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Robayre100Days part 4

Back for part 4 of my 100 day project. First part, Second part, Third part

Another one of my goals for the 100 day project was to get my etsy shop back up over 100 listed items. In my shop’s glory years (when I averaged a handful of sales a week over several years) I had around 100 items listed in my shop at any time. When I let things slide I realized I had gotten down to less than half that. I’ve been working steadily at bringing it back up again and I think I was around 80 items when the 100 day project began. I did get up to 100 items, but with sales and items expiring, it has dipped below and comes back up again. Now I’ve realized that I really need to get it closer to 110 or so to stay above 100.

A sampling of the paper products that can be found in my shop. It was so fun to arrange, and hang them up like this.

This is a little out order, this was my post for day 100. When we bought our house there was a whole wall with pegboard in our basement and one day when I was down there I had the idea of hanging up some of my stationery sets to get a group shot. The lighting is not so great down there, but this was fun to put together. It’s really satisfying to see the collection.

Because I'm the absolute worst, day 27/100 #robayre100days is finally padding the #stationery I made for my nephew... for Christmas. In my defense, I did give him a few sheets at Christmas but then my computer died and then I ran out of ink and then a spa

This project was long overdue! Last Christmas my nephew (5 at the time) wanted stationery because he has a couple of pen pals. I designed this “adventure” set for him.

I'm capturing this point because I have a feeling that it might all fall apart shortly. #roar

I painted the headers in watercolor, based on things I thought would interest him, dinosaurs, space and treasure maps. When I gave it to him at Christmas, I just printed a few sheets of each and gave them to him loosely. My intention was always to have them in a large notepad for better stability when a little kid is writing in it, so I did just that for the 100 day project. I finally made it into a notepad. 1 single notepad, for my nephew. The bottoms are lined for littles who are learning to write, and the pages alternate with illustrated headers and fully lined sheets. I’d love to design a companion set, and I would love to offer these in my shop, but they would really need to be printed commercially because it takes a lot of time printing and assembling, since each header is significantly larger than the types of headers I print on my regular stationery sets.

Day 51/100 #robayre100days a watercolored background for product pictures. I'm not so sure about it. I may keep adding to it? We'll see.

I painted some large watercolor patterns to use as additional backgrounds for taking product pictures over. A few years ago I drew out a large scribbly grid in a graph paper style and have been using it a lot. I wanted to make a few others so I’d have some variety.

Day 52/100 #robayre100days orange!

I made these checkered watercolors above and a black and white stripe in watercolor too, but I still end up using the old grid one mostly anyway. I think they are too busy and too colorful/saturated. Oh well.

34/100 #robayre100days playing around with a tiny bouquet pattern stationery idea #The100DayProject

A simple lined stationery paper set with the tiny posie theme

Day 65/100 #robayre100days added this #tinyposie stationery paper set to my shop #the100dayproject

I made it using elements from my tiny posie pattern I amade during patternswithanika earlier in the year. This set is available in my shop here.

Watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones tonight and was inspired to paint this for day 36/100 #robayre100days #carveouttimeforart

Inspired by flags during a battle scene on Game of Thrones, I decided to make a notepad. I painted a few of these flag posts before settling on one I liked.

Originally I thought the flag had to say something, but then when trying to decide what that phrase should be it occurred to me that it should be left plain. That way, each sheet could have something different scrawled on it, or left blank, as the user se

And tested it out to see if I’d be able to write my own messages over the printed black. Success!

Day 38/50 #robayre100days i made a notepad of this, which will be listed tomorrow. I also made a few stickers for fun. The stickers are blank but have a glossy top so you can write on them and then wipe it away to change it up. I'd probably do more, but o

For fun I cut down a few of the headers and made them into stickers, where the gel pen was printed on the protective coating, so it can be wiped away and changed as needed.

Day 38/100 #robayre100days in the shop! Each sheet is customizable, using gel pen (see previous post). I also worked on some other things in my studio today, but no pictures to share. #The100DayProject

And the final notepad, which was printed on a natural speckled paper. These notepads are available in my shop. LOVE how it came out. It’s rare that I am inspired and then able to start working on something immediately. That helps so much! I need to make a bar graph that shows how the likeliness of a project coming to fruition declines rapidly as time passes.

