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Fabulous Fabric Clutches

That’s the actual description of Catherine’s shop, FabByCab, home to a variety of handmade clutches.  I like Catherine’s roomy clutches and sumptuous linings.  Her linen clutch wristlets are exemplary little pieces of art.

Who doesn’t like this little birdie?

Got an empress on your Christmas list?  This inner lining is a perfect complement.  Just beautiful!

This OOAK clutch features Windsor Castle. Any Kate fans out there? 🙂

Lastly, Catherine just debuted many fabulous plaid clutches that are just in time for the holidays and the winter season.  You don’t have to a Scotsman to love these plaids!  They go well with jeans, red/grey/black sweater and black winter boots!

One of the many plaid clutches new to Catherine’s shop.

Go check Catherine’s shop out!  She’s got many ready to ship to you for holiday gift-giving!

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November 29, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Clutches with hand-finished OOAK fabric

Ok, so you want a truly unique gift for the holidays?  As part of my series to bring you the best collection of clutches, today I am highlighting two women who not only make their own clutches, but also hand finish the fabric with their own unique finishes.

Jan, of Jan and Paul Creations, is known for her butterflies on her clutches, pillows and scarves.  These are not ordinary pictures of butterflies though.  The ones on her fabric are enhanced digital prints from original photos that her husband, Paul, has photographed.   Customers absolutely love her original creations!

This reminds me of the blue Morpho butterfly. Gorgeous iridescent blue on this original hand-made clutch and fabric.

This is made with golden thread using four different layers to achieve this magnificent sheen.

The next clutch seller that I would like you to meet is Delores of Lella Rae.  The work that she puts into her clutches are simply mind-numbing.  She has clutches made from fabric that is hand-dyed, hand cross-stitched, and hand-embroidered.  My fingers and wrists are numb just thinking of the work that she lovingly puts into her clutches!

My friend Kelley, a dragonfly fanatic, would absolutely love this clutch! Look at the delicate hand-beading and lace work!

Have a music lover, pianist, or piano teacher in your life? This would be the perfect gift for that lucky person on your Christmas list!

There are many more clutches at both of their shops!  If you would like to see Jan’s and Delores’s selection of clutches available for sale, simply click on the pictures to get to their respective shops.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Luxurious clutches

Got someone on your holiday list that you really want to WOW them?  I would like to highlight two amazing craftswomen who make clutches and bags from scratch by hand, much in the tradition of Hermes.  Randi of HoldFasthandbags, and Laurel of DalleMieMani work with materials that are beautiful, long-lasting, and that takes a lot of skill to work with.   Their craftsmanship just puts me to shame, and I’m not at all embarrassed to admit that!  🙂

When I first saw Randi’s post and picture of her workstation, the way she crafts her eponymous bags at HoldFasthandbags brought to mind the workshops of Hermes.  Artisans there also make one bag from start to finish.  Much like Hermes, Randi doesn’t have a production line.  She designs them, sources her materials, and makes each one by herself start to finish.  You might not have the budget for the Hermes bag — I personally don’t know of anyone who does, and Oprah does not count as a personal connection — but you might have a budget for a HoldFasthandbag bag or a Laurel Dasso Leathers clutch.

Randi’s workshop:

Parts of a bag by Randi of HoldFasthandbags.

Parts and pieces of a bag from Hermes. Photo by John Dascoulias.

Retro Rockabilly clutch handbag.

Perfect clutch for winter! Pair with your best brown riding boots to amp up your outfit.

Another example of great craftsmanship. The lining is perfectly well-crafted. Not a wrinkled stitch in sight!

The second craftswoman that you should check out is Laurel over at her DalleMieMani shop.  As the sole person behind Laurel Dasso Leathers, Laurel’s work with this material is exemplary.  Laurel’s exquisite leathers remind me of the leathers of the Hermes bags, too.  She has quite the pick of the lot as she sources the leather herself and works with the best ones!  Laurel also has a sale until Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd).  To receive 15% off your order, use the coupon code HAPPYTHANKSGIVING at checkout.

Check on this picture to see more behind the scenes at Hermes and their leather artisans.

This luscious black leather clutch handbag is an instant classic.

This is made from tan cognac brown calfskin.  Scarf not included!

And the piece de resistance is this gorgeous, gorgeous one of a kind clutch handbag with a long shoulder strap.

