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Not a snap to be found…

When I went to get out my snaps to finish off this pretty stack of card wallets, I discovered I only had 3 heavy duty snaps left. And they’re apparently not so heavy duty anyway. The first one I installed broke off the first time I tried to pull it open. Anybody got a good heavy duty snap recommendation?

Update: Nevermind. My heavy duty snaps are just poor excuses for snaps. I tried with some simpler pearl snaps, and every wallet is now finished, and plenty sturdy. First dibs at tomorrow’s farmer’s market. Second dibs on the website probably on Sunday.

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Find Anodyne Design at Re-

reAnodyne Design Eco Wristlets and Card Wallets can now be found at re-, in the Peoria Metro Center. re- specializes in items made from re-cycled, re-purposed, or re-claimed materials. Anodyne Design products appearing there are made from recycled linens and clothing, turning unwanted and unloved fabrics into new, ready-to-love accessories.

re- has an amazing variety of sustainable products in stock, ranging from organic children’s items to re-purposed glass bottles, and reclaimed wood from wine barrels turned into platters and a lazy susan (which I oh-so-desperately want!). I picked up a special housewarming gift for my brother when I was there, and I know he’s going to love it. re- also offers a variety of classes geared towards creating something new out of something old, like old sweaters into pretty brooches and old tin cans into jewelry.  Definitely stop by and check out this unique shop if you’re in town!

Here’s a peek at some of the Anodyne Design wristlets and wallets you’ll find at re-:

Eco Wristlet made from recycled linens and sweater.
Eco Wristlet made from recycled linens and sweater.
Card Wallets made from recycled material.
Card Wallets made from recycled material.

There’s more, so you’ll have to stop by to check them out!

P.S. There’s still time to take advantage of 25% off your total order at my Etsy shop if you get me up to 100 sales (I’m currently at 98). See the details here.

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Psst… A little note about a deal.

Everyday Wallet in Pinwheels

I just thought you might want to know about an opportunity to save a little cash. Anodyne Design is 2 sales away from 100 on Etsy right now. I’m offering 25% off your total sale price if you get to me to 100 (which means, either buy 2 items, or wait and hope someone else buys 1 before you buy.) The catch is that you either have to be a fan of Anodyne Design on Facebook (see that little box to the left?) or following me on Twitter, and you have to leave a note in the “notes to seller” saying either “Facebook” or “Twitter” (which one is your call, but it would probably make most sense if you chose based on which way you’re hooked up with Anodyne Design.)

I’ve added a bunch of new items to the shop over the past week, including wristlets, everyday wallets, card wallets, and new upcycled eco card wallets, so there’s lots to choose from.

It’s probably in your best interest to fan or follow me anyway, so you’ll be notified of future deals (like the giveaway that’s coming up for Facebook fans once I reach 100 fans). I don’t know about you, but I love a deal.

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Group Photo

I made another stack of wallets. There’s something so satisfying to me to see a stack of matching items together. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but it makes me happy. So of course I needed to photograph the stack.

Stack of Card Wallets
A fresh stack of card wallets.

Doesn’t the group just look so nice? I’m also loving the different colors of cowgirl snaps I used on the wallets. It’s so nice to have options now, instead of just the plain pearl and silver for everything.

Just FYI: I’m listing these wallets in my Etsy shop, in case one strikes your fancy.

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The Everyday Wallet

Introducing the Everyday Wallet — the newest addition to Anodyne Design!

A Stack of Everyday Wallets

If you have been following the blog, you know I have been working on this design for awhile. It feels great to have settled on a final version! This new wallet folds shut and stays shut with a pretty little snap. Inside, you’ll find three pockets for credit cards, cash, and anything else. You will also find a zippered pocket to hold change and other loose items. Even with all that, the wallet is pretty thin and can easily fit into a pocket or small bag.

This is definitely a step up from the card wallets I usually make. And for me, it finally means that my card wallet can really be just for my business cards, and everything else I keep in my wallet can now be neatly organized with room to spare in the Everyday Wallet. Of course, if you don’t already have a card wallet, there is space in the Everyday Wallet for your business cards, too. I hope you will love this new design as much as I do!

