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Mother’s Day gift of clutch handbags!

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.

The whole album can be found on the WhileBabyNaps Facebook fan page.

The whole album can be found on the WhileBabyNaps Facebook fan page.

Mother_s Day Blooms! 1

Mother_s Day Blooms! 2

 

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!

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April 23, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New purse frame coming out!

Hi everyone!  My family and I just got back from our spectacular trip to China.  We got home at 2 a.m. last night, so we are all just lolly-gagging about today.  School is back tomorrow and we will slowly, but surely, be back to the grind!  I will be sure to post some photos soon.  But before that happens, I just wanted to share a quick update to all my dear blog readers and customers:  there is a new antique brass coming out this week in 4.5×3!  Take a look.

New 4.5x3 antique brass coming this week!

New 4.5×3 antique brass coming this week!

These will be listed this week.  We had a lot of demand for this, but due to the difficult antique brass finish, it took some time to make sure this was a permanent addition we wanted to add.  Thank you to all who asked for it and have been so patient.  As you can see above, this is made in the same design as my nickel-free 4.5×3 size.  There’s something to be said for consistency!  I can see this frames used with all kinds of fabrics.  This is just another option in your product line.

March 31, 2013 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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!

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

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

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

“Go” – Updated Clutch PDF is up.

Ok, guys.  It’s up and running.  As per my last post, the updated PDF is up.  Again, this is FREE to those of you who’ve bought the clutch PDF tutorial before.  Please note that this is NOT free for those who bought different PDFs like the Reversible Patchwork bag or the Snappy Wallet Clutch(TM) as those are entirely different tutorials.

Click here to get to the post.  Enter your password and start your download.

Get to the latest PDF version through here! Enter your password.

With this new major update of the main tutorial, you will learn how to make a clutch with a seam (my preferred way that will show your great craftsmanship and will work with any fabric) and without a bottom seam (great for quick easy work or for non-directional fabrics).  It also incorporates a short-cut, an entirely different way to finish the clutch so that it will reduce the wrinkling and is a bit quicker to do when you are making a lot of clutches.  I also have pictures on how to glue it into the frame.

I spent over a hundred hours re-doing this.  This is all free to you as long as you have your password.

What if you don’t have your password?  (eg. computer crashed, laptop stolen, forgot to print out the email that was sent to you, emptied the email in your trash…) Please buy the $5 password resend listing at my shop and give me your original purchase date of the PDF and Paypal buyer account so that I know you had bought it back in 2009, 2010, 2011 or earlier this year in 2012.  If you cannot retrieve this, then you will need to buy it again.

Please consider this as fair since I’ve explicitly told you to keep your password.  I value my customers so much and spend so much time on this $8 tutorial without getting additional pay each time, so please don’t email me and say that it’s unfair that you have to pay $5 to retrieve your password especially when my email’s subject line is “PLEASE KEEP/PRINT! $5 charge to resend it in the future “. I do all this while my kids are at school and after I put them to bed at 8pm. Also, please consider the following:

*All other tutorials show you how to make 1 size clutch – I offer how to make ANY size clutch with 2 distinct tutorials for the same price.
*They only offer 1 pattern and I offer 6 patterns.
*They are priced $8+ and mine is also at $8.
*Other tutorials and kits prohibit you from setting up a shop on Etsy or go into business. Mine do not. In fact, I actively promote and try to find buyers for my clutch makers.

*I could’ve made separate listings and charges for every new template.  All other PDFs show you how to make 1 clutch in 1 size only.

*I could’ve made a completely new listing and charge for a new tutorial “Now learn how to make a clutch without a bottom seam” for $8 like other sellers have right now.

Every time I add new templates/updates, over 500 of you get on and download.  So there is value to what I provide to you far beyond the initial $8 that you paid for.

