weepingmoonblue
08 August 2007 @ 05:45 pm
i've generally been a cloth pad girl, but i am making a set for a cousin and another set for a friend, and because a cup is part of my home period protection choices (i use it to swim and things where pads aren't desirable) i plan on making a cup a part of their gift packages. Recently, i've been unable to sew, due to machine problems, and i had the chance to get creative with ways to store or conceal a menstrual cup...these little bears are the result! i got so excited about them, that i wanted to share the joy. i mostly read this community though, and don't think i have posted before, so i'm not sure if this is OK as a post here or not. If it isn't appropriate, please let me know and i will take it down right away. Thank you ladies, and enjoy! :)

i call these guys "Treasure Teddies" or "Cup Cuddlers", and i'm so happy with how cute and soft and functional they are, that i can't stop making them! Basically, i take the odds and ends of my really soft left-over yarn, and i crochet these little bears to have a hollow tummy. They are the perfect size to hold your menstrual cup, or a rolled up pad, to be set on a shelf, or in your car, or on the sink, and your emergency period protection is right there in the open, and no one the wiser! (i'm a big fan of creative camouflage) Their little heads and arms and legs are stuffed with the scraps from my pad sewing adventures, and they have eyes made from the buttons i've been hoarding since i was a little girl.
i'm getting all excited about the Treasure Teddy idea, because they are also the perfect size to hold NP3 players, cell phones, hankies, wipes, and all kinds of other personal do-dads. i even have a plan to make some that are baby-safe, (thread for eyes instead of buttons, and sewn closed at the tummy) that have rattles inside, for my friends who are new parents. (squeal of glee)
You can tell i'm happy about this.
So, i wanted to see what you all thought. If you would like to buy one of these for yourself, i'll be putting the money toward a REAL professional snap-press (finally!) and i joyfully accept pay-pal. :)

Here's how they work:

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Untie the bear's neck-bow,

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Pull back it's head,

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And put in or pull out your treasure!

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Please excuse the Oatmeal color bear's bow being all rumpled, she wasn't expecting to have her picture taken. :)

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If you would like to have one of the four bears you see here, (purple, burgundy, oatmeal, or autumn leaves) they are $20 each. EDIT: the purple bear is sold :)
And as always, happy feedback and comments would make my day!
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Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 8th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Those are so rad! I wish I had 20.00 to buy one.
Would you ever accept 20.00 worth of pads that I could make for you? I'd love to have one.. Haha.
Guess you don't know until you ask. :)
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 8th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry, but i've forgotten which pads you make and i can't find a picture. (i KNOW i've seen some of yours and liked them) Would you post a pic for me? i think we might be able to work something out, but it would be another bear, not one of the ones here, (i'll make one just for you) how does that sound?
Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 9th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
That would be totally awesome.
Here's an example of pads I make- they are backed with terry. (The pad pictured didn't have the fastners added yet, though.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/daybreaksadness/digi001-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/daybreaksadness/digi002-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/daybreaksadness/digi003-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/daybreaksadness/fabricsjuly002.jpg

The only real difference between all my pads is that I tend to do different sorts of stitching here and there just to keep them fun and unique.
Usually I charge them 3/10.00. So could I make you six? I also let you choose whether you'd like sew on snaps or buttons (or both at random) for closures.

Here's some different pages with my fabric selections on it. I have one other fabric that isn't shown, it's flannel. Blue with white clouds and stars. Let me know what you might like if you decide to take me up on this deal. :) Let me know how it sounds and I'll give you my email and we'll work out the details. :)

http://community.livejournal.com/clothpadsales/21335.html#cutid1

http://community.livejournal.com/clothpadsales/31824.html



weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
i looked at your pads, and i think they are really cute, but not my type, or what i want for my sets that i'm getting together for my friend and cousin. But i DO need some interesting fabric for pads....so do you want to trade for $20 worth of interesting fabrics? i love the cute pirate skulls, and crazy camo, the retro, and the pink panther...what about that kind of trade?
Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 9th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Well what is your type? I can be versatile. That is just the type I use most often.
I don't have a huge amount of fabric to trade is the only problem.. but I am crafty and have a few designs. So let me know what you're looking for and maybe I can show you what else I can do. :)
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Mostly, i'm not into the surged edges, and the shape is not quite what i'm looking for. i totally understand the desire to trade, as i am often broke and LOVE to barter and swap myself, :) but i can't think of anything else i need right now. i promise though, if i think of something, i'll let you know.... Oh wait....i REALLY could use some soft cotton or flannel hankies (to blow my nose on, i use hankies all the time, and i never have enough) and i like having surged edges on those! i only need one layer of cloth in my hankies, but i want the edges to be nice so they don't fray, and i can't do that myself right now....how about that? Do you have any really soft fabric that you could make into hankies for me? i could give you the measurements of my favorite hankies i have here, and you could make me some the same size...maybe? i would really LOVE that, and i'd be grateful!
Thanks for being versatile; just let me know if this is do-able or not. :)
Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 9th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
Sure, I can make some hankies. How do you like them made, and what do you like inside them?
What I meant by being versatile is that I can do different shapes, and I don't have to surge the edges. Seriously.
I take custom orders all the time for pads, so just give me something you want, and I'm sure I can do it.
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, but i'm so into the idea of finally getting some new hankies that that's all i want now! :)
For hankies, i don't need anything inside them, it needs to be very soft, and nice and thin. Cotton and flannel fabrics are best, and absorb really well with just the one layer. (if i use two layers, it's a bit too thick and harder to blow your nose on..i have a really tiny nose) My favorite size hankie is about 12 and 1/2 inches by 12 and 1/2 inches. Surge the edges with pretty thread, and i'll be in heaven! i like the fabrics i mentioned before, and if you have any soft feminine florals, (i can't remember) that's nice too. (i like a little variety) How many do you think would be $20 worth for you? There is still the oatmeal bear and the leaves bear right now, which one would you like to trade for? :)
Thanks!
Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 9th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... at 12 1/2 by 12 1/2, how does 5 sound?
Just let me know. I have never traded for hankies before. And I love the leaves one. :)
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds great to me, and the leaves Teddy is yours! Please give me your e-mail address, and we can exchange information so we can send our packages out to one another. :)
Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 9th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Awesome :-D

