Monday, June 28, 2010


About way back when my junior high school buddy and I would stay up late and transform over sized tee shirts into gold. All the while we listened to all the latest and greatest new wave, metal, and punk. Occasionally we got to eavesdrop on her neighbors having domestic battles over a dog named "Braka", too much alcohol, and hard wood flooring. Some of the best times of my teen years ever! I discovered my love of ripped sleeveless tees, splatter painting, and neon colored fabric paints. So this week I get to re-live some of those days. I get to do some fabric painting on two dresses( one for me and one for Ed) and I am buying myself some purty colored tees that are on sale at the grocery store. I am really interested in seeing what happens with all this and where I will fit in all of these projects with my leather concoctions(which by the way are looking fairly awesome with my new paints and pigments involved, can't wait for show and tell!) Meanwhile, I am gonna make another cup o' frothy caffeinated happiness and dream about being fourteen and fashionable. Have a great day all:)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm Back!

Back from my fabulous weekend of fun with Mark. I had a blast got some much needed rest, drank coffee by the bay, and in in the car, and in cute little cafes all over the bay area. The haunted hotel was fantabulous, I think I even had a short visit from the ghostly gal that calls it home. Iron Maiden ROCKED! of course, and I am all the better for it. All in all, no complaints here. It all ROCKED! I came home energized with new leather paints, new designs, a happy octopus, a blue platypus, some chocolate, and a revised game plan.......look out world!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Queen Sneezalot

or just Princess Snot. That is what I am today, not worth much of anything right now so I'm gonna make another coffee and put some beautiful beads upon some leatha! and leave it at that. My secret project is going so wonderfully! I can't wait to share! I just have to wait until it's all done and on it's way to it's new owner. So that's the short term plan. Later this afternoon, I am going to take kiddo 1 and 2 downtown to pick up some stir-fry ingredients and a big huge sandwich cookie, hugeriffic vanilla cookies with lots of gooey vanilla frosting sandwiched in between. Yum! Hopefully, that will set me straight. If these allergies don't pass soon, it's gonna be a super duper non-productive week. I've had enough of those for the moment thank you very much, I just want my zippy fun sewing energy back! If you find it, will you kindly throw it back this way. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Following Directions

Nope. Not for me. Haven't been able to follow a given direction since I made my way into this world. Wish I could say it's something I might work on, but given that I know no other way, I doubt it. Just thought I would share that on this fine day.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Starting Fresh

It's the start of a new week without stomach illnesses and super elbow soreness. I am celebrating by taking my two little ones out on the town for some more thrift store shopping(mostly for me this time) and out for our usual cookie and coffee. There is some talk of visits to the drug store to look at toys and perhaps visiting Dad at work. We'll see how it goes. I have been existing on very little sleep and very small amounts of food for the last few days so the energy is just not there. Blah!

My plans are once expanding with the change of the seasons! I kind of cringe when I get this way, I tend to get a little carried away when I start moving things around so this year I am being cautious. The fact is, I just want to keep my leathery business going and going and need to really buckle down and get my butt out there. So, again I will be cleaning out my shops, especially my artfire shop to make room for some new items. I think it will be great motivation to get some new things made and quick! So if you do visit my shop in the next few weeks and there is not much of a selection, NEVER FEAR! just means I am making room for some new and beautiful leathery things to show. Since summer tends to be pretty slow for sales, I think it would be a great time to change things up and add new inventory. I am also considering a couple give-aways over the next couple of months, not really to get more customers, but I kind of think that I need a few people to use a couple of my wallets and let me know if they work and what I can improve on. I figured if I did a couple of contest-y type dealies that the critique process would be more fun. I guess I 'll have to see about that too.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


and Ouch!!!! and all that stuff. I have been busily working away this week in the secret lab and boy am I paying for it. Sore elbow and all that jazz. I am so excited to be working on my first metal piece in a very long time! Lots of copper, brass, and a handmade lampwork focal bead from beatlebabyglassworks. I can't wait until it's done. It's for my lovely sister for her birthday and I hope she loves it and enjoys wearing it. What a task! Finding a way that the copper, brass, and leather would add to and not distract from the beautiful focal bead. It was hard, but I think I came up with something workable. Just got to put it all together to see. I don't want to share a picture of the completed piece until my sis gets to see it up close and personal. Hopefully it will be in her hands next week sometime.

My other projects have been leathery. A pair of super cute booties in black and white and a little pouch wallet out of sage green suede. I am quite happy with both and hope that their new owners will also be happy with them.