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Going in circles

I hope you don’t get bored easily because there might be a lot of the same old, same old on here over the next couple weeks. I’m trying to manage pre-show stress levels by making loads of a dozen or so of my easier-to-put-together items for City of Craft and then working on a smaller selection of one-off stuff like custom guitar straps, painted cuffs, more elaborate bags, etc. in the last couple weeks beforehand.

In the past, I’ve tried to make one or two of every single thing I do which usually results in my head spinning off my shoulders and a table full of items I might consider overwhelming if I were on the other side of it. Kind of like Pinterest, or a menu with too many options. Those can be paralyzing. Sometimes, as nice as all the choices are, you just need a simple “STEAK OR PASTA?” Hopefully this will help things look more streamlined and result in an-easier-to-browse booth.

Lots and lots of canteen belts! Also a couple more purses…

Mmmmmmm they look like giant Smarties. Each one is riveted with brass or steel rivets and hardware. Bridle leather straps.

All right. Enjoy your Friday. Don’t forget to fill your weekly CanCon requirements by going to see this guy at the Lincoln Alexander Centre at 7pm and then this guy at The Studio Theatre at 9. Wheeeeeeeeeeee!


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Still Thirsty?

Do I seem obsessive? Ummmmmmm, you might be right. I love love love this Canteen Purse design. It’s fun to make, satisfying to see in its finished form and there are sooooo many shades of soft leather available to make it in, I can barely keep it together.

I certainly can’t stop making them.

This one is a special fave. You wouldn’t believe the colour of this leather. It looks like the ocean, all faded and pale in parts and deepest depths turquoise in others

Some variations on this theme to come…

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The great pumpkin

The canteen purse with an adjustable strap (thanks to some market research gleaned from taking my teal purse for a test drive this weekend).

Pumpkin coloured leather with a red bridle leather strap.

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What`s that, Canteen Boy?

What a day! After messing around with patterns and not really getting anything concrete done in the studio all day yesterday, I more than made up for it today.

The below purse is what I’m most psyched about. I love the shape, I love the leather and I love how the super-simple design smacked me in the mind hours after I’d left the studio and forgotten about all my failed patterns and sketches. I was itching to get to work today and now I’m itching to take work home, thoughI keep reminding myself I won’t be able to eat this purse for dinner so maybe I should put it in the Etsy shop.

A whack of hand-punched and set brass rivets.

This beautiful turquoise leather is something I’ve been eyeing forever. I finally bought the whole side last week. The strap is made from pumpkin-coloured hide.

Have a look inside – it’s the perfect size for a girl like me (though I am going to make a much larger version too) who needs bags in every imaginable size and doesn’t have one quite like this yet. It’s an illness.

Styling assist from Umber Dove Studios.

I call it the Canteen Purse. I wouldn’t recommend filling it with water, but hey – it’s your life to live. I’m only here to sell you purses…maybe not this one though.

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