Tired but plodding on…and more MOO

I am soooo tired.  M is away with work so I am home alone with the boys, which is fine except they refuse to sleep after 5.30am (and that’s the latest- we had 4.30 this morning!!).  It means that evenings are out for doing anything except staring at the TV with a glazed look on my face or maybe an extra early night and a read (I am reading The Suspicions of Mr Whicher  which I am really enjoying, I love the period details). Daytimes are about survival, I get little bursts of energy but the house is a tip so I feel guilty if I sew instead of clean.  I am also behind in blog reading, I use google reader for this, which I love (except you can’t leave comments without going to the actual blog so I am really bad at saying ‘hello’ to people I read – sorry!).  I loved this blog post on MOO after Denise left a comment on Pretty Packaging.  What a great post, if you have been thinking about how to package your products definitely go and have a look.  

 

New MOO business cards, with corners rounded by my new 5mm gadget.

New MOO business cards, with corners rounded by my new 5mm gadget

It got me in the mood for some nice small projects to squeeze into the day.  Inspired by above, I ordered some lovely new business cards from MOO (I usually only buy MiniCards, I chose their eco friendly matt cards made from recycled board) and then searched the internet for a simple, cheap corner cutting tool as I really fancied round corners…this was harder than I had anticipated, I think I didn’t get the search words right because it took ages.  I bought two Mini Corner Rounders (both 5mm and 10mm) from Joyce Online, if I really like the effect I can upgrade to a more sturdy option, there were no postage costs – we like that!  

 

I love being able to add an image to the back as well.

I love being able to add an image to the back as well.

After ordering new cards I had a think about my own packaging.  In the early days I started adding a free mini butterfly lavender bag to larger orders (please excuse the photo quality, this was a large order from last Christmas and I had to photo them it in a hurry before posting).

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I used to place a few MiniCards in the box but realised they may well get lost in the tissue and just get thrown in the bin so I started to attach them to the lavender bag with extra ribbon (not shown above, these were the early model).  I also started to attach the cards to the front of smaller orders with a round sticker  and ribbon (I pack single lavender bags and egg cosies in apple green Kraft bags) and I always add a hand written card, even if it only says ‘thanks for your order’.

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I am happy with all of this but may have a little re-design of the mini butterfly lavender bags.  I think they are a nice touch, everyone loves a freebie!

I could spend a lot on packaging, both in time and money, I have to remind myself that I need to deliver something attractive without spending a fortune, hopefully I have got the balance right.

OK, so it has taken me a while to actually post this blog entry, during which time I had an enquiry from the US about postage costs for a linen cat/bunny.  I rarely post to the US although I do post to Europe quite a bit.  I gave pricing for regular Airmail and Airsure and finally International Signed for but all are quite expensive.  This is one of the main reasons I don’t sell on Etsy, Airmail is the only reasonable price but I am unsure how reliable it is?  I know that with a certificate of posting packages are insured up to £39 but getting money back from RM is a nightmare.  If anyone has any good/bad experience of US posting (and reliability) do let me know.

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