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The Organic Collection is back!

I’m happy to announce that The Tragic Whale Organic is making it’s way back into the shop! There’s just a few bags to choose from right now- large makeup bags and a couple of pencil cases- but now that I’ve dug out my organic cotton thread I’m basically unstoppable.

I make all the Organic Collection bags using GOTS certified organic cotton fabric AND thread. More organic materials means lower impact on the environment.

Here’s a couple of the new bags:

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Find these and the rest of the collection here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?ref=hdr_shop_menu&search_query=organic+collection

The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)

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3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?

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Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!

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New in the shop: 3 new sections!

You’ll find 3 new sections in the shop this month: Sale, Zipper Pouches, and Wallets!

Zipper Pouches: This section is making a comeback. I decided they have a place in the shop again and have been working on some new designs. And most of them will be fancy pouches, with double or triple panels and stitching details. I think the new ones are really fun, and they’re fun to make, too!

Wallets: I briefly carried card sleeves in my shop about 2 years ago. At the time, I ultimately decided to nix them to concentrate my time on pencil cases and makeup bags. But I’ve wanted to offer money and card storage for a long time, and these little puppies are coming back. I’m planning to develop at least 2 more wallet-esque designs in the near future, to round out the section.

Sale: As I work on expanding my shop and tweaking the items I offer, some thing fall by the wayside. Mini pouches went from having key rings to lobster clasps. Front pocket clutches were sized down because the smaller ones sell better. Makeup bags got a new shape. As the new things take over, I don’t know what to do with the old ones. Now they have a home! Everything is priced at least 50% off and are mostly discontinued designs.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of offering seconds in the shop. Maybe the zipper is a little wonky, or there is a fabric wrinkle I couldn’t get out, or there is a weird mark on the fabric I didn’t realize until I was done with it. Currently, I keep them aside or offer them to friends. Just like the sale items start with “sale” in the title, these would start with “second,” and I’d explain about how I spilled candle wax all over it or that because the print is silk-screened on it got a distressed look to it when I was pulling the bag right side out. I’m not 100% sold on it yet through.

How do the new sections look and should I consider offering seconds in the shop?

Shop update: New section!

Introducing the “Re-purposed and Rescued” section!

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I have been THROWING myself into my shop (which I think I mentioned before?). I eat, sleep, and breathe sewing. Almost literally. I do this thing where I put unwrapped food in my pockets for snacking, like cookies and bagels, and sometimes when I pull them out they have thread on them. I’m constantly pulling thread off myself at work from the weirdest places, like sweater armpits. Like, how? Anyway, it’s serious.

I’ve been searching for ways to branch out and grow in my shop, and having a section of items made from re-purposed fabric and rescued fabric made a lot of sense. Plus, if I’m using something that would otherwise be discarded I’m helping to reduce waste.

The re-purposed part is self explanatory. I’m taking things and turning them into other things. Like this bag used to be a really nice dress!

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I mean, sure someone else could have worn the dress, but how is that fun for me? Exactly. It’s not. Also, it’s so fancy looking! I have a few more dresses waiting to be transformed, as well as some funky cloth napkins.

The rescued fabric bags are mostly comprised of vintage fabric that I don’t have dates for. In my extensive vintage-related research, I learned that (basically) in order to label something as “vintage,” you need to be able to attach a year to it. Like my Vintage 1980s Smurf bed sheets. Or my Vintage 1939 license plate. I can’t do that for, like, any of this fabric. But I did rescue it, and thus “Rescued Fabric.”

As you can see, the section looks a little sparse…

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But it will get there! I have to rummage around in my stash for some of the pieces my friend picked up at some thrift stores on Martha’s Vineyard. Eventually, these may become two separate sections. But I have a couple more ideas up my sleeve and I might need the section space for that!

And that’s what’s up. It’s just sew city up in here, kids! Sew city.

Good things!

Today was a great day! I know I already mentioned it on Facebook but I’m working with Emily from The Waiting for a Giveaway today! You can win your pick of your three favorite items from my shop! I’m especially excited because this is my first Giveaway. And I like to wrap things.

I took advantage of my sunny lunch with the cloth backdrop I worked on last night.

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Now I have to decide if I want to change the background of all my shop listings to white (kind of boring), or maybe mount a piece of wood on that thing. I’m really thrilled because as long as I keep the backdrop and my tripod in my car, I’ll be ready for a photo shoot when ever the sun is.

And finally, we got to listen to my Mom’s new favorite song during dinner.

She just heard it for the first time today and, in true Bazinet fashion, she will listen to it on repeat until she hates it.

Pencil Case Madness.

In the last few months I’ve really started to stress one of a kind for my shop. This is in part because it’s more fun for me to make everything different, but also because I like one of a kind things. I like buying something and knowing that no one else has one exactly like it. And I’m not just talking patter placement. I’m talking zipper color and lining fabric too. Something that’s actually unique, not just out of the main stream. And if I like things like that, other people must too!

On top of this, I’m trying to hone in on making things that I need and use, because (again) if I need it then someone else does too. This led to one of a kind pencil cases, and they are killing it in the shop right now! I’m guessing it’s because school is coming up, obviously this is something I’ll have to watch and track. If I’m going to try to grow, I’ll have to figure out if certain things sells better at certain times of the year and then plan my inventory with that in mind.

I spent all my free time this week on pencil cases:

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I ran out of room in my “things that need to be photographed” box! I really like taking pictures outside against our shed, and I can only do that on the weekend. This can be a pain because if we have a few overcast weekends in a row I just collect, collect, collect things but can’t add them to the shop.

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I’m hoping that I’ll have enough stock to add a few new items every day for the next week or two. New items every day keeps things interesting for browsers!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! And if you’re in the market for a pencil case, I might know where you can find a few ;)

 

Hello summer!

Summer is finally (and officially) here! And to celebrate, we’re having a Hello Summer sale in The Tragic Whale shop! Just use coupon code HELLOSUMMER at checkout to save 20 percent off any order now through June 30th :)

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