Spongetta is all about happy accidents and our packing is no different. There has never been a marketing plan. At all. A friend created the logo and we have slowly incorporated it into everything we do. Most recently we bought stickers from Moo.com because everyone loves stickers.
When packaging, safety of the item dictated our materials. Many of the handles on the purses needed an extra amount of padding beyond the bubble envelope, so we began wrapping them in scrap fabric. This has morphed into a version of furoshiki, the Japanese art of fabric wrapping. We want it to be as pretty and safe as possible.
We have also learned to include directions of a sort with each order. This includes how to care for the fabrics, the limitations of the items and storage tips.
We want all of our customers to love what we make!
Here are some tips to keep your stockings looking like new for many years to come.
Lightly stuff with clean plastic bags to give the stockings a full shape to hang as a decoration before Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, place the stocking on a chair for Santa to fill. Only lightweight items should be put in the stocking while hanging.
Store wrapped in tissue away from moisture and moths.
Finally a day that felt like spring. Got me out into the garden a bit to mark some of the bulbs that are coming up in the dog corral to be moved to safer parts of the yard. Some of the efforts from last year, moving, killing and ignoring several of the bushes, is finally paying off. The dogs take up much of the prime planting real estate, but have carved out some beds for perennials, herbs and veggies. Still going to be dependent on pots for tomatoes and peppers along with the some of the annual herbs like basil and cilantro. Here are some before shots of what we have to work with along with some of my large dreams for the various zones.
When we started, the house was surrounded by overgrown bushes and a silly tulip tree in the front yard. Rob’s one requirement was that we could see Route 20 from the porch. Once he started the chainsaw, he kind of didn’t stop.
Since the dogs took over the logical place for an herb garden, I had to rethink and reclaim this area right off the kitchen. The bushes have been cut back. Still digging up the “decorative” grass and trying to tell the Japanese iris that they don’t need as much space.Here is the last spot to be made over this year and probably the hardest to tame. It needs to serve many purposes. So far, I have added a compost pile, dug out overgrown flagstones and planted five varieties of hosta. The lilacs are a nice backdrop, but need to be cut back. The neighbors plan to build a fence, so that will allow me to gain some space and rethink what we can do here.
When I say I’m a beginning knitter, even after two years, I’m not being coy or humble! I got stuck at the instant gratification scarf. A great use of small amounts of thick yarn. The stitches accumulate so quickly that all of a sudden you have two feet! This scarf used only one skein of yarn.
What I don’t like about knitting is having to count. Of course it gets easier as you become acclimated, but still, my mind wanders too much! Everyone is recommending I try crocheting. Will soon.
The month of exploring my inspirations continues. I spent last summer working on a friend’s vegetable farm. One of my goals was to take lots of pictures and create a fan page on Facebook. Midsummer I took this pre-cook shot of dinner and began to fantasize about making stuffed peppers.
Here are a few of my creations starting with the blue hubbard squash.