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Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports

This is the first of a series of articles highlighting Meyer Imports, a unique craft supplier, who generously supplied a handful of our reporters with some super cool products. Here’s a blurb about Meyer Imports in their own words:

Meyer Imports is a direct importer of very unique craft, art and hobby supplies from small European manufactures. We are a family-run company that works hard to seek out products from small boutique European companies, who create products you will not find in any other store. From Glitter Glass, to Cotton Mushroom, to a complete line of embellishments and paper arts, we are adding great new products and kits every month.

Having been in business for over 50 years, we have exclusive vintage inventory that dates back to the 1960’s, such as our small vintage embellishments and charms from German companies that are no longer even in business. Our goal is to offer the highest quality to crafters and artists who want supplies that are as unique as the items they design.


We here at Craft Critique were thrilled to try our hand at some fantastic products, so be on the look-out for several articles a day for the rest of the week, ending on Friday afternoon with a Meyer Import GIVEAWAY! You can comment on any of the articles to be entered (one comment per person, per article, please)

Without further ado, let’s see what Susie had to say…

Reported By Susie Ziegler

What fun to get a package of goodies from Meyer Imports! I received the take and make craft kit, vintage aviary postcards, vintage gnome themed silks, and a bunch of children themed stickers.

There is a bit of wayward glitter in my craft kit. That glitter is premium German Glass Glitter and it has superior sparkle and with more substantial texture than regular glitter. I didn’t use it in my projects, but I’m assured by the website that the lovely glitter adheres with ordinary glittering methods.


So cute! It’s all sort of begging to be put in a little shadow box or diorama. There is an assortment of miniature charms and flat backed plastic treasures. There are some especially adorable tiny mushrooms that are about the size of wire flower stamens.


I used
glass and bead glue to adhere some of the little flat backed charms to some flathead pins. These charms are very tiny, but have lovely detail and quality.

Slightly larger mushrooms are attached to a wire making them perfect for a little knob on this paper mache box. The moss provided in the craft kit is soft and supple, much nicer than the dry cracked stuff I found at my local craft store. The wee birdie is so precious. I’d like to order several more of those!


The children stickers are vintage images printed on modern sticker material. As is typical of vintage children images, the rosy-cheeked children look strangely grown up. The most puzzling is the little boy cheerfully serving a cooked lobster with an extremely unsafe looking knife in his belt. This image is one of my faves, so I made it into a simple little gift tag. Also pictured in this photo is a ladybug mini clothespin, and a little barrette made from some silk flowers with a teeny tiny mushroom from the kit growing out of the flower center.

Next I have these lovely Aviary Postcards. They really aren’t at all like postcards. They are playing card sized. These stand out in the set of papers and embellishments as actually having a vintage feel. Most of the items (apart from the resin miniatures) are vintage styled modern materials. These Aviary Postcards are misleadingly labeled in the sticker category but have no stickiness at all and are not “cards” but sturdier glossy paper. The images are lovely, slightly embossed, and very vintage.

I used these beautiful, colorful birds to make a set of pretty notecards with some paper I had on hand:

Finally, I got a full set of their gnome silks. These gnomes are adorably active in the woods. Each packet comes with two matching silks:


Again, these are not really vintage. These are vintage images printed not on silk, but on what feels like a modern polyester satin. The edges were raveling slightly, but I took care of that right away with a little trim and some fray check.

It’s okay with me that this is not really silk. I was relieved to be able to handle these just like my regular fabric. I stitched them up into some cute quilt blocks. I have enough here to make a nice doll or small baby quilt, but when I stitch up all twelve silks, I’ll have a full sofa quilt! The fabric pictured here is from a moda jelly roll pack. You can’t tell, but these quilt blocks measure about 11 inches by 12 inches.


Pros:
  • Adorable vintage style
  • High quality materials are easily use in many craft aplications. Each item that I handled was of a premium quality.
  • Prices are reasonable
  • Little miniatures are inspiring to have and make fun embellishments even if you aren’t into model making
Cons:
  • Labels and descriptions are a bit misleading. Fabric is not “silk” but silky. Some stickers and cards are neither stickers nor cards.
  • Website has some category issues. Mushrooms and Moss is empty, but I found mushroom and moss available on the site.
This assortment of items from Meyer Imports was inspiring to have. I’m making a little list in my head of things I want to order soon (wee birdies, mushrooms, flower stickers, that gorgeous glitter…).

