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Welcome Back Gütermann! And Happy 2017 To All….

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a joyous NYE! I was able to take a little break and enjoyed some down time with the family this past week. Now back to the fun! Thank you for all the orders and inquiries streaming through 24/7. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive, wonderful, and amazing customers. You all rock!

To bring in 2017 the right way, I need to plaster my blog with THE BIGGEST news of all. I have kept this letter for weeks, waiting for the right time, waiting for it to sink in, and waiting to make sure it’s true. Well, it’s true indeed. Here’s a letter straight from the horse’s mouth.

 

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I have placed an order! Gütermann will be available to you by end of this month (happy dance :))

Warmly,

Thy K

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January 4, 2017 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS, WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The nautical look in HCMC?

What do you know?  This classic nautical look is here in Vietnam, of all places!  While shoe shopping with my daughter, I saw some cute shoes.  So many cute shoes, but I only managed to snap a couple of pics.  Me and my camera always gets shut down.   I always go shoe shopping when the rest of me is a little bit bigger.  Can’t fit into my fat clothes, but I can fit into my shoes!!!  🙂  Really, who moves to Vietnam and gains weight???  LOL.

Hayley said "Mom, take a pic of me next to these purses!".

Hayley said “Mom, take a pic of me next to these purses!”.

Ummm, how cute are these?  White capris pants, navy shirt, red scarf, red bag, and either of these shoes?

Ummm, how cute are these? White capris pants, navy shirt, red scarf, red bag, and either of these shoes?

Hamming it up ... posing like the model in the poster!

Hamming it up … posing like the model in the poster!

Love these wedges.  This is more subtle is better suited for my tastes.

Love these wedges. This is more subtle than the heels, and I love the leather trimming and stitching.

I wear the nautical look every year.  I know, it’s a bit preppy to some, but it’s classic Americana to me.  Love it.  Check out my shop for my nautical themed clutch kits.

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6x3 Tea Time Clutch - with chain.

6×3 Tea Time Clutch – with chain.

April 14, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to sell your clutches with an in-home crafts fair.

I get all sorts of emails from my wonderful and loyal customers, and sometimes there is great information that I think other customers can benefit from.  Like Erin who offered her great tips about selling at arts and crafts fairs so that others could benefit from, Susan of Lulu Caswell has graciously offered some tips for you to have success selling clutches at your in-home crafts fair.

With two years of selling her clutches at her house, Susan has wonderful helpful tips.  In fact, she sells the majority of her clutches off the Net!  Here are some tips:

1. Invite other craftsters to display their goods in your home.  More will come when you have a house party for handmade clutches, jewelry, and quilts (for examples) than just clutches alone.  Susan sold nearly $1000 in clutches on one Sunday from 12-4pm!  With this, she was able to pay off her husband’s tuition for one month.  GO Susan!!!

2. Promote amongst your friends via your social networks of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc…  Be sure to ask them to come (don’t be shy!) and to share the post with their friends.   How about “Hey, I would love for you to come.  I would really appreciate your support and would love to see you and catch up over some munchies while you check out all the goodies!  If you cannot come, I would appreciate your support by sharing this post on your Wall with your friends.”

3.  Go on to Etsy and solicit other local craftsters/artisans to display their goods at your in-home crafts fair.  Susan didn’t know most of them, but that didn’t deter her from asking them to participate in her second year.  She had 6 other vendors join her at her home and about 40-50 guests who came, even some customers from the previous year.  These things build so hopefully she will have even more attend next year.

4.  To get more foot traffic and eyes, create a flyer and post them at local churches, at the kids’ schools, and at the local community hall.  Ask the other vendors to do their share of posting the flyers and promoting the event to their network of friends.

5.  For a smaller, intimate affair, do an evening show with just your clutches and serve wine and cheese.  Email it to ALL your girlfriends and ask them to pass the email to a girlfriend and to bring a girlfriend!

Selling your clutches at your home is just another avenue for you.  It is one that costs very little (take out that folding table and throw a nice sheet to cover as table linen!) yet is one that will allow customers to get to know you.   People buy from people, and this direct selling has worked for the biggest companies like Avon, Mary Kay, and Lia Sophia.

Take a look at some of the pictures from her last in-home craft fair.

Susan's sumptuous table of clutches.  Look at all the variety of colors and textures!

Susan’s sumptuous table of clutches. Look at all the variety of colors and textures!

This paper maker did really well.

This paper maker did really well.

This craft fair was held before the holidays.  These would make great gifts for a little girl!

This craft fair was held before the holidays. These would make great gifts for a little girl!

The woodworker also sold really well!

The woodworker also sold really well!

I can smell these scents through my screen!

I can smell these scents through my screen!

The woodworker, the baker, and the candlestick maker?  :)  The baker brought her goodies, too!

The woodworker, the baker, and the candlestick maker? 🙂 The baker brought her goodies, too!

I want to thank Susan for her generosity in sharing these tips with her fellow clutch makers.  If you are a fellow artisan in the Fall River, MA area, be sure to contact Susan at her shop to plan the next in-home craft fair.  You’ll be glad you did!

January 22, 2013 Posted by | Helpful Tips, SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Cutest Coin Clutches

Just in time for the holiday gift giving.  As seen as a featured seller before, Wendy continues her exemplary work.  Her stand-out clutches are perfect gifts!

Hand embroidered button on this darling coin clutch!

Hand embroidered button on this darling coin clutch!

Red linen and crystal coin clutch.

Red linen and crystal coin clutch.

 

A little "I Love You" reminder.

A little “I Love You” reminder.

Great for Brits and anglophiles!  How adorable is this Union Jack coin clutch?

Great for Brits and anglophiles! How adorable is this Union Jack coin clutch?

Go check out Wendy’s shop.  She currently has 25% until Dec. 31!  Enjoy your holiday shopping.  🙂

December 23, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dupioni Silk clutches

For handcrafted clutches with exquisite dupioni silk in vibrant colors, look no further than Karina’s shop SimplyClutch.  Karina lives in my one of my favorite places on Earth, San Diego!  My most favorite place in San Diego is the Torrey Pine GliderPort.  I love sitting at the outdoor cafe having lunch and watching the hang gliders.  If you are not in San Diego any time soon, no worries since Karina has an online shop on Etsy.

I love this bright pop of color!

I love this bright pop of color!

The dupioni silk clutches come in many colors!

The dupioni silk clutches come in many colors!

All are made with beautiful eye-catching silk lining.

All are made with beautiful eye-catching silk lining.

Karina also makes bridal clutches.  Looking for something blue?

Karina also makes bridal clutches. Looking for something blue?

I simply love Karina’s careful work from using the best silks, to offering embroidery, to hand-sewing the silk flowers.  Her work is top notch!  Stop by her shop and take a look!

December 21, 2012 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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