Busy with a Custom Order

Grilling mitts for the large man's hand

Grilling mitts for the large man’s hand

I haven’t been blogging lately because I just finished my first Etsy custom order! It was for what I affectionately call Big Ol’ Grillin” Mitts. They are oven mitts for a big guy’s hand. Yep, I used a big guy (6’4” tall) as the hand model for this baby. I had made him one a few years earlier, and he loved it. He recommended that I make a few and try to sell them on Etsy. Well, they have been sitting in my shop, not selling, until a very nice lady from Texas asked me if I would make her a pair. So I did. Yay!
The above image is for two mitts that I am currently selling in my Etsy Shop (Pretty Colorful). I have made a few adjustments in my sewing technique because my new sewing machine doesn’t like to sew through thick fabrics. These mitts have two layers of batting: Insul-Bright (heat resistant batting) and thin cotton.

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Give me a reason to buy your products

have angel policy will buy

I just attended the Scrapbook Expo in Mesa, Arizona this weekend. I had a blast, took a class, did a make-and-take, and met some very nice people. I wandered through the booths several times and bought some new tools and supplies.

PLEASE, if you are a scrapbook/cardmaking/papercrafting company, have an Angel Policy. If you don’t have the basic “if you buy our products you can sell anything you make using our products as long as they are handcrafted” Angel Policy, I won’t be buying your products. Even if they are the most gorgeous papers, stamps, embossing, die-cutting or hand punch tools in the universe; just on the off-chance that I might decide to use one of the products in a card that I chose to sell.

I fully support the rights of every artist to protect their designs. However, I just have to put it out there, if you are so concerned about your creation, why mass produce and sell it to the crafting public? What do you thing we’re going to do with all of this nifty, beautiful stuff? And be honest, by buying your products, we are putting money IN your pocket, not taking it OUT.
I would love to try some of the paper, stamps, cutting dies and embossing folders that I have seen, but if I can’t find an Angel Policy, I won’t buy them.

Examples of generous Angel Policies:
Hot Off the Press: http://www.paperwishes.com/articles/id/67148
Hunkydory Crafts: http://www.hunkydorycrafts.co.uk/acatalog/Angel-Policy.html
Sizzix: http://www.sizzix.com/angel
Stampendous: http://www.stampendous.com/angel-policy/