Thursday, December 21, 2006

No. . .problem I can make that

We call the tendency to not be able to just say no as seven letter syndrome because you end up saying 'no problem' rather than 'no'. Mom called a week before we left on vacation to ask if I could help her out by making a couple of bracelets because he gifts she had ordered for my second cousins were not going to work. Since I am a good daughter, and I have that seven letter syndrome, I said sure and ended up spending a good chunk of that wee alternating between trying to work out the bracelet designs and get ready for our trip. The final results were both made with glass and sterling silver beads, silver charms and findings and are strung on Accuflex wire.



This one has a mix of Thai Karen Hilltribe heart charms and sterling silver puffed heart charms. The beads are a combination of two different types, the bicone beads are milk glass beads, and the round pink beads are Czech druk beads. It closes with a silver heart shaped lobster claw clasp. This was the more challenging design because I had a hard time getting the design to work out and having the bracelet be the right length. It took three tries to get it right and of couse it was the one I worked on last on the day I had to get it delivered to Mom.


This one has a mix of silver charms with an enameled silver charm as the centerpiece. All of the glass beads used for this bracelet are Czech druk beads, but they all have slightly different finishes and the black beads are somewhat triangular along with being a bit longer. This one went together much easier but it took a bit to get the design to balance out well.

I won't know until Christmas what the recipients think of them, but Mom was very happy with the designs and they were fun projects. I just need to remember I work better if I have a bit less pressure.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

snopes craft challenge entry

As promised here are the pictures of my entry in the snopes craft challenge and a picture of the idea that didn't quite work out for the challenge.




This is the actual entry. It is a bone panel with facted onyx beads, charoite ovals and silver beads and findings. There is a story that comes with the bone panel, it was originally part of a bracelet that belonged to my mother. The bracelet was made of a set of these panels strung on elastic cord that had broken a long time ago. (I remember looking at the pieces in Mom's jewelry box as child, so it had broken by that point.) The bracelet what a gift an employer had brought back from a trip to Hawaii and they had ben told that it was ivory. I've done some research, mostly because of the mahjong tile beads I had found, and these panels are definitey bone. High quality craved bone, but bone none the less.





This is the design I had originally started with for the challenge. I had thought that it would be cool to combine the bone tile with fire opals and pearls because of theconnection to Hawaii. Unfortunately it turned out to be too delicate of a combination to work with the bone panel and I had to step back and come up with an alternate focal bead. I had picked up the bone flower bead recently and itended up fitting perfectly.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The lanyard project (final product)

I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who has to wear an ID badge/key card for work and hates the options you have for wearing it. It's hard for me to use the little belt clips with the retractable cord because of the type of clothes I wear, plus I'm a klutz and I know I would catch them on something so I wear it on a lanyard around my neck. The lanyards that are out there are out of fabric tape or cord and they don't look good with work clothes. I'd been trying to find a good solution but had been having problems finding a good way to attach the badge. I finally found silver plated swivel hooks at Fire Mountain Gems and made my first lanyard last night.



It made out of blue Czech druk glass beads, black glass beads I found I had hanging around, silver tube beads, silver findings and the silver plated swivel hook. I wore it to work today and the reaction from my co-workers just blew me away. I think I am going to be a very busy girl making these for a while. The only change for those will be that I am going to use silver plated brass beads to keep the costs down. I will, of course, post pictures as I get those made. I also may try to do a step by step on how I make them.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

There's good news and bad news

The good news is that my muse showed back up, apparently she went to Turkey to get her coffee, and I finished the piece I was struggling with a few days ago. The bad news is that I can't post pictures until this coming Saturday because the piece was made for a craft challenge at the snopes messageboard. I'll post pictures as soon as I can along with pictures of the piece I ended up with the first time I tried to make something. Hopefully I'll get the small bag I have waiting around together sometime soon too so I can post pictures of it.

