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happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 25, 2012 - 09:25am PT
I have an ETD from NY to CA slated for November 1st and....about enough gas money to get me to New Jersey.

As some know, good old Swanky had to be put down recently, since he couldn't pass NY Inspection. Luckily, I did get a new van(still to be named) which is this:


Though I got a great deal, there went the gas money....

So....at $25 a chalkbag, I figure that if I can sell 40 of them, and have no breakdowns or other unfortunate incidents along the way, I'll make it.


Here are a few pictures of the current inventory:







I make these myself, and each one takes about 2 hours time. They are finished with hand stitching. If you would like more information on what makes my backs what they are, http://www.climbaddictdesigns.com/whats-so-great-about-climbaddict-chalkbags.html

You can see the lineup of available styles here: http://www.climbaddictdesigns.com/shop-chalkbags.html
Onewhowalksonrocks

Mountain climber
portland, Maine
Oct 25, 2012 - 09:42am PT
I tried the links. I couldn't get them to work.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 09:47am PT
Oops...I had put tags for the links and they weren't needed. Fixed it now - thanks for mentioning.
Silver

Ice climber
Oct 25, 2012 - 09:49am PT
Can you make one for a kid? If so let me know ill buy one.
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Oct 25, 2012 - 10:24am PT
Hmmm...get a job maybe?
J.Haze

Sport climber
Ohio
Oct 25, 2012 - 10:24am PT
Like what I see, especially the double belt loops and the absence of webbing (current one has webbing loop as well as backing making it pretty stiff). Once I get home later and decide on a design i'll be ordering one, if my fiance is interested that might be two!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 10:31am PT
Silver -

I am pretty much wrapping up the sewing room today so adding a new pattern size is not possible( I barter space at another climber's home since my place is sans electricity), but it happens I just added two pieces of this style:
MonkeyShines Chalkbag
MonkeyShines Chalkbag
Credit: happiegrrrl

This is a regular-sized chalkbag, but a fun one, with the soft chenille fabric printed with monkeys.





Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 25, 2012 - 10:37am PT
Try the local gyms. Either the entire lot of 40 directly to them to sell out of their on site "pro shop", or get them to let you hang out in the lobby on a Tue/Thur night and hawk yer wares to the clientele. Doesn't that Chelsea piers place have like 8 million members there on a tue/thurs?
J.Haze

Sport climber
Ohio
Oct 25, 2012 - 11:44am PT
Are all of the one on your site available or are the ones above the current inventory?
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
J.Haze - The ones in the current inventory page, at www.climbaddictdesigns.com/shop-chalkbags.html, are available.

Any others shown have probably been sold out. I buy very small yardages, and make only 2 or 3 bags from most of the materials. BUT - I will go through my "bag o bags" where the unfinished stock is, and see if I have deleted any images which I still have stock in. Will do that tomorrow and update the page to reflect it.

I also have pictures to take of one or two more pieces, which will also get done tomorrow.
Silver

Ice climber
Oct 25, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Here's the deal when you get back to sewing I would like you to make me a monkey bag for a 4 year old please. I'm happy to pay a full size price but I want my little girls first chalk bag to be special.

I'll send you a pm so you can let me know when it is done. I like your work.

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 01:02pm PT
Silver - I will work up the pattern over the weekend and see if I can't get it done on next Tuesday. That is "pack up the room" day but I can make the time to get one more bag done. It will be the same style - with brown velvet trim, but about 40% size as the usual ones are.
Aerili

climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 25, 2012 - 01:04pm PT
Bump for her work! Her chalkbags are the bomb and amazingly well crafted! I love mine.
pell

Trad climber
Sunnyvale
Oct 25, 2012 - 01:08pm PT
Monkeys are sooooooo cute I'm gonna dieeeeeeee!!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 25, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
Jeremy is sooo bummed he has a job.... :o)


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 25, 2012 - 01:37pm PT
just a marketing idea, but you could plan yur route,, look up climbing shops along the way, call them to see if they might want to pre-order or at least look at them along the way !??
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 25, 2012 - 03:23pm PT
Would you be able to make a very light chalk bag by any chance? Your chalk bags look really pretty.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 25, 2012 - 05:03pm PT
Your flyer at the Crossroads from last year was still up a couple of weeks ago.

:-)

btw, nice looking ride
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Oct 25, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
Nice van! I'm in for one of those Oriental Butterfly's, my niece is getting into climbing and she deserves some handmade quality gear.
SeanYang

Mountain climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 25, 2012 - 06:13pm PT
Just ordered two for my friends as holiday gifts. Have a good trip to LA.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 25, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
Save one for me when you get here Terrie.

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 26, 2012 - 06:29am PT
Friday morning bump for great chalk bags.

