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Bladders, and Kidneys, and Flu, Oh My!

So our plan had been to release our newest bag pattern this month, but it turns out that March had other plans for us. Between the stomach flu, the real flu, and a case of kidney stones, keeping up with the laundry and the cooking has been more than enough to handle. So instead, we’re sharing a quick post about bladders! You nervous yet? Here goes!

It’s not at all a surprise that we use our Bacchus bags to enjoy wine (I mean, you can pretend to be surprised if you want). You can view it in action right here:

But we recently got a great question from another sewist. Can you purchase similar reusable drink bags for other beverages, like iced tea? Turns out the answer is definitely yes. And the thing you’re supposed to Google is “reusable wine bladder.” Yep, bladder. It works.

Here are some examples we found that mimic the wine bladder found in boxed wine, as well as some that have screw tops instead of a spout.

Two pack of reusable wine bladders with spout

Four pack of reusable wine bags with screw top caps

So feel free to enjoy any and all beverages with our Bacchus bag, which you can still buy for 50% off during our amazing shop opening sale! Just use the code OPENING50 on your first order on our site (limit one per person thru 3/31/19).

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WE OPENED OUR OWN SHOP!!

You all know that we usually spend way too much time trying to make our post titles super clever and pun-ny, but this one is just too important, so we’re just going to come right out and say it. WE OPENED OUR OWN SHOP!!!!!

Lucille Ball celebrating with champagne

When Craftsy decided to dismiss and devalue the sewing and crafting communities by deleting almost all of their shops in December with hardly any warning, we panicked, along with so many others.

Overnight, 50% of our revenue stream disappeared. We still had Etsy, which is stable and reliable, but we weren’t at all sure that we could support hosting our own store. Our beloved WOW has only ever been a side business for us, and we weren’t ready to see it fail, but we had to figure out our next move.

It’s taken two months of late nights and lots of failed experimentation, but we’re finally ready to launch, and we’re thrilled to take on this challenge. The best part is that we can still offer you our paid and free patterns in one place, and we’ve learned more about eCommerce and WordPress plugins than our crafty selves ever thought we could handle.  🙂

Screenshot of Wives of Whitewood's new pattern shop

Screenshot of Wives of Whitewood's new pattern shop

We would love to hear any and all feedback you have about how the shop looks, feels, and operates. As always, we depend on you to help us make and deliver the best products we can.

Most importantly, to celebrate, we’re offering an amazing opening sale!! Use the code OPENING50 to get half off, yes half off, your first order on our new site (valid one coupon per person through March 31, 2019). Happy shopping!

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We’re Comin’ for Ya, 2019

Those of you who follow us on Instagram already saw some of our shenanigans from last weekend, but we wanted to make sure that all of our readers are privileged to the same suuuuuper relevant information we posted there.

So once a year, we go to Ali’s stupendous house on the river for our Wives of Whitewood retreat where we talk about our goals and plans for the year. Without our spouses, dogs, or children. It’s clearly the best part of our year.

After we enjoyed the amazing scenery, we made lists. We love lists. We may have even added things to the list just to check them off. Yeah, I’m looking at you, “7. make lists.”

In general, things were going really well. Courtney made Ali cut fabric for her since she’s still *VERY* blade-shy since cutting off part of her finger last year. #bestfriendscutfabricforfriends

But then we found the drink helmets. Enough said. (Also, who knew that drink helmets came with situational advice?!?)

And since Ali shouldn’t be the only one with embarrassing pictures, Courtney’s offering up proof of her new readers. She turned forty LESS THAN A MONTH AGO. So there’s that.

Beyond our crazy behavior, we truly do hope you’re interested in what Wives of Whitewood has in store for the coming year. We’re excited to let you know that we will release (1) a new paid pattern based upon our most popular pattern, (2) a new free pattern, and (3) a new add-on to an existing pattern. Here’s to an amazing 2019!