Other good news is that I got a really fantastic deal on more glass beads for the lanyard project so as soon as the swivel hooks come in I can get going on those too.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lots of leatherwork stuff

We took a trip to Denver to do some Christmas shopping today and I talked E into stopping at Tandy so I've got lots of new stuff to work with. I even picked up a book on inverted leather carving that also includes instructions on doing silhouette carving and has a number of different patterns. Some of the patterns are very 1950s (after all this is an old book) so I don't think I'll end up using them but some of the others are really nice floral designs. It makes me want to try some stuff out, but I still have three pieces that need to be sewn together. I guess I'll have to see how tomorrow goes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Apparently my muse has gone out for coffee

I'm a bit frustrated right now. I spend around 45 minutes trying to work out the design for a specific bracelet I'm making for a craft challenge. I got it strung together and realized that the design did not work at all. I managed to salvage the piece, but I still don't have the other one done, and the deadline if rapidly approaching for the challenge. It would look really silly if I initiated the challenge and didn't come up with a project.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The lanyard project

I touched on this project a bit in my regular blog. What I am trying to do is to make a beaded lanyard for the ID I have to wear for work. I had found some on the web for sale, but I didn't like the design because the piece ended in a large metal ring since they were designed to be either an ID holder or a glasses hanger. To begin with, I couldn't find similar rings and ones that size don't really go with the style of jewelry I make. Secondly, I wanted the lanyard to have a clasp that could work as a quick release in case it got caught on something or someone grabbed it. Finally, I really wanted the badge to attach with a hook of some sort, sterling silver if I could get it, silver plated if not. The ultimate find would be a sterling silver swivel hook. Today I came close to this part of it because I found silver plated swivel hooks and also sterling silver lobster claw clasps with swivels at Fire Mountain Gems. I'm still trying to figure out the quick release, the problem is that I'm essentially looking for a clasp that will fail. I've got a couple possibilities though, I just need to get them and do some experimenting.

Once I get it all sorted out maybe I'll do an entry showing the process from start to finish.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Working on leatherwork

I'm in the middle of another leather project, a small bag for my Etsy store, and I've decided on a few things. The first is that Sunday is a good day to work on the stages where I have to wait for things to dry because I'm busy with doing other stuff so I leave the leather pieces alone to dry. The second is that baby food jars are an excellent place to store small amounts of antique, finishes and glue to use while I'm working. I use the small foam paint brushes to apply those things and baby food jars have a wide enough mouth to fit the brush in. In addition, they have a lid so there is a lot less waste and if I have to step away the cats can't get into or spill anything. In the case of dyes and antiques the glass won't pick up any of the color so they can be cleaned and reused for something else. All around they are the perfect thing for the job.

I'll post pictures when I'm done.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Some more bracelets

I worked on jewelry yesterday so I have a few more pictures to post here.




This was a bit of an experiment, because I wanted to use the green dragon tiles but I wasn't sure quite what to use with them. In the end I used two different colors of jade which worked well.





This one was a lot of fun to make. I've had the bone frog bead for a while and it seemed like the perfect centerpiece for a bracelet. I used kyanite and labradorite with it because both stones shift color in the light and have teal highlights which went well with the frog inlay. This is the bracelet out of this seeion that I'd make a copy of for myself if I could find another frog bead.





This bracelet is lepidolite (the beads in shades of purple) and rhodochrosite (the raspberry sherbert colored beads). It was another experiment in combining colors. I think the combination worked well, but I may end up thinking of it as the sherbet bracelet because of the color of the rhodochrosite.


I wasn't sure if this design would work at all because it is onyx roundelles and turquoise coin beads, but it worked remarkably well and ended up being a very elegant bracelet.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bamboo Aventurine Necklace

As promised, here are pictures of my most recent project, one on the display bust and then a closeup with the flash.







This piece was a commission for someone over on the snopes messageboard and really ended up being a theme piece. The mahjong tiles are (from left to right), summer, six of bamboo and bamboo flower, and the color requirements were to use blues and/or greens. I was really struck by the idea of two of the tiles having to do with bamboo and decided to use that as the unifying idea for the piece. With that in mind, I chose to use light green aventurine, partially because it matched the greens in the tiles and partly because they look like foliage, and then chose bamboo shaped silver tube beads to use as spacers. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, although I designed it flat rather than curved so the top strand is longer than the lower strand and will drape over or under it. I was afraid that would be a problem, but it ended up creating a really nice effect.

