12 May 2010

My Creative Space 'the little details'

Greetings all,
I've been working with gorgeous ribbons this week.  I just ordered, um, 60m more of them . . . "my name is Posie & i'm addicted to pretty patterned ribbons" . . . anyway, they have come up a treat on these Japanese thick fabric coin purses.  I try to make my products have a point of difference, be it the fabric, ribbon, a patchwork spin.  It's amazing what a strip of ribbon & change of shape/ design can do for a product you've been making again & again for over 10 years!! 
To make them sit nicely on display & look more inviting, i've filled little organza bags with marbles to pop inside bulk them out, as if they are filled with coins.  Plus i've changed the shape to be an elongated semi circle so they sit nicely in the palm of your hand.  See, it's the little details which keep things fresh & fun to make.  No need for ribbon on the back, let the Retro Mummy fabrics do the talking.
 
To continue my passion for a quirky edge on how i display & package my handmade wares, i am attaching the product tags to my bibs with these colourful nappy pins.  I used cloth nappies for my children so it seems a neat thing to tie into a baby product.  Check out the fruits including apples, strawberries, cherries and the trio of colourful pineapples.  It's the kind of little detail which would seal the deal for my purchase.
It's true, ribbons do grow on trees!!  This is my 3rd white wooden tree . . . "hello, my name is Posie & i'm addicted to . . . " you get the drill, i like what i like.  Plus these are tax deductible collections feeding my various crafty habits!!

So today was the day i came to replace our 'wedding gift' microwave.  The Sharp Carousel wasn't going to make it to 13 years, sigh.  I had it on my 'unexciting but potentially expensive' shopping list for a month & considering we only use it to heat peas & hot chocolate . . . a new microwave just wasn't a priority.  Then for a reasonable $79 this lovely silver 34L microwave was spotted at Aldi today & was begging to warm up a hot chocolate for me tonight.  Handy seeing i had just bought Curious Chocolatier powder yesterday from Shop Handmade & i only drink out of these Moyou cups (part style/ part diet) as they are neat & small.  Again the little details.  Premium hot chocolate in a beautiful cup which sits so cosy in your hands.

Happy Creative Spacing ladies, love Posie

26 comments:

Suzanna ~ Mon Tresor said...

Love the ribbons, they look divine. What a grea idea hanging them from the tree stand!
I can understand the obession with ribbons, I love them too :)
Love for you to pop by and say hi!
www.montresorblog.blogspot.com

~Suzanna

Suzanna ~ Mon Tresor said...

Those ribbons look divine! I can understand the ribbon obsession, I love it too :)
Would love you to pop by www.montresorblog.blogspot.com

xx

Purple Paisley Patch said...

LOVE, love, love the ribbons, so cute! Do you sell them, or can you reveal your source?
Hope you enjoyed your hot chocolate, great weather for it! :-)

Christina said...

Ha! Our toaster just died too. It lasted nine years. So I thought we better get a new kettle while we were getting the toaster. Noe I keep looking at my shiny white appliances every time I am in the kitchen.

I love all your finishing touches and I especially love that ribbon. I could only dream of buying 60m of it though! :)

bee said...

Oooh I LOVE what you've done with those cute ribbons, the coin purses are so sweet! Love those bibs too - you are so clever!

Lizzie said...

Love your ribbon collection, you can NEVER have too much of a good thing is my motto!! Those little purses are adorable too...
Lizzie
xxx

Stacey said...

We too had a dodgy old Sharp microwave circa 1992 until recently. We now have a lovely steel one that is super powerful. Too powerful in fact - I'm getting awfully sick of my nightly milo and milk boiling over!

yardage girl said...

Excellent ribbons (I love ribbons too!) and great diea with the nappy pins - definately a sale clincher! Nic

The Handmaden said...

I love ribbons, I recognize some that you have there, what a cute way to present them. Mmm, hot chocolate - it's freezing here today!!

Sally said...

Geez Posie you have it all thought out don't you?
Loving all the vibrant colours and ribbons - very ace. You've got such a great style. Enjoy your hot choccie - you deserve it!

Liesl said...

The ribbons are so pretty. You must keep buying them so we can admire them on your blog! :-)

I have to say I love a good Aldi bargain. I enjoy looking at the weekly catalog and seeing the cut price skis/saucepans/tents/etc!

Liesl x

Rosalind said...

Oh the first day I have missed MCS! Too much going on here :-)

Kylie said...

Hi - my name is Kylie and I am addicted you yarn, knitting and crochet - oh and you:)

Bad day here:( Ended with identity fruad - NOT HAPPY JAN!

Miss Prudence said...

Ribbons, we just don't wear ribbons enough! Bring on more of them!!!!
Hmmmn I want a hot chocolate now, I wonder if there is any chilli chocolate left in the cupboard!

Have a wonderful friday posies xox

Miss Prudence said...

Ribbons, we just don't wear ribbons enough! Bring on more of them!!!!
Hmmmn I want a hot chocolate now, I wonder if there is any chilli chocolate left in the cupboard!

Have a wonderful friday posies xox

gretchenmist said...

your space is so vibrant and gorgeous.
enjoy your hot choc :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh just look at all those gorgeous ribbons hanging there, and those purses in all that beuatiful fabric - love your work!
Thanks for your very kind words, it's true, we must be happy with our life & how we choose to live it, our kids are the only ones we need to please & they all seem very happy...xx

Tammy James said...

Hi Jennie,
Well I can see why you are addicted to those ribbons. It was lovely meeting you today.

Gypsy said...

Oooh I love ribbons too! Very nice purses you have there.

Catherine said...

Your coin purses look really cut and fun. Sweet fabric choices.I do love a good hot chocolate or anything chocolate for that matter(lol) That's my addiction for sure.:)

Megan said...

a tree filled with ribbons!! oh i am just so jealous! those colourful coin purses look just darling as well.

hope the hot choccie in the new microwave was just the thing after a busy week!

angelique said...

ohhhh that ribbon tree is so nice......wish i had one like that. Posie I don't think it is so bad having and addiction like that there could be worse things that you are addicted to!!!

Kathy said...

Love the coin purses and the bibs, and I can understand your ribbon fetish... they are all just so pretty! Bargain find with the microwave! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a little blog love:) Have a lovely weekend.

Linda said...

oh wow Jen your purses are to die for! absolutely STUNNING xx

Corrie said...

yep my order of ribbons just arrived and they just scream out to be matched up with japanese cute fabrics...I'll be doing kits not making things as I run out of time

Corrie:)

Anonymous said...

Many thanks.