Etsy packaging

Wrapped Little Love Boat brooch
Wrapped Little Love Boat brooch
Little Love Boat packaging
Little Love Boat packaging

So I’ve been selling casually on Etsy for around 18 months now. I say casually, as in, I’m a bit of a floating experimenting artists, I work a full time job so I don’t put all my everything into my Etsy store, it’s pretty much just one of  my bajillion creative hobbies. Although it is nice that I can fund this particular hobby with a few sales along the way!

Anyhow… packaging, let’s talk packaging. I thought I’d share a few of the packaging tips which I’ve learnt along the way, these tips are more so rules for me to go by these days.

  1. Nice packaging. Since upgrading my packaging recently, I’ve felt much more confident about my products. I think it’s well worth the time and effort to make your packaging as nice as possible, if it increases the price of your products, so be it. Of course if you’re aiming for absolute budget line you might think differently on this one. 
  2. Think about the size and shape of your products when creating product packaging, it could mean the difference between having to charge 2 or 7 dollars for postage. 
  3. Postage packaging. Search around for the best postage packaging option for your products. I purchased my mailer boxes from e-Bay in bulk, they are a better size and price than the Australia Post boxes which I was using at the start of my adventures.
  4. If your product could be damaged by water, wrap it in plastic or put it in a plastic bag.
  5. Save packaging foam, bubble wrap etc. from parcels you receive in the mail, these things can be very useful in keeping your products safe on their travels.
  6. Nice little touches. I like to wrap lots of my products as if they were a present – just in tissue paper. I think it’s a nice touch. I only do this when I have the time though or if a customer tells me their purchase is a gift. Generally not around Christmas time when I have most of my sales.

New packaging & business cards

Hoorah! Little Love Boat finally has some new packaging which doesn’t require me to sew! I quite liked my old packaging but boy oh boy, cutting fabric into squares and sewing little business cards to them was starting to become a bit tedious! I feel far more professional with the new packaging, I’m pretty sure I’ve levelled up!

Little Love Boat packaging & business cards, the new style!
Little Love Boat packaging & business cards, the new style!
Little Love Boat earrings on new packaging
Little Love Boat earrings on new packaging
Little Love Boat Red Bear Brooch on new packaging
Little Love Boat Red Bear Brooch on new packaging
Little Love Boat old packaging
Little Love Boat old packaging

Little Cloud Brooch

Little Cloud Brooch has turned out to be one of my favourite brooch designs… he just seems to go with a lot of my clothes and whenever I wear him I get lots of compliments from strangers… it’s a wonderful little ego boost for my creative side.

In fact just yesterday a lovely lady in a nice shop filled with handmade goods complimented me on my Little Cloud brooch, I thanked her and slightly nervously told her that I made him, conversation went from there and just maybe I might be putting some of my brooches in that store very soon. Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to share if/when it happens.

Little Cloud
Little Cloud

Babushka love

So I’ve had a few of my brooch designs sitting around unpainted… such as these babushkas, sometimes I just can’t decided how I want to paint or complete a design so I just let it sit until it comes to me.

I’m pretty happy with the colours I selected, they’ve stayed simple and bold… but not too bold. Anyway, I had a lovely few hours painting them today… painting is some kind of magical therapy to me at the moment… I better be careful or everything I own will be painted before I know it!

I’ll be adding these little ladies to the Little Love Boat Etsy store tomorrow.

Babushka love - new Little Love Boat brooch design
Babushka love - new Little Love Boat brooch design

Inspiration Thursday

Today I worked a short day, visited my Naturopath and went to the Marche Rouge Christmas shopping event at the Nicholas Building (Swanston St, Melbourne) with a crafty friend where I drooled over hand crafted goods, vintage buttons etc. I also experienced a “biscuit reading” (apparently I’m a Tim Tam) while there and brought some gorgeous ribbon… and some cute apple buttons.

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Peppermint magazine & pretty things for crafting… or maybe just keeping.

I also sold a Pirate Bunny in my Etsy store and arrived home to find the new Peppermint magazine waiting for me in my mailbox. A simple but inspiring day.

For more info about the Marche Rouge Christmas shopping event visit the l’uccello blogspot.

Pirate Bunny brooch
Pirate Bunny brooch

Clever Rabbit – new brooch design

I put a new brooch into the Aimzsta Etsy shop yesterday, his name is Clever Rabbit, he’s one of the characters from my Happy Glasses Friends set of button badges which I created a while back. Clever Rabbit brooch has hand painted red glasses for extra cute-ness!

Clever Rabbit Brooch
Clever Rabbit Brooch
Happy Glasses Friends - Button badge set
Happy Glasses Friends - Button badge set

Etsy store up and running

The Aimzsta Etsy store is now open. I have some new cute brooches such as Little loch ness moster, Little dinosaur and the Little love boat and I have some more on their way!

I’m proud to say I finally have my Etsy store back in action. I have a few new laser cut brooch designs in stock and a few more on their way. To be honest I’m doing a little testing at the moment and trying to get a feel for this whole Etsy store thing. I hope to produce a few solid lines of different products in the near future and then do a proper Etsy store launch with a new business name etc. In the meantime I’ll just keep making things… and putting them in my current store and see how things go.

Here are few of my new products which I put in the store today… hoping to get a few more up in the next couple of weeks. I’m very happy with the simplicity of these 3 designs and my first attempt at painting some of these brooches.

Little love boat - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little love boat - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little loch ness monster - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little loch ness monster - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little dinosaur - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little dinosaur - laser cut bamboo brooch