One of the great things about handmade beauty is the ability to get almost any product in a sample size. Most artisans either list samples as part of their regular inventory. Or they will accommodate requests for sample listings. I have also had the good fortune to receive a number of samples with orders.
Yes, this is a seller of vintage clothing and not anything handmade, but I want to point out the beautiful product photography to you. This is wonderful work.
By Kitty and The Baby (or possibly her assistant :)
In The Dairy State of Wisconsin legislators are being urged to allow the sale of “raw” (unpasteurized) milk to consumers and their decision is expected to set national precedence. The battle, ultimately, centers on public health. Proponents tout the health benefits of the product. Meanwhile the opposition fears the potential compromise of public health should the measure pass and outbreaks of milk-borne illness become more common. But beyond the politics and debate lies a bigger, more immediate question; how does one buy raw milk now?
The answer may be simpler than you think.
Decide What Kind of Milk You’d Like
While cow’s milk is traditional, the black and white spotted dairy producers of our childhood (and countless big dairy commercials) are not the only producers of delicious milk and milk products. Raw goat’s milk is just as good — and in the opinion of some, even better.
Locate a Supplier (or three)
Raw milk is available for purchase for human consumption in 28 of the United State’s 50 states. (It’s available in a handful more when intended for animal consumption.) Unfortunately, finding it — even within those states — can sometimes prove difficult. A great place to start the search however, is with The Campaign for Real Milk’s database dedicated to help consumers find raw milk in their area. And even if you’re not in a state where raw milk itself is available, dairy shares — where you purchase a share of a cow or goat and receive a portion of its milk in return for your investment — are.
Do Your Homework
Whether we like it or not modern, conventional farming calls for mass production to meet demand. Streamlining technologies and processes that make that production possible unfortunately also make it more and more possible every day for a cow (or goat) to be a number rather than an animal. All the while requiring the help of numerous farm hands who have little interest in the end product. Both of these make the potential for contamination of milk greater. Get to know the suppliers whose products are available in your area. Ask about their herd, their help and their processes. A familiarity with the animals, a close oversight of production by the owner and processes and materials that are easy to keep clean and sanitary (look for glass and stainless steel) all reduce the potential for milk-borne illness.
Do you drink Raw Milk? Where do you buy it?
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I started out creating my own line of felt designs. But as I became more and more concerned about the chemicals in every skin product we use, I’ve also begun my own line of all natural skincare products. So now I do both!
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
When I became pregnant with our first daughter, my husband and I became more and more aware of the chemicals and drugs we were inundating ourselves with. It became a big concern. So I started to look for alternatives and began making our own skincare products.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work alone. It’s pretty much my escape. I’m a stay at home mom and wouldn’t trade being home with my daughter for anything. So when she’s asleep or playing, I’ll pull out the sewing machine or mix up a batch of moisturizer or shampoo.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell both product lines at my etsy store and also am part of an artist co-op in downtown Sanford (north of Orlando, FL) called Fawn. I’ve done a few shows, but haven’t sought them out as they’re so much more work for me and with a family it’s hard to put that much time commitment yet.
What do you wish I had asked you?
“Where do you hope this takes you?”
I really have a heart to help women in need. I would love for my sales to reach a point where I need to expand. When that happens, I want to seek out at-risk women looking to make a change in their life but don’t know where to turn. I’d love to be able to provide jobs for them, a hope and a future.
That’s a beautiful goal, Jessica. I hope you can make that happen! And if *you* would like to be interviewed on Try Handmade, just fill out this form :)
2009 is the year that I began to actively seek handmade spa and beauty products. Before that I had seen few of them, and hardly knew that anything beyond handmade soap was available. I have developed favorites.
Dress Green makes soothing, chemical-free body creams. My favorite is the coconut. But a number of other scents are available if the sunny smell of coconut doesn’t do it for you.