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Make Your Own Cereal Post Cards

I noticed whilst perusing the stamp aisle at Hobby Lobby yesterday that they had a post card back stamp. You know, a stamp that says "address here," "place stamp here," and "write letter here."  

 About three years ago I searched all over the place for a similar stamp and NO ONE, but no one had anything like it. In fact, no one had even heard of such a thing - which I thought was just terribly wrong.  

About a year later I came across a scrap-booking stamp that mimicked a postcard back. I bought it and cut out almost all of the image, leaving only the barest dividing line, stamp box, etc.  

So, now I had a stamp.  But I soon realized that the water-based ink, even after it dried, ran if the postcards got wet. After a series of trial and error runs, I decided to use oil based inks instead. I rolled the stamp with my inky brayer and printed the postcard design onto the back of my cut-out cereal boxes. Voila! Cereal Postcards!  I was so proud of myself.  Most of my friends told me how cool the idea was, but when it came time to hand out the postcards, most people declined.  I was completely bummed.  I had spent so much time on this idea and its execution & now nobody wanted them.

What I came to understand later was that, keen as the idea was, nobody wrote letters anymore - not even short postcard blurbs. It's far too easy to just send out an email... and besides, with email you don't have to deal with postage.

Well, no more. From now on, the Cereal Post postcards at Defabricate will now include postage! That's right, if you don't feel like buying a $10 stamp, cutting up your own cereal boxes to postcard sizes and stamping your own postcards - you can just buy ours, pre-cut, pre-printed, and pre-stamped (as in postage).  Now all you have to do is jot a note and fill in the address.... and, maybe, if you don't feel like doing that, I'll include my never-fail script for writing postcards:
"Dear [name], 
I hope this finds you well. It's [fill in the weather conditions here] and it made me think of you and that time we [fill in event here]. I still have the [pictures, mug-shot, scars, night terrors]. Love to [fill in name of spouse, children, parents, dogs, cats, next door neighbor, etc].
All the Best, [your name]"

If you'd still rather make your own postcards, you'll need:

  • empty cereal boxes
  • metal ruler
  • pencil & eraser
  • scissors or utility knife
  • USPS postcard template
  • Postcard inking stamp
  • Ink pad 
First, make sure your box is empty. Next, pull apart all glued sections of the box, unfold and flatten.  You want to find the most interesting part of the box to use as your post card front. Once you identify this, measure and mark your 3.5" x 5" (min.) or 4.25" x 6" (max.) rectangle. Cut along the marked lines using your scissors or the metal ruler and utility knife. Once cut out, you can now stamp the back of your postcard, and aside from actually writing a note, adhering postage, and plopping it in the mail - you're done!  Congratulations!


Etsy Preview

Some of you may have realized that there are a few items already up at the etsy store (thanks for lookin'). We are diligently working on getting more stuff up, but if you'd like to take a gander at some of our early offerings, head on over to the Defabricate store.

Just to give you an idea of things to come, we are working on Gees Bend inspired folk art crib quilts as well as our smaller 30" square quilts (great for receiving blankets or chair throws, or even wall hangings). Also on the baby front are our soft knit baby hats for newborns to 6 months old.

Nicki will be making more of her popular felted bird ornaments this year, and Tracy's working on her hand-sewn, hand embroidered star ornaments.

And Cat lovers - we have little felt mousies! (pictures coming soon). Our cats can't get enough of 'em.


It's a Family Affair + Quilt Giveaway!

30" square receiving blanket

Both my Mother and Grandmother have hopped on the quilting band wagon. When they get together, the dining room table is transformed into a series of work stations for design, cutting, sewing, and quilting. They're so efficient that we wrangled them to help us with the new line of abstract/folk art quilts.  They've even taken it upon themselves to expand the line to include crib-sized quilts, so we will have not only receiving blankets, but also the larger crib-sized baby quilts available in the coming month! What powerhouses! {Thanks Mom! Thanks Grandma!}

We still have a few receiving blankets from last year & thought it might be nice to show our appreciation by giving the one pictured above away to a lucky follower. All of our blankets are made with 100% cotton tops and soft flannel backings. This one measures approx. 30 inches square and is machine washable (naturally). The giveaway will end Friday Oct. 8, when we will pick one lucky person at random.** All of this is building up to our Grand Re-Opening of our Etsy store, Oct. 1. So stay tuned, as we are working like busy little elves to get items up on the virtual shelves.  And hey, thanks again for following us. We think you're great.

To enter, fill out the following form. If you pass on the info, by tweeting, blogging, facebooking, etc. let us know in the form below, so you can have even more chances to win! And listen, all contact information is used solely for this giveaway. It will be deleted once the giveaway is over. Honest to Betsy. (we don't like skeezy mail of any kind, so there's no way we'd subject you to it - we like good karma, not bad).

** This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who participated!


This is Handmade

This is Brilliant. The folks over at This is Handmade have uploaded a series of videos showing how tedious handmade work really is... and why it costs more than those store bought items. (5 minutes is a LONG time!)


Quilt Sketches


Here are three (out of the million) ideas for baby/mini quilts that we are playing around with.  The quilts will be about 30" square. Great for receiving blankets, or to just hang on the wall. In the meantime, stay tuned for a baby quilt giveaway later this month!


Back from Hiatus

Sorry folks, we didn't mean to be gone for so long. We are gearing up for the 2010 holiday season - having planning meetings... making drawings, sketches, crazy note-filled pages - in general being good little worker bees.

We are slowly cranking the gears and lighting the gas lamps to get this Etsy machine running, but until the store's grand re-opening (on October 1st) - we'll be blogging and giving away samples of our new fare. So do stay tuned.

and thanks for visiting. I know it's been a while.
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