Monday, November 22, 2010

I had this whole long sappy post written up, but in the end I figured I could sum up my decision in about one sentence.  As with everyone I have priorities in life, and my priorities are conflicting right now.  One of them has to go and my family comes way before Wooltopia dryer balls.

I want to assure everyone about a few things:

1.  Wooltopia is not going anywhere.  I will still be here knitting and possibly selling dyed roving.  Any issues with dryer balls can still be emailed to me at or  Customer service is not going anywhere :)

2.  Retailers still have their stock of Wooltopia dryer balls and will sell them until they sell out.  At that point, if you still want dryer balls, I highly recommend Buddha Bunz dryer balls.

3.  There is nothing wrong with the dryer balls and that is not why we are discontinuing them.

4.  Everything is fine with myself and my family!

Please feel free to ask any questions and I will get to them ASAP!

Monday, November 15, 2010


I was hoping to do a raffle that would benefit a family in need this Christmas.  For their sake I don't want to give many details, but they are possibly one of the most deserving families.  Unfortunately raffles, even charitable ones, are illegal in the state of Alabama.  So my compromise is this, a giveaway!!  No strings attached, anyone can enter this giveaway by simply posting on this blog post.

However, for every $1 donation, you get 10 extra entries.  Donate $5, get 50 entries!

The giveaway is for a set of 4 beautiful pink dryer balls!

The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, November 17 at 11p.m. central time.

Comment on this blog post with your email address please.

Optional Entries:
Send a $1 donation via paypal to  Please send payments as 'Personal' and 'gift', thank you!
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Each $1 donation is worth 10 extra entries - no limit.

Good luck everyone!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm really excited :)

I have to admit, after my Spread the Love campaign I was a bit disappointed.  I think the message got through, but I was still seeing so much hate all over the place.  It just makes me sad.

But I've noticed a lot of companies doing giveaways that involve spreading the love...and that makes me happy and excited!  Maybe that contest DID make a difference!  Maybe we did start something new.  And maybe all this spreading of love and positivity will truly change everyone, in a way at least.

And even when they aren't giveaways of contests that I would enter, it makes my day to see the love being spread from other companies.  :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

And the winners are...

Happy Baby Company $25 GC - Beth and David

1 tutu with a matching headband from Mimi Luvin's Tutus - Katie (beautyformyashes @

Medium size bag of Clean B:  Momma Cass

A fleece soaker from Rockin Rears: Holly Wilson

1 baby carrier from Hold Me Close: Lacey Riggs
1 baby carrier from Hold Me Close: Catherine Adrons
$10 GC to For Mom and Keiki: khaymax
Wooltopia Winners!!




Becky (rastrassbur at gmail dot com)


Congrats to all the winners!!!  I'll be sending out emails in just a few minutes!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The 1000 "likes" giveaway!!

Well we reached 1000 likes...quite awhile ago!  Yes, I can be slow on the organizational front.

Anyway, we've got some great prizes and fun ways to enter.  First, the prizes so far are:

$25 Gift Certificate to Happy Baby Company!
1 tutu with a matching headband from Mimi Luvin's Tutus
A medium size bag of Clean B detergent with your choice of scent!!
A fleece soaker from Rockin Rears!
2 Baby Carriers from Hold Me Close!
A $10 Gift Certificate to For Mom and Keiki!

And from Wooltopia:
Your choice of a pumpkin hat or set of 2 dryer balls! (7 prizes!)

There is only ONE requirement to enter...make a comment on this blog post!  Leave your email so I can easily reach you, please!

There are plenty of additional entries as well.
Get an additional entry for every sponsor that you 'like' on facebook:
Happy Baby Company
Mimi Luvin's Tutus
Clean B Detergent
Rockin Rears
Hold Me Close carriers
For Mom and Keiki

And if you are interested in MORE additional entries, keep an eye on the Wooltopia facebook page.  There will be more than a few opportunities for extra entries!!

Winners will be chosen by on Wednesday Oct 20!  All prizes will be sent by sponsors.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Adventures in No-Poo Land

No poo as in shampoo...not the other thing!

