Is your holiday countdown in full effect? I mean, the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve just seem to fly by. At least in my world they do. But, of course, there are a couple things to take care of before the ball drops, we kiss and then wipe that slate clean for 2015. And to help you out with that, here’s a little holiday sale. Save 15% with code HOLIDAY14 over in my Etsy shop.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, these business card holders are a perfect gift for coworkers, bosses, employees, brothers, sisters, parents, new grads, etc, etc…
Also in the shop are a few wine stoppers which are perfect hostess gifts. Or stocking stuffers. Or treats for you. So, the shop: Etsy. The code: HOLIDAY14. The savings: 15% off. Happy Holidays to us.
Did you know that there are 6, S-I-X, six Fridays until Christmas?! It’s true. It’s true. But don’t worry, the Toyidermy Holiday Pop-Up Shop is here, just in the nick of time.
It’s stuffed full with all sorts of animal and dinosaur goodness. From elephants to triceratops, each business card holder is customizable. And if you need something in a hurry, there’s a whole ready-to-ship section with a few pre-painted business card holders.
They’re the perfect gift for coworkers or for that yankee swap party you HAVE to go to. So, get to shopping, spread the word and all that jazz.
One of the things I’d been planning to share is all the updates we made around our home over the summer. I’m not sure if I’ll get to those or not, but I did want to share one fun project Mr. GMET and I worked on together, this fun animal lamp.
It had been in our basement unpainted for a while, but a fresh coat of white paint really brought it together. From almost any angle it’s a fun lamp that’s playful and functional all at the same time.
Now, as I started thinking about a holiday pop-up shop for Toyidermy, I got to thinking that a series of similar lamps could be a fun addition to the standard business card holders I was planning on offering. Of course, no two would be alike. And they wouldn’t be limited to just white.
It seems silly to be posting about this lamp when there’s many other thoughts on my mind but I would love to hear what you think. Hate it? Love it? Pop-up that holiday shop?
You guys, I’ve been counting down to the Dedham Junior Women’s Club Craft Show for a while now. And it’s finally here! As in, tomorrow. Saturday. So, right now, I am busy packing all these little guys up. But, if you’re not busy tomorrow and you’re in the area, or need a trip out to the ‘burbs. Swing by!
I’ll have business card holders, pencil holders, ornaments, place card holders, wine stoppers and more! The holidays are right around the corner after all. It’s from 9-3 at the Dedham Middle School.
We packed, we moved, we
unpacked are still unpacking. But, one of my first order of business was digging out my “Toyidermy” supplies and getting my Etsy shop relaunched. Now that I have a space—that’s not the kitchen table—to work on, I’m so excited to start sending out orders again. For those of you that saw my previous work space, you know what a huge improvement this is.
I’ve been drafting up some new product ideas and some holiday fun too. (there’s a sneak peek of one in the photo above!) Plus, I was just accepted to my first ever craft fair, here in the Boston area right around Thanksgiving. I’m excited, nervous and anxious all at the same time. Fellow crafters—let me know if you have any pointers!
We made it! Rather, we made them! All 500 of these Toyidermy business card holders were completed, painted, touched up and shipped out. And I couldn’t have done it without the help of my “partners-in-craft” who I can’t thank enough. | If you’re just tuning in, catch up with part 1 and part 2 of this story. |
It was a tedious job and I spent a lot of it kicking myself for accepting such a huge order with a tight timeline. But, once it was complete (and I caught up on some much-needed sleep) I felt so accomplished and happy I had taken on the challenge.
Each animal was meticulously painted by hand, sometimes with two coats. Then came the eyebrows and the Benefit logo stamp.
I think they turned out pretty darn good, don’t you? And now for some “beauty shots.” (pun intended.)
I foud these bad boys on the internet and can only think that after I sent the herd to Benefit, they added this cute chain and tag. The zebra says “Nice brows, wild thing.” If you’re unfamiliar with Benefit, they are known for their wonderful brow products and their “brow bars.”
And here’s another “brow cow” stolen from the internet, with the hangtag “How cow… what beautiful brows!”
