The lovely flowers embarrass me,
They make me regret I am not a bee –
~Emily Dickinson, 1864
They’re as beautiful as they come,
Pick one up at whilebabynaps.etsy.com –
~Thy Khuong, 2016
It’s a big bouquet of
flowers clutches! 🙂
Check out this selection of clutches for Mother’s Day, May 12th. Each clutch has been lovingly and expertly handcrafted by women for moms in mind. Be sure to go to the shop to see other clutches also available and ready to ship in time for Mother’s Day.
In every color and style imaginable, these clutch sellers will have a clutch for that special woman in your life. If you want a custom-made clutch, there’s still time! Go get yours!
It’s been 12 years since I started my LLC and my businesses, and it’s been a little over 3 years since I’ve been on Etsy, but I just hit the 10,000th item sold!!! We’ve got a winner ladies and gents. I could not be any happier to celebrate this huge milestone with you all. Details will come soon on the winner. 🙂
As mentioned before in a previous post, when I get asked to be a sponsor, I really have to weigh the value of what I give to what I get in return. I’d go broke if I said yes to everything. But as my company’s motto is “Putting Women in Business”, I always find a way to make it work when it comes to workshops that teach women a new skill. I was asked to be a sponsor for an inaugural sewing event that took place a couple of weeks ago in North Carolina. Though it was a small group, Sew South made a big impact for all attendees. The enthusiasm from these ladies is amazing and you can see the skills they learned, the friends they met, and the good times they had at this sewing retreat. Check out all photos at this Flickr group. Here’s a snapshot of some of the photos:
Take a look at the new clutches made from the attendees, most of whom were new to making clutches.
- women of all ages (25-65)
- women of all skill levels (some sewing for 6 months, some for 20 years)
- women from around the country (from California to North Carolina, Wisconsin to Florida – even someone from San Juan Puerto Rico!)
- over half of the attendees are bloggers
Even though this retreat was limited to 50 participants, Jennifer, the founder, has opened up a free swag drawing for everyone — including you, my customers and blog readers. Enter here at Sew South Retreat website to win this loot worth $200. There will be 3 lucky winners.
Good luck and I hope one of you get it!!! If you do, let me know.
We are getting close! A couple weeks ago, I wrote about our huge milestone coming up, and now we are on the cusp of having a winner. Currently, at 9942 items sold, we should have a winner within the next week, unless my crystal ball is not working. 🙂
Whoever’s (whomever’s?)cart contains the 10,000th item sold, will get that item and the entire cart free, up to $100.00! I’m curious to see if it will be a brand new customer, a woman who is trying out a new skill for the first time who will make a clutch for her friends, or if it will be a woman who runs her own business and needs to get some more frames to make clutches getting ready for Mother’s Day sales. Not to slight my few but wonderful male customers, it could be one of them needing some more Gutermann glue to their clutches, too. We will have to wait and see!
Recently, Etsy came out with a new feature for sellers. If you are an Etsy seller, you can see some key Customer Service Stats about your shop. What I really like about this is that it allows you to see where you can improve on or where you can keep striving to maintain. After all, people buy from people, and that is clear on a marketplace like Etsy where the focus is often on OOAK handmade goods.
I am beyond thrilled to see that from day 1 on Etsy (November 11, 2009), I (and Thy) have striven to be the best in Customer Service. The following takes into consideration our entire history on Etsy.
That is not to say we don’t make mistakes! We make plenty of mistakes. We fall down and get scraped sometimes. But we also get up and try harder to be better. Thank you for working with us and letting us make it right for you in the instances where we do mess up. Obviously, you know that it’s never intentional when we do get it wrong. It’s this reservoir of good-will that we never take for granted. 🙂
So for you Etsy sellers out there, check out your Customer Service Stats to see the areas where you can maintain or areas where you can improve on. This is a great tool and is worth your time!
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!
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!
Go check out Wendy’s shop. She currently has 25% until Dec. 31! Enjoy your holiday shopping. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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!