Little Birds and Pesky Packaging…

I’ve always been very conscious of the dilemma of packaging and pricing when working on things for the shop; I’ve written about how important I think it is to deliver parcels in such a way that it feels like you’re opening something special, personally I love to receive things that are prettily wrapped, even if it’s just brown paper and string

DSC_0130 DSC_0146I’ve seen this done really well recently in many of the vintage clothing parcels that come my way (the above were from simplicityisbliss and 1940sThrowback…..I think….so sorry if I’ve got either wrong!).  Packaging I think I have nailed, but I find the postage bit a total nightmare, especially since Royal Mail put up their prices, it’s become even harder to make sure that I can get items into the ‘large letter’ category (costing 93p), as they HAVE to be under 25mm in depth, otherwise they slip into the pricing band classed as ‘small parcel’ and the price leaps up to a whopping £3.20, so you can see why it’s important.

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Which brings me to some new Little Birds that have been waiting in the wings for quite a while, simply because I couldn’t decide how to packaged them so their tails would survive intact and they wouldn’t cost more to post than their individual price, which would be silly.

I’d originally (the first blue/red ones were made up a couple of winters ago) imagined them to feature on a folded card, so they could be given at Christmas, as I really like the idea of sending cards that also double as a small gift, but as the rose brooch cards never went down that well (people always opted for the same brooch alone), I abandoned that plan.DSC_0178Instead I decided to keep it simple and just mount the individual birds on my regular card stock.

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The cards were cut down (they come A5 size) and the corners rounded.

DSC_0186As you can see, the little birds are quite plump, and along with the acorns do pose the problem of width when it comes to that pesky 25mm restriction.

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So out came all my existing card envelopes and I finally settled on white DVD envelopes.  They allow enough space for the tails and they keep the birds squished enough in girth.DSC_0189The birds have been mounted with a bow above each as I think it looks pretty.

DSC_0188They come in turquoise, cerise and the original cool blue and red.

DSC_0149 I’m not sure how well they will sell, but I’m glad to finally empty the box they have been living in for months and get them listed.DSC_0151

You can find them here…although I’m away right now and I’ve turned the shopping bag feature off…but the shop will be open again soon, I promise.DSC_0176

10 thoughts on “Little Birds and Pesky Packaging…

  1. Your birds are so gorgeous Beth, I especially love the light blue one 🙂 they are my mums favourite product of yours and I can see why, I love them as decorations on the Xmas tree each year and as decorations in my bedroom 🙂 ahhhhhh! The acorns again!!! I can’t wait for them to appear in your shop, I want them everywhere here! I just love them SO much, for me they sum up autumn and everything I love about it. My favourite products from the linen cat are my foxes and acorns 🙂

    I hope you have a lovely and well deserved break Beth, I’m currently on a weeks holiday and although I’ve been at home it’s been so nice to have a break, enjoy yours 🙂 safxxx

  2. Beautiful as ever! Your presentation is always perfect. I wonder if it was clear enough that the brooches were on a gift card, rather than a flat card? You may have already discovered this trick, but I have a wonderful volunteer at work who introduced me to using cheap roasting bags as packaging, works a treat on our raffle prizes.

  3. Hi Beth,beautiful birds and packaging.I still find the post to small parcel an odd jump, and have gone home once or twice from the Post Office to re-package. I read your previous post, and wish you all the best.I do hope you can keep going with the shop,you’re a talented lady! Flissx

  4. Hello Beth,

    Lovely birds! Your packaging is always perfect in all possible ways, and these card-birds are no exception, wow. And I just know how you feel with the packaging size/width/costs, we have the 3cm rule (a tad more than your 2,5) for a “large letter” but my felted creations…No chance! The mailing costs are ridiculous here and getting worst by the day.

    Happy creating days!

    Yours,
    Mia

  5. They look perfect on their new mounts Beth. Postage is such a problem isn’t it..glad you can keep these at large letter size. Enjoy the end of the boys holidays, hugs xx

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