Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wallets for Sale … Get-cher Fresh Wallet Patterns

I'm still fumbling my way through setting up shop on Etsy, but the downloadable PDF wallet pattern is live and available for purchase, here. You can also click the Etsy link at the top of the left sidebar once this post gets buried. (I've got 10 downloadable patterns for purchase at the moment. If there's a huge run — LOL — don't worry, I'll put up more right away.)

I have a new-found respect for all the pretty photos on Etsy. Getting that perfect photo is a lot harder than it looks.

I'm still not 100% happy with my pics but I think they'll do until I get better.

Thanks to my testers! I think your suggestions were great and I've incorporated most of them into the instructions to make construction as clear as possible.

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Thanks for all of your good wishes! The interview yesterday went very well. They've asked me back for a second interview on Tuesday, to meet with the department peeps with whom I'd be working.

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It's kind of strange for me here in Florida to be watching a hurricane from afar. Tyler's unit flew from Yuma AZ to Cherry Point NC yesterday, just in time to be in the direct path of Irene. The pilots took the Harriers inland instead of returning to base. Once back "home," Tyler moved his car to higher ground before they were restricted to barracks. The Jeep had a dead battery so it stayed put. But it's lifted and sits very high up anyway. My sister and her husband are riding out the storm and watching over their boat at my mom's house in Eastern Virginia, while mom is on her way to Iowa to visit friends. I haven't heard any details from any of them yet, although I did hear a few mumblings from Tyler a few minutes ago when I woke him up — he's still on Pacific time so is sleeping in late. Even if they're on generator power at the base, I'm sure there's more than enough MREs around to keep everyone fed.


meredithp said...

Love them. Off to your Etsy site.

What is it that is so mezmerizing about hurricane coverage? Is it just Floridians (current and former) who watch, or is everyone interested. Watching NJ and metro NYC prepare is amazing. I hope it turns out to be nothing, but I don't know how it will, the storm surge...

fourkid said...

I got mine! You pack a lot into that one wallet - exactly what I have been looking for.
Thanks and blessings,

shams said...

It looks great, Debbie! I plan to buy one!

Kris C. said...

I ordered mine! Looks like you sold quite a few and had to "restock" already - woohoo!

Sew-4-Fun said...

Congrats on the second interview. Keeping my fingers & toes crossed. In the meantime I hope you sell lots of patterns and custom made bags/wallets.

Mom said...

Beautiful job! I loved your wallets.

nikki said...

I've been lurking but reading intently! It's so exciting to see what you're up to! I hope your Etsy shop does well!

Virginia said...

Just ordered. I'm so glad you have this available now.

KellysSewing said...

Bought your pattern yesterday, love instant delivery. (-: Have made two already. Your instructions are perfect, easy to read and follow.... (couldn't visualize steps 7 & 8 on initial read through, but when it came time to do them, it was a breeze.) Great job!! Great pattern!!

Lori said...

great job on the wallets, good luck on the patterns and with the second interview.

fourkid said...

Oh-oh. I did not get my pattern (was waiting for the 24 hour span to pass). I did leave my e-mail address in the comments portion. But I was struggling with paypal to operate properly and so there is probably some glitch related to that.

The Sunflower Patch said...

You had me at OOO Rah! As my son is also a Marine :)Love your wallets.
Hope your family stays safe!
Found you through "Sew Darn Crafty"

Kristie said...

Wow! Great pattern:)

Hey, thanks for putting my Bag Lady Week button on your blog! What a nice surprise to find it here :)

Have a great day!

angie.a said...

I'm trying to catch up. :) I made it through September and part of August a few days ago and now look how far I got this morning!

Anywho...trying bouncing your light source (window?) with a piece of white foamcore board. Just angle it above/to the side/etc. so that the light "bounces" back down onto your wallet and that should clear out those last remaining shadowy bits you have in the corners.

Another tip is, depending on what lens/camera you have, if you can play with a bit shallower depth of field, you won't see the seams of your shelf/box. If you can, pull your object farther away from the edge, then play with aperature. It'll be tricky if that IS a box of shelf though. You probably won't have enough room to pull the wallet far enough away to completely get rid of the seams. So...what I used to do when I was a seller, was either use a highly textured background (I'm a vintagey person, so I had an old chenille throw, and an old farmhouse table, so the wood is awesome) OR if I really wanted a "high key" seamless white effect, I built my own "photo box" for items using foam core sheets and a glue gun. For something as small as your wallet, that would be fairly simple. You probably don't even need sides. Just a bottom/back.

This is the wordiest comment I've ever left. ;)