I still get customers who bought this $8 tutorial in 2009 when there were 3 templates. They got another 3 templates for free. Could I have charged them by making an entirely new listings for each one? Sure.  But I didn’t. They also contacted me with “What’s my password”?  I have sold hundreds of these. How do I know who bought and who didn’t? Sometimes, the person contacted me used their spouse’s Paypal account and I have to search for that. Before Etsy co-mingled the accounts, you would have multiple usernames and it was bought under a “purchase” account which was different from their “seller” account. Multiply this by 100+ people. Every time.

This is what I think my value is: it takes time for me to retrieve their records and then email the password. So it’s $5. It’s also a deterrent from all the emails that come because when people know it’s going to cost them $5, they’ll print out a hard copy and keep it. I’ve had people whose computers crashed, laptops stolen, email lost in the the junk mail, accidental deletions, you name it.

So, sorry that I’m on my soapbox.  I’m officially off.  🙂  Thank goodness:  it gets dizzying from the lack of oxygen standing up high on soapboxes!

I want to encourage you to try the tips and the “Shortcut” option that is in this new tutorial.  This is after years of making clutches…  Try it with just 1 clutch and see what you think.  Ever since I’ve done it this way, my clutches are not wrinkly and the bulkiness from the interface doesn’t affect how I insert it into the frame.  It goes in easily.  I love it.

I’m working on a template for the 12×3.5 frame that will print out – without scaling- on regular desktop 8.5×11 paper. This will also be free as long as you have your password. This will take a week or so. Why? I make the design, sew it, refine it, make new adjustments, sew that, refine that, and so on … and then rework the template to fit your 8.5×11 papers.  Who wants in?  🙂
Cheers and happy sewing!

~Winn

February 22, 2012 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook fanpage new album

Check out the new album of clutches.  As usual, I will be promoting these on Twitter @PurseFrames as well.

One quick note:  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  I am targeting the male audience for clutch makers via the Facebook fanpage and Twitter.  (The majority of readers of my blog are female so I’ve got to spread the love and get some guys to look at clutches as an option for gift giving to the lucky girls!)  So post your clutches or sales aimed at Valentine’s Day at the fan page.  Think reds and pinks!

A selection of well-crafted handmade clutches from various sellers. Available NOW for purchase.

I am trying a new image capture in order to garner you more viewers for your clutches at your shop.  By cropping in your photos, I am able to give a better view of your clutches at the same tantalizing the viewer to see more by clicking on the photo.  The hyperlink will take them to the home page of your Etsy shop where they can take a look at ALL your shop’s offerings!

I hope you will see increased views of your Etsy shop from my efforts.  Each bag will be promoted individually via Twitter.  I am really focusing on well-crafted clutches (and clutch wallets and Reversible Patchwork bags, too).

Be back soon!

~Winn

January 15, 2012 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WOW! You guys are quick! … Introducing PurseFramesOutlet.Etsy.com

Man, I did not know that WordPress also sends out an email on password-protected posts, too.  Sorry about that guys!

And boy, you guys are quick! 🙂

And no, the newest password-protected post will NOT work with your current password since it is a separate PDF tutorial that I’m launching with my new PurseFramesOutlet.Etsy.com business.

I just got done with the PDF tutorial and the templates for that.

As I’ve mentioned a while ago (OMG, I’m soooooooo swamped with the move and the kids), I am launching a new business.  It will be up within 2 weeks!  (Well, it has to since I’m moving out of the country and all…)  *hehe*  No pressure!

Here’s a sneak peek to you all first:

Introducing the new Snappy(TM) wallet clutch!

Q:  What is PurseFramesOutlet.Etsy.com?

A: It’s my secondary business that I’m launching that will allow me to up-cycle my frames.  These frames were from my sister shop, WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com.

Q:  What kinds of frames are sold at PurseFramesOutlet.Etsy.com?

A:  After years of inspecting for the finest frames at WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com, we have amassed a trove of frames that while the kisslock balls, hinges, and inner surfaces are still good, the outside surface has little marks that render them defective for our high-end line of frames sold at WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com and used by the finest clutch makers.  The cost to ship, melt, and re-work these defective frames were too costly on the pocketbook and environment.  We have saved them so that we can still work with a subset of these defective frames.

Q:  How have they been used before?

