Thursday, September 5, 2013

soda can flowers, procrastination, and a giveaway

So I opened an etsy shop. Not because I plan on quitting my day job, or because I have some amazing talent, or even because I've always had a dream of selling my wares. Although I did enjoy just using that phrase in a sentence.

I did it so that people would stop bugging me. Golly that sounds rude.


Awhile back, I toyed around with cutting up a few soda cans and making them into a flower. Yes, watching a movie without working on something is a foreign concept. It turned out kinda cool so I stuck it on my work hat. Not a day has gone by in the past two years without at least 3 customers asking if I sell them.

"Nope," I'd reply, followed by the {internal} follow-up of "why would I?".

Because to sell something would mean that it's WORTH BUYING, and this was just fun. Fun for birthday gifts. Fun to stick on a purse. Just FUN.



Then the girls at Roger's restaurant caught a glimpse of them and wanted some. And then their customers wanted some. Luckily my husband didn't mind becoming my dealer. Taking orders. Handing out my email. Bringing home money {what?!}. The whole "what do you have made up right now?" got old quickly, and I realized that a shop would actually save time. List what I've got, so even if people don't actually buy them on Etsy, they can order flowers that I've already got finished and ready to go. That's pretty cool, right? Even if I still think the whole thing is silly.


The Recycle Pin on etsy

In celebration of school starting and the kids going to bed at relatively decent bedtimes again, one of these sassy metal petals is going to be sent to one of YOU. Just because you're awesome.




Check out what's available and then come back here to leave a comment with your favorite. From there random.org will pick a number and thus a winner. This is so high tech. Leave your email address if it isn't linked to your profile and oh yeah - we'll have to end it at some point, right? Let's say 9pm Sunday night.

Unless I forget. Then it'll be Monday morning.

Whatevs.

Happy Weekend.


42 comments:

  1. Oh my .... these flowers are so cute! And since I live in Tucson, the two "Arizona" flowers are my favs!
    Judy
    stilesjk77@yahoo.com

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  2. Oh, I love these! Thanks for the opportunity to win one.
    Srayanne@aol.com

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  3. YAY!! I'm so glad you opened a shop! You are so talented! My favorite is the Coke one!

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  4. Congratulations on your shop - I hope you do very well!
    My favorite is the grape Sunburst one! So nice of you to offer a give away!

    (badeesep at gmail dot com)

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  5. The Dr Pepper one would make a great gift for my Dr P sister. She's nuts about it! Fun concept; thanks for sharing.

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  6. I like the purple Sunkist grape one. You are so creative!

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  7. I love everything about this. I love your shop name, that your doing this, that they are super awesome looking. My favorite is either the silver monster or the jones berry lemonade. Congrats on your shop!

    Korfors@gmail.com

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  8. Those are so fun! I love the yoohoo one, my kids' school colors, go team and all!

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    1. Kirstin - you're the winner. Email me your info so I can stick it in the mail :) olderandwisor@gmail.com

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  9. What a wonderful idea. They look cool. Anneke.
    www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  10. I think they are really cute. I love how the different can's give a total different look. Reminds me of the holiday ornaments my aunt used to make. Keep on snipping!

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  11. These flowers are really cool! I can totally understand your how you feel about selling; my family always tells me I should sell the things I make and in my head I'm saying, "Really, sell? Who would buy these, especially if anyone can make them." But you are now my new inspiration (hehe) I think I'm going to give selling a try - wish me luck. BTW I like the Star ones the best. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. I hear you, girl! ANYBODY could make these. I have been scolded that not everyone in the world likes/wants/has time to DIY stuff and they'd rather just buy it already done for them. Who knew?? :)

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  12. So cute! I love the Pink RockStar one.
    polsenster@gmail.com

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  13. Love the Dr. Pepper Cherry one, so cute! Thanks for the chance.
    Cecelia

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  14. Very creative!! My fave is the dr pepper cherry. Thanks! Busyranch@gmail

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  15. Good luck on your shop! SO CUTE! All of them. Put them up on Kollabora too! http://www.kollabora.com
    Ooo, Craftsy too!

    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com

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  16. I love them all! Send what you dont want :)

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  17. All of them are spectacular but I love the pink arizonia tea one! Gordongals2@yahoo.com

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  18. All of them are FABULOUS!! The in-laws live in Dallas/Ft. Worth-live for the Cowboys-the niece would think she has the greatest aunt EVER if she got the Rock Star blue and silver flower. minerleague@ktis.net

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  19. oh.my.gosh. again with the talent. these are super cute and soon you will be rich. yay!!!! i'm a dr pepper girl so i gotta go with that...this takes cute to a whole new level!

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  20. Love them all! You are so creative!

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  21. They're all neat! I think my favorite is the Sunkist Grape one.

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  22. Red Dr. Pepper baby. And I've learned that anybody can do anything, but they DON'T, so I let them pay me to do it. You know, like make soap and paint dressers. You cut cans I slop paint. We'll be rich one day. :)

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  23. Love the Yahoo one!! These are adorable!!

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  24. They are all so cute! Fun flowers!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Dawn
    dmg314 on IG

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  25. Awesome pins! The Dr Pepper one is my favorite!
    graciezgrotto@gmail.com.

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  26. The Sprite is my favorite. You are so creative!!!

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  27. The Jones Soda flower is my favorite, I love the colors!

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  28. Love the Jones Soda flower too!

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  29. How cute are these? I'm late seeing this, so I know I'm out of the loop to have won it in fact I see there is a winner already. Isn't it fun to be making some money from something you enjoyed making, especially when it's from trash? Very cool!

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  30. On a side note, they have also recently launched Her Flowers, another florist with a different concept, whose blooms do not disappoint as well.
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