away. This saves 1 trash bag a week from the landfill.

Step 8: No lights during the day. If you come to my house during the day, you won't find any lights on. When we do have to use lights, we use CFL's (disposed of appropriately when burnt out)

Step 9: I mail all domestic packages through USPS directly from my home (saves fuel from trips to the post office daily)

Step 10: I make my own laundry soap to wash all materials with. (reduce consumption of consumer goods)