These things are works of art.
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Oct 26, 2012 - 06:39am PT
Id love to but I'm broke until November. Will it still help if I purchase then?
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 26, 2012 - 07:15am PT
Any Hawaiian print ones?
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 26, 2012 - 07:46am PT
I think Monkeys beat Hawaiian... snap one up before they're gone

MonkeyShines Chalkbag
MonkeyShines Chalkbag
Credit: happiegrrrl
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Oct 26, 2012 - 07:58am PT
I don't need one, but they look so good ill get one eventually. I'll want a big one though, and it looks like there's only 1 available, so I hope u make more big ones.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Oct 26, 2012 - 08:00am PT
i hope happie doesn't mind my mentioning this, since i got to know her quite well on my recent stop at the gunks, and am forever grateful for her local's introduction to that legendary climbing area.

fyi, happie just happens to be a world class fashion designer who gave up the new york ratrace because she'd rather be living close to nature and doing a lot of climbing. she does a share of yeoman's work for the mohonk foundation for half the year, then migrates to joshua tree in perhaps one of the longest "snowbird" migrations on our continent.

if you think happie's chalkbags have pizzazz and quality, you're right--they're conceived and sewn by one of the top designers of women's handbags. i'd buy one myself right now, but i haven't worn the last one out yet--just not doing enough climbing!

p.s. post a picture of teddy? might help with sales. he can also give cragdog lessons--there are enough canine incompetents on ST who could learn loads from him.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 26, 2012 - 08:08am PT
What I would really like is one made out of one of Bridwells old paisley shirts, how much for one of those?!!!
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Oct 26, 2012 - 08:44am PT
whole classfulls of new massage students buy these cheesy things from their school for $12-15
insulated lotion holster
insulated lotion holster
and some are quite susceptible to fashionable alternatives. many were all atwitter over my fru-fru prana chalk bag when i went through. possible crossover market for upscale lotion holsters?
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Oct 26, 2012 - 08:52am PT
I was impressed with a lot of the stuff. I really like this one:

Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Oct 26, 2012 - 09:42am PT
Happy, during each of my trips to the Valley in the early 80's, I made 10-12 chalk bags that I would sell for $15 apiece from a post on the Camp 4 bulletin board. Payed for my beer and *ahem...

The bags were made of a cordura top and bottom with a thinner nylon midsection (where the drawstring was located) that would hinge when you hit it with your leg and so as to not spill any precious white powder. The top was folded 1" webbing, sometimes with a stranded cable loop sewn in; both ways stayed open for red hot fast dipping action, so later models excluded the cable. At about 8" deep you could carry a lot of chalk, perfect for dipping your whole hand whilst jam cracking.

The chalkbag in these pics was made around 1981 from one of those batches. It has been my primary chalk bag for lo these many years, and I still use it every time I go tradding or sporting. I do have a smaller one that I won in a comp (old farts division)that I use for my infrequent trips to the gym.

Moby Grape on Cannon Cliff 5.8 circa 1984
Moby Grape on Cannon Cliff 5.8 circa 1984
Credit: Edge

Recompense on Cathedral Ledge 5.9 circa 1984
Recompense on Cathedral Ledge 5.9 circa 1984
Credit: Edge

Islands on Longstack Precipice 5.7 2012
Islands on Longstack Precipice 5.7 2012
Credit: Edge

Racking up for the FA of Earth & Sky on Longstack Precipice, NH 2012
Racking up for the FA of Earth & Sky on Longstack Precipice, NH 2012
Credit: Edge

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2012 - 10:29am PT
UPDATE -

Haven't read the thread yet since I signed off yesterday. But got online and see several purchases. Wow! Thanks everyone.

BUT! Some of the styles are sold out now....I will be updating the website today to take off sold Outs and include the new ones and others which I had accidentally not put up. I expect it will be ready about 5PM EST and will post once it is ready.

My apologies to anyone who has been affected by having another person purchase the last piece of a style before they did. I wish I had more material to make another piece for them, and am hoping another piece speaks to them, but of course I will happily refund if that isn't the case.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Oct 26, 2012 - 11:43am PT
Happi,

Great to hear from you on ST. Is it too late to order a monkey bag???

Can't wait to see ya in Cali. lynne

Edit: I have not been able to post here on ST for some time due to a weird computer problem. ST, for whatever reason, can't recognize me. Thus the LL, my initials and a new handle for me, lynne leichtfuss, along with a new ST account???!!!
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Oct 26, 2012 - 12:12pm PT
You might consider bringing along some for sales at your destination (to return back "home").

If you're passing through Bishop, "Wilson's Eastside Sports," and Mammoth's, "Mammoth Mountaineering" might front your product. And, if you're headed west out of Bishop on Hwy 168 towards the 'Milks, you might want to call on Kyle Oney, owner of Manor Mkt, a "mom and pop" market in W. Bishop.

Knowing a market opportunity when he sees one, Kyle's taken to laying in a small supply of chalk, a few climbing mags...along with selling fishing/hunting tags, etc. This is the West, after all...which is why you're coming out here, right?

We still love the store because they buy produce etc. locally. They still carry paper/credit, which helps in our local, thin, economy. He/d buy. Or, say, barter for road supplies (the store includes gasoline pumps).

