Archive for May, 2008

Yesterday Butterfly drove to western Massachusetts. First stop was the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This is a lovely small museum with two galleries of original artwork from picture books, a large space for children and adults to make art, and a well stocked gift shop. Here is Butterfly in the art room:

Next, Butterfly visited the Dr. Seuss Memorial Brass Sculpture garden in Springfield Massachusetts. These oversize sculptures are so much fun to view and relive the messages of Dr. Suess. Here she sits on the stump with the Lorax who says “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

Today, Butterfly went to a rocky beach near Marion Massachusetts known as Planting Island. It was low tide and barnacle and snail encrusted rocks were exposed:

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We are on a family vacation in Massachusetts this week. (Baying Hound operations are under the careful watch of Megan, my sister). To share the fun with you and give us something to take pictures of other than our daughter, we thought we’d write regular updates with pictures of my butterfly dreams bottle.

Yesterday Butterfly flew United from Columbus to Chicago, then Chicago to Providence Rhode Island. She made it through security and was filled with water fountains numerous times through the trip. She then took a ride in the car to Marion Massachusetts and rested overnight.

Today, Butterfly went to the beach.
She hung out with her friend, Black Oval with Cup.

Later they visited the LLBean outlet and overheard people talking about BPA. They didn’t fall for any of those super clearance plastic bottles!

It was a great day in the sun!

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MySIGG.com, the storefront for the US distributor of SIGG bottles has suspended sales of SIGGs so that all inventory can be diverted to smaller retailers like Baying Hound. The demand is huge and our orders have increased dramatically since MySIGG made the announcement and linked to retailers. We’re pleased to be working with such a supportive company.

In other SIGG news, we spoke with a SIGG rep today to place another order. We’ll do yet another one next week to keep replenishing our stock.

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We encourage you to read this draft brief of the US Toxicology Program report on BPA.

It is a synthesis of many studies about BPA. In sum, the Toxicology Program is leaning towards the conclusion that BPA is undeniably present in humans and the effects of BPA exposure are not desirable. This report makes no recommendations for consumers but does recommend further study by US scientific bodies.

We aren’t in the fear mongering business at Baying Hound. But if you are thinking about making the switch from plastic to non-BPA containers, we are happy to supply you with alternatives. We have SIGG aluminum bottles and boxes (a great bento alternative!), Guyot Designs silicone bowls and utensils, and Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottles arriving soon.

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We received two small shipments of stock from SIGG and Guyot today. We now have the Schaereschnitt 0.6L bottle and a selection of boxes from SIGG. Guyot sent the slate and tomato (aka scarlet and grey – Go Bucks!) travel shots too. No stock photos of these, so I guess I’m taking pictures this afternoon. šŸ™‚

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We are out of stock of a lot of SIGG styles. I am hoping to get a new order in tomorrow for whatever is coming in the next shipment. It’s frustrating to have customers chomping at the bit to order something we don’t have a the moment…

Last night, Yahoo Stores added insult to injury by having a screwy outage that temporarily opened up all our stock as available for order. So I woke up this morning to a slew of orders (yeah!) for things we don’t have (boo!). I appreciate how patient our customers are in waiting, refunding or changing their orders.

I guess this just exemplifies why we need to diversify our lines and carry more stock – so that a shortage in one product doesn’t leave us in such a situation.

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Customers are asking for stainless steel bottles and we are doing our best to respond. We placed an order with Klean Kanteen in early May that should arrive soon. The Klean Kanteen Kolor selection will come in July.

Guyot Designs will ship their stainless steel wide mouth bottles in August. The advantage of these bottles is that they fit all the wide mouth (aka Nalgene) accessories, like water filters.

These vendors, like SIGG, are experiencing incredible demand because of the news about BPA. We are also running out of stock. If at any time you want ‘dibs’ on a bottle not in stock, just email Rachel to be put on a waiting list.

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