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Sewing Custom Orders

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I do a lot of custom orders for my sewing shop.  It is a lot of fun to see what a customer chooses for colors or design.


Collection of custom bags
Collection of custom bags
Laying out fabrics and choice of zippers as a design board for custom order
Laying out fabrics and choice of zippers as a design board for custom order


I have tweaked my designs at times because of what a customer would like.  One of my customers wanted hidden straps in her tote. After fooling with the design and changes in making the tote, I ended up loving the look of the hidden straps. It is now my current design with totes & diaper bags. The straps are still sewn in from the bottom seam, all the way up the bag, but now you can’t see it.

Train diaper bag
Train diaper bag

Quite often I don’t have the right colors of zippers or fabric on hand. That’s no problem. It is really easy to order what ever is needed.  Today a box with zippers and thread for several customers arrived.

Order of zippers and threads for custom orders
Order of zippers and threads for custom orders

It is always exciting to open up the box and see all the goodies! Time to get started 🙂

Etsy Credit Card Reader!

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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!



Monday’s Sneak Peek

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Good morning!
I’ve been busy with customs orders for both my sewing shop and my art shop for the past month or so. It’s always fun to paint and sew for customers, using new fabrics, new designs, painting new ideas, and new surfaces.

I am adding new items in both shops this week.  Here’s a sneak peek:

At SibStudio:

sibstudio dot com painted wine glasses
Red Poinsettia wine glasses – set of two

At  SibStudioSewing:

Wristlets and clutches coming to sibstudiosewing at Etsy
Wristlets and Clutches

The navy blue and white anchors and the turtle wristlets are already up on the shop. The rest are coming this week.

Enjoy the day!!


More February Snow

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Hope you are all warm and dry today!  Still winter, and still more snow here in Pennsylvania.  So far…. keeping fingers crossed…(!)  the electricity is on. We shoveled 12 inches off the driveway earlier. Guess we will see how much more snow or ice we get before it is all over. If you are enjoying life in a warm location – here’s a little sample of what you are missing 🙂

Still winter!
Still winter!

Ok, time to get back to work.  I have some fun new totes and small paintings to post over the next few days. In the meantime – stay warm and enjoy your day!

Postage Increase

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New year and new postage rates. In ten days, the Post Office is raising their shipping rates.  Domestic US rates is going up  a little for stamps and more for priority shipping.  Priority Mail retail prices will increase an average of 6.3%.

However, International rates are skyrocketing. A 56% increase, yikes!  On January 27, the cost of mailing a small padded envelope weighing 2 ounces to Canada, will go from $3.15 to $6.15.

I  keep my shipping cost as low as possible and will continue to do so.  I will be slightly increasing prices on some items in my sewing shop ( SibStudioSewing ), as well as increasing the international shipping fees, next weekend.  Because I only ship  to Domestic US and Canada from my art shop ( SibStudio ), there will be a slight increase in some of my shipping fees only.  Thank you for your understanding.