Anyway, fast forward to a few weeks ago. I was making gift tags and decided that if I hurried I could probably get some ready and on the Etsy site to get my feet wet in the lead up to Christmas. I started looking at ideas and had stuff spread out over every horizontal surface on my main floor when my shoulder became an issue. It was obvious that crafting was not going to happen for a while and three weeks later when my shoulder was doing better I was able to work on the projects that were all over my house but there would never be time to advertise, make and ship orders that would arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas. And we still didn't know how to handle the website and the financial transactions and the shipping.concerns.
So Plan B was created. Because I had made quite a few of the gift tags and was working on some other items, I decided to test the shipping aspect by creating some packaging and mailing some tags to my kids in order to see how they did in the shipping. I packaged up the gift tags and ran to the post office where I purchased some bubble wrap envelopes. I wrote down who got what, and sent them off. That was Saturday. And today, Monday, three of the recipients emailed me that their packages had arrived safely and without incident. We now have an idea of what we can ship and what to charge for the shopping, I also set up a DIY light box to hopefully take a better photo on my own so I have been experimenting with that. Here are a few pictures of my gift tag projects:
|oversize gingerbread tags|
|these hang on a bottle that is a gift|
|Swedish Dala horses|
|some attempts at packaging|
|Lisa's menu cards|
|This was a first draft.|
I made some of the full gnomes with a holiday sign for mom to put on some large gift bags that she is giving that seem to tend to fall open so she will use these to tie the handles together.
|Mom's gnome gift ties|