Gosh, this is worse then when I used to rustle climbing partners at the front door of the Valley Climbing School.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Oct 26, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
A light weight chalk bag with a zipper pouch to stash a petzl ELite and I'm in.
Let me know if you can offer this.
Thanks,
Jay Renneberg
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Oct 26, 2012 - 12:53pm PT
Got any plaid ones?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Oct 26, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
PS, Nice New Rig, Gal.:D
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Oct 26, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
just purchased a pink paisley product
for my six year old.

i suspect that she'll store
more than calcium carbonate within.

cheers, happi,
your work is beautiful.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
Okay -website is updated!

I am also going to see if I can get in one more day of sewing before heading off, but unfortunately the hurricane storm is headed our way. Won't know what to expect until it happens, but it should hit on Monday.

RE: Wholesaling - I would need to sell twice as many to get the same amount, plus of course make the effort to get meetings and make sales. I've worked in wholesale. It's not just a snap your fingers and make it happen thing. If it were, I would go to Rock and Snow and twist Rich's arm to put the bags in his shop!

The thing is - I am not a factory. The goods are not made in any semblance of assembly line fashion, but one and two pieces at a time. This is not conducive to wholesale pricing. And, if I were really marking the goods up to retail on my site what they would have to retail in a store - people would never pay the price. But - it is a good suggestion, just not workable for my situation.

Lynn - Monkey bags are sold out right now, but I do have material in the sewing room, and if I can get some done I will put them back on the website and send you a PM.

Vitaliy M. - asked about ultralite - I am not going to be able to do this this season. Ultralite has been suggested when I started out and I had intended to try it, but.... well, the line is a signature line. It is what it is. Mini handbags - hahaha. They aren't even ugly enough for many guys, I have been told!

goatboy smellz - One piece left in that material.

Edge - Yeah, the Soft and Bendy has the same effect. In these styles, the body material is lightweigh, though cotton and not nylon. The top and bottom panels are heavier weight, and create the hinge effect.

Also, because I use an elastic draw cord instead of static, the bags cinch down better when closed, which also helps reduce the chalk loss compared to most commercial styles.

Kabala Arch says "You might consider bringing along some for sales at your destination" - Yes, I bring the entire inventory on the road with me. I try to keep a good supply finished and ready to sell, but also have several dozen in an unfinished state(no draw cord, fleece insert or boning in collar yet). Those pack down well, and if I have duplicate styles, I sew them up as I sell them.

Zippers - I never did get around to doing the zippers.... Thing is, I have been b.r.o.k.e. When I had money to go to the fabric store, I usually had to spend it on fleece, boning and thread. And even then I would be like "oh my god - I spent all my money again." I also am not as great a sewer as I probably should be.... Maybe I am just not so talented but the bags each take about 2 hours each to make, start to finish. It is due to not assembly-lining things, but the thought of adding in the extra material, construction and time to put in a pocket...


ahhh - Norwegian picked up the Charise for his little one! I have that one for myself, too. Pretty paisley.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Oct 26, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
Let us know what's in stock Happi. I'll get something now. We all want to help you on your way. Cheers, lynne
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Lynn - Sent you a PM.

Also, I needed to buy some corset boning and decided to stop in to the place where I source materials...

IF the bad storm coming doesn't know out power, I will go into the sewing room Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and push out as many new pieces as I can. I am supposed to leave NY on Friday.....

Thanks to all who have placed orders. It makes me very happy to see the choices being made, and I think people will be generally pretty pleased with them.
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Oct 27, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Hey Terrie, I've just ordered the diamond-pattern big-dipper, which looks great. But if that's sold out or whatever, feel free to substitute any other snazzy large chalk bag. Thanks!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Murcy - There ARE two orders for that bag, made two hours apart. Are you Mark? If yes, I sent an email to you about how to manage it(would send pics of swatches to choose from and make a Big Dipper up).

If you are NOT Mark, then you were the first order in for the piece.


In general - I apologize for issues like this when a bag gets sold out and I haven't gotten it pulled from the website before someone orders another. I don't believe I can automatically have them delete when sold, but maybe I missed a detail when creating the page which would enable that feature.
locker

Social climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 03:54pm PT


"Also, I needed to buy some corset boning"...

Kinky!!!...

hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Oct 27, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
bump, because I can't buy one right now. :-(









turd

climber
Oct 28, 2012 - 12:19am PT
I'm still stuck at "lotion holster"
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 28, 2012 - 09:58am PT
I think one could use a ClimbAddict chalkbag for a lotion holster if they wanted to. They can also pull down as a fancy beer cozy, a dog walker's treat and baggy holder, and a fashion minibag to wear on a blet at the clubs(so you don't have to worry about setting a bag down when dancing).

I'm taking a break from doing the finishing touches on orders received, and getting errands run in town before the touchdown of our big storm. HOPE it is going to peter out....
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 28, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
michelle & Julia-

Send happie your mailing address. We have arranged an early holiday present...
J.Haze

Sport climber
Ohio
Oct 29, 2012 - 07:23am PT
Picked up two this weekend, how close to your goal for the trip?

Looking rough in NY and NJ right now and seems like it will be that way for the next few days, stay safe happie and everyone on the east coast!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 29, 2012 - 07:35am PT
Last Update before hunker down in storm!

