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Flowers for you ladies … FREE and virtual!

I just cut 5 vases worth of rhododendrons, peonies, and lilac.  My neighbors got a vase each and I have 3 in my front entryway and kitchen and dining rooms.

If you guys were my neighbors … I’d run a vase over to you, too!  Just leave the vase on the front porch when they’re done!  🙂

Some things are well worth the wait, and flowers are one of them!  I know you all work very hard every day.  Many, many of you have 2 jobs:  your corporate or office  job (nursing, teaching, too!), and then your crafty side business(es).  I don’t know how you do it!  And you may be raising kids, too, just like me.  And I find that gardening has really been beneficial for my mental health!  It brings me such joy to get dirt under my nails and reap the bounty of beautiful flowers that I can cut and give to others.  It gets me out there in the fresh air and sun and takes my mind off everything else.

Waiting for them to bloom is not fun … quite anti-climatic for a while and then BOOM! (or BLOOM, rather) I get a bunch of gorgeous and fragrant flowers that all the neighbors appreciate.  What once was a strip of hard compacted soil, has yielded a profusion of color and fragrance!  All from my own two hands!

I wish you all could enjoy these.  So for my NJ customers who live near me, feel free to convo me through one of your past orders to come by and I’ll clip some peonies for you!  I have these beautiful gecko glasses that I bought in NYC Central Park 8 years ago from a street artist that I can put them in for you.  The gecko glasses are made from recycled Heineken beer bottles.  I can put 3 peonies in one.  It’s all free of charge so convo me and stop on by!  I’m close to Rt. 10, 280, 287, 24 …  Would love to meet you and send you on your way with some beautiful peonies.  (Kathleen, the grower that I bought these from charges $20 for 3 cut stems!  They’re worth it though …)

Take a look!

Vase #2

Vase #1

Left is vase #3

vase #3

Vase #4

I should have blooms for another 2 weeks or so.  Then my Asiatic lilies will begin to show.  I’ll be sure to post pics of those.

So thanks for your continued and repeat business.  I love looking at the order list and seeing very familiar names come up!  🙂  Best feeling in the world!

If you’re near me, convo me and trek over for some peonies as my thanks for your business.  If you’re not near me, I hope these virtual arrangements will do!

Enjoy your holiday weekend.  Gotta run outside on this bright and sunny Saturday to play with the kids.  🙂

~Winn

May 28, 2011 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , | 3 Comments

Literally stopping to smell the flowers!

Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Wherever you are, I hope you will take the long weekend to enjoy it with your loved ones.  Put your sewing, cutting, stitching, and gluing down and go out and have fun!  The mind needs a rest from the work and you’ll need to recharge to get your creativity juices back when you return!

I stopped to smell the flowers today.  Briefly, at lunchtime … but I stopped!  🙂

Here are some pics of my peonies that finally bloomed after 3 years of planting.  They are from a grower in Bernardsville, NJ who imported them in from China years ago.  She has the greatest variety of peonies in the US.  She’s an amazing grower and turned her acres into a peony garden.  Check her out at http://peonysenvy.com/.  Kathleen has been instrumental in teaching me about peonies.  She was gracious enough to let my 3 kids run around her massive garden and swing on the giant tire swing.

Her varieties are more expensive than your Home Depot brand and take 3 years to bloom.  But they require no work other than the initial amending of the soil when you first put them in.  At the end of the fall, I just snip the entire plant down to the last inch and watch them grow back the next year.  The best part?  They are deer resistant!  And I get deer all year round — they’ll come right up and to my front yard into my gardens!

My peonies last about 6 weeks, compared to other big box shop peonies that last only 2 weeks.  I get vases of fresh cut flowers for about 2 months!  YAY 🙂

So here are some pics to inspire you to get out and smell the flowers.  And yes, I’m pimping out Pax again in these pics.  He’s just too cute and is so photogenic!

This side is starting to bloom!

My rhododendrons made their mark this year! These were from CostCo 3 years ago!

Peonies, lilac, and marigolds!

Lilacs smell wonderful!

Right side showing some beautiful color!

Left side beds. I planted 23 herbaceous peonies, 120 Asiatic lilies, and 5 flats of marigolds!

Another shot of the front floral beds. Got the vase to cut some lilacs!


I only cut enough for my small vase from TJ Maxx! I like to leave as many blooms out as I can so that I don't completely denude my front gardens. I cut the older blooms first and fill it up as I go.

Two of my favorite Ps: Pax and Peonies!

Lilacs from my "rescued" lilac bush. It was on its deathbed 3 years ago, but has since recovered to give me fragrant blooms for several weeks! 🙂

Hope these flowers give you all inspiration for fabrics and designs for late spring and summer clutches!  Joann’s will have its GREAT sale so take a look at their fabrics this weekend and take advantage of their sales.  Don’t forget your coupon for 50% off one cut of fabric!

