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New Stamp

Made a crude sketch of the iconic courthouse and had it made into a leather stamp…some tests with temperature, foils and different types of leather.  More practice needed  🙂

It works with archival ink too! I will have to take more pics.

Many thanks to Chris P., John B., and Evelyn S. over at!  Each of them (and likely others behind the scenes) made the time to work with me to make my idea a reality.  I highly recommend them.

My first local arts and crafts sale

Lots of foot traffic, good feedback and possible leads – great experience – worked three months to get the projects done (not all are pictured) and most were new designs.  Now time to decompress and enjoy retirement!

New envelope card holder/wallets; plain and stitched.

Minimalist style card holders.

Stainless steel wire earrings crafted with scrap leather and new and upcycled costume jewelry.

More Tools

This little beauty is a skiver and can be used to split leather too.  A shout out to Dan at Campbell Randall and his team for crating this baby up so she arrived ready to go.  🙂


I said I needed to “up my game”…

I considered taking courses at a local college or tech school, but found a one-year program offered by an individual; I took the beginner course and successfully completed the first six projects.

Yes, there are seven items here…the first is a sample to learn basics like cutting, gluing, stitching (each piece is hand stitched) and edge finishing.

This is the back side of the first project, a slim card wallet (of buttery soft leather).  Look closely and you can see the stitching lines around the outer edge are not quite straight.  An even closer look and you may be able to see the creasing iron marking.  My plan is to incorporate creasing and the edge finishing techniques I learned into wallets and leather handbags.

Not your run of the mill trip to the midwest…

So a friend mentioned something he saw on television about an enclosed bone bed that was a museum and working dig site…
It was an amazing adventure; our team was small – just four of us and the site staff. Yes, that is a mammoth skeleton and there are plenty more to be excavated and preserved.
I would recommend this to someone looking for a completely different vacation and would consider doing it again.

Special Outfits for an East Coast College Graduation – where has the year gone?!

A little black dress with tiger print insets to celebrate an East Coast University graduation.
Rather than a black patent pump, I used the same fabric to cover these shoes.
To tie it all together, I put together this little bag of black quilted vinyl double zip openings and a tiger printed chain. Spring rings on either end of the bag allow me to change the chain to silver colored metal.


Look close – the pattern on this is hotdogs! We have an inside family joke of sorts with the Graduate sooo I made this little dress to wear to dinner.


My New Logo

tm stamp final

Where has the time gone – September is right around the corner!

After many renditions I am happy to present my LOGO!

I had an idea and worked with Juan, (a friend of a friend) and we came up with this little gem.

Soooo worth the wait!

(See the bottom section under the “about me tab” for Juan, the stamp maker, and “web guy” information)