Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shipping your craft items

So you started this super cool online business selling your nifty crafts. You've figured out all the odds and ends. The items are made, pictures taken and listings are done. Then someone buys your item... and ::gasp:: you don't know how to appropriately send it!!! Oh no!!!!!!!


I'm here to help :-)


Many items can be sent in a manila envelope. Make sure you also have CLEAR PACKING TAPE! Masking tape, duct tape or clear "magic" tape are unacceptable. They rip, tear and just don't hold up well at all during shipping.


First, measure your item. Next get a few packing envelopes. Bubble mailers are only necessary if you are mailing something that is fragile. For something like glass, I suggest first wrapping your item in bubble wrap and then placing it inside of a box to mail out.


Always wrap your item in a plastic bag of some sort if it is a fabric or yarn craft. No one likes a wet item.


For items like fabric, or something made out of fabric that are flexible, use a manila envelope.


Items like cd's, DVD's books, bars of soap, action figures can be mailed in a bubble mailer.


Glass, liquids and vinyl records should be wrapped in bubble wrap and then packed in a box. Make sure that the item cannot move in the box. You can always tape the item to the bottom of the box after it has been bubble wrapped. What's important is that it doesn't move. There's less of a chance for it to break that way.


Always recycle packaging when you can. I re-use mailing envelopes and bubble wrap all the time.
I have never had a negative reaction from this.


What you will get a negative reaction from is when your customer's items are missing because of an item being packed improperly. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you place a piece of clear packing tape over the closure of your envelopes and boxes. It doesn't matter if the envelope or box is self sealing. I can't tell you how many times I have received an incomplete item from someone just because of this. I know it's a pain to do , but trust me, that little bit of extra effort on your part will save you major frustration!


Priority shipping from the post office is nice for things that are heavy such as candles. You can fit an 8 oz candle into a flat rate bubble mailer. Of course make sure to bubble wrap it, place it in a small box, then squeeze it into the envelope and tape it up good.


If you buy your shipping labels online, please make sure to tape that label on all sides! Once again, use clear packing tape. Masking tape rips.  Washi tape will fall off. Duct tape gets gooey.  Clear "magic" tape does not hold up well in shipping. Only use clear packing tape.


One last thing, please do not smoke in the area where you pack or make your items. If your customer does not smoke, they WILL notice. That smell does not go away easily.


I hope this all helps :-)


Happy packing! If you have anything to add, feel free to comment. All comments are moderated, no need to double post. If I approve your comment, it will appear later.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

REVIEW Honey Bee Holistics Organic Bee Nectar Ointment

 A few years ago I was searching for natural home made products. Things like lotions and creams that would help my dry skin as well as my baby's dry skin. That was when I stumbled upon Honey Bee Holistics on Etsy.

I was new to Etsy at the time. I had just set up my Etsy shop: Nelly's Quilt Room

I had asked my pediatrician about a good lotion for my baby's eczema, which kept getting worse and worse. They told me to apply a popular petroleum based cream that is sold over the counter. My kid's face looked as though he had rosacea after I put the petroleum junk on him.

I wasn't about to have my beautiful baby boy walking around looking like that!

I had already tried some of Melissa's products at Honey Bee Holistics. I had ordered her Naked Bee Lotion and some Baby Diaper Ointment. Both products were awesome! The diaper rash on my then 6 month old cleared up right away.

Melissa had told me in an e-mail before that if I ever needed any product special made to let her know. I told her about my petroleum dilemma. She gladly helped me out by creating this product: Organic Bee Nectar Ointment

After I received the product in the mail I immediately tried it on my little boy's face. The next day his face had cleared up. No more red blotches. The dry patch on his face was gone.

Since then I have been using Melissa's products all the time. They are well worth the money. I pass her business cards out to anyone who I see has skin problems.

It is also because of Melissa that I now know the healing benefits of bees wax. Melissa uses bees wax from her farm. She uses the best of the best to make her lotions and creams. She puts her heart into what she does. If it's not good enough for her little one, then you can bet that she won't put it in her products.

