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Gutermann Glue Update

Bureaucracy at its best! I’ve been in discussions and has been completely stressed out over this whole situation for the last 10 months! Due to bureaucratic and legal issues, Gutermann changed their adhesive formula to a water-based versus the original solvent-based adhesive. The new formula is opaque like Elmer’s glue. It comes in a smaller tube and is more expensive than the original glue. After months of experiments and gathering reviews, the new Gutermann failed to meet our expectations. In short, the bond of the new Gutermann glue is not strong and there’s been enough non-favorable reviews oversea that my Gutermann rep won’t make it available to me. Luckily, I’m able to get a replacement that’s almost identical to the original Gutermann glue. My Gutermann rep is recommending Hemline glue for pursemaking. He said it’s identical to the original Gutermann HT2 glue. Hemline is very popular and has been selling well in the UK crafting circle. I’m not sure how the glue is identical, because it can’t be, but the Instructions pamphlets for Gutermann and Hemline are identical (except for name change and duration of setting time), which I find it rather strange. And maybe that’s where the “legal” issue of these glue stem from?? Anyway, I don’t know the full story and Gutermann won’t share any more than what’s being published.

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Here’s my review on the Hemline glue. I don’t think the original Gutermann HT2 and Hemline are identical, besides the same instruction of usage, because the Hemline glue is actually better. What??? Yep, much better I said! There’s no smell to the Hemline…yayyyyy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The setting time is at least 3X as long but the bond is MUCH STRONGER. REMEMBER to adjust your routine and give adequate time for the glue to set and you’ll find that it works better than the Gutermann HT2. longer setting time copy 4

 

The included 3 plastic application tips allow you to cut the opening as wide, narrow, or slanted to your preference. The drawback to that is that you’ll have to remove the application tip in order to cap the tube. Major complaint with that is losing valuable glue that’s left in the application tip. My advice is to puncture and make a wide hole at the tube opening so that unused glue in the plastic tip can flow back into the tube more easily. Be careful not to cut the applicator tip too wide or large.

Hemline wide opening Make wide opening/hole at tube.

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Cut a small opening that is about the same size as the original Gutermann HT2 glue metal tip for ease of use.

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After removing the plastic tip, you can wash the tip clean with water. I use a toothpick to pick and scrape clean the inside of the tip. Lastly, I find the elasticity of the Hemline not as stringy and easier to work with than the Gutermann. In all, I like the Hemline better after thorough experiments with both glue.

Give Hemline glue a try! I welcome any feedback or questions. Please feel free to contact me directly at clutchframes@whilebabynaps.com

Kindly,

Thy

August 31, 2016 Posted by | Helpful Tips, SALES and PROMOTIONS, WhileBabyNaps General Updates | 4 Comments

April showers bring May flowers.

The lovely flowers embarrass me,
They make me regret I am not a bee –
~Emily Dickinson, 1864

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They’re as beautiful as they come,
Pick one up at whilebabynaps.etsy.com  –
~Thy Khuong, 2016

 

May 10, 2016 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Objects of Affection: Valentine’s Day Fine Purse Frames + FREE SHIPPING

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Hurry in!!! From 2/10 to 2/14 midnight EST, there will be FREE SHIPPING for DOMESTIC orders over $45 (combined with frames or not, glue shipping fee is charged as listed). Glue orders are NOT included in this sale.

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Here are the Legal terms:

*Sale valid from February 10, 2016 – February 14, 2016 midnight EST.

*Sale only for DOMESTIC orders of over $45

*Glue is not included, therefore, shipping fee for glue will be charged as listed.

*No extensions of this Valentine’s Day sale will be made for payments/orders received after the closing deadline of February 14, 2016 midnight EST.  Please get your orders in!

*Good until inventory runs out!  First come, first served.  If I run out prior to the end of the sale, you will be contacted and you can keep your order with the rain-check (see below) until a new production is done, or you can cancel the order.

*This sale is not retroactive on any previous sales or for any pending orders.

*You DO NOT need to enter a code or do anything at check out during February 10, 2016 – February 14, 2016 midnight EST. Listed shop items over $45 will have FREE SHIPPING for US customers only. The remaining shipping fee will be FULLY REFUNDED (except glue) by me at time of shipping.

*Due to the anticipated high number of orders in, please allow for up to 5 business days M-F for your items to be packaged and shipped. I normally ship 99% of items within 24 hours, but due to historical high demand during the sale, please allow me extra time to do final inspections, package, and ship your order.  If for some reason that it takes longer than that, I will let you know.  All orders will have the 30-days money back, full refund (minus shipping it back to me) for metal purse frames and chains if you are not happy or just changed your mind. Please note that items must be unused and in same new condition as was shipped to you.

*For Custom Listings, just contact me at the shop or clutchframes@whilebabynaps.com and a custom listing will be done for you.

I “heart” you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kindly…Thy

February 9, 2016 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | Leave a comment

Chocolate or Flowers?

