It really *is* all about the packaging. Shortly after I started CBT, I wanted to stand out from the crowd a little bit. Create a little bit of excitement when our packages arrived.
What better way than in the packaging?
Normally we have our famous Owl tissue paper, but our supplier was out of it when I went to pick up my supplies this past Saturday. I brought a friend along who is creating goody bags for an event, so we decided on colourful tissue paper, of which I gave her a few set of to get her started - it was a BIG batch of tissue paper! But no worries, I'll be popping back to my suppliers'
I picked up my boxes though...and stamped all 80 of them this morning! They might last me a few months (more likely not at the rate we're going!). I find the stamps make us stand out, and get customers excited when our orders arrive. I also enjoy being able to provide a personal touch to every order (aside from the toys I create!)
I picked up this cute Feather Stamp from an Etsy seller - I'm all about supporting other Small Business owners, and this was the perfect stamp to add to my growing collection
I also found a cute set of mini Owl & little bird themed stamps while picking up some supplies from the UPS in Ogdensburg, New York.
It is a bit of a project, but after doing this for a few years, I just get into the stamping zone, and get them all done at once. It's much easier for me to do big batches vs only a few.
We won't go into how in the beginning I hand stamped Every. Single. Business Card/tag. Thankfully Husband was kind enough to buy me business cards the first Christmas after I started CBT. I could NOT keep up with stamping
That's all for today for a bit more insight into the workings of Crystal's Bird Toys.
Using wiffle balls as a base makes toys last that much longer. They're tedious to make - with dozens of lengths of rope/sisal/leather pulled from one end to the other - but well worth the effort.
Our Rosco LOVES hanging from the larger wiffle balls after he's dismantled the fun bits, swinging over to grab another toy with his free foot. Or once he's done with his little wiffle ball's fun bits, we take the toy down, and he uses it as a foot toy - generally knocking himself in the head with it and getting really excited.
Caiques - I still don't get them :).
Overall, Rosco & Merlin both love the plastic animals - I find remnants on the bottoms of their cages one they've decided which animal will be their play toy for the time being. Even our Ridgebacks like them. Gideon took one of Rosco's from his play stand this morning and decided to take it for a walk around the house. *sigh* Silly dogs.
And the wood is pine, therefore not too soft, not too hard - both our Caique and Grey can gnaw away at the blocks over time.
Animal Blocks was my best selling toy at the recent bird club toy sales I attended over the past month - I couldn't keep them on display!
Try it out today - you won't be disappointed