Cardboard boxes and knuckle-busters

September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm 7 comments

I took a big-girl step.

After tons of great advice from my EtsyFest group, I bought a credit card imprinter.

It’s just one of those cheap knuckle-busters, but still. It’s a pretty huge step for me. I’m going to take credit cards at my next show, and it makes me feel all fancy and professional. Like this whole Fat Orange Cat thing is…legitimate.

I put the box that it came in on the floor, and Nola promptly climbed on it and has been sleeping there ever since. We have a couch, a chaise lounge, quilts, pillows, a soft bed, and even piles of fabric, and she chooses a small cardboard box with pointy corners to lie on.

See how her paw is hanging off the edge? That’s because she doesn’t fit. Fat ass.

I’ve taken a short break from sewing to work on some paper goods. Specifically, sets of note cards. I need some items to sell for under $10 at the craft show, so I bought blank cards and colored envelopes rather than cutting and assembling my own like I normally do, and I’m just doing the applique design on the front of the card.

The less labor that goes into the project, the more comfortable I feel charging less money. And I definitely need some different price points, so this works well.


And a few sets of apple cards. I love the polka-dots.


Entry filed under: Craft shows, Handmade goodies, Kitties, Paper goods, Things and stuff.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jill  |  September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    My cats would rather sleep on cardboard boxes or in trash cans or wedge themselves onto the top of the printer (where they really don’t fit) rather than anywhere else. Cute cards!

  • 2. Stefanie  |  September 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Your appliques look so good on stationary too!

  • 3. Betty  |  September 24, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Oh man- credit card machine- girl you are hitting the big time! I’m so happy for you!

  • 4. melanie  |  September 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I love the top card. so delicate and mod. grats on a credit card machine. I must read up on this stuff for when I officially do the markets. I hadnt even thought of it.

  • 5. maria  |  September 25, 2008 at 3:53 am

    Woohoo, that is a big girl step to take.
    I love the cards, I’m sure they will sell well
    Maria x

  • 6. wayfinding  |  September 25, 2008 at 6:08 am

    My cats alwats preferred carbard boxes. Don’t take it too personally i’m sure your house is just find. Absolutely love your cards. Gorgeous colours too.

  • 7. jacquie  |  September 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

    that is a big step. i’ve got a show coming up and i’m a bit nervous that i don’t take credit cards. your cards are gorgeous. i know i would snap them up in a minute.


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