Kate of Poverty Jane

Posted on Friday, January 1, 2010 in Cloth Diaper

Im a FULL FULL time mommy and milk maker and loving wife to 5 wonderful boys and 1 neato little girl and one extremely wonderful man. Our oldest (14) to the youngest (1).
My husband and I have a very simple life philosophy, and that is to get back to basics as much as we can. We live, and are currently developing as many features as we can, to live completely off the land. We own a wood boiler for heat in the home, pump water from our well, we use solar power to run electricity and have an enormous garden filled with heirloom plants and currently working towards an all year around greenhouse. We hunt for our meat and raise our own livestock and harvest our own eggs and hang our laundry in the sun to dry. Not to mention my husband mills all the wood we need to create all these projects on our mill from the trees that grow on our land! He has been working on many things, but trying to finish our 150 year old barn conversion that we call “home”. We are looking into a greenhouse and making a root cellar. Its fun! But lots of work! And its work that we have happily chosen to do because we believe in a way of life that is completely disappearing from our existence.

We believe in purchasing American made items, even if they cost a little bit more money. (Hence my love for Etsy!!) We believe in supporting local and small businesses and we DO NOT support corporations such as WAL-MART. I have recently been educated on the appalling nature and despicable ethics that is called WAL-MART. We do not choose to spend our hard earned money in an establishment that exploits the earth and the human race.

I have sewn all my life. I would have to say that with in the past 10 years I have been sewing very seriously. Most of my sewing skills were taught by my husbands mother, from England. She lived during a time when there was great depression in her country, WWII. She has been sewing, professionally, for over 40 years in many factories and owns her sewing business.

My grandmother also sewed during the American Great Depression to make things the family needed. She too, was a professional seamstress and all she knew, she passed along to me. She sewed for about 55 years before she passed away. Thanks to both of these woman, I can do what I’m doing today.

I make all of my items as if my entire soul was born within it. When I sew, I am completely in the moment of sewing. It is one of the most spiritual practices I exercise. I cloth diaper my own babies and do not believe in vinyl covers or any synthetics personally, though I respect others opposite feelings on this. In fact, I use the very diapers I sell on my babies. I know personally that they are made well and work efficiently and effectively as possible. Any and all materials used to cloth diaper baby or child, is made with natural, permeable fibers so air can flow between baby and diaper.

Wool is one of my favorite fabrics to work with.
It has exceptional absorbency powers, up to 30% of its weight in liquid. And if kept lanolized, will maintain its natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. My favorite part about wool is that it has the capacity to keep baby dry while keeping air circulating between diaper and baby. It even keeps temperatures regulated so baby isn’t over heating in a diaper, even during the summertime. There are disputes about PUL covers and disposable diapers locking in high temperatures within a babies diaper, resulting in reproductive damage. This is why I am determined to make a product that is effective and most importantly, SAFE for our little babies. I just can’t say enough good things about wool.

Wool covers need to be taken care of in a certain manner. It is very simple really and they only require that you air them out between diaper changes, washed and lanolized on average every few weeks (depending on heavy wetters and soilers). I will give directions on how to care for all of your diapering needs and how to strip diapers every few weeks to insure the safest and cleanest diapers for your baby.

My bamboo diapers have a complete 9 layers in total. They are very absorbent and for that reason they really don’t require a cover. I have done this so that baby can have both an absorbent diaper and one that will regulate body temperatures. I love that they are one size (10-35lbs) so this will cost less to diaper over the span of the diapering journey than would to buy different sizes as you go along.
My diapers can be made with many different exterior displays. I use vintage prints, linens, and cotton knits. I can even reclaim old T shirts and flannel baby blankets. Do you have any special shirts (ie. dads favorite T) or a baby blanket that is packed away in a box? Why not personalize your diaper by turning them into a unique, one of a kind diaper your baby can use, passed down along the next children or through out the family!

Check out my blog and meet me and my family. It is more of a place to get to know who I am so that I’m no stranger to any customers. Thank you for coming in and blessings to you and your family.

The link below is a review of my diaper. Please, read what others whom have used my products have to say about them!

http://lifemoresimply.blogspot.com/2009/07/povertyjane-review-giveaway.html#comments

http://povertyjane-povertyjane.blogspot.com/

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    She really is!

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