Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
We have a nice selection of beautiful soapstone carvings from Kenya, like this great soapstone coaster set and the flamingo box pictured here. All of our soapstone carvings are fair trade items, helping support artisans with few options for a livelihood, while keeping traditional craftsmanship alive. We have coaster sets, animal figurines, plates, bowls, soap dishes, and more.
Although we're primarily known for African baskets, handmade soaps (especially beer soap and felted soap), and Nepalese felted wool products, we carry hundreds of other items. Our soapstone carving collection is just one example.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
As 2011 progresses we intend to continue to add to our line of African baskets. We have as extensive a selection of Bolga baskets as any retailer in the U.S., and are quickly building a fine selection of Zulu baskets. However, we're aware that there are many other wonderful sources of African baskets, from Darfur to Rwanda to Botswana. We are very careful in choosing our vendors, and it isn't always easy to find those products that are high quality, fair trade, reasonably priced, and reliably produced. As we find these sources look for more African baskets to be added to our website.
We're also planning to expand our line of organic baby clothing, something we're very excited about. You'll see a far larger collection on our website by the end of this quarter.
We'll continue to rotate in new types of handmade soaps and handmade shampoo bars, while continuing to stock old favorites, like our beer soap, plum spice soap, and sea salt scrub bars. We'll make sure never to run out of the very popular felted soap!We're not expecting to make huge changes this year, rather to build on what has worked and do away with what hasn't. Things have happened so fast that it's hard to believe we've only been in business nine months, and we don't want to avoid excessive growing pains as much as possible.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We again have the full range of storage Bolga baskets back in stock. These African baskets are round, lidded, and come in an array of sizes. Some have handles on the sides and the lid. The larger sizes make nice laundry baskets and are great for storing towels, toys, and other household items. The smaller ones are good for sewing kits and other sundries. For a different take on a storage basket, consider a Zulu basket. They are great for stashing dry goods like tea and spices. As with all our products, our African baskets are eligible for free shipping on orders over $100 throughout the U.S. (parcel post only). All of our Bolga baskets and Zulu baskets are fair trade products.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
We also have a couple of varieties of handmade beer soap. This amber ale beer soap has a slightly hoppy scent and a creamy texture. Our IPA beer soap smells like bread and has a bit of oatmeal for exfoliation. Beer soap is naturally antimicrobial and lathers well. These are both true natural soaps with no synthetic ingredients.
Finally, check out these soapstone coasters, which are perfect for a frosty glass!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We're expecting a nice big shipment of Bolga baskets Monday the 17th, and they should be out on the floor by Tuesday morning. These African baskets are known for their durability and functionality, and are used for everything from shopping to toy storage. Stop in and pick out a practical Bolga basket or an ornamental Zulu basket...or both! We're now carrying so many African baskets to keep up with internet orders that we no longer display all our stock on the floor, so feel free to ask to see what we have in the store room.While you're here, don't forget to check out our kiondo bags, felted soap, handmade shampoo bars, Nepalese felted wool trivets, and other treasures.