I’m feeling pretty good this Thursday!

First of all, for lunch today I have fresh-from-our-CSA honeydew, and a slice of Boston Creme Pie.  Furthermore, Michael just showed up with some banana pudding.  So….looks like it’s going to be a healthy lunch.

Also, I’m getting my business cards today, and am awfully excited about seeing them.  Will update with a picture later, probably.

Plus, I’m at a very good (for me) level of busy-ness when it comes to leatherings.  I just finished that laptop bag for Stephen, which is just gorgeous, and am now turning my attention to a custom request via Etsy.  I really have fun figuring out patterns for these things, and then turning the pattern into a three-dimensional object.  I also feel like my techniques are improving A LOT and that I’m already a ton better than I was 6 months ago when I started on all this.  Er, 7 months ago.  It’s nearly August.

Stephen’s about to leave for like a long time, so I’m trying to come up with things to do in the evenings (that don’t involve spending money).

(SIDE NOTE: someone came over to my desk for about 2 minutes to ask me a question, and I can STILL smell him.  Stale smokey smell – like I imagine bartenders at the Villager smell.  I think I have some scented lotion somewhere around here…..)

Anyway, so in my free time next week, I’m going to work on churning out a bunch of items for my inventory; I sold the minimalist leather wallet that I listed in just a few weeks, and it was almost nothing in materials, so I need to make about  more of those.  Plus I will occasionally decide that I want to make journals, and sew/glue the insides together, but run out of steam before I actually make a cover and finish the project.  So I will probably throw together a few of those, as well.  I should put up some new Moleskine covers as well, and add some different pyrographic art to them.

So yeah.  Goal for next week is to make more money than I spend – or at least list items that will eventually sell for more than I spend.  Yep.  I would, in fact, like to go home right now and start working on some of them.

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projects lately

Been trying to knock out some leather projects lately, so that I can make that laptop bag for Stephen.  Finally I have everything finished up, so I can start on the bag any time.  If I have time I’ll draw the layout and make up a template today, but that might have to wait.

Thought I’d put up some pictures of the stuff I’ve just finished, though.  I’m trying to update my FB page too, but I don’t want to post too much there as it probably just gets annoying, so!

I finished this commissioned saddle bag for a coworker (FINALLY – took me forever), and when I sent him the pictures this morning to let him know it was all done, he called back and asked me what on earth I was doing working in an office when I could make leather bags like this!!  I was duly flattered.  If anyone wants to give me some space in their rent-free studio, let me know.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  To go to work in a studio every day?  Designing and making leather things?  Man.

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So I’m going to buy new leather with the money I make off of these things, I think.

Also had someone request a custom Moleskine cover, and just sent this off yesterday.

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Was pretty pleased with how this turned out.  I want to list one of these and add a customization option – so like charge an extra dollar amount to do custom pyrography.  Need to figure out how to list that.

ALSO I decided to cave and order some business cards.  I just ordered 50, which is the smallest quantity that you could order them in, but it’s something!  I’m excited about getting them (in probably 1-2 weeks…).

business card

I’m still trying to finish up the saddle bag I’ve been “working on” for like a month.  I either need to suck it up and get over my resistance towards doing commissioned work, or just stop accepting commissions.  I’ve gotten emails on Etsy this morning asking for custom items though, so I think I’m going to go the former route.  One of these should be really easy to churn out – it’s a Moleskine cover with a tree burned into the front.  Should be able to get it done tonight, as long as I actually work on it.  Not sure what I’m doing tonight.  So I guess I should make the Moleskine cover.

Last night I was going to work while I watched a movie, but I picked this German film and forgot that it’s impossible to work while watching foreign movies (subtitles, duh)…so the movie won out.  It was a pretty good movie, too.  But this is why Wes Anderson movies are perfect for watching while I work on projects – I’ve already seen them so many times that I can pretty much enjoy the whole movie while barely even watching it.

But really I need to finish the saddle bag, and then make Stephen’s laptop bag.  I have about two weeks, which I can do, but only if I stop dilly-dallying around and watching German movies when I should be sewing or burnishing.

Did I mention that I’ve made two Etsy sales this week?  So I ALSO need to restock my inventory.  For heavens sake.

Mid-Month Blog Entry With Creative Title

First thing on my mind this morning?  Disappointment that it was already morning, and that I had been so absolutely unproductive with my free time last night.  YES it’s true that I lengthened a purse handle for someone on Etsy, who then bought the purse.  But I did that in bed, over a couple of episodes of Criminal Minds, so I don’t really even know if that counts.  Otherwise though, I did not clean the kitchen, the litter boxes, the living room, or change my sheets.  I didn’t do laundry or mow the lawn.  I didn’t sweep any floors.

So!  Tonight I’m going to do at least SOME of those things.  If I don’t mow the lawn, I’ll do some kind of cardio, because dammit I feel better when I do.  Also I’m definitely going to wash the dishes, and do at least one load of laundry.  I need to dedicate a good hour or so to cleaning out my closet at some point, though I’d sorta like to get one of those over-the-door shoe holders first, so that I can get rid of the milk crates that I am currently pretending to use for shoe organization.  (Not pretending very hard.)

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, but Stephen is just the best and I am beyond thankful that I’ve been able to spend the last year with him.  *sigh*  I could go on about how wonderful he is, but my words aren’t seeming adequate and anyway, this is sort of a public blog, so I’m not going to.  But.  I could.

I could also tell you about all the stuff we did last weekend, and how many times we’ve been to McKay’s in the last month to buy new amazing books that we don’t technically need, and about how I am having a serious bookshelf shortage at my house right now, but I’ll also leave this topic since I really only came here to make a list (of sorts) of the things that I need to do when I get home tonight…and also to post these two pictures.

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Little Green, have a happy ending

Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she will answer to
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who’ve made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer

He went to California
Hearing that everything’s warmer there
So you write him a letter and say “Her eyes are blue”
He sends you a poem and she’s lost to you
Little green he’s a non-conformer

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there’ll be sorrow

Child with a child pretending
Weary of lies you are sending home
So you sign all the papers in the family name
You’re sad and you’re sorry but you’re not ashamed
Little green have a happy ending

Mage satchel

OK, have another apothecary/mage’s satchel up for sale on Etsy.  I ran out of the leather I was using to make the other ones, so found one that’s similar in color but definitely not in texture – this is MUCH softer, more like deer hide (which it might be).  I’m still sort of torn as to whether I like it or not.  I mean it definitely doesn’t look bad – I just don’t know if I like it as much as the others.  I’m going to try this other veg tan leather out to see if I like it any better.

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