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Shopping at the Market in Style (with video)

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Features of the new heavy cotton canvas fabric basket with European flair.

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5 Tips to Choosing a Handcrafted Product

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When you purchase a factory manufactured product online, chances are you already know what it looks like because you've seen it in the stores. But when you purchase handmade online from a handcrafter, it can be a little more challenging to figure out what you are getting. According to BigCommerce, the words "handcrafted" and "homemade" can also be confusing https://www.bigcommerce.com/ecommerce-answers/how-define-handmade-items/. Before you buy, either online or at a craft show, make sure you ask questions.   Here are five tips on what to look for: 1. Lots of photos, both inside and out. When you see lots of photos, you know...

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Southwest Inspiration

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Inspiration for my handbag colors comes from almost anywhere. It is easy to be inspired by the Vermont landscape because it offers spectacular color year-round, but lately, my thoughts are drifting to the southwest - rodeos, ranches, beautiful horses, and gorgeous golds, oranges, turquoise, and browns.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be introducing some new bags that were inspired by the colors of the southwest and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did making them.  Until then, Wendy

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The Fine Art of Dyeing Fabric

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      Dyeing fabric successfully is a lot more complicated than simply tossing a piece of fabric into a dye bath. It requires a combination of art and science. Let's walk through what I have learned over the last year:  1. Color: Nothing is more fun than choosing the color you want to dye your fabric. You can purchase premixed colors from companies, such as RIT and Procion or if you are like me, I enjoy mixing my own colors based on formulas (sometimes referred to as recipes) to create the exact color desired. As one might expect, the darker...

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Our official, grand opening blog!

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Welcome to our new eCommerce site where we sell purses, crossovers, pouches, and duffles. We are called the Small Batch Design Company because our fabrics are hand-dyed in small batches and only a few bags are made at a time in one shell/lining color combination. It's fun for us and it gives you the opportunity to purchase a very unique bag. Please look around and let us know if we can be of service.  

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