Day 96/100 #robayre100days envelopes from my recycled envelope and stationery sets. I altered my listing, so that they can be purchased in sets of 2, 5, and 10 envelopes (each envelope comes with two pieces of lined stationery paper)

Another goal I had for the 100 day project was to update some photos from some classic oldies from my shop, like my recycled envelope stationery sets. They used to be a top seller and I had a lot of returning customers for just this product, but when I let my shop slide they kind of got forgotten about. I still love the product, but I think I need to breathe new life into the listings.

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I made a bunch of new envelopes to replenish my stock. I use an old shoe box (as pictured above) to sort and categorize the envelopes. It helps when assembling them, so I know each pack gets a good variety.

Day 98/100 #robayre100days My recycled envelope and stationery sets have been in my shop since 2006. The envelopes are all handmade from a variety of hand selected, eclectic papers, so no two sets are the same. I designed the accompanying four, fun styles

And here was an attempt to take a new product picture. One thing people have told me before on a number of occasions is that they don’t understand or know what this product is, and even though I love this picture, I don’t think it helps clarify that. I detail what the product is exactly in the listing, but I think most people look at the picture and decide from there if they are interested or not, and so many may not even get to the details of the listing. Maybe the craziness of this pic would make people click just to find out exactly what is going on? I just don’t know how to photograph this product in a way that makes sense, because all the envelopes are different and the stationery designs are a variety as well. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear it. Another item on my list for the 100 days (but that I never got to) was of a video that would show what the sets are like.

Looks like I will be back with one last post to wrap things up. Catch up on the previous posts here:

First part, Second part, Third part

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#the100dayproject update

I have FINALLY conquered #the100dayproject! I know, I know, it took me WELL OVER the 100 days. In my defense, I could have easily wrapped it up in the 100 days had I allowed myself to post pictures of nearly the same thing in back to back days. Instead I wanted each “day” to be, if not something entirely different and new, than at least visible progress.

I am very proud of myself, and I hope to remember how I committed myself to working regularly on my etsy shop, focusing mainly on paper products, in 2016… rather than spend a huge percentage of my time watching Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, which is how things could have easily gone.

However, I am NOT so proud that I neglected my blog and didn’t post here about what I was making and doing along the way. So, this is what I’m gonna do: I want to break this up in a bunch of smaller posts and hopefully share all of the finished projects.

And here we go! Day 1 #the100dayproject #robayre100days

I started out the first day with sketchy drawing “Here we go”,

  Originally, I planned this as a notepads. "Here we go" just seemed perfect for to-do lists, but then when I got going it ended up as letter writing paper. What do you think? Stationery paper like this, or a notepad? #robayre100days #100dayproject

which turned into a notepad, stationery paper set and

What a day! I have 20,000 steps. I worked on some more quilted fauxdoris today, which I hope to share tomorrow. I also had this custom request for my Here We Go image as a graduation card.

even a custom requested greeting card.

Day 2 #the100dayproject

I replenished my stock of these metallic embossed card bases that I use for my garlands

Making garlands today for day 10 of #the100dayproject

And then I made some garlands too

Day 4 #robayre100days I sold my last little book like this a couple of days ago and so I spent some time cutting collating and assembly some new ones today. I added vintage sheet music pages and prints of my scribble ruled paper as well. Perfect for addin I didn't have a chance to post yesterday because I was in my best friend's wedding. I made these sheets to put out on the tables during the reception and will later be made into a book for the bride and groom to enjoy later on anniversaries. I found the i

I sold out my stock of these mini ephemera spiral bound notebooks, so I made some more. And I was in my best friend’s wedding, so I altered and updated these cards for the guests to fill out at the reception.

What a weekend! As soon as I post this my head is hitting the pillow. Day 6, #robayre100days #the100dayproject I made this little #jotter with a collage of a monotype print. It's quarter sized and has a mix of blank and ruled pages inside, perfect for art

I added this little notebook to my shop. It is a collage made of my own gelatin prints, made from my own hand cut paper stencils.

Day 9 #the100dayproject today I printed some test prints, and decided to paint and play with some ideas. I have a long list of projects for #robayre100days that are already in various states of progress, but I also want to explore and have a chance to sta

This project was a recurring theme throughout the 100 days as I attempted to create a geometic/space/galaxy themed header for a black and white stationery set.

Hey, sup? Day 59/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject

I have sheets upon sheets of black rectangle watercolors with all sorts of patterns drawn on them, all over my studio and yet nothing really grabbed at me. Not every idea is an instant success, lol. Someday…

OK, that is enough for this post. It already took me over a week just to post this one update. I hope that it won’t take so long for the next installment.

