This was the first time I took my linen bag silhouette & translated it into leather. This quality of leather was so thick but soft & spongy so had some nice form after being sewn without being too stiff. The strap & closures are recycled horse reins. I especially like how this one had a big knot at the end to keep it from slipping through the brass D-ring. Every bag needs a little bling of course so a key ring was added with some vintage fishing lures to the strap. I only made 2 of these in september & wish I had made a bunch more as the style was one of my favorites. Good thing I’m making a bunch more for fall!
This past weekend I visited the kidrobot store that recently opened just 2 convenient blocks away. They happened to have just had a big event where artists came to paint these little plastic statues. My son was amazed by the possibilities. Who knew you could do more than just color them with a marker & call it a day? We were told that if you add some modeling clay (the kind that hardens like plastic in the oven) you can go to the next level by creating your own characters. Well, who could resist that? So, we bought enough for my sons & myself & spent Sunday afternoon sculpting & painting. Fun you ask? Most definitely! I liked that it was a project that attracted boys that are close to 11 & 13 years old. That’s not so easy any more.
I thought a cold, gray & snowy Friday (here in Colorado) needed something light & colorful. These clutches were made from vintage camping tents. By adding a bright stripe & the signature leather, painted tip leather tab, they became unique & one of a kind little bags. I’m knee deep into leather, wool & military fabrics at the moment & a hint of these summer colors feels so good. I have all winter to dream of tents & how I’ll reuse them in the spring again.
Have a great weekend! I’m off to a big costume party tonight & can’t wait to wear my new hand painted leather fox mask that I ordered on etsy. there will be pictures posted next week- I’m channeling the fantastic Mrs. Fox.
This tote is made from a great waxy leather. I really liked the natural finish to the edge of the skin so I incorporated it into the front patch pockets. By adding just a tiny cross embroidery to the front it gave it just enough interest & detail for it to stand out. The designs I create are never very complicated or fussy. It’s the material that their made of that make them unique & special.
What a great color for a fall tote bag. I love how the gray waxed canvas (from a vintage tent, of course) got really crackly looking after it was washed. The thick black leather & the textured canvas go hand in hand. A touch of shiny lures finish off the sporty look. The lining is a nice natural linen. Simple is best.
The construction of a clutch isn’t very complicated (especially the way I make them). Simple shapes need fabulous small details to make them special. For this brown leather clutch, I added a leather horse bridle tab that is attached with an antique mother of pearl shirt stud. By adding 2 simple gold stripes down the center, the whole bag becomes a unique, one of a kind handbag.
This gray tote bag was made from vintage waxed camping tent. Instead of mixing the colors like I had in previous bags, I stuck to a single lovely gray color. By adding orange painted tips to the handles (which are a natural leather that will soften & darken with age) and a small white painted cross it transformed a sleepy fabric into something still subtle but with just enough zing. The leather cording can be ties casually for closing the top.
What an amazing experience I had out in the Texas countryside this past week! For the first time, I went to the enormous antique show at Round Top, Texas. It is an antique fair that goes for miles & miles along the road & back into farm fields. Each field will have a certain feeling or similar theme. You walk around from tent to tent & stop every once in a while to purchase a 32oz Arnold Palmer to keep you going. The heat was on (literally) as it was in the 90′s but that didn’t stop me & my two trusty companions. We decided that some ladies go for a girls weekend to Las Vegas or New York. We, on the other hand, head to Texas for some good ‘ol treasure hunting! I found fabulous antique military bags, French Linens, canvas pieces & some sweet hand embroidered table clothes. The only piece that wasn’t fabric in nature was the 1972 Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera. It was most definitely love at first sight. It is a piece of art & can sit on a shelf or, if I’m lucky, even take pictures! I’ll run out over the weekend to our local camera shop for them to take a look at it & see if I can still get film.
I’m happy to be home again & will get all the new goods washed over the weekend so they will be ready to be transformed into some fabulous fall handbags. Stay Tuned!
Have a great weekend!