So there you have it guys. That is the whole story of why I was missing in action for a little while at the end of the year. Thanks for bearing with me during those crazy times and this crazy story!
| If you are now so inspired to get your own animal business card holder, there are plenty in the shop right now. |
So, what does 500 toy animals look like? A mess, quite honestly. And painting those 500 animals. Well, it’s an even bigger mess. Have a look.
All 500 business card holders for this order were painted a shiny metallic pink. Then, they all got eyebrows, and the benefit seal on their “backs,” where the cards sit.
I couldn’t have done all this painting without the help of my dear husband, my good friend, Jill and my blogging friend, Emily. All three were a tremendous help as I pushed through to get these guys on their way to sunny California.
There was lots of paint. Lots of touch-ups. Lots of eyebrows. All in the name of beauty.
One of my personal favorites was the “brow cow.” I first painted the eyebrows on the cow and thought they looked great, don’t you? Here’s a closer look at some of the other guys.
Tomorrow, come back to see the full line up including rhinos, zebras, cows, giraffes and more. Plus, I’ll be throwing in a few “final presentation” photos I found on the web.
Remember a few months ago when things went radio silent with no warning or mention? And then this site went down altogether and I didn’t even know it until my mom told me (thanks, Mom)? Well, this is part one of the story of the reason why.
In early October I was contacted by a PR rep from Benefit Cosmetics about making some custom business card holders. Initially, it was 250-300 in quantity. Then that number jumped to 500… Of the same animal.
Let’s be honest, all I was thinking was, “where am I going to find 500 pigs?!” But, eventually, after a few samples sent and lots of emails exchanged, we settled on a mix of 7 animals and I got to work scouring my usual sources for the supplies.
I got my order in the same night we finalized the deal. Fast forward seven days later… No shipping notice. No tracking number. No delivery. Uh-oh… Order could not be fulfilled. What?! Commence freak out. I had just lost seven days of production time.
I could go into more horror stories of how the next order came in and the animals were too small. The next one the animals were too big. And the next was also cancelled by the company. Panic mode overload.
About 8 days before my shipping deadline, I finally got all my supplies (animals) in. And it was time to start some serious production. Production everywhere. There wasn’t a flat surface in our apartment that wasn’t covered with animals.
OK, who am I kidding? I really just split this into three posts so I could show you tons of gratuitous toy photos. Come back later this week to see these guys get a nice coat of paint.
Well hey you guys. Look what I cooked up over the weekend. No, not another burger. A new look. What do you think? Let me know if anything looks wonky and I’ll get to fixing it. There will be some more tweaks in the coming days, so just hang with me while I get this new space all nice and comfy for ya.
A special welcome to any new faces that I met on Monday night at the Boston Bloggers meet-and-greet. I prefer to call this my “girls’ night out,” but there were actually a few fellas in the crowd at Scampo at the Liberty Hotel. Note to self, plan a special dinner here.
Emily (above) from The Great Wide Open and I are coworkers, so we went to the meet-up together. But get this, even though we work within 100 vertical yards of one another, we really only met because of our blogs. That’s the silly, crazy blogosphere for you. Be sure to check in on Emily’s blog this week… she sat down with Kenneth Jay Lane last week. I know, right?
One more item to check out. Kristyn Ulanday and Max Esposito are two BU grads who are making a name for themselves. And that name is Full Frame America. We hit up the premiere of their first documentary, The Druid City, over the weekend. It’s the story of T-town (Tuscaloosa, for all those non-Alabamians) rebuilding after a massive tornado moved through a couple years ago.
Since part of the film’s focus is about the Crimson Tide, Max & Kristyn commissioned me to make two crimson elephant business card holders for the event. They looked pretty snazzy amongst all their photos. If you want to check out the film and you’re in the Boston area, make arrangements to be at the Boston International Film Festival this April. The Druid City just got accepted.
And speaking of elephants, check out this prototype I’m making for the Etsy shop. What do you think? An elephant pencil holder. Pretty great, huh? Still working on the kinks, but I have a feeling these guys will fly off the shelves.