Tag Archive 'purses'

May 27 2011

Nice to be Included

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in a treasury at the Etsy site!

I was checking my emails for messages from friends, requests for m drol reviews and new recipes when I found a pleasant surprise. Susan, from HottieHandbags, included one of my bags in her treasury of beautiful blue bags. My bag is shown in the top row, second from the left. You can click on each bags picture if you would like more information about any of the bags shown. They are all handmade and, in my opinion, are beautiful!

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Apr 05 2010

Sarah Is Having a Giveaway!

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Sarah from Sarah’s Blog of Fun is having a giveaway! Be sure to check it out!

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Jan 02 2010

On Sale

Published by under a bit of everything

I made a few Christmas themed purses but didn’t get this one done in time to peak anyone’s interest. I am lowering the price to $20.00. This
disability appeal is to get your attention to see if anyone wants to put this back for next year. It has 3 pockets inside and one on the outside that is handy for a cell phone. It closes with a zipper. I used heavy interfacing for the handles and it is quilted with heavy batting to help it keep a sturdy shape.


This purse measures 16″ w x 8″ tall

handles have a 10″ drop and measure 25″

It has three inside pockets!

I love the fabric covered button.

Feel free to wander over to my Etsy Shop to see the other purses I have made.

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Dec 05 2009

Snowmen Purses

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I do believe I saw snow in our neck of the woods. Snow makes me long for Outer Banks vacations! The only snow flakes I care to see are the ones that formed these cute snowmen. I finished this bag for a friend. She plans to give it to her sister who loves snowmen.


If you get a chance, be sure to visit Winding Threads to read about Urban Knitters. You will smile at how these artisans beautify their world.

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Nov 20 2009

Above and Beyond with Red Rooster Pumpkin and Spice

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My sister thinks I am panel crazy! Now, I am not talking about electrical supplies here. I am talking about fabric panels. I just bought two Pumpkin and Spice fabric panels made by Red Rooster. I love the colorations of soft oranges and tans. I cannot wait to start sewing.

I received a phone call from the fabric shop where I ordered the two panels, Creative Quilt Kits because there was a problem with one of the panels. The nice sales clerk who called me, explained that there was a portion missing on one of the panels. Here is a picture:

While I do agree that there is a portion sliced off the side of one of the squares, it is very minute. I am still thrilled with the panel and cannot wait to start making a table topper or something with each of the squares. Everything was above and beyond what I expected. I would also like to say thank you to all their staff.

I am so pleased with this product. I spent so much money on fabric yesterday! It is a good thing that I sold this today:

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Oct 13 2009

Heads or Tails Cause

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Heads Or TailsThe theme for today’s Heads or Tails is Cause.

A cause that is dear to my heart is the funding for researching a cure for cancer, particularly, Breast Cancer.
Another wonderful organization is Women for Women International.

The Carried Away Team, of which I am a member, (a blogging community of makers of handmade bags and purses), is supporting Women for Women International. This organization supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

Carried Away is holding a giveaway called Change Purses for Change. It is the hope of the team, to raise awareness for this great cause. Check it out and enter the giveaway.

Take a look at the beautiful purses you have a chance to win:


For more Heads or Tails participants, go to the link by clicking on the picture of the coffee mug.

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Aug 30 2009

New Purse for Fall

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I am shocked at the way our temperature dropped this weekend. One day we are having 95 degree temperatures and today it is 70 degrees and even cooler in the shade. Brrr. I am not ready for fall weather.


I spent Friday sewing a new purse. It is a medium sized purse that was begging to be made. It is big enough to hold a wallet, eyeglass case, and certified diamonds, just kidding! It does hold a lot of stuff. I bought the material a long time ago and had planned on making a boutique bag. I am glad I changed my mind. I really like the way this purse came out.

My sister made the same purse in blacks and yellows.

Isn’t that pretty?

You can find my purses at my etsy shop kreatedbykaren.etsy.com or click on the etsy widget over there in my sidebar.

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Feb 24 2009

Car Patterned Purse

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I just finished another bag. Each one is turning out different than the last. That’s ok though. I don’t want my style to become rubber stamped as one certain bag. I love making these bags though. The inside of each one is different depending on my mood. This one has 6 pockets and a velcro closure on the biggest pocket. It has a magnetic snap closure. I am going to have to figure out where I bought this fabric because I might have to make one of these for myself!


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Feb 05 2009

CPSIA Mandatory Testing & Certification Proposed 1 Year Suspension

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I have been following the news concerning legislation on homemade products. I make purses, quilts and other items that I sell. I don’t want to have to stop selling my products. While my items might not be made specifically for children, I still believe the legislation will affect me. I read the following on the Etsy website.

From Etsy:

We are so excited to announce that the Commission has voted for a “Stay of Enforcement of Certain Testing and Certification Requirements of CPSIA” — which means that they are proposing a 1 year suspension of the burden of lead testing and certification while they take more time to review the rules and plan enforcement! All of your hard work is paying off (for the time being at least!). You wouldn’t have to pay to do the certification and testing, though you are still liable if your products are found to have lead. We are so pleased that artisans and vintage sellers got their voices heard. Your hard work is not over; we must continue to play a role in advocating for small business people throughout the coming year.

“The action taken today provides breathing space to get in place some of the rules needed for implementation, but it should not be viewed as a full solution to the many problems that have been raised.” —U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission

You’ll find the press release below:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.

The stay does not apply to:


Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:

The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;

The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;

The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and

The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.

Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.

Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and

Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.

The stay of enforcement on testing and certification does not address thrift and second hand stores and small retailers because they are not required to test and certify products under the CPSIA. The products they sell, including those in inventory on February 10, 2009, must not contain more than 600 ppm lead in any accessible part. The Commission is aware that it is difficult to know whether a product meets the lead standard without testing and has issued guidance for these companies that can be found on our Web site.

The Commission trusts that State Attorneys General will respect the Commission’s judgment that it is necessary to stay certain testing and certification requirements and will focus their own enforcement efforts on other provisions of the law, e.g. the sale of recalled products.

Please visit the CPSC Web site at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.

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Jan 22 2009

Etsy Shop Is Open!

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Boy am I tired. I spent all day today working on my Etsy shop. I have been saying I was going to put my bags and other sewn items on Etsy and I finally did it. It is a big job. I never did get on the treadmill today but I feel like I did a full workout.

I gathered together all my projects and photographed them. It took some time to get a good picture. I wanted the items to look as pretty on the web as they do to me. I am not a photographer and it was a challenge. Have you ever tried to hold something and take a picture of it at the same time? I am pretty sure that my hand is in some of the shots.

I keep going to my Etsy site to see how many views I’ve had. LOL You can check it out at http://kreatedbykaren.etsy.com Let me know if you think I need to add anything.

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