Would it be a box of chocolate truffles or a bouquet of flowers? Either one would be just as nice and sweet. I, however, normally get a nice dinner and a homemade card. This year will be different and extra special! This Valentine’s Day I’ll get a FREE day to do whatever and whenever I want. A whole day to myself, for myself, my alone time?! I’m not sure what to do at this moment except maybe lounge around in pj all day eating chocolate truffles, and take some time to smell the flowers lol.

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How about you? Will you have a day free of responsibilities and worries? Well, I’d like to give you one less thing to worry about for a couple of days. From 2/10 to 2/14 midnight EST, there will be FREE SHIPPING for DOMESTIC orders over $45 (combined with frames or not, glue shipping fee is charged as listed). Glue orders are NOT included in this sale.

Here are the Legal terms:

*Sale valid from February 10, 2016 – February 14, 2016 midnight EST.

*Sale only for DOMESTIC orders of over $45

*Glue is not included, therefore, shipping fee for glue will be charged as listed.

*No extensions of this Valentine’s Day sale will be made for payments/orders received after the closing deadline of February 14, 2016 midnight EST.  Please get your orders in!

*Good until inventory runs out!  First come, first served.  If I run out prior to the end of the sale, you will be contacted and you can keep your order with the rain-check (see below) until a new production is done, or you can cancel the order.

*This sale is not retroactive on any previous sales or for any pending orders.

*You DO NOT need to enter a code or do anything at check out during February 10, 2016 – February 14, 2016 midnight EST. Listed shop items over $45 will have FREE SHIPPING for US customers only. The remaining shipping fee will be FULLY REFUNDED (except glue) by me at time of shipping.

*Due to the anticipated high number of orders in, please allow for up to 5 business days M-F for your items to be packaged and shipped. I normally ship 99% of items within 24 hours, but due to historical high demand during the sale, please allow me extra time to do final inspections, package, and ship your order.  If for some reason that it takes longer than that, I will let you know.  All orders will have the 30-days money back, full refund (minus shipping it back to me) for metal purse frames and chains if you are not happy or just changed your mind. Please note that items must be unused and in same new condition as was shipped to you.

*For Custom Listings, just contact me at the shop or clutchframes@whilebabynaps.com and a custom listing will be done for you.

I truly appreciate your continued support of my home-based business. I “heart” you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Warmly…Thy

 

 

February 7, 2016 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | Leave a comment

So Excited For These Duskcoat Gunmetal (TM) of a Finish!!!!!

Are you ready? I love, love, love, LOVE them!!! Did I mention I love them?! Duskcoat Gunmetal(TM) has got to be my favorite finish! Hints of iridescent purples and greens, a rich and deep charcoal that’s both mysterious and exotic. Now even better with LOOPS for its matching purse chains. Yep, you heard it right….loops AND matching chains!

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You can find 8×3 Duskcoat Gunmetal(TM) frames here https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhileBabyNaps?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

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Matching chains https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhileBabyNaps?section_id=7346693&ref=shopsection_leftnav_10

Warmly,

Thy

January 14, 2016 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS, WhileBabyNaps General Updates | Leave a comment

2016 will be Golden!

Thank you for your loyalty and continued support of my home-based business. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and now is ready for the many wonderful things to come in the New Year. 2016 will be golden, GoldenLock(TM) that is. After many requests for long, crossbody, shoulder length gold chains, I’m now able to offer the new 47″ GoldenLock(TM) purse chains. This will give your bag or clutch the popular and standard shoulder drop of 23″. I’ve listened to your feedback for a sturdier long chain so this has bigger links and bigger lobster claws. It’s a beauty!

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Where’s the gold rush you asked? Please head on over here https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhileBabyNaps?section_id=7346693&ref=shopsection_leftnav_10

Warmly,

Thy K

January 8, 2016 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | 2 Comments

Trick or treat

Dress warm and remember to accessorize. Have a ghoulish and happy Halloween!!

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October 31, 2015 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | 4 Comments

SUMMER BREAK ANNOUCEMENT

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Please have your orders in by Thursday 7/30 for last day of shipping on Friday 7/31. There will be NO SHIPPING from Monday 8/3 to Friday 8/14. Shipping will resume on Monday 8/17/15. Shop is going to remain OPEN to accept all orders/purchases, custom listing requests and inquiries during this time. Thank you for your understanding, patience and loyalty.

July 24, 2015 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | Leave a comment

Sad start to Summer

I hope you all are doing well busy with summer holidays and bustling with activity!  Is it just me or is summer as a grown-up is just not the same as it was as a kid?  So much responsibility and if you have kids, it’s all about them, isn’t it?  Thank GOD for teachers!  It’s this time of the year when you whole-heartedly know that they are underpaid.

