Last summer, I went to Central Market, a fabulous Austin institution. When I was there, I saw tiny little round tins of pure shea butter being sold for $4.95. We are talking 1/4 ounce tins. Highway robbery, I thought to myself.
Around that time I learned about this website called From Nature with Love, a wholesaler for quality beauty ingredients. So at some point in the following months, I decided that instead of giving out bookmarks, I would have a promo product that I would be interested in receiving. I would offer the public little tins of pure shea butter–which otherwise cost $4.95–with the cover of my new book on it.
Fast forward to March. Well, if I was going to have little tins of shea butter to give away at RT, I’d best get started. I ordered a gallon of organic shea butter, five hundred 1/4 oz slide top tins, and a box of high-gloss labels just the right size to go on top of those little tins.
And I got to work.
Here’s that one gallon container of organic shea butter.
With sterilized craft sticks, I filled the slide top tins.
Those went into the oven and came out clear and beautiful.
Of course I have labels ready for them. The top:
And here are some finished products.
If you click on the image to look at the larger picture, you’ll see that the tins are in little plastic sleeves. That was because when I was telling my friend my idea, she asked if I had any means to show that the product hadn’t been tampered with. So I bought shrink wraps for them! And I loved shrink wrapping, which basically involved me pointing my hair dryer at a tin in a plastic sleeve and presto, the plastic shrinks and wraps. It even comes with a perforated strip for easy opening. I’m telling you, these little tins are unbelievably cute.
And then, toward the end, I ran out of shrink wraps for a while. So I looked at the couple dozen or so tins that are left, and I suddenly realized, wait a minute. Of course I was being selfish. So I asked Meredith for a high-res image of the cover of her upcoming release–in one week!–and made some more labels.
(The label is off center for a reason. Properly centered, the E gets cut off by my printer.)
Unfortunately, the lovely deep purple did not get rendered very well. But still, I think these are pretty sweet, non?
Now that’s a collector’s item, if I’ve ever seen one, as there are only 36 of them in existence
So, you are shaking your head in disbelief. I know what you mean. 500 of them! I look back and shake my head too. What was I thinking? I’m surprised His Hawtness didn’t tell me I’d lost my marbles. Instead, awesome dude that he is, he rolled up his sleeves and helped. At one point, all the three men in the house were working on it–without me asking.
But yes, even so, there were some long hours when it was just me against the work. Thank goodness I’d found The Movie Preview Critic, who deconstructs previews, and sometimes entire movies–in audio. So while I was filling tins or wielding my hair dryer–which saw more action in the past couple of weeks than it had in the 15 preceding years–I was also going to a story and character workshop.
So it wasn’t too bad. And it could have been a lot worse. I could have done 1000 of them, like I originally envisioned! o_O
And thus ends this account of my crazy, which strikes rarely, but boy does it strike hard.
Also, if you are going to RT, keep your eyes peeled. I hear my publisher will be drop-shipping about 100 copies of HIS AT NIGHT directly from the printer, almost a month ahead of the street date.