As I mentioned back in January, one of my goals for the year was to get a second laser. In February I went and saw one in person and placed my order. I patiently waited for a month for the new machine to arrive. And boy was it worth the wait!
This new machine is twice as big and twice as powerful as my old machine! In fact, the old machine will fit inside the new one!
I haven't had a chance to do anything new with the new machine, but I've been able to complete orders more quickly. I just finished an order of 200 wedding invitations and it was nice to have one machine solely dedicated to those invitations and I could still work on other orders with the small machine.
Eventually I'm hoping to make larger pieces and the new machine will cut thicker pieces as well, so I'll be experimenting with that too. I've uploaded a quick video I took with my cell phone. I apologize it's not the greatest, but it will give you an idea of how the machines run.
I can't tell you how happy it makes me when a customer sends me photos of the items they bought and what they use them for. And I got a lot of comments that you guys liked seeing the Squatch button and the fun bag it was used on. So today I thought I'd share a few recent photos I received from some other buyers.
Wedding photos are always fun to see. From seeing the grooms in my cuff links to the bridal party doing a toast with their personalized glasses. This photo includes 3 of my items. I made the tiny wooden tags for all the favor bags, the wooden card asking guests to sign the guest book and the guest book as well. It was so fun to see all of these items together at the wedding. I also made this couple some really cute anchor shaped cupcake toppers that I'm hoping to receive a photo of after they have their reception.
Another custom wedding request was for some little wooden boxes. This was for a very small wedding and each guest got a little box with their initial engraved on it. I really wish I would have taken some pictures before I shipped them out, but I love how the couple decorated these even more with the beautiful bows. It really takes the display and gift giving up a notch.
This last photo is just adorable! The buyer purchased buttons that said PUG LOVE. And you can see a tiny little button on the guy on the right's scarf. How cute!! And the buyer just ordered some PUG LIFE and PUG CHAT buttons this week as well.
Do you enjoy seeing photos of your work from buyers? Feel free to share a link if you've blogged about them :)
I recently had a fun request for some custom buttons. The buyer told me that they were doing a "sheep breed study" and wanted 12 buttons all with a different sheep breed and a little picture of a sheep engraved on the buttons. While I wasn't entire sure what the buttons were for, I was happy to make such cute little buttons :)
About a week after I shipped the buttons, I woke up to several emails from other customers wanting the same buttons! The buyer had posted a picture of her buttons on her Raverly group's page. The group is doing a year-long study on different fibers from the different sheep breeds! (okay, now it made sense.)
That one purchase turned into 6 more purchases! It's amazing the power one buyer can have. And while I'm the first to say that you don't need to participate in every social media out there. This does prove the power of social media as well.
What's even more fun, one buyer requested an extra button for a custom bag she was working on. She said it was for a spin along and the colors of the bag represented the different layers of the forest. She had named her bag Squatch (short for sasquatch) and wanted a custom button to finish it off. How fun is this and her bag looks great with it!
As we all know, girls love diamonds! And what better month to celebrate them than April!
Who knew diamonds came in so many forms and styles. I went searching on Etsy and found beautiful, dream-worthy engagement rings, raw cut diamonds, metal shaped diamonds and even diamonds made of concrete! There is definitely something for everyone and every budget here. Enjoy :)
A friend of ours that Jesse works with just had baby goats! (Okay, HE didn't have the goats...lol) And I've been telling Jesse forever how cute they are and that we should get one. Even better that they're pigmy goats! So on Sunday we took a little cruise to his farm to check out the babies.
I still can't get over how cute these little guys are! Now if this was an infant child, I'd be adoring from afar (like, from the other side of the room). But when it comes to baby animals, I just can't get enough of them!
This little guy was so calm the entire time I held him...until I started to take his picture. This is what human babies do when I hold them too, which is why I keep my distance...lol. But this little guy's cry was even cute :)
This was quite a visit as there were many goats and even sheep too. There was only one of the larger goats that would let us pet him, but you know I was all over that too :)
And he had a baby calf too! I forget how little these guys are when they're being bottle fed. This one looked like a little deer due to its coloring.
The verdict is still out on whether we'll get to bring a baby home when it gets weened, but I sure did take a liking to the little black and white one :)