I found a great new tool to use with this project. Usually I start off by finishing one end of a piece because then I don't have to worry about shifting a cord wrong and having beads everywhere. Since this had a central element I needed to be able to work from both ends so that I could keep the design even, plus it was double strand so I was looking at having to come up with a way to keep the beads on the threads that was easy to remove. Fortunately, I found the Bead Stopper in the directions for a project. They're fantastic and I highly recommend them to anyone else who works with beads,

Friday, October 13, 2006

No really, I'm still alive

Yes, it's been a while since I last posted and I swear I have project pictures to post. I plan on putting them up over the weekend when I'm a bit more awake and a bit more coordinated. I just thought I'd post a quick note and do a quick little magazine review. I had a meeting at Barnes & Noble last night and ended up wandering over to the magazine racks. I was looking for the fall issue of Stringing but it isn't out until the end of the month. What I did end up picking up was a copy of a new magazine Craft. I'm not sure if I'm in the target demographic at all, I don't feel quite hip and edgy enough, but I think it's good to have something marketed to the younger crafters out there. There were definitely a couple of projects I am interested in, one on making hard cider which is something I really want to try one of these days and there was also directions on really cool wall mounted cat furniture out of corrugated cardboard. There's also a couple projects that have techniques that are amazingly creative, but not things I would try or come up with. One is the holders for the tea lights for the Random Screen which are made out of drink cans and are designed to turn from the heat of the tea light. I'm just blown away by this, I could never come up with something like that. I'd love to see that in action, but large number of cats + fire = many bad things.

The only problem I ran into is more of a personal problem, I just feel really inadequate now. I'm not hip and trendy at all and while I don't do strictly traditional crafts (beyond canning) I'm not wildy innovative or cutting edge either. I feel like I'm in some sort of odd no man's land between hip, edgy and innovative crafters and grannies making tea cozies and things out of needlepoint canvas to hide Kleenex boxes. It's an odd feeling and I'm not quite sure what to do about it.

That's all for tonight, and I'll post pictures of my most recent project tomorrow and then some other jewelry pictures on Sunday maybe. (I'll have to see how things go, I also tend to post the pictures and a bit on the projects on MySpace so it depends on how much time it takes me to do that on top of my weekend chores. and repairing a bracelet.)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

New earrings

I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of these earrings. They are my first attempts at working with silver wire and I think they turned out pretty well.




This is the first pair I tried, they are loosely based on a pair of earrings that a co-worker has. These are made with 26 guage silver wire, pearls, garnets and garnet briolettes. The most interesting aspect was trying to work with the pliers that we had on hand. By the time I was done my hands were very stiff and cramping up pretty badly. I've invested in pliers with ergonomic handles which should help. One thing to note, I spread the drops out for the picture, when on the shift around quite a bit.





This pair of earrings grew out of a mistake. I closed the top loop on the drop before attatching it to the rest of the earring and rather than redoing it I thought I'd make a second one so I could make a pair of earrings out of it.





The last pair is amethyst barrel beads and rainbow fluorite briolettes. This was just to practice the technique a bit more.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Canning

I did some more canning this weekend and because I was feeling silly I even took some pictures.



These are the dill pickles I put up yesterday. It was hard finding pickling cucumbers so I had to make do with smaller ones, which means that I ended up with 11 quarts of small spears and chunks.



And since I had the camera in the kitchen, this is a picture of the relish I made last winter. This is what happens to the dill pickles from previous years. If I feel more energetic later in the week I'll post the recipies.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The book

As promised, here are pictures of the sign-in book.





The cover of the book is made of 6-7 ounce tooling leather, and I used a wood stylus to transfer the device and engrave it deeply. I beveled around the device to give it a bit of dimension and then painted with acrylic paint. The rest of the book was antiqued with a medium brown leather antiquing and then finished with a matte acrylic finish.





The book is lined with a golden oak garment pig suede and the pages are acid free light weight cardstock in cream. The pages are laced in with deerskin lace and the closure is a stubbed lace made out of deerskin scrap.

