I’m seeing all kinds of posts about gift wrapping this week. I’m not the best wrapper, but one of the things I enjoy most about making items for my Etsy shop is making a complete package for my buyers. Buying handmade is like buying a Christmas gift year round. I love that Etsy sellers have paved the way for that by putting so much thought into their items’ packaging. It’s part of what inspires the little handmade packaging that I use for my custom pet portrait magnets. So without further rambling here are some lovely supplies to help with your gift wrapping needs:
- large gold glitter heart stickers by inkkit
- divine twine spool from horsescantering
- heart window kraft boxes from SomersetMarket
- metallic washi tape from OnceUponSupplies
- Merry Christmas gift tag template by TheDIYStore
I’m still hoping to make most of my Christmas gifts, but I did order a couple from Etsy. This week’s favorite is from a shop that I ordered from for this year’s gifts. Bobbidiboo is the shop of Katie Keally. Katie makes the most unique little doll sculptures out of fabric and polymer clay. She also has a blog where she shows creations beyond what is listed in her shop. My most recent favorite is this pop-up travel doll made out of an old lipstick holder!
Her dolls are so unique. Each doll has it’s own type of hair, patterned cloth body, and some even have these wonderful little stocking legs.
I am dedicating most to all of my energy this week to preparing for BUST craftacular and filling custom holiday orders, so I’m taking a few days away from writing. Instead I thought I would show a longer peek into my studio this week given that it’s where I’m spending all of my time. That first photo is a new item that I’ll soon have available in my shop. They are lil’ pigeon poppers – sets of unique magnets. Each set is unique and made up of four hand drawn pigeons.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been making around here.
I borrowed a button maker and have been having a blast making unique GoodAfternoonan button designs. I’ve been pleased with and made three so far and I have lots of ideas for button and button magnet sets. I can’t wait to experiment more with this when I have some slow time.
In prep for BUST, I’ve been making dozens of cat magnets. I have about four or five designs that I’ve gone with and I invested in a lightbox so that I can make them in bulk. This means they are all still individually hand drawn by yours truly, but I can make sets and reproduce.
I’ve also come up with four or five dog designs as well. I’m not sure if these will sell because I feel like cat owners are pleased to get any cat item (we LOVE any cats, all cats, cats please), but I fear that dog owners may be more loyal to their breed of choice. We’ll see! That is one of the great things about a craft fair – you get immediate feedback on your items. I’ve also made sticker sets from some of my #LogaCat drawings, which I’m really pleased with and will show more of on here soon. That’s it for now, folks. I’m going to take a short hiatus for the rest of the week as I pull some all nighters on custom orders and prep for the fair.
P.S. – What do you think? I’d love to hear if any of my new designs really tickle you!
I’ve had my eye on KinskaShop for a while now because I plan to purchase some of her colorful planters. Kinska is a maker based in London, and I love her quirky, colorful vases, mugs, and planters. Her shop is the perfect place to buy a very special one-of-a-kind gift this season. I’m a fan of pottery with faces, so I know I’ll soon add one of her small pots to my collection. She even has a hanging planter that features cats.
Another quick peek for you this week. I’ve been working on loads of custom pet magnets. Check out Max. He’s one of my most recent ones. He was sent off to his home in Scotland this week.
I’ve mentioned this before, and I’m sure I’ll mention it again, but I believe celebrating our small achievements is a huge part of remaining motivated. One way we can celebrate small achievements is by simply acknowledging them as just that – achievements. As a way to practice what I preach, every month I’m going to take a monthly tally of what I’ve accomplished from the previous month and set some small goals for the coming weeks.
In November 2013, I
- Started prep for wholesale by calculating that actual cost of making all of my items
- Reinvested in my shop by getting an easier camera for quick product shots
- Took Decor8’s blogging course, Blogging Your Way
- Took a Skillshare class, The First Steps of Hand-Lettering: Concept to Sketch (sign up through this link to get $10 off your first skillshare class if you’ve never taken one before: http://skl.sh/16j8qUf)
- Drew up to my 82nd #LogaCat
In December 2013, I will
- Sell at Bust Craftacular for the second year in a row – YAY
- Set up my wholesale linesheet
- Make Christmas gifts for my nieces and aunt
- Make sticker packs for my shop
- Start a Dogs of Etsy magnet project, similar to my Cats of Etsy project
Sometimes I just have to look at my Etsy favorites to see a trend in my taste. This week it’s retro orange items. Here are some gems:
- Bill Curry jack bookend from MidModMomStore
- Tropicana radio from VintagePoacher
- Peanuts desk caddy from bellalulu
- Kaj Franck enamel pot from bobann23
- Mustard tin from VintagePoacher