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.
It's hard to determine the full 3-D effect of some of our toys from one picture.
I'm going to start showcasing more details/photos of our unique toys starting with Twirly 2.0.
Starting with a spiral wire base, beads, buttons, material, straw hats, Birdie Bagels, sisal, hemp rope, and mini grapevine balls adorn this toy built for cockatiel to Pionus sized birds.
Our cockatiel, Stryder, loves to tweak the sisal, and perch on this toy, whereas Rosco, our Caique, will dangle from one foot or get in the middle to enjoy the full effect of the toy. The straw hats tend to go first, then the grapevile balls, followed by the material - it's a time consuming task, but Rosco is up to this challenge.
Here are some close up photos of this fun-filled multi-material toy!