With end-of-school events and activities, I have been the busiest I’ve ever been.  Living an expat life means you get to meet amazing people and develop these friendships that are temporary by nature of the situation we are all in.  There have been many goodbye parties and many hopes that I will see these wonderful friends whom I’ve met.  My family and I are still in Viet Nam for perhaps another nine months or so.  Our path ahead is unclear.  On top of that, I’ve been sick.  I don’t know if it was by some Grand Design, but I got dengue fever therefore missing out most of the tearful goodbyes.  It felt like I had the flu for 4 weeks, but with worse headaches and body aches!  The flu would have been a walk in the park.

Then my paternal Grandmother just passed away this week.  No, this is not the maternal Grandmother who raised me and whom I visit weekly and whom I blog about.  My paternal Gram, “Ba Noi”, lived in Da Nang and we visited her twice a year.  Nonetheless, in the short time that we’ve been here and the times my kids got to spend with their Great Gram of Da Nang, she really enjoyed them and they loved her.  They were quite sad to hear she had passed but I had prepped them in the previous visit regarding her condition.  They handled it quite well.  My son Ethan summed it up best, “Well, at least she had a long great life”.

So this afternoon, I will board the plane to attend the funeral for her.  But I will go knowing what Ethan had told me.  I will be with a lot of family, many aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins and nieces and nephews.  So I’m okay.  The beach will have to wait for another time.  And I will be back to blog about clutches soon enough. 🙂

In tribute, here are some pictures of her.  RIP Ba Noi.

Ethan has an amazing love and connection with older people.

Ethan has an amazing love and connection with older people.  Here he is communicating with his Great-Gram.  He doesn’t speak Vietnamese and she doesn’t speak English.  It works somehow.

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Since I’m always the one with the camera, I wasn’t able to take a great pic. But this captured the love just as much. Here she is kissing my hand.

From April, 2012.  Hayley, Noah, Great-Gram Khuong, Ethan.

From April, 2012. Hayley, Noah, Great-Gram Khuong, Ethan.

Hope you and yours have a great weekend.

xo Winn

June 28, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Free* pattern: The Slim Clutch(TM)

*This template is free to all previous PDF purchasers.  Just use the same password given to you when you ordered it initially to access it and download.  If you have questions, please contact us at our Etsy shop through your order (which helps us verify that you’ve purchased it previously) and we’ll send you your password.

As mentioned before, I’ve been working on some new designs using the same basic Clutch Instructions PDF tutorial.  Without having to tweak it too much so that it required a brand-new tutorial, I made up a new clutch that can be worn as a cross-body clutch (look, Ma, no hands!) or a wristlet.  With the great expat community that I am currently living in, I’ve formed some amazing friendships and we tend to go out a lot living in this great city.  The City life is quite different from the Suburban life.  Both great, but just different!  With all the restaurants and bars that we frequent, I needed a slim profile clutch to carry my essentials:  my phone and my Samsung camera phone.  Why two phones?  I haven’t had time to move all my contacts over to the Samsung and with my terrible telephone carrier, my friends sometimes get some texts and sometimes they don’t.  Mama needs a back-up!

So here’s the fabric that started it all.

blue sequins skirt

Not to be used as a skirt if you are over the age of 30 IMO. It’s the size of a Band-Aid, for Goodness Sakes!

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But I immediately saw its true self as a clutch!

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This is the only time you can look up my skirt!🙂 Just kidding … I am showing you the lining that I used inside the clutch. It came with the skirt! How handy.

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At my place of work, there is always a glass of wine involved.🙂

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I had to do some cutting and that meant murder to the poor sequins! It was a crime scene.

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The looks on their faces. They knew I had to cut them off!🙂

The above pic is so adorable.  Oh, it’s the little things that bring a smile to me!  So I was sewing and made an error (as we all do) and had to take the stitches back out.  When I did that, look at what was staring back at me?  I found this to be quite funny!  And I found that I am in need of a manicure …

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OFF with their heads! Much cleaner.

And yada, yada, yada … (name that show), look what I’ve got!

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Voila!  My new wristlet using only one loop with the 15″ nickel-free chain.  You can make a smaller loop by hooking up the links with the lobster claw.

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Much cuter like this, don’t you think?🙂

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There is no bulk!

Here’s the clutch in other fabrics.  Hover over the photos to see the captions describing it or click and see the gallery.

Here’s how to make it:

6x3 Slim Clutch

Download the new template using your password.

The Slim Clutch

Since this is designed to be slimming on the body, skip pages 12-14 in the tutorial. You do not need to square off the corners.

You will notice in the above picture that I did not use fusible fleece for the outer fabric.  Fusible interface was used for the inner fabric only to give it some body and heft.  For the outer fabric, since I wanted it to maintain its flat slimming profile, I used Pellon’s 809 Decor Bond.  Using fusible fleece for both would have made this clutch a little bit more bulky and fluffy, which for its design and function, I did not want.

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Tuck in as usual.  Sew the clutch same as Pages 16-20.

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Sew across to close.

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Glue into your 6×3 inch metal purse frame.

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Take it to go!

May 17, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | 4 Comments

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