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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Happy, happy Saturday!!!  Hope everyone is well (as always) and getting into a crafty spirit!!!

As I've mentioned, the DH and I are preparing for several Halloween parties this weekend, so I thought I'd get a word in, and a project to share, just in case I don't get another post in this weekend.  Of course, I'm still going to try -- LOL!!!

I don't know whether I've ever told you or not, but it's coming into the season to start my toiletry making.  These are the only items I sell!  I make toiletry baskets, containers, and products that personal customers buy for gift-giving, and I have several shops,boutiques, a couple of spa salons and  2 hotels here in the Chicago area I cater too.  The "andsome" in Cuteandsome stands for "Some Romantic Evening".  My entire name is Ain't That Cute and Some Romantic Evening.  I do romance baskets for Christmas and New Year's Eve for specific "romance" suites for 2 hotels.  However, my biggest obstacle is how to package small items I put in the shops/stores, so this year I'm trying to plan ahead.  As I was tearing through some boxes, I ran across several of these plastic bells which I'd used to create candy centerpieces for a friends anniversary, and I had plenty of them leftover.  So I wondered if I could use them to hold small bottles of the parfum/colognes I make.  So I gathered some velvet ribbon, the plastic bells, some gold Peel-offs, some stickers and a few $1 store ornaments:

And here's what I came up with to package my small bottles of cologne/parfum:

Isn't this cute?!!! I think I'll use them for soap ball ornaments too!   Last year, my friend sold over 200 little bottles -- alone --of my parfums, and one of the salons, sold about 100, because they make nice little quick stocking stuffers for people to just grab and buy.  Last year I'd packaged them in cute boxes but wanted something a bit different to try to get back the cost of what I put into buying my supplies after sharing the profits.  I'm hoping this is worth the dollar extra I'll be charging.  It's all in the packaging, you know!!!  I really don't like selling anything but it does give me extra money to buy craft supplies and not have to dig so deep into the hubby's pocket so soon after the holiday seasons!!!

Let me know what you think!!!  I really do appreciate your feedback!

Now, I wish everyone of you a very happy Halloween weekend!!!  I'll be back!


Sparksgal said...

Too cute! You've outdone yourself yet again Audrey! Have a wonderful weekend!

shari said...

Audrey, the presentation on your perfume is just beautiful! Great job, I wish we could smell it over the internet. HA! Have fun at your parties. Shari (cricutrookie)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

I relly like the look of the packaging. Appearance does make a difference as to if I pick up and buy or not. I like this. TFS

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh my Audrey cute just doesn't say it.. that is just way too adorable. I sure wish I was your neighbor.. I am so amazed with your creative and talent... love it. I hope your friend has found a place to stay. I hope you and hubby have a great time at your parties. hugs

- - Sheryl - - said...

oh my goodness - I love it!!!! I don't know what the shops are charging - but it would be worth it.
Wonderful and good luck this holiday season

myapyapooh said...

This turned out lovely, I can see myself sending this off as a Christmas gift or a party favor for Christmas.

Dawn said...

Wow girl I am impressed that you sell so many and cater to all those places. What a great idea!
I think this is just adorable, and love the bell shape, really symbolic for the season.

Kingston's Kreations said...

I learn something new about you each time you post! :) I think this is just adorable! If I saw it, I would buy it!! I didn't know you make Parfum!! I just love stopping by and seeing all of your creative work. I know that people will be more than happy to pay for these....they are beautiful!!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Too cute!!!! My grandmother had a crystal bell when I was growing up and I loved to play with it. We had a deal, when I came over to her house, I could pick it up and ring it but then I had to put it down. It's a great memory...I have her bell now and it means a lot to me. This is a great project!!!

CraftyGirl said...

Audrey ... this is seriously gorgeous!! You will not have any problems at all selling this one out!! I love the bell and the velvet ribbon adds just the right amount of class and festive fun!! Love it!!
barb :)

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

This is so lovely. Love the bell gift wrap. Now Now share where you got them :). This is so awesome!! TFS

Love That Bug said...

OMG, Audrey, I think it is adorable. I absolutely love it. I always wondered about the "Cute and Some"
These are definatly worth the extra dollar, I love love it.
Have a great time with hubby

Jean said...

Audrey, this is too cute!!! I bet you sell a ton of them.

flowerdisco said...

business woman...i like it a lot. i love everything you have made so far that i have seen and this is no exception.
good luck on your coming sales.

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Super cute and a great idea!!!!

Coachfans said...

Wow! What a great little gift. I would love to be able to "sell" a few cards too and have a little extra money to buy crafting supplies. Any suggestions on how to make contacts, I would love to hear from you!

coachfans at cox dot net

Terry Oulboub said...

Audrey, you astound me! I love what you've created! This is absolutely perfect for a gift! I love the teddy bear and the bell - what a perfect combination! You've decorated it so wonderfully, it is an absolute delight! Girl, you are really incredible - just filled with oodles of talent!! I hope you have fun at your Halloween parties!

Michelle said...

WOWSERS!!! This is an incredible idea! You amaze me!

Wende said...

Oh you are so right, the package is the part that draws you in. I would love to learn how to make my own fragrances. How smart are you! This looks lovely and so special. Way to go GF!

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG!!! This is sooo totally ADORABLE!!!! Definitely worth an extra buck! Perfect! xxD