Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cards and more

This post is a long overdue one.

The 9yrold loves to create stuff. Sometimes he does it by himself in a creative spurt, and sometimes it is brought on by me.

In March, during their spring break, he had this brainwave to sell handmade cards. I sat down with him, and we drew, cut and pasted. I wanted to show him how we could up-cycle certain things available at home and create something useful out of it.

We made the card envelopes from the paper shopping bags  of most branded products. The cards were also made with existing bits and pieces of paper. Of course it was done in many sittings because his attention span and my back decided to play truant.

Once it was done, we had to decide on pricing. I was amused to hear him confidently declare to a potential customer, that his Minimum Retail Price was Rs. 15/-. He gave discounts to those who bought two or more and a special discount to his closest friend nearer home.

Thankfully the people who did buy were encouraging, and for quite some time, my son could be seen dreaming aloud about starting his own card business! He also has a backup plan. If the card business fails, he plans to sell my crocheted stuff.:))



Frolicking Fish
Frolicking Fish (his creation)

The bag envelope

A paper present

Flowers and colors






I love this very original creation :))

A card he made for me, 




Which ones did you like best? Do tell my budding childpreneur :)

14 comments:

~nm said...

They all are so awesome!! He has given me a good idea for what to do with Betu during holidays :)

Suma said...

~nm:: do it, the feeling of satisfaction is immense. this summer I'm planning to show him how to make gift bags out of kellog's cartons etc..let's see how that works out!

Sumana said...

Good one. I liked all of them but then orange bag envelope is exceptional.

Suma said...

Sumana: Thank you, I wish I could claim credit for the bright orange envelope, it was a pottery studio carry bag, bright orange and just perfect for making a card cover.

lakshmi said...

I would so buy all this budding artist's cards and then place an order for more if he is considering an online business option. And while I'm at it, I'd love his autograph before he is too famous to be accessible. :)
BTW-please post pics of your crochet work too.

Lakshmi

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Reflections said...

I love the flower cards, the ice-cream card, the bag envelope, the boat card, the robot card and the fish card.
Dear 9yr old, u make awesome stuff...I have 2 girls in my house, can u teach them to do this...whenever u have time ofcourse:-).

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