Thursday, August 6, 2015

How Adoption Fundraising Kits Can Help Fuel Your Family's Journey

We had the sweetest message from a customer who is currently working her way through the adoption process, and we just had to share this story!

As many of you know, our goals at Scarlet Threads aren’t just orphan prevention and economic empowerment; we also provide adoption fundraising kits to families who are looking to adopt.

Basically, here’s how it works: when you purchase a kit, you receive an assortment of beautiful aprons (all in varying styles!) with a total MSRP value of around $200. You pay 50% of the MSRP ($100) plus a $20 handling fee and a Paypal fee, then you can sell the aprons for full retail price (or higher!). You can help support an international artisan, and keep the profit to fund your adoption costs.

If at the end of six weeks you find you have aprons you can’t sell, you can return the unused/unwashed products for a refund. Pretty cool, huh?

We’ve sold dozens of kits successfully, but last month, Valerie’s story really stood out. She recently purchased her FIFTH adoption kit from us—wow! Valerie and her husband are currently working to become the forever family of an eleven-year-old boy from China. While purchasing her most recent adoption kit, Valerie wrote,

Valerie and her family
“Our family couldn’t be more pleased…I found Scarlet Threads through searching online for adoption fundraisers. I knew I wanted to work with them after I read about the beginnings of the ministry—originating in China. We are pursuing the adoption of an 11-year-old son from China. So it worked!

“I did call it a ‘ministry’ because I know this is how Gene & Karen view it. They have never said those words to me, but I can tell by the way they conduct themselves & correspond with me. I emailed with Gene initially, but I have emailed with Karen many times since. I feel like she cares about us & our adoption. I feel like we’d be fast friends if we lived nearby.

“The quality of the aprons we have received from Scarlet Threads is really remarkable. The material is nice & sturdy, & very pretty. The patterns are clever. There is a variety to choose from, too! We have now placed [several] orders for adoption fundraiser kits.

“We are grateful for this ministry, in helping us bring our son home. And we are thrilled to be able to help women bring dignity to their lives through their amazing talents & work.”

You can read more about their story here, including the latest breaking news (their paperwork has been logged, and is awaiting approval! Yay!) and how they hosted their most recent fundraiser with Scarlet Threads aprons! 
Shout out to Valerie—thank you for supporting Scarlet Threads, and congratulations on the amazing strides you’ve made so far in your adoption journey!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Good Things Are Coming--But First, Let's Introduce Ourselves

It’s a pleasure to meet you! Karen here, and I just want you to know that we are absolutely thrilled to be working with Scarlet Threads in this exciting new chapter of growth. We first met Carrie in March of 2014 at New Day Foster Home in Beijing, while visiting our son, Guy, a long-term New Day volunteer. We reconnected with her in the fall while purchasing beautiful wire ornaments through Scarlet Threads; we learned all about the incredible work Carrie, Eileen, and the rest of the team were doing, and we were so impressed by their energy, ingenuity, and creativity.

Gene and I on the Great Wall. 

We’ve always been passionate about social justice and ministry, and in the past year we’ve felt God turning our hearts specifically towards orphan prevention and economic empowerment for families who are struggling to stay together and stay afloat.

Last July, we had the opportunity to participate in an outreach in the communities of Yavello and Mega, Ethiopia, working with the local children through Hand of Hope Ministries, which intensified our desire to do everything we can to help bring economic sustainability and justice to orphans, single parents, and impoverished families. When we returned to New Day to visit Guy, our daughter-in-law EunJeong and our four grandblessings this past March, we learned about this exciting new opportunity with Scarlet Threads, and after much prayerful consideration, we were eager to step in and help this wonderful organization continue to grow.

We are so thankful for Carrie and all of the incredible work and time she has poured into Scarlet Threads during the six years since it’s inception. She and Eileen have been so amazing (and patient!) in helping us transition into this leadership role. They have touched so many lives and helped many families while creating this business, and we are amazed and grateful to be able to take part.

Our family, now joining the Scarlet Threads family. 

In the next year, our goal is to continue the vision and further the mission of Scarlet Threads by promoting families through the sale of handcrafted goods, promoting adoption awareness, and fundraising for adoption and orphan care. In addition, we are planning to expand globally, aiming to partner with women and families around the world to empower them become self-sustaining. 

You’ll be seeing some exciting developments and introduced to amazing new artisans (and new products!) very soon! Plus, we’ll be launching a fantastic start-of-summer sale June 21 - don’t miss it! 

Thank you for continuing with us as we enter this exciting new time at Scarlet Threads. We look forward to sharing this journey with you!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Seasons Change: What's New for Scarlet Threads

Some of our very first products.  
The aprons were super cute, but I think our photography has gotten a lot better!!  

We started Scarlet Threads on a little whim… mostly because I went to a fabric market and saw bolts and bolts of fabric; a kaleidoscope of color and possibility. And around that time, I met Deng – a gifted seamstress who salvaged a pair of brand new shorts that I’d bought and promptly cut a hole in while attempting to cut out a tag. I recognized talent when I saw it, and I immediately wanted to create new things with her.

So we made a few aprons and pre-sold them to friends and family in the USA and never really looked back. I never expected Scarlet Threads to grow and be something beyond that. Yet here we are 6 years later with a little company that continues to fill a niche and grow and connect Chinese artisans with a global market.