I am a bit over halfway to the goal - maybe a bit more than a bit more than halfway... but don't let that stop anyone from buying - hahah. Already I have an expense I need to include, the brakes are leaking fluid, and I need to have mechanic take a look. Seems it is simply one of the seals from first set of lines coming from master cylinder, since that area is wet and was not when I first looked at van. Guess because it hadn't been driven in a while. Thinking it will not be a bog expense, but of course just one hour of labor is enough.

Off line for now until the storm breaks - thinking this will be Thursday.

I am in sewing room adding a few styles, but only able to work another hour or so, or risk trapping myself from getting home from downed trees as wind is steadily picking up.

We are in for it here in New York!



Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Oct 29, 2012 - 08:39am PT
Hey Happi, maybe you should start marketing your chalk bags as lens/gadget bags for the photographer - probably a larger market.

See about 2/3 of the way down on the page...looks like a chalk bag to me!

http://karlgrobl.com/blog/advice/equipment/retiring-my-canon-mark-ii/
hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Oct 30, 2012 - 09:57am PT
bump!

Thanks Johntp ;->
pell

Trad climber
Sunnyvale
Oct 30, 2012 - 11:00am PT
Monkeys are really cute and fun. Just got a bag. Thanks a lot.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 30, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
bump!

Thanks Johntp ;->

It is all mighty hiker's fault. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. : )

Bump for happie bags. These really are nice works of art.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 30, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
I was kind of hoping for one with a troll theme.
MisterE

Social climber
Oct 30, 2012 - 10:42pm PT
^^Will you settle for a lotion holster?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 30, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
I'm still hoping to acquire a standard plastic hammer holster, the type that goes on a belt, with four rivets.
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Oct 31, 2012 - 12:20am PT
Yay! Thanks dude!!!
Silver

Ice climber
Oct 31, 2012 - 06:51am PT
Happie hope you are ok after the storm.

Did you get my email and were you able to do a bag for a kid?
locker

Social climber
Oct 31, 2012 - 07:23am PT

Happie...

If when you head west, you come through Colorado, let's CLIMB!!!...

Maybe that dude with "Thumbthing" in his eye lives in this State, and can join us...

EDITED... How did that dude end up with us, anyway???...

Who the fuk was he???...


;-)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 31, 2012 - 10:22am PT
Silver Wrote:
Happie hope you are ok after the storm.

Did you get my email and were you able to do a bag for a kid?


I am not 100% sure.... I DID get one email with an order, for 3 chalkbags, one which is the MonkeyShines for a child, with a special request to embroider the girl's name. Is THAT you?

If yes, I did respond to that email, but did not get a confirmation back yet. If that us you - the email must have gotten lost in the ethernet...Let me know and I will resend!

If that is NOT you, then NO - I did not get an email from you. In that case, the last communication on your item was in this thread, where I wrote:
Silver - I will work up the pattern over the weekend and see if I can't get it done on next Tuesday. That is "pack up the room" day but I can make the time to get one more bag done. It will be the same style - with brown velvet trim, but about 40% size as the usual ones are.

Please let me know, so I can be sure to get things right!

I did not get to the sewing room yesterday, because of the storm. But - I will go in tomorrow, and intend to do some of the Monkeyshines bags, with either one or two being for child size(one for Silver's daughter).

Then, I intend to do one more day next week, on Tuesday. And then - on the road on Wednesday!


All orders received to date are expected to be in the mail by Saturday, latest. Some have already gone out, others are getting packed up and sent today. EVERYONE who places an order should have gotten an email confirming that order, and also one is sent out once the order has shipped, along with a confirmation number.

So far as I can see, there may be some confusion with Silver's order, but I am thinking that his order/email is the one mentioned above, since I didn't get my response yet either.....

Thanks to everyone who has ordered bags. It has felt VERY good to have some business! Just enough to keep me busy, but not overwhelmed.


Locker - I SO need to get to Colorado... But it seems my migration schedule is not optimal time for CO climbing... What is the weather like there right now? I haven't made my route yet, but would expect that it would be kinda cold to be there mid-November....


happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2012 - 07:27am PT
UPDATE: Silver - I did NOT get any email directly from you(Also checked trash/spam folders). Tried to send a PM to you from your profile, and the function is disabled.

I am in the sewing room now, working on the Monkeyshines kid's size, but if you have special instructions, I need to know pretty much immediately.

The email address for me is happiegrrrl@gmail.com or climbaddictdesigns@gmail.com
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2012 - 10:10am PT
Two kid-sized Monkeyshines hot off the sewing machine and I must say - I think the diminutive size is really adorable! One for Silver's daughter, and the other for the other person who ordered one for his girl.

Now I am working on a pretty stripe in autumn earthtone colors....
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 1, 2012 - 11:06am PT
Can you make me an Obama 2012 bag?

Don't start production til after the sixth....HA!!
lumineferusother

Trad climber
Great Falls, VA
Nov 1, 2012 - 07:51pm PT
Just bought one. Hope J-Tree treats you well!
middle joe

Trad climber
OC
Nov 1, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
If you still need gas money send me your paypal email. I've got a little found money in my paypal account..
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2012 - 10:43am PT
Update:

Silver - Your chalkbag is finished. I did get your email on 11/1 and have replied(sent to both email addy you used, and the one you requested to be sent to). If you haven't gotten that email there must be some strangeness in the air - let me know and I will post cel # to call.