I tried a few different things with this book. The first is that I increased the number of holes to lace the pages in since this book will be traveling and will need a bit more stability. Second, because it will be traveling through the mail, I used a tie closure rather than a buckle or a bone button that could get broken. I liked the stubbed lace closure from the satchel so I made one to close this book. The other different things are more refining my techniques. I usually put the finish and antique into a bowl when I get to the point of applying them. I do this for two reasons, the first being that I use large brushes and it's hard to get them in the mouths of the bottles. The second is that it in the case of the finish there will be color transfer and this way I don't contaminate an entire bottle of finish. The problem has always been that I can't leave a bowl of finish or antique unsupervised or I'll have at least one cat in it. This time around I realized that the baby food jars I had kept are perfect because they have a big enough mouth to fit my brushes in and they have lids so they can be closed up. I also discovered that it works well for glue as well because it allows me to apply it with a brush.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Another quick project rundown

I got the sign-in book I was working on finished today, and I'm pretty happy with it. I tried some new things with it, and I think it worked out well for the most part. I'll be getting pictures tomorrow and will post them with some commentary on the process, including some new techniques I figured out.

Last weekend I also did a bit of experimenting with making earrings using silver wire and gemstone beads. They're kind of hard to explain so I'm going to be getting some pictures tomorrow to post.

I'm not sure what to start on next. I'll keep going on the jewelry of course, but I've got some large sewing projects that I need to work on along with trying to rearrange my craft supply stash.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pickles

(No pictures, although I suppose I could get a few at some point. Doesn't seem to be much point though, I'm expecting most people have seen pickled vegetables at some point in their lives.)

I ended up being able to make 5 quarts of dill pickles from the cucmbers that E harvested from the garden. I think I like doing that way. It was a good amount of pickles to make but it didn't take me all weekend to do it and I wasn't wiped out when I got done. E suggest that since A is considering doing a garden at her house maybe we can look at planting a bunch of pickling cucumbers next year. I think it might be a good idea because it would allow me to make pickles at a nice relaxed pace.

In other project newsI got the paper cut and punched and the leather cut out for the sign in book. I don't think I'm going to get a chance to do any tooling today since I need to finish up housework and get a shower in, but I should be able to on e of the next few nights after work.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Project round up

I've got a few things I'm working on right now. I've done some more bird toys, and have pictures that I'll probably be posting this weekend, we have enough pickling cucumbers in the garden to do a jar or two of pickles, and I have a sign in book to get started on. The plan right now is to do the pickles on Saturday and then I can get the pieces for the book cut out and do the tooling The first problem with the book will be the fact that I have to wait for the leather to dry between steps which can take a while. The second problem will be that I didn't get the paper for the pages until today and since the craft store did not have the pre cut 5.5 by 8 inch paper I need to get that cut and then punched before I can punch the lacing holes in the leather cover. Thankfully I have a week and two weekends to get that done.

And I will post pictures once I get the sign in book done.

Monday, August 21, 2006

A couple more pieces of jewelry

I had the camera today so I got some pictures of a couple of new pieces.



This was a design that I came up with as I was drifting off to sleep one night. It isn't exactly the way I first imagined it, ut it is a very elegant style. Once I get more of the silver tube beads I'm going to make a similar bracelet for myself, although I may use different stones. Unfortunately, it'll be a few weeks before I can work on it because I have to wait for the beads to get here from Thailand.



After getting a few inquiries I decided to try to make some anklets. This is the first one and it is rainbow fluorite and silver. I like the way the design turned out for the most part, but I had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that it had to be so much longer than a bracelet. I decided it was going to be too long, took a bead off each side and then realized I didn't need to. I think as time goes on I'll get a bit more comfortable with making them.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Another installment

I'm taking a bit of a break from getting ready for the show tomorrow and I thought I'd put up some more pictures.




This was a fun one to design. I saw the S-hook clasp with the rose on it as part of a mixed lot of clasps and just had to get it. I then found rose charms that matched it and leaf charms that looked a bit like rose leaves and designed the bracelet. The fun part is the way that the clasp is part of the whole design, that than just a closure.




This was an interesting experiment because it is braided. I'd like to try that again, but I think I need to work out a better technique for the braiding. The beads in this bracelet are labrodorite disks and dyed freshwater pearls.





I really love the charms on this one because they are also bells. It makes it a fun little design.




We had picked up the rainbow fluorite bear beads last year and hadn't used them so I decided to try to work out a design for them. I decided that something simple would be bed to focus on the bears and I think it worked out well.





