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Hard at Work

Hard at Work: Wine and Card Wallets

I’ve been hard at work tonight, making up new card wallets for the shop. Ok, I’ve also been drinking wine. It only helps the sewing process! The wine is from an excellent local winery, Pheasant Hollow. If you’re in the area, I suggest you drop by and pick up a bottle of the Pink Lace. It’s wonderfully sweet. Of course, if sweet isn’t your thing, they make many other equally enjoyable wines.

Back to the sewing bit, I’m slowly working on adding new card wallets to my Etsy shop. I just added the one in the photo at left, so if you’d like to own a little piece of Anodyne Design blog history, you can pick it up. I’ve also been tossing around an idea for a new, cooler wristlet for the past few days. I’ll try to make one up over the weekend and see what you all think of it.

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Holiday Shopping Season

Moonlight Garden Card Wallet

With the official start of the holiday shopping season only days away, I’ve been hard at work making up new card wallets and wristlets for the shop. I’ve been working out a new design for the wristlets, and making coordinated wristlet/wallet sets. I’ve got a custom laptop bag I’m working on for a friend, too. All this creating has been fun, but has certainly cut into my blogging, and I’m sorry I disappeared for a few days.

How will you do your holiday shopping? Do you brave the crowds on Black Friday? Do you wait until the last minute to do your shopping? Or will you eschew crowded stores altogether and do your shopping online? I know Etsy will be a great place to do some shopping for handmade gifts. What other unique online shops will you be visiting? (Really, I want to know so I can check them out.)

I normally don’t go out on Black Friday (although I do love bargains!). I usually take my time finding gifts and do a bit of online and offline shopping. As part of family tradition, my father and I wait until Christmas Eve to go out and finish our shopping. It’s crazy, but it’s our thing, and it lets us have some quality father daughter time during the holidays. I know we both look forward to it. After our day of last minute shopping, we finish up with a nice dinner out. My mom, brother, and SciFi Man have been getting a little jealous of our ritual lately, and have been inviting themselves to after-shopping dinner. I can’t really blame them, though. This year, I am planning to go out to JoAnn Fabrics (the best fabric game in my town) on Friday. There’s going to be some good deals. Since I’m planning to make a lot of the gifts I give this year, it would be silly not to try to find a bargain. And after I make the long drive home in December, I know my Dad and I will be waiting until the last minute to finish our shopping together.

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Online Swapping

Wallets for “Look What I Made” Swap (Based on That*Darn*Kat’s Tutorial)

After my fun trade with KeelyB, I did a little poking around on the internet to see if I can find another way to do some trading. I found Swap-Bot. Swap-Bot is a site that makes it easy to set up swaps for all sorts of things–it matches participants for you, helps you track when items are sent and received, lets you share photos of the things that have been swapped, and most importantly, allows swappers rate each other, so that you can have some assurance that you aren’t trading with an unsavory swapper. There’s still risk involved, but it’s comforting to see that someone has managed to send their swaps out and that the recipients have been pleased with them.

Wallet Bound for NorwayRight now, I’m involved in a crock pot recipe swap (mmm!), a CD swap, a lip balm swap, and a “look what I made” swap. I’ve been making up some pretty fabric wallets for that last swap, using a tutorial from that*darn*kat. These wallets are a bit fancier than my simple card wallets. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out, and I may have to make one for myself. If you’re looking for a way to trade crafty goodness with others, I recommend you check out Swap-Bot. I haven’t been disappointed yet. (Oh, and of course, it’s free to use.)

Do you swap or trade? If not through swap-bot, then how?

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New Card Wallets

Fresh Batch of Card Wallets

I made up a batch of card wallets yesterday. These are are a fun little project to make. And the wallets are so versatile. I first made one to hold my business cards, but really they can hold all sorts of things–money, credit cards, small gifts, jewelry, feminine products, and anything else that’s no larger than 3″x4.75″.

Some of these wallets already have new homes and the others will end up in my Etsy shop today. I have more of all of the fabrics in the photo, so if there’s something you would like that you don’t see in my shop, please feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to make one up just for you! And if you’re just waiting until one catches your fancy, keep checking back. I’ll be making more soon.

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Card Wallet

Card Wallet

After getting my pretty new business cards, which turned out just lovely, I realized I needed a way to carry them around with me. So, always ready to grab on to a reason to avoid what I really should be doing and run with it, I whipped up a quick little card wallet.

It’s just the right size for business cards. I made it with a piece of brown corduroy lined with a pink and purple berry print and sealed it up with a brass snap. This was also my first chance to use one of my new sew-in labels, and I love it. I feel like the label made the whole thing look more “official” and finished.