 

 

 

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#the100dayproject progress

I’m over a third of the way through #the100dayproject. Some days I feel overwhelmed and question why I committed to this project, but more often I’m glad that I did and have been super productive.

My goal was to focus on paper products, and aiming to add 10-15 new products to my shop. I said 10-15 new items because I’ve been trying to get my shop back up to having at least 100 items in it. Since the project began I’ve added 14 (I think) new items to my shop already, that being said, several of those are one-of-a-kind, original items, and I’ve already sold 6 one of a kind items in my shop. Counting all ups and downs, I’m up to 90 items in my shop.

Being this far through the project, I thought I’m overdue to sharing some of these projects.

It started with this drawing, with the appropriate phrase “Here We Go”

And here we go! Day 1 #the100dayproject #robayre100days

I drew it on the very first day to kick off the project.

Originally, I planned this as a notepads. "Here we go" just seemed perfect for to-do lists, but then when I got going it ended up as letter writing paper. What do you think? Stationery paper like this, or a notepad? #robayre100days #100dayproject

And turned it into this stationery. I used charcoal envelopes, and instead of ruled lines, scribbly ones that make me so happy.

Lookeeee what just got added to my shop (link in my profile) Here We Go, 50 sheet #notepads, 4.25x5.5", the stationery version is there as well. #robayre100days Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway and use the 10% off coupon mentioned in a post from t

I also made it into a notepad, because the phrase Here We Go seemed to lend itself well to a checklist, perfect for getting things done, or packing for a trip, etc.

What a day! I have 20,000 steps. I worked on some more quilted fauxdoris today, which I hope to share tomorrow. I also had this custom request for my Here We Go image as a graduation card.

And lastly, and unexpectedly, I had a custom request to make it into a graduation card. I printed it on a light gray paper and did a bit of rearranging of the image.

Stay tuned for more!

Discount and Giveaway Announcement

robayre.etsy.com is still celebrating 10 years!

The party isn't over yet! It's so late (for me at least 😂😴) but I finally listed two of the quilted journals in my shop. I have also created a coupon code for 10% off of everything in my shop for the month of May, 2016. Just enter ROBAYRE10YE

For the month of May, please use the code ROBAYRE10YEARS at checkout for an additional 10% off.

I've decided that I'm going to do a few things to celebrate my #etsyversary. To start out, I've been sewing up a storm and so Tomorrow (May 1st) I'm going to do a #giveaway of one of these quilted book covers with mini journals inside. I'll post a "giveaw

Today I gathered up all the entries from instagram and the blog post and drew Natalie of Cellowingnut on instagram for the quilted fauxdori giveaway. Congratulations Natalie! Thank you so-so much to everyone who entered, and to all the friends who shared and posted about it. It made me feel so special. The party isn’t over, and I have a few more things to look forward to this month while I celebrate my etsy shop’s 10 year anniversary.

I’ve also added a few more of these quilted doris to my shop, click image for link

and the following have already sold

Autumn Leaves and New Jewelry

As typical for this time of year, I’ve been a little fall leaf obsessed. A few weeks back I was walking around my neighborhood when a mother, pushing a stroller turned onto the sidewalk headed towards me. Immediately I heard her say “honey, we can’t keep picking up every leaf” and I chuckled to myself because I’m sure she hadn’t yet seen me or the giant stack of colorful autumn leaves I had been picking up myself.

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Naturally, I had the idea to use these beautiful leaves as props for some leaf jewelry for my shop.

robayre on etsy

Every fall I am so thankful for our neighbor's burning bush #fromwhereistand

Usually I feel Fall whips by so quickly 💨🍁🍂, but this year it's hanging on. Ive been able to ride my bike to work in November! I'm still adding new leaf jewelry to the shop, necklaces and rings (link in my profile)

Fall in northern Illinois

new pieces in the shop

Those teeny tiny bits of blue peeking through. In a couple days this tree will be naked 😔

robayre pendant peach leaf5

This one goes out to @bzedan and @atelier_mame. I went for a walk earlier today too and found this one red orange leaf on a pile of brown and yellow leaves. A week ago I was walking down my street when a mother pushing a stroller turned onto my sidewalk a

leaf green yellow front robayre

A favorite area in town to drive down during the fall

robayre necklace pink red leaf

Autumn Leaves

robayre green spots leaf pendant

It’s been a while since I’ve made any of these pieces, but I had a custom a little bit ago, so I made a whole batch. While there are elements of real leaves in each piece, the color you see is my own watercolor work. See more variety at robayre.etsy.com

International Zine Month and Grass & Stars III

Zines for #littleartbook
Some of my zine collection
Apparently July is International Zine Month, so I figure no better time than now to announce that (after years’ long hiatus) I have finally created issue 3 of my zine, Grass & Stars.

