November 2012

Bag it

I had some time to make just a handful of larger items for City of Craft and I’m pretty psyched about how they all turned out. No hiccups or problems with the process. Everything went smoothly which doesn’t usually happen when I’m spazzing around about getting big pieces done in a hurry.

There are these handlebar bags – made of chocolate and a kind of pumpkin brown leather. Brass hardware. Hand-stitched with waxed linen thread.



And one Daily Planet purse. This is exactly the right size for carrying around a Canon Rebel, cord, charger, wallet and small notebook. Or whatever you want to put in there instead.


Made of a beautiful brown leather that scratches and distresses easily, this bag will only look more awesome as you use and abuse it.


All the hardware is heavy-duty brass. All the stitching is done by hand with waxed linen thread.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go knock off another round of writing for the final day of NaNoWriMo!


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Drink up

A couple new flask designs today. I’ve got two more in the works but need to pick up more flasks to stitch them on to.

First up is the Sable Island Flask:


Then the Summit Series Flask:


Finally, I was listening to podcasts of Q yesterday and when I hit on one that featured the folksy-fantastic trio Trent Severn I just about died. They do with music what I hope to do with every creative move I make. Listen to their interview. They explain it better than I will. If I had a stitch of musical talent in my soul, this is the music I would want to play. And did I mention that I originally fully intended to name my leather/soon-to-include-metal line Severn? Thisclose.




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City of pouch

These are some of my favourite things to make, possibly partly because I love thinking about how they would assist in compartmentalizing items. I have a real obsession with putting things in specific places ie: purses and backpacks with many pockets to allow for the storage of particular objects and requiring a new note/sketchbook to dedicate to the committed pen-on-paper realization of each new idea.

ANYWHOOOOOOO, check it. I made a ton of canteen pouches.



I’m getting more and more psyched for this show. I’m driving down with Jane and Roisin and staying overnight which will be cool. There’s a lot of busy busy busy in Toronto that got to me when I lived there, but I do love it. Dare I say I sometimes miss it? It’s even easier to admit that now!

I especially miss cycling around its hidden little side streets and alleyways in the middle of the night, the incredible number of restaurant and bar options, strolling through rabbit-warren-y neighbourhoods on the way to breakfast, live music galore, and fairs and markets like City of Craft. Just look at some of the awesome that’s going to be there!


So see you there?

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Whew, during the cyber-move of last week I was unable to post anything new. Now that we’re settled in and up and running again though, here are more necklaces.

I’ve also got some more new earrings in the works, a trio of freshly-designed handlebar bags I’m crazy about and a long list of ideas for metalwork that is making it impossible for me to sleep. Honestly. I’ve been laying awake and thinking of new things, or going over the ideas I’ve already had and imaginging how I’ll cut them. Really riveting stuff. It’s a wonder this keeps me up instead of knocking me out – fantasizing about sawing silver – but it does.

Some of it can be translated into leather as well, so hopefully that will placate me until I can get my hands on a jeweller’s saw and some silver. Probably not, but I have to do something with these thoughts or I’ll go mental.








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Bird’s Nest

I know I’m supposed to be focussing on making a million of a smaller number of things for the approaching City of Craft, but I started messing with some of the feathers I had laying around and I really like these necklaces, particularly the circular bird’s nest ones.

All this week I’ll post necklaces and earrings – they’re what I spent all last week doing when I got back from up north.

Today and yesterday I started stitching wallets and change purses, but I’ve still got flasks and some bike bags and hopefully a couple of larger camera bags to work on.

Meantime, my deer hide is drying in the basement. It’s unfortunately not going to be tanned and ready for City of Craft, but it should be ready before the end of the year which will be exciting. I’m pretty pumped to see how it turns out tanned by the pros over at Rebel Tannery.

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