A:  Frames like these had been donated and sold at a discount privately for those in need (single moms, women who lost their jobs, women who were otherwise in need of side income but didn’t have the money).  We finally have enough to do this on a large scale.

Q:  Why can’t I buy your frames from WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com to make the Snappy(TM) wallet clutch?

A:  You still can, but why not pay a fraction of the full price for defective frames when you will not see the defects in your final product?  You pay less, and we get to up-cycle our fine frames with defects.

Q:  What else do I need to know?

A:  *They are all trademarks of WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com and Khuong LLC.
*They are NOT returnable to PurseFramesOutlet.Etsy.com OR WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com.
*They have all been tested for lead and they all have a proprietary 2-coat process that allows you to wipe off fingerprints easily.
*They were made in the same high standards, but had been weeded out for their minor defects from shipping or otherwise.

I am so thrilled to be launching this to you all first.  This new design will add another product to your lines of clutches.  It’s easier to make, adds another price point, AND….

*Lowers your material cost by having lower priced purse frames.
*Lowers your material cost because you can use scrap fabric from other projects.
*Lower your material cost because you can use the less expensive quilting cottons that are perfect for this project and are easily found at your local shops.

And lower material costs means a BIGGER PROFIT for you!

Thank you for your support of using our fine frames (however defective) because it also allows us to up-cycle these otherwise great frames.

So stay tuned!  It will launch within 2 weeks.  It will start shipping out June 21.  I will keep you posted and you will be the first to know!

June 7, 2011 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS, WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Back in stock!

Alert for all those who have been asking and waiting so patiently …

Thank you, thank you, thank you … for all your support.  In the first 3 months of this year, I sold as many frames as I did 1/2 of last year! From small sales of 5 frames at a time to hundreds … I’ve grown my business a lot.  I have reinvested all this back into the business – save for a lunch out here or there!  🙂

Many of the big handbag makers ordered even more privately.  The feedback that I keep getting is “I’ve tried many frames, and yours is simply the best.”  “My clutches look so much better with your frames.”  So even these large handbag makers see the value in having consistently high quality frames that they can depend on. They know that they can save time by having dependable high-end, high-quality frames for their clutches and handbags.  They have also switched to using Gutermann glue after seeing how much time they saved using a quick-setting glue, how tight it bonds the fabric to the frame, and how quickly I can ship it out to them.

What’s back in stock: These sold out much more quickly than my forecast.  Thanks for being patient!!!  In addition, with my inventory criss-crossing the country in the back of a FedEx truck … that didn’t help either.  I will try my best to not be in a SOLD OUT position.


*8×3 EleganceLock(TM) with loops nickel-free

*8×3 Duskcoat gunmetal(TM)

*6×3 nickel-free purse frame(TM)

What’s new that’s coming later on this week:

*10×3 nickel-free no loops – picture to come …

*8×3 DiamondCut(TM) brushed antique brass – I will post this separately in a new blog later today …

NEW! Hand-finished by custom order! DiamondCut(TM) brushed antique brass!!! It *sparkles* in the light!!!

What’s coming in 2 weeks or so:

*12×3.5 nickel-free no loops (for those wanting to make bigger bags with your own handles) – picture to come!

April 7, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

4.5x3s are back in!

Hi y’all!  (That’s from my livin’ in Oklahoma City.)

Just quick note to let all who asked about the 4.5x3s … they’re back!!

I do want to alert my long-time users of this size that the u-channel is smaller by a smidge.  For those with a really accurate caliper … less than .05mm.  It falls within the variance but it’s not exact as I would like.  There should not be any difference in the usage and functionality with that small of a variance.  You will not need to switch up your fabrics or interface.

But the finish is better so I went with these.  Every batch is different but the new plating company for nickel-free that I’ve been working with has just really done a splendid job with the finish!

Old batch on left. New batch on right.

LOVE these.  They are …  well, they are real and they are spectacular! (Name that show!)

Aren’t they so much shinier and brilliant???

Oh, swoon …  🙂

April 5, 2011 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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