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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 :)


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


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!



New in the shop: Cross Body Bags

For the first time, The Tragic Whale shop will carry large bags! About a year ago I started prototyping an Adventure Bag. Something big enough to hold a water bottle and snacks and a wallet and my mittens and the knickknacks I collect when I’m out wandering around (like rocks. I bring home a LOT of rocks). It had to have an adjustable strap. It had to have a lot of pockets. And it had to be practical. The first one I made had it’s flaws. The strap was too flimsy and some pockets were too small. I didn’t like how the straps attached to the bag itself.


But this design, this one I’m really happy with. It has 4 easy-to-reach-in pockets (2 inside and 2 outside), a zipper pocket inside for secret things, and sturdy adjustable strap.


I think it’s taken so long for me to offer a bag like this because it can be frustrating to sew a larger project. At least for me. My desk is my sewing work space, but it’s also my computer desk, writing desk, crafting desk, and snack time desk. I photograph my bags, pack orders, and sift through finances at my desk. A lot of things have a home here, and when you’re feeding 2 feet of fabric through a sewing machine on a barley foot and a half wide desk, things are going to get knocked into and stuck and hit the wall and the next thing you know, the machine is jammed and you’re nursing a multitude of pin pricks.


A few of these bags have a magnetic button to hold them closed and a few don’t.


I wanted to offer a variation, but after they were finished I realized it would probably be better to offer the snap as an add-on. It’s the last thing added before I sew it shut, so it wouldn’t be a problem to leave the bags unfinished and then finish them after an order is placed. Sadly, I didn’t think of that BEFORE, so this first round will have to be as is.

You can find these bags in the new “Cross Body Bags” section! Check them out, let me know what you think. And if you like them, make sure to ask your friends and family to surprise you with one for your next birthday :)

Am I an adult?

A few weeks ago, my parents were invited to a birthday party. My mom asked if she should pass the message along to my brothers and me but was told no, because the party was only for adults and small children.

Now, the story could have been relayed to me incorrectly. But when I first heard this I was rageful, because I was hurt. I consider myself an adult. I consider my younger brothers to be adults, as well. I spent so much of my childhood looking up to someone who, even now, doesn’t consider me an equal? My feelings were hurt, and I needed some time to process them.

But you know what? It doesn’t matter. The facts are: I’m 26 years old. I live 200 miles away from my parents.

Wareham to Windsor

I regularly set up my Lego collection on my car rug and play for hours.

Kerry Town

I eat off planet plates for almost every meal.

Space Plates(source– get your own set!)

I have a 2-foot tall stuffed penguin that sits at the kitchen table. (At least for right now,) I run a small business out of my home. I’m honest, and I know the weight that words can carry.

As long as I’m happy with who I am, how others view me doesn’t matter.

Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

August 2019
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