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New Product In || Teethers

Joana Schomer


Welcoming you into the forest of little crocheted cute animals! 

Amigurumi is a Japanese art of crocheting little stuffed animals and that was the theme chosen, for our newest item: baby teethers/toy.

In this collection of 5 animals, that were skillfully knitted by the amazing hands of a very talented lady living in Portugal, she carefully crafted around an organic wooden ring, a Rhino, Fox, Sheep, Monkey and a Bunny. 


Creating and selling objects that are natural and ecological has always been the motto of this shop. I envision what I would love for my own babies and I sure wish my youngest was still in the teething phase so I could give her one of these - they´re just too cute. But not their poor nagging pains. For that I am glad it has faded. 

The texture of crochet provides a great way to sooth their gums and the teethers can be easily washed. 
The wooden ring is another marvelous thing because they come from the best supplier in Europe of natural wood toys, grown in an ecological region away from heavy industries. These rings are a wonderful and safe natural alternative to the plastic or rubber teethers available in the market. During the process of crafting the rings, no chemicals or any artificial additives, solvents or dyes are used. Just hand sand paper polished repeatedly to make them smooth.

Super soft, fun and sensory appealing. Your baby will love it!


Find the whole collection below! They will also be packaged inside an organic cotton drawstring bag. 
I hope you love them just like I do. 

The Honest Story Of The Trade

Joana Schomer

This is a post I´ve been meaning to write for some time now. I like to be pretty open about the whole process of this little business of mine and have you all engaged and understanding the behind the scenes and the work that´s put into. I think success in anything in life, comes from honesty and sharing. Caring and informing. Being all hush-hush sometimes leads to nowhere and I´m not afraid of putting it out there. Just shows that there is a human behind the brand that cares (a lot) about her customers and her followers. 

Why I´m I having this *deep* intro? Well, I want to explain a little bit about the price point of these baskets, because I know they can come off as a little *scary*. For the most part at least. And when a purchase is made, I am not making a "fortune" at all. In a matter of fact, this last year, this whole work I´ve put in, hasn´t shown any revenue results. Which is fine, because I started this in order to be able to bring these baskets over to Europe, and not to make a fortune out of them. I´m happy that I make enough to cover the expenses I have with an open business. And let me tell you, they are A LOT. 

The product has a really high value, and it does´t come out from nowhere nor there is exploiting on the price point. It´s known that everything that´s unique and handmade and limited, has a honest value attached to it, that sometimes makes you cringe but it´s totally reasonable and fair. 
I want to explain to you what you are paying and where the money is being put in. 

It all starts in Ghana. The very skillful weavers make these beautiful Moses baskets and sell their art piece to a supplier that through a fair-trade exchange, pays them fairly for their work. The supplier then, sells them to me. So, it already starts a little steep there, but let´s be fair, it takes a lot of work and the weaver spends days working on just one piece.
Then, comes the worst part. Shipping. Cost of it is high. But if shipping was the worst, then think again. Once it hits the grounds of the final destination country... yep, you got it: TAXES. On top of the product cost, shipping cost, comes the dreadful custom release fees and taxes. After all this is calculated, then I have to add my very little margin and taxes (iva) again, to the final customer. 
There you go. The escalating increase of incremented costs are really cringe worthy, but bringing over something from a remote place that´s beautiful and unique, definitely has it´s costs. 
In an ideal world, I wouldn´t have to pay tax, after tax but unfortunately, that is the reality of anything coming out of the European Union. Let´s not mention the time this all takes as well. It would be faster coming from carrier companies like FEDEX and DHL but the costs are even higher (I´ve learned my lesson). So in order to cut some costs, it has to come through the more traditional way. Lengthy in time, but a *little* less costly. 

And why do the final prices of the baskets also vary? Well, because of all of these reasons; the exchange rates at the time, shipping costs that change a lot coming from Ghana, and taxes.
Sometimes you see cheaper baskets, sometimes a little higher, but not because I feel like pricing them with whatever the mood I´m in at the moment. It´s just because the demands of each import, vary a lot. 

I hope with this post, I am able to explain the trade to more skeptical minds.
I want to also thank everybody that has purchased and have been able to find these baskets, closer to their home address. That was my ultimate goal. I am here to bring you beautiful things, no matter the costs. Just to finish off, really, the most part of the money is put into the hands of the rightful earner (weavers), to the services that expedite them, and to the country that receives them (oh taxes. But that´s what makes the economy roll). 

Also, feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions.
Apologize in advance, if it takes ma a while to reply. Life has been pretty busy with my hands full. 

Thank you for reading! See you soon, with more stock being released! Wohoo. I´ll let you know.
xx - Joana

  Anou  Moses Basket - Part of the new collection that has just arrived

Anou Moses Basket - Part of the new collection that has just arrived

Happy 2018 & Almost 1 Year Old

Joana Schomer

 2017 Best Nine from Instagram

2017 Best Nine from Instagram

Hello all,

Joana here! It´s been a while since I wrote on the storytelling pages of this adventure of a business.
Stopped by to say hi and wish you all a great new year!

What a year it has been. It was this shops´ first year of business and there has been lots of learning too. But overall it has been a wonderful experience and I had the great chance of connecting with amazing people.
I am going to try and do my best to have another exciting year and having your feedback means a lot to me.
I am always striving to diversify the shop with other products to complement the statement one which are the moses baskets. Sometimes that becomes a challenge because I don´t want to have items, just because.... I want them to be meaningful, beautiful and different. And after some twists and turns, I eventually dropped those choices.

So my biggest goals this year for this shop are:
- creating my OWN exclusive products to complement the baskets;
- delivering the option to have a rocking stand (I know I´ve mentioned this before but it has been a challenge. Especially in getting a reasonable price because I don´t want to mass produce it - hello small, tiny business here), but I´m getting there;
- and of course, continuing having the most amazing Moses baskets from all the land.

This month also marks the official launch anniversary - January 10th! I want to do something special to mark that date and celebrate it.
Sooooo, *drum rolls*.... I am giving away a free Moses basket!! But I don´t want to give it away just for the return of follows and likes. I want to give it to someone that tells me *the best* story of why they need one. It could be for you, for someone else, for a cause, whatever the purpose is.
In order to submit your application, fill out the form below and I will pick the best story, on January 10th.
Can´t wait to hear from you and it will mean a lot to me, handing out one for free, to a beautiful and meaningful story. You can write in English or Portuguese.
Good Luck!!

*Don´t forget that you need to follow my instagram account in order to qualify for the contest. Not accepted accounts just for contest/giveaways. Offer valid for Europe ONLY*

*CLOSED* Enter Your Story For A Chance To Win A Moses Basket

Name *
You have to follow my instagram to qualify.
Let me know where you are from. Contest open to European residents ONLY.