Saturday, January 03, 2009

I have posted these pics before, but someone was asking about our order packing area, so I am re-posting. We pack loads of orders in a tiny area, which is very possible - when you are organized. Our packing area takes up the footprint of a 6-foot long table. On the top of the table is a small pine shelf which holds all 5 sizes of priority mail boxes and enelopes that we use, plus padded envelopes. We also have rolls of packing tape on the shelves, plus 2 colors ofelectrical tape that we use to seal lids and bottles. The small white plastic shelves hold 4 sizes of plastic bags, used to seal and ship anything that can leak. A small organizational tray holds all manner of USPS forms. We have lots of scisscors, and pens, and our shipping scale lives under the pine shelf on the table. The file on the right holds all the organizational brochures we ship out with our products. Under the table: box of recycled/reused peanuts, box of bubblewrap, and shipping boxes to be reused. All items for any given order are gathered, brought here, and can be safely and efficiently wrapped in a very short amount of time.

This is one order. Yes, really. It would be daunting to pack if we didn't have a system in place!

Shown here is a typical days' worth of mailing boxes. Actually, it's maybe a bit less than usual. If we don't spend at least $100 at the post office every day, our postal staff gives us a hard time about how they're going to lose their jobs. :)

Friday, January 02, 2009

It's Freebie Friday!

last week's winner is BELLE! (our first commenter!). Belle, drop us an email letting us know what lip balm flavors you want, and where you'd like them shipped. :)This week's Friday Freebie - an 8 oz. jar of one of our salt or sugar body scrubs (your choice).

I LOVE these scrubs in the winter. If I don't use them, my legs get so dry I will scratch them until they bleed. Not on purpose - it just happens. But with these scrubs, I can avoid that icky bad dry skin. SO, folks, you know the drill:

If you'd like to win the item - you must leave a comment on today's blog post.

1) One entry per person.
2) You must have a registered ID to post - if your post shows up under "anonymous", we don't know who you are, and therefore you can't win.
3) You have until the next Thursday at midnight, CST, to enter your comment.
4) Winner will be announced the following Friday - you must check back to see if it's you!
5) International folks are welcome. We ship Prairieland Herbs items all over the world, so we'll ship our "Friday freebie" anywhere too!
6) Each eligible post will be assigned a number, and we'll use a free online random number generator to determine the winner.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Spring Class!! Make your own natural cleaning products: Want to do something good for the environment and your budget? Learn how to make natural cleaning products with basic, easily available supplies. Join Maggie and Donna from Prairieland Herbs to learn the techniques and try your hand at making samples of laundry detergent, tub scrub, and window cleaner. You'll go home with several safe natural products, and recipes for them and others --"green" and simple! Class cost - $19.00 Supply cost is $15 ; bring an empty spray bottle for the window cleaner. Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 6:30-8:30


Class will be held in Des Moines, at Merrill Middle School.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just passing along some information we got from our neighbors at Picket Fence Creamery.


Happy New Year from Picket Fence Creamery!
Just a quick note to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and to let you know what's happening around the farm as we usher in 2009!!! The "ladies" are snug in the barn, along with 13 bottle calves, with about a dozen more cows to calve in the next month. You're welcome to bring the kids and walk up to the barn to say hello to all of them!
The store is full of goodes for your New Year's celebration, and is also hosting a special event...
Jill's "39th" Birthday Party"
Wednesday, Dec. 31
At the store, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy FREE birthday cake and ice cream!
You're invited to browse to store for some yummy local foods - great for the big football games too!
*Elk sticks, elk and pepper cheese summer sausage, and elk ring bologna
*Neva's famous cheese ball
*Cheese curds
*Iowa wines, including Penoach Winery's "Tickled Pink" champagne
*Salsa, chips, snacks
*Chocolate milk
*Deal's cider
*Chevre, Brie, Limburger and local Gouda cheeses
*Pumpkin pies
Super Deals
*90% lean ground beef, $3.49/lb. with 10 lb. purchase (Reg. $3.99/lb.)
*Apple crisp and quart of ice cream - $10
*WOW! Buy any jar of local salsa and get a bag of fresh round tortilla chips for $1!!!
You're welcome to stop by if you're traveling through this week or weekend; we'll be sampling Iowa wines! Our hours:
New Year's Eve - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Year's Day - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 1-2 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A bit of shameless self-promotion here. Well, sort of shameless. Some folks have been asking when I'm going to get new stuff in my Etsy store, and I did - so here are some choice listings!

Everything here is naturally dyed - the scarves and hankies are silk, as are the shawls.

There are also a few pieces of rust-dyed cotton fabric, perfect for sewing or quilting.