I am so excited to share with you all my current project for Mosaic Moon! We have gone from a one-woman operation (me) dyeing in the kitchen with kool-aide and the back of a chair for a swift through many changes and dye ‘studios’ including 2 different laundry rooms, a sun porch, a garage, and now a warehouse. At this point, my husband and I are working full-time. We have one full-time employee (Jessica, who does most of the admin. work, shipping, labeling and sorting), my mom works part-time doing spreadsheets, bookkeeping, and label-writing not to mention more than her share of babysitting, our son Truman does most of the skeining, and other kids work on various other tasks around the business.
When we left our home with attached garage-studio in Beavercreek Oregon to move back to Ashland, we were unable to find a rental home with space for the business, so we reluctantly moved the business into a warehouse. While it’s been great for space and the ability to make a huge mess and has loads of storage capacity, it’s really quite less than ideal in many ways. The lighting is terrible–it’s dark and the industrial lights create a strange color cast. There are few windows and not much in the way of fresh air. Though we have a ‘playroom’ for the smaller children, I have to admit that I don’t like having them there–it can be a bit of a depressing environment.
We now have a new home (bought by my mother and rented to us) with nearly 2 acres, and our exciting project is this: we are moving the business back home! I am SO excited about this. We will be remodeling the garage into a dye studio and putting up a yurt for office and storage space.
This is the front lawn, and the yurt will be off to the left.
This is a 20′ yurt, ours will be 30′
A picture of Anwen and me at Pacific Yurts.
Since we are starting over (again!), we decided to incorporate as many ‘green’ features as possible. We are installing a greywater system which will use the rinse water and soak water from our dye operation to water our ‘food forest’ being planted on the front meadow area. I’ve sourced new cookers which will use 1/4 of the electricity that we have been using. The remodeled garage will have 3 large windows and the doors will have glass panes to allow as much natural light in as possible. Morale will definitely be UP with the wonderful views and general work environment.
Trenching for pipes and the basins that will hold the ‘biofilter’ for purifying the water that runs through.
Coming up soon, adding plants and trees, our “food forest”!