Hope you’re all doing well and getting through this pandemic as best you can. One of the good things for me being safe at home for so many months now is that I’ve been able to really take stock and inventory of my life and what I’ve been doing with it all. Yes, I still have love for music and my musical talents God sent me into this world with. And yes, still love my photography endeavors. But to get realistic for just a minute, I turned 63 in late August. Yah, it took me aback, too lol 😜. Much as I love what I do for a living or career, I’ve known for a little while it was time to slow down the pace a bit. Well, being at home so much, I admit I’ve gotten a little spoiled. Hence, I’ve been trying to re-invent myself in various ways.
One of the things I’ve wanted to do for a long time now is to work more from home and not have to be out in the Florida heat as much doing my photography. So just one of the new endeavors I’m launching are these new Holiday Ornaments. These crafted pieces are hand made by yours truly using a clear, high-quality lucite globe that contains either my original pictures inside or (and this part is still up for decision) could contain a personalized / custom picture inside provided by the buyer. And as you can see in the pictures, a festive colored ribbon. Initially, I’m launching this project as a Christmas Ornament offering. But the reason I specifically referred to them as “Holiday” Ornaments above is because I may offer a Halloween or Thanksgiving or other holiday themed item as well. The jury is still out on that one. We shall see 😜.
So what do these look like? Glad you asked 😁.
You can get a good idea from the pictures herein. They’re a clear lucite sphere with no seem. In other words, these aren’t the type of ornaments you can buy at let’s say a Michael’s Craft Store where you twist apart the two halves of the ornament, cut a circular picture, insert it in the ornament and twist it back together. Mine will be put together in such a way where you don’t have the obtrusive seem that goes around the ornament and looks … well … ya know 😜. All pieces that go into this product are dye cut on a Cricut machine. Additionally, on the back of each respective inserted photo, it will read, “Merry Christmas 2020.”
I may offer a variable or choice on the phrasing on the back side of the image should I decide to go with the option of customization / personalization. There would also obviously be a different message for other holidays and events. Again, we shall see on this portion of the project.
Price? Yet to be decided. Specifically, there’ll probably be one price for standard pieces and a different price point for customization or personalization. SPOILER ALERT: I’ll tell y’all right upfront that the shipping on these things is my biggest challenge right now. This is the reason why I can’t quote a price just yet. Presently, I’m still looking for some sort of a great discounted shipping deal with either UPS or USPS. Ultimately, I’d love to just absorb the shipping cost on my end. But that will depend on whatever deal I can come up with for me, the creator / seller.
Lastly, while this whole concept was my idea from a few years ago, I must give some credit to a crafter website that gave some inspiration to go ahead with this project. JenniferMaker.com. If you’re into crafting and looking for great ideas, JenniferMaker.com has terrific ideas. She also has many videos on YouTube as well. Check out the site! Thanks JenniferMaker.com 👍.
Please stay tuned / check back for more info over the next several days or week +/- . And thanks for stoppin’ by neighbor 😎.
Lots of new updates and additions to my site – most regarding the sale and distribution of my work(s), Time to take all matters into my own hands versus dealing with unnecessary and over the top rules and guidelines etc… of other commercial sites. Some, not all. Hence, this site has become and will further evolve into a nice, friendly ‘One Stop Shop’. But it’ll also remain and advance as my blog, my communications with all you good people.
For now, check out my new ‘Stickers’ section. This whole project is something I’ve been putting together for a year or more. Though the thought of creating stickers has been a fun idea rolling around in the back of my brain for an even longer time now. With the present state of the world and the pandemic ‘stay at home‘ orders here in Florida, I’ve been fortunate enough to give the sticker biz (and everything else herein) a real push forward. Loving getting to work from home actually 👍😁.
Anyhoo – check it all out by clicking on the tabs at the top left.
Thanks for stoppin’ by neighbor. Peace And stay safe y’all – Mike T.