Didn’t I tell you all the best women use my fine frames?  🙂  Just kidding, but I am so honored that these artisans continue to work with me for their purse frame and glue needs.  Please check out their shops for these clutches and many other wallets and bags.  You will love shopping there!

November 22, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Clutch handbag collection in Reds and Greys

Who wouldn’t want this collection of beautiful clutches?  Well, to get it, you’d have to shop at all five stores from these great women!  Click on the photos to go directly to their shops.

This first clutch is made by Malaika over at HMDDesigns.  Just like Jenn, Malaika has a new opportunity that is a blessing for her and her family.  After home-schooling her kids for 8 years, Malaika has found a new career that gives her and her family much-needed healthcare benefits!  I am very excited for Malaika in her new job, but I will miss her designs.  In addition to making clutches, Malaika’s shop also has these brilliant mustache wallets.  Just in time for Movember!

Red wool plaid clutch handbag. Perfect for the season!

This second clutch is handmade by Nancy at NancyEllenStudios.  Nancy and her sewing machine can crank out some amazing and varied arts and crafts.  Check out her other clutches and bags, but also browse for the snowman soft cuddly toy!  Really good work!

Red and white chevron clutch. Love the embellishment!

Another well done handmade clutch is the gray chevron clutch made by Sarah at BobLovesEleanor.  Sarah has lots of other cluches, bags, and totes.  Check out her bright Spring Street reversible Bin Bucket!

Gray chevron clutch in the most popular size – 8 inches.

How cute is this Eiffel tower clutch in white and dark shades of gray?  I love its roominess.  Made by Stacey at BagsByStacey, there are also many other clutches, bags, and wristlets for your Christmas list.

Gray and white Eiffel Tower wallet clutch.

Speaking of Eiffel Tower, a place that my daughter has wanted to go since she was three years old, here’s another clutch featuring it.  For you Francophiles, this is a perfect holiday gift!  It’s made by Mona at Mona’s Box & Bags.  She also has some chevron makeup clutches and lots of other bags at her shop.  Mona will have a sale from Nov. 23 – 30th for 20% OFF.  Use the code BLACKFRIDAY2012 at her shop.

The French Vacation clutch featuring the Eiffel Tower. No need to spend a bundle when you can have this!

I will be curating and promoting some more clutches, shops and the amazing women who make these by hand.  No robots are used in the production of them ;).  I hope you will peruse these shops and find that perfect gift for some lucky person on our list!

November 19, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Clutch purses with vintage rhinestones

Get your clutch handbag in time for the Christmas holidays!  This is in a series of features on handmade clutches that I will be posting to bring some amazing clutches and talent to your attention.  I know you will find some great gifts for those on your list and you might be tempted to pick one up for yourself.  Please feel free to share this and give a gentle hint to your beloved!  🙂

If you want to see a fabulous selection of opulent design, I am thrilled to feature Jenn and Michelle’s shop at J&Em.  There must  be something in the water, because Jenn, like Erin, also resides in North Carolina!  Twins Jennifer and Michelle are a great team who share a similar creative aesthetic.  I am so proud to announce that Jennifer was just recently accepted to the Ultrasound Program and will be devoting herself to that field for the next couple of years.  What a great opportunity!  To help you in making your purchase decision better, Jenn will generously offer 30% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING!  This offer is good for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  So stop by her shop and get yours before it’s gone!  And please offer her a congrats in her new opportunity!

I most love their well-crafted handmade clutches with this design: the raw edge silk ruffle flower with a vintage rhinestone in the center.

I love the brilliant orange silk lining of this well-constructed winter clutch.

A beautiful splash of color in the midst of the season!

 

November 18, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vintage Kimono Clutches

Looking for a holiday gift for someone special on your list?  Whether it’s for your mom, sister, grandma, best girlfriend, aunt, or babysitter, a handmade clutch handbag is a treasured, useful and thoughtful gift.  As part of my holidays promotions, I will be highlighting original clutches handmade by amazing women.

One woman in particular was just mentioned in my previous blog.  Erin is a mom of 2 and is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Erin is the originator of using vintage kimono fabric to make her clutches.  Her eye for fabric and fabric placement is quite keen.  Her clutches are truly treasured gifts and she sells at local arts and crafts shows as well as online through her shop on Etsy.  My relationship with Erin goes back about 3 years and I am endlessly impressed at how giving she is to her fellow clutch makers from encouraging to supporting others with her experience.

