I am in a craft show in a couple of weeks and figured these journals out a couple of days ago. I was super excited, but when showing friends, got the 'meh' vibe. Do you think these are neat enough to have at a craft show?
The craftsmanship isn't great because it was my prototype, which might have affected their reactions. It is bound using a 'wrapped binding', which means that I sew through the spine, which in this case is vinyl. The pic displayed is an old one of my dad and his uncle, but can be replaced with any photograph.
Someone suggested a snap closure, but I don't like that idea - I have to play with closure yet.
uglyshyla: Thanks again for the feedback. You are bringing new thoughts to my planning process - I love it.
fantasticmio: Thanks for the heads up about the individual packaging. I have been using the reusables for so long that I am fairly seasoned. I appreciate your perspective. I will think about the demo too! That is a neat idea!
Jarheadwed: I live in Canada, so I wouldn't be of help with US regs. However, since the pad isn't used internally, I would think there would be any more regulation than that for selling underwear. I have purchased them from craft fairs, women's collectives, and health food stores.
I'm also new to craft fairs, but I'll give you my two cents. I would go with the smaller fair, for a few reasons. The opportunity to network with like-minded crafters and customers is a big bonus, and the much lower cost is good for starting out. You might learn about other local fairs that would suit you by speaking with exhibitors, and it is always a good thing to get a sense of what 'your competition' is creating, and for what price.
If the fair is in October there is plenty of time to advertise, meaning you can round up a posse to come and see your wares. I'm sure the organizers would appreciate it.
Thanks both for your feedback. The organizers seemed pumped about all my proposed items, including cloth pads, and I am assuming that most people would be generally accepting.
uglyshyla, your idea has got my mind going - I would never have thought of something like that, but it is definitely in the right direction. One of the biggest challenges for the reusable movement is breaking down the idea that products are not 'sanitary' - a large concept to fight, as the disposable industry has done much to promote the idea that period products need to be wrapped, plasticked, packaged, bleached. Putting some sort of eco-friendly wrapping on them might help...
That's an awesome idea! What was the sizing on the sweaters?
The sweaters were both approx a women's large, but they'd been felted and beaten up. Ha ha, you can even see the holes in them in the pic! The key is to have a v-neck on top, so you can stretch a bit when 'entering.'
Definitely not the most flattering thing, but the pants would have turned out better if I hadn't sewn them to the top BEFORE reconstructing. Duh.
In February my agency had a fundraiser to raise money and awareness surrounding youth homelessness: a sleepout. I was excited to do it, but needed something to help me stay warm. While scavenging for blankets at my parents house, I uncovered these fine gems:
Two old wool sweaters!
Immediately I pictured a hip, cute, joined-short-and-tank-top kind of thingy. Of course in my visions it was well-tailored, stylish, and flattering too.
Nearly delirious with excitement, I plunged forward, and lured by the prospect of full-body coverage, instead created the unitard:
You enter by the neck! It was a fabulous hit the night of the sleep out, and I was so hot at night that I had to stick my arms outside the sleeping bag (in -10 degree weather it was too cold to expose my face!).
What about using brooms? Or broom handles, but using the whole broom plays into the domestic side of things, especially if they were straw. You could sink them in a bucket, using concrete (if you're aspiring or well-networked), or a few good-sized rocks. An old fashioned wash bucket would be cool too.