What is better than a fabulous linen during the summer? I like to collect vintage, antique & hand loomed linen fabric from all over the world. The texture, heaviness & unique weave of the fabric gives each bag a distinct character all its own.
I was recently invited to join an amazing bunch of local Colorado makers to be part of Soulcrafting. It’s a website that brings makers & people together who’d like to learn a certain functional craft or just fulfill the need to learn more & get your hands dirty making something yourself. Some examples are: ceramics, make your own surf board, build a dog house, cooking, home brewing, furniture building…. and the list goes on. I’m part of the leather working option. I hosted my first class a couple of days ago with 2 people who wanted to make leather clutches to give as gifts. What an amazing, thoughtful idea- I was so inspired. Thats what it’s all about. Use your hands, learn something new & then share it. I see so many things that I’d love to experience through this website & I’ll let you know what I decide to take. I’m thinking Jam….. (*Red Camper makes the best jam on this planet if you didn’t know this already)
I was so delighted to have Casie Zalud over to my studio this week. She is a great local photographer that specializes in outdoor farm weddings & events but during the winter she is available for other projects. It was a great opportunity to take part in a “swap”- A custom bag for a small photo shoot. Win-win! So, welcome to my studio!
It took a little time, but I finally was able to get the shop back up on line. I think this is the most challenging part of owning a (very) small business. When I decide to go on line, I have to stop “making” & just concentrate on doing the things that don’t come naturally & just do my best. It forces me to sit at the computer for hours on end to input all the information. This is definitely a girl that prefers to stand all day at a work table with a hammer in her hand. I’m working on trying to make the photographs better but I really should probably just go take some night classes. So, Please take a look but be aware that this was just put together by me. Not a professional web designer or copy writer. For better or worse, it is live & now I can go back to work! Take a peek.
A long time ago, (at least it feels that way) I started this blog to see where it would take me. It started out as a way to share all the craftiness that was spinning inside my head. I love to create all sorts of things & try new mediums constantly. I am one of those people that say, “I can make that!” when I see something that catches my eye. Sometimes I’m successful & lots of times I realize it is a skill that needs to be practiced more than once. Little by little somewhere along the way I started making handbags. The more I made, the more I started to focus on it & direct my time & energy into this one form. I do like to dabble in very simple leather jewelry as well but thats so my hands can take a break from working on a large scale items. I like that I can pack up a tool box & carry it with me.
The more I started working, the less I was blogging. I have definitely switched my focus to Facebook & instagram which gets a message out quickly & efficiently. The only time I spend on the computer these days is before I go to bed. I literally spend all my work hours (aka- school hours) cutting, hammering, sewing & creating. It is a dream come true & I love every minute! Actually, the hardest part of the day is when I have to leave my studio & return to real life.
My little business has organically grown on it’s own & when someone asks me,”whats your 5 year plan?” I just say,”how should I know.” It keeps changing on its own & I’m open to just about any kind of possibility. I like the fact that I can’t predict the future. For now, after this big Firefly market weekend (if your in the Boulder area, please stop by!) All my energy will be directed into launching my on-line shop again. The collage is basically to give you an idea of what is coming for fall. All bags are made one at a time & each one is different than the last.
This is what I do.
Here in Colorado the summer is quickly coming to a close. School starts later this week & I already have all sorts of leather waiting to be cut into fall bags waiting on my table. I stumbled over these beautiful aqua bags in my photo collection & thought, wow, these bags seem from so long ago! but really, I sold them all at a market at the end of June, less than 2 months ago. I’ll have to wait to bring out more waxed vintage tent canvas until the spring. The beautiful blues of the tents & the bright orange & yellow of the duck cloth brightened up my studio during the sunny months. It’s nice to take one last look….
It’s hard to miss this summer, but that little pop of color is turning up all over. I also got caught up in the trend as it’s like playing with candy. There’s something so playful about adding that something extra that just catches your eye. Whether applying it with paint, hand stitching or sewing machine, it’s an easy way to freshen up a neutral color. Fall is just around the corner & it’ll be hard to drop these colors all together. I have a feeling they’ll creep in somewhere.
It was a beautiful day on a magical farm with wonderfully creative people. If I hadn’t been invited to teach, I would have signed up anyway. It was a bonus to have some good friends join in the day & to share a little of what I do with them. The day was broken into many parts with each one better than the next. I’m still not sure how you can fit in so much & still keep it relaxing at the same time. Ali of the Makerie started with a really warm welcome to all as we were gathered on the grass then we separated to our classes. There were 3 offered in the morning & 5 in the afternoon. In my class everyone followed a template & learned how to make their own leather clutch. The other classes offered were pajaki paper chandeliers (which I was lucky enough to inherit one that was made by a friend & sadly couldn’t get it back on the plane), Make your own personalized silver necklace, flower arranging & letterpress.
We had a delicious picnic lunch by one of my favorite people Katie from EAT Private Chef & Catering Company. The special guest speaker was from Justin’s, an amazing, local,peanut butter/nut butter company. Although it was tempting to lie down on the soft quilts & take a nap, we all got up & went to our afternoon classes. As soon as they were over, Whole Foods was hosting a cocktail party on the side porch. A tour of the beautiful Farmette followed by another fabulously turned out dinner by Katie & Don from CRUST. Don also supplied gourmet pizza from her hyper-cool traveling copper pizza oven. (I can’t begin to say how much I LOVED the roasted beet & goat cheese one)
The pictures hardly do the day justice especially since I was running around a lot of the time I spaced out on taking lots of pics to document the day. There is still one Makerie day left this summer on August 4th. Deadline for sign up is Monday the 29th. I highly recommend this to everyone….