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Sunday, January 30, 2011

stocking in an hour :)

previews are up in the store and stocking is at 8pm EST!  here are a couple pics of some of my favorites this round!

chance of rain

je t'aime

knock out

sky high

sweet dreams of blue

sweet dreams of pink

thanks for taking a look!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

quick post about the schedule for this stocking and next

today i'll be finishing up the diapers for sunday's stocking and packing for our trip - we fly out first thing tomorrow morning!  i'll be bringing my laptop with me and i'll get everything posted in the store for preview by saturday evening.  then sunday is stocking day - 8pm EST this time :)  once we fly back the following weekend mike and i will get all orders packed and ready to ship first thing monday 2/7! :)

this stocking will be fairly large (31 diapers) but the following stocking on 2/15 is likely to be fairly small since i'll have a lot less time to work, with being away.

meanwhile poor mike is digging out of the 2 feet (totally an estimation, i don't know exactly how much is out there) of snow we got overnight.  this has been such a crazy winter and it's barely begun!  i was up til 2 last night pressing snaps so it's nice for the moment to sit with a cup of coffee while the twinkies sleep in a bit (thank you M&D!)

i'll update again when previews are up! :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

sneak peek at what's coming on 1/30!

here are some pics of the diapers in progress for the end of the month! :)  stocking will be a week from today - sunday 1/30 at 8pm EST.

panda ball w/black velour, picnic, earthy owls, wisconsin farm life

indy 500, the food fight, knock out w/yellow obv, indigo owls

je t'aime, chance of rain

sweet dreams of blue, sweet dreams of pink, arr matey, arr lassey, be mine, grapefruits, sky high


Saturday, January 22, 2011

more about twinkie tush - how i price my diapers, materials i use, etc.

i want to fill our followers in on a bit more about our company and our diapers!  this will be one of many posts in this realm :)

a word about materials: i use the best fabrics available to make twinkie tush diapers - it's part of what makes them a truly luxurious thing for a baby to wear :)  3 types of fabric go into each diaper.  there is the inner lining which is either organic bamboo velour or cotton velour depending on the diaper.  then there is organic bamboo fleece in between the inner velour and the outer print fabric.  and finally the face of the diaper - the print!  i mostly use jersey knit or interlock prints - they allow for a nice stretch and room to grow whereas a woven fabric will be less stretchy.  i do plan to offer some woven fabrics in the future as well, to allow for greater variety :)

about the velours: organic bamboo velour is just about the softest, silkiest fabric you can imagine when it's new and unwashed.  it is like heaven :)  the term organic bamboo velour or obv refers to industry standard obv which is made up of 70% bamboo, 28% organic cotton, and 2% polyester.

cotton velour is *almost* as heavenly soft when it's new but not quite as silky as obv.  cotton velour is made up of 80% cotton and 20% poly blend.  cotton velour or cv tends to stay softer longer than obv, which is part of why some people prefer cv.  it is all a matter of taste!

about the fleece: organic bamboo fleece or obf is made up of 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton.  it is an extremely absorbent fabric which is why you will find the many layers of obf in a twinkie tush diaper lead to extremely high levels of absorbency all around! :)

the other materials that go into a twinkie tush diaper are polyacetal resin snaps and thread, as well as my labels.  all snaps and fabric are certified lead free and i use US based co-ops, suppliers and vendors, even for my labels! :)

the reason high-absorbency fitteds have a relatively high price point is because of all of the materials that go into them.  the cost of the velours and fleece is substantial, and unfortunately it's on the rise.  bamboo and cotton are both going up in price this year and you may see that reflected in my prices, along with the prices of other brands of fitted cloth diapers.  why is it worth paying more for diapers made with these high end materials?  because there is nothing gentler and more natural to put next to your baby's skin.  there is nothing softer, more breathable or more luxurious.  i can't say enough about these fabrics :)

the pricing policy at twinkie tush is based on the cost of materials and the time and labor that go into making each diaper by hand as a work at home mom (WAHM).  one thing we won't do is to raise prices for the sole purpose of increasing our profit margin.  if prices do rise you can feel confident that it is a direct result of greater material cost and/or more intense labor.  for example, when i roll out our turned and topstitched (T&T) dipes next month (yay!) they will have a slightly higher price point than our serged diapers due to the increased materials and labor that go into that style.

