It's been a really long time sine I've blogged and I've missed my craftie friends! I've been very creative, just haven't slowed down enough to blog any of it, lol. I lost my job in November of 2020 and went on unemployment for the 1st time in my life. I've been unable to find a job and I never expected to be unemployed so long! The good news is I finally found a job and start in a couple of weeks! Woo Hoo! The timing couldn't have been better since my unemployment runs out next week. The thing is...I loved being home and having that much time for myself. I was never bored, I had plenty to do and things to keep me busy. My dog was very happy to have me home so much too. I really wish I didn't have to work, BUT the reality is I have to earn a living. While I was off I was very busy painting (acrylic and watercolor), wood burning, mixed media, gelli printing (I made my own gelli plates), I even created a game for my family. That was a lot of fun but also a lot of work! It took me weeks to finish and then I mailed them pieces of the game weekly for 7 weeks. There were puzzles to solve with clues each week. so much fun! Most recently I've revisited leather crafting. I used to do a lot of leather tooling about 25 years ago. I forgot how much I like it. That's what I'd like to share today is some of my recent leather projects. I've been practicing a lot and getting my skills back up to par. Mostly making things for myself and my family right now.
Anyone who knows me knows my "thing" is turtles. I love them. So...you'll see a few turtle themed things here 😀 The first thing is a mousepad I made for my desk at my new job! I painted the accents with Angelus Leather Paints and antiqued with Feibing's dark brown antique.
This is just after carving. I love the look of natural leather and always debate about painting and/or antiquing but it makes it so much richer when it's colored and antiqued.
I made a cup sleeve for my favorite tumbler. Turtles of course!
Here's the work in progress. Notice the weight on the right? I made that too. Actually pretty proud of myself for that one! I saw a similar one in a you tube video about leather tooling and I loved it! I did a little research and most people use a weight bag they fill with sand or weights of some sort. I didn't even find one to buy anywhere.
I had no idea what I was doing and just kind of winged it! I had some smooth round lake stones laying around and some scrap leather. I ended up taping 2 smooth round lake stones together with masking tape. One wasn't heavy enough so I used two. Then I cut 2 pieces of leather a little bigger than the stones. I wet the leather and molded them around the stones. Then I sewed the two pieces of leather together with waxed thread. It's not perfect but it worked! I'm so impressed with myself that it actually worked! 😂
I've been really thinking about trying to earn a living with my creative interests. It's intimidating for me for lots of reasons, but I'm also excited about the possibilities. As that gets closer I'll be sure to let you know 😊
I started this blog when I was on a paper crafting Design Team. I really enjoyed that and blogged regularly back then. Since I'm doing more that just paper crafting now I'll be changing the name of my blog. I haven't decided on the new name yet but will let you know before I change it over. My blog posts will be a little more eclectic too! Paper, paint, wood, leather...who knows?! The possibilities are endless!
Thanks so much for checking out my latest projects!
Have a great day!