Vintage Alice in Wonderland Pendant: Our First Etsy Sale!!

Our very first sale!

Our very first sale!

After a year of preparation and almost a month of being on the Etsy site, Rachel and I are proud to announce our very first Etsy sale!

It has been a year full of ups and downs and a tremendous amount of hard work!  I can tell you that each day that passed with no sales, after the store opened on July 4th, was a dagger to the heart.  It is so hard to keep faith and keep working when you aren’t seeing any results yet.  Not that we, for a moment, thought about giving up but who doesn’t love a little instant gratification!

We have achieved so many of our goals for the beginning of our company, so here’s to reaching one more, may this sale be the first of many!  And a huge thank you to all the people who believed in us and supported us along the way!  This first sale may be a little thing but here’s hoping it turns into something big!

The whole, first sale experience was super fun but my favorite part, other than getting paid, was preparing the item for shipping.  I’ve had my shipping supplies ready from day one and now I finally get to use it all!

We always want to add a little something extra to our orders as a thank you to the customer for shopping with us.  Our first customer will receive the sweet, little box below!

This adorable bird box will hold our first sale!

This adorable bird box will hold our first sale!

I used some yellow packing material to cushion the gift box and pendant in transit.

I love that it sort of looks like a nest!

I love that it sort of looks like a nest!

We sealed the box with our custom Funky Lollipop sticker and it is ready to go.

Lovely and all ready to go!

Lovely and all ready to go!

Now all I have to do is print a label and get a padded envelope from USPS and our first, little baby will be winging it’s way to it’s new home.  The grow up so fast, lol!

And in case you are interested in buying this adorable, vintage inspired pendant for yourself, we will have a new one on the site soon!  You can always convo us on Etsy and ask for it if you just can’t wait, but in the mean time here are some other little beauties that are on the site now or will be coming this week!  Check out our Etsy shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyLollipop

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Here’s another vintage Alice in Wonderland illustration featuring the white rabbit!

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I love this vintage, inspired cameo piece!

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These lovely earrings match the pendant we sold!

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Woodland creatures are so on trend right now and this fox is a beautiful example of why!

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Here’s another vintage children’s book illustration. I love the fairies, the cherry blossoms and this shade of blue!

Hey, I Like Your Face! The Look of Buttercup Starshine!

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For our latest Family Film Night, we showed the 2003 version of Peter Pan. I received the supreme honor of representing the real-life mascot of the movie, Peter’s right-hand-fairy Tinkerbell. In the end, I think my coworker and I settled on the name Buttercup Starshine, for my character. As I was getting ready for the night, I really was rather capricious in deciding exactly how my makeup should look. Should I draw Tinkerbell on my face like I did Ariel, for The Little Mermaid? Or should I just keep it pretty since I was the fairy? My brother’s answer essentially settled the matter, “Keep it pretty.” …but what kind of pretty? I started with green and gold on the lids, since my dress was green and brown. I imagined what kind of curly-q’s I would include around my eyes–long swirls extending from the corners of my eyes, traveling up towards my forehead and down along my cheeks in shades of turquoise, blue, brown, and purple. But as I readied the first color of liquid eyeliner, I scrapped the entire idea and washed it all off–including the foundation, which I rarely wear.

Coming back to my makeup counter, I searched my surroundings for a source of inspiration. What should I do? Well, thankfully for me, I did hit up Wal-Mart the day after Halloween, and I had a full container of sparkly pearlescent face-paint crayons…and the model on the package? She had some amazing wings on her face! Perfect!!!

(Please bear in mind, that by this time, I have no time, so I didn’t have the opportunity to take as many step-by-step photos as I would have liked.)

With my face clean and prepped with moisturizer, I applied the foundation that my out-of-state BFF bought for me several years ago, hahaha! What color was it? Super pale? Yeah, something like that. I spread the thick liquid across my face, remembering to spread it from the inside out–a tip given to me by my mother when she sold makeup in my childhood. No, my mother was not the Avon Lady, nor a pink Mary Kay representative; she sold Aloette, an awesome company that was around in the 1990’s. I also remembered to spread it down under my jaw line, so as not to have a visible foundation line.

Next step, rimming the inner lid-line with black kohl eyeliner, because I am stuck in the 90’s, hahaha! Then I prep my eyelids for shadow by applying a thin coat of eyeshadow pencil, with a gold color because I love my sparkly gold shadow, and I was going to use it as the base.

Next, using the picture on the face-paint package for guidance and inspiration, I outlined the wing pattern, free-hand, around my eyes, using a black liquid eyeliner.

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The next step was adding color. The face-paint included red, yellow, white, blue, and purple. I alternated using these colors to highlight and accentuate each curve and line along the edges of the wings. I filled in the rest using gold, green, and white eyeshadow.

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The final step for the makeup included adding the little attenae! I used the blue liquid eyeliner to make it pop and stand-out among all the other colors.

Closing my eyes and mouth tight, and holding my breath, I gave my face a quick spritz of hairspray–a technique I have used for many years–to help set the makeup to make it last for the next eight hours of hard work!

Once I had the hard labor over with–setting up the tables, decorating, and setting out the crafts and obstacle course, I got get into my actual costume. Upcycling a lovely necklace, I used it as a head adornment. I also wore my full-length peacock earrings that I made a few years back.

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Dress on and wings up, I was ready!!

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Overall, I think Buttercup Starshine was a Success!!!

P.S. I used my vintage 1980’s Hair Crimper to get that look!! Hahahaha!