After I got done with the fuorite bear bracelet I had 2 of the bear beads left so it was natural to make a pair of earrings.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Should be making stuff

I should be working on stuff since the show is Saturday but I'm stressed and just can't get myself to do anything so I'm adding more pictures here. I guess that's related somehow, right?




This was an interesting experiment. The design is based very loosely on a pattern I saw in Beadwork magazine. The original pattern used glass seed beads and small silver beads, and had more strands, but I liked the effect and the use of the cones so I gave it a try in this bracelet using small freshwater pearls and carnelian beads.





This ia another somewhat experimental design, I saw jewelry in a catalog where briolettes were used like normal beads rather than as focal points and I thought I'd give it a try with these small garnet briolettes and the larger white potato pearls.





This is a slightly different design for me. I had been looking for ways to use the cognac sapphires and thought I'd see how they worked with the pearls and silver. I think it works well especially with the silver beads separating each of the other groups from each other.


And this last one is proof that I do make something other than bracelets. This is a set of pearl and cognac sapphire earrings that somewhat match the bracelet above.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Yep, you guessed it, still more bracelets

Here's another batch of bracelets, this set is from what I've made for the show on Saturday.




This one is a single strand silver bracelet with heart charms. All of the silver beads and the charms are made by the Thai Karen Hill Tribes.



This one is blue quartz roundelles and black lace agate interspersed with silver beads. It's definitely a design I'm not too sure about, but I expect there is someone who would like it.





Peruvian blue opals with grey potato shaped pearls with engraved silver bamboo beads. The opals and pearls are a bit bigger so it creates a chunky effect.

Double strand bracelet made of silver wrap beads, silver spiral beads and knot wrap beads. It seemed natural to pair the wrap and spiral beads together and the did work well together. I've done a few variations on this design and it is a nice, simple design for a silver bracelet.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

More bracelets

This group of bracelets are ones that I've made for myself.




Thi sone is mahogany obsidian and dark honey amber with Thai Karen silver tube beads. I love the interplay for the different browns in it and it is a simple design that works well if you want to wear it with other bracelets. This is actually the second one I made for myself, the first one I sold to a co-worker because she liked it so much.



This bracelet is rhodochrosite, platinum pearls and Bali silver. The pearls work really well with this I think because they are understated so they don't overwhelm the rhodochrosite.



More dark amber, but this time with carnelian roundelles and Thai Karen wrap beads. I love these particular beads for the texture they can add due to the wrapping.



This one is african plum rubies and lavender pearls (the color doesn't really show up well in this picture, but they are pale lavender) And Thai Karen knot wrap beads. This is another silver bead I love and I'm really impressed with the intricacy of them, they are strips of silver that have been stamped and then woven into knots.

More pictures to come, I grabbed the camera this week and got a bunch of pictures of various pieces I've made and I'll be adding them over the next week or so. Mostly bracelets but I did get pictures of a few pairs of earrings too.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Silver bracelets

These are some of the silver bracelets I've made recently.


It's gard to tell in this picture, but the the space past the leaf beads on each side is double strand. The flower charm is flipped over too, it looks like a poppy. (Unfortunately I can't get new pictures because this bracelet was part of the big sale to the Museum store.)


Another double strand bracelet , this one has a large melon bead with a flower stamped on it as a centerpiece.



This one is a double strand that goes into larger beads at regular intervals. The spiral wrap beads in this are some of my favorites.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Gemstone bracelets

I've had the camera the past few days and there just happened to be some pictures of my jewelry on it so I thought I'd post a few of the pictures here.



This one is amazonite and labradorite with Karen Hill tribe silver beads. I wasn't sure if they would work together, but in the end it is a nice combination. The iridescence in the labradorite is similar to the color of the amazonite and that brought it all together.




This one is cherry pearls with faceted garnets and silver. We use a lot of freshwater pearls a lot because they are inexpensive and you can find a wide range of colors (either dyed or irradiated). This is another one where I wasn't sure about the combination but it worked really well.




