Archive for the ‘handmade’ Category
I try to send out cards to friends and fellow bloggers whenever I can. Everyone likes snail mail, right? But sometimes I struggle with what to send with a card if it’s a thank you note or something along the lines of ‘you are so dang awesome’. Not much else will fit a card envelope. Open to your ideas if you have any suggestions.
But then I was introduced to this greeting card collection from Ruff House Art and it’s kind of perfect for what I am looking for, especially since spring is right around the corner. So what’s so special about these cards, aside from the fact that they’re letterpress and 100% handmade (yep, even the paper)? When you send one of these guys out, you’re sending more than a greeting card. You are sending a tiny, snail mail garden!?
I am totally in love with this idea. How it works… The handmade paper that the cards are printed on is embedded with vegetable seeds that will eventually grow into a plant. Just moisten the card and plant just under the surface of soil in a sunny spot and water regularly. Sprouts will form in 10-14 days. There are plenty of vegetable seeds to choose from: carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and more.
Wouldn’t these be perfect for a foodie or cook? You can find all the available cards in the garden seeds collection over on Ruff House Art now and while you’re there be sure to check out the other lines of cards, prints, and wrapping paper that Jill has created. Lots of awesome letterpress to explore.
This weekend, I finished up a few projects, visited Jeff’s parents’ new puppy (see the pup here – he’s so cute), and caught up on this season of Girls. It was a slow weekend (my favorite kind of weekend). And I’m easing back into the start of the week with a handful of things I’m loving right now…
4. Walrus bust
Hey guys! I’m popping in a little early this morning to share a really cool design challenge from UncommonGoods, an online retailer that specializes in handmade, that I think you will be interested in entering. If you make cool stuff and could use a cash prize along with some great exposure, read on…
So here’s the deal: This challenge is a woodworking design contest. That means home décor, wall art, tech accessories, jewelry, games, etc are all fair game – as long as the main material is wood. The sky is the limit but only finished products, please.
The winner will receive $500 and an UncommonGoods vendor contract. Woohoo! In the past, readers have loved entering these UncommonGoods contests. And I am not surprised…They are truly a great company to work with. So head on over and enter your design.
Deadline: February 28th, 2013 at 11:59 EST is the deadline for submissions (that’s one week from today).
P.S. There is also a little somethin’ somethin’ for runners-up: All runners-up will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, and UncommonGoods’ marketing team will provide tips for marketing and growing their businesses. Additionally, UncommonGoods’ buyers will review each entrant’s full portfolio and may consider adding the work submitted to the UncommonGoods website in the future.
How do I enter again? You can enter images of your finished products in the woodworking category right here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/designs/wood-contest
Now that we are in the second month of the year and things will be slowing down (briefly) after Valentine’s Day, a lot of online shop owners are ready to iron out the kinks and get busy with a professional looking site and shop. I honestly can’t believe that we are in the month of February already. Where is the time going?! If you are one of those people, you should check out Goodsie.
It’s super affordable, easy to use, and you’ll feel like a legit shop owner. No clutter or competition like you may find on some other sites where you can sell your wares. And you can track sales analytics, create targeted marketing campaigns, print shipping labels, pretty much everything you can think of. More info here.
Back when I had my little vintage shop (way back when), I looked at a ton of storefront options before settling on one. And one thing that helped me decide was looking at shops from artists and artisans who were already using the platform. So, I did some digging, and if are wondering who else is using this e-commerce solution, I have you covered. I found some awesome shops that are using Goodsie and they’re online stores look pretty dang…well…good.
Want more info? Visit Goodsie now to get all the details on opening a storefront of your own.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by the advertiser for this editorial feature. All opinions and ideas, however, are my own. Interested in having a sponsored post on papernstitch? Visit the advertising page for more info.
This has been a crazy week and next week is Alt…so another busy week is ahead. But I’m excited to jump in and see where the craziness leads. And then? A much needed nap!
I hope you have a great weekend! I’ll be back Monday with a little surprise.
P.S. I also write for Curbly. Here are my posts for the week…
- Make This: Font Lovers Chair Makeover
- Getting Creative with HP *I got to play around with an HP Envy 23 TouchSmart AiO. Touchscreen computers are my new favorite thing.
- How To: Make a Colorful Polymer Clay Hanging Plant Holder
*image above: DIY Heart Pillow Case Tutorial from Finley & Oliver