Monday, July 28, 2014

A Few New Things

I know I have been remiss in listing new items in my Etsy shop since starting at Top is hard to keep inventory up in two different places!  I am working on it though.  I have a plan for bulking up my card inventory at Top Drawer- need to have cards for a variety of occasions, so I started working toward that goal this weekend. Yesterday I managed to create some Thank You cards in several designs, and I made two of each design. I took one of each to Top Drawer today, and will be listing the others in my Etsy shop.
I've been focusing on Top Drawer because they are having their Grand Opening celebration on August 6th, and will be having some events and running a 10% off storewide sale that day, so I want to make sure my inventory is sufficient for that!  Also, when you have to pay $50 a month rent whether you sell anything or not, you tend to make an effort to have stuff in there that people want to buy!  I am happy that I have sold some cards- I'm not sure I am going to make enough to cover my booth fee this month, but it will be close at least.  I knew going in that it might be awhile before I turn a profit, and resolved to give it 6 months before reevaluating,so I'm not worried.

I mentioned I was working on a cute side table, and I finished it and took it over to the shop over the weekend.  I was happy to get it done, and pleased with how it turned out!  It started out as a typical medium-toned stained wood table.  I sanded it down and mixed my own chalk paint using latex paint and Plaster of Paris, two colors, white and a pretty mint green.  I painted the white first, then the green, and sanded it to distress it.

Here are a few other things I completed this weekend and took over there:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Exploding Box Cards

Since I've been back from vacation, I've started working on a few items for my booth at Top Drawer.  I was pleasantly surprised to sell enough in June to cover my booth fee- hooray!  This month, I have not sold as much, probably because I need to get some new items in there.  Here is a start!  I made both of these exploding box cards this weekend, and will be taking them down to the shop tomorrow.

This one features a Japanese washi paper in a gorgeous daisy pattern, with vibrant orange, pink, green, light blue, and yellow.  The large inner panels are embossed with a daisy embossing folder.
The center contains a little pot of pink handmade paper daisies.  I thought about painting the pot, but decided that the natural terra cotta color was a perfect match already!

The next box is a general Happy Birthday box:

I used a cute paper in primary colors that has a little streamer pattern all over it, and paired it with a coordinating polka dot paper.  This is different than my other box cards, because instead of a 3rd box layer in the center, I made a vertical piece to hold a gift card!
Also, one of the inner-most panels was left blank for a personal message to be written.

I'm anxious to see how my exploding box cards do at the shop!  At craft shows, I usually get a mix of reactions...,most people think they are really cool, but some people turn their nose up at the price.  Yes, it is a lot for a greeting card, and there is only a select market of people who will be willing to pay that kind of price for something like this.  I'm hoping that those are the people who are likely to be shopping at the boutique.  I am making little card tags for these that tell a little bit about the box cards, and also with a note that custom designs are available.  Then I'll put some custom order forms at the shop in case someone is interested.  We'll see how it goes!

Friday, July 11, 2014


Just got back from a week at the beach with my bestie, Kendra- had such a great time!  So great, that it was hard to come home!

I haven't done much in the way of crafting for awhile, but am about to get back into it.  Both my Etsy shop and my booth at Top Drawer need some new stock, so I need to get working!  The good news is, my first month at Top Drawer was a success- I made my booth fee plus $2.65- woohoo!  Yeah, $2.65 isn't much, but since I fully expected to lose money my first month, I am thrilled!

Anyway,  I'll be back soon with new stuff!