Grass & Stars my first zineGrass & Stars No. 2

Props to any readers that remember my zine, or have even bought or swapped for one in the past. Here are the first two issues. The first zine I ever made was in a matchbox!

zine swap 2015

The new issue, like my very first one, was made for a swap. I was invited by Lelaina Lloyd late last year to participate in an art zine swap and it was exactly the push I needed to make my next issue. The swap was completed mid June (above) and so I am finally sharing it here. It had a size and page count requirement, and so I’m excited to say this is the largest zine I’ve made so far. At first I had no idea how I was going to fill 20 pages of content, let alone what it was going to be about. When the idea of luck came to me, it made perfect sense and everything else fell into place.

Grass & Stars III zine

I had so much fun working on the zine and it was hard not to spoil it all on instagram. I definitely did share lots of sneak peaks though, so I will share them here too. There are plenty of things that I LOVED SO MUCH that I still want to share pictures but I know it wouldn’t be much fun if someone got the zine and realized they’ve already seen it all on instagram.

A little somethin'-somethin' I've been working on

This is a little thumbnail of a coloring book page. I’ve been kinda obsessed with the idea of a fingers crossed emoji for a while, wishing there was such a thing, making my own fake ones and then this. Just last week I bought an enamel pin that also looks like this.

Here's a little peek of a fun grass brooch I've been working on today.

Yes, a set of felt brooches were made specifically to be featured in the zine.

It's totally a fake, held together with hot glue on the back, but ya know, you gotta make your own #luck sometimes 😉🍀

A four leaf clover of course, only, it’s fake. I hot glued the fourth petal, as I shared on instagram, sometimes you just have to make your own luck!

Forcing myself to sit here and do something. Working on a night version of the quilt field spread I did before. #LittleArtBook

Here’s another work in progress that made it into the zine.

Of course these are just snippets that I hope entice you into wanting to see more. This issue contains original artwork, articles, a comic, coloring book pages, a lucky penny pinback button and more!

Issue no. 3 is now available in my etsy shop, and as usual (and in the spirit of zine making) I’m always open to swaps! Just leave a comment or message me!

Say it with felt hearts

Last month I designed and released a valentine to my etsy shop, and I just realized I never posted about it here.

And then - Better late than never! I just added these Valentine's Day cards to my etsy shop. They double as a lasting decoration, with the easily removable garland.

The idea is that the felt hearts are a garland that detach from the card, and that the recipient can hang them up somewhere and think about the sender whenever they see them.

The felt hearts are all hand cut from old vintage felts I purchased at a flea market. The woman that sold them to me (THREE BOXES FULL, THREE DOLLARS A BOX!) told me that they had belonged to her grandmother who intended on making a felt rug. The various colors and patterns of felt are all cut in strips and I’ve used them for different projects here and there.

Each card comes with a red envelope and is sealed in a cellophane wrapper for protection. You might be able to tell from this pic, but I sewed each garland with a red thread on top and a white thread in the bobbin, so that between each heart you get that adorable candy stripe twist in the thread.

The inside has a little scrappy valentine message “Happy Valentine’s Day! Take this garland, hang it up somewhere, and everytime you see it know that I love you!” Just as I’m typing this out I had the idea that I should rephrase that somehow to be a cute poem. I might need to re-do the insides now.

Tiny felt hearts, more to come...

I cut all the tiny felt hearts with a pair of scissors and some elbow grease, so you know there is a lot of love in each and every card and garland.

Once again, better late than never! #valentinesdaycards

And then of course, after I designed them, I just had to send a bunch out to some friends and family that deserved some love! The cards were of course designed as Valentine’s Day cards, but I think they are perfect for any time you want to say I love you, or ahem, I luff you! The inside message can be easily removed or altered (they are just adhered with washi tape) and your own new message included. Find them in my etsy shop here!

Custom Buttons

Custom Button Listing

 

This idea has been in my head for probably a year and half, and I have FINALLY created a listing for custom 1 inch pinback buttons in my etsy shop.