This handmade clutch is made with original vintage kimono fabric. This clutch is a beautiful rendition of the peacock clutches that we’ve seen. It goes well for the holidays with a LBD (little black dress) or for a spring wedding.

Erin only uses vintage kimono clutches.  She has them imported from Japan!  These are the real deal.

Love the bold color!

How stunning is this coin purse? Beautiful chrysanthemum!

If you are looking for a clutch, Erin has a huge selection with many price points.  Please check Erin’s shop out!

November 16, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Selling to holiday shoppers

Now that many of you have loaded up on your metal purse frames and Gutermann glue from my annual sale, I am sure you are well on your way to making your clutch collection for the holiday season!  Selling your clutches at a Arts and Crafts show is a great way to find an audience!  Here’s a post I did about juried and non-juried shows.

Since the holidays are right around the corner, you will need to get a move on in order to participate in these shows.  They typically sell out fast because everyone comes with a Christmas list.  So go to the arts and crafts directories and check out what’s going on around you in your state.  Enter in the dates (month, year) as you would normally.  There’s no directories geared just for Christmas but once you find your date and state, then it lists all the holiday festivals coming up.  All these shows, especially big ones fill up fast for the holidays, so be sure to check them out and register.

*Festival Network Online:  great directory for juried shows!

I’ve been to the juried show shown here on the home page of this directory. It was really amazing art and the price point was higher than other non-juried shows.

*Arts & Crafts Show Yellow Pages:  this might be the most comprehensive one out there.  You can get some sample listings only on this fee-based directory.  Membership is $48.95 a year.

Any crafter will benefit from these Yellow Pages.

*Fairs and Festivals: I like the navigation and info on this directory.  It gives you enough info, but important details are only for members.  Check the website for membership.

Sample of one event in NJ in December.

As you know, I’ve talked many times about supporting other women and how that is a worthy endeavor and you can never go wrong supporting a woman.  I just had a wonderful suggestion from an experienced clutch maker and clutch seller who has done many of these local arts and crafts shows.  Erin of kaleidoscopebyerin brought up an excellent point that she thought all fellow clutch sellers could benefit from.  Erin suggested to find out the range of retail prices of the products offered by participating sellers at these shows before committing to the shows.  How can you find out?

*Find out if it’s a juried show or not.  Non-juried shows are typically lower on price points than juried shows.  Some juried shows might be too high, too, so do your homework!

*Talk to the event contact person to find out past vendors, types of products shown, and range of price.  Unless it’s a brand new event, they should have a clear idea of the historical range and median price of displayed goods.  They will also know who has signed up this year and what things are being promoted.

What you are trying to find out is the audience of these shows.  What kind of customer is coming?  What kinds of products and price range have they expected at this show in that past?  Erin says that “the venues are out there, I promise…”  Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Erin’s experience with shows that have a lower retail price range can yield as little as only $100 a day in sales;  however, if she targets and hits the right price range in an upscale show, she has sold as much as $1000 a day.  What’s really encouraging is that arts and crafts shows are still an untapped market for handmade clutch sellers.

Here’s a picture of her set-up from a show.  Notice the branding that she does!   The banner is the same as her online shop so that customers who sees her at the show can return again to her online shop.  Her niche is handmade clutches using unique vintage kimonos.  See how she has accoutrements that amplify the look?  The rice-paper screen and umbrella complements the kimono clutches.  You walk past her table and you are drawn in by the props and visuals.  The angle of the screen invites you to walk further in for shopping.  Brilliant!

The screen is ingenious!

I hope you find Erin’s suggestions helpful.  As a mom of 2, Erin is a true team player and understands the juggling of work and raising kids!  I want to thank Erin for her kindness in offering her experience for you to benefit from!  Thanks, Erin.  You’re the bees knees!
~Winn

November 14, 2012 Posted by | Helpful Tips | 1 Comment

20% OFF total purchase – It’s on!

