For the longest time I struggled to find a good way to store my greeting card inventory. I started out keeping my cards stacked in these, but cards kept getting caught up and crushed as I slid the drawers open and closed. The drawers could only hold about 40 of each card, so I had to keep extra inventory stored in chalkboard boxes (pictured below). The boxes were hard to access and made it difficult to know when I needed to reorder cards.
After over a year of brainstorming, I think I finally have the solution! I wanted to share it just in case any other small paper goods businesses out there are stuck on this too, because googling was no help at all.
Five months ago I ordered a whole bunch of Ikea Billy bookcases with glass doors. A few weeks ago they were finally all delivered and undamaged. Dealing with Ikea was a bit of a nightmare (hence the 5 month delivery time). It turns out their customer service is about as good as Time Warner Cable’s, but I had to suck it up since there’s nobody else that can match their prices.
I lined the shelves with these cardboard bins, which are perfectly sized to fit my standard 5″ x 7″ greeting cards and 3.5″ x 5″ notecards. I spent hours searching the internets to find bins or baskets that were the right size and inexpensive. I was positively giddy when I stumbled across these! I even labeled the bins with labels that coordinate with each card’s designated envelope color.
Now I can see at a glance when I need reorder a card, and it’s so easy to grab what I need when I’m filling orders. Shipping all those Valentine’s Day cards the past few weeks was a breeze compared to the mess it used to be!
The glass doors on the bookcases will protect my cards from dust and humidity, and just look at all those empty boxes waiting to be filled with new designs!
Last night I made a bunch of Valentine’s Day cards the old fashioned way. It took me right back to elementary school—glue, stamps, paper doilies, cut paper hearts… those were the days. I skipped the glitter (since I am a glitter-hating adult now) and used silver and gold spray paint for sparkle instead. I needed some examples for the Valentine’s Day card making session I’m leading at Gather this weekend, and I think these will do nicely. If anybody around the Raleigh area wants to join in and make a bunch of cards like these, here’s the info!
There are a handful of phone related things that are really tickling my fancy lately. For starters, my Aunt got me a retro phone handset for Christmas. It makes me laugh every time I see it plugged into my iPhone. From a practical standpoint, it really is more comfortable to hold an old school phone to your ear than a cell phone.
I’m kinda in love with my transparent floral Rifle Paper Co. phone case. Who wants to hide their pretty phone under chunky opaque plastic? (Just in case anyone is on the fence about this—after much deliberation last fall I upgraded to the iPhone 6+, and I have no regrets. I love how huge it is, since I mostly look at images/read on my phone. The camera is great too!)
I saved the best for last! This free app, Pureple, is rocking my socks off. Last year I went through my wardrobe and pared it down to only my favorite items. Unfortunately I still ended up not wearing most of them, because it’s hard to visualize outfits from a bunch of clothes smooshed together in a closet. At least for me it is. Enter Pureple. In addition to totally confusing me about how to spell the color p-u-r-p-l-e, it has changed the way I get dressed in the morning while appealing to my hopeless type A-ness! (Hah, A-ness…)
The app lets you photograph the items in your wardrobe (or download photos from the internet) and arrange them into outfits. It’s really simple to use. To take the photos I just hung each item on the back of a white door so they all had the same background. Then I put together a bunch of different outfits, which was absurdly fun—like shopping in your own closet. Seeing everything laid out like that inspired a lot of combinations I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. It was also easy to spot pieces that needed to be donated, because they didn’t fit in. Now in the mornings I just pick an outfit from the app and go. It’s so nice not to waste any more time staring into my closet feeling like I have nothing to wear.
By the way, if anybody’s been itching to jump on the minimalist wardrobe bandwagon, Pureple would be a great resource to help you come up with a bunch of creative outfits from just a few items.
(The Pureple people did not ask me to write about their app or promote it, I just really like it and thought you might too. Also, did I mention it’s free?)
I finally finished redesigning my wholesale catalog! Below are a few of the styled product photos I shot with the props I showed you a few weeks ago. If you’d like, you can flip through the entire catalog here.
It’s great to be able to share a nice polished catalog with my wholesale customers for a change. My old catalog layout came about years ago when I received my first wholesale inquiry. I had to google “What is wholesale?”, “What is a wholesale catalog?”, and then whip one up real quick. Fake it ’til you make it, right? It was long overdue for an update!
I crocheted quite a bit in college, but since I know nothing about knitting it has always been mysterious to me. Have you ever seen cartoon characters knit? They just wiggle the tips of two knitting needles together, and within a second or two a sweater magically pops out. I don’t have the patience to knit enough to get good at it, but I wanted to learn the basics for the sake of understanding how the process works. I followed along with this tutorial. A sweater didn’t magically pop out of my needles, but there was something hypnotic about knitting once I started getting the feel for it.
Here’s the ugly thing I knitted! It’s supposed to be a dishcloth. It has plenty of nice big gaps in it. Let’s just pretend I put those in on purpose, and they’re for ventilation.
The sheep knitting needles mocked me mercilessly the whole time I used them.
Well, at least my stitches started neatening up a little towards the end there.
One of Oliver’s favorite toys is a knitted bunny, so I tried to convince him that I knitted him a new toy. He was not impressed. Note the withering look.