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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Durability of Stitch Witchery? on: June 04, 2006 10:40:24 AM
Okay - here's the deal.  I've got these RAAR grr ugggh labels from a gal on Ebay, and my mom happened to give me a HUGE roll of regular weight stitch witchery about the same time.  I have been attaching the labels using just stitch witchery, but my bags are all made to be washable and durable (take a beating, etc, without stealing someone else's slogan), and so I was wondering if anyone knows whether the stitch witchery should hold up with the beatings we all give our purses?  Should I go ahead and stitch them down too, just to be safe?  I'd hate to have the tags fall off on someone - if that happened to me I'd think the person did shoddy work  Shocked (in general, if I didn't know them, ya know?)
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Reasonably priced, washable labels! on: May 18, 2006 09:22:56 AM
So, I've been searching high and low for decently priced, low minimums labels that can be washed with my bags.  Most people want like 250-500 minimum and they're way out of a start up girl's price range Smiley

I finally got the bright idea to check out Ebay - and I've just ordered from this lady.  She's GREAT in communcation, and I'll update once I receive the labels.  I'm super excited because she's easy to work with, and if you already have a logo there's no charge for using that instead of her stock designs.  RARE to find, let me tell you!!!  Smiley

http://stores.ebay.com/Dianna-Wright-Originals_W0QQsspagenameZdomainQQtZkm
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Catalog at craft fair? on: May 16, 2006 03:26:58 PM
So, I've been gleaning some wonderful ideas from all the posts here, and feel pretty ready for my first fair in a few weeks (excpet the inventory thing, but I'm working on that Grin

My question is this - I do a lot of custom work, as well as just purses that I like, and don't keep examples on hand of the custom styles.  I will have a table in my booth, and so I thought about possibly making a color "catalog" binder of sorts with photos of my custom works in it, so people browsing can see what else is available.

Is this a good idea?  Or am I just cluttering my table with something no one's ever going to look at?
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Purse closure Opinions Please on: May 16, 2006 11:16:23 AM
Okay, I've asked this on my blog, but I know I'll get a seasoned response from fellow Craftsters Smiley

So, I discover this faire and decide it's for me - now I have a dilemma...

If you were to see a designer selling just three styles of bags in various prints/colors/whatever, would it matter to you that these designs don't necessarily have a zipper? I know a lot of people want zippers for security, but I'm also selling zippered makeup/id bags that fit nicely in even the small bags. These designs don't work with zippers (the curves are too steep, tried it, looks horrid), so will have pockets and snap closures.

Thoughts?
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pouch O Pads on: April 27, 2006 09:21:45 AM
So, I received my New Moon pads yesterday (YAY!) and immediately pulled out my fabric samples and made a pouch just for them.  Because pads that pamper me deserve to be pampered.

So, my silk and suede pouch does the trick....


FRONT - polka dot suede


BACK - lavendar dupioni silk


INSIDE - sorry, my camera didn't like the inside shot - light green suede and royal blue dupioni silk

I eat it   Grin
Plus, it only took about 20 minutes Smiley
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Full bolts of interfacing? on: March 31, 2006 01:02:14 PM
So, I think I can do this, but I wanted to hear if others had tried this.  I know I can order a full bolt of the interfacing I want at Joann's with my 40% coupon (WHOO!!!)

My question is, what have your experiences been with this?  Or just ordering full bolts from Joann's in general?  About how long does it take to arrive?  Is it a big pain to do?  I'm probably going to go order it tomorrow, but being that I often find the persons employed there know little, it's hard to expect an easy process.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Grieving Shrine advice on: February 28, 2006 02:40:03 PM
Hi all,

Boy, this is tough to write, but here goes.  I want to make myself a shrine, to help me  heal.  We've been trying for three years, unsuccesfully, to get pregnant.  I'm learning that the inability to conceive is a loss that has caused me to enter the grieving process, and mourn.  I would like to create a shrine to the loss of those dreams, and all that comes with that.  I'm really not sure what this would look like, and I've never made a shrine before.  Do any of you have suggestions?  Anything jump to mind?  This would be different than most shrines I've seen here.  It would definately not be on display, but I would keep it readily available to myself, so when the darkness comes, I can bring it out. I'm just at a loss past this point.
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Shrine unicorn zombie apocalypse - Another round? on: February 28, 2006 12:40:12 PM
I eat the idea of making a shrine for someone else.  Would anyone else be up for another round of this?
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / MODIFIED Post Secret Round 3 - All Ages? on: February 25, 2006 10:16:39 PM
Is anyone interested in doing another round of this?  I just caught up on the last round, and keep dreaming of postcards to send out (weird, fantasizing about sharing my secrets, but I do).  I don't know if I qualify to organize, but I could try my hand at it if so.  Would anyone be interested in participating?

**Edit:  I checked it out - I'm completely willing to organize this round if enough people are interested in participating.  If you're not sure what this entails, look here for info:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=47174.0
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ATTACK of the polka dots! (3 imgs) on: February 19, 2006 08:25:03 PM
Heh, so I like polka dots, I was super excited when someone ordered this.  But honestly, it was a pain, because I just learned arigurumi while I've been sick (adult chickenpox, ACK!), so I'm aching to get back to my green flying pig Smiley

Anywho - here it is.....in all it's polka and dotted glory







The envelope in there is just a card that goes out with all my orders Smiley

-The Bean of Mean
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