Who gives a crap toilet rolls wrapped in paper, not plastic.

Who Gives A Crap?

I’ve seen a few posts about this amazing business but I wanted to share my own experience. At the beginning of the year I saw a friend on Facebook had shared that she’d tried these loo rolls that were made from recycled paper rather than trees. I thought this was awesome so I went to investigate. Turns out that not only do they use recycled paper, they also give 50% of their profits to charities that help build toilets and improve sanitation across the world. A-m-a-zing!

 

Who Gives a Crap Toilet Rolls, Recycled Paper, Profit-for-Purpose. Handmade Haven's supply.

Did you know that more people in the world have mobile phones than toilets?! I didn’t either.  Two children a minute die from diseases caused by poor sanitation.  Comparing those two facts is beyond shocking.  I didn’t hesitate in signing up. We have a 12 week rolling subscription, where a box of 48 rolls (wrapped in paper, not plastic) are delivered to the house.  It’s great.  Someone said to my Hubby that ‘you can get cheaper loo rolls you know’.  Hmm…it’s not about the money though.

Who gives a crap, gorgeous paper wrapped toilet rolls

All away in the cupboard

If you’d like to give them a try, pop over to their website and have a browse yourself.

(I’m not gaining anything from Who Gives A Crap for this post, I’m sharing their ‘profit-for-purpose’ values as I believe in what they do)

Rollercoaster Make it Happen membership group

Community – The Rollercoaster : Make It Happen

A few weeks ago I talked about The Indie Rollercoaster group on Facebook, and I mentioned that I’d just joined the membership group run by the lovely Leona Thrift-ola. It’s been such an amazing week, so I thought I’d shout about it here 😁.

Each week we focus on something different, with Leona bringing in a guest to do a live chat. We have workbooks to go through, which makes us think seriously about what we’d like from our business and where we’d like our business to go. We’ve covered things like business plans, our own version of success, finances, copyright, social media, visibility and community. We work on the good bits and the bits that make us feel uncomfortable. This past week we were set a few challenges. We could work through these by writing a post, by making a video or going live in the group if we felt we could. I felt sick thinking about the latter two…I hate anything like that. But…by the end of the week I’d done three videos and I went live for the last challenge! I felt awesome!

I have learnt so much from this group..from the other members too. It’s like having your own cheer leading team, that is made up of knowledgeable, awesome peeps that are happy to share, hold and support each other. Each of us are on a slightly different part of the path, but we can see each other and reach out if we need to.

If you are looking to find some awesome support then I wouldn’t hesitate in joining the main group – The Rollercoaster of Running an Indie Business.  Leona is also opening up the membership group to new members in a few weeks, so if you want to push yourself that bit further (for your and your biz) I would wholeheartedly recommend that too.  Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve done to help my business this year.

Community – Etsy Teams

Handmade Haven Etsy Lincs Etsy teamSome of the members at the July meet up

Anyone that works for themselves knows how lonely it can be. I don’t mind that as I’m a natural introvert, but sometimes you need to be around people that are in a similar position. A new Etsy team opened at the beginning of the year, that was fairly local to me so I joined up. It’s been fab! We meet up once a month, and we’ve just been accepted to have an Etsy Made Local event at the end of the year too, which is absolutely amazing ☺️. If you have a team local to you, do get in touch and join in…you’ll not regret it.

Join EtsyLincs here

Instagram @etsylincs

Izzy whizzy lets get Fizzy

This week has been all about the fizzes. These fizzes are made with essential oils and botanicals, and they’re bound together with moisturising oils rather that water, making them amazing for the skin. I’ve had a gift set in the shop previously, that I was never really happy with – it just didn’t look elegant – so it’s been on my list of things-to-do to change it. I had an idea pop in my head so I ordered a couple of gift boxes, then I could have a play. Ta dah…

I love it so much! I’m amazed when something actually translates from my head to reality 😂. First time too 😁

Fabulous Bath Fizzes Gift Set

A gift set full of all-Natural Fabulous Bath Fizzes. Each one is 100g (4oz) of natural loveliness for a traditional bath bomb, with the addition of sweet almond oil, essential oils and botanicals. Your gift set will come with 6 from the following:- Patchouli and Orange Ginger and Lime Citrus Whizz Lemon Orange Geranium Rose* Lavender* Frankincense and Myrrh* Ylang Ylang, Cardamom and Orange *Lavender (1st trimester), Frankincense, Myrrh and Geranium Rose (1st trimester) essential oils are best avoided during pregnancy.