But a lot has changed in those 6 years. We moved back from China. I became a stay-at-home mama. Then we adopted and Motherhood 2.0 rocked my world. My business partner and sister-in-law, Eileen, has experienced lots of major life changes of her own, and it has become increasingly clear over the last couple of years that the two of us aren’t really able to give Scarlet Threads the energy and time it needs to truly thrive.

About six months ago we began seriously looking for someone who might want to take over this little operation, and thankfully we found them! Karen and Gene Pierce. You’ll hear more from them soon, but as we’ve worked together on the transition these last few weeks, I’ve grown to love their hearts and vision for what Scarlet Threads can be. We share so many of the core motives and beliefs about why the work of Scarlet Threads is important, and I think they are the perfect family to help Scarlet Threads grow and be all it can be.

I’ve heard it said that good leaders know when it is time to step down. I’m not sure that I can claim to be a good leader, but I do know that if Scarlet Threads is going to flourish, it needs someone at the helm who has the energy, time, and dreams to make it grow. I think Karen and Gene can do just that, and I’m eager to see where they take this little business.

But I won’t be totally gone!! I’m still going to be around, helping in the background and offering my advice and thoughts as needed to help ensure a seamless transition for our artisan partners and customers. Thank you for taking Scarlet Threads from my "little whim" to the organization it is today… and please continue to support it now that Karen and Gene are at the helm. Nothing about the heart of the organization will be changing and I’m quite certain only good things are in the future for all of us!

Friday, December 26, 2014

$10 or Less! Make 'em disappear!

It's not quite time to put away those Christmas decorations (thank goodness). I love Christmas-time, don't you? Everyone seems a little nicer. Everyone seems to care a little bit more about the big things. Everyone seems to think a little less of themselves. That's what I like about the season.

We were absolutely blessed to be a part of so many families' traditions this year. We loved seeing the pictures on facebook of your ornaments on your trees and your friends and family opening and wearing adorable aprons! Thank you for sharing your moments with us.

As you know, we are a very honest company. So, we are going to let you in on a little secret. We still have several sets of ornaments that we do NOT want to pack away and store for the Christmas rush next year. We want YOU to pack them away with your Christmas decorations for next year. And, we are willing to part with them at just a hair over cost plus our charity donations!

Classic Ornament Set - $12.75 <-- Sorry! Can't go lower!

We also have a couple of stragglers. You know, single digit inventory items! When we get below 10 of any product, we just can't wait to see that number get to zero sot that we can create something new. That said, these are selling for lower than our costs to make them. But, don't worry! We have already paid Deng Jia in full so this does not impact her income or any other artisans in the least. It is just a little reward to our faithful customers for returning after Christmas!

Again, thank you for such a successful Scarlet Threads year! We loved filling the almost countless orders that we received over the past several months. We are on track to close out a successful 2014!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: The Noelle Collection

This is the week of sales upon sales!! So perfect for you…hope you are getting all your Christmas shopping done early!! We are back with a great Thrifty Thursday for you today!

Our Noelle Collection is on sale for just $9.00! These ornaments are handmade in Beijing, and help support Lao Yan and his beautiful family! They are selling fast...make sure you get your order in before the sale ends tonight! If you've purchased a set of Scarlet Threads ornaments already...share a picture of them gracing your tree in the comments! We'd love to see it! Merry Christmas and happy decorating!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday! Target: Sell Out!

We've had a great week of sales. We really have! But, I think this coming week is going to be even better. Cyber Monday has always been boon for our little business and a great boon for our customers, too. At the end of the year, like other businesses do, we look at our inventory and we look at our prices and we think about the reason we are in business.

We are in business for a specific reason: to empower artisans through employment. That employment comes by introducing their products to new markets. We have steadily sought to extend the Scarlet Threads community, to connect you to Lao Yen, Deng Jia, and our Chin Women Next Door. We have brought in new cooking blog partners who believe in our products and our mission behind them. We have partnered with new stores, most notably The Cupboard in Fort Collins, CO.

So, the only way that we get to make new products with Lao Yen and Deng Jia and Dawt and Du is to sell EVERYTHING in our shop. That is the mission. How do we accomplish it? We make prices irresistible. It's as simple as that.

Cyber Monday is YOUR day. It's like customer appreciation day! How can you help?

  1. If you are in the market for one of our Aprons, Bags, Dresses, or Ornaments - place an order! The prices can't (and won't) get any better than this.
  2. Share our posts on Social Media - Tweet, Share on FB, Instagram, Pinterest - it all helps!
Now, down to business... the IRRESISTIBLE prices!

Poppy & Summer Joy - $2.50

Xiao Apron Collection!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday!

Do you get tired of seeing big name stores no matter where you go? It seems that everywhere we look there's another Walmart, another Target, or even another Gap. One of my favorite things to do, in every new city I visit, is to scope out the local scene. Find the little quaint shops and businesses that give it the charm. Go explore the cute downtown streets with the eclectic little boutiques on every corner! 

If you got worn out this weekend, shopping all the big name brands, take some time this weekend to celebrate the small businesses around you! Scarlet Threads is so thankful for all of you who continually support our small and growing business! Take a minute to check out our website today…we have great deals for you!, While shopping, scroll through the #smallbusinesssaturday hashtag on Instagram and Facebook! You have no idea what treasures you might just stumble upon! Happy shopping!