August 2011

It’s Just Another Manic Wednesday

Worked on quite a few things yesterday.

First off was a Newfoundland cuff, which I carved, cut and tooled. It’s sitting on my work table waiting for paint.

Some smaller projects included an acid-green feather strung on a brass chain…

The motorcycle braid wraps (a custom order) I started last week…

And a new take on an old design – the Faux Bois-ome Earrings.

I love these so much better than the old design. The wood grain is more widely spaced and simply carved instead of tooled.

The leather is thick. The circles larger than they used to be.

My favourite part though, is the stain. I used to just dye these guys an all-over brown, but since learning to block-dye a few months ago (a technique I want to use on everything) I’ve switched it up and lo-lo-love the gradient colour achieved by layering shades like this.

If you want a pair, you can pick them up here. I do also plan to get a batch of earrings together to send over to White Elephant after a sore (read: non-existent) showing this summer so some of these might be included in that shipment.

Ha. Shipment.

In other news, I got a studio pet! A birthday gift from Sean’s mom.

So perfect. I knew I needed some lushness – some nature – in there and it was even in my day planner to buy something this week, but she beat me to the punch with this. I love it.

Hmmmm…what else? Lake and Larch made its first sale overnight which was an awesome surprise to wake up to.

I have photos of a few new vintage pieces, cropped and ready to list, but forgot my notebook full of measurements and specs at the studio. Check the shop later tonight or tomorrow for new additions.

 

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New Friend

This is Judy.

She’s from New Jersey, but ditched her old crew, the saucy minxes pictured below…

…and her ex-boyfriend…

(what, don’t recognize him? Here’s a close-up…

PS – is this even legal?)

…to move to Hamilton and model for me.

Oh that’s right. Remember when I decided I was going to sell vintage clothes on Etsy and was totally overwhelmed and had to scrap the shop because I didn’t have the time or space to do it?

Now that I have a studio and have been working for myself long enough to have developed an efficient employment outline for my days, I’m taking another stab at this.

I’ll be launching the shop tomorrow and, if I can figure out how to set the coupon codes on Etsy, buyers who enter the code word LAUNCH at check-out will get 10% off each item they pick up.

Sneak peeks? Well, ok…

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Show and Tell Time

First off, thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s Supercrawl fundraiser. It was a great time – wonderful talk and amazing new works from the super-talented Christie Sealey (I’m so serious – I really can’t get enough of her paintings), music by Devon Craig and Jeremy Greenspan (of Junior Boys) and food by Acclamation.

Before all that happened at 7pm though, I spent some time in the studio making a super-simple clutch that I love so much, I’m going to make about ten of them.

The Under Wraps Clutch…

I’m especially in love with the easy closure mechanism. A breeze to use and install.

This is heading into the Etsy shop later today.

I also (finally) finished a watch band for a friend’s 1920s watch face…

Heading back in this afternoon to finish up the motorcycle sleeve I started a couple days ago.

Check back after the weekend (or possibly during, depending on how things play out) for photos of the finished sleeve as well as maybe a fresh piece of news I’m excited about…

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Office Space

Yesterday I stopped into Tundra for a single bag of grommets and (as so often happens) walked out with a little bit more than I’d planned.

One of these things was a small cut of lipstick-pink leather I got a good deal on. I’m kind of wishing I had a whole lot more now because I think this is going to turn out pretty well…

Other new news that is news? I hung my shelves so my tools are no longer scattered all over the place.

I also bought a broom so I could clear out a space to lay down Memphis’ new dog bed.

He’s still not super into this new routine (though he did feel comfortable enough to howl at the methadone clinic across the street which is a good sign) but I think that will change once he’s got a water bowl and a radio.

Ok, maybe that last thing is for me.

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