Etsy Credit Card Reader!

Etsy keeps getting better and better for me as a seller and you as a buyer! This week brings  an Etsy credit card reader. It is the little thing that plugs into a cell phone to swipe credit cards. Now I can use this in person when my local customers want to buy direct from me! You don’t even have to be an Etsy member to buy from me in person.

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Introducing the Etsy Credit Card Reader!

For my local customers – you can finally  use your credit cards to make a purchase from me, and  without having to sign up for Etsy.  It will work for both of my shops.

As are far security, Etsy has it covered. Etsy card reader is fully PCI level 1 compliant and meets industry security standards. Encryption occurs at the reader, and we do not store any credit card information on the device – Etsy

My card reader will be arriving shortly and will make the local holidays sales even easier :)  I’ll have more iPhone and smartphone wristlets, zipper bags, diaper bags, and artwork for you next week.  Have a great weekend all!



New iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Clutches and Wristlets

If you’ve peeked into my shop, you will have notice that I have been adding new wristlets and clutches that will fit the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus all week. I am working on more, and listing new wristlets and clutches daily.

iPhone 6 wristlets:  will fit the iPhone 6 as well as any phone up to 5.75 inches in length

iPhone 6 Plus clutches and zipper wristlets that will fit the iPhone 6 plus as all phones up to 6.75 inches in length

Here is a sample of what is available right now:


Velvety soft beige faux suede clutch has extra padding and will fit the iPhone 6 Plus

Will fit the iPhone 6

Black and white houndstooth wristlet will fit the iPhone 6


Black lace over black satin zipper clutch will fit the iPhone 6 plus. Inside is hot pink satin lining.


Chess and chess board iPhone 6 wristlet


Fun faux cow fur zipper wristlet will fit the iPhone 6 plus. Inside is cow print cotton & 2 credit card pockets.


Runners wristlet is perfect for the gym and your favorite runner or jogger. Will fit the iPhone 6


Vintage campers wristlet will fit the iPhone 6


Night owls wristlet will fit the iPhone 6 and any phone up to 5.75 in length


Black lace over black satin wristlet will fit the iPhone 6. I will be making more lace & satin wristlets – stay tuned!

The Night owls and Vintage Campers are being listed today. More to come all week!

iPhone 6 Wristlets Coming Soon

Last week Apple released information on their newest phones. Now we have the dimensions of each of the two newest phones – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 is a little longer than the iPhone 5 and the 6Plus is a quite a bit bigger.

Currently,  I do have some zipper wristlets and clutches that will fit each of the phones on my shop. However I am tweaking my best selling wristlet to fit the longer iPhone 6.  I have a whole stack cut and ready for sewing.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wristlets cut and ready for sewing

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wristlets cut and ready for sewing

I will be posting them in my shop by the end of this week. If there is a fabric that you would like, leave me an email or comment, and I will add it to my stack.

My thought on the larger iPhone 6 Plus is that it would be better protected in the zipper wristlets or in the extra padded clutches.  This pretty butterfly and roses clutch is the newest of my padded clutches that are perfect for the iPhone 6 or any of the larger smartphones, phablets, or tablet phones.

Extra padded clutch for tablet phones

Extra padded clutch for tablet phones

This is clutch is up on my shop. Watch for more to be listed all week. :-)

Always Bunnies in the Yard

I’ve written over the years about the many, many bunnies that make our yard their home.  They are still happily invading the garden and living the life around here.

Momma bunny enjoying the sun

Momma bunny enjoying the sun

This gal is sunbathing in the backyard. We are doing some reworking of the yard and she loves the dusty dirt to hang out on.

Time for your close up!

Time for your close up!

When I can, I try to catch some photos of them. Although this photo is a little blurry, it lets me see how her fur is colored and the proportion of her eyes and ears to her face.   I haven’t painted rabbits in a while, but she would look marvelous in a painting. :-)

August 12 is Sewing Machine Day

Time to celebrate – it is Sewing Machine Day!

Hand cranked sewing machine

Hand cranked sewing machine

Where would we be without sewing machines?!  Hand sewing clothing, draperies, tents….Yikes!!

The first functioning sewing machine created an uproar as many new automated machines tend to do.   It  ” …was invented by the French tailor, Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830. Thimonnier’s machine used only one thread and a hooked needle that made the same chain stitch used with embroidery. The inventor was almost killed by an enraged group of French tailors who burnt down his garment factory because they feared unemployment as a result of his new invention.”  (

The uproar continued on with patent disputes between Walter Hunt, Elias Howe, and Isaac Singer.


Helen Augusta Blanchard of Portland, Maine (1840-1922) brought us the 1st zig-zag stitch machine in 1873. The zig-zag stitch better seals the edges of a seam, making a garment sturdier. Helen Blanchard also patented 28 other inventions including a hat-sewing machine, surgical needles, and other improvements to sewing machines. (

The invention of the sewing machine triggered the emergence of a new industry

The invention of the sewing machine triggered the emergence of a new industry

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And finally – the electric sewing machine! The first mechanical sewing machines were used in garment factory production lines. It was not until 1889 that a sewing machine for use in the home was designed and marketed. By 1905, the electrically-powered sewing machine was in wide use. (

So there you have it – the abbreviated  history of how the sewing machine came to be and make our lives so much easier!  Now go give your sewing machine a hug!