Heads, halloween, and Left Bank

On vacation this week in beautiful South Wellfleet, MA.  The weather’s been a bit grey, so I took the time to create a bit.  New ideas, faces (long curly tongues & big lips), a flower, and in honor of halloween, a wizard’s cap and a pumpkin:

Faces, Flower, Wizard's Cap and Jack-o-Lantern wine stoppers

Faces, Flower, Wizard's Cap and Jack-o-Lantern wine stoppers


I also stopped by my favorite Cape Cod gallery, Left Bank and while I didn’t have any stoppers with me, I gave them a few Moo cards. I’d be very honored to be there – fingers are crossed!

Moo cards arrive, more Etsy postings, pricing thoughts

Fun fun fun!  The Moo mini cards I ordered arrived in fantastic time – less than a week turnaround.  (Man, if only they could teach Ponoko that trick…)

Moo Mini cards arrive!

I have to say too – the quality of these things is just fantastic.  Nice and thick cardstock with a protective laminate on each card.  I love that I could put multiple front photos in the pack – as soon as anyone looks at them they instantly want to browse and pick their favorites.  Plus the print quality is high, the carrying/shipping box they used is very solid, and the whole process was done with style.  I’ll definitely be ordering from them again soon!

Two more stoppers went up on Etsy today too: Prong and Bogart.

I’ve been working a fair amount on figuring out the best prices, and I think I’ve got things set about where they should be. I dropped prices on the Curly Creatures, and have the stopper prices spread from $35 to $55. I still have to do a full accounting of costs so far, but getting everything started has cost enough that I’ll need to move a fair number of pieces before I’m covered. I really do feel like there’s a good market for these buggers though (stoppers especially), and especially once people can touch and feel them… gonzo!

Check out the etsy shop and let me know what you think! I’d really enjoy the input. :)

Once the Ponoko stands finally show up, hopefully they’ll fit well enough to bring a set by a few different shops in town and see what people think. (I’ll want to order more too, but only after getting impressions of restaurant and store owners…)

Newsflash: Handmade Ceramic Wine Bottle Stoppers storm Etsy!

Booyah. After quite some time creating them, figuring out what stopper to use, what epoxy works best, taking photos, organizing the photos, picking just the best for each one, writing up descriptions… the first stoppers have made their way to the Etsy marketplace!

Check out the wine stopper category in my store: CurtinsCreations.etsy.com (or just click on one over in the right-hand Etsy sidebar of this page.)

I really had fun writing up the descriptions of each. Hopefully they’ll find some good homes! (But if not… they’re more than welcome to stay in mine!)

Picasso wine bottle stopper in hand

Picasso wine bottle stopper in hand

Moo mini cards and indecision…

Ok – bunch of stoppers made, stands on their way… next step – business cards!  I like the mini cards that Moo.com prints, and they let me pull images directly from smugmug.  (And yes, they are pretty mini – each is about 1″ x 2.75″.)  In a 100 card pack you get a mixture of the images you select on the fronts, and then you choose some basic text (or upload your own design) to go on the backs of all the cards.  I wasn’t happy with what I could set up just using Moo’s backs, so I’ve designed my own.  Of course, I came up with two options… and I’m having trouble deciding whether there should be an image on the back or not.  Using an image does take away from the size of the text I can show, and there’s already an image on the front.  On the other hand, it leaves a better impression, and there are a few cards with just a glaze closeup on the front, so this would show what was going on.

Thoughts?  Keep the image?  Just the text?  Say more with the text?  Leave a comment!

Stands – prototypes made, design sent to Ponoko for cutting

Hello hello!  I finished up my stand designs and sent them off to Ponoko to be made in black acrylic, white oak, and cork.  I printed out the design, pasted it down to some foamcore, and then cut it out by hand to make sure it all worked.  Whadaya think?