Well, I’m officially back at work and my deck is full of to-do’s. Love it! 🙂
I wanted to alert you all about the new 45″ antique brass purse chain. We designed a bigger lobster claw and we think you are going to like it. It looks good, ladies. Check these out.
They are up for sale at the shop! I hope you like them!
Well, it’s Spring Break time of the year and it’s also a much-needed pull-the-plug from work and plugging into the kids! Both shops, the Etsy shop and the online store, will be closed March 23, 2013 for 10 days. This Saturday will be the last day for shipping so please get your order in by Thursday. Shipping will resume Tuesday, April 2nd!
During the shop closing, Thy will have internet access and will be taking Custom Orders. So while you may still be able to order, no shipping will occur until April 2, 2013.
Thy is taking some time off with her 2 boys, and I will be headed to China(!) with my 3 kids. The Great Wall has been on The Bucket List and I’m finally getting to cross it off! We are also looking forward to being in cooler weather. How we miss the cold and snow of New Jersey! I know it’s been a cold and snowy and tough winter season for many of you above the Mason-Dixon line, but hang in there! Spring is just around the corner. 🙂
I was recently contacted by two kind customers who had problems with printing out the Classic Day Clutch(TM) template. It did not print out true to size and scale than what was on the PDF file that they saw on the screen. It printed out on a smaller scale thereby making the pattern too small for the 8×3 frame, although it fit perfectly for a 7 x 2.5 size frame. It took me a while through several tech blogs and such but I figured out why it printed out on a smaller scale in some rare cases. I went ahead and made the change for everyone just in case this happens to someone else.
Let me explain what happened in these two cases: Adobe did not process it correctly during printing and shrunk it to fit the page. My original file as seen on the screen when downloaded is the correct size and scale: however, when it goes to print it, it sometimes shrinks it. Funnily enough, Adobe does NOT do this for any of the other 6 templates — only for the Classic Day Clutch in these 2 instances! And furthermore, my own printer setting was on “Print as Image” so it did not shrink it for me. It always prints true when I print it on my printer so I did not “catch” it every time I printed this template out to sew and make my clutches. So all my clutches using the Classic Day Clutch template came out exact.
How do you prevent printing a scaled-down version? (It is hard to tell that it was shrunken.) Printing a PDF file as an image bypasses that processing by sending the printer a simple image of the document instead. To ensure the correct scale that is printed, please print the Classic Day Clutch(TM) via the following these steps:
With the PDF file open in Acrobat Reader or Acrobat, from the File menu, click Print.
In the Print window that appears:
>Windows: Click to check the Print as Image check box.
>Macintosh: Click the Advanced button, and click to check the Print as Image check box in the Advanced Print Setup window.
You can do this method to print out any PDF file if you want to ensure that it prints true to what you see on the screen. I want to thank the two ladies for contacting me with this issue. By making these new printing steps for everyone, it will ensure that no one else will run into this problem. I am not sure why others, like myself, did not encounter this problem prior as it has never happened before. (?) I am not sure if the different Adobe versions or the different Mac vs. Windows platforms make a difference. However, I do know that I feel VERY lucky that they contacted me!
I am honored to get asked to sponsor different kinds of seminars, sewing circles, blog hops, and sewing retreats. I have found that I often get inspired by the wonderful work that the women come up with. Recently, Elaine of Dashasel Sews and Emily of Mommy’s Nap Time (LOVE the name! Why didn’t I think of that?) hosted their first pouch hop called the Happy Little Pouch Hop. I’ve been very impressed by the creativity and variety of pouches that the participants have come up with. Here’s a sample of a few. Click on it to get to the Flickr blog hop photos.
And here are some clutches made by some crafty and artistic women.
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 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!
Opulence accurate describes the gorgeous clutches made by Barbara at Clutch Chic. Known for her wedding clutches, Barbara has a wide selection of holiday and wedding clutches for the winter bride. She even does custom requests for everything including the outer silk fabric, the inner lining, and even the purse frame! That makes your gift a truly One-Of-A-Kind gift. She even mails up to 4 swatches for free!
She has many more in her shop. No clutch is the same. I hope you will find something of delight for your holiday gift-giving or winter wedding!
I’ve been reading stories about brides getting married on 12/12/12, and my dear friend Yvonne is one them! And that reminded me of the elegant clutches made by Cynthia at Belle Jou Jou. Her massive collection is just chockful of clutches made with sumptuous materials like lace, satin, silk and brocade.
But it’s just not bridal clutches. Belle Jou Jou has over 7 pages of clutches at the shop so the selection is quite good for the picking.
Go check Cynthia’s clutches out! I hope you find that perfect gift for the loved one on your list!
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.
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!
Go check Catherine’s shop out! She’s got many ready to ship to you for holiday gift-giving!
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!
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!
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.