Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In the news again! :)

Last March we started a fundraiser to get a speech device for our son, Kaiden - this is our happy update, aired 12/23/14! :)

KAAL TV 6 ABC News Interview

Friday, October 24, 2014

What's new!

Two new testers ready for action!
Sewing diapers for 4 years has given me time to test out different fabrics - I mean really test. I've tested the fabric by different wash routines, different detergents, and different drying methods. I admit, as a busy parent most of the time I take the most convenient route and don't treat my son's diapers as nicely as I should, since I can easily make more. I know that both using bleach and putting the diapers in the dryer weakens the fabric, shortening the lifespan of the natural-fabric diaper.  I've been using Cozy flannel for the interior layer & pocket of my flannel fitted diapers, and do not always see equal quality through the entire bolt of fabric. It's one thing if you're treating your diapers nicely, but when you're like me and treat them less-than-nice they just don't last as long as they should and that doesn't make this Mama happy! I pride myself on making a quality product!
So, it is time to test out actual "diaper flannel".  Diaper flannel is napped on both sides and is a thicker, stronger fabric than Cozy flannel. And I've been itching to try serging the edges rather than how I make them now, which is turned & topstitched.  Overall, I think turned & top stitched has a neater, cleaner look, but serging the edges takes so much less sewing time that it allows me to use better quality (re: more expensive) fabrics and still offer the diapers at a reasonable price.
The two tester diapers above are each made differently - although both have serged edges and use diaper flannel for the interior layers, the dinosaur diaper on the left is made in my usual 3 layer style - 1 layer printed Snuggle flannel, 1 inner layer diaper flannel, 1 inner diaper flannel pocket, while the bears/deer camo print has an extra full inner layer of diaper flannel making it even thicker.
Today was their first day in action.  My thoughts so far: having serged edges rather than turned/top stitched made the diapers just a tiny little bit bigger, but that could be pared down by cutting off more of the edge when serging.  The thicker one that has 3 full layers of flannel (1 snuggle flannel, 2 diaper flannel) and the pocket made of diaper flannel - since it's thicker, it looks wider when on the child just because it's thicker overall and is holding it's shape that way. I can't wait to see how they hold shape after repeated washings!  The snuggle flannel scrunches up when dried in the dryer, and I'm hoping using the thicker diaper flannel will eliminate that scrunchiness.

The hardest part about testing the new fabric is going through months of heavy use before being able to make an accurate judgement.  I do think the diaper flannel will be better, but only time will tell!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Time for the Annual July Sale!

For the entire month of July, get 10% off anything at Greenchild Creations!  Please use Etsy Coupon Code 10OFF at checkout.  :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The costs of doing business . . .

I wish I had another fun post for you - well, I can tell you about my new diaper covers!! :)  I am incredibly excited about them because they are so soft (and cute)!  I may reserve the blizzard & anti-pill fleece for my "fitted" fleece diaper covers and switch all my side-snap diaper covers to this:  Cotton print outer, soft & fluffy fleece inner, & a hidden PUL panel to help prevent compression wicking. 

What made me want to make this change?  I kept seeing that soft & fluffy fleece in the fabric store and it was calling my name . . . eventually I caved and purchased some.  And boy am I glad I did!  LOVE it!  And there are SO many more prints to choose from for a cotton outer than a fleece outer.  I did slightly revise the design; the front waist tabs have been widened a bit and now feature an extra snap.  When people refer to a cloth diapered child as having a "fluffy butt", this one really fits that name!  So far the above cotton print is the only print I have in stock, but more will come.

Oooooh I just thought of something else fun to tell you!  I have finally perfected a diaper pail spray that goes beyond reducing the ammonia stink, which my current diaper pail spray does.  This new one reduces ammonia, urine, and poop smells!  I plan to offer it in 3 scents: floral, tropical, and fruity.  Hopefully that will be ready for production this summer!  It does use vinegar and essential oils; all of which are safe for Greenchild Creations diapers, covers, & inserts.  However, please always check with your diaper manufacturer as some do not recommend those ingredients to be used on their diapers.

And on to the original intent for this post . . . the rising cost of doing business. Very recently it was signed into law that the minimum wage for the state of Minnesota, where I live, is going up (which I fully support!).  It does affect my business because with current prices, pretty soon I will be making less than minimum wage.  There have been a few times busy enough I've seriously considered hiring outside help, and I cannot pay them less than minimum wage.  What does this mean for the business?  It means prices will go up accordingly.  I've thought about following how the state of MN plans to roll it out over the next two years; whether or not my customers would want to see 3 price increases or just have one and be done with it.  I feel the best course of action is to have just one price increase, which will go into effect in August 2014.

Things like this, among others, make me truly appreciate my customers!  Because of your support, this has gone from a hobby to a real, bona fide business; something I never imagined I would do.  If someone told me 10 years ago I'd design, sew, and sell cloth diapers, I'd have said they were crazy!  It's funny where life takes you  - I am loving this journey!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fundraising time!

My little guy has been using a Vantage Lite (LAMP system) loaner unit in speech therapy and is doing fantastic!  He picked it up quicker than anyone thought he would (except me, LOL!!  I KNOW he's a smart little stinker!!).  But, since it's a loaner unit, it's time for it to be used with another child.  These speech devices, while fantastic . . . are not cheap.  We're talking a range of $6000 and up, up, up.  So . . . here we are . . . fundraising time!

Here is our GoFundMe page:  Please go check it out - donations of any size are immensely appreciated, as well as sharing his page via social media.  We're off to a great start, and are so blessed to have so many wonderfully caring people in our lives!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Reviews!

I love working with bloggers! It is truly one of the best forms of advertising! I have provided A LOT of diapers (and other product) over the last 3 years in exchange for blog reviews (most with giveaways), and have had many wonderful reviews written about them. 

Normally I do many blog reviews with giveaways each year.  I did the same last year; well I should clarify - I did send out a lot of requested product for blog reviews with giveaways.  This last year was a big learning experience for me.  This last year, I learned that while most of my bloggers have been fantastic, some are, unfortunately, not. :( My first two years, I think I only had one or two transactions that were less than stellar.  But this last year . . . sadly, I had very few that went well, and most that went . . . not well.  Product that got sent out at my expense with no review written in exchange, nor me receiving the product back; basically a lot of people got some very nice free items. At my expense!  I am not a big company; I am one person. Sometimes I need to use Etsy funds to put food on the table when things are tight, and that makes me even more thankful for all my wonderful customers!!

I've had to revise my blog policy because of this year's experiences.   I am still very happy to provide FREE diapers for blog reviews, but now there is a catch:  depending on the size and activity level of the blog (some will be exempt), all diapers must be paid for in advance.  I will provide FULL reimbursement (including shipping) as long all conditions are met, which include the time frame the review is posted, the blogger providing me with the review link, and giveaway winner information. See, easy, right? Provided the criteria is met, the diapers end up being 100% FREE.  While it was easier to just send free product, I lost a lot of money (and product!) this last year, and I really don't want to do that again, I just cannot afford it.  I hope all my bloggers understand!!

Click here to read my Etsy Shop Policies.  The Blog Policy is further down near the bottom of the page. :)