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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Three new readymade items now for sale

Hey there, I was productive over the long July 4th weekend and just added three 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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Suspending Custom Orders

IamthebestartistHi, Folks!

For the time being, I am not taking on any custom work. As much as I’d love to do leatherwork full-time and have tried various approaches to being able to do so, the reality is I hold down a full-time day job and go to school. So I will be focusing on my own ideas in the spare time I have to focus on creative work.

Thanks for you understanding. After my interdisciplinary studies degree is complete, I’ll resume custom work.

Heather

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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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Happy Holidays! plus latest projects

Happy Holidays, All! I want to share some latest projects with you. I have been away from my workbench for a few months but have managed to crank out a couple projects for customers. And one customer failed to show for her item; so now it’s on sale!

Number one: a cool, functional project for a local archer … a pocket quiver for practice arrows. This was an experiment that worked great in application, happy to report. The back is stiff, and the flop-over part of the quiver is stretchy, soft buckskin, riveted at the stress points for durability. OOAK.
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Number two: a Superman wallet (logo belongs to DC Comics). This is in my front-pocket slim wallet style, with space for a bit of cash and a few credit cards. OOAK.
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Number three: the Crown Royal Bucket Purse! This kooky hand-sewn bag is lined with a recycled Crown Royal Whisky bag (logo belongs to The Crown Royal Company) and fashioned out of smooth leather with a decorative swirl of crystal rivets on the front in lavender. OOAK. Available for sale in my Etsy shop.
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Lastly, an experimental dyed ribbon wristband. Also for sale for cheap. If you want to wear it and let me know how it ages, I’d appreciate it!
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WACR005-01AND I’m so happy to tease you about coming products! Remember The Basement Dilettante? He’s back and working up a few new cartoons on leather for me to incorporate into products. Are you excited? I am!

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Whew! Where did the time go?

I will be accepting custom orders again as of December 15, after a bit of a hiatus while concentrating on other things. I did create a pocket quiver for practice arrows for a local archer. Photos coming soon!

If you’re looking for holiday gift items, you can check out my Readymade for Sale page. Take care and Happy December.

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