If you're on the fence about whether or not to get this product, you should get off the fence and get this product. It will provide relief from the cracking and scaliness and redness. You won't look like you have chemical burn on your skin. My 2 year old and 4 year old have smooth complexions and super soft skin.


Friday, September 27, 2013

REVIEW Cricut Mystery Box September 2013

I saw this mystery box on sale on the Cricut website and had to give it a shot. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. I thought for sure that it would be junk. It turns out that I can use the items that arrived in my box. With Shipping this box cost me $40. Here's what came in the box:

tool kit

duffel bag for the Cricut Electronic Cutter

Cardstock

White Vinyl

Black Vinyl


Like what you see? Go to www.cricut.com

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

REVIEW: August 2013 Out of the Box Sampler


This is my video review for the August 2013 Out of the Box Sampler. This box costs $25, which includes shipping. It is mostly bath and body products with a few edible samples packaged separately. Well worth every cent I paid.

I'm sending in my wax tart samples for September through December. Since I'll be sending in 100 samples each month, I get a free box for each month I send in samples. It's a pretty good deal for me. My product will reach 100 potential customers. Those people will try my wax tarts in their home. You can't get much better exposure than that. To me it is well worth the effort to separately package all the wax tarts. I just make a game out of it.

Throughout the summer I go to yard sales and buy up any baggies that I can use as cute packaging. When I do finger painting with my kids, I make sure to use card stock. That same card stock is then used to make business cards to put in with my samples.

If you have a craft business, the Out of the Box Sampler is an excellent way to get your product out to your potential customers. Have fun with it.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tips on preparing samples and giveaways

After participating in a sample box, I learned a few things. The samples I sent in were wax tarts. I participated in the Out of the Box Sampler. I'll be sending my samples in again over the fall and winter months.

I'll pass on what I learned to you, my readers, in case you ever want to join in on the fun. I sent in 100 samples. I made sure that every one of these samples had my business card stapled to the plastic baggie that had my sample in it. This is one thing that I would change. In the future I'll be placing my business card inside the baggie with my sample. This way the person receiving my sample in their box won't have to rip my business card.

Something else that I'll be doing differently is paying more attention to the box theme. Every month the Out of The Box Sampler has a theme that is listed on their web site: Out of the Box Sampler  

The smartest change I'll be making to my style of preparation is making the wax tarts ahead of time. This is perfect for when you think you don't have enough time to make samples. Make them ahead of time and package them ahead of time. What I do is I make small batches of tarts at a time. This way I don't get overwhelmed.

Participating in a sample box is an investment. There are ways to be thrifty about it:

1. Get your packaging at yard sales or flea markets. There's always someone out there trying to get rid of their festive packaging materials from different holidays. Help them out and help yourself out at the same time.

2. Print your own business cards. It's easy! Most computers have at least one program that help you make your own business cards. For the card stock and/or thicker papers, I normally just use the paper that my children used for finger painting. I cut it down to 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches. Then I make sure that the colorful side is facing up. This way my business information is clearly seen on the blank side. The back of the card is where I write what the scent of the wax tart is.

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! If you get pretty packaging with something that you ordered, reuse it for one of your samples. The same goes for cute ribbons or stickers or even old sewing lace. These materials can easily be used to make a pretty bow on your sample baggies. Just make sure that your baggie is secure so that everyone knows which sample goes with what business card


Friday, July 12, 2013

REVIEW Burt's Bees July 2013 $30 Grab Bag

Here is a video review of the July 2013 Burt's Bees $30 Grab Bag.

I get these almost every time they go up for sale. It's a great way to get their products at a low price. You never know what you're going to get.



Enjoy!!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Out of the Box Sampler Review July 2013

Here is my video review of the July 2013 Out of the box sampler

It was my first time doing a video review, so it's very rough. Hopefully you get a good idea of what is in the box. It is truly worth the $25 you pay for it. How else can you check out some of the best of Etsy?

A good chunk of the $25 goes towards shipping your box of goodies to you.

If you would like to order a box go to : www.OutofTheBoxSampler.com