Thursday 29 March 2012

Our Creative Space...

This post is a kind of follow up of last week's creative space.
If you sell online one thing is always very important, which is packaging. Not only should it look inviting it also has to make sure that the item survives its long journey.
Pretty boxes are expensive but beside that not all boxes available are good for your purpose, especially if you sell and kind of sized items like us it is hard to really have all the boxes available. We have dozens of boxes but still not always do we have the right size.

When that is the case, we recycle boxes, which is super fun and rewarding. We do not throw away any good sturdy box, no matter how much writting and stuff they have on, as long as they are clean and strong they are perfectly fine to use again. Not only boxes from incoming post but also packaging of detergent, new phones etc, if you look in another perpective you recieve lots of useful boxes very often. Just be sure to tear of addresses of others for privacy reasons, but also duct tape as glue doesn't like tape.

I buy large pieces of a kind of fabric paper at the local upholsterer, they use it to cover the buttoms of chairs etc and it is cheap but looks nice and is large, I prefer black so that it covers writting etc of used boxes. You can also use a craft paper, an extra bonus is to use a kind that fits your shop, logo etc. Then I hand stamp them with starfishes to match our business card.

Apply a thin layer of a normal glue on the first part of the box.

Press firmly the box to the paper, and to avoid it from slipping attach a few cloth pins.

Continue with the second part of the box, make sure that the paper doesn't rimple and do each part one by one if you rush it will be a terrible mess :)

After glueing all the large parts you have to cut of the parts that won't be needed. Each box will need a bit of a different method but once you get the drill it is easy.

Fold and glue the sides, like gift packaging to finish it of prettily.

Fill your box with a layer, we use the paper we mentioned last week.

Add your product.

And add another layer.

Close the box and shake it firmly, be sure that the item can not move as movement can damage it.

Now time to pimp up the box!

I use some ribbon and a sweet flower, these constantly change according to the supplies we have at hand :) The ribbon also holds the box closed so no need for ugly tape, all materials are recycled or eco friendly and can be used again!

See more creative spaces at Our Creative Spaces.

Monday 26 March 2012

Monday Moodboard

1. Joik  2. velanch  3. nauli  4. PatchworkMill

I've been a bad bad girl, not commenting on your wonderful moodboards and not even thanking those who featured us, so sorry! To make it up I will make a bunch of moodboards with those who featured us, hope you forgive me :)

Have a great Monday everyone!

Saturday 24 March 2012

Launching New Shop

We have been neglecting our blog lately. One reason for that is that we were busy with our fifth Etsy shop! This shop will carry smaller and affordable jewelry, it has been just open for 1 week now, but we wanted to offer our blog readers a special discount for the coming month. Till April 24 the discount code BLOG30 will give you 30% discount on all items! After that everything will be up for their normal price so catch it when you can :)
You can find StarDelights here.

Thursday 22 March 2012

Our Creative Space...

This post is not about creating, but is something that we use and wanted to share with you.
To package things other than jewelry, we use old shreded paper.

Not any shredder will do. There are different types indicated by security levels. Level 1 makes ribbons too wide and coarse for this purpose. Level 3 and higher make confetti sized shredding, you don't want that.

What you need is a shredder of level 2. That makes fine ribbons perfect for packaging breakables. They are light weighted and fluffy, much friendlier than peanuts or bubble plastic. The shredder was about €40, and since than, every bit of paper gets repurposed :).

See more creative spaces at Our Creative Spaces.

Monday 19 March 2012

Monday Moodboard

1. MyMonography  2. lillicose  3. SirliMosaic  4. Muza

Yet another delayed moodboard, this time we had no electricity :)
Spring is in the air, bees are buzzing, sun is shining and the garden is growing, the most wonderful time of the year!

Hope you had a great monday!

Monday 12 March 2012

Monday Moodboard

1. Valmet  2. GalerieNoire  3. WallTattoos  4. blota

Inspired by our trip and the crazy traffic of ─░zmir :)

I'm so so sorry!
We were out of town for 3 days and I am so tired that I totally fotgot the moodboards!
You can drop your link here, and mine will soon come too :)

Have a great Monday!

Monday 5 March 2012

Monday Moodboard

1. 5erg  2. PiaBarileJewelry  3. clacontemporary  4. nerina52

With several beach walks this week it is no suprise that I'm in a beach mood. Mum and I will both have muscle pain for a few more days from all the bending :)

Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

RULES: Feature your fellow EuropeanStreetTeam mates by making a mosaic. You can add your link here so that others can see it! Please only add your link if the mosaic features Team mates!

Please link back to this blogpost so that everyone can check the other Monday Moodboards.

Sunday 4 March 2012

Sea Chicks at the Sea Shore

It was an other glorious winter day, cold and sunny, with a strong wind from the sea.

Exactly the kind of weather when the sea spits urchins and other threasures onto the beach.

See Estella gathering?

Here are the urchins among the rubble.

And here I am all equipped for the task :)

Today we had the company of a team of chicks, feeding on the fresh stranded urchins and sea weed.

This sushi diet agrees very well with them. They have gorgeous, shiny, fire-y pluimage.

Wonder if they lay salty eggs?

All these boats will get a new coat of paint for the coming tourist season.

Then this beach will have chicks of different pluimage.

But for now, the sea, the beach and the chickens are all ours.

Thursday 1 March 2012

Our Creative Space...

We have been bad bad bloggers lately, time just doesn't seem to be enough!
We are still busy with creating though, here some red delightness waiting to be soldered, coincidently the flux pot is red too :)
And a small portion of our star collection, all waiting to be finished and many many more projects...

See more creative spaces at Our Creative Spaces.