xdaybreak_sadnessx@yahoo.com

Please put "teddy trade" in the subject so I know to open it. I tend to get some spam. :(
melanie.allhope_aside on August 9th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
do you make pads? im trying to find someone who makes them, since i never have enough time or energy to make my own. im looking for something to wear with my diva cup, kind of like a panty liner.
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
i DO! :) And i make a panty liner that is wingless and very thin, just for use with cups. What do you have in mind?
melanie.allhope_aside on August 9th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
im looking for something that i can throw in the wash, doesnt feel like a diaper, and will stay in place when i bike. how much do you sell them for?
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
My wingless liners are $3 per pad, right now. i have three made up with PUL fabric (waterproofer) that are purple with stars on the back, and 5 in black and white stripes/plaid design. This design has always stayed put really well for me, and is comfortable when running or biking, because there are no wings to rub your thighs...however, you want to hold onto the front edge of the pad when pulling down your undies in the bathroom, or they can stay up between your legs and then fall into the toilet if you don't! :) (it was funny when i discovered that myself) They are for light flow only. If you want a pad for back-up that will hold more substantial amounts, i have some winged, medium-flow pads made-up, but if you want them without wings, i will have to make them for you.
Thanks for your interest, and i hope i can help you out! Just let me know. :)
Kristinbeautifulmithra on August 9th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
I can make panty liners. They are like my regular pads with wings. But thinner, and more liner like. I can do all sorts of pads- let me know if you have specific ideas in mind. I have no problems doing custom orders based on what you might like. :)
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weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 8th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Which one, oatmeal, burgundy, or leaves? What's your e-mail, and i'll send you paypal info. :)
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weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Ok :) i sent you the paypal info, and the Burgundy bear is yours! Please send me your mailing address when you send payment. Thanks! :)
mercury5_girlmercury5_girl on August 8th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Heheh, how cute! :)
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 8th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (and i love Tink too!)
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on August 9th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
They are very cute! and look very well made
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
YAY! That means a lot coming from you. :) Thank you!
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on August 9th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
:) I can't crochet at all.... no idea how to.. and they look like store bought ones, so I'm impressed that you can crochet, as I'm jealous... and impressed at the bears!
Tweekietweekie on August 9th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Wah! I LOVE the blue/purple one! Do you have any more of that yarn?
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
i just checked, and i have just enough to make one more bear! (if i scrounge, i might have enough for two, but that's it) If you will give me your e-mail address, i can make you a bear in that yarn, and e-mail as soon as it's done (i'll try to finish it tomorrow) and we can complete the purchase. OK?

i'm really glad you like her, i think she might be my favorite so far too! :)
Tweekietweekie on August 9th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Woohoo! :)

Take your time, I'm in no hurry.

When he is done, please email me at my LJ name at comcast dot net. :)
suga_bay_beesuga_bay_bee on August 9th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
wow. i wish i had 20 to spend.

is this a one time thing, or would you be willing to make more at a later date?
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
i intend to continue to make them, so i will make one for you, if you'd like to order one. If you don't have any specific color in mind, you could give me your e-mail address, and i could simply e-mail you when i have made some more, and you would have a chance to buy one then. Thanks for the interest! :)
zoebattyzoebatty on August 9th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Your bears are so cute. Do you have any yarn left to make another burgundy bear?
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
i just checked, and i do! If you would like to order a burgundy bear, then send me your e-mail address, and i will make up your bear right away, and notify you as soon as i am finished with it. :) Thanks! (i don't have much of that yarn left, but i have enough for one or two bears...i'm so glad the purple and burgundy ones were so popular...i loved them too, and they are SO soft!)
zoebattyzoebatty on August 9th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much. I can't wait. I love the burgundy colors :)

I have a paypal acct. just let me know what I should do.

Thanks again!
zoebattyzoebatty on August 9th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Opps!
Forgot to give you my email address..

It's my lj name @ comcast.net
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Opps!
HA! No problem, thank you!
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on August 9th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Ok! :) Just send me either your paypal info, or your e-mail address, and i'll get in touch as soon as the bear is done.
caelynn_32caelynn_32 on August 10th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
wow this is such an awesome idea! someday I will definitely order one!
so charmingly daftelectricstars on September 5th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Those are super super cute! That sweet little oatmeal bear is adorable with her rumpled bow :) Are you still making these?
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on September 7th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Hi! Yes i am! :) i don't have a site up for them yet, but i have some made right now, if you are interested in purchasing one, let me know, and i'll put up pictures for you to choose from. Thanks!
so charmingly daftelectricstars on September 7th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'd love to buy one from you, if you wouldn't mind uploading the pictures!
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on September 8th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ok!
Here are the pictures of the current bears. They are $20 each + $5 shipping ($25 total).

If you are interested, please reply with your email address and i'll send you the PayPal information.

Please be sure to specify which one you would like and provide your mailing address.

Thanks for your interest. :)
weepingmoonblue


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weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on September 10th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
If you would like a bear made to your specifications (your color choice, etc.) then please just let me know. i re-read your first comment and saw that you might have been asking for a replica of the oatmeal bear, and if that is the case, i have yarn to do one like her in, but i need to know if that is what you would prefer, or not. Please let me know.
Thanks,
weepingmoonblue
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