The idea sprang from bringing my button machine to craft shows and allowing people to make their own. I LOVE LOVE LOVE children’s artwork and I thought it would be fun to offer custom buttons so that parents could create a wearable keepsake of their child’s artwork. My favorite has to be when little kids make their own buttons. Adults will often just make buttons straight from the decorative papers I provide, but the kids will draw or color their own designs. The listing is for any design you want to send me, not just children’s artwork, but the thought originally sprang from there.

The listing is for just 1 button, but if you are interested in making a quantity for gifts, souvenirs, favors, promotional handouts, etc., the price drops dramatically the more you order, so feel free to just shoot me a message.

Real quick, I just wanted to share about the images I used in the listing. The first picture is my niece and a button that she made. When I was her age I wanted a button maker so bad, but they are expensive. Fast forward when I was a real certified grown up and realized I could now buy myself a real, quality, button machine of my very own. That was a happy day.

custom made buttons at NaDa Farm

The second picture in the listing (the image above) was from a craft show where I brought my machine. 3 little girls made these friendship buttons, because they love talking on the phone to each other, but don’t get to see each other very often. Brilliant! They each have a button that can remind them of each other. I had never thought of friendship buttons, but these girls did. So many great product concepts initiate from customer ideas or inquiries.

edited to add the following pictures of other buttons I’ve made over the years

7.23 buttons
polaroid button
6.27 buttons
balloon buttons
5 buttons
1.15.13 buttons
A red button collection
3.15 button magnet
5.14 buttons
buttons straight on
I made some pinback buttons to place inside a new neighborhood cache
Confetti buttons, oh yeah!
buttons
I ♥ mail
airmail buttons
Glitter geometric button set
making quilted button badges

The Need for Green

I think, because this winter was sooooo harsh, our spring has been very, um, meh. Don’t blink because all of the magnolia blossoms have already fallen in a heartbeat. My forsythia had all of THREE yellow blossoms on it. Yes, three, and I’m not exaggerating. All the same, we’ve been taking lots of walks and the air everywhere just smells so AMAZING! Just because the forsythia and magnolias were a bust doesn’t mean other things haven’t been in blossom! BUT! if that winter wasn’t hard enough and we have tried to move past it, it snowed here yesterday (in Northern Illinois) for 3 hours! Yes, it is mid May, daffodils and tulips have already done their thing and it snowed.

While we are talking about that horrible winter, I think I’ve been very horrible and lax about sharing things on the blog lately, and realized I never posted about these buttons.

For those of you living elsewhere in the United States (instagramming your spring flowers and running around in sandals) The Chicagoland area is STILL suffering from the third snowiest winter in recorded history. @katielicht had the brilliant idea for us

My friend Katie (Who’s birthday it just happens to be today, happy birthday lady!) came up with this great idea to make some ribbon buttons (like I’ve made in the past as souvenirs for my gingerbread house making party) but to congratulate and honor all of us who have had to weather through (badum bum) the worst winter in the last 30 years or so. She came over one day and we made cutie pie buttons, examples as shown above.

My need for spring and green did not end there!

My friend Rosa posted a display picture of a ring she made and it made me think of my leaf rings, but instead of just using a solid green piece of paper, I should try to watercolor some paper first.  So, this (above) became this (below)

I'm working on some new leaf rings and necklaces, perfect for spring. Now if I could just fast forward past the resin stage, right @rmurillo ? #robayre

Which, became…

5.16 leaf jewelry

These! This is just a portion of the pieces, but I am starting to slowly add the finished leaf rings and necklaces to my etsy shop.

necklace with clasp

They came out beautifully! I'm trying to slowly add these new pieces (rings and necklaces) to my shop robayre.etsy.com

Speaking of green, tomorrow (Sunday, May 18th) I will be at Blumen Gardens selling my items alongside friends Ann (of A Beautiful Party) , and Michaela (of Naturally Mod). Some of these rings and necklaces will be available there too!

New Stationery and a Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you are celebrating with lots of love, hugs and candy.

self mailing stationery by robayre

I just added this new self mailer stationery to my etsy shop. The outside is a reproduction of an original art print I made with my gelli arts plate. I added some lighter areas for addressing and stamp placement.

self mailing stationery by robayre

The inside is lined, has a self sealing adhesive and is perforated (with my sewing machine) so that the recipient can open it.

Since it is a Friday and I’m off work and since it is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d like to celebrate by offering a set (2 in a set) of these mailers in a giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post or the post on instagram (or leave comments at both locations for an extra chance) and one lucky person will be chosen randomly next Friday.

So, did you get or send any valentine’s this year? I just went out to the mailbox and found a valentine from my 3 year old nephew, so cute!