I'm going to admit real quick that I was misinformed about no-poo.  Yes, I am going to blame someone else for my misinformation!  I think I first heard about no-poo about 2 or 3 years ago while living in North Carolina.  One of the women in a playgroup of ours said she didn't use shampoo - just water.  Except every 2 or 3 weeks she would wash as normal.  Water would never work for my hair.  Now I'm thinking that she was probably confused about no-poo, too!!

So after the green ideas post, I decided to give no-poo a shot.  I've been using hubby's Head and Shoulders FOR MEN for almost 2 weeks now and it's time to get back to something for me.  I have thick thick hair so I doubled the recipe (2 tbsp baking soda with 2 cups of water).

Real quick, I have a suggestion.  Use warm water when making your mixture!!!

After using the baking soda mixture I noticed that my hair wasn't as stiff and rigid after washing with shampoo.  It was kind of smooth and I could actually run my fingers through it!!  Then I did the apple cider vinegar rinse.

Another quick not make the mistake of letting your hand slip and pouring the apple cider vinegar rinse down your face...

Rinsing was quick and easy.  Right out of the shower my hair didn't feel as soft as normal.  It wasn't bad or anything, but conditioner really does get my hair soft.  After drying it feels clean and fairly soft...not quite what I am used to.  But I think I can get used to it!!

I'm going to give it a go for 2 weeks and see how it goes!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I've had the feeling recently that some people have misunderstood things I've said.  And if some people have misunderstood, it's quite possible that my fans too have misunderstood.  So I have a few things to say a bit more clearly.

First, in my post "A dryer ball is a dryer ball" I did mention that dryer balls can be unique!!  I think most of the ones you see on facebook, etsy, and hyena cart will work the same.  Of course be careful of weight!  Always always make sure you know the weight of what you're buying: dryer ball wise that is!  But there are things that make certain brands unique.  Some people carry dryer balls made out of different materials for people allergic to wool!  Different scents, different scenting methods, different dyes, different colors, different styles, etc etc!!  I saw one of etsy in the style of a giraffe!  So cute.  So anyway, while I think they will all mostly work the same way, the are differences in style.

Secondly, I said I don't like competition, and that's true.  Competition is what led a marine to tell my husband that he's a worthless piece of sh*t because he's in the army.  That's nice.  My husband didn't spend a year in Afghanistan protecting this country because he's a worthless piece of sh*t.  But the competition that marine felt with soldiers apparently led him to be unable to appreciate that.  And it's not like that is an isolated incident.  Anyone in the military knows that all the branches have a certain degree of competition.  Sadly it goes into the business world too.  I cannot tell you how many companies I have stopped buying from because of commercials that feel the need to compare.  Just last week there was a Huggies commercial where Huggies had to compare their diapers to Pampers.  I wish Huggies could just state what they liked about their product, and not what they hate about others.  Of course I don't buy Huggies, but it did irritate me!

So when I say I don't like competition, I'm referring to the comparisons, and put downs.  I'm referring to one retailer tattling on another retailer.  I'm referring to the constant oneupmanship that is annoying at best.  I've seen many many dryer balls companies promote their own dryer balls by putting down others.  I'm not talking about just 1 or 2 people and I'm not singling anyone out.  Just saying that I don't like it.  I know what healthy competition is.  I know it because I have become friends with one of my competitors and we enjoy healthy competition on a daily basis.  We keep each other in line :)  But we don't try to shoot each other in the foot either because it's not necessary.  Her dryer balls sell well as do mine and I don't think either of us are particularly threatened by the other... Now perhaps I didn't choose the best words to use when I first said this (I think underhanded and backstabbing might have the the exact words chosen) but eh, we all make mistakes.    It might have been harsh, but that was how I felt!  

And lastly - yes we are retailer only right now.  I might or may not open a small in stock store one day, but that is up in the air right now.  Our prices have not gone up and most retailers still offer the same price as before.  In fact, most of them offer free shipping so it seems like there is a better deal to be had.  Colors are still available, and if anyone is looking for a certain color feel free to ask!  I will track down who has it in stock for you.

I've said it before, but I will say it again (as many times as necessary!!) if you need anything, please send me an e-mail at  I will always do my best to respond and help fix a problem, or find what you need.  Or you can send me a joke because I do enjoy laughing!