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471  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: When copycats profit... on: September 13, 2005 04:24:32 PM
Back when I was first engaged (years ago), I went to a local jeweler and gave them specs for a custom made wedding ring.  It would have been beautiful.

I went back two weeks later to see the wax mold they had made up.  It didn't really look like what I had envisioned.  But the company actually said to me, "We like this one so much we're going to start mass-producing it!"  I kid you not!

I'm glad it wasn't my vision they were reproducing, but I was mad enough about them stealing what they thought was my idea (it was actually their interpretation of my idea) that I investigated the idea of copyrighting my design.  My plans were to have a different jeweler do the design for me once I had it copyrighted.  Alas (actually THANK GOD), the fiance and I broke up and it never got that far.  I did send them a nasty letter though.

Now, I'm happily married with a non-original ring that I love even more.  Actually, it's kinda custom, the engagement ring and wedding band were two separate items not really meant to go together, but I get compliments on it all the time.  I have seen another lady wearing a very similiar version of it, just with different shaped stones - mine are all round, her's were all emerald shaped.  I would love the emerald shaped ones but hubby and I are not striking it rich anytime soon.  Wink
472  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: four new purses... on: September 12, 2005 07:41:16 PM
Love the purses!  I, too, like the first and last ones a lot!  I've often thought about making one like that first one.

Does anyone else think the purses pictured on the pattern (in the provided link) look like bustier's?  (not sure if I spelled that right!)  The top-right and bottom-left ones.  All they need is a bit of creative embroidery...   Grin
473  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: PURSE FOR CLUBBING??? on: September 12, 2005 03:48:07 PM
I think a wristlet would be good.  Just barely big enough for all your stuff, but secure.  Like a clutch but one end of the strap is attached to the zipper pull.  When the zipper is closed, both straps are on one end, you put this loop around your wrist and then hold onto the bag with your hand.  Usually the strap attached to the zipper pull is done with a snaphook (like a lanyard hook, or the little hook on a dog leash) so you can also use it in your purse, hook the strap around one of your purse handles so it won't fall out of your purse.  I made one once, but can't seem to find the picture.

Like this (only cooler):  Wink

These are kinda neat, but not the kind of wristlet I was talking about:
474  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My very first bag! on: September 12, 2005 12:20:06 PM
Very cute, and VERY GOOD for your first bag!  I love the lining.

I'm obsessed with brown lately.  Cheesy
475  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Diaperbag! (And, "You guys are crazy!") on: September 12, 2005 11:04:36 AM
Thanks everyone!  Actually, I do use Petunia Picklebottom as my inspiration.  I can't fathom spening $150 on a diaperbag.   Shocked  But other people do, which is why I am able to sell these for about $100.   Grin  But at least my clients are getting something original - almost all of my fabrics are discontinued and come from a local furniture store that sells the fabric after the furniture they are made with is discontinued, so no two are alike  Smiley

For the changing pad, I don't make it waterproof, just washable.  I use mine mostly when in a public restroom - to keep my baby's bottom off the grimy, germy, plastic changing area.  I am not worried about any urine soaking through my pad onto the changing area (though she rarely pees while changing her diaper), I am worried about germs and bacteria getting on the baby.  Are your clients specifically asking for waterproof?  Come to think of it, I think Petunia Picklebottom's bags are waterproof inside, but I've never had a need for that either (personally).

edited to add:  My layers just include fabric with a little bit of batting sandwiched inside for a bit of comfort.  I have a store-bought one just like this.

another edit:  If you really want waterproof, or at least water resistent, you could try spraying your completed project (pad and/or bag) wtih something like Scotch Guard.

476  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bridesmaid clutches on: September 12, 2005 09:36:27 AM
Gah!  You guys were so right!  I have officially become addicted to Craftster.  The last three nights in a row I have been up late on here (instead of sleeping)!.  

Here are some bridesmaid clutches I made a couple of years ago.  The red matched their dresses, then I made each one reversible so they could use it again.  (I wish I had my smaller labels at this time, the big ones are kinda overwhelming.)

(I think you guys call this a "jordy", this would be a mini version.)

477  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Diaperbag! (And, "You guys are crazy!") on: September 10, 2005 08:14:50 AM
Thanks guys!  I'm glad you like them.  I have seen the diapberbags with the changing pad as the flap, but I don't like them because my reasoning is if I'm changing my baby, I don't want my bag on the other side of me, out of reach.  So I made the pocket and separate pad instead.  I won't be doing another diaperbag for awhile, but will try to take pics and post a tut next time.

Here are a couple more photos of others:

478  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Diaperbag! (And, "You guys are crazy!") on: September 09, 2005 10:58:25 PM
I was doing a google search for a pattern for a hobo bag - I had a request for one.  And I ended up on here, looking at tinafish's tutorial.  I just have to say that you guys are crazy fun!  I have never seen so much crafting going on!  I have been looking at all of your pictures for the last 3 hours.  I was supposed to go to bed early tonight.   Roll Eyes  I will be doing the hobo bag shortly (and will post pics).

In the meantime, I thought I would share my usual fare...a diaperbag and a purse.  Smiley  The diaperbag includes two outside pockets (great for bottles, keys, sunglasses, etc) and four inside elasticized pockets, (two of which are for diapers and two for bottles, medications, etc).  All the straps are adjustable and removeable.  You can carry it as a shoulder (messenger) bag or a backpack.  It also includes a matching changing pad, easily accessible in the front velcroed pocket.    The opening has a zipper, the front flap veocroes as well. 

The purse has a magnetic snap closure.  I have also used a ribbon or a button when making it reversible.  Enjoy!

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