my own cloth diapering journey began as a stay at home mom (SAHM) on a fixed budget, and a fair price point is something that is extremely important to me.  now, as a WAHM, it is my mission to provide high quality luxury diapers at a fair price so that as many people as possible can enjoy them.

so that's a little bit about our materials and pricing policy!  please let me know if you have any questions about anything i post here!  and thank you as always for your support of twinkie tush!! :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

important information about the 1/30 stocking

the next stocking will be sunday 1/30 at 8pm EST.  previews will be up by saturday night, the 29th.  i'll be doing a lot of restocks, and i'll be keeping your feedback in mind as i decide what to stock.  a lot of you responded on facebook letting me know what you'd like to see restocked and i also welcome feedback here!  i won't be able to do everything that's requested, i hope you understand. :)

we have a family vacation coming up at the end of this month - it's the twinkies' first trip to disney world! :)  what it means for twinkie tush is that every order placed between 1/27 and 2/5 (so including everything purchased at the 1/30 stocking) will be shipped on monday 2/7.  i'll post a couple reminders about that between now and then, and i'll include that info on my shop as well.

ok - time to get back to work! :)  thanks for checking in!

shipping information for this weekend's orders

as tomorrow is martin luther king day, all orders placed this weekend will be shipped on tuesday morning :)

thank you so much for your incredible support!!

after stocking 26 new diapers yesterday at 11am, all were sold out within ten minutes!  i am so excited that twinkie tush is finding its place in the CDing world so quickly, and so humbled by the outpouring of love from you amazing CDing mamas!

thank you so much!! :)

now on to the next stocking... sunday 1/30! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

previews are up :)

here's a link :)   everything goes live tomorrow at 11am EST.  thanks so much for your support!

and here are a couple of my faves....

be mine

indy 500

panda ball

the food fight

and finally, quite possibly my favorite diaper of all time... (seriously i almost can't bring myself to sell it ;)...

je t'aime


Monday, January 10, 2011

want to win a diaper? check out our first giveaway!! :)

hey mamas! :)  take a minute to enter twinkie tush's first giveaway on becomingmamas.com - here's a link to the giveaway post! :)  the winner takes home a twinkie tush OS fitted diaper!  winner can choose from sea stripe or floating flowers.

sea stripe
floating flowers

the giveaway only runs through the end of the month so don't miss it!!

thanks as always for your support of twinkie tush!! :)


Sunday, January 9, 2011

sneak peek at what's coming...

here are some diaper progress pics :)  these will all be done and ready to roll for the 1/15 stocking in 6 days!  lots of prints that sold out quickly at the last stocking, and a few newbies too!  :)

and here's a look at some of the new fabrics for the 1/30 stocking!  i am seriously in love with so many of these :)

that's all for now - time to get back to work!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

the thoughts of a once-skeptical daddy... for all the currently skeptical daddies out there :)

Written by Mike in late 2010, when twinkie tush was in its earliest stages of development.  He had no idea what the choice to begin cloth diapering would eventually lead to for his family. <3

"I know what you’re all thinking. Cloth Diapers?? Not for my kid. No thanks. Well before you shut the door completely on the idea, you should know that I felt exactly the same way. Possibly even a bit more passionate and politically incorrect about the idea of cloth diapers than you when Gretchen first brought the idea to me more than a year and a half ago now when the twinkies were newborns. All I could see in my head were dirty white washcloths and big pins lying around everywhere. Piles of stinking cloths filling laundry baskets with random stains and droppings leading the way to the basement. Add to that the number of times I would stick myself (or even worse my child) with an oversized safety pin, and I didn’t even want to hear another word on cloth diapers. I mean I was having enough trouble getting them to stay still long enough to affix that handy sticky tab. Introduce potential deadly weapons to the mix?? That’s a negative ghost rider.