Thank you everyone, for your congratulations.  This is a gentle reminder that our sale has just begun for our once-a-year biggest sale as a thank you to our customers.  The sale ends on Nov. 11 , 2012 at midnight EST so please plan your purchases well.   Get your needs now during this sale to make your clutches for Christmas(!) offerings.  OMG, I heard Christmas music one week after Halloween at a DVD shop in Ho Chi Minh City!  Many Western traditions and culture have permeated the far reaches of the Earth.  I just can’t believe they had Christmas music before Thanksgiving already – in Viet Nam, no less!

http://whilebabynaps.etsy.com

http://purseframesoutlet.etsy.com

http://whilebabynaps.com   **Thy will refund 20% OFF total purchase + any excess shipping at time of shipping at my online shop.**
Our other sister is in town to help Thy out with the orders and so far, all orders have gone out within 24 hours!  Thank you for all the emails and notes that you’ve written in Note to Seller.  I think I’ve replied and thanked each one who wrote personally, but I didn’t want to go without saying thanks, again, here as well.  If I missed you, things are a little cray-cray around here — in a WONDERFUL and BLESSED way — but we are doing everything to get all orders out timely so you can get to the business of sewing and making!

Y is here helping with your orders …

Not helping with your orders? These 2! But they sure look cute! 🙂

 

 

 

 

November 8, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

11/11/12 – 3 year Anniversary Sale

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been on Etsy for 3 years (and that I’ve been in business since 2001!).  It’s really amazing that I still have many of the same customers that I’ve had since I opened on Etsy in 2009!  You have included me by sharing about marriages, birthdays, loss of jobs, new opportunities, illnesses, deaths of loved ones, and new babies.  You share with me your joys and sorrows as much as I share!  Let’s have some cake!

Can you believe that this is a cake? They don’t make them like this anymore …

I cannot have an anniversary to celebrate if I didn’t have customers … so as a thank you for your business, support, encouragement and loyalty, I am offering my annual sale of 20% OFF ALL items in the store.  20% OFF your total purchase.  This includes frames, kits, PDFs, and Gutermann glue.

How perfect are these cake pops??? Lots of other cake pops at the blog. Click on the picture for more.

Here are the Legal terms:

*Sale valid from November 8, 2012 – November 11, 2012 midnight EST.

*No extensions of this yearly sale will be made for payments/orders received after the closing deadline of November 11, 2012 midnight EST.  Get your orders in!

*Good until inventory runs out!  First in, first out.  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.  Your anniversary sale discount will be honored at the SALE price at which you bought it regardless of price fluctuations in the raw metal prices.

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

*You must enter code “3rdsale” at check out during November 8, 2012 – November 11, 2012 midnight EST and you will get 20% OFF your total purchase immediately.

*Due to the anticipated high number of orders in, please allow for up to 5 business days for your items to be packaged and shipped.  We normally ship 99% of items within 24 hours, but due to historical high demand during the sale, please allow us time to do final inspections, package, and ship your order.  If for some reason that it takes longer than that, we will let you know, but this window will give us time.  All orders will have the 30-days money back, full refund (minus shipping both ways) for any reason extended from the date of shipment of your order.

*For Custom Listings, just contact me at the shop and a custom listing will be done for you with 20% OFF and the correct shipping applied.  Please know that we only charge the true and correct shipping for all orders at all times of the year.

Two ways to contact on the Shop home page.

*If you don’t see a quantity or size listed, it means someone has just ordered it and it has not yet been re-listed.  You can wait until it gets re-listed, order it at my webstore or contact us through the shop home page or through any item and Thy can make custom listing for you.

Contact button available on every item’s listing.

*Sale applicable to frames out of stock but under production as rain-check items (see below).

Raincheck items:

*I just started another new production of frames in various sizes and finishes.  The list is quite big, but if the frames that you want are not in stock but is currently in production, we will extend the 20% sale price if you pay in full by the deadline of November 11, 2012 midnight EST.

*Rain checks will be shipped when your entire order comes in unless you contact us otherwise.  (Items can be shipped as they come in but you will charged shipping each time.)

*Due to the back-n-forth nature of conversations (emails through my Etsy shop), contacts requesting custom listings must be sent in before the sale deadline of November 11, 2012 midnight EST.  If we have your contact with a request for a custom listing with items needed and quantity in before that deadline, you qualify for the 20% OFF total purchase.  ALL payments for custom listings must be paid within 48 hours of the Custom Listing going up on Etsy.

Made in New Jersey!!! 🙂

We thank you, again, for your loyalty and support.  Work is never “work” when you are getting this much joy from servicing and interacting with your customers.  🙂

~Winn (and Thy)

November 5, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

   

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