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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New duct tape wallets -- obese with cuteness and photos on: October 04, 2010 11:43:36 AM
So I decided to try something new with my wallets, and make up my own little critters and things to put on them. I've never been very confident with my drawing skills, but I'm pretty chuffed with how these turned out (simplified as they are). I also tried to work in some embroidery, which is kind of difficult on tape, but mostly turned out well...right? Tongue

Comments, criticisms & suggestions always appreciated!

Owl: ("Like I give a hoot")

Burger: ("I like meat")


Skull + Crossbones:

Union Jack:

Candy Corn:

Bumble Bee:

Happy Cloud:

Wormy Apple: (The worm is saying "Nom!")

Mustache: (This is one of my smaller ones, but opened up)
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Price advice? on: April 15, 2010 09:26:30 AM
I need some definitive advice about the prices for my wallets in my Etsy shop: http://CheshireNat.etsy.com

I've had friends (and customers!) tell me that I should raise my prices because of my craftsmanship, but a lot of my competition charges far less than I do (though, for wallets with fewer pockets, no ID slot etc.) and I've noticed that the items I put on sale have been selling like hotcakes.

So, should I raise my prices? Lower them a little bit? Keep them the same? How much would you all pay for one of my items?

Any advice would be incredibly helpful!!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Harley Quinn/Star Wars Duct Tape Purses! on: June 15, 2009 11:44:43 AM
Hey everybody!

It's been years since I've attempted any duct tape purses, and I'm super happy with how these came out. They're made almost entirely of duct tape (layers and layers and layers of duct tape) rather than duct tape on cardboard or some other combination that I've messed around with before.  They hold their shape, but aren't all stiff and cumbersome. So I'm pleased. What do you all think?

They're also decorated with comic book covers, one of Harley Quinn (The Joker's super hilarious side kick) and a cover of a 1981 comic book adaptation of the Empire Strikes Back! That was a total awesome find. A friend of mine, who is a huge Star Wars fan, came by and INSISTED she buy the Star Wars bag from me right then and carried it that night. I was proud. Smiley

They both snap shut, and have one pocket on the inside to hold a cell phone or something like that.

Hopefully going to go pick up some new supplies tonight to make a few more. Yay!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Mini Duct Tape Wallet Experiment! (Lots of pics!) on: May 23, 2009 03:37:20 PM
Hey everybody! Ok. So I was working on some duct tapey things, and started thinking about my dad. This man likes to use the smallest wallets you can buy. The ones I typically make....well, they're not so small. So I tried to see what I could do. I adapted my typical formula to a 3" x 4" size.

Some of these feature "Rock Cards" these totally goofy trading cards from the late 80s/early 90s. I found them at an antique store years ago, and this seemed like the perfect thing to do with them.

What do you all think? C&C appreciated!

Optimus Prime: (I love the silver chrome duct tape!!)

Tommy Lee:

Fry (from Futurama):

Bret Michaels:

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Duct Tape Checkbooks! Lots o' pics! on: April 29, 2009 05:42:53 PM
Hey everybody!  Ok. So I've been working on a whole batch of duct-tapey items, but so far these checkbooks are the ones I am the most proud of. I love them to pieces and they take a bit longer to make than wallets or clutch purses, but it is so well worth it.

And they all snap shut. Sewing snaps onto duct tape is not the most fun thing to do ever, but it's very satisfying to snap them closed when I'm finished. Haha.

Let me know what you all think. Feedback & CC will be much appreciated!

The entire batch, all together!

Futurama Checkbook (image clipped from one of the Futurama GNs):

Annnnnnd the inside! I was shooting the pictures at night near a crappy lamp, so the colors are a bit off. Boo!

Fall Out Boy! Featuring a promo sticker from Infinity on High.

And the inside. 5 pockets, ID holder, long "hidden" pocket.

This one is a collage of a bunch of magazine clippings. Badonkadonk!

And inside, again.

Thanks for looking! <3
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Squirrls don't just eat acorns! on: May 13, 2008 02:16:23 PM
So I've been lurking around Craftster for a few months (it's so enlightening to know that there are people out there as talented and crafty as so many of you are!) but this is my first official post!  I'm so nervous! Here goes...

Basically, since graduating from college I've seemed to "outgrow" many of my favorite t-shirts. So I had a bright idea: why not make purses and tote bags out of them?  Here is my first attempt:

This one was made from a plain yellow t-shirt, a blue Johnny Cupcakes t-shirt (the squirrel is eating a cupcake!) and the main lining is from a polka dot blouse. Inside shot (there's one small pocket):

And--this is the best part!--the Squirrel is a pocket! 

Also, I used this tutorial: http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html
And (it may be obvious) I sewed the entire thing by hand.

Let me know what you think!  Grin  Thanks for looking!
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