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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 28, 2006 12:14:24 PM
Okay. Here's Katie's last innovation. I really need to do another bag, now that I look at it. First try. Anyways.

It needs a name, so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Together:


Bag Close-Up


The entire thing includes a cloth pad with liner/pouch, a lovely cosmetic inspired case, and a mildly entertaining story about my period (that honestly does not cross into TMI!) and a 'fact' sheet- cloth vs. commercial pads.

Let me know what you think, and how much I should charge for it!

12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 28, 2006 06:04:37 AM
It is the three pack of menstrual pads. I don't know where the pictures went: but at least the items back! As soon as I find the pictures, I'll repost them!
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 28, 2006 05:12:46 AM
Okay. So I posted an item. It hasn't been bought, but it dissapeared from my shop! When I check the bills, it shows that it was listed, but instead of an image, has a gray box. What on earth has happened?

~Katie

ETA: I refreshed the page, and now it's back. But it doesn't have the pictures that I took. *Grump*
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Suffragette/History of Women's Rights Swap? on: April 28, 2006 05:10:54 AM
I'd love to do this swap, but I can't organize either...
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 27, 2006 10:49:59 AM
Just a note: a fun way to make things more polished (I worked at a camp this summer, and was the hemp necklace queen) is to use a real jewelry clasp in a hemp necklace. When you make the loop when you start your necklace, slip in a clasp. It makes it easier to get on/off and looks a little bit nicer.

That's just me, though.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 27, 2006 07:32:46 AM
Okay.

Here was yesterday's crafty success: packaging!

Overall: Okay. Please ignore my lack of taking focused picture ability. Honestly. I'm really good at some photography... just not this.



And then a close up...

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: April 26, 2006 06:28:53 PM
That's not terribly exciting.

Grump.

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: April 26, 2006 06:19:28 PM
What's in it, though, Hertrigger?

Your mom says that you get to go to Joanns on Saturday to pick out supplies for your first clothing and textile project... and you're just thrilled. More than I should be, prolly.

~Katie
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 26, 2006 06:14:07 PM
Wow! This thread has grown like... 4 pages. Thanks to the guys who pmed me about my grammar...  Grin


americandemockracy: i am soooo intrigued by your product.  i can't proofread to save my life,  but i like the tone of it.  i clicked on your link in your signature to take a peek into your shop, but it didn't work... might be a problem on my end, but maybe check that out?  also, i'll send you a convo, but i think my friend katrina (http://www.weareupinarms.com) might be interested in some, if you're willing to do consignment (or wholesale).  they're away this week (at coachella, lucky ducks!) but i'll convo you more info.


Let me know, sarawearsskirts! I tried the link in my signature and it worked... but if it doesn't for anyone else...

http://javastain.etsy.com

I came up with the coolest packaging ever today. Posting pictures tomorrow...

~Katie
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 25, 2006 03:17:30 PM
Okay, grammar police. I'm working on a little booklet to distribute with my products. Here's my first draft. I'd love it if anyone would read through it and check fun things like grammer etc.

About Us
The owners of Red Flowers are two gals just striving to make a difference in how women see themselves and their periods.

Each and every product is handmade with love using the finest quality supplies that we can find. Every seam is double stitched, and every assurance is made so that we know that everything were distributing is the very best it can be.

Our Mission
As the owners of Red Flowers, we strive to bring you our consumer and our world only the best.  By encouraging the use of environmentally friendly alternatives to commercial menstrual pads and tampons, and making them easily available, we hope to change womens minds about their periods one person at a time.
Because its your period, and its  beautiful. thing.

Period
Now. Lets talk about women for a minute. And lets start being honest. Because, come on. Women hold the world and its future on their capable and beautiful shoulders.  And they menstruate. Yanno. Get their period. And most of them put up with bleached tampons and plastic pads that crinkle and smell and are killer on the environment and arent very fun to wear. Ick. But the revolutions here.  Welcome to the world of cloth pads and tampons.

About
I hand make every single pad with lots of love.  The materials are all top quality,  and will last you for years.
Each pad that you order comes with an outside and a removable liner. The liners are high absorbency microfiber towels or terricloth You can wear one liner, two liners or none at all! Because its all about you.  Try a cycle using cloth pads or tampons see what you think.
The outsides of the pads are made with either flannel or cotton.  I wash all of these materials, but I suggest that you wash your pad before you wear it just because you may be sensitive to my detergent, especially since its getting all up close and personal with your private parts. Okay. Everyone. Its time for a really embarrassed giggle.
Because every women is different and that includes your sizes I dont sew on the Velcro, which is used to close the wings you do. This insures that the Velcro will fit you and your pad wont twist around, like many are apt to do.
and your pad wont twist around, like many are apt to do.

But I promise. It feels good. And if you dont like it, well. Thats okay too. Because its your period. And youre in control.

Thank you ever so much!

Katie

PS Please feel free to contact me or my business partner!

Use of
You can wear your pad for four to eight hours or more, or less, depending on your flow and what you think.  You can swap out a liner, or put another one it, or change the entire pad as often (or as infrequently!) as youd like. Now that weve got all that figured out. 
Once youre done with your pad for the day,  there are several things you can do.  Personally, I like to stash my pads during my period in a canister in my room thats a mixture of vinegar and water.  At the end of my period, I toss them into a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes and dry them on high with my towels.
vinegar and water.  At the end of my period, I toss them into a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes and dry them on high with my towels.
Some people will clean their pads, and leave them soaking in laundry detergent and water after use.  Everyone is different youve got to figure it out for yourself.  I would recommend exposing your pads to some sort of cleaning agent though, during the week, as well as heat such as water or a dryer.  Its never happened to me, but I assume that something gross would happen and the blood would start to smell. Anyways. 

On the Go
When you change your cloth pad or tampon and youre out and about, what do you do with the old one?  Well,  you can stash them in a sandwich baggie, or something of the sort, or, if youd like, a cloth bag lined with vinyl (which I happen to sell as well. Thats a funny thing, isnt it?) If youre worried about it smelling, throw in a tablespoon of baking soda, and itll neutralize any odors. 

Thanks, guys!
~Katie
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