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.

Cedar Soap Dish and Cotton Scrubby at Om Shanti HandcraftsThe 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.

Everything but the Soap (soap included)

Wrap em all up in a bit of raffia and it'll make a great off-to-college, new home, or shower gift!

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Comment by Kate Jones on February 25, 2011 at 12:55pm
I've been using mine for months now, and it's doing fine. Seriously, it's shrunk a little from the wash, but other than that (and a little fading) it still looks like the new ones.
Comment by Kate Jones on February 23, 2011 at 11:19pm
They totally can -- I wash the one I use for scrubbing pots all the time. It's a good point, and one I should add to the descriptions on the site -- thank you!
Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on February 23, 2011 at 11:09pm
Very cool! I'm guessing the cotton scrubbies can go in the wash if needed? I love the gift baskets idea!


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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