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The Rocking Stand

Joana Schomer

This post is very over due because I get asked so many times about the rocking stand I take pictures with, and for that fact, I´ve been wanting to write about it.

I had announced a while back that I was going to sell them, but trying to purchase in wholesale fell through. Then I tried to contact factories to custom make one to fit perfectly to the size of these baskets, but it was going to turn out extremely expensive. For obvious reasons, I can´t negotiate thousands of them, so that fell through as well. At this point, I can´t be doing anymore chasing around. I tried to have them available in my shop to make the purchase easier and perfect to complement the baskets, but instead of having the product, I will just post the link to where I purchased it in the first place.
I am in no way advertising or promoting these stands. I just want to provide the link and it´s up to you to look into it.

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At the time when I was trying to find a rocking stand for photo shoot purpose only, I came across this one and loved it immediately. The price was good. The natural look was good. It came from UK (no duty fees in Europe). Perfect. Purchased, took photos and then it was immediate success.
I realized then that probably doing such thing without allowing the customer to buy it wasn´t a really smart thing. Duh. My fault. I hustled to bring it over, but you know the story from above now.

It was purchased from AMAZON UK. Here is the link: (it seems to be out of stock at the moment)

My Child Pine Wooden Moses Basket Rocking Stand


It came fast and easy and had shipping fees. But the fact that it didn´t get held by customs was pretty darn good to me.

WARNING: I have to warn you though, the width is a little narrow for these baskets. You have to kinda squeeze them in and with the mattress, it doesn´t sit completely flat. BUT, I have customers that already purchased these and said they worked. So, it all depends, I guess.

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But let´s try and share other options. If you have any idea where to get similar to these, please leave a comment.
And if someone else decides to sell these or does already, let me know and I will post a link to your shop/business. Sharing is caring, right? :)

Hope this helps!! Let me know.

xoxo
- Joana

New Product In || Teethers

Joana Schomer

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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. 

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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!

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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