Friday, November 26, 2010
It is at this point that I may introduce the slightest possibility of "danger" in this process. We simply swapped addresses and said we'd mail the stuff. We didn't complete an Etsy transaction or exchange on Paypal, so there wasn't a way to leave bad feedback or report the other person if something went wrong. I made/mailed their items, and they mailed mine. Luckily most people on Etsy are really decent folks, so we both received our requests. I am happy to say I was delighted when I got my package in the mail and tore that bad boy open.
After the success of that trade, I traded some custom tags for one of my brother's Xmas gifts. Again, I was very pleased and look forward to trading again. It really saves money as your only monetary cost is the cost of your materials and shipping.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Onward! A recent order came in that provided me with a lot of new inspiring travel quotes. Yay!
Friday, October 29, 2010
After stamping tags that are consistently the same (just swapping names/dates), I've recently gotten a chance to incorporate some new layouts:
During my initial conversation with the customer discussing the possibilities for these tags, I was a little worried about the smaller font for the first name. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of these tags.
While relating a set of tags to each other isn't a new concept, I really enjoyed the quote this couple chose.
For some reason I've been requested to include the date as the last line on the majority of the tags I make. I thought the layout of these tags was nice in that it kept the most important things first - initials of the couple and the date they were married. The quote is new for me, too, and I think it's quite sweet. :)
Coming soon----> A whole post dedicated to travel-inspired quotes...
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The amount of time spent on each tag varies depending on the amount of stamping involved. This order of 50 tags took about 20+ hours to complete. Brandy was a happy panda to have that order completed. :)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Of The Fountain will be attending its first public, real-life market on November 14, 2010! I am participating in the Independent Designer's Market being held at Boston's Ben Franklin Institute of Tech in the South End. Eek! You mean I have to interact with people? Real people in real life right in front of me? I've gotten so used to dealing with online customers that I am a little rusty when it comes to interacting with human customers. Luckily, I have 1 month to prepare, so hopefully I don't act like a total idgit. :)
Currently, most of my offerings are custom items, so in preparation of the said event I will be creating a bunch of "ready-made" items. This includes ready-made luggage tags, necklaces, and perhaps a key chain or two (hopefully more classy than it sounds).
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The more tulle the better! The #2 reason I'd buy a dress like these is for "artistic photo shoots". I told my better half that I *needed* a poofy dress to use as a prop for pictures at Machu Picchu during a Peru trip next year. I think he gets it...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
In one recent outing I was given these 2 slips of paper by a homely-looking individual and then I found the promotional CD cover art stuck in a placard on the train.
Paper slip 1: Cats are delicious. Lay off China.
Paper slip 2: Hi! Holy crap! You're right! I am a woman. I'm impressed...Hey, I would rather be seen as attractive and beautiful instead of repulsive and disgusting...you are really reading my soul. What?! Gays think I'm disgusting, repulsive, and unattractive? Who are these gays?! I need to have a talk with them. Oh, it's not all gays? Just some?...
Wow. I'm already sick of this. These people are nuts.
J-Smooth is scurry. Drop somewhere else.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This is my only real complaint about doing this crafting business as my full time occupation - I am in a constant state of fear. I would be so sad if I was told that I had to stop my stamping...that would mean I'd have to go out and get a real job, and I'm just not ready to do that again. SO! I try and do everything I can to prevent the noise from escaping my apartment's walls. I've placed my "studio" in a location that is as far away from my neighbors' walls as possible. I also try and run the dishwasher and/or washing machine at the same time that I am doing some hard core stamping. However, my main weapon against deadening the noise is - resourcefulness at work - my leather scraps!
I've attached a piece of leather to the metal handle that I stamp my large fonts with. However, my main tool of destruction, my hammer, is where this technique is most useful: