Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Art-o-mat pins complete just in time for a Coney Island visit

Sunday was my deadline. That's how I work. I give myself deadlines so things get done. My husband calls me "The Responsible Artist." I like this title.

My deadline of completing my pins to go in the Art-o-Mat machines (See earlier post) was eminent. I told myself Saturday night that I had to get up early and go for my run then get my pins boxed and ready to ship out.

7:45- I'm up!

8:00- Coffee down. No breakfast- it'll slosh around in my belly when I run which makes me not feel so good.

8:30- Out the door. Wow. It's pretty hot out here even for this Southen Belle.

10:00- I'm back. Jump in the shower.

10:30 Time to get busy...

I have all the pins made. The steps are on the blog from X-XX-XX. But that is only the beginning. Each Art-O-Mat needs to be a nice little package. That way when people purchase one they are happy with the whole experience.

A Tiffany & Co. bag with Tiffany pins ready for packing

1. I need to trim out all the wraps for the boxes. I chose to use the brown pasteboard boxes instead of white slick boxes. I want the purchaser to feel they are opening an old treasure they found in a circus travel chest. My design for the wrap is circus tent stripes but instead of the typical red and white I've used shades of purple. The type is done in my favorite face- ROSEWOOD.

Wraps ready for the trimming

2. The boxes must be folded first so that I can wrap the stickers around.

3. The labels must be adhered to the boxes. So I make myself a little spray booth out of an old box. I probably shouldn't be spraying this adhesive in the apartment but- oh well! I'll just hold my breath and hope the puppies don't breathe in too much.

Paste board boxes ready to fold
Folded and ready to wrap!

4. I have decided to attach each pin to a nice piece of tulle. Not the old yucky stiff stuff but some nice soft tulle. Using my black and lavender color scheme. This will help pad the box as well as adding another layer of PRETTY. Also in each box I add my business card to lure people to my blog and ETSY store.

Layers of pins and tulle

5. After closing each and every lid one last step is to wrap the box in clear cellophane.  This aids in the dispensing of the box of treasure.
Small wall of Art-O-Mat boxes

6. Last I pack it all up to ship off to AIC World Headquarters in Winston-Salem.

Bye Bye!

From there the pieces will be sent out to Art-O-Mat machines across the country. I'll post on here when I hear where they are so that you can go get a little treasure for yourself!

1:40- Gotta take out the pups. Pack my cooler. Grab my parasol, camera, 100SPF, beach towel and subway card. Time to hit the tracks!

Elvira and her teeth

Monster looking for rats at the park

2:40- I've found the perfect spot. I get off at the NY Aquarium one stop before Coney Island Stillwell Ave. and find a place there. It seems just a smidge less crowded than right in the middle of it all. It still has a nice view of the Parachute Jump.

Beach photo with Diana camera

Me at Coney taken with Lee's (my husband) Holga camera
Swimsuit: Betsey Johnson, vintage glasses:Kill Devil Hill in Brooklyn

5:30- Well it's either hit the Freak Bar, Ruby's or take a few pics. I think I'll opt for the pics today. I wander through Luna Park with my Diana Camera ready to go. I take a few photos of some kiddie rides. Who knows- they could show up in paintings later!

Here a few pics taken...
This guy told me that I have a lot of tattoos. I think he'd give me a run for my money.

6:00- Time to head on back. Today was a good day.

On a side note- My jewelry has gone international. I sent a pair of earrings out to the UK! Woo hoo!


  1. I love seeing how carefully you package your pins - I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for the Art-O-Mat!

  2. love the timeline and all the great photos! will definitely be on the look-out for art-o-mat pins!