Seriously, how can I resist?!

Be on the look-out for the next article in our series, and be sure to leave a comment to be entered in our giveaway. And go check out Meyer Imports and give them some love!
Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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60 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports

  1. Irene Lenihan April 8, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    All of the things you showed us were interesting but I really loved those bird cards and the children stickers. I think I could use them on some layouts with pictures I’ve taken of the spring flowers. And I would love to try distressing them.

  2. Christine April 8, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Those are some amazing and unique items. I would love to find new ways to use them in my projects since it’s a bit out of my spectrum.

  3. Avina April 8, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    I am drooling just looking at the photos! YUMMY!!!

  4. Christina April 8, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    The birdies are really cute!

  5. jill April 8, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I am a fan of the vintage look. I will be sur to check them out. Jill S

  6. C. Darwin April 8, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    I’m in love with those little birds and mushrooms…my head is swimming with gift ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Laura April 8, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    those bird cards are really neat… and with birds being so “in” right now, they are totally perfect for the papercraft world!

  8. CakeJunkie April 8, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Cute stuff. I love those little birds!

  9. Lavimom April 8, 2009 at 10:58 am #

    Very cute. The birds and the gnomes look like a lot of fun.

  10. Elaine A April 8, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    I’ve never heard of Meyer Imports before, but their products look wonderful. Think I’ll mozey on over and take a look.

    Elaine Allen

  11. java diva April 8, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Those are so cute!! I had a flashback seeing the cute deer and mushrooms. Wow. And those gnomes are so cute!

  12. Chrisi April 8, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    Ok vintage Gnomes? What’s not to love! COOL.

  13. Nancy April 8, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Wow–what unique items! They remind me of some of the postcards I found when going thru some old scrapbooks of my mom’s. Am going to check out their site now!

  14. Anonymous April 8, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Thanks so much for highlighting a fun and out of the norm, company. I personally adore the items you highlighted and would adore those wonderful bird images and the little glass guys are too fab for words!!!

    Elise

    bloomingwonder at yahoo dot com

  15. chinamomxtwo April 8, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    How unique! thanks for the ‘demo’!

  16. Rebecca April 8, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Ooh I love those little charms–especially the lady bug and mushroom!

  17. Karen April 8, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    These are cute! I loved the little bugs, creatures on the pins. I could use these on cards pinned through ribbon. Also loved the stickers. Love unique stuff.

  18. debd94 April 8, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Oh my gosh, I fell in love with the birds. Many of the bird themed products out now are too modern for me. I much prefer these vintage images.

  19. Donna April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    The quilt blocks and cards are lovely. I like the little mushroom on top of the box; it makes such a cute little handle. I’ll definitely be checking these out! Thanks!

  20. Cassi April 8, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Super fun products!

  21. Carole RB April 8, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    Hi Susie
    Really interesting items. I love the images. They are cute. I would sureley love to put my hands on this.

  22. Jen_in_Kansas April 8, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    I love the mushrooms and ladybugs. I’m heading over to their website…

  23. Chris S. April 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    These treasures really are a blast from the past. Love the vintage look. I can imagine valentines made with the children stickers and the note cards made with the birds are lovely.

  24. smartypants April 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh I’m totally intrigued to make something with those little minatures. The pin cushion idea is super cute.

  25. stinker April 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Aww, those little gnomes are too cute! Your quilt is going to be beautiful 🙂

    I am highly intrigued by all your goodies and will definitely check Meyer Imports out!

  26. Cheri Howard April 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    So cute! I love those vintage images!

  27. Dana April 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    How adorable! Thanks once again for bringing not only cool products but great companies too!

  28. lizacreates April 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    I was actually looking for a source for glass glitter. I’ve seen crafted items that used this and the quality and look were totally different than those of regular glitter you get at a crafts store. This was a timely piece. Thanks much!

  29. melita April 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    the amount of detail on these is amazing!

