Monday, August 1, 2011
One of the surprising things about opening up a new shop is not so much just making the thing you want to sell but everything that comes with it -- how the shop will look, branding, merchandising, packaging etc. I actually really love this part.
One of the things I really wanted to do was make a stamp with the new shop logo. I shopped around at various stamp-makers' online stores but never really settled on anything or anybody to commission the stamp from. Then a couple of months ago, the nice Margaret of Paper Pastries wrote and asked if I was willing to do a trade with her. I took a look at her store and saw that she sold custom stamps (as well as other super cute pens, pencils and stationary sets) and I thought that this was too perfect. So I sent her a Summer Bounty Poster and she sent me a custom "AHC" stamp.
I've been working on the AHC bags this weekend and I think they are looking great. It has been fun and frustrating figuring out what to sell in the new shop so the sort of mindless busy work of stamping bags has been calming and therapeutic.
And yes that is 24K gold all over my work desk.
Go check out Paper Pastries! And Margaret's blog!