New ready made products in moose, deer, and cow hide

I’ve had some products in work for awhile and have just had an opportunity to get them listed in my Etsy shop.  Use coupon code 25PERCENTOFF before December 31 for 25% off any item over $10.00!  These are one of a kind and certified Made in Alaska.  More finished pieces to come soon, and I am actively working on and experimenting with several new items.

Rustic moose and deer hide belt bag with metal link belt:


Crocheted skull and skull and crossbones cutout in organic eco-leather:


Crystal rivet swirl keyfob:


Black crystal rivets and gear stamps keyfob:


Rage City Rollergirls silent auction Oct. 10

I just finished five fun keyfobs for the Rage City Rollergirls Black Eye & Tie silent auction fundraiser at House of Harley-Davidson on Spenard on October 10, 2015.  Retail prices range from $8-11.  From left to right, Broken Heart leather keyfob with concho and recycled red leather heart; Flaming Dice leather keyfob with concho and punched stars; Skull Cameo leather keyfob; Silver Gear leather keyfob; Rose and Stars leather keyfob with iridescent crystal rivets.  You can buy tickets to the event HERE.


Rage flier

Love journal

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.

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Rocking Horse Resto

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?

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Vindication Mini-Tote and Convertible Clutch Purse

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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New Readymade Items and Report-back on Recent Customs


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)


(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!

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!


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.

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Leatherwork, made in Alaska