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I'm returning to the things that make my heart sing!

I started my shop in 2006 when I was enrolled in a subpar university and was working off my frustration by sewing all night long in my dorm. Within a year, I moved to Portland, Oregon because... well - Portland! However, that's when my troubles really began.

I had always had a tendency to suffer from depression, but it got very, very bad in 2007. I dropped out of Etsy, believing that I wasn't good enough to make a life from my creativity and handwork. The next few years were up and down. I got married, got divorced, and spent most of my energy on my job as a collective manager at People's Food Co-op. Creating became something I did quietly on the side.

Then, in 2011, I started teaching knitting and spinning classes at the co-op. The positive feedback reinvigorated me, and I started to think that it might be possible to make a life that would truly satisfy me. I started on a plan to go back to school and do creative work while I learned, angling toward an eventual career as a working artist and textile historian.

My depression continued to wax and wane, and I often had trouble getting out of bed, but at the beginning of 2013 I finally sought some help. It turned out that I was chronically anemic, and my vitamin D level was ridiculously low. I also had a very slight and easy to correct chemical imbalance. It was almost comical how easy it was to treat this problem that had ruled my life for so many years.

So here I am, living in the forest near Eugene, back at school, sewing and spinning, and reveling in the return of my creative mojo. I restarted my fiber arts supply shop, Lindentree Fiber Arts, a couple of months into 2013, and now I'm back to making and selling fun and functional menstrual pads. I'm hoping to make a little pin money to help support my other passions - growing organic vegetables in the vast garden space here, raising angora rabbits, and taking care of my crazy dog, Théo, and my little princess kitty, Celia.

My favorite part about making Sassy Pants is the awesome feedback I get from women who are transitioning away from disposable pads and tampons. They feel so empowered! Just like when I was selling farm-direct food at the co-op, customers were so excited to support farmers and local businesses, and stick it to the corporations in the process! It was a big moment for me when I realized that cloth pads and menstrual cups existed. (Thanks, Bitch Magazine!) There's nothing good to say about big name disposable tampons and pads - they are just gross! Full of plastic, bleached conventionally-grown cotton, and often synthetic fragrances, and the companies that sell them do their best to keep women feeling embarrassed and ashamed of their menses. I love helping women break free from the stigma and take control of their bodies in a fun way using pads with silly and sometimes inappropriate prints.

I've been making and using cloth pads since 2002. I still use some of my original batch of pads, and I've never had one fall apart, even though I'm not gentle in how I wash them. I stand by my work, and will replace or repair any piece that gives out due to problems with workmanship. That's a lifetime guarantee!

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  • Tilly Lind

    Owner, Maker, Designer, I Do It All!

    Hi! I'm Tilly! I live in a tiny town in the middle of the national forest in central Oregon. I sew, spin yarn, knit and weave in a cute little house with several animal friends. I just returned to school to study Fiber Arts and Folklore.

  • Théo

    Staff Morale

    I was found abandoned on the side of the highway in the dead of winter, dancing in the snow. I´m AMAZING! I can run like a racehorse, jump as high as your head, swing from a tree branch, and befriend everyone, even the bunnies!

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