John B - yours will go in today's post and will email with Delivery Confirmation.

I have one child's bag to do hadn-finishing, Michele's to hand finish, and try to get one more kid's size Monkeyshines sewn on Tuesday. Then...hoping to get a few new ones done and depending on the weather hope to hit the road Wednesday.

I hear there may be a big storm coming about then and so I am not sure yet though... Not sure if I should stay put for a few days and wait for it to pass. But I really don't want to see snow.... Brrr!


Also - I make hair accessories from vintage sewing buttons, and these make great gifts for climber women(and guys) with ponytails. You can see those at http://www.talismanshops.com


E Robinson

climber
Salinas, CA
Nov 3, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
Just got my bag in the mail and it's delightfully soft and fuzzy. Will give it a spin about a half hour.
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Nov 3, 2012 - 05:26pm PT
Mine just arrived too, and I love it. Plenty big, and great materials & craftpersonship. Thanks, Happie!

Credit: murcy
locker

Social climber
Nov 3, 2012 - 05:30pm PT

"Locker - I SO need to get to Colorado... But it seems my migration schedule is not optimal time for CO climbing... What is the weather like there right now? I haven't made my route yet, but would expect that it would be kinda cold to be there mid-November...."...

So far it's still pretty damned NICE!!!...

All next week remains good (to good enough) that I can see...

Beyond that I haven't checked...



johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 3, 2012 - 05:31pm PT
If you still need gas money send me your paypal email. I've got a little found money in my paypal account..

You can find her paypal addy on her website. Thanks man; happie is one sweet woman.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 3, 2012 - 05:39pm PT
happi,
just received my bag,
the kids are currently dancing
around it in the living room.

thanks for kicking our dreams onward.

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 4, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Glad you like it, Murcy! I love that body material....made two more bags from it, Little Dipper Size. The trim is less burly, a nice chocolate ultrasuedede... They are unfinished but if someone wants one I can do it up. Just oder any of the $25 plus shipping bags, but put in the Note to Seller that you want a Sunset Stripe bag.

Norwegian - I am happy to know your kids are liking that chalkbag!

jstan

climber
Nov 4, 2012 - 11:09am PT
With a small generator in your van and WIFI you have a shop on wheels. Cool.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 4, 2012 - 11:09am PT
Happy;
Give me a call when you get to JT.
760-780-8433

I will be in Cali starting Nov 10th for about a month.
I want to drop something off with you and maybe do a little climbing



Cosmic
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 4, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Cosmic - I hope it isn't those mink pelts! hahaha

Definitely want to climb I have been derelict in that this last few months.

As for a shop on wheels, I make a bunch of bags when I do have the eletricity, and then finish them by hand in the non-electric places. There is no way I would want to stow a generator, fabric cache and sewing machine in the van. It's enough with a duffle bag full of hair accessories and another with chalkbags, both finished and flat!

But having mobile broadband definitely does help, even though it is getting easier and easier to pick up wifi.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 4, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
No.
Not the mink pelts.
Can't use them because the are to old and fragile.
I tried to take them apart to make the chalkbag myself and the FUR fell apart in my hands.
I have to find some new Mink to make my shalkbag.

I want to drop something off for you.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 4, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
I'm glad, then, that I didn't try to make that bag when you asked. I would have felt terrible and like it was something I did wrong.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 4, 2012 - 05:55pm PT

Locker's gonna bail. Guaranteed!
sullly

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2012 - 06:11pm PT
Bump for nonpolitical content.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Nov 4, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
Happie,
I am confused about sizing...Which one will fit large hands? I am sure I will send if you can fit me properly. (right)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2012 - 07:11am PT
Bump for "Grrr...crap!" Took the van to mechanics for the leaking brake fluid and the issue is some mechanism which attaches to the master cylinder. Brake optimizing or distribution or something or other.

Which isn't all that bad, but I noticed one of my tires was low yesterday and refilled it. This morning I could see it was already low again, so had them take a look.

Apparently something punctured the tire and has made the belts separate, and the tire is ruined. The good news is they have a set of used tires on hand which can go, but I wasn't anticipating that. Grrrrr

Chalkbags! Who wants a chalkbag? I got (sung to Armour hotdog song) hot bags, cool bags, bags with stripes and spots!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Nov 5, 2012 - 04:32pm PT
got it... perfect new cat size

thx,
jb

Titus... may he rest in peace
Titus... may he rest in peace
Credit: John Butler
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Nov 5, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
Bump for happie!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 5, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
CUTE KITTY!!!
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Nov 5, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Joe, the Big Dipper is a real luxury for the big-handed.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Nov 5, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
Thanks Murcy,
Shall get my order presently...had a feeling the little dipper was not my dealio.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2012 - 05:52am PT
Okay - I am headed to the sewing room in a few minutes. I will crank out a few Big Dippers(there is only one left on the website).

Won't be able to hand-finish them as the clock is ticking for lift off and I still have much to do, but I will take pictures of all the new ones flat. Will post those later today.
J.Haze

Sport climber
Ohio
Nov 6, 2012 - 11:43am PT
Bump for great work

Got one for me and another for my finace in the mail over the weekend, after a few days of use am surprised at how much better it functions over my old one, no more lost chalk!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
Ya! I am so happy when people say how well the chalkbags work! It is due to using the elastic cording...why commercial makers don't do it, I can't imagine. The cord costs 3 times as plain but the benefit outweighs that factor, I think.


Having trouble with the photo uploader regarding the new bags...grrr. Please be patient as we are experiencing technical difficulties! Will not get this done today. Tomorrow I head out and probably will get them up when I stop for the evening.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
Okay - going through PhotoBucket...

The first two are a really great durable woven plaid type fabric, a midweight upholstery material. I think there is some flax or hemp in the fiber content, ans the material has a slightly stiff hand, and matte finish.

Overall, the color seems a golden brown, but it is actually comprised of various threads in redsm greens, bone, brown and black. The trim is chocolate brown ultrasuede.

I call this design "Indiana." I have one Big Dipper, if Joey would like it, and 2 Little Dippers.






The second styles are called "Redrum." It is also midweight upholstery fabric, in a cool woven pattern that give the illusion of a stripe pattern. Light gold, darker gold, and deep red threads create this pattern. The trim is dark red ultrasuede.

I have one "sort of " Big Dipper, and two Little Dippers. It is the same height as listed on website size, but the opening is a little bit smaller. The material swatch just wasn't wide enough to get the full width. I think it is still fine for a big-handed person, as even our Little Dipper is larger in size/opening than most commercially available chalkbags.





I do have some other flat bags which I haven't taken pictures of yet. Most likely that will be a few days, since I will be traveling. But if you look at the picture of the bag that Murcy posted on the page before this one, that is the body material. It is called Sunset Stripe.

I have 2 Little Dippers made in that body material, with a different trim - chocolate brown ultrasude.



If anyone would like these bags, send an email advising which one, and I will explain how to do a purchase. I will take my time heading to CA, and will stop to do sewing along the way, but the turnaround will not be within 24 hours.

Just got the van back from the shop. Tomorrow is pack it in day - plan is to leave at noon.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2012 - 11:33am PT
I'm on my way west!

Stopped for lubch and then will go to post office and mail out all but one chalkbag which needs finishing.

SILVER - I have gotten your emails and responded. Emails from several sources, website contact form and also Supertopo PM. I've sent responses, and not sure what the communications issue is - wondering if they might be in your Spam folder.

At any rate - I am clear on your chalbag, for daughter. It is the small size MonkeyShines, with no name on it(that was a request from another person for their daughter).

Sending it out today, so you will receive on Thursday or Friday!



MAN it is cold here. Going over the ridge, there were icicles hanging from the rock outcrops. Brrr!
coz

Mountain climber
Northern surly
Nov 7, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Hey Happy G,

I need an old school bag for my big hands.

Big dipper, pm me please and I'll buy a couple.

Respect, SC.
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 7, 2012 - 11:49am PT
I just lost my chalkbag on the Smith Rock trip.

My loss is your gain! Just bought the Golden Lotus Flower Big Dipper.

Looking forward to it - safe travels Terrie!

The kitten shot is so stinkin' cute!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2012 - 11:57am PT
Thanks Erik!

Coz - Your PM feature is disabled. How about we meet when I get to JT and you can view personally.

Unfortunately I didn't get more Big Dippers done yesterday, except the one Indiana, which has been purchased. The "Sort Of" Big Dipper above might work well for you, but since I will be in JT think it is better to stick your mit in it and see for yourself. Also, some people who say "I have BIG hands" try the Little Dippers and find them just right, since they are bigger than say a Black Diamond bag.

Oh yeah - That kitten picture is so cute! I hope you did let the cat outa the bag eventually, though!

klk

Trad climber
cali
Nov 7, 2012 - 12:09pm PT
very nice work, happy.

good luck with the drive
hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Nov 9, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Got my gifted chalk bag, thanks to who ever is responsible.

I have a major problem with it though, it is too nice to put chalk in!
So soft, well made and brown. I like brown. I might use it as an evening bag.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2012 - 05:12am PT
Glad you like it Julia!

Yes, you can use them for minibags! You can run a slim belt through the loops and have it on your hip, or one way to convert to a shoulder bag might be to buy a length of sutash or other nice cording, run it through each loop and tie a fisherman's or other knot. Making the strap long enough to wear the bag bandolier style will have it lay in a nice position on your boy, closer to front instead of on the side straight down(as a handbag designer, I went through the phase where everyone was wearing their bags this way - especially in NYC where it provides more security).

I am in Kentucky today, near Lexington. Need to figure out a drive-around from that metro area and then I intend to take the day on small roads and enjoy scenery!
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 10, 2012 - 06:06am PT
Handmade one-off chalkbags have soul.
richross

Trad climber
Nov 10, 2012 - 06:47pm PT
Elvis Paisley has left the building.

Credit: richross
pell

Trad climber
Sunnyvale
Nov 11, 2012 - 01:00am PT
Kittey is sooo cute I'm ganna dieee!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2012 - 04:49am PT
haha - Rich. An Elvis sighting!

Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 11, 2012 - 05:40am PT
my happi-girl.
now get out there and send.
Credit: Norwegian
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2012 - 08:04am PT
Your daughter is beautiful. Such a vivacious and precocious look in her eyes!
locker

Social climber
Nov 12, 2012 - 08:06am PT

I agree with Happie...

Cute kid!!!...

;-)

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2012 - 12:53pm PT
Gonna bump my own thread! Because I have caught up with sewing and....

Chalkbags make a good holiday gift for a climber... Not only in and of themselves, but you can use the bag as a "stocking"

 Fill it with goodies and lay at the base of bed on XMas eve(That's that's what Santa used to do for ME! Not a chalkbag of course, but still - candy, sweets, mmm...memories)
 Include a gift certificate for a membership at the local gym, access fund, or local gear shop
 For guys who have girlfriends who climb just to be with them, and are ready to rope up in a bigger way.... placing the engagement ring in the chalkbag, and when they (disapointedly) say "gee, thanks..." go on to exclaim how soft and luxe the lining is! When they put their hand in(maybe with a look on their face that will make you hope to HELL they find the ring fast).... oh, how romantic!


Thanks to everyone who has supported the chalkbag gig in words as well as orders. As I said - I am caught up with sewing, and all open orders have been shipped. IF you have placed an order and have not gotten an email confirming that your order has been shipped - PLEASE let me know asap. I will find out what's what!
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:22pm PT
I got it! yay! super plushy and bigger than I thought.

thanksthanksthanks!

and that kitty is adorable.
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
New plush chalkbag!
New plush chalkbag!
Credit: MisterE

Thanks Terrie - got it today!


Put your arms in the air...
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 05:28am PT
ha - What a great tableau!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
Here are those last two, finished up! The brown one, Indiana, has been spoken for in the Big Dipper size(as shown) and I am waiting confirmation from that person. But it is also available in the Small Dipper size.

The red one, Redrum, I have 2 pieces in Small Dipper, and one which is Long& Lean. I think it is just a little too slim to be a Big Dipper, but for most people, it will be plenty big. Long and Lean is good for those who like to stick their hands deep and get a full coat when dipping.

Credit: happiegrrrl

Credit: happiegrrrl

Updating the website now but for some reason the platform is balky on me...grrr.
richross

Trad climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
Bag Bump!

Credit: richross

Credit: richross
locker

Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 03:59pm PT
The different color lights are eating me up...

ANYTHING to help would be appreciated!!!...

LOL!!!...

photo not found
Missing photo ID#274259
...

Sorry!!!...

I couldn't help myself...

(Photoshop could do wonders... Sh!tty "PAINT" was used here)...






I like BOTH the shots...

EDITED:

NOT both the shots I posted here...

Both of the shots you took of Terries chalk bags...

:-)



richross

Trad climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
Locker my better crappy camera died recently. These are from my original low res crappy camera.

You shopped out the alpenglow!

Buy a chalkbag for invading Terrie's thread.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 04:16pm PT
So Lockers new business is Positive Resoles and Paint, Not PhotoShop, Pros.

Looks like Elvis is getting around Rich! Wonder if the Gunks will have the non-winter as last year, or get it's ass kicked in blizzards...Sunny and low 5's for tomorrow, not bad for middle of November!


Oh...and definitely can stand to sell some more chalkbags if anyone is still considering!

Rich - Locker was a professional photographer, BITD. He can't help himself. I wish his BITD wasn't SO far BITD, and we could see some of his images.

Locker - you MUST rememeber some of the mags/shoot descriptions on some...I am sure there are archives from some of the magazines which have an online version. Got links???
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:47pm PT
Breaking it in tomorrow at Big Rock, will post some butt-sack shots.
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 05:14pm PT
Bump!

ClimbAddict chalkbag breaking in. Thanks Terrie!
ClimbAddict chalkbag breaking in. Thanks Terrie!
Credit: MisterE
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 06:55am PT
Hope it is serving you well, MisterE!

Today I am going to spend some time working on one or two pieces I found in the bag which are ones-of-kind and so haven't gotten pictures taken. No family obligation for me today, but I did miss out on a wonderful invitation from a friend due to my poor management skills.

Happy Thanksgiving to all in Supertopia!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Nov 25, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Dipped my mitts into it and sent! (of course it took 3 days and 2 dozen tries..)
Credit: JOEY.F
Super nice bag, Happie!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 04:29pm PT
Glad you like it!

Blue Velvet Daydream
Blue Velvet Daydream
Credit: happiegrrrl

Hiro Stripe Gold
Hiro Stripe Gold
Credit: happiegrrrl


These two were in the bag of flat ones, and I finished em up the other day.
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 25, 2012 - 04:50pm PT
I have to say, these chalkbags are sweet. The shock-cord on the draw-string is brilliant: super smooth to open and close, and my chalkbag is so soft! It feels like a little mini-hand-vacation every time I dip.

I have had various chalk-bags over the last 20 years, and this is one of the best! A++

Thanks, Terrie!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 25, 2012 - 05:22pm PT
MrE...
I have to say, these chalkbags are sweet. The shock-cord on the draw-string is brilliant: super smooth to open and close, and my chalkbag is so soft! It feels like a little mini-hand-vacation every time I dip.

I have had various chalk-bags over the last 20 years, and this is one of the best! A++


*Sweet customer write-up../ gear review..
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 25, 2012 - 07:29pm PT

Bump for a couple more, T!!!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 05:50am PT
Thanks for the review and compliments, Mister E!

And also the order, Steve.

While getting those two flats out of the bag, I found another one which I haven't added to the site(there is one more in there too, but I don't have a picture of that one - maybe later on.)

This one, I have two pieces flat, in the Little Dipper size, with a chocolate brown ultrasuede trim.
We'll call this Autumn Mist, because I cannot recall if I gave it a na...
We'll call this Autumn Mist, because I cannot recall if I gave it a name when I made this one for Murcy.
Credit: happiegrrrl


I have enough boning to finish up the orders from Steve, and maybe I better go pick up some more, since I am in a town I know I can get it at. Damned boning is the most expensive component of the bags!

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:56am PT
I have enough boning to finish up the orders from Steve, and maybe I better go pick up some more, since I am in a town I know I can get it at. Damned boning is the most expensive component of the bags!

Oh my. :)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 06:23am PT
waaaait a minute....there wasn't a misinterpretation of my words going on there, I hope!
locker

Social climber
Nov 26, 2012 - 08:04am PT


"I did miss out on a wonderful invitation...due to my poor management skills."...

I KNOW how that goes...

LOL!!!...

I can RELATE!!!...
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Nov 26, 2012 - 08:35am PT
Hgirl
R U in JTree yet?

I like that Blue Velvet Daydream! A girl used to call ME that...

I'll take that one if U still got it? Let me know when ur in town!

Jus Dream'in
BB
locker

Social climber
Nov 26, 2012 - 08:39am PT



...

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 10:52am PT
BlueBlockr, I should be arriving this weekend or early next week. I am taking the scenic route/slow boat. I'll remove that bag from the website, and save it for you to look at.

Blodgett Goat

Trad climber
Missoula, Montana
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:11pm PT
Bump for Terrie! :)

Super rad designs!
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:26pm PT
Damned boning is the most expensive component of the bags!

Cable ties, maybe?
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Cable Ties are a good idea. I remember this conversations with Bart from Megalith years ago. Anyone remember the collapsing chalk bags they made, they're a fantastic design and I covet each I have left in personal stock. As for stiffiners, they've been a long standing problem. I'm not sure what Happie uses for her bones but I know what FISH does and they're a pain in the ass!

Keep it up Happie, better you than me!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2012 - 06:41am PT
Fish uses suaged cable, doesn't he? Not that I was perusing the competition, but like a tweeker, opportunity presented itself. Afraid to be accused, I only lightly womanhandled the product, so perhaps I am wrong. But the Fish bag was a hell of a lot more durable allover than what I do.

I tried those ties when I first started out, but didn't have access to ones that were long enough. I would cut the tab off, and they were just the littlest bit too short. There must be adequate overlap to hold, and my chalkbags are a little bit bigger than most people, who the size would be adequate for.

It was only last week that I spotted some longer than the 16 inches or whatever it was I had previously and I considered them, especially since I was having trouble finding the boning. But - it was at retail, and the cost wasn't THAT much less to make it worthwhile. As well, I use a boning which is encased in a fabric sleeve. I can catch that fabric every son often as I stitch the collar down, and that ensures that the stiffener will not collapse with use.

Besides, who doesn't like the idea of getting their hands near corset boning? ClimbAddict bags are sexy that way. They may look like librarians, or hippie chicks, or smart asian cuties on the outside, but inside....they've got it going on.
divad

Trad climber
wmass
Nov 28, 2012 - 05:12pm PT
As for stiffiners, they've been a long standing problem. I'm not sure what Happie uses for her bones but I know what FISH does and they're a pain in the ass!

Whew, I never would have thought that chalkbags could be so exciting...

divad

Trad climber
wmass
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:39pm PT
bump, cuz Happie might need to sell a hundred more chalkbags to get that van(and Teddy) to CA...
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
Thanks Divad,

Teddy saw the vet today and he got some medication to soothe his stomach and hopefully stop the vomiting he had had. Also some antibiotics. Now we wait and see how he does.

The vet said that if he doesn't improve by Wednesday to bring him in for blood tests and other options. She didn't think it was an obstruction to the bowel, which was one possibility. She said he did have some you know what in there, but that he was still passing it through.

I asked if it might be Diabetes, and she said it might be possible, and tested his sugar. It was just a little high, but wouldn't put a dog at that level on insulin. She also said that after he begins eating again, that his levels should be tested.

She said it could be pancreatitis, or just that whatever wretched thing he ate(if that is the cause) is still keeping him down.


The van.... started to run hot again and I am pulled over to see what the level of coolant is. Thinking that this indicates a leak in the system - but that is for the diagnosticians on the Van Thread....
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