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coolest site I have seen in a long time

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

https://www.41pounds.org/
I signed up right away and will let you know the results. When I was driving home up 5 I passed way too many logging trucks with old growth trees on them. There is simply no need to cut these ancient and yes sentient beings down. It made me so ANGRY. If it angers you as well take the action of getting off those mailing lists and sign this petition and boycott kimberly clark until they stop using old growth to make TP and kleenex.

http://www.theactionblog.com/2006/07/26/tell-kimberly-clark-use-recycled-paper-instead-of-old-forests/

overseas production

Monday, July 24, 2006

so many people are going overseas and want to know why? Here is a pricelist from an organically certified company in India who is nice to their workers etc:

1.ONESIES/BODYSUIT=0.94(USD)(WHITE 100% COTTON)

2.TEE/T SHIRT =0.69

3.BELLY BINDER =0.37

4.CAP =0.38

5.UNDERPANT =0.60

6.MITTENS =0.20

7.REC. BLANKET =1.25

8.CREEPER =0.94

9.BOOTIES =0.30

10.BURP CLOTH =0.37

11.HOODED TOWEL =1.57

12.3 PC GIFT SET =2.50

13.6 PK WASHCLOTH=0.60

14.3 PK WASHCLOTH=0.30

15.BELLY BELT =0.35

16.1 BIB =0.30

17.3 PK BIBS =0.90

18.7 DAY BIBS =2.00

19.SLEEP N PLAY =1.72

20.BATH ROBE =2.00

21.GOWN =1.20


OH MY GOD. How can I even compete? We are talking 5 times as much in the US.

Retail Space

Friday, July 07, 2006

We are checking out moving into a retail/industrial space and either renting or selling off our house. It seems about time that we grow a bit more but I am not sure 1,500 sq ft is enough and that is what we could afford right now. I think 3000 is more doable and would give us room to grow.
I am working really hard at getting into developing some interesting new products and my husband and I are bouncing around the idea of number 2. With his second book almost finished we might have more time.
We are going up to Lost Lake today with the members from our kids coop and that should be a blast.
Then next week we are off to SF to visit with friends and enjoy a mini vacation.
My mom was in town last week and we were bickering for the first part of her trip. Of course we had a nice talk the day before she left and were getting along great and then she had to get on a plane. I wish she didn't live so far away...I mean where is Leland, MS anyway?

What does Projected Revenues really mean

Saturday, July 01, 2006

It is hard when someone from a paper asks you this question in a form letter and you have to go really low because you chose to have so much going back into new products rather than marketing. You look kind of lame.
Option G is having a sample sale here in Portland this morning along with the dude who makes wallets out of duct tape so I am excited to go git me some goods AND meet one of my very favorite artists. 230 E Burnside 11-2.
I spoke with Harmony yesterday from Harmony fabrics and she rocked my boat. She prints on ORGANIC woven fabric and she was like girl, how come you still using those damn plastisol transfers. Gave me pause. I feel like I am stuck in some bad loop contributing to the environmental degradation of our planet just like everybody else. I keep justifying it by convincing myself that it takes little steps to get to where you need to be and it is a huge risk for me. Plus, screening on t-shirts will increase my inventory and give me little room to experiment with new designs. I will be stuck coming out with 6 or 8 a season and if they don't fly I am stuck with tees I can't get rid of. There would be no sweet toast, no emma goldman, no new artists.
A lot of people I know who run their own business have a second income contributed by their partner but if your partner is a writer/artist/homemaker you don't have that cushion.