Monday, December 7, 2009

art buttons--children's gifts

Chemo last week went pretty well, in the usual awful ways, but R came home with a nasty GI bug and N has been pathetically ill with a sore throat, so we've been just barely on the joy side of Christmas preparations (I owe that to the girls, who have been delightful decorators and super mama supporters).

I have to confess, though, that the highlight of my weekend was the receipt on Friday of 100 shiny buttons from etsy seller Felt and Paper. I loved the buttons we've had made for Marian's transplant support, both the superstar and shine variations, and have been scheming for a good reason to make more.

The time has arrived! Christmas friend gifts.I gave each girl a stack of cardstock, cut into quarters, and put out watercolors and colored pencils. They played around until they came up with two images each that we agreed would make good buttons (the watercolored images came out especially nice when shrunk and translated into buttons).

There are several etsy sellers that will make custom buttons for you. I chose Felt and Paper, and could not be happier with her customer service, accessibility, turnaround time (less than a week; you still have time!), and product quality. I searched for "custom 1.25 buttons" and chose her listing from the results. (this photo is not as crisp as the actual product)

We're going to mount them on cards for the girls to give to their friends as holiday gifts. I think they count as handmade.

This kind of turned into a plug for
Felt and Paper, which was neither requested nor intended, but I really think the good experience I had with the seller made the project, so am going to describe the details of that below.

Why?

(1) Her price was great. I paid $30 + $5 shipping for 100 buttons. They're slightly more per for smaller quantities; she does as few as 10 buttons for $5.

(2) She was willing to make up to 5 designs, which we did: 20 each for my shop and M&A's 4 designs.

(3) She was willing to do the Printshop work. I submitted jpeg images, which in my case were just carefully cropped photos of our artwork because I don't have a scanner. There is a photoshop template for 1.25" buttons that some sellers request, but I don't have Photoshop and am clumsy with my free-download replacement (gimp) that I use in a pinch. She did say it was helpful that our images had white all around them for the resizing. Since the girls' art wasn't really round-ish and they were attached to the whole image and I wanted their little initial signatures to show, we asked her to make sure our whole image was showing on the front of the button.

I will choose her again because

(4) She was crazy-quick fulfilling the order.

(5) These buttons are bee-you-tiful. Crisp images, even in the tiny detail of the girls' initials and my shop name along the edge of mine (her suggestion). Perfectly centered and assembled. Delivered with a personal note in individual ziplocs. I'm addicted to ziplocs, my very favorite plastic.

4 comments:

sallyavena said...

I love the little 'Woods' button with the little animal peeking out. I too am loving ziplock bags. They just come in so many different sizes, perfect for keeping anything together, the possibilities are limitless...

Kathi D said...

Those look great! and good to know about the Etsy shop.

I'm glad the girls are helping to keep spirits up!

nweames said...

Love these, what a great friend gift

Felt and Paper said...

Wow, you are too kind! Thank you for the wonderful blog post! <3