Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
And then one day someone asked us if we could make a case for her extra- large iPad. We really liked the way the iPad bag came out, so we made a couple to donate to silent auctions associated with a couple of craft fairs that we were a part of. The first picture above shows the front of a regular iPad bag.
We still don't have a catalog entry for these bigger bags because the bulk of our orders are custom orders. We really love custom work, but it's hard to put a custom item in a catalog. So here's what you should do if you want to order one of our Not-So-Small bags or a bigger bag: Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at weRpiecework@gmail.com and tell us what length, width, and depth you want the bag to be; tell us the colors and materials that you like; tell us if you want any pockets (and tell us the length, width and thickness of your phone if you want a phone pocket) and where you want it or them placed. All of our straps are adjustable and come with a no-slip piece of material that rests on the wearer's shoulder. You can send the payment by Paypal or pay us by check.
We'll write back with confirmation of our understanding of your order and with any questions we still have. We will write back and forth until we understand each other. Our prices range from $25 (plus $4 for shipping and handling) for the Not-So-Small cross-body bags to $35 for most iPad bags (plus $5 for shipping and handling) to $50 for laptop bags (plus $8 for shipping and handling). All iPad and laptop bags are fully padded between the double layers of material. All of these bags have a main compartment as well as a full-width and height front pocket and back pocket. The back pocket is unflapped for easy access while the front and middle compartments are covered by a velcro-closing flap.
We are happy to design unusual bags for you and will work out a price based on the size and amount of work involved. Below are some examples of our Not-So-Small bags and iPad bags. The standard size of a Not-So-Small bag is 8" high x 6" wide x 2" deep. Below is a scan of my own NSS bag that is stuffed with two calendars, two sketchbooks, a small Shara wallet (also overstuffed), a checkbook,
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I based the design on our current slimmed-down standard-- no flap, no button, one credit card case; and I added the clear plastic window for the pass. He also wanted to be able to access his bills from the TOP of the wallet instead of the bottom; but he was doubtful that his extra credit cards would stay in the bottom compartments. I therefore reversed the placement of the billfold, putting it so that it opens from the top, and I put velcro closings on both bottom-opening compartments for extra security.
Here it is from the inside:
Friday, July 6, 2012
my scetchbook is the best thing ive ever had it makes me feel like ill never lose my memories from the beach and maybe other places ive never seen enything better and im happier then you will ever be
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I've been using this bag for a couple of weeks now, and have noted the following modifications that need to be made: the small pocket on the front needs to be about an inch wider so that it's easier to retrieve the phone that slips in there; the elastic band that closes the three layers of the bag needs to be of the heavier variety (the small one is stretching out very quickly as I am usually filling my bag to capacity and the opening is sometimes 3" wide) or perhaps longer. Another possibility is to use a Velcro closing on the back inside pocket and use the elastic band and button to close off only the wide middle pocket and thin front inside pocket.
Fran has been carrying hers for a little longer, and she's noticed that the bottom part of the strap needs to be double (as it is on mine) for strength and security. We've both gotten favorable comments on our bags, but we want to make sure they work well and last well before we put them on the market.
That said, if you would like to bespeak one to try out, email us at weRpiecework@gmail.com and tell us what materials and colors you would like and any special features you think might be good to have (the outside pocket on the back? a second outside pocket on the back? bigger? smaller?). We will probably sell these for $25 when we get the bugs out, but for now, if you want to be on the design team, we'll make yours for you for $18, and after you've tried it out for a month, we'll either make any changes you (or we) have deemed necessary, and send you the new (or revised) bag for free.
Act fast, though! We can only offer a position on the design team to FIVE people, and it's on a first-come basis. (We are also working on a carry bag for iPads as a separate R and D project. We don't have a prototype for that yet, but when we get one, we'll let you know.)
Saturday, June 2, 2012
This material is one of my favorites now! We still have enough to make two wallets, so act fast if you want one! If you order one, write in the comments section of the order page "Chock Full o' Nuts", or send us an email and order it that way.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I had been carrying a Teeny Weeny Shara for a couple of months, and I had noticed the slight tear in my coin purse flap. So we took the wallet apart and tried out different ways of doing the flap. It occurred to us that the tear seemed to happen only when the coin purse was made of clear plastic, never when it was made of woven plastic. After testing various materials, pulling them and twisting them and trying to rip them apart, we had a bolt-of-lightning insight: the real problem was the right angle! And we could easily get rid of that devilish angle by making the flap separate from the body of the coin purse.
The drawing above as well as the photo show the existence of the two pockets. My grandson Jacob suggested we make the flap on his wallet solid so that no one could see that there was a second compartment under there. We liked that idea for his wallet, which had a solid red coin purse. But for wallets like the chicken one above that have designs on the front of the coin purse, we need clear flaps to avoid cutting off the chicken's head with the solid flap. But here's a solution: we will put a Velcro strip inside the top of the secret compartment so that it stays closed until the owner pulls it open.
One more thing-- if you are the owner of a Shara that develops problems in the coin purse flap after a few months, send the wallet back to us and we will fix it. Email us for return shipping details. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
We welcome bags from you as well as ideas for what you want us to make for you out of the bags. As we've said before, we love a challenge, and new designs are our favorites. (When we're working with new, untried materials, we will replace your wallet for free if it develops problems within a few months of purchase. We do our best to reinforce and strengthen the materials, but we can't predict how materials will wear. Hence our Free Replacement policy for experimental wallets.)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
We get these buttons from all over. Many of them are donated to us by friends who have old button collections. We find others in flea markets and antique stores. Most fun of all is finding old pins and bits of jewelry and other odd things in among the old buttons. One of my favorite finds was a set of old shorthand and typing speed contest pins.