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Winn

May 27, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , | 11 Comments

NEW 8×3 nickel-free EleganceLock(TM) purse frame in Perfect Fit 6(TM)

Look what’s come in guys!  These will be listed tomorrow.

Oh, I just listed the 3×1.5 antique brass.  Sorry that took a couple days longer than planned.  I’ve been working on April’s accounting (ugh…) and just got done late Friday night.  I haven’t gotten as much time being a single mom and also having the house be in “show” condition as it’s on the market for rental or purchase.  Raising 3 kids and dog with a house on sale by myself is quite taxing!  On the positive side, once I hit the pillow, I’m out!  No need to have that glass of red wine … I don’t even have the energy to pour one!  🙂

Anywho, I had this frame with my popular Skinny Bride(TM) u-channel.  But after a lot of requests in the last 6 months for the EleganceLock without loops in the Perfect Fit 6(TM) u-channel, I redesigned it.

So for those who have used the purse frames with EleganceLock with loops, these are the same as those but without loops.

Many have sent emails on the pluses of this closure design, such as how the flattened closure design of the EleganceLock allows for older clients with arthritis, for example, an easier time to open the clutches!  I am so happy to hear that, as those of you who have been with me for these years will recall how I designed this with that in mind.  (I got my inspiration from Target’s redesign of all their pharmacy’s medicine/pill containers.)

Take a look!

8x3 nickel-free purse frame with EleganceLock(TM)

Made with my trademarked u-channel Perfect Fit 6(TM)!

No sibling rivalry here!

Hope your Sunday is great!  ~Winn

May 22, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Debuting NEW 3×1.5 antique brass purse frame!

I added a new finish to my “Little Guy” – a term I use for my cute 3×1.5 purse frame.

Just in:  3×1.5 antique brass purse frame.

How cute is this little one?

3x1.5 antique brass purse frame.

It has the same u-channel width and kisslock ball dimensions as the 3×1.5 nickel-free purse frame.

I got your back!

These will be listed for sale at my Etsy shop tomorrow.  I am wayyyyyy behind on my webstore listings.  Thanks for being patient!  Continue to email Thy or convo her for custom listings if you cannot find what you are looking for … cuz our store has over 200 items!

As always, we combine ship.  Why pay more for shipping when you don’t have to????  🙂

Have a great day!

~Winn

May 19, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Debuting 12×3.5 inch Nickel-free purse frame!

This is all new guys!  I’ve got a new design for you clutch mavens to expand your line.  While some are expanding to the smaller wallets and coin purses (smart move) to capture the smaller cash sales, some are starting to move the other direction!

Think bigger, roomier bags.

Think leather, pleather, vinyl, burlap, upholstery weight, oil cloth, suede, outdoor fabric and a whole host of other fabulous fabrics!

Think about the big bolts of fabric that is in Joann’s upholstery section in those big rods!

I’ve made some design changes just for this size:

*Wider u-channel to accommodate thicker fabrics and heavyweight interface and batting.

*Wider walls of the u-channel to accommodate a bigger seam allowance for all these materials.

*Bigger kisslock balls:  15mm!

Why doesn’t it come with loops?  Because with bags this size, you will want to make your own straps out of coordinating fabrics!  Although it’s made of iron and is heavy and very sturdy, a bag full of contents will need sturdy straps instead of a chain, since that will dig into your shoulders.  Straps pulling on the frame may warp it over time, so heavy duty, wide straps will hold the bag up and provide comfort for your users.

Not to mention, it will make it very chic!

Check it out:

12x3.5 nickel-free purse frame

12x3.5 nickel-free purse frame

Comparison with 8x3 and 10x3 purse frames.

I like the bigger balls! (That's what she said.) 🙂

The big kahuna!

I will list these up for sale tomorrow or Thursday!

Start dreaming of your new clutch bag designs now!  🙂

~Winn

May 17, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Purse Frame Inventory Status: 10×3 nickel free kisslock with LOOPS back in!

10×3 nickel-free kisslock with loops are back in stock.  THANK YOU for your patience everyone!  I just re-listed them at my Etsy shop.

Sorry about the webstore … I’ve been working on other aspects of the business and haven’t gotten to doing the coding for that!  But, you all know to email me for private orders as needed!

Of course, as always you can convo me for a custom listing as well.  Thy has been doing several custom listings every day – so she’s happy to put together whatever you need!  🙂

10x3 nickel free purse frame(TM) with loops are BACK IN!!!

The make-your-own kits which includes PDF tutorials, pre-cut Pellon fusible interface, pre-cut inner and outer fabric, Gutermann glue, frame, and chain are up too!

"Complete Kit" -comes with everything including PDF tutorials and 6 templates.

A kit for those who already know how to make a clutch ...

Go get yours!  🙂

May 2, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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