Today, I am pleased to be telling you about our sponsor Sweetgrass Natural Fibers! (You've seen a bit of my own Sweetgrass favorites here recently.) Sweetgrass is the work of mama and business owner Paige. In her words:
"Sweetgrass designs and produces comfortable and stylish natural fiber clothing made from hemp, bamboo and organic cotton. All our clothing is made in the U.S.A."
Sweetgrass: I began sewing polar fleece hats and accessories in 1994. I was 25.
SouleMama: What inspired you to start your business?
Sweetgrass: At a local handcrafter's co-op where I rented a space and sold my things I was turned onto hemp and it's many beneficial uses. The marriage of designing clothing and using sustainable materials just happened spontaneously. For the first time in my life I felt like I really knew what I wanted to do and Sweetgrass was born.
SouleMama: What inspires you?
Sweetgrass: People, nature, color, texture and design....and the place where they all meet in individual style.
SouleMama: Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
Sweetgrass: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic in it. Begin it now." ~ Goethe
SouleMama: How does the balance of work and family play out for you?
Sweetgrass: When I started my business long before I had a family I thought being self employed would be the ideal situation for having both a career and a family. So I set out to build a business that would support me and let me take the space I needed to raise my children. Well 10 years later, when I finally had my son, I found myself not only trying to manage new motherhood, but also a handful of employees. So after the first year my son ended up in childcare while I took care of my "other baby". I found myself struggling with never having enough time or energy for either work or family. Well the universe took care of my ongoing struggle by presenting me with the twins I'm expecting in October and that reality has forced me to re-evaluate what I set out to do in the first place. For me that means going back to a smaller home-based operation where I hope that simplifying will create a better flow in life. We shall see....wish me luck!
For today's giveaway, Sweetgrass Natural Fibers is offering the following to one winner:
a $50 Gift Certificate to Sweetgrass!
In addition, Sweetgrass is offering a 10% discount for all SouleMama readers through the entire month of May! To redeem, use discount code: soulemama10. Offer expires 5/31/10.
Thank you to Sweetgrass Natural Fibers!
To enter, please leave a comment in today's post (one entry per person, please!). I'll close comments and announce the winner by 8am EST on Sunday. Comments closed! The winner is....
Yay! I'm off to check it all out! XXxx.
Posted by: Bex