photo-4One of my business goals this year was to more creatively package my orders to ship out. I don’t have any employees to help me, so it has to be something quick and easy (while also being cute). For now, this is how I package my items, but I also wanted to share 9 other ways to creatively package your goodies so that when your customer receives them, they’ll feel like they’re receiving a gift from a treasured friend.

my current packaging for the shop, easy but cuteac-packaging

for a few of this week’s orders, I changed it up a bit with this post in mind…ACD-packaging ACD-packaging2

creme de la gems posted this beauty from earth cookie creates
earth-cookie-creates-packagingthe adopt shoppe is amazing at her packaging and personal touches
adopteshoppelove this simple look of using vintage book pages…so sweet and easy!vintage book packaging

look how fun these popsicle sticks are – can’t you just see them stamped? so cute!2031183380_c4c7c0def6_o

My good friend Courtney is co-owner of a vintage shop called Belle Wesley Vintage. I’ve ordered a few items from her and her packaging is super cute and fun with vintage findings and goodies. I asked her to come up with a few packaging examples for me and love what she came up with! BWV-packaging BWV-packaging3 BWV-packaging4

You can’t go wrong with wash, pom-pom trim and vintage cards – can you? I didn’t think so! Thanks Courtney (much love!!).

PACKAGING RESOURCES: My go-to resource for all things packaging is PaperMart. Their prices are outstanding when you buy in bulk. I love their paper bags (what?! They didn’t have these the last time I ordered!!), doilies and used to order their jewelry boxes before I started having them printed with my logo. Their website is antiquated but I have never once had a problem with a product from them.

What is your favorite way to package your items (or how do you like to receive them)? Any favorite resources we should know about? Do tell by leaving a comment!

vintage dish jewelry stands Earlier this week my mom asked me if I wanted to get together and of course I said “yes” and suggested we go antiquing so that I could be inspired. And boy was I inspired! I love, love, love old things. Especially if they have chippy paint and rust.

butter-dishesI was so smitten when I saw these butter dishes. Before that day, I had never seen these teeny tiny dishes anywhere (or never noticed them). I snatched them up for a great price and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. By now, you’ve all seen the tutorials around about gluing a candlestick to the bottom of a plate and making a cake stand. I’ve done that many times and love the look. I knew I wanted to do something similar with the butter dishes, but change it up a bit to coincide with my love for vintage bottles & jars. So the idea was born to make teeny tiny jewelry stands that will look beautiful on your vanity.

butter dishes and jarsThe concept is simple, choose a jar or bottle that works size-wise in comparison with the dish. You’ll need a little bottle, but one that will stand up and not fall over once the dish is on it. If the bottle has a large neck, you can even put beads or buttons inside. I simply used some jewelry grade super glue called STARBOND, but you can use any brand super glue that you want to glue the jar to the bottom of the dish.

materials gluing stands For a less permanent alternative, you can also use a vintage thread spool and some double sided sticky tape. That way you don’t ruin your precious heirlooms and you can change it out when you want to reuse the dish (or the spool).

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vintage dish jewelry standsAren’t they gorgeous? I’m so excited to find places for these little stands, not just for jewelry but maybe even for office supplies or little candies. What would you do with them?

vintage dish jewelry stands closeup

1950's green truck I have this thing for old stuff, that I know. I’m not sure if it’s the nostalgia, the story that it has or simply that I’m an old soul. But one thing I’m sure of, someday I’ll get one…an old truck, probably from the 1950′s, restored. And I’ll drive it around town instead of keeping it in a garage somewhere. Because cars like this are meant to be driven and bring a simile to the faces of the people it passes each day (because they bring a smile to mine when I see them on the road).

old cream car old turquoise car Aren’t these beautiful? I can just imagine date nights as teenagers in the 50′s or heading to the sock hop in daddy’s car.

red car closeup The movie Grease has been a favorite since I was in middle school, so I suppose my love for that era started then. I love the outfits, the cars, the races, the dancing & singing. Anyone else a lover of this time period?

flames car

This past weekend the kids and I visited a local barn sale on a whim. Restyled Furniture put it on and they had a long list of amazing vendors. I found all kinds of goodies there (I would have found more had my 3 year old “screamer” played nicely with his sister) and I finally met Hayley (i.e. The Tiny Twig) in real life. We’ve been wanting to meet for a super long time Read Entire Post …