I admit, I love my dryer. Though some would assume that since I run a clothespin business I wash all my clothes by hand and hang dry them all… well, that is not the case. I wash all my clothes in my washer ¬†(thankful for it every time) and when it isn’t pouring down rain I hang all of my bigger, heavier items (such as towels, blankets, and jeans) on the line.
When we started selling clothespins I ran into National Hanging Out Day. It is a day to encourage people to conserve energy by using the natural dryer… sunshine! (Though drying your clothes inside on a line works well too.)
Some interesting facts about dryers and energy consumption:
¬†Dryers are one of the largest energy users in our homes and represent 2 percent of our nation‚Äôs entire electricity consumption.
¬† Today’s typical electric clothes dryer sometimes consumes as much energy per year as a new energy efficient refrigerator, clothes washer, and dishwasher combined.
A typical household pays over $100 in annual utility bills to operate an electric dryer and $40 for a gas dryer. Homes with electric dryers pay at least $1,500 over the dryer’s lifetime for the electricity to power the machine.
Today was a calm relaxing day. It was wonderful. For the last two weeks it seems like we have not stopped. Either The Carpenter has been working extra hours or we have had some scheduled event…usually both. For a while it felt like the world swirled around me like a wind storm and I was just trying to keep it all straight. ¬†Spring Break became a time to catch up on things. (though I made sure we had one field trip day to the Dungeness Spit.)
On top of the crazy we had some major equipment issues. Luckily, The Carpenter had just finished a large round of clothespins and product availability was never an issue. However, Five main pieces of equipment decided to go kaput in the last three weeks. AGH! Three out of the five are now up and running again (or replaced) and two are in process with a solution on the horizon. Continue reading After the Wind Calms… Newest upgrades→
Well, without going into too many details it has been a very busy week. On a good note: Clothespin sales have been good . ¬†I am juggling so many hats that the garden duties have been a bit neglected.¬†I haven’t worried about it too much because up here by the mountain we have still been getting overnight frost and the soil is still really cold.¬†
The humming birds have returned. The leaves and flowers are coming back on the trees and other plants are poking through the soil, so those are good indicators that we are almost ready. Now to make the time to get out there… Continue reading Gardening Update and Hop→
As many of you know we launched a Kickstarter in February 2015. The closing date for that project is March 28th.¬† Kickstarter is an ‚Äúall or nothing‚ÄĚ funding platform. That means that unless a project is fully funded, the funds pledged are not collected from the backers and the creator of the project receives nothing. Monetarily speaking‚Ä¶
However, with very little time left for our Kickstarter and it needing some amazing miracle to fund‚Ä¶ I would not call it a failure. In this process we have learned a lot and none of those lessons are negative. Continue reading Lessons Learned from Kickstarter→
I LOVE Spring. Despite my allergies going crazy for the first month or so I love it! I am ready for the trees to get leaves again and the flowers to come out. I am ready to watch flowers turn into apples and I was thrilled to find a few little toads in the flower bed.
I have become a recent gardening addict…Seriously… What happened to me? When did I become a country, homesteading woman? My mother thinks I got abducted by some earth loving alien… ¬†I remember hating gardening. Plus I used to be an avid plant killer…. well no more… (well mostly) Continue reading Spring is Coming! What happened to me?→
It has been a crazy week here! Between homeschooling, regular household stuff, Website related stuff, Kickstarter Campaign, ¬†a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, keeping up with the business, and having several nights of lousy sleep… I am also trying something new. Crazy right? Well, sometimes when you are given an opportunity you just have to jump in with both feet….