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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Launch Imminent... Panic Setting In

There's only one thing cooler than an email address with JUST your first name and domain name ... and that is a custom made stamp.

This means I am ready to sell... because I am ready to package, and after packaging comes postage and postage plus handling equals mail order business.  The shame is that the new product 'research' has had to take a back seat, but I will be back.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Too Expensive, Even For Gifted Children

This one is a direct steal from Swiss Miss.

At US$158, it will be a while before I can afford to even look longingly at these Playshapes.

Verdict: build me up buttercup or knock me down?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Is Cross Stitch Cool Yet?

Cross stitch is in my blood.  My mother once ran a business that made cross stitch kits and it was a real family affair: my father painted some designs for it and graphed others, my sister's and I cut lengths of thread in our school holidays, both my mum's sister's worked with her for all distribution, sales, manufacturing tasks, and it grew to be (at one stage) the biggest of it's kind in Australia. 

So I found this site 'Submersive Cross Stitch' with associated book, and I realised that there is an opening here to capitalise on my family experience and potentially to put my retired parents in my employ.  I could find iconic images and get my dad to graph them and my mum to cross stitch them.  Hmmm... this one requires a lot more thinking.

Verdict: new world fashion or olde worlde crafte?

Primary Shakers

Pepper and salt shakers can be very nice things.  Unfortunately, I prefer my pepper freshly ground.

Verdict: shake shake shake or bump and grind?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ironic or Iconic?

And I suppose you thought I was only interested in mugs and bowls for the home, hmmm?

Not so.  Imagine how the ladies in the data entry bay would laugh when they stumbled across your new pen lid organiser on your desk, right alongside your framed Dilbert cartoon!  I'm just going to pop a reminder in the diary for the last Wednesday in April in 2011 so that I can prepare for the rush orders for Secretary's Day.

Only shame is that it can't get stuck on your tongue like the conventionally sized bic pen lid.

Verdict: tick beside or red pen through?