I really wasn't sure what to call them. 'Accessories' seems so...impersonal. I went looking for synonyms and didn't get anywhere useful. I sew in my free time, and when you're sewing you call these sorts of things 'notions
', so that's what I settled on.
What am I on about? Just this: after three years of selling naught but my own work I've decided to add to my wares. I did a lot of searching and a lot of product testing and in the end I've found a couple of things I think are worthy to stand with my own products -- cedar soap dishes and crocheted cotton scrubbies, to be specific.
They're handmade, high quality, and environmentally sound of course. Nothing less than the best here -- I'm picky. After selling only my own work for so long I wasn't going to add anything I didn't absolutely love
. So I didn't.
The soap dishes
are made from reclaimed cedar -- mill ends and such that would normally be used for firewood or woodchips. Conserving natural resources like this is one of the things I think is important, so this was a huge selling point for me when I chose these.
They're unfinished -- and they don't need anything other than the beautiful close grain of the cedar to look great. Their beautiful scent doesn't get covered up that way, either.
The grooves cut into each one allow your soap to drain between uses, which helps it last a lot longer -- an important consideration with handmade soap!
I love these. I totally
stole the first one out of the box for my shower stall. Cedar soap dishes
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I traded soap for these crocheted cotton scrubbies
. They're by a friend of mine -- and she does lovely work. I traded for a couple for myself, and liked them so much I had to have more. They're perfect
with handmade soap -- they really carry the suds well, and they've got a great texture.
I keep one in my shower, and another in the kitchen to scrub pots and countertops.They're got plenty of other uses as well. They come in a bunch of different colours -- check them all out here
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I even have a new gift set where you can get both -- Everything but the Soap
. Which is, err, actually everything including
the soap. One bar of soap (of your choice
), one cedar soap dish, one cotton scrubbie.
Wrap em all up in a bit of raffia and it'll make a great off-to-college, new home, or shower gift!