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Prototype Wallet

New Wallet

I used yesterday productively and created this prototype for a new wallet. It’s definitely fancier than my usual card wallets, with more places to keep things and even a zippered pocket for little things. I’ve still got a few things to iron out, but this is definitely a design that will be finding its way into the shop soon. I love this slim little wallet (and I love the little bird print I used)! SciFi Man has been asking me for a card wallet to keep in his front pocket, but I think this design may meet his needs even better.

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Ice Storm = Productivity

We had our second ice storm in as many weeks today, and it looks like it’s going to continue into tomorrow. It was bad enough that the university was closed and I got to spend the day at home, instead of at work. I planned ahead this time and went grocery shopping yesterday, so SciFi Man and I were able to watch a House episode we hadn’t seen and warm ourselves up with beef stew from the crock pot and biscuits.

Paisley Sea Denim Card Wallet

I also finished up a bunch of card wallets I’ve been working on through the week and listed them in the shop. I’ll try to do a few more tonight and get them listed tomorrow. I’ve got some pretty cranberry red ones coming up next that I think are going to be lovely. One of the wallets I posted today is a bit more environmentally friendly that my other wallets have been. It includes a denim lining made from recycled jeans. The jeans were still in great condition, and I hated to see them go to waste, so they went to wallets instead. I think it makes the wallet a bit more “heavy duty,” too.

If you’ve read many of the recent posts on this blog, you know I’m interested in doing what I can to have a smaller impact on the environment, so the idea of recycling clothing into something new appeals to me. But what do you think of the idea? Would you buy a new product made from recycled fabric?

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Bloggy Giveaways Carnival

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Bloggy Giveaways is hosting another giveaway carnival. This is the third one I’ve known about, and I thought it was time I participate. If you have just stumbled across this blog via Bloggy Giveaways (or your own creative devices), welcome! If you are a regular reader of Anodyne Design, you may already know that from time to time I give away something handmade. (To see examples of the types of things I make, check my Etsy shop or Flickr.) Now seemed like as good a time as any to give away something else!

Before I get to the good stuff, there are some “rules” we have to take care of. This blog giveaway carnival thing always gets huge. And that means lots of people who want to be winners (and believe me, I totally get you) are flying through blogs leaving comments without ever actually reading more than a sentence on the blog (not you, though! You are clearly reading more than that!) I’m sorry, but the price of admission to this giveaway is that you at least read the rules.

So please, to be entered to win this giveaway, leave a comment on this post with:

  • a valid email or web address (you can’t win if I can’t contact you!)
  • a reason why you should be the winner

That’s it. The rules really aren’t so bad, are they? I’d love it if you stayed awhile and checked out the rest of Anodyne Design, or added it to your feed reader for later, but that’s completely optional.

Now, the good stuff. You’ll be entering to win a Modern Diamonds Card Wallet, handmade by me.

Modern Diamonds Card Wallet

The card wallet can hold all sorts of things–business cards, credit cards, ID, cash, small gifts, feminine products, and anything else no bigger than 3″ x 4.75″. The outside is corduroy, and it closes with a pretty pearl and silver snap. Pattern placement may vary a bit on the actual giveaway wallet.

The giveaway will run from 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 28th to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31st. From the comments that followed the rules, I will select a winner based on the comment that most captured my attention (and I’m sure you can think of all sorts of ways to do that). A second winner will be selected with a random number generator, so you have two chances to win: pure luck (and following the rules) and a little bit of luck and a whole lot of interesting (and following the rules). The prize for the second winner will be an as-yet-to-be-selected card wallet (so if you want, tell me your favorite color in your comment, too, and if you’re the winner of the second card wallet, I’ll see what I can do for you). Anyone can enter. I will ship internationally. I will announce to winner in a blog post on Friday, February 1.

Get to it! And good luck in all your attempts to be a winner.