Invent-ery Shop

Invent-ery Update: 6/5/17

Remember last week when I posted that there was not a whole lot of progress in the shop? Well this week was very much the same. I actually took two days off by myself to celebrate my sister in law and get a little sleeping accomplished. I’ve been working pretty fiercely on end-of-year gifts for teachers – between therapists, teachers, assistants, and volunteers, my sons have eight teachers.

The Smiles for Miles t-shirt orders closed last night, but I haven’t placed the order yet, so if you’re kicking yourself for not getting an order in, shoot me an email at and I can maybe add one for you. They’re $20 in two styles, two colors each style. Sizes XS-3XL.

Beyond that, I ordered business cards! So when you order from us from here on out you can expect to get one of those with your order, which I find endlessly exciting. ūüôā

Keep your eyes out for more stuff we have in the works and we will post again next week!


Invent-ery Shop

This Week in the Shop 5/28/17: Introducing: The Invent-ery!

This week was not a huge week for production; Although we sold a few more jewelry kits, we spent most of the time planning, talking, and organizing. Unfortunately, this does not make for much of an interesting read, so I am going to just take a moment to give you a peek into something we are working on and also tell you that we named our shop!

Back story: When Ian was creating a¬†work area for his thesis machine, we were talking with Verity, who was 8 at the time, about something she was reading. She read¬†the word “inventory,” but pronounced it “invent-ery.” We fell in love with the new word she had inadvertently invented.¬†Like Hogwarts’ Owlery is where Hedwig chills out with her friends and a nursery is where you grow plants or children (or both?), the invent-ery is where creativity blooms.


CNC Close-up
The CNC in action

As Ian switches from graduate school to working life and we get into a routine, we will be updating with more of our designs and projects and showing you what’s going on.

There is one week left to order a Smiles for Miles t-shirt from CustomInk. We need to sell one more to print, so hope on over and get one. They cost $20. Money earned from all sales (of T-shirts and our creations) go to help us make ends meet while I can’t work a traditional job and we have heaps of student debt to repay and all these mouths to feed…

Coming up: pictures of some pre-ordered stuff we are hoping to finish up over the next couple of weeks and hopefully starting some work on stuff we have come up with. We will see how we fit it in alongside Ian’s work schedule.

A little preview of a stool we are making…

Please feel free to follow us on Facebook or email us with any special requests. We have a lot on the docket and are excited to get to it, but we want to hear from you as well!

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This Week (plus a little) in the Shop 5/23/17

This was an extraordinarily busy week, with gearing up for my husband Ian’s graduation, which was yesterday, and a weekend full of sleepovers and birthday parties. Ian’s parents and sister stayed with us for the weekend, which was delightful. Despite the busy time, we did manage to get a few things done and out.

Together with my daughter we assembled a bead kit for her friend, whose “garden tea party birthday” she attended on Saturday. The twins also had a birthday party, which was school bus themed (it was fantastic – the kids took a bus to the local playground and they were over the moon about it.)¬†

For the birthday boy we made a set of cars along with his own special bus.

We would be happy to make a car or set of cars for you, too! There are some customization options, so feel free to reach out and let us know what you’d like. $6 per car, or a set of 5 for $25. Shipping is $5, flat rate. Our original sets from a couple Christmases ago look like this:

Also, I’ve created a limited-edition t-shirt through CustomInk. ¬†Orders can be placed until June 4. ¬†Shirts are $20. The shirts feature our new logo, which was designed by the lovely and talented Erin Morrigan.

Thanks so much for reading. Follow the blog or the Facebook page to be notified when we update with new posts.

Coming up: Ian has graduated! I am full of ideas and I’m not yet sure which one to embark on first. Watch this space!

Email us with special requests, if you are so inclined. We will provide a free quote.
Now, a bonus: graduation pics.

Miles in his raincoat and wheelchair. He was so happy getting wet.
Ian and his super-proud parents
James Bundy, Ian, Ben Sammler

Have a great week!

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This Week In the Shop 5/14/17

It was a busy week, with getting out a few bead orders and making a newly-designed sign for Ryla’s birthday party. ¬†The party was a lot of fun. Miles enjoyed digging himself a hole in the toy cabinet and playing in there. Verity discovered a little kitten she fell in love with and Duncan just zoomed around making friends (and possibly a few enemies, because he’s 3 and he wants what he wants when he wants it).


The birthday party was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed. So we made this sign for the birthday girl:
Someday I will get better at taking pictures of our work. But this one is better than the one I took on my messy crafting table, haha.

The sign is made of plywood, cut out on a CNC router and hand painted. The finish is polycrylic. I tried using a new kind of black paint/marker/pen and encountered some drying problems, but overall I like how it came out. ¬†Contact us if you’d like us to design a sign for your little one… or your big one, for that matter.

This week was also the week we sold two bead kits! Every little bit helps! The bead kits come with 50 handmade paper beads and some jewelry hardware. You can special request a color temperature or follow us on Facebook, where I will post specific sets for sale. Here are the two hardware choices for kits. They make great gifts for birthday parties, especially for “tweens.” (Do we still call them that?)

Kits are $18, shipped domestically.  Arrange a local pick up/delivery and save $3.

Thanks so much for reading. Follow the blog or the Facebook page to be notified when we update with new posts.

Coming up: handmade wooden cars. Hopefully I will have some to show you next week. I’m also hoping to have some t-shirts up for pre-order, so keep an eye out.

Email us with special requests, if you are so inclined. We will provide a free quote.