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08 November 2011

Handmade Holiday






I'm joining Plain and Joyful Living's Handmade Holiday (a day late...) I am calling these "Aunt Elizabeth's Gift Sets" in honor of my great aunt--who loved to knit washcloths, would have loved these glass jars and would have appreciated a good old fashioned bar of soap. :) I'll be gifting some of these, but also selling some at our local craft fairs and on etsy.

16 comments:

  1. I just love, love this idea of packaging in the jars!
    Thank you for sharing. I would like to feature this idea next MOnday if that is ok with you.
    Warm wishes,
    Tonya

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  2. Thanks, Tonya--I'd love to be featured!
    Warmly,
    Kris

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  3. Love them! Funny that you named this after an aunt as I named the dishclothes i knit after a favorite knitting aunt as well!

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  4. Auntin is smiling at you! She always wanted you to sell them!

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  5. these are wonderful, I am posting them on pininterest and facebook

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  6. What a great idea!! I'm always trying to come up with different and "green" ideas of packing gifts and I adore this one! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I love this idea and I have been to your Etsy shop...I was wondering if you could show some of your wash clothes out of the jar?

    ~~Renee

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  8. I should have photos of the wash cloths! I'll work on that! :)

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  9. My husband & I just had such a funny conversation about these. He was walking through the room just in time to hear me gush about how cute they are & what a good idea. He took a look at them & just didn't see the attraction. I tried explaining how cute "farmbaby soap" in an old fashioned canning jar and how traditional & natural the whole thing looked, etc. I told him it's because he's not a woman in love with traditional, old fashioned, farmy stuff & that your product has awesome presentation. He still didn't get it. BUT- you know what's funny, and you may already know this, but we've read that a whopping 94% of sales made on Etsy are by *women*. So there!! lol Your pretty product is perfect for the crowd you are marketing to. Women! :)

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  10. Ha! sounds like my husband--who thinks they are "alright"... i was like "i'd love to buy a gift like this!!" ;) we'll see how they go over at the craft fair we're headed to this week (where most of the shoppers are...women!) :)

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  11. Do you guys sell at farmers markets during the summer & craft fairs during winter? What does your husband do for a living if you don"t mind my asking?
    :)

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  12. Well, we have a lot of things we do... He has a lawn care business (no employees, just lawn accounts for himself), we do farmers' markets with meats and veggies (some crafts) at a few small, local markets, we do only one big craft fair in the winter, we sell meats/veggies/eggs from our home (the meats/eggs all year long, veggies in the summer), he has milked once or twice a week at local farms, I have waitressed a night or two for many years and now work part-time at our small, local co-op (for the winter). Soooo, we kinda do a lot of things. ;) He's been slowly transitioning to less lawn business/more farming over the past few years. I'm curious what your husband does, too--did he have to find a new job for your move?

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  13. Hmm, neat!
    So, what do VT laws have you do in order to sell meat at markets & from home? Like, are you required to have the animals butchered at a certified processing facility or can you butcher them yourselves at home? And how do you sell your products from home? Like, do people just stream onto your property at any given time & knock on your door, or do you have a farm store with regular hours?

    My husband was a software guy before we moved. His company allowed him to keep his job but work from home after we moved so that was really cool. But we knew that that couldn't last forever & we were taking a risk moving somewhere so rural. His whole department was closed down just a few weeks ago & he was laid off. SOoooOOoo that's why all this is on my mind- we're brainstorming & analyzing & trying to imagine other ways we could make income from where we are instead of my husband having to commute 1.5 hours to town in order to work a regular software job full time. He may end up having to do that, he may find something in the tiny town nearby, he may just stay on unemployment for some time while we experiment. :) We're looking at Etsy, or selling farm products, or other things...And we're constantly impressed by the clever, creative stuff so many people have come up with to sell! There's some really neat stuff on Etsy.

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  14. I'm sorry to hear that he lost his job... Vermont is a different kind of rural than what it sounds like in northern Idaho. Here, there are small villages (300-2000 people) every 5-10 miles, with very few large cities (the largest near us--and 2nd largest in the state i think-- is about 15,000 people and 25 minutes away). That means that we have lots of local places to sell our meats and get regular traffic on our road...so people just stop in when we're home to buy meats and we have a self-serve egg fridge. In the summer, we have a small farmstand that is open during the day.
    To sell meats here, we have to have the animals slaughtered at a USDA facility and cut/packaged there, also. Even if we sell wholesale (which we often do--40 pound mixes of meat for a set price), it needs to be processed this way. There is also a $15 meat license that we apply for every year.
    Obviously--I don't make a lot from my etsy shop, but it's a nice outlet for me with a bit of extra money every now and then. I'm sure with more frequent posting and more effort on my part to advertise on blogs/etc, I could have more sales, but I'm too busy with things at home to do more with that. I'm thrilled to have a part-time job at a place that I love right now. ;)
    Good luck with your brainstorming--I'm sure it's a mix of both stress but also excitement figuring out what you can do next! I'd love to stay posted on all of that. :)

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  15. Hm, interesting! Thanks for sharing about what you do. We are having fun brainstorming & enjoy hearing how others use a mixture of ideas to bring in income.

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