  30. Mimmers49 April 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Awe, the deer and shrooms are soo cute!

  31. Okispice April 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    You certainly got creative with the unusual collection of items.

  32. Jessica April 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    I went to their website and they have some adorable vintage crafty things that made me want to make a diorama!

  33. Parker and Emma's Mom April 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Great projects!

  34. Linda Deline April 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    The items here really look interesting. The birds are so cute as are the mushrooms. I’ll have to check out their website.

  35. DebbieD April 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    There were some really neat items here. I love the gnomes, they are just too cute!

  36. Elaine April 8, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    Those vintage looks are fabulous! What an array of unique items!

  37. rachaelwood April 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    those bird cards are awefully cute!

  38. Tamikko April 8, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    So adorable! Thanks so much for bringing this fabulous company to our attention. I love the gnomes! I have an old gnome book and they look very similar (which is how I think they should look). I can’t wait to try these out. The photos of the birds are spectacular.
    I’m off to check out their site now 🙂

  39. Kari C April 9, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    This goody kit is sooo cute-I love the mushrooms the most. I’m thinking I need to add mushrooms to my collection!

  40. Brenda April 9, 2009 at 2:08 am #

    I’m not familiar with Meyer Imports, but after reading your postings, I’m definitely going to check them out. Those little gnomes are too cute!

  41. Anonymous April 9, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    Wow, how imaginative! I have never heard of them, but will check them out. Love those little pins that you made!
    TFS!
    Diane Cooper
    diane7@rogers.com

  42. Anonymous April 9, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Love vintage & especially the gnomes!. Martha Bonneau did a layout of her gnome at 2peas years ago. I’ve been on a cross-country search for one like it ever since!
    Sue Feher

  43. Bree April 9, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Great article… thanks for sharing

  44. Regan April 9, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    Seriously, I am in LOOOOVE with these, so whimsical!!

    The cuteness is killing me

  45. Carolyn April 9, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Love the little mushrooms, and the gnomes and the birds and all the vintage stuff. So reminiscent of when I was growing up. thanks for reviewing this company I will definitely check it out.

    carolyn s
    ceashark at aol dot com

  46. rush8888 April 9, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    i love those bird cards….it is good that you showed them to us, otherwise, i don’t think they would have popped up on their own. you are correct…category/description issues. that in iteself is a turn-off.

  47. Jeana April 9, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    Thank you SO much for sharing your goodies! Oh, that look like such fun!!!!! I must take a lookie at the website. The things you made are adorable!

    Off to look! 🙂

  48. Alex April 9, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    WOW! I am so glad you have shared this vendor with us. I have NEVER heard of them and they truly have some unique items. With all the time I spend with miniatures and altered items in addition to scrapbooking I am very surprised they are new to me. Will be sharing them on some message boards for certain!

  49. Beate April 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Wow, I really love this kit! Everything is so unique and wonderful!

  50. Cassie April 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    I love those gnomes!! Love the vintage style!!

  51. Claude April 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    So vintage-y, adorable!

  52. Debbie April 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    I really loved the birds and children. Meyer Inports has some really intesting items.

    debbie peysen

  53. JessicaK April 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    OMG. I’ve got to get those gnomes. Growing up in Germany, those little guys were EVERYWHERE!

  54. NachoMomma April 10, 2009 at 2:02 am #

    the bird cards are my favorite!

  55. The Rambling Papercrafter April 10, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    This site looks like somewhere I could really get in trouble. I love all the little pieces and the glitter especially.

  56. Sewslo April 10, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    I love the little gnomes and woodland creatures, I have gnomes I have collected and keep a little grouping of them by my front door with their very own little door to go hide from time to time. Mary K

  57. Katherine April 10, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    So pretty and so interesting. I can’t wait to get some of those adorable minis and play!

  58. StampinCathy April 10, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    OMGosh!! I’m lovin everything. How inspiring to use some of these for altered items, cards, or even layouts. Thanks for a chance.

  59. Anna Banana April 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Thank you so much for the stick pin idea! I just started using those on my cards and I love the little figures on them!!

    The silk prints and everything else look amazing!
    Thanks for this review!!
    Anna Banana

  60. andrea April 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    i love the silk screened gnomes