At first, my request was granted, at least momentarily - Gretchen agreed to drop the idea of cloth diapers. It seemed my ignorant rant worked and I could return to the world of buying Pampers every week, dealing with blow outs, and stuffing as many soiled diapers as I could into that weird white tower looking thing in the corner of the nursery. The weird white tower looking thing had a smell all to itself, but hey that’s that normal stink normal families deem acceptable, right? No worries there.

Then Gretchen started to do even more research on CDs (that’s cloth diapers for all you dads out there, not compact discs like I once thought). I could hear her saying things like, “Oh wow these are so different than we were thinking” and “That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!”. I started to see the signs of another conversation heading my way. I did my best to stifle her excitement, but the more she read the more I knew my tactic of shaming the cloth diaper world would no longer work. I avoided looking at pictures, didn’t listen to mom testimonials, and did all I could to instill a full out moratorium on CD talk – all to no avail. I was shown pictures of (yes, I admit it) very cute patterns. It was brought to my attention that pins weren’t needed. Some had snaps, some had Velcro. Of course they did. 

Finally, I pulled out the big guns. Money. This new world of diapers wasn’t as affordable as the old white cloth with big pins were. And as a new dad of twins, I certainly wasn’t about to spend MORE on diapers just because they were cute and eco friendly. So I laid it out there. “I need to see a cost comparison. Show me dollar for dollar how these will save us more money. And include everything  - don’t forget water consumption for all the washing that will be required.” No further conversations would be had until that analysis was completed. As a new mom of twins, I was fairly certain Gretchen wouldn’t have that to me for at least a month if ever with the level of detail I wanted to see.  2 days later, I received an organized, clearly labeled spreadsheet comparing the costs of CD’s to the cost of “sposies”. And she was right – CD’s would save us a ton of money in the long run. “Ok, I see it saves us money in the long run, but it’s a huge upfront cost to get this going”, I countered with. She was prepared for that as well, informing me that she had discussions with both sets of Grandparents and secured contributions to offset the cost. “They were always buying us disposables so I just asked them for a larger one time gift” – my wife is a genius.

So, there it was – all my arguments and objections had been defeated. In a last attempt to save my foolish male pride, I made 3 demands before I would sign on to this cloth diaper train:

1. When going out for longer than 2 hours (and definitely on vacations), disposables had to be used - Couldn’t fathom the idea of carrying around dirty diapers.

2. I would not have to be responsible for any laundry specific to the diapers – Just seemed like the lazy caveman thing to say.

3. I would never scrape anything off a diaper or deal with large amounts of poop once the baby was cleaned and changed – The thought of scraping poop off a diaper is not for me.

Gretch agreed and we hopped on the train. And I’m ever grateful for her dedication to the CD cause. The babies seem much happier in them, blowouts ceased entirely, and we are saving money while helping the environment.  Shortly after starting CDing we began to use cloth napkins in our house which blows my mind every day. Our home has become greener in so many ways in the past couple years.  And on the extremely rare occasion we do need to use a disposable I’m shocked I ever thought they were better. They really feel like rough, cheap paper in my hands. And I now find it harder to put those on vs. a cloth diaper.

As for my 3 demands, we pretty much use CD’s all the time – traveling or not. There are very smart ways to deal with carrying dirty diapers, wouldn’t ya know? While Gretchen does the majority of the laundry, I do what I can to help out. Just had to learn what the heck an extra rinse cycle was and remember to take out the pail liner before running it.  I still haven’t scraped a poopy diaper, but Gretchen is going on a 3 day road trip in March so I just may have to. Maybe."

Monday, January 3, 2011

waiting on some great fabric - here's a taste (pun intended) of what's to come...

i've got some really fun and cute prints coming, along with some gorgeous girly stuff.

here's a look at a couple of the fun prints i'm most excited for...

i'm not sure that they'll make it for the next stocking - i'll keep you posted.  but on 1/15 i will definitely be restocking a lot of the prints that have sold out in the store :)  dino parade, fishbones, aloha baby... and lots of others!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

tomorrow is shipping day! :)

all the dipes that have sold in the past 4 days will go out tomorrow morning! :D

and meanwhile i have some absolutely adorable new prints coming, along with working on restocking those that have sold out.

next stocking day is 1/15!

i'll try to get some fabric pics up tonight or tomorrow so you can see what's coming!