Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Playin' With Pretties, Your Opinion Please.....

I spent a little time playing in my studio yesterday with some ideas for items to list in my new shop. I know realistically that I cannot keep it stocked with artwork as I can't produce it that fast, so, I have been playing with some ideas of ephemera packs, supplies, or kits for creating with.

Mostly I was playing with packaging ideas and I would love to get your input. I am toying with the idea of a unique pocket filled with vintage ephemera as one item. The two I created yesterday are just samples and still need some improvement. Here are the pockets...They each have a little pocket on the front for tucking in small ephemera...Some ideas for what I would tuck inside the small front pocket...The contents could include two "finish me" tags, I use scraps from projects to cover the tag base so a background is there just waiting to be finished up with your embellishment, a vintage post or greeting card, a little vintage ad or recipe, themed color images, a punch out image on vintage book paper, and a small tag. The bundle would be wrapped in a bit of lace with a final embellishment of some sort or trinket, in this case an old key.(NOTE: I would not be including some of these exact images as shown in the above photos. I don't own the rights to some of these images, these are just samples of stuff I have been using on other projects on the work table and they were handy for using as props.)Some ideas for stashing in the larger pocket...The contents could include large dictionary pages, writing tablet paper, vintage map page, handwritten pages from an old notebook, vintage ad, Latin and French lesson book pages, vintage greeting card, and old photo. Contents would vary and change from packet to packet but would include two dozen pieces of ephemera plus the envelope.Is this something you would be interested in? I am trying to come up with things that I love and would buy myself.I also thought of some smaller paper bundles and embellishments like these...They include a small roll of wallpaper (1), vintage sheet music (2), and ledger pages (2) all tied up in tulle with a monogrammed tag.The little bag of paper punches include snazzy circles (6) and sweet little birds (6) punched from various vintage paper sources. What do you think of either of these or similar products?Well, that is all I had time to play with since I had an opening ceremony to attend. Yes, I made a couple of Etsy purchases and decided to have myself a little opening ceremony. Beth (Gathering Dust) said it sounded like the Olympics and really she wasn't that far off. The rules of the Etsy Olympics are very simple, the fastest one to click on the buy button wins!I really placed well over at Beth's Etsy place, she even sent me a congratulatory card! Could you not just die over the cuteness of this vintage card? Beth is bigger than me, I never would have let it go. Nope, I'd of kept it all to my stingy little self. Thanks Beth, I LOVE IT!I love this little bundle of lace all tied up in gold seam binding, this is how Beth sent me my Etsy Olympic winnings...OK, back to the games, I won the cracked porcelain watch face! I thought I placed pretty well in this event.Next I cleaned up in the Cameo Category! I got the Cameo Queen and Dust Rose awards!This next one was a sporting event called Shootin' from Your Canoe and I won this little brass and gold affair!Now we are really talkin', this is where the stakes get high, the Watch Case Awards. I placed in two events here and won the Wrist Watch Award complete with monogram, they got my initials wrong but that's OK, and the grand prize of them all, the Pocket Watch Case award!I also made a purchase from Rolling Hills Vintage on Etsy. I adore seam binding as an accent on packages and artwork and she had some is the most delicious color of green. It was packaged up with a pretty little snippet of ribbon and a sweet little quilted heart. The stamped tag will be fun to play with once the seam binding has been all used up! Thank you, Beth and Anita, for the swift service and great goods!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, I think the shop name will be Quill Cottage Creations. This one got the overwhelming votes from you. I hope to set a final opening date soon. I want to get some things worked up to stock it first as well as work out pricing and shipping details.Now, I'm off to dream up some projects to accompany those great pieces I just got.

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

17 comments:

Barbara H. said...

I think the little packets are lovely.

You scored some great deals!

Bonita said...

Very nice! I can't wait to see your shop!

Bonita said...

Very nice! I can't wait to see your shop!

Susie said...

I think that is the perfect name for your etsy Sandy.

You know I'm not a creative person but I think any crafter would love those packets.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I have never started using those kinds of materials, but I am open to beginning any thing. I love painting and sewing and I think this might develop into something nicer.Any of those packets would start me off.
QMM

Caroline said...

You know I love ALL your work but if I had to choose I think I would go with the rolled up sheets of music packages.
Wahoo! Congratulations on the beginnings of the "shop".
You really did haul in great wins! Good for you.

Mildred said...

Such beautiful ideas. I like the name of your shop and I wish you great success and lots of joy!

Beth Leintz said...

Its so funny how you used that seam binding to make everything in your little package look like a medal.

I love your ephemera packets- I bet you have fun putting them together.

The Feathered Nest said...

Sandy, I love everything that you've put together! Such beautiful presentations on all of the items you want to put in the shop ~ I need to do that too....I think kits is a wonderful way to supplement your store, too! Great things you purchased too, and I'm just like you Sandy, I don't know if I could have parted with the card either~ xxoo, Dawn

Linda said...

Too much for me to consider in the midst of a busy workday, but I love everything you've shown here! BEAUTIFUL. :)

kathy said...

SAndy - I love art packets and all types of emphemera-- I do buy packets of mixed items -- and dictionary sheets also - french -- or old -- I think packets are fun -- A few make kits --to make a tag idea etc -- and while I have many (uh -ocd -here ) supplies -- I still buy other creations kits -- It is fun to have their style -- not just mine - Whew !! sorry am on a roll - Always have thought that --if ever -- a big if -- I do etsy - it would be with kits as the main item -- because finding the elements to coordinate is fun -but sometimes challenging --for some people live in an areas where items are not readily available .
OK now you are -- 2 cents -richer lol - Blessings - Kathy -ga

LiLi M. said...

I think there is definitely a market for what you are offering here. The folders with ephemera are so nice. Many of us have a vintage wallpaper, ledger paper and a music paper addiction. To me the latter is quite easy to find, but the first two nearly impossible. Those rolls look very nice, for international shipping you might consider flat packages. Vintage wallpaper is offered in A4 seize too. (do you use this seize name, it's the size of printing paper too). Good luck!

Laurie said...

Oh I love ephemera packets and have been planning to make some of my own, too! Someone with your eye would put together amazing packets and I'm sure they'll be a hit! I love everything you've shown here!

Bunty said...

I love everything - it is all gorgeous. I think that all your ideas will be very popular!

vikki said...

YOUR PACKETS LOOK WONDERFUL! I HAVE THOUGHT OF THE ETSY THING, BUT HAVE YET TO DO IT... SIGNED UP FOR THE ARTFIRE & HAVE YET TO LIST ANYTHING! EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SOO LOVELY. YOU ARE SOO GOOD AT THE TUTORIALS & SHARING YOUR ART. SOO APPRECIATE YOUR KINDNESS. ~ THANK*U~ LOVE ALL THE GOODIES & TREASURES YOU FOUND! WILL HAVE TO GIT A COPY OF THE BOOK... LOVE MAKING JOURNALS WITH ITEMS I HAVE & I LOVE. NATURE. BLESSINGS TO YOU ON YOUR NEW VENTURE... & NEW GRANDBABY! HUGS & BLESSINGS, VIKKI ♥

The White Bench said...

Hi Sandy,
love your wrappings and the ephimera pockets are just fantastic! Definitely something I will purchase!
All is beautiful, keep going!
Monica.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I would absolutely adore this and cannot wait until your shoppe opens!

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