£25.00

Impossibly hard thing…Grief, depression

I was going to write something entirely different today, but then I read something on Tiffany Han’s Instagram page last week that stopped me in my tracks.  She said

There was a time in your life when you spoke a sentence that changed everything.

There was a time in your life when you did the impossibly hard thing and survived to tell about it.

Those two sentences are one and the same thing for me – I sat and cried.  I cried because I can remember the exact sentence – “do you know how many times I’ve thought about killing myself?!”  This was said to my husband, my best friend, whom I’d been pushing away while really wanting him closer, while I suffered with post-natal depression coupled with anxiety.  I didn’t realise at the time, that that’s what it was, but the argument, which brought that sentence from my mouth, was my impossibly hard thing.

Admitting something is wrong is always the hardest step, but it is also the first step to moving forwards.  My depression/anxiety was caused primarily through grief.  If you’ve read my about page you will know that my Mum died, aged 50.  She’d been ill for a few months, having multiple tests, but no cause was found.  My hubby and I had also been discussing having another baby, as I’d always thought we’d have three, but we had stopped at two.  We’d finally decided that we would try for another one, then the bomb hit…they did the right test and found it was in-operable lung cancer.  We decided we wouldn’t share our plans as it didn’t seem the right time and that she’d have more important things to be thinking about, then she died 5 days later, the day after our first son’s birthday, and 4 four days before Christmas.  Complete devastation.  Ten months later, after deciding we would go ahead as that’s definitely what my Mum would’ve wanted if she’d known, our third son was born.  Sods law dictates that we’d fall pregnant straight away right!?  All the grief I’d hidden away as I didn’t want to distress a babe growing in me, came to a head over the following months.  Awful, awful months.  A black hole with a ladder that never went anywhere when you climbed it.  Tears – though not as many as you would think weirdly.  Dark thoughts.  Really dark thoughts.  Suicidal thoughts.

People talk more about mental health now, although not nearly enough, but at least they are starting.  My period of depression, once I’d said that sentence, ended once I’d had some medication, then a bereavement counselling course.  That helped so much.  And talking to my husband, not bottling it up.  My Mum died in 2005.  2005!  I’m not the same person I was before my Mum died.  How can we go back when something so huge and life changing happens?  We just have to try and go forwards the best we can, and ask for help, or talk to someone… say that thing.

My Own Cleanser Pads

Handmade Haven prototype cleanser pads with over locked edge, used daily.

When I first thought about trying makeup remover pads to go along side the soaps I had an overlocker.  I made a few, sent some out to a few friends to try and had a go with them myself.  I really didn’t like the raw edge that they had so back to the drawing board I went.  We now have the version you see in my shop now, which I absolutely love.

I still use all my original prototype ones myself, which also includes those when I’m testing new fabrics.  I even use them for removing nail polish, which does leave stains on the pads but I know they are clean …and who cares if there’s a rainbow on them any way 😝

I just throw them in the wash with my other whites, peg them on the line, then pop them back in the bathroom cupboard with my face cloths ready for next time.

Makeup remover pads, Handmade Haven, daily users

Organic Cotton Muslin Cleanser Pad, Handmade Haven

Zero Waste Makeup Pads

 

In the past year, following on from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 program, there has  been an explosion of information about waste, and especially plastic waste.  The shocking images of wildlife with plastic in their stomachs or round their necks makes for incredibly shocking viewing.  When I first started making my cleanser pads, I used gutermann all-purpose thread which is actually polyester.  I’d never really given it any thought.  I knew I wanted to use organic materials, that was a high priority, so why hadn’t I considered the thread?!  Maybe it was the cost.  In the past year, I’ve had a few customers contacting me about it, so I decided to look into the cotton thread.  The cost comparison was virtually the same…yay!  This now means that once the pads have come to the end of their natural life, they can be composted, and every bit of it will break down naturally.  I will look at organic cotton thread in the near future too…in fact, I shall add it to my to-do list now.