This one is pink coral and white quartz with silver. It's a fun little bracelet, especially with the silver butterfly beads. I love working with the Karen Hill Tribe beads because they have shaped beads like that. I think it really adds to a design.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Big news

As I mentioned over in my main blog, we are going to be making a huge sale to the state Museum store here and we still have the craft show in August so I will be putting aside my other projects to work on jewelry. A has promised to take pictures of some of my bracelets, mainly the silver ones, before they go out so I should have those to post soon.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

New materials

Some friends talked me into going to a gem show yesterday and A gave me a budget for buying new materials there so we have new stuff to work with. It was mainly pearls and gemstone beads, but I did get some Karen Hill Tribe silver beads, sheet silver woven into a diamond shaped bead. It's made me a bit more excited about making jewelry which is good since we have a show in August. Hopefully I can get some more of the pictures to post from A.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Book thongs

No, it's not uncomfortable underwear for your books, it's actually a style of bookmark.


As you can see above they are pretty simple things to make. You take a length of cord, tie a charm on one end, string around a inch worth of beads on that end of the cord, knot it, and then do the same on the other end. The big advantage is that it's very difficult to pull these out of a book.

Friday, June 02, 2006

New bird toy project

A has asked me to try to make foot toys for the birds. Foot toys are smaller so they shouldn't be too hard to make and the materials will go further. I'm going to wait until we've done the big shopping trip this weekend and then I'll start looking at getting the materials ordered. I also need to order fabric for a new underdress for A. I think it may a busy month. I'll try to post pictures of course.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Experimental bird toy

While I was getting ready for the birds staying here I went out looking for quick connecters to hang toys in the cage. I found a place that sold them on the web, but they weren't that expensive considering what the shipping would have cost. So I dug around the site and found that they also sold various different pices to make your own bird toys so I filled out the order with a variety of other items and put a toy together for the birds to try out. I didn't get any pictures before the birds and the toy went back home, but A was nice enough to send me a picture today of Citrus checking out the toy.


The toy is made of a green polyurethene cord called Paulie cord tied onto a metal ring, with plastic pony beads and foam beads strung on it.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Thor's hammer bracelet

I managed to get some good pictures of this bracelet today. Below is a shot of the whole bracelet. The charm hanging off the clasp toggle is a fly. (Not spcifically a biting fly, but I thought it worked nicely.)




Below is a close up of the center of the bracelet and the hammer. It is a sterling silver reproduction of a Thor's hammer that was found in Birka. I like it because it is small enough to fit in a bracelet and it has a simple design. It was amazing how hard it was to find it too. The trend in Thor's hammers appears to be big, and highly decorated. I did find out that there is a wide selection of sterling silver charms out there for a lot of other religions though, so if I ever get a commission that includes a charm like that I know where to look.



The beads are silver beads made by the Thai Karen hill tribes and are just amazing. All of the findings and the fly charm are sterling silver.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bird toy (plus bonus birds)

I did get a bird toy made, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it before it went in the cage with the birds, I do I have a couple of picture of them checking it out.



It's a bit hard to tell because the pictures are a bit blurry, but the toy is made out of thin strips of leather which were tied onto a solid right, then pony beads and little wicker balls were strung onto them. It was really easy to make, and as you can see the girls like it quite a bit. I've gotten some more ideas for other bird toys and I'll probably try to make them up and give to A to try out in their regular cage at home.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Hello again

I just realized I hadn't posted here in a while. Now, that is because I really haven't been working on much since the first part of the month but I am going to be starting on a new project soon: bird toys. I will be bird sitting in about a week and a half and after looking at a lot of the toys that are available I realized that I could make them pretty easily. The best part is that a lot of them use tooling leather and I have a ton of scrap I can use. I'll post pictures once I get some done.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Competition results

I did well in the competition today with the satchel, I came in second in my category. Got some good comments from the judges, had a number of people come over to specifically look at it and talked to a lady who is going to send me a link for a website that may have articles on other leather items and is going to mail me photocopies from a book that has more on the original Irish book satchels. All in all a very good day. My problem now is to figure out what to do to top this for the next competition.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Final satchel update


I just gave in and laced the strap together and onto the satchel tonight. Finished the strap is long enough that I can wear it across my body and the satchel is at about hip length which is perfect since I intend to use it to carry my wallet and so on in it at events.

Now I have to find something else to work on.