I just finished and mailed off this love journal for a young couple who live in Japan. It has lined pages for writing, blank pages for drawings, and a zipper pouch and slots for mementos.
I was fortunate to be asked to do a bit of restoration on this family rocking horse, long handed down. I made new ears out of moose hide, fashioned a seat out of a recycled jacket sleeve, and created a cow hide initial tag for the new 1 1/2-year-old owner. Every cowboy needs a brand, right?
I just added two new readymade items to my Etsy shop. The first one I’m really excited about sharing, since it was labor-intensive (21 hours) and I had it in mind for years before forces finally converged or stars finally aligned or whatever.
This mini-tote is handmade from top to bottom, including handles, and stamped with material from the beginning of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects” by Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792 (from the Project Gutenberg edition). Click the photo to go straight to the Etsy listing.
The second item is a convertible clutch and shoulder purse with leather lacing in a double loopstitch: black on black. Has checkbook and register holder, zippered pockets, credit card slots, currency pockets, photo slots, and more. Click the photo to go straight to the listing.
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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.
(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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I’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.
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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.
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:
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.