New Readymade Items and Report-back on Recent Customs

Readymade

These new items are available in my Etsy shop.  (See Mailing List, below, for an opportunity to get a 10% off coupon.)  All told I’ve got 41 listings at the moment, in addition to items available exclusively at Bella Boutique.

Hematite and glass beaded flowers on a dark red upholstery leather front and black organic leather back

Hematite and glass beaded flowers on a dark red upholstery leather front and black organic leather back

Buttery soft moose hide journal or sketchbook with unlined pages

Moose hide iPhone or iPod case with black crystal grid decoration

Hand-colored skull cameo keyfob

Hand-colored skull cameo keyfob

Keepsake gift tag with sun charm

Keepsake gift tag with sun charm (two different versions of this)

The Basement Dilettante wristband

The Basement Dilettante wristband

Bling wristband (two varying version, one black, one red)

Monochrome bling wristband (two versions, one black, one red)

Custom

(Did you know that my repeat customers for custom work get an automatic 25% discount?  YUP.)  If you get ideas from other customers’ projects below and want a custom item for yourself or a loved one, please contact me.

The Basement Dilettante II belt

The Basement Dilettante II belt

Painted Harley booties

Painted Harley booties

Skulls and roses painted lace-up boots

Skulls and roses painted lace-up boots

Chainmaille front and rear belt hangers

Chainmaille front and rear belt hangers

Mailing List 10% Discount

If you join my mailing list by Monday, 3/2, you will get a 10% discount on purchases over $10 in my Etsy shop.  Must purchase by 3/31/15.  The coupon code will be in Monday’s email, which will drop at 10:00 a.m. Alaska time.

Thank you!

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Stay tuned for a bunch of updates

Happy Holiday Season, All!

I just realized I haven’t updated the site in awhile, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been dormant.  I have a large selection of readymade items about to hit my Etsy shop and a report on a variety of custom projects I’ve made and rehomed in the past little while.

Also:  I’ve delivered a bunch of new snarky keyfobs to Bella Boutique on Spenard (exclusive!  you can only get them there).  We added SPENARD, 907, ANC, and others.  We have something new on tap:  an exclusive-to-Bella product I’m calling a keepsake gift tag (you can write on it in Sharpie).  Go say Hi to Annie and pick up some local, handmade gifts for your pals.  Thanks!

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Cheeky keyfobs available at Bella Boutique in Anchorage

I made a big batch of cheeky keyfobs by request of Bella Boutique on Spenard in Anchorage, and you can only get them there.  The last batch sold out!  Tell Annie, the owner, that Saxifrage Leather sent you.  WTF, SHIT, LOL, FML, and ALASKA in a variety of finishes.

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Basement Dilettante belt

The basement-dwelling Dilettante cartoonist is back! This time he drew up a special-request belt of kookiness for me to color and finish. That special requester was Greg Morgan of Greg A. Morgan Photography, and you ought to check out his cool Alaska photos! He’s been a loyal friend and supporter of Alaska roller derby since its inception as well and is just an all-around sweet dude.

Basement Dilettante beltI’m working on a couple repairs at the moment and will start two more custom jobs this month (I know, I know, I said no more custom jobs, but they are just so fun and my customers are the best.  My own ideas aren’t going to wither up and die.  All in good time).  Meanwhile, check out my Etsy shop, go give a like on Facebook, and join my mailing list (the volume is ridiculously low, but I try to make it worth your while).  Somehow we’ll keep in touch!  Thanks.

p.s., Check out the little icon at the bottom of my website with the rotating windmill.  My website is powered by renewable energy and has been since day one.  If you click on that windmill and sign up using that link, you will not only be rad, but you will help support my work.  You can also use this link.

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Two new readymade products … thinking about holiday gifts?

Please visit my Etsy shop for two new items I made over the summer but just got around to posting.  D’oh!  Thanks for visiting.

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Inspirational quote by Ira Glass on creativity

A few years ago I stumbled on this quote by Ira Glass of the “This American Life” radio show. It has inspired me ever since. I recently shared it with a fellow artist and thought I’d share it with you too.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

 

If you are a creative person, I hope this resonates with you.  Here is a cool Vimeo version with music.

Here is an inspiring photo I took in Houston, Texas, at the Station Museum.  Their current exhibition is Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know:

Detail of giant street art mural

Detail of giant street art mural

I’m not generally much of a picture-taker, but both my husband and I loved the exhibition and took a lot of photos and video. Other than that museum and the Art Car Museum, Houston in August leaves A LOT to be desired.  Oof.

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Two new readymade items now for sale

Hey there, I was productive over the long July 4th weekend and just added new items to my Etsy shop [← click that link to check them out!]. Hope you like them … inexpensive enough to give someone as a gift just because you’re thinking of them.
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Leather-accented greeting cards!

skull heart cards-cropI’ve been working on my first set of lo-fi leather-accented greeting cards. They are blank, to accommodate any sentiment … but of course: skulls! The red leather is recycled from an old sofa salvaged by my pal Susan, and the skull stamp is made from a large drawing I did. Sets of 10 with envelopes should be available in my Etsy shop by the end of the weekend.

Also, if you’re into such things, check it out on the righthand sidebar of this site: I just started a mailing list for infrequent newsletters. All I ask for is your email address and name. I have a strict privacy policy, and I don’t like an overflow of email any more than you do; so you won’t hear from me very often. But I’d love to share what I’m up to and tell you about stuff. It’s become nearly impossible to reach people on Facebook, due to their algorithms which penalize small businesses if they are relatively inactive (’cause we’re trying to get shit done, yo’!) and don’t have cash to throw at promoting posts. If you would rather follow me there and tweak the settings so you get all my posts, that’s rad. Otherwise, please join me on the mailing list, won’t you?

Cheers!

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New Custom Arched Cats, Skulls, Roses Belt

I love repeat customers! An ongoing relationship gives us a chance to really develop an individual’s creative ideas. The latest custom job is a skulls, arched cats, roses belt in a black/white/red color scheme — which just happens to be my personal favorite. I hope you like it. If you’re interested in a custom order, check out my custom orders page. Or, if you’re not sure, see my Etsy shop.

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New Readymade Items

Just finished a couple small items you might like … first is a captive-ring bracelet, and the second is an embellished mystery braid bracelet. See my Etsy shop for all the details! Thanks.
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