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.
Our birds sure love wreaths - another reason I have a great variety of them!
Beads & Wood is our second wreath design.
Stryder loves to just sit in the middle & swing - the rocking motion makes him happy.
Rosco loves to dangle with one "foot" while swinging towards another toy. He gets especially excited by the bell ball at the bottom - bells drive him crazy, so I can always tell when he's playing with his Beads & Wood toy!
And Merlin, the subtle parrot he is, likes Beads & Wood to be near his top perch so he can grab it with one foot & swing it like a pendulum, slowly over time chewing away at the wood, and tonguing the beads - he sure loves his beads!
Here's a closer look at this diverse design.
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This afternoon, the birds are ringing (the phone just rang), and the dogs are just finishing up their dinner, so I should have a few uninterrupted minutes to myself!
Bagel Delight is a great toy for a variety size of birds. Our cockatiel (Stryder) loves swinging in it, Rosco will hang from it or sit in the middle chewing away at the tidbits surrounding it, and Merlin loves hanging from the top of his cage while nibbling it. Each bird will have their own style of play - but in our household it doesn't matter if you're a cockatiel or African Grey - Bagel Delight really is a universal toy!
A 5" Birdie Bagel is adorned with opened paper string, plastic string, sisal, raffia, beads, material, and ribbon.
Without further adieu, please enjoy some close up photographs of the many aspects of this toy.
So sometime between making dinner on the BBQ and coming back inside after 5 minutes of leaving Fynn to do his own thing, he decided it would be a good idea to see if a Rhodesian Ridgeback could test out one of our bird toy samples.
I note, these are AVIAN TOYS, not dog toys, especially dogs who find chewing a tire fun.
Well, Fynn rated the fun factor of Coffee Time a 10 out of 10. The paper parts of the toy did not fare so well, but were mainly intact. I still have to locate the wire base with beads and raffia/sisal/crepe paper.
Fynn wins this round, and gives 2 paws out of 2 for ease of doing business with Crystal's Bird Toys. Crystal even swept the craft room/hallways/living room/dining room to help clean up the hurricane we call Fynn's mess.