Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Custom cassette wallets:

The following is a list of available cassettes I have...
Pick the artist/tape, and color you'd like. For examples of color combinations, check out the wallets on my Etsy page.

Email me at bysallyann@gmail.com with questions and orders.

Black plastic:
Alanis Morrisette - Ironic Single
Madonna - I'll Remember Single
Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale
Chic - Chic Mystique Single
Prince and the N.P.G. - Cream single
Anita Baker - Body & Soul
Gina Thompson - The Things That you Do (Bad Boy Remix) Single
Monica - For You I Will
Everything But The Girl - Missing Single
Black Cassette - Recordable (can be personalized)
Brandy - I Wanna Be Down Single
En Vogue - Don't Let Go Single
Mark Morrisson - Return Of The Mack Single
Total feat. Notorious B.I.G. - Can't You See
Magoo & Timbaland - Up Jumps Da Boogie Single

Tan / Cream colored plastic:
Neil Diamond - Headed For The Future
The Best Of The Guess Who
Paul Simon
Billy Joel
Bad English
Huey Lewis and The News
many more...

White Plastic:
Kenny Rogers - Christmas
Elton John
Carly Simon
The Righteous Brothers
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Whitney Houston
many more...

Monday, October 19, 2009


Since I'm moving next week, on Halloween actually, I need to get rid of some of my inventory.
I can't wait to get down to Georgia!

FREE SHIPPING to blog followers, twitter friends, and facebook fans.
Type "free shipping" in message to seller at checkout and the cost of shipping will be refunded.

I have so much fabric. Packing is killing me. And trying to get rid of clothes I never wear... impossible. I can always cut them up and use them to sew. I'm glad I got a huge moving truck!

Back to work... have a great week everyone!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fuchsia Pink!

I'm featured in a blog today.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tags! Tags! Tags!

Spending the evening making tags! I'm using scrap t-shirt sleeves, scrap pieces of fabric, and photo transfer paper, and my iron.

Tutorial coming soon!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Muskegon Farmer's Market! !!

I'll be downtown at the Muskegon Farmer's Market be there next week, Tuesday Sept 1st, and Thursday Sept 3rd selling purses, wallets, pouches, and new market totes.

Made from t-shirts with almost zero waste (only the sleeves are leftover) these are perfect for groceries, shopping, or a nice big carry-all. $3 each or 2 / $5.

Come visit next week.

Check out their website for more information on local vendors and directions.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Am I really home cleaning on a Friday... ?

Sitting in my apartment on this Friday evening... just finished cleaning up my sewing mess from the week. Can't get much work done with the light on my sewing lamp burnt out. Forgot to buy light bulbs today. Baaaahhh. So annoyed with my absentmindedness. Vacuumed my whole apartment. Then realized... "wow, it's Friday and I'm home vacuuming."

Oh well, I have great company. Clem and Stel are cooler than most people I know. Stella has this fascination with anything that has plastic in it. I just caught her with her head in my purse looking for candy wrappers. Then it was my sewing trash looking for the backing of sticky paper. Silly girl. More entertaining than popcorn and a movie, and much cheaper.

I bought this lovely notebook made from a recycled Cyndi Lauper record cover from Etsy seller ikcdesign today:

I can't wait to get it!

Now time for a glass of merlot and the last episode of "Transgeneration" on Netflix online. Interested to see how Gabbi's surgery goes. She annoys the piss out of me but it's interesting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

One year!

August 14th, 2009 marked one year to the day that I signed up with Etsy and created my business. Has it really been one year already? It REAALLLY flew by! I celebrated by buying myself a new computer.

I'm marking the beginning of my second year with a strict business model (which I'm still developing of course ha.. ). I'll be updating my blog weekly.. so be sure to keep checking in on the new updates.

It's time to start taking myself a little more seriously. I've been a little lazy with this beautiful summer weather.. living so close to the beach doesn't really help. I'm trying to buckle down, sew at least 40 hours a week.. my tan is already starting to fade... guess that means I'm doing what I'm supposed to right? ha.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

GRPL Artisan's / Farmer's Market

In celebration of Earth Week, the Grand Rapids Public Library is hosting a Farmers' & Artisans' Market this Saturday, April 18th. Over 20 local farmers and artists, including myself, will be selling a variety of locally grown foods, handmade items, and much much more!

Check out their website for more information.

This will probably be my first and only "art show".  For a few reasons. I'll try it this one time and we'll see how it goes. Maybe I'll change my mind.
I am considering doing the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this September... not sure. 

After this weekend my shop will have 50 or so new additions.. as I have been waiting to post anything new I've made lately since everything is making the trip to GR with me.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Making clothes Monday

Made this today:

Double-scoop neck short sleeve tee / mini dress.

I'm pretty excited to start making clothes for other people. Learning how to sew for other sizes is my only real challenge. I'm used to my boyish figure... which is not hard to sew for.

This spring / summer.. keep an eye out for women's clothes on my site. 

I can't wait!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Breaking the law

Recently it has come to my attention that I inadvertently broke a few copyright laws, oops.

Cutting up an old band t-shirt, or something that had a trademark, copyrighted picture.. etc, I always figured I wasn't breaking any laws since I didn't print the shirt, it was legally obtained, that sort of thing. This is not the case.

Apparently, those such fabrics are for personal use only. I can cut them up and use them to make whatever I want, but I cannot profit by selling them. There is a way to slightly get around this by charging for the labor instead of the actual product, but I don't think I can be that shady with all my sales.

As far as upcycling goes, why would these copyright holders be so stingy and angry at reusing these fabrics. I find my materials in thrift stores, save them from going to the landfill, etc... so why can't they be reused and turned into something beautiful and/or useful. A designer in Florida that used old plastic bags from target to create bags and accessories was in violation of the same copyright law. 

So what to do now? 

Quite a few many things in my shop are in violation of this.. but what's done is done. 
I was forced to take down one purse since the owner of the copyright saw it and emailed Etsy.. I've decided I'm going to leave everything else up on the site, let them sell, and then stick to using non-copyrighted fabrics. I can only get in trouble if the owner of the copyright sees these items, and the chances of that happening are pretty slim.

Any custom orders I do in the future with copyrighted fabrics are okay, since the price of the item will be the charge for labor. Haha takes that U.S. copyright office. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

First entry

Hello all. My name is Sally. This is my new blog. 

Hanging out with my cats today; just finished a purse from an old Marushka. Used an old leather belt for the handle, linen for the interior, green cotton and the Marushka for the outside.

Check out www.sallyannk.etsy.com for the listing.

I design women's accessories from recycled materials, second-hand fabrics, that sort of thing. Trying to change the world one purse at a time I guess. I feel it's important to find ethical and sustainable ways to consume. Buying goods coming from second hand fabrics and that are handmade (sweat-shop free) is a great way to start.

Listening to